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Trapped cruise ship returns to Argentina

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18 November 2009

An Antarctica cruise ship that has been trapped in ice for more than a week is now travelling back to Argentina, it has been revealed.

According to UK tour operator Exodus, the Russian icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov is now able to navigate waters in the Weddell Sea after improved weather conditions and is currently on its way back to Ushuaia.

The ship had become stranded on a visit to an emperor penguin colony near Snow Hill Island when ice surrounding the vehicle compacted.

Many of the passengers had booked the cruise with Exodus and the company confirmed that everyone onboard is in good spirits.

It stated: "All 101 passengers, 23 staff and 60 crew aboard remain safe and comfortable and continue to enjoy … high-quality hospitality, entertainment and educational programming."

Exodus noted that it will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as to the progress of the cruise liner.ADNFCR-2704-ID-19465941-ADNFCR


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