Cruise Ship Runs Aground in Antarctica

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  12.04.08 | 5:45 PM ET

The 122-passenger ship is reported to be taking on “minimal” water and leaking fuel after running aground on the Antarctic Peninsula. No one is injured and help is on the way, but the incident is sure to bring back memories of last year’s cruise ship sinking and renew concerns about tourism in Antarctica.

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

4 Comments for Cruise Ship Runs Aground in Antarctica

Ling 12.05.08 | 10:26 AM ET

These guys just don’t get it. Last year those 154 guys on the Explorer were really lucky to escape. One of these a ship is going to go down without warning, and then who’s to blame? Taking a couple of people to teh Antarctic on a chartered boat is understandable. That’s adventure tourism. But a shipload of innocent people just looking for a good time is a different matter altogether.

Bob Clem 12.05.08 | 1:49 PM ET

Will be taking Antarctica in two weeks would like more information.

Kim@Galavanting 12.12.08 | 12:07 PM ET

Oy, this is really scary and with all the regulations they put on scientists doing valuable research down there, how are these clowns allowed to do this?

Alaska Cruises 01.05.09 | 11:32 PM ET

Wow I missed out on the news of that ship sinking last year. I have a trip booked with Alaska Cruises in 2 months time; Iím going to be paranoid now. Still I would risk anything to see the beauty of Antarctica.

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