Friday, November 23, 2007
The M/S Explorer—the Little Red Ship—is sinking, or perhaps has already sunk. Near Antarctica.
That's GAP's ship! I went on the inaugural GAP Antarctica expedition, which revolutionized the region for backpackers and budget travelers. That was before they bought the Explorer, so I wasn't actually on this ship. My expedition was on a rent-a-ship, a cruise run by Quark Expeditions.
According to my GAP brochure, this should have been right after the South Georgia section of the "Spirit of Shackleton" itinerary, which ends on Nov. 29. So the tourists would have been following in the footsteps of Shackleton, heading from South Georgia to Antarctica.
Astute readers familiar with the story of Shackleton will remember that he too lost his ship.
GAP does strive for accuracy.