Imagine being aboard a disabled cruise ship in the middle of the Antarctic Ocean, immediately after it struck a rock. Would you be concerned, being so far from help?
I’m not referring to the Explorer, a ship which sank just over a year ago. I’m referring to last week’s incident aboard the Ushuaia, a ship carrying 122 people (89 passengers, 33 crew members). And just like a year ago, all the passengers where transferred to another ship safely.
So what caused this latest incident? Some note that the weather was not suited for cruise ships, with hurricane-force winds in the area.
This latest incident, along with the sinking of the Explorer a year ago, highlights a serious concern about the steady rise of polar tourism and the danger posed to both tourists and the environment alike.