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We went to Antarctica in 2006 with Discovery and at that time, only 100
people from our ship could land at a time. According to the operators, they
had to file an impact statement and a plan which had to be approved (not
sure by whom). As with Richard, all our landings were wet, and we were
restricted to very limited areas. The operators had folks posted along the
route for information and to make sure you stayed where you were supposed to
On the whole I thought it was pretty well done (with minimum impact), except
for one hot dog zodiac driver who ran out of gas in the middle of one of his
runs (the tank levels are clearly visible, so how hard was it for him to
check?), and his radio battery was dead, so we sat in the zodiac in very
cold, windy weather and ice floating around us for about 1/2 hour until one
of the other drivers came by to see what was wrong.