“No peeing on land.”
What??!!! I was startled hearing such prohibition. I mean I'm not keen on peeing but if my daughter had to pee I'd find it ridiculous to go back to the ship to pee, especially when you've got so little time on land. This is Antarctica of course.
But what is it for God's sake, what is my pee going to do, isn't it organic?? Plus, was the shit of explorers or is the shit of scientists sacred? I mean I know they fly shit back to the main continent to flush but I find all this too... I don't know which word to use... perhaps too out of the world. Too out of common sense. Exaggerating too too much.
Especially the British... All the things they do on the islands... The money, the time, the effort they spend. They know how to market stuff too. All the overpriced nice items... Blahhh...
Then you need to clean your gear every time before and after landings. Every cabin is announced, you vacuum all your gear, clothes and bags. The boots are all sterilized with chemicals before and after landings. I understand the concern of course. But I'm not sure of the meaningfulness of the method.
First of all, the gear vacuuming is fake. Anybody who doesn't wish to do it, wouldn't. Or they wouldn't do it properly. You may be saying it's at least something and it is true. But if you claim it takes just one bug to contaminate the place, it takes one person to forget to vacuum, to just decide to take/wear something s/he didn't vacuum at the last moment. Or just do sloppy work.
As for the boots, I'm not sure if they are protecting the environment with all those chemicals they are using. Or if they are not jeopardizing our and their health. The stuff they use is so bad and corrosive that you are advised not to use your own. If you insist, you need to sign a waiver that you know they might be damaged.
Again... Who checked all the first explorers there? What would have happened if they were to go on exploration like this?
The crux of the matter they are missing is this:
Responsible tourism is an oxymoron when it comes to pristine wilderness like Antarctica."
You say you want to protect Antarctica? You need to stop all these cruises and give up your nice profits. Full-stop.