It's difficult to imagine so many different shades of blue until you catch glimpse of these breathtaking images, showcasing one of the most remote areas on the planet: Antarctica. California-based photographer Ira Meyer first sailed to the Earth's southernmost continent more than 25 years ago and it's a love affair that has continued ever since. Talking to MailOnline Travel, the intrepid cameraman said that there are so many incredible sights he's witnessed on his voyages to the Great White, from wild seas and avalanches to sublime sunsets and moonrises. Left, a giant ice arch, top right, two penguins hold flippers on a snowy platform, bottom right, two humpback whales lunge-feeding.
A REAL ocean drive! The first-ever racing track on a cruise liner is unveiled on the top deck of the £600million Norwegian Joy
One of the world's biggest cruise liners - boasting 20 decks, 20 restaurants, waterslides and a car racing track - has set sail with its impressive dispatch caught on camera. The Norwegian Joy, which cost a staggering £600 million to build over a three-year period, is the first purpose-built ship for the Chinese market with its home ports being in Shanghai and Beijing. Drone footage shows the incredible size of the ship, with its two-tier driving racetrack seen for the first time. Its makers, Norwegian Cruise Line, claims that motor course is the first ever of its kind at sea. Pictured: Left, the ship's swimming pool and flumes, inset centre, the 20-deck exterior, right, the top deck racing track.
From a rattlesnake sausage in LA to locusts served up in Paris: The world's strangest restaurant dishes revealed
Time Out food experts have revealed where on the planet brave travellers can find some of the strangest - but delicious - dishes to try. Unusual delicacies include a hot dog made with rabbit and rattlesnake in LA (top left), a sundae made from blood sausage stuffed with noodles in Seoul (bottom left), locusts and mealworms in Paris (top right) and a cake resembling a rain drop in New York (bottom right).
The golden age of skiing: Stunning vintage posters of winter resorts including St Moritz and Chamonix are expected to fetch up to $18k at auction
Almost 100 nostalgic travel posters dating back to the early 20th century from winter sports destinations including Norway and Switzerland are up for auction. From a group of men playing ice hockey in Chamonix (right) to a skier soaring through the air in St Moritz (left) - these vintage posters bring to life the glamour and fashions of the slopes in the past. MailOnline Travel has rounded up a selection of the colourful illustrations with highlights of the collection expected to fetch up to $18,000 each.
Game of thrones’ ‘Azure window’ CRUMBLES: Malta's 164ft-high arched cliff washes away after being hit by heavy storms
Malta's famed Azure Window has crumbled into the sea after being pummelled by stormy weather. Geologists had long warned that the arched cliff structure, on the north-western coast of the small island of Gozo, was eroding fast and visitors had been banned from walking on top of it (left). The icon was a top visitor attraction and even appeared in the first season of Game of Thrones (inset) but collapsed dramatically on Wednesday morning (right).
A stunning ski resort has taken its accommodation to new heights by creating a towering hotel out of re-purposed shipping containers (inset). The Quadrum Ski and Yoga Resort has been built 7,200ft above sea level and is described as 'the first boutique hotel' in the Caucasus mountains of Georgia (main). All rooms have panoramic views in the mountain-inspired pyramid design with some boasting terraces (top right) and the dining room has floor to ceiling windows looking out onto the snowy scenery (bottom right).
From worshipping in Myanmar temples to ancient farming in Bhutan: Spell-binding images capture the disappearing traditions of Asia
California-based photographer Oliver Klink, set out 16 years ago to document the dying and forgotten traditions of Asia. He visited countries including Mongolia, China, Bhutan, Myanmar and India. Pictured: Fishermen trawl a river using traditional methods in Myanmar (main); farmers walk in the sunlight with oxen (bottom left); and two young Buddhist monks pray at a shrine in a Myanmar temple (bottom right).
From Patagonia's blue marble arches to Portugal's hidden beach grotto: Where to find the world's most beautiful caves
The world, it seems, is not short of magnificent caves to be explored, though some are significantly more accessible than others. The stunning Algarve caves in Portugal (left) are a popular destination for tourists, who can also spot dolphins in the waters nearby; the ice caves of Siberia's Lake Baikal (top right) however are dangerous to reach but worth it for avid photographers; and Marble Cathedral (bottom right), an intricate system of water-filled caverns set in the General Carrera lake in Chile's Patagonia, is only accessible via a 200-mile dirt road drive.
From fountains of soap to absurd messages in the sky: Mischievous pranks from around the world revealed
Some of the pranks showcased here are innocent enough, while others have a higher potential for damage. Pictured, clockwise from top left, a man who plastered his friend's car with more than 3,500 Post-it notes; American comedian Kurt Braunohler raised over £5,000 ($6,500) to have a pilot write this phrase in the sky using a plane, in order to 'give strangers an unexpected gift of absurdity'; a man passed out long enough for his comrades to make an artful bottle creation; a vehicle packed to the brim with snow; the sinister message a man painted on the floorboards for 'whoever next re-did the carpet'; and a set of fountains turned to froth thanks to the sneaky addition of some dish soap.
What a MAST-erpiece! Inside one of the largest sailing yachts in the world boasting a library and marble Jacuzzi... yours for a cool $59million
The largest sailing yacht in the world for sale has gone on the market for an eye-watering $59million (£48.3million). Sprawling across three levels, Athena, a 295ft-long three-masted schooner is decked out in mahogany and harks back to the golden age of sailing. The vessel sleeps 10 in five cabins including a master suite with its own study, a walk-in wardrobe and luxury Jacuzzi (inset left). Guests aboard the vessel can unwind in its gym, outdoor sun lounge(top right) and spacious living room (bottom right). Behind the extravagant finish its Panamax masts are rigged with 2,500 square metres of sail power controlled by touch button technology (main).
'Always fun in the front': Pilots cause safety concerns after sharing SELFIES with bored women mid-flight
Penelope Louise (right), a 21-year-old British student and Nicole Villagran (far right), a radio producer from San Francisco, were on a Wow air flight from San Francisco to Keflavik, Iceland, so decided to share a selfie using their iPhone's AirDrop function - which transmits images to other compatible devices using Bluetooth - to see who might respond. The pair were amazed when the plane's two pilots fired back their own selfie captioned 'Always fun at the front' (left) and say they spent 'the rest of the flight AirDropping photos back and forth'. After the story was shared to Ms Louise's Facebook page, some commenters raised their safety concerns (inset).
Inside the most powerful hotel on social media: Dubai icon boasts a helipad, a £19,000-a-night suite and half a million Instagram followers
The Burj Al Arab in Dubai boasts more than 500,000 Instagram followers - more than any other hotel in the world - and hosts a 8,395-sq-ft Royal Suite equipped with a rotating bed (top left); a lavish spa (top right); a restaurant which wraps round a huge aquarium (bottom right); gold leaf-trimmed interiors (bottom left); and a fleet of chauffeur-driven Rolls Royces dedicated to its wealthy guests (inset).
Wish you were BEER? The Brewdog hotel featuring craft bottles in the shower, an ale tap in your bedroom and booze-infused spa treatments
Scottish craft beer company Brewdog, is opening a booze-themed hotel in Columbus, Ohio, to provide beer geeks with an 'immersive experience' including rooms overlooking their new brewery. The hotel, named The DogHouse, will include a craft beer spa, complete with hop face masks, malted barley massages, ‘Hoppy Feet’ pedicures, plus hop-infused shampoo and shower gels while Punk IPA will be on tap in the bedrooms. There will also be deluxe beer-infused breakfasts, lunches and dinners, with beers matched to every course.
From the world's first moisturising pyjamas to the best designer cosmetics: The vanity kits fliers are gifted when they turn left for first and business class
For lucky passengers who turn left on the plane a world of luxury awaits. Not only is seating spacious and dining impeccable but in business and first class cabins, fliers are treated to a selection of lavish gifts when they board. Highlights include a vibrant wash bag from Air France (top right); Bulgari beauty products and moisturising lounge wear with Emirates (main); and leather bags provided by Qatar Airways (bottom right).
Now THAT'S a long lunch: Incredible photos show an 18ft giraffe being fed from the top floor window of a Kenyan manor
Amazing images shows a tall - and greedy - giraffe being fed by a grinning female visitor as she leans out of the window at Giraffe Manor in Kenya (left). The small hotel, modelled on a Scottish hunting lodge, is home to a number of endangered giraffes. The giant creatures are allowed to wander around the property and can be fed by guests (bottom right) and even curiously peer into the house from outside (top right).
What lies beneath: Awe-inspiring footage captures a humpback whale nearly COLLIDE with a paddle boarder
Awe-inspiring footage has emerged which captures a pod of whales weaving through the ocean right underneath someone on a paddle board in Hawaii off the coast of Maui. The aerial video shows the lone human absolutely dwarfed by the group of four North Pacific humpback whales - one of which appears to nearly collide with the board before hovering under it then switching course.
Roll up for the Machu mystery tour: Author Philippa Gregory is overawed by Peru’s incredible enigma – and under fire from piranhas
Author Philippa Gregory, pictured (inset) with a friend, toured Peru's astonishing Machu Picchu (right) to explore its ancient history, before flying to Iquitos for a six-night Amazon adventure aboard a riverboat (left). Aside from a few somewhat alarming piranhas, she also spotted otters, parrots and pink dolphins.
Holidays from Hell: From frisky elephants to a loo filled with frogs, tourists reveal the hilarious moments their trips went VERY wrong
MailOnline Travel has rounded up a collection of dismal scenarios which will leave you feeling relieved to be safe at home. Pictured, clockwise from top left, a loo basin colonised by frogs following a flood; a truck teetering precariously over the edge of a road in Bolivia; a horrifically huge spider spotted in Australia; a group of campers having had their holiday ruined by torrential rain; an elephant straddling a car in South Africa's Pilanesburg National Park; and a chap unfortunate enough to have emerged from a nice swim in the ocean with a slimy octopus clinging to his back - but looking remarkably calm about it.
From surfing the conveyor belt to passing out on suitcases: The most ridiculous luggage claim sightings pictured
Riding on baggage carousels at airports is strictly forbidden. But for some, the lure of the moving rubber slats is too much and they can't resist a swift rotation - whether its to take a nap or to perform a stunt. These candid photos reveal a host of travellers who clearly don't want their holidays to end. From top left clockwise: A woman rides inside a transparent suitcase; a couple perform some acrobatic moves; one man takes a nap during a storm; a woman lays face down; sushi bag covers turn heads; and a seal makes its way on the carousel.
Close encounter! Jaw-dropping footage shows a passenger jet flying perilously low over beachgoers' heads
Dramatic footage has captured the moment an American Airlines plane flew incredibly close to holidaymakers heads on its approach to Princess Juliana International Airport on the Caribbean island of St Maarten. Dubbed one of the 'scariest' runways in the world, aircraft are forced to land close to the beach in order to touch down near the start of the short Runway 10, which is just 7,500ft in length - less than half the length of those found at many international airports.
Inside the vibrant suburb that looks like a video game: The $1million technicolour towers that are transforming a Bolivian city
Splashed in bright colours, sporting flamboyant ballrooms and lavish apartments, new mansions are popping up in poor neighborhoods in the Bolivian highlands, built by the booming nouveau riche of the indigenous Aymara and designed by architect Freddy Mamani Silvestre. Built in a new architectural style that has been dubbed 'neo-Andean baroque,' they cost up to $1million.
How many have YOU ticked off? From exploring Patagonia to boarding the Hogwart's Express, Lonely Planet Traveller reveals the world's top trips
From encountering penguins in the Antarctic, to spotting tigers in India, from discovering the temples of Angkor, to exploring the Rockies by train, the experts at Lonely Planet Traveller have revealed the world's best 100 travel experiences in their latest issue. MailOnline Travel reveals 10 of the highlights including trekking through Patagonia (top left); having a cup of tea at its Malaysian source (top right); taking a balloon ride over Bagan (bottom left); stepping on to an Alpine glacier (bottom right); and taking the Hogwart's Express as featured in the Harry Potter films (inset).
Perhaps it's puppy love! Adorably smitten seal clutches a toy version of itself to its chest in pure joy
An infatuated seal has been snapped hugging a toy version of itself in an adorable selection of photos after zoo staff at Mombetsu Land, Japan, gifted him the fluffy animal. Delightful images show the mammal, believed to be called Hiyori, clutching the inanimate look-alike to his chest with an expression of happiness on his face as he poses for the camera and rolls on his back.
Aeroplane pilot Santiago Borja Lopez captured the moment a bolt of lightning illuminated the night sky over the Amazon rainforest (main). He was flying on a commercial Boeing 767 en route to Europe when the lightning storm struck. In other mesmerising images from the photographer he has captured a storm swirling over Panama city (bottom left and right).
Maybe Narnia does exist! Breathtaking photos capture Croatia’s unearthly winter landscape when the waterfalls freeze bright blue
When winter in Croatia's Plitvice Lakes National Park, pictured, drags the temperatures low enough, the rugged landscape transforms into scenes worthy of a fairytale. Captured here in vivid detail by Budapest-based photographer Tamas Toth, the 16 lakes and waterfalls owe their electric blue hue to the Karst process, which involves the dissolution of soluble rocks including limestone, dolomite and gypsum over millions of years.
Too close for comfort? Hilarious images capture encounters between tourists and over-zealous animals
In an ode to wild creatures striking back at their spectators, MailOnline Travel has rounded up some of the most amusing and perturbing encounters ever captured between man and beast. Pictured, clockwise from top left, a man in Africa's Serengeti who is as-of-yet unaware of the cheetah sizing up his skull; a chap who is highly alarmed by the force of an incoming bird; a seal who looks set to chomp on a swimmer's snorkel; an elephant getting overly friendly with a woman; a cow biting down on what can be best described as a human hand-burger; and a furious swan chasing down a spectator.
Now THAT'S getting away from it all: Meet the solitary nomad living on a remote Alaskan island surrounded by whales and bears
Zach - a 29-year-old man born and raised in Japan - ventured to Marble Island in the far southern wilderness of Alaska six years ago in search of a simpler life. Zach, pictured (main) on a rock in the region and (bottom right) working on his cabin, sometimes goes six months without seeing a single human outside the family of oyster farmers he lives with. Pictured (bottom left) one the orcas that circle the island.
A bridge for crabs and a penguin underpass: The amazing purpose-built crossings that help animals bypass roads safely
Here, MailOnline reveals some of the world's most inventive wildlife crossings. Pictured clockwise from top left: an eco-duct for local roaming animals in Singapore; a bridge for crabs on Christmas Island; a tunnel for elephants in Kenya, a penguin underpass in New Zealand and (inset) a rope ladder for squirrel gliders in Victoria, Australia, seen with two cockatoos perched on it.