Your goal of Antarctica has been appealing to me for years, since Admiral
Richard E. Byrd flew his autogyro into my school yard exactly seventy years ago.
By now, stamina is staying pretty good, but that 'pricey' funding is a bit hard to come by.
I'm not clear whether you have selected a vessel, but I've been looking
at a trip jointly planned by Dartmouth and University of Pennsylvania,
with informative naturalist lecturers from each school. As I recall, the trip departs late in December and costs somewhere north of $9000.
If that falls in line with your thoughts, or you have a clear alternate, I'd be happy to hear. I reiterate that I'm not yet sure I'm ready to pay the rate this year, but Id be glad to consider it more weightily.
( One alternative list for cheaper trips is via Vacations-to-go, but most of theirs are more nearly large ships with little shore or observational
I'll look forward to your thoughts.