Quite simply, Antarctica is unlike any other cruise destination in the world. It’s big – 14 million km² – and the sheer volume of the wildlife is simply unexpected. Floating castles of ice glisten in the sun and glacial mountains rise from the sea. You’ll encounter whales, seals and hundreds of thousands of penguins, cruise past icebergs that dwarf even the largest of mega cruise ships, gaze into midnight sunsets and walk where few have gone before. Sit quietly on a beach in the middle of penguin rush hour, visit a research station or cross the Antarctic Circle. Zodiacs take you through dwarfing glacial landscapes to get you up close and personal to hidden penguin rookeries, massive icefields and noisy seal colonies. Swim in a thermally heated spring, delight in the spring wildflowers of the Falklands or hike on South Georgia. Biologists, ornithologists, geologists and historians will be your guides and entertainment while on your Antarctica cruise.
Choosing and planning an Antarctica cruise is also unlike anything else. More so than other cruise holidays, choosing the right line, ship and itinerary is the key to an enjoyable Antarctica experience. From rustic to absolute luxury, from casual to relatively formal and from very soft adventure to hardcore, from 6- 24-day cruises, each cruise offers its own unique travel experience, facilities and rewards. If you are on a small ship of up to 100 passengers, you get a chance to go ashore every time. If the ship is larger, there will be less opportunity for landings. Or you may choose to go to Antarctica and never leave the luxury of your larger ship; the choice is obviously yours.
Cruising takes place from November to March. Most cruises visit the Antarctic Peninsula and leave from Argentina, cruising the Lemaire Channel and Paradise Harbour: striking, iceberg-flanked passageways. Longer trips to Antarctica can include the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Shetland Islands. The Eastern side of Antarctica is entirely within the Antarctic Circle and is as remote as it’s possible to get on the planet. The Eastern Antarctica cruises are longer and begin and end in Australia or New Zealand.
Confused about how to get to Antarctica and where to go from? Don’t be. Our travel consultants are here to help. If you are going to visit Antarctica, why not consider travelling to South America to visit the Peninsula Region of Antarctica? Once there, you have half the world in between you and home again. So make the most of it and throw in a pre- or post-cruise stay in Santiago or Buenos Aires.