Antarctica is the last discovered continent where wildlife and nature exist without excessive pressures of man.

The dramatic mountains, glaciers, iceburgs and ocean provide a backdrop to the lives of the widlife who have adapted to living here. During the brief summer months of light, an astounding abundance of life returns to crowd the headlands and beaches. Many varieties of penguins and seals as well as a huge number of bird species can be seen during your visit. Watching whales is a great bonus.

The "heroic age" of Shackleton, Amundsen and others a hundred years ago opened Antarctica to the world.

Cruise types

There are two very different cruise types to Antarctica – firstly the larger cruise ships that visit here are restricted to scenic cruising through the area and generally include a visit to the region with longer cruises around the South American coast.

However the majority of cruises here are provided by smaller specialty ships that allow passengers to disembark onto the Antarctic islands and the continent itself. These ships tend to be sturdy expedition style ships and do not offer all the extras associated with modern cruise ships. These cruises are dedicated to the experience and feature experts in the region and the wild life who give lectures and lead shore excursions. Visits to the Islands are usually by Zodiac inflatables.

The contrasts in temperature are striking as summer in the Falklands and Ushuaia can sometimes be quite warm, while summertime in Antarctica hovers at the freezing mark.

Cruise seasons

Cruises here operate from October to March in the southern summer months when the days are longer - there are upto to 20 hours of daylight in high summer.

Main Ports

Larger cruise ships tend to depart either Valparaiso or Buenos Aires and include an Antarctic experience within their ‘round the horn’ cruise.

Specialty ships generally depart from Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world located on Tierra del Fuego. These cruises often combine visits to Port Stanley in the Falklands with visits to uninhabited islands to enjoy the remarkable sea and bird life.

Weather

Weather in the sub Antarctic islands is cool but pleasant in the summer months but the temperature on the continent itself rarely gets above freezing. The nature of the area means that the weather can and does change quite quickly, so if you plan a cruise here take good note of the cruise lines advice on clothing. Again remember that island visits are by zodiac infaltables so you need to ensure you are properly dressed for these trips.

Antarctica Cruises

Antarctica Peninsula Adventure - Punta Arenas To Ushuaia 6th Nov 2018

Departure: 06 Nov 2018 From: Punta Arenas, Chile Cruise line: One Ocean Expeditions Cruise Ship: RCGS Resolute.

This Antarctic cruise explores the Antarctic Peninsula over a period of 10 nights/11 days. A classic itinerary for whale watching, seabird viewing, visiting penguin colonies and experiencing zodiac excursions in Antarctica. Camping in Antarctica is included.

From
US$12,195

Per Person

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Antarctica Off The Beaten Track - One Ocean Expeditions - Departs 16nov18

Departure: 16 Nov 2018 From: Ushuaia, Argentina Cruise line: One Ocean Expeditions Cruise Ship: RCGS Resolute.

Only on this departure in Antarctica, extended hikes, snowshoeing, enhanced photography excursions, overnight sea kayaking and ski touring are possible combined on one voyage.

From
US$14,495

Per Person

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Antarctica Peninsula Explorer - 12 Nights - 28nov18 & 17feb19 Departures

Departure: 28 Nov 2018 From: Ushuaia, Argentina Cruise line: One Ocean Expeditions Cruise Ship: RCGS Resolute.

This new itinerary encompasses two additional days of exploration in Antarctica – without adding to the total length of the voyage.

From
US$14,495

Per Person

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*ex Sydney* Ultimate Antarctica And Patagonia - Seabourn Quest

Departure: 29 Nov 2018 From: San Antonio (Santiago), Chile Cruise line: Seabourn Cruise Ship: Seabourn Quest.

BONUS OFFER^^ 25 Night Fly, Cruise & Stay aboard Seabourn Quest ex San Antonio (Santiago) to Buenos Aires incl 5 star stays in Santiago & Buenos Aires!

From
AU$20,599

Per Person

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*ex Brisbane* Ultimate Antarctica And Patagonia - Seabourn Quest

Departure: 29 Nov 2018 From: San Antonio (Santiago), Chile Cruise line: Seabourn Cruise Ship: Seabourn Quest.

BONUS OFFER^^ 25 Night Fly, Cruise & Stay aboard Seabourn Quest ex San Antonio (Santiago) to Buenos Aires incl 5 star stays in Santiago & Buenos Aires!

From
AU$20,799

Per Person

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