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 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 inflatables so you need to ensure you are properly dressed for these trips.

Antarctica Cruises

Beyond The Polar Circle - Fly Cruise Departs 13th Jan 2020

Departure: 15 Jan 2020 From: Ushuaia, Argentina Cruise line: Ponant Cruise Ship: L'Austral.

This National Geographic hosted voyage on Ponant`s L`Austral includes South Georgia & the Falklands plus the Antarctic Peninsula. CTV


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Coral Princess - Antarctica & Cape Horn

Departure: 19 Jan 2021 From: Buenos Aires, Argentina Cruise line: Princess Cruises Cruise Ship: Coral Princess.

BONUS CREDIT^ Cruise 16 nights with Coral Princess ex Buenos Aires to San Antonio


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Antarctica And Cape Horn - Coral Princess

Departure: 19 Jan 2021 From: Buenos Aires, Argentina Cruise line: Princess Cruises Cruise Ship: Coral Princess.

BONUS CREDIT^ Cruise & Stay 20 nights with Coral Princess ex Buenos Aires to Santiago PLUS Tango Show in Buenos Aires PLUS City Tour in Santiago


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