Antarctica Cruises

The fifth largest, the coldest, windiest and driest continent on the planet - if these aren't tempting enough, voyage to Antarctica for the penguins, the whales and the seals.

Antarctic Ocean

Antarctica is a destination on the bucket list of many avid explorers, and now thanks to cruises, there has never been a more comfortable yet convenient way to explore the very heart of Antarctica. The sheer size and grandeur of Antarctica never fails to amaze visitors, a glistening and untouched land of floating ice towers and distinct wildlife. There are numerous shore excursions and activities available such as kayaking and hiking, to ensure guests get to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences. There are numerous research stations which guests may get to visit in order to learn more about the climate and the research being carried out on the continent.


The individuality of Antarctica makes it a must see destination and what better way to do so than on a cruise through the tranquil waters of the Antarctic ocean. It is a land of inspiration and offers a truly unique vacation experience which will never be forgotten. An Antarctic cruise will give you the opportunity to meet the penguins on Snow Hill Island, encounter fascinating whales, cruise the Lemaire Channel and much more.

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  Luxury Expedition Cruises
South Atlantic and Antarctica Ushuaia Return
South Atlantic and Antarctica Ushuaia Return
18 Nights with the Silver Explorer
 November 2017 - February 2019
p.p.from AU$ 28400
Unique Ushuaia
Unique Ushuaia
18 Nights with the Silver Explorer
 05.01.2018
p.p.from AU$ 39900
Amazing Ushuaia Return
Amazing Ushuaia Return
23 Nights with the Silver Explorer
 23.01.2018
p.p.from AU$ 48000
A Ten Day Antarctic Exploration Ushuaia Return
A Ten Day Antarctic Exploration Ushuaia Return
10 Nights with the Silver Explorer
 07.12.2018
p.p.from AU$ 15900
Explore the stunning Antarctic
Explore the stunning Antarctic
10 Nights with the Silver Explorer
 08.12.2017
p.p.from AU$ 32900
  All Inclusive Cruises
South Atlantic and Antarctica Ushuaia Return
South Atlantic and Antarctica Ushuaia Return
18 Nights with the Silver Explorer
 November 2017 - February 2019
p.p.from AU$ 28400
Unique Ushuaia
Unique Ushuaia
18 Nights with the Silver Explorer
 05.01.2018
p.p.from AU$ 39900
Amazing Ushuaia Return
Amazing Ushuaia Return
23 Nights with the Silver Explorer
 23.01.2018
p.p.from AU$ 48000
A Ten Day Antarctic Exploration Ushuaia Return
A Ten Day Antarctic Exploration Ushuaia Return
10 Nights with the Silver Explorer
 07.12.2018
p.p.from AU$ 15900
Explore the stunning Antarctic
Explore the stunning Antarctic
10 Nights with the Silver Explorer
 08.12.2017
p.p.from AU$ 32900
  7 Night Cruises
Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise
Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise
7 Nights with the MS Ocean Nova
 December 2017 - February 2018
p.p.from AU$ 13798
Antarctica Air-Cruise to/from Punta Arenas Return
Antarctica Air-Cruise to/from Punta Arenas Return
7 Nights with the Hebridean Sky
 December 2017 - January 2018
p.p.from AU$ 18316
Antarctic Adventure
Antarctic Adventure
7 Nights with the Sea Adventurer
 December 2017 - February 2019
p.p.from On Request
Classic Antarctica Punta Arenas Return
Classic Antarctica Punta Arenas Return
7 Nights with the MS Ocean Nova
 December 2017 - February 2019
p.p.from On Request
An Enchanting Antarctic Escape
An Enchanting Antarctic Escape
7 Nights with the Island Sky
 December 2017 - December 2017
p.p.from On Request
Our Recommendations
Aimee
Antarctic Experience14 Nights with the Celebrity Infinity
Enjoy a 15-day cruise from Buenos Aires taking in numerous stops along Antarctica such as Paradise Bay and Elephant Island.
Our advice:
Be sure to pack for both sunshine and snow as you cruise between Argentina and Antarctica.

  • Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
  • Antarctic Ocean
  • January 2018 - March 2018
  • 3.6 out of 5

from AU$ 4492
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Harvey
An Antarctic Expedition15 Nights with the L'Austral
This is an Antarctic adventure that includes flights and hotel. You will start in Buenos Aires before flying to Ushuaia to board the ship. After 9 days exploring you will return to Ushuaia and fly back to Buenos Aires before flying back to Australia.
Our advice:
The waters of the Drake Passage are some of the roughest in the world! While it can be calm, more often than not the waves and wind can be quite thrilling so be prepared to "soak" up the unique experience.

  • Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
  • Antarctic Ocean
  • 07.01.2019
  • 0 out of 5

from AU$ 16195
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Gail
Crossing the Circle Ushuaia Return13 Nights with the Sea Adventurer
Cruise from Ushuaia, Argentina through the famous Drake Passage, the Antarctic Peninsula and more!
Our advice:
Enjoy unique insights into this wonderful Continent by taking part in excursions on board smaller ships.

  • Ushuaia - Ushuaia
  • Antarctic Ocean,South America
  • January 2018 - March 2018
  • 0 out of 5

from On Request
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Antarctica portsPorts in Antarctica
Ushuaia, Argentinafrom
AU$ 2270

Ushuaia, the capital of the province of Tierra del Fuego and is Argentina's southernmost city, often referred to as the 'End of the World'. The city has become increasingly popular with tourists in recent times. The Tierra del Fuego National Park offers spectacular scenery as well as the popular End of the World Train ride throughout the park. Wonder at the beautiful sight of the city and the natural surroundings from the Martial Glacier. The Maritime Museum, a former prison is now a museum showcasing the impressive history of Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego

Highlights of Ushuaia
  • Explore the beautiful National Park of Tierra del Fuego
  • Witness the impressive Antarctic ecosystem
  • Learn about the history of the region at the Maritime Museum
Antarctic Peninsula, Antarcticafrom
AU$ 6019

The mountainous Antarctic Peninsula is the northernmost part of Antarctica which stretches towards South America. The Ice Sheet provides one of the most unique destinations worldwide and visitors can see the vast array of wildife which exists such as penguins in addition to various species of whales and seals. The Antarctic Peninsula offers stunning natural landscape complete with ice capped mountains and icebergs. Due to the relatively mild climate (in summer up to +3 ° C) many research stations are based here.

Highlights of Antarctic Peninsula
  • Enjoy the spectacular natural scenery of the Peninsula
  • Witness the vast array of wildlife in their natural habitat
  • Explore Antarctica by kayak for an outdoor experience like no other
Drake Passagefrom
AU$ 9199

The Drake Passage is a strait between the southern tip of South America and the northern tip of Antarctica. It connects the Atlantic with the Pacific Ocean and was named after the explorer Sir Francis Drake. The Passage is around 1,000 kilometres long. Crossing the Drake Passage is seen as a pivotal moment in making the crossing to Antarctica and offers the perfect opportunity for passengers to test their endurance skills, as the waters here are some of the roughest in the world. Once through the Passage passengers will enjoy the calm waters and incredible natural landscape of Antarctica which make the trip more than worth it.

Highlights of Drake Passage
  • Prepare for the trip of a lifetime to Antarctica
  • Experience the unique waters of the Drake Passage
  • Witness the natural landscape of the strait
South Shetland Islands, Antarcticafrom
AU$ 9199

The South Shetland Islands are a group of islands stretching over 500 kilometres. The islands include Elephant Island, Deception Island, Half Moon Island and many more across Antarctica. On the islands there are volcanoes, some of which are still active. Due to the relatively mild temperature, there are numerous bases throughout the islands for carrying out scientific research, some of which are permanently manned, however the most common inhabitants of the islands are seals and penguins. Each island offers passengers a different perspective on Antarctica.

Highlights of the South Shetland Islands
  • Learn about the research being carried out in Antarctica
  • Spot penguins and seals in their natural habitat
  • Explore King George Island, Elephant Island and more
Paradise Bay, Antarcticafrom
AU$ 4492

Paradise Bay is located along the peninsula of Antarctica, in close proximity to South America. Paradise Bay provides the perfect opoortunity for those seeking to enjoy a short sail to Antarctica, due to it's proximity to Ushuaia in Argentina. Paradise Bay offers stunning natural scenery, with a landscape which has remained relatively untouched by tourism. The Bay is characterized by icebergs as well as the high number of penguins which can be seen navigating their way through the icy waters.

Highlights of Paradise Bay
  • Witness the fantastic wildlife up close
  • Enjoy the stunning natural landscape of Paradise Bay
  • A perfect destination for those looking for a short visit to Antarctica
Deception Island, Antarcticafrom
AU$ 16195

Deception island, a former whaling station is part of the South Shetland Islands. The Island is characterized by an active volcano. The presence of this volcano has led many to believe that the waters of Deception Island are amongst Antarctica's warmest, therefore many brave visitors choose the island as the location of their Antarctic swim. The island has also proven to be a popular spot for research, with multiple countries having research bases on the island.

Highlights of Deception Island
  • Test your bravery by taking a dip in the waters of Whalers Bay
  • Visit the site of Antarctica's first ever flight departure
  • Learn about the natural environment of Antarctica and the research being carried out
Antarctic Ocean Antarctica cruises to the White Continent will be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. This ice-covered region of the Southern Hemisphere draws in fewer than 20,000 cruise passengers annually and is not for those who expect a mainstream cruising experience. If you want to savour the delights of vibrant onboard shops and casinos, then a cruise to Antarctica is not for you! Instead, the fascination of the White Isle lies in its sheer beauty and in experiencing the imposing, all-powerful force of nature. For this coldest, driest and windiest landmass on the planet is actually a wildlife paradise; Antarctica cruises boasts an unrivalled abundance of flora and fauna. Spending a few days sharing your world with seals, penguins and flocks of screaming birds will be a thrilling experience. Excursions will see you hiking and kayaking and whale watching, and in the evenings you will be treated to informative lectures on the climate and geography of this dramatic landscape.

Antarctica Cruises - The Ships

There are a surprising number of cruise lines that will sail you to Antarctica. Some of the most experienced operators in these waters are Oceanwide Expeditions, Quark Expeditions, and Holland America Line. Their ships are without fail modern and comfortable. Unlike larger ocean-going cruise ships operating elsewhere in the world, these ships will not come furnished with show venues, waterparks, and twenty different dining rooms. What they do offer is a friendly, intimate atmosphere, cosy bars and dining rooms, and panoramic lounges. If you are looking for a vessel to rival the more mainstream options and transport you in absolute luxury, then you should consider the five-star cruise lines Seabourn and Silversea Cruises. Their ships come with exquisite furnishings (think marble bathrooms) and 24-hour butler service. All vessels cruising these waters have ice-strengthened hulls to ensure absolute safety. Some of the more robust expedition and research cruise ships are actually icebreakers that can cut paths through the ice to reach the more out-the-way destinations. For more information on Antarctica cruises call our cruise experts today on 1300 887 590.