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.
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.
Choose to sail with a recognizable cruise line you can trust, on a state of the art vessel where almost every cabin has a sweeping veranda view - well-needed for the Antarctica landscape.
- Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
- Antarctic Ocean,South America
- January 2019 - February 2020
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.
- Ushuaia - Ushuaia
- South America,Antarctic Ocean,Transatlantic
If you really want a proper expedition-type trip to Antarctica, where you get stuck in with extensive shore activities and can listen to expert staff who can teach you all there is to know about the continent, a voyage with Hurtigruten is certainly the way to go.
- Santiago de Chile - Punta Arenas
- Antarctic Ocean,South America
- January 2019 - March 2019
Ushuaia, the capital of the province of Tierra del Fuego, is Argentina's southernmost city. The Tierra del Fuego National Park offers spectacular scenery alongside the popular ‘End of the World’ train ride through the park. Wonder at the beautiful sights of the city and the natural surroundings from the Martial Glacier. History buffs should make sure to visit the Maritime Museum.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
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
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
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
The Antarctic Sound is a water mass which received it's name from the 'Sound', a Swedish ship which was the first to successfully pass through the area. The Antarctic Sound divides the Jainville Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. The area is populated by a wide variety of wildlife including the popular gentoo penguins, in addition to a wide variety of seals. The Antarctic Sound is the perfect place to witness the beautiful glaciers and snow-capped peaks of Antarctica.Highlights of Antarctic Sound
- Enjoy the tranquility of the Antarctic Sound
- See where the Antarctic Peninsula and the Jainville Islands are separated
- Keep a look out for Weddell seals and more wildlife
Cuverville Island or as it's known originally 'Île de Cavelier de Cuverville' is an island located in the Errera Channel of Graham Land in Antarctica. Discovered by a group of Belgian Antarctic Explorers under the leadership of Adrien de Gerlache who named the island after the vice admiral of the French Navy at that time. The island is identified as an Important Bird Area as it is home to a breeding colony of gentoo penguins, with over 6500 pairs, it's the largest on the peninsula.Highlights of Cuverville Island
- See gentoo penguins
- Antarctic pearlwort flora
- Minke whales and other wildlife
Antarctica Cruises - The ShipsThere 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.
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