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.

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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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Expert tips for cruising the Antarctic
Our Recommendations
  Luxury Expedition Cruises
Sailing from Ushuaia to Cape Town
Sailing from Ushuaia to Cape Town
21 Nights with the Silver Cloud Expedition
 28.02.2020
p.p.from $16,700
Sailing from Ushuaia with the Silver Cloud Expedition
Sailing from Ushuaia with the Silver Cloud Expedition
10 Nights with the Silver Cloud Expedition
 January 2020 - January 2021
p.p.from $14,940
Sailing from Ushuaia with the Silver Cloud Expedition
Sailing from Ushuaia with the Silver Cloud Expedition
15 Nights with the Silver Cloud Expedition
 January 2021 - January 2021
p.p.from $26,460
Sail from Ushuaia with the Silver Cloud Expedition
Sail from Ushuaia with the Silver Cloud Expedition
15 Nights with the Silver Cloud Expedition
 November 2020 - January 2021
p.p.from $18,450
Sailing from Ushuaia with the Silver Explorer
Sailing from Ushuaia with the Silver Explorer
18 Nights with the Silver Explorer
 16.01.2020
p.p.from $43,400
  All Inclusive Cruises
Sailing from Ushuaia to Cape Town
Sailing from Ushuaia to Cape Town
21 Nights with the Silver Cloud Expedition
 28.02.2020
p.p.from $16,700
Sailing from Ushuaia with the Silver Cloud Expedition
Sailing from Ushuaia with the Silver Cloud Expedition
10 Nights with the Silver Cloud Expedition
 January 2020 - January 2021
p.p.from $14,940
Trip with Silversea from Ushuaia
Trip with Silversea from Ushuaia
12 Nights with the Silver Wind
 January 2021 - February 2021
p.p.from $19,440
Sailing from Ushuaia with the Silver Cloud Expedition
Sailing from Ushuaia with the Silver Cloud Expedition
15 Nights with the Silver Cloud Expedition
 January 2021 - January 2021
p.p.from $26,460
Sail from Ushuaia with the Silver Cloud Expedition
Sail from Ushuaia with the Silver Cloud Expedition
15 Nights with the Silver Cloud Expedition
 November 2020 - January 2021
p.p.from $18,450
  Cruises from Ushuaia
Sailing from Ushuaia to Cape Town
Sailing from Ushuaia to Cape Town
21 Nights with the Silver Cloud Expedition
 28.02.2020
p.p.from $16,700
Sailing from Ushuaia with the Silver Cloud Expedition
Sailing from Ushuaia with the Silver Cloud Expedition
10 Nights with the Silver Cloud Expedition
 January 2020 - January 2021
p.p.from $14,940
Trip with Silversea from Ushuaia
Trip with Silversea from Ushuaia
12 Nights with the Silver Wind
 January 2021 - February 2021
p.p.from $19,440
Sailing from Ushuaia with the Silver Cloud Expedition
Sailing from Ushuaia with the Silver Cloud Expedition
15 Nights with the Silver Cloud Expedition
 January 2021 - January 2021
p.p.from $26,460
Sail from Ushuaia with the Silver Cloud Expedition
Sail from Ushuaia with the Silver Cloud Expedition
15 Nights with the Silver Cloud Expedition
 November 2020 - January 2021
p.p.from $18,450
Our Recommendations
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Travelling from Buenos Aires via Elephant Island
A 14-night adventure with visits to such ports as Paradise Bay and Elephant Island in Antarctica, along with South American stops including in Argentina and Uruguay.
Our advice:
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
  • South America,Antarctic Ocean,Pacific
  • January 2020 - February 2020

from $2,621
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Katalin
Sailing from Ushuaia with the Silver Explorer
This is an Antarctic adventure that includes many overnights to ensure you get to fully explore your destinations. You will start in Ushuaia and travel through the Falklands towards the Antarctic Peninsula. Silversea offer enrichment lectures with experts onboard to ensure you get the most out of your holiday.
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.

  • Ushuaia - Ushuaia
  • Antarctic Ocean,South America,Pacific
  • 16.01.2020

from $43,400
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Ports in Antarctica
Antarctic Peninsula, Antarcticafrom
$4,401

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.

Drake Passagefrom
$3,229

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.

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islandsfrom
$14,940

The island group of South Georgia lies in the South Atlantic, about 1600 km away from the South American mainland. The region is one of the most important breeding areas of king penguins.

South Shetland Islands, Antarcticafrom
$14,940

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.

Antarctic Sound, Antarcticafrom
$3,811

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.

Elephant Island, Antarcticafrom
$2,621

Elephant Island, is a member of Antarctica's Island chain, referred to as the South Shetland Islands. The name Elephant Island is derived from the shape of the island, which is said to resemble that of an elephant head. Elephant Island is closely associated with Antarctic explorers such as Ernest Shackelford and Tom Crean. Their expedition crew remained stranded on the island for a number of months having had their ship go down in the icy waters of Antarctica before Schackelford made it to Georgia for help. The remains of the ship can still be seen on the island today

Deception Island, Antarcticafrom
$19,720

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.

Half Moon Island, Antarcticafrom
On Request

Half Moon Island is an Antarctic island which is part of the South Shetland Islands. The island is located about 120km from the Antarctic Peninsula and is about 2km long. The crescent-shaped island contains the crater of a volcano and measures 101m at its highest point. The island was one of the first Antarctic spots ever visited and is believed by many to be one of the most beautiful, despite welcoming visitors since the early 1800's. Hiking trips are popular excursions undertaken on Half Moon Bay. Many seabirds and penguins are native to the island.

Cuverville Island, Antarcticafrom
On Request

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.

Saunders Island, Falkland Islandsfrom
$20,970

Saunders is an island in the Falklands, it is located north west of the West Falkland Island and is the fourth largest in the archipelago. The island's terrain varies from rocky hills to sweeping shorelines. Saunders' exceptional wildlife - the island is recognised as an Important Bird Area and is home to all five breeding species of penguin - draws nature lovers from all over the world. Besides that, Saunders is historically significant as it is the first British settlement site on the Falkland Islands.

Paradise Bay, Antarcticafrom
$2,621

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.

Ross Island, Antarcticafrom
$41,130

Ross Island is a volcanic island located in the Ross Sea, near Antarctica. The island is named after its discoverer James Clark Ross. One of the four volcanoes located here - Erebus is still active and is the southernmost active volcano. Ross Island is home to both the US and the New Zealand Antarctic stations, meaning that in the summer the island becomes a hub of activity - scientists are passing through on their way to different field camps and the South Pole. Ross Island is also famous for its penguin rookeries.

Nightingale Island, South Atlantic Oceanfrom
$14,940

Nightingale Island is an active volcanic island located in the south atlantic ocean, only 3 square kilometers in size. It is also home to a huge variety of sea birds.

Gough Islandfrom
$14,940

Gough Island is part of the British Overseas Territory of St Helena. It is located in the South Atlantic Ocean and was first discovered by the Portuguese. This rugged volcanic island is inhabited solely by the personnel of the South African weather station, making it one of the most remote places with a constant human presence on the planet. Gough Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a gem for bird lovers - there is a wealth of breeding seabirds both warm- and cold-water.

Carcass Island, Falkland Islandsfrom
On Request

Carcass Island is situated in the north-west of the archipelago. Cat and rat free it is a haven for small bird species including the endemic Cobb’s wren. The scenery is varied with beautiful white sandy beaches, tussac paddocks, rocky hills and clifftops; Carcass Island is a fantastic destination for both walking enthusiasts and those who prefer just a short stroll or drive to a scenic spot.

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.