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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Our Recommendations
  Luxury Expedition Cruises
Cruise with Silversea from Dunedin
Cruise with Silversea from Dunedin
22 Nights with the Silver Explorer
 18.01.2021
p.p.from $35,910
Memorable Valparaíso to enticing Ushuaia
Memorable Valparaíso to enticing Ushuaia
12 Nights with the Silver Explorer
 23.11.2019
p.p.from $10,800
Sail with Silversea from Ushuaia
Sail with Silversea from Ushuaia
12 Nights with the Silver Explorer
 December 2019 - March 2020
p.p.from $16,470
15 day journey to Valparaíso from Ushuaia
15 day journey to Valparaíso from Ushuaia
14 Nights with the Silver Explorer
 04.03.2020
p.p.from $10,710
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 $37,620
  All Inclusive Cruises
58 day cruise with the Seabourn Quest to Miami
58 day cruise with the Seabourn Quest to Miami
57 Nights with the Seabourn Quest
 23.02.2020
p.p.from $31,999
Travelling with the Viking Sun to Los Angeles from Greenwich
Travelling with the Viking Sun to Los Angeles from Greenwich
126 Nights with the Viking Sun
 31.08.2019
p.p.from $61,595
23 day voyage on board the Crystal Endeavor from Christchurch
23 day voyage on board the Crystal Endeavor from Christchurch
22 Nights with the Crystal Endeavor
 January 2021 - February 2021
p.p.from $98,705
Sail from Hobart, Tasmania to Christchurch via McMurdo Sound
Sail from Hobart, Tasmania to Christchurch via McMurdo Sound
22 Nights with the Crystal Endeavor
 January 2021 - January 2021
p.p.from $98,563
Expedition with Viking Ocean Cruises from Valparaíso
Expedition with Viking Ocean Cruises from Valparaíso
17 Nights with the Viking Jupiter
 December 2019 - March 2020
p.p.from $10,695
  Cruises from Ushuaia
9 day cruise with the Le Soléal to Hanga Roa
9 day cruise with the Le Soléal to Hanga Roa
8 Nights with the Le Soléal
 29.02.2020
p.p.from $2,210
Sail with Silversea from Ushuaia
Sail with Silversea from Ushuaia
12 Nights with the Silver Explorer
 December 2019 - March 2020
p.p.from $16,470
15 day journey to Valparaíso from Ushuaia
15 day journey to Valparaíso from Ushuaia
14 Nights with the Silver Explorer
 04.03.2020
p.p.from $10,710
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 $37,620
19 day journey on board the Silver Explorer from Ushuaia
19 day journey on board the Silver Explorer from Ushuaia
18 Nights with the Silver Explorer
 December 2019 - February 2020
p.p.from $34,830
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Deb
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
  • Pacific,South America,Antarctic Ocean
  • January 2020 - February 2020

from $4,153
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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
  • Pacific,South America,Antarctic Ocean
  • 16.01.2020

from $37,620
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Harvey
Picturesque expedition from Buenos Aires with Seabourn
Explore the best of Antarctica in luxury. This 25 day voyage on board the Seabourn Quest will be stopping in Argentina, Chile and more.
Our advice:
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 Seabourn is certainly the way to go.

  • Buenos Aires - San Antonio
  • Pacific,South America,Antarctic Ocean
  • 19.12.2019

from $20,999
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Ports in Antarctica
Ushuaia, Argentinafrom
$2,380

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
Antarctic Peninsula, Antarcticafrom
$5,295

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
$6,399

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
$24,120

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
Antarctic Sound, Antarcticafrom
$5,638

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
Elephant Island, Antarcticafrom
$4,943

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

Highlights of Elephant Island
  • Learn about the significance of the island for Antarctic exploration
  • Witness the remains of the ship of Ernest Schackelford and his crew
  • Watch the natural wildilfe of the island which includes elephant seals and penguins
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.

Highlights of Cuverville Island
  • See gentoo penguins
  • Antarctic pearlwort flora
  • Minke whales and other wildlife
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.

Highlights of Half Moon Island
  • Take in some of Antarctica's most scenic spots
  • Spend some time hiking in the outdoors of Antarctica
  • Visit Half Moon Island's very own cobble beach
Deception Island, Antarcticafrom
On Request

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
Paradise Bay, Antarcticafrom
$4,943

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
Ross Island, Antarcticafrom
$61,020

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.

Highlights of Ross Island
  • Admire the penguin-motif stained-glass windows at the Chapel of the Snows
  • Explore the atmpspheric Shackleton's Hut and learn all about its history
  • Reward the scientist in you by a visit to the Crary Science and Engineering Centre
Saunders Island, Falkland Islandsfrom
$34,830

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.

Highlights of Saunders Island
  • Take a tour to the Neck - the place with the highest concentration of wildlife on the island
  • Learn all about sheep farming
  • Spot elephant seals, black-neck swans and other rare animals
Lemaire Channel, Antarcticafrom
On Request

The Lemair Channel is a strait in Antarctica which is often used during the Passage to the south side of the continent. The passage is named after a Belgian expeditionist Charles Lemair, although he never visited Antarctica himself. The channel is lined by mountain peaks which form a strait which is approximately 7 miles in length. The clarity of the water means that many of the peaks can be seen reflected in the waters of the channel, adding to the natural beauty of the channel.

Highlights of Lemaire Channel
  • Look out for reflections of the mountin peaks in the waters
  • Prepare to journey to the far south of Antarctica
  • Soak up the sheer quaintness of the channel
Port Lockroy, Antarcticafrom
On Request

Port Lockroy is a natural harbour on the West coast of Wiencke Island, Antarctica. Originally, it served the British military as Operation port, but today is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Antarctica. Visitors to Port Lockroy can visit the post office and purchase souvenirs from the local gift shop. 'Base A', home to british research in the area, welcomes visitors during the Summer season. There is also a museum which provides unique insights into the history of Port Lockroy and life in Antarctica.

Highlights of Port Lockroy
  • Send a postcard from Antarctica!
  • Visit 'Base A' to learn more about life in Port Lockroy
  • Explore the museum to learn about the history of Antarctica and Port Lockroy
Petermann Island, Antarcticafrom
On Request

Petermann Island is situated in the Antarctic island and is often the most southern point of trips to the region. The islands is known for it volcanic history, and steep elevations of up to 250m. About half of the island is permanently covered in an icecap. For these reasons we recommend exploring with the help of a guide or tour. Of course the island provided plenty of great photo opportunities and has been identified as an “Important Bird Area” as it is home to around 3,000 pairs of gentoo penguins.

Highlights of Petermann Island
  • Rugged and captivating scenery
  • One of the best areas to see gentoo penguins
  • Enjoy a tour or excursion
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.