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Cruise To The Antarctic Peninsula

Going to Antarctica is a trip of a life time that not many people get to experience. Witness spectacular landscapes filled with incredible wildlife.

Travel to the Antarctic Peninsula, the northernmost part of the mainland of Antarctica. Stretching out from the Antarctic continent towards South America. These continents are separated by the infamous Drake Passage. Visiting the Antarctica Peninsula is the most convenient way to get a glimpse of Antarctica since it covers the shortest distance from South America.

There is a good variety of scenery and wildlife to be seen on the peninsula. It is irresistible for its spectacular iceberg sculptures, incredible glaciers and millions of penguins, such as the adelie, gentoo and chinstrap, that you will see waddling around. 

Some of our cruises give you the opportunity to cross the Antarctic Circle. If you choose that option, you would then be part of an elite group of people who have ventured a region seldom visited.

Choose from our range of unique trips or contact us and we’ll be happy to tailor the perfect itinerary to suit your requirements.

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FAQs

When is the best season to go to Antarctica?

The Antarctic cruising season starts late October and runs until March. These are the only months of the year when temperatures are known to reach above 0 degrees Celsius during the day on the Antarctic Peninsula, and though the east tends to be colder, it is still more tolerable at this time of the year.

How many people will be on the ship?

It depends on the ship but the majority of our ships carry between 50 and 150 passengers. A few of the mega-yachts and purpose-built cruise ships carry around 250 passengers. 

Is it a problem if I am sea sick?

Everyone reacts differently to sea conditions whether during the crossing of the infamous Drake Passage to Antarctica, or even during calmer seas. However, our vessels are built for maximum stability and comfort to ensure that even in rough conditions, sea and motion sickness are kept to a minimum at all times. To avoid seasickness, ask your doctor to prescribe appropriate seasickness medicine for you and make sure you have enough for the whole trip. Tips: If you are prone to motion sickness, it is best to avoid alcohol, tobacco, excess liquids and confined spaces.

What do I need to bring?

Antarctica is an extreme environment and although Antarctic cruises depart during the spring and summer months, the weather can change dramatically, with no warning and so you need to be prepared for conditions in this harsh region. 

  • A Parka, but don’t bring your own, it will be provided.
  • Waterproof boots and pants
  • Warm socks, gloves, scarf and a hat
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses
  • Zip lock plastic bags or dry sacks for carrying camera, batteries, etc. 

Is it safe to travel to the Antarctic Peninsula?

All our tours are 100% tried and tested to ensure that when you travel with us, you are doing so in a controlled and safe environment with trained experts. Also, one of our biggest concern is the weather conditions to ensure you have the best adventure without risk of injuries to you or the vessel. For your safety, activities may occasionally need to be rescheduled or cancelled.

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Some of the main attractions

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Paradise Harbour

Paradise Harbour, also known as Paradise Bay, is a natural harbour on the West Antarctic Peninsula. Surrounded by majestic icebergs and calm water, the harbour is used cruise ships to stop on the continent.

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Neko Harbour

Situated in the West coast of Graham Land, Neko Harbour is the best place to land in Antarctica and offers terrific hiking opportunities up to panoramic viewpoints.

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Neumayer Channel

A narrow 16 km long passage, between Wiencke Island and Anvers Island in the Palmer Archipelago. The channel was named after the German geographer Georg von Neumayer and is known for its huge cliffs.

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The Weddell Sea

The location of Ernest Shackleton’s famous Endurance expedition. Witness dramatic landscapes of rugged snow-capped mountains and mesmerising glaciers. It is the best region for spotting immense icebergs.

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Cuverville Island

At the entrance of Errera Channel and flanked by mountains and glaciers of the Antarctic mainland. The island is a 252-meters high rock with a long shingle beach, home to about 6,500 breeding pairs of gentoos.

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Port Lockroy

Port Lockroy is a bay forming a natural harbour on the north-western shore of Wiencke Island - Send a post card home from Antarctica at the most southerly operational post office in the world.

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Our Vessels

Ocean Albatros

175 Passengers

MV Plancius

108 Passengers

MV Ortelius

108 Passengers

MV Hondius

176 Passengers

Ocean Endeavour

200 Passengers

Ushuaia

88 passengers and 38 staff Passengers

World Explorer

125 Passengers

Ultramarine

199 Passengers

Ocean Explorer

138 Passengers

Le Boréal

264 (200 in Antarctica) Passengers

Le Lyrial

260 (200 in Antarctica) Passengers

L'Austral

264 (200 in Antarctica) Passengers

Greg Mortimer

132 Passengers

Sylvia Earle

132 Passengers

G Expedition

134 Passengers

Sea Spirit

114 Passengers

Ocean Nova

71 Passengers

Magellan Explorer

100 (75 on fly-cruise) Passengers

MS Seaventure | Antarctic Cruise Ship

139 - 149 Passengers

MS Fridtjof Nansen

500 in Antarctica (530) Passengers

MS Roald Amundsen

530 (500 in Antarctica) Passengers

Ocean Victory

175 Passengers

Le Commandant Charcot

270 (200 in Antarctica) Passengers

Seabourn Venture

264 Passengers

Seabourn Pursuit

264 Passengers