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A little bit about 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.

The Antarctic Peninsula is 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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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 an 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.

Hope Bay

Hope Bay is 5 km long and 3 km wide and is home to Argentinean Research Station “Esperanza”. The bay offers great views to stunning icebergs of all shapes and blues.

Neumayer Channel

Neumayer Channel is 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 majestic cliffs.

Antarctica Circle

Cross the most southerly of the five major circles of latitude that mark maps of the Earth.

The Weddell Sea

The Weddell Sea is the location of Ernest Shackleton’s famous “Endurance” expedition. Be amazed by dramatic landscapes of rugged snow-capped mountains and mesmerising glaciers. It is the best region for spotting immense icebergs.

Get up close with wildlife

Antarctica has an abundant wildlife, unafraid of humans. The best-known animals are Penguins, Seals, Whales and a vast variety of Sea Birds.

Our Vessels

Sea Spirit

116 Passengers

M/V Ortelius

106 Passengers

Le Boréal

264 Passengers

Le Soléal

264 Passengers

L'Austral

264 Passengers

Le Lyrial

260 Passengers

M/V Ocean Nova

68 Passengers

Hebridean Sky

114 (70 crew) Passengers

Sea Adventurer

117 Passengers

Ocean Endeavour

199 Passengers

Ocean Diamond

189 Passengers

Akademik Sergey Vavilov

92 Passengers

Akademik Ioffe

96 Passengers

Island Sky

108 Passengers

World Explorer

125 Passengers

M/S Expedition

134 Passengers

Ocean Atlantic

195 Passengers

M/V Plancius

116 Passengers

RCGS Resolute

146 Passengers

M/V Ushuaia

88 passengers and 38 staff Passengers