From South America, in less than two days sailing you arrive at the Antarctic Peninsula where you'll be met by iceberg flanked passageways, fossil rich islands and abundant wildlife, including penguins, seals, petrels and whales. Explore the shoreline and the beaches by Zodiac, get close to the icebergs by kayak or take a scenic helicopter ride for a birds eye view. The trip of a lifetime!
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Must do experiences and highlights on an Antarctic Cruise
A Scenic Helicopter Ride
Antarctica is amazing by sea, but imagine a helicopter ride from your cruise ship, weaving above icebergs for a unique view of ice and wildlife below.
Kayak Among the Icebergs
Glide quietly among the creaking icebergs in the pristine waters of the Antarctic Peninsula, where the spotting of penguins and albatross warm the soul.
Conquer Drakes Passage
An adventure traveller’s rite of passage is through the tempestuous waters of Drake’s Passage, heralding big seas, whales, dolphins and albatross. A bucket list cruising experience.
Camp under the Polar Sky
Camp overnight on the Antarctic Peninsula to experience the life of a polar explorer. Under the midnight sun you observe penguins and Antarctic fur seals hugging the shoreline and whales of all species in the water.
The Gentoo of South Georgia
Watch hundreds of gentoo penguins huddle together on icy beaches or march in formation along the shoreline when you stop to explore the abundant wildlife of South Georgia Island. A once in a lifetime experience!
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What our clients are saying about adventures to the South Pole
It was a wonderful trip everyone should do it at least once in their lifetime. I went to Falkland Island, South Georgia Islands and Antarctica twice, both trips were excellent but I will recommend the January cruise if you like to see more penguins especially if you want to see those baby chicks still in the nest with mummy. Cabin was simple and clean, dining room staffs were excellent, always welcome you, greet you with your name and smile, help you anyway they can, I don't know how they can remember ...read more everyone's name. They remembered my Asian name, my drink and my cabin number. I'm not interested in food, everyone said meals were excellent and plentiful, many thanks to Hannah who makes booking online so easy. I gave 2 stars for entertainment that was because I never went to the bar at night.
“Trip of a lifetime”
A journey to the most remote and coldest continent on our planet was always going to be heavily dependent on weather, and boy did we luck out, with the two journeys to and back through the notoriously rough Drake Passage as calm as it could get. So lucky were we that we got to Antarctica a whole half-day early, and also arrived back into Ushuaia the same, 12 hours early. Throughout the nine days of sailing, we had mostly fine weather, which is a rarity down in that part of the world, with a few days ...read more of bright sunshine, and only one day of a very mild drizzle. The sparkling weather really made for the most wonderful of journeys, and we managed to do 9 Zodiac trips in total (7 landings, 2 explorations), so we got the most out of the whole time in Antarctica. The expedition team onboard the Expedition were fantastic, in particular the team leader Jonathan, whose British charm and refined character was very well received by every passenger. They made us feel special, and every excursion we attempted was well handled, varied, and exciting. We got to see humpback whales up close, as well as seals and numerous gentoo penguins, chinstrap penguins, and the occasional adelie penguins in their natural elements, which made the trip all the more special. And the highlight? The crossings through the legendary Lemaire Channel, where our return trip had one of the best (and longest) sunsets of our lives. We can't finish without also praising the variety and amount of food served on the ship, which was excellent, with every type of cuisine imaginable for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; it really felt like we were constantly eating but that's what a holiday is for, right? Overall, our trip to Antarctica was one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences that will be impossible to better, and will long linger in our memories for as long as we live.
“Holiday of a lifetime in Antarctica”
Antarctica in January is spectacular!!! I cannot recommend this cruise enough. The check-in was easy, the cabins were clean and quite comfortable considering their small size, the food was amazing and the scenery...beyond words. The Drake Passage is as bad as everyone says, make sure you take prescription medication. Day 1 in Antarctica and we had a continental landing, spotted penguins and seals, had Orcas approach the ship who swam underneath us and I was lucky enough to camp on Antarctica! Believe ...read more it or not but each day was better than the last, we had a mixture of weather; it snowed, we had clear skies and it was overcast at times (great for photos). We witnessed all sorts of bird life, whales and seals. I loved the Islands with penguin colonies and sending a post card from Port Lockroy was a highlight. The presentations from the experts were interesting and all staff are so friendly and inclusive. I will remember this trip forever. I would advise that you do not start the tour in Buenos Aires, instead begin from Ushuaia and explore Tierra Del Fuego National Park and the port town of Ushuaia on your own. Those who toured the park through the included trip seemed rushed.
“The most amazing experience ever!”
This trip exceeded every expectation! The boat was very comfortable. The staff were exceptional - from the cleaning staff to the expedition staff. I was worried about the sea days but I needed the sea days to have some down time to recover from our expedition days. The food was diverse and great quality. I would recommend this trip to everyone. You must go to South Georgia...do not go to Antarctica without going there as it is so amazing!
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