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Antarctic Adventure Cruises

There is no other cruise region on earth as unspoiled and tantalising as Antarctica. The frozen continent allows only a handful of cruise-ship visitors per year and yet boasts some of the most fascinating ecosystems and landscapes.

It is no surprise, then, that this snow-laden wonderland – which is accessible by sea for only a few months a year – regularly receives the highest approval rating from cruise passengers. Its combination of stunning scenery, amazing wildlife and sheer physical presence makes for the most memorable of visits.

Most voyages sail from Ushuaia on the very tip of Argentina – itself one of the most unusual and beguiling ports of call – and navigate the historic Drake Passage to reach mainland Antarctica. There, visitors are afforded the unique opportunity to walk where very few have travelled and absorb the unbroken vistas of this genuine, untouched wilderness.

It is a journey of wonder and discovery as you encounter comical penguins, magnificent whales and playful dolphins, as well as icebergs the size of small cities and islands bursting with life in the short Austral summer season. You will also find the peaceful, awesome majesty of Antarctica itself working its way into your heart as the guest lecturers and nature guides reveal why it is such a vital and powerful part of nature’s bounty.

At places like Deception Island, you can swim in the volcano-heated “hot tub” of Pendulum Cove; at Aitcho Island, chinstrap penguins and elephant seal vie for attention; gentoo penguins inhabit Cuverville Island en masse; and humpback whales can often be seen in the many bays and straits, notably at Paradise Bay.

The remote Shetland Islands are often included on many Antarctic itineraries, and this is another destination-rich experience, with the likes of Port Stanley, Goose Green and South Georgia providing a wealth of insights into the history of this little-seen corner as well as another array of fascinating wildlife.

It all adds another layer of enthralling appeal to the Antarctic region and highlights how desolation can become truly serene.

But, most of all, you will discover why it has been such a magnet for explorers over the ages – and feel why this is truly one of THE great destinations in the world.

Best time to travel to Antarctica: December-February
Weather: Cool, with some fog and rain; average temperatures 8° - 6°
Flight times: Approx 18 hours from London to Ushuaia (Argentina) via Buenos Aires
Recommended Tour Option: Stop off in Buenos Aires for the 3 nights and visit Iguazu Falls, one of South America’s most popular natural tourist attractions.

Recommended Antarctica Cruise Lines

Silver Explorer (Silversea Cruises): Silversea’s Prince Albert II offers six-star style luxury adventure cruising to Antarctica. Carrying just 132 people, the ship has an ice-strengthened hull allowing it to travel in to waters unreachable by other operators. Voyages sail from and return to Ushuaia and take in the best ports of call the White Continent has to offer. More about Silver Explorer.

Lindblad Expeditions: Travelling on the National Geographic Explorer, a state-of-the-art expedition ship, Lindblad are renowned specialists when it comes to adventure and expedition cruises. Carrying a fleet of Zodiacs and kayaks, their Antarctic cruises are perfect for those seeking real adventure on their cruise holiday. More about Linblad Expeditions

If you would like more information on adventure cruises in the Antarctic, please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677.


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