A land like no other, Antarctica has drawn tourists for many years now. It’s beautiful, pristine landscape leaves visitors in a trance-like state of wonderment. Whales breach in the sun, seals laze on the ice-floats, penguins waddle up to people and giant icebergs rise out of the sea like skyscrapers.
Antarctica, however, is a large continent with a host of incredible sites and activities. The sheer size and wealth of things to see and do can sometimes make it difficult to know which Antarctica cruise itinerary to choose.
Therefore, in an attempt to make this decision easier, we have listed each Antarctica cruise itinerary below.
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Prices from: US$5,500 pp | Trip length: 10-12 days
The Classic Antarctica Cruise is the quintessential Antarctic cruise itinerary. By far the most popular option among travelers, the classic cruise takes its visitors across the Drake Passage, before exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. Highlights include several shore landings, swimming in Deception Bay and viewing whales, penguins and seals. Being the cheapest option, the classic cruise is the ideal option for tourists who want a first-time taste of Antarctica and for tourists on a budget.
Prices from: US$10,500 pp | Trip length: 20-22 days
Probably the second most popular Antarctica Cruise itinerary, the Antarctica via Falklands and South Georgia cruise offers travelers the chance to explore not only the stunning landscape of the peninsula, but also the wildlife rich islands to the north. The Galapagos of the Antarctic region, both the Falkland Islands and South Georgia are abundant in wildlife, often displaying over a million seals and penguins on one beach, including the charismatic King Penguins. This is generally one of the more expensive cruise, but certainly one of the best.
Prices from: US$8,500 pp | Trip length: 14 days
The Antarctica Circle Cruise itinerary is the perfect option for those wishing to explore further down the continent’s peninsula. The circle cruise has a similar start to that of the Classic Cruise. You begin by crossing the notorious Drake Passage before arriving at the peninsula. After exploring for several days, the circle cruise continues south taking in the western coast of Antarctica, an area that not many on earth have seen. You’ll celebrate with your fellow travelers and guides as you cross the Antarctic Circle.
Prices from: US$8,500 pp | Trip length: 8 days
The Antarctica Express Cruise is the ideal option for travellers who don’t have much time on their hands or for people who suffer from severe sea sickness. The express cruise itinerary avoids the 2 day Drake Crossing, instead, travellers take a flight from Punta Arenas which then lands at King George Island. Once landed, you will have the chance to explore the island before embarking your ship to explore the peninsula region. Afterwards you take a flight back.
Prices from: US$10,000 pp | Trip length: 10 days
The Antarctica Fly South – Cruise North itinerary takes visitors one way by plane and the other by ship. The fly south -cruise north option is perfect for travelers who are short on time but still wish to experience the epic Drake Passage crossing. Many people believe the crossing is a rite-of-passage for Antarctic visitors and it’s certainly unforgettable. After flying in to King George Island, you’ll board your chosen ship and sail around the main peninsula attractions, viewing stunning landscapes and amazing wildlife.
Prices from: US$10,000 pp | Trip length: 11 days
The Weddell Sea Cruise is a true expedition voyage. If you fancy something totally unique, then this may be the cruise for you. After crossing the Drake Passage, you begin by exploring the western peninsula like other Antarctic cruise itineraries, however, you then sail around to the eastern side of the peninsula to explore a region less traveled. Here you will take several helicopter journeys and search for the famous emperor penguins, an animal that is rarely seen, even in Antarctica.
Prices from: US$5,500 pp | Trip length: 10-12 days
One of the most remote areas on our planet, the Ross Sea is a region steeped in human exploration history. Few people have ever stepped foot in the region and the area provides a fascinating mix between incredible wildlife and polar exploration. The highlights are without doubt the Ross Sea ice shelf and the wildlife rich sub-Antarctic islands of New Zealand. People with a sense of curiosity will be delighted every day as you visit penguin rookeries, seal colonies and historic exploration huts.
Prices from: US$7,000 pp | Trip length: 11-12 days
The Antarctica Basecamp Cruise is the ideal cruise for active people with an adventurous spirit! Unlike other peninsula cruises that explore the region, the Basecamp Cruise itinerary focuses on activities such as kayaking, mountaineering, camping and snowshoeing! The cruise is anchors in only one or two spots (basecamp) whilst you attempt all the fun activities on offer. Unlike other Antarctic cruises, these activities are all included in the price. You not only conduct your activities, but you also get the chance to visit some of the most spectacular areas in the region including the Lemaire Channel and Port Lockroy! You’ll also get the chance to get up close and personal with some of the amazing wildlife.
Prices from: US$8,500 pp | Trip length: 15-18 days
The Antarctica Peninsula via the Chilean Fjords itinerary provides a fantastic mix of landscapes! On the one hand you experience the incredible harsh and stunning environment of Antarctica, on the other you experience the isolated islands, tall green mountains and quiet bays of the Chilean Fjords. The contrast is something to behold! Your trip takes off from Punta Arenas where you explore the fjords for a few days before heading across the Drake Passage to reach the Antarctic Peninsula where you make daily landings.
Prices from: US$14,000 pp | Trip length: 23 days
The Antarctica Circle Cruise via Falklands and South Georgia is one of the most in-depth Antarctica cruises that can be done. Not only do you take in the wildlife-rich islands of South Georgia and the Falklands, but you also sail much further down south along the Peninsula than most other Antarctic cruise itineraries to cross the Antarctic Circle! This really is one of the most amazing cruises on offer in the region and is a great option for wildlife lovers and people with a real spirit for adventure.
Prices from: US$11,000 pp | Trip length: 18 days
The Antarctica Peninsula and Coastal Patagonia Cruise is the perfect option for people who not only wish to explore Antarctica, but also explore the coast of Chile and Patagonia. The cruise sets out from Ushuaia across the Drake Passage before reaching the Antarctic Peninsula. After exploring the region and making a number of landings, the cruise then sail back across the passage and begins its journey northwards along the Chilean coastline. This Antarctica cruise itinerary takes in stunning fjords, isolated villages and vibrant towns as you make your way up to Santiago.
Prices from: US$16,000 pp | Trip length: 27 days (weather dependent)
The East Antarctica Cruise is one of the few Antarctic cruise itineraries that leaves from New Zealand. The journey explores one of the least visited places on earth – East Antarctica. Your cruise explores wildlife rich islands, historical huts and desolate landscapes of ice and rock. You’ll visit Mawson’s hut, see the only breeding area of Royal penguins and even spot an Emperor penguin or two! This is the perfect cruise for wildlife lovers and people with an adventurous spirit. Please note that this is a long cruise in ice conditions and exact shore landings cannot be guaranteed.
Prices from: US$15,000 pp | Trip length: 22 days (weather dependent)
The Epic Antarctica Cruise is probably the most comprehensive Antarctica cruise ever offered! Only polar researchers spend more time on the ice. You take in both sides of the Antarctic Peninsula, including the much less visited Weddell Sea region. You explore the peninsula for an unprecedented 16 days whilst also heading further south to cross the Antarctic Circle! This is the perfect Antarctic cruise itinerary for adventure lovers who want to explore every inch of the Antarctic Peninsula and its surrounding islands.
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