Antarctic Cruises, Tours
Tours | Antarctic Tours/Cruises
tour operators operate cruises to the chilly but wildlife-rampant
and spectacularly bleak Antarctic, the only continent in the world without 'owners' and the one at the southern tip of the planet. The world's fifth largest continent and the coldest place on earth.
The Antarctic has no permanent human population but plenty of other mammals as well as marine life, wildlife and scenery.
Get seasick? There are no boatless options, but - apart from anti-nausea drugs - there are quite effective acupressure wrist bands, as well as keeping looking outside and even stuffing cotton wool into one ear! (nausea is apparently caused by an imbalance between the ears, so stuffing one ear reduces hearing but also potential imbalance)
Antarctic cruises, beware:
"Cruising in Antarctica is inherently dangerous." Denise Landau, Director, International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators.
With demand increasing some large cruise ships are now touring polar waters without proper ice protection.
While all ships carry enough boats/rafts for all passengers, in the event of a major accident many passengers of super-capacity ships would be obliged to jump into ice waters and swim to rubber rafts.
So, when investigating an Antarctic Cruise, ask questions about the crew's polar experience and the ship's ice protection rating. If in doubt, choose a small, dedicated ice vessel.
Depending on the length of the voyage, some cruises visit the Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands and/or mountainous South Georgia. Zodiac excursions permit close encounters with wildlife and icebergs in the surrounding waters while some tours offer Antarctic kayaking or onshore camping. Experts lecture visitors on natural history, wildlife and other features of Antarctica.
Our ships travelling Antarctic waters range from Russian icebreakers to expedition cruise ships with strengthened hulls.
We recommend Antarctic cruises between the months of November- March.
Antarctic cruises from Ushuaia
Expedition Cruise Ships:
These are spacious, comfortable passenger vessels designed for smooth sailing in Antartic water, with deluxe accommodation and services including public areas, lounges, bars, gift shops and fitness facilities.
Luxury Expedition Ships:
These Antarctic cruise ships offer 5-star amenities but still allow travelers the opportunity for adventurous land excursions and close wildlife viewing without sacrificing the comforts normally found on larger cruise ships.
Antarctic Cruises: (Antarctica and Patagonia, Argentina):
Antarctica cruises depart from Ushuaia, though itineraries vary. Depending on the length of your trip, you visit the Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands and the mountainous South Georgia. The cruises offer zodiac excursions for close encounters with wildlife and the blue icebergs that float quietly in the surrounding waters. Experience Antarctic kayaking or onshore camping and also lectures about the region's natural history by onboard exparts.