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    Best Cruises in Antarctica


    Antarctica is one of the most fascinating cruise destinations on Earth. Travellers can expect to see ice-bergs bigger than ships, an abundance of wildlife and dramatic scenery. Known as the ‘white continent’ this cruise itinerary is one where you really need to pin down your itinerary, ship and cruise line choices in order to make the most of this once in a lifetime trip. Word of warning – this will not be a cheap trip BUT you will be joining one of the elite 25,000 passengers that venture to this magnificent continent each year.


    Antarctica Cruise Start Points



    USHUAIA in Argentina is our favourite city to embark on your Antarctica cruise adventure. Cruises from here tend to be in the region of 18-21 days and include a 2 day crossing of the immense Drake Passage and a visit to the Falkland islands.  We would recommend spending at least 3 days in this former penal colony as you immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings of mountainous seas and rocky coastlines. A must do is the ‘End of the world’ train which offers breathtaking scenery of Tierra del Fuego National Park. The more adventurous should explore the Tierra Mayor Valley on an off-road safari! Silversea Cruises offers some of our favourite trips to this region and as they start and end in Ushuaia it gives you ample time to explore this fascinating destination.



    Antarctica Cruise Main Ports of Call



    Cruising in Antarctica is very different to cruising in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean. Antarctica cruises are essentially an expedition, and whilst there will be times to venture off the ship, half of the adventure is sailing through sometimes rough seas and viewing the stunning scenery from your own floating hotel. On board an Antarctica cruise you will spend quite a lot of time at sea. Weather conditions can mean that itineraries can change without notice, however here are our top picks of the ‘white continent’. 

     A trip to HALF MOON ISLAND on the SHETLANDS is home to a large chinstrap penguin colony as well as fur and elephant seals that laze on the beach. This is the perfect place for wildlife lovers and is one of the most pleasant landings on any cruise itinerary.

    Although not a landing as such, we had to mention the LEMAIRE CHANNEL since this is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular waterways on the planet. It’s blue icebergs, snow capped mountains and clear sapphire waters make this the perfect place for a David Bailey moment. Although it is not possible to disembark any cruises at this point, many liners do stop here for seal spotting and photo opportunities.

    Another must do port of call is ELEPHANT ISLAND an ice-covered mountainous island given its name by early explorers sighting elephant seals on its shores. Celebrity Cruises has tailored a trip aboard the Infinity that teams a trip to Elephant Island with a 3 night stay in lively Buenos Aires.


    Any cruise to Antarctica is set to be a once in a lifetime expedition. In order to get the most from your trip we recommend being open to change and flexible so as to avoid disappointment in this changeable environment in the most remote region on Earth. Although each liner does have set itineraries, do remember that these are weather dependant and can change at any time, remember it’s mother nature that plan’s the itinerary in Antarctica not the captain! Weatherise, the best time to travel is December until February when visitors can expect about 20 hours of daylight per day and temperatures of around 23-41 degrees Fahrenheit. 



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