The Antarctic Peninsula is on every itinerary, but other possibilities might include a longer cruise to South Georgia, the South Shetland Islands, the Falkland Islands and more. A standard cruise to the peninsula lasts around twelve days, commonly leaving from Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world. This gives travellers the ideal opportunity to explore Argentina (or more of South America) before or after a cruise to Antarctica, for a varied and unforgettable travel experience.
Our featured, all-inclusive expedition vessels, Silversea’s Silver Explorer, Silver Cloud Expedition; Scenic’s latest addition Scenic Eclipse and Polar Latitudes’ two ships Hebridean Sky and Island Sky, designed for venturing into the icy waters of polar regions, are the ultimate way to visit the white continent in unprecedented comfort, safety and style. These five stunning ships boast world-class cuisine, all-suite accommodation and stylish public spaces, and can accommodate between 100 and 300 passengers to ensure an intimate guest experience.
Expedition leaders on the ship are world experts and you’ll have access to professional photographers, dedicated lecturers, destination experts and a fleet of Zodiacs – small rubber boats that comfortably accommodate between eight to twelve people for shore landings.
Daily activities may vary depending on daily weather conditions, but will usually include two Zodiac trips, shore landings to vast penguin colonies and historic and current scientific bases, along with hiking, snowshoeing and kayaking opportunities and even camp-outs on the ice, depending on how much or little you have signed up for.
Rubber boots are provided for getting in and out of Zodiacs, but we strongly advise taking plenty of layers, plus waterproof clothing and bags, to store and carry equipment such as binoculars and cameras.