Polar Regions Antarctica Cruise

Antarctica Air Cruise

Experience Antarctica without crossing the stormy Drake Passage on this classic 8-day cruise. A 2-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island allows guests to arrive in Antarctica by plane and explore by ship without the torment of too many days on rough seas. From King George Island, board the ship and cruise among the South Shetland Islands and along the Antarctic Peninsula. Experience daily shore landings and visits to amazing wildlife sites of Antarctica with expert Antarctic naturalist guides leading you through and lecturing about the Antarctic Continent. An expedition like this merges education, experience, and science. Participate in interactive workshops, open discussions, photography workshops and participation in Citizen Science programs that collect data in support of scientists around the world. As you explore collect phytoplankton samples, document migrating whales, gather photos of wildlife with polar tags and conduct seabird surveys.

This Air Cruise operates round trip flights across the Drake Passage aboard a BAE 146 plane; starting with the 2021-22 season, the flight may also be in an AVRO RJ 85 or AVRO RJ 100 jet. Each aircraft features high wings and engineering for very short runway requirements, perfect for landing in Antarctica. Then continue your expedition aboard the 73-guest Hebridean Sky 21, the 72-guest Ocean Nova or the 2019-built, 71-guest Magellan Explorer.

With two itineraries to choose from, travelers can craft the right Antarctic trip. The main 8-day itinerary includes a round-trip flight over the Drake Passage and provides a comprehensive introduction to Antarctica, with possible visits to places such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island and the Lemaire Channel. Shorter alternative itineraries use the port of Ushuaia, Argentina, and trade touching the Antarctic Peninsula for time in Cape Horn and/or Port Williams, with a sailing across the Drake Passage in one direction. The longer 16-day or 17-day alternative itinerary sails in one direction and includes time exploring southern Elephant Island and South Georgia.

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