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. The flight is aboard a BAE 146 plane, a high-wing aircraft with very short runway requirements, perfect for landing in Antarctica. 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.

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 alternative itinerary also sails in one direction and includes time exploring southern Elephant Island and South Georgia. Itineraries are aboard the 100-guest Hebridean Sky XXI, the 72-guest Ocean Nova or the 2019-built, 71-guest Magellan Explorer.

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