Polar Regions Antarctica Cruise

Antarctic Explorer

Fully discover the 7th continent on the Antarctic Explorer cruise. This expedition offers the perfect chance to discover the best of the Antarctic Peninsula, the last continent’s most northern region. You’ll be delighted by penguins, seals and whales as they accompany you on your journey along the Antarctic coastline. Landing on the continent itself is a memorable highlight, where you’ll explore the iconic sights that make this one of the world’s most pristine, exotic and unforgettable natural environments. There is an in-depth education program, covering all aspects of the biology, politics and history of Antarctica. Beginning and ending in Ushuaia, Argentina, your small ship cruise to Antarctica will experience the wildlife and scenic highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. This expedition is delivered at a comfortable pace, perfect for first-time polar travelers or travelers with limited time to experience Antarctica. 

The main Antarctic Explorer itinerary cruises over 11 days, and there is also a 12-day itinerary available, as well as an 11-day itinerary that begins and ends in Buenos Aires. A unique 13-day itinerary that adds an extra day exploring the Peninsula and a day exploring Cape Horn National Park, an UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, plus the Diego Ramirez Islands, nesting grounds for many species of albatross.

Four small ships operate the itinerary: the 128-guest Ocean Adventurer, the 189-passenger Ocean Diamond, the 172-passenger World Explorer and the 200-guest Ultramarine. Each Antarctic Explorer departure includes up-close exploration on guided hikes, shore walks and small craft excursions. Optional activities (additional cost) include kayaking, one-time paddling excursions, camping and stand-up paddleboarding. Each Ultramarine departure offers an included 10- to 15-minute flightseeing adventure (weather permitting), with select departures offering additional helicopter-assisted activities for an added fee; these helicopter activities make Ultramarine departures an excellent option among our luxury Antarctica cruises. Advanced reservations are required as space is limited. Become one of the fortunate few to have set foot on the continent of Antarctica!

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