Polar Regions Antarctica Cruise

Antarctica Express Air Cruise

Explore Antarctica with the best of both worlds, by sailing there and flying back in a single week, starting in Ushuaia, Argentina, and ending in Punta Arenas, Chile (or reverse). Sail along the Beagle Channel, down to Cape Horn, and then across the famous Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands and Antarctica. Capitalize on Antarctica’s long days with Zodiac rides, onboard lectures and wildlife viewing alongside expert naturalist guides. For travelers who only have a week to explore the great White Continent, this is the perfect small ship cruise.

In Antarctica’s South Shetland Islands, spend a full day photographing icebergs, identifying sea birds, walking amid a penguin colony, spotting seals and whale watching. Activities go well into the evening to get the most out of your time here. This expedition expertly 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.

Sail to King George Island at Fildes Bay and then take a 2-hour flight back to Punta Arenas, skipping the usual second sailing across the Drake Passage. The flight back is 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.

In addition to the 6-Day Antarctic Express Air Cruise, there is a 7-day departure, which operates in reverse. The 7-Day Antarctica Express Air Cruise begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, with a charter flight over Cape Horn and across the Drake Passage to reach Antarctica. Sailing across the Drake Passage occurs at the end of the cruise itinerary to end in Ushuaia, Argentina. The 6-day Itineraries are aboard the 100-guest Hebridean Sky 21, the 72-guest Ocean Nova or the 2019-built, 71-guest Magellan Explorer. The 7-day itinerary is aboard the 100-guest Hebridean Sky 21.

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