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Antarctic Expedition Cruises

Many people dream of visiting the mysterious ‘white continent’ of Antarctica with its dramatic scenery and unique wildlife. Now you can make that dream come alive.

Join us on a voyage to Antarctica and experience this spectacular and pristine landscape on a choice of superb, specially designed expedition ships

  • Antarctic mountains
  • Penguins on an iceberg
  • Get close up to whales

About Antarctic Adventure Cruises

We offer a superb range of Antarctic cruises, including the best modern expedition ships like MS Fram, and luxury ships designed for polar conditions such as L'Austral, Le Boreal and Silver Explorer.

After rounding Cape Horn and crossing the Drake Passage you’ll explore Antarctica with its quite unique landscape and wildlife. Here you can visit penguin colonies, see majestic icebergs float by and watch seals basking in the sun.

You can even spend Christmas and New Year visiting the Falklands Islands and South Georgia, as well as Antarctica, giving one of the best wildlife trips in the world.

Most of our expedition cruises start from Ushuaia in the very south of Argentina and include flights from Buenos Aires. We can arrange flights to Buenos Aires for you, as well as hotel stays to make the most of this fascinating city.

Weddell Sea Iceberg Petrel in the Antarctic

Cruise Collection 2018 / 2019 / 2020

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  • Highlights of Antarctica

    12 Nights - Buenos Aires and Back

    Midnatsol Midnatsol

    Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and join Midnatsol for a 11-night cruise exploring Antarctica. Experience close encounters with wildlife and glaciers, old whaling stations and relics. Highlights may include Deception Island and Cuverville Island 2018 - Nov, Dec 2019 - Jan, Feb No single supplement!

    Antarctica Cruise Only
    From £4023pp
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  • Adventure to Antarctica Northbound

    16 Nights - Buenos Aires to Montevideo

    Midnatsol Midnatsol

    Explore the White Continent of Antarctica, the most remote place on Earth, and visit the remote Falkland Islands on this superb expedition cruise, with an overnight hotel stay in Buenos Aires and shore landings for up close encounters with amazing wildlife 2019 - Feb Exclusive £100pp discount!

    Antarctica Cruise Only
    From £4395pp
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  • Highlights of the Frozen Continent

    12 Nights - Buenos Aires and Back

    Midnatsol Midnatsol

    Join Midnatsol and cross the legendary Drake Passage on this exciting expedition cruise to the icebergs and glaciers of Antarctica. Includes return flights from the UK, overnight hotel stay in Buenos Aires and shore landings for up-close encounters with amazing wildlife 2019 - Nov, Dec Exclusive £100pp discount!!

    Antarctica Cruise Only
    From £5434pp
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  • Christmas in Antarctica

    14 Nights - Buenos Aires and Back

    Midnatsol Midnatsol

    Join Midnatsol and celebrate Christmas in Antarctica where a white Christmas is guaranteed. Cross the Drake Passage from Ushuaia and spend eight days exploring the frozen Antarctic landscape 2018 - Dec Exclusive £100pp discount!

    Half Moon Island Cruise Only
    From £5495pp
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  • Adventure to Antarctica Southbound

    16 Nights - Montevideo to Ushuaia

    Midnatsol Midnatsol

    Cross the legendary Drake Passage, explore the remote Falkland Islands and discover the White Continent of Antarctica on this 16-night expedition cruise on board Midnatsol 2019 - Oct Exclusive £100pp discount!

    Adelie penguins Cruise Only
    From £5723pp
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  • Antarctica and Falklands Northbound

    16 Nights - Buenos Aires to Montevideo

    Fridtjof Nansen Fridtjof Nansen

    Explore Antarctica, the most remote place on Earth, and visit the isolated Falkland Islands on this once-in-a-lifetime cruise on brand new expedition ship Fridtjof Nansen. Includes an overnight hotel stay in Buenos Aires and shore landings to get up close to amazing wildlife 2020 - Mar Special early booking price plus exclusive £100 discount!

    Cuverville Bay Cruise Only
    From £5974pp
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  • White Christmas with Penguins

    16 Nights - Buenos Aires and Back

    Midnatsol Midnatsol

    Enjoy an unforgettable Christmas on the White Continent on this 16-night expedition cruise to Antarctica. Includes shore landings with the expert Expedition team and hotel stay in Buenos Aires 2019 - Dec Exclusive £100pp discount!

    Antarctica Scenery Cruise Only
    From £5983pp
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  • White Christmas Adventure

    14 Nights - Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas

    Roald Amundsen Roald Amundsen

    A Christmas expedition cruise through the natural wonders of the Chilean Fjords to the remarkable Antarctica. Includes a hotel stay in Santiago de Chile, return flights from Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas 2019 - Dec

    Adelie Penguins, Antarctica Cruise Only
    From £6479pp
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  • Antarctica and the Chilean Fjords

    17 Nights - Santiago and Back

    Roald Amundsen Roald Amundsen

    Join brand new expedition ship, Roald Amundsen, on this unique voyage discovering the natural beauty of the Chilean fjords, awe-inspiring landscapes of Antarctica and rugged Falkland Islands, with the possibility of stepping ashore on Cape Horn. Includes hotel stay in Santiago and flights between Santiago and Punta Arenas 2018 - Nov, Dec 2019 - Nov, Dec 2020 - Jan, Feb Exclusive £100pp discount!

    King penguins in Antarctica Cruise Only
    From £6877pp
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  • Patagonia to Chilean Fjords and Antarctica Southbound

    18 Nights - Valparaiso to Buenos Aires

    Fram Fram

    See the fascinating wildlife of Patagonia, the Chilean Fjords and Antarctica on this expedition cruise along the South American coast with opportunities for hiking, kayaking and visits ashore with the Expedition team. Includes flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires 2019 - Oct Exclusive £100pp discount!

    Kayaking in Antarctica Cruise Only
    From £6929pp
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  • The Great Adventure

    15 Nights - Ushuaia to Montevideo

    LAustral Choice of Ships

    From the Antarctic Peninsula and its stunning panoramas, set off in the wake of great explorers towards South Georgia on this superb luxury expedition, with Zodiac excursions and charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia 2018 - Nov 2019 - Feb Save up to 20%!

    Paradise Bay Cruise Only
    From £7261pp
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  • From Antarctica to Africa

    21 Nights - Ushuaia to Cape Town

    Le Lyrial Le Lyrial

    Sail from Ushuaia to the remote Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the volcanic British archipelago of Tristan da Cunha, before reaching Cape Town, on this luxury expedition voyage. Includes expert guides, Zodiac excursions and charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia. 2019 - Mar Save up to 25% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount!

    Penguins in South Georgia Cruise Only
    From £7438pp
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  • South America and Antarctica

    17 Nights - Valparaiso to Punta Arenas

    Roald Amundsen Roald Amundsen

    See the amazing wildlife of Patagonia, the Chilean Fjords and Antarctica on this expedition cruise, with time ashore for kayaking, hiking and close encounters with penguins, birds and seals 2019 - Oct 2020 - Mar Exclusive £100pp discount!

    Antarctica Cruise Only
    From £7696pp
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  • Antarctica Land of Extremes

    10 Nights - Buenos Aires and Back

    LAustral Choice of Ships

    A luxury expedition voyage from Ushuaia through the famous Drake Passage to the breathtaking Antarctic Peninsula, with expert guides and the opportunity to get up close to wildlife on zodiac landings. Includes return flights from the UK and charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia 2018 - Nov 2019 - Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec 2020 - Jan, Feb Exclusive Blue Water package with savings of up to 30%!

    King penguins in Antarctica Fly-Cruise Package
    From £7995pp
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  • Patagonia to the Chilean Fjords and Antarctica

    18 Nights - Valparaiso to Santiago de Chile

    Roald Amundsen Roald Amundsen

    This unique expedition on brand new ship Roald Amundsen visits the breathtaking Torres del Paine National Park, picturesque Patagonia and the Chilean fjords, and the dramatic frozen vistas of Antarctica. Includes flight from Punta Arenas to Santiago de Chile 2018 - Oct 2019 - Mar Exclusive £100pp discount!

    Vaparaiso, Chile Cruise Only
    From £8540pp
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  • In the Realms of Great Explorers

    22 Nights - Buenos Aires and Back

    Fram Fram

    This once-in-a-lifetime expedition on Fram takes in the isolated Falkland Islands, the awe-inspiring vistas of South Georgia and the vast wilderness of Antarctica, with landings ashore and an overnight hotel stay in Buenos Aires 2018 - Dec 2019 - Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec 2020 - Jan, Feb Exclusive £100pp discount!

    King Penguins Cruise Only
    From £8959pp
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  • Luxury Antarctica

    16 Nights - Buenos Aires and Back

    Le Lyrial Le Lyrial

    This new and exciting cruise and stay holiday combines a 10-night luxury, all-inclusive cruise to the dramatic landscapes of Antarctica with hotel stays in lively Buenos Aires. Includes return Business Class flights from the UK and charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia 2019 - Jan, Feb Free Business Class Flights PLUS Exclusive £50pp Discount and FREE Airport Lounge Pass!

    Antarctica scenery Fly Cruise Package
    From £9695pp
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  • Classic Antarctica Expedition

    15 Nights - Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

    Silver Explorer Silver Explorer

    A once-in-a-lifetime luxury expedition from Ushuaia exploring the Earth's least-visited continent, Antarctica, with its majestic icebergs and abundance of wildlife. Includes pre-cruise hotel stay in Buenos Aires, return flights from the UK and charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia 2019 - Jan 2020 - Jan, Feb Pay in full by 31 Oct 2018 and save 10%!

    Adelie penguins on Petermann Island Fly Cruise Package
    From £9990pp
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  • Great White Wonder

    15 Nights - Buenos Aires and Back

    Scenic Eclipse Scenic Eclipse

    Uncover the stunning landscapes, dramatic glaciers and amazing wildlife of the White Continent on this Antarctic cruise on board luxury expedition ship Scenic Eclipse, with hotel stays in Buenos Aires, return flights from the UK, exciting Zodiac outings and the chance to enjoy thrilling submarine and helicopter excursions 2019 - Nov, Dec 2020 - Feb, Mar FREE private door-to-door transfers and complimentary hotel stay!

    Antarctica Fly Cruise Package
    From £10495pp
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  • The Magic of the Antarctic Circle

    18 Nights - Ushuaia and Back

    Bremen Bremen

    Observe penguins and seals rearing their young, discover breathtaking scenery and enjoy thrilling Zodiac rides on this fascinating luxury expedition cruise to Antarctica on board Bremen. Includes charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia 2019 - Jan Exclusive £100pp Blue Water discount!

    Penguins in South Georgia Cruise Only
    From £11030pp
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  • The Great Austral Loop

    15 Nights - Ushuaia and Back

    LAustral Choice of Ships

    Discover the wild beauty of the rugged Falkland Islands, meet the colonies of king penguins on South Georgia and admire the majestic icerbergs of the Antarctic Peninsula on this unique 15-night luxury expedition voyage. Includes flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia 2018 - Nov, Dec

    Antarctica scenery Cruise Only
    From £12120pp
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  • South Georgia and the Antarctic

    16 Nights - Ushuaia and Back

    Hanseatic Inspiration Hanseatic Inspiration

    Observe colonies of penguins and seals on Zodiac excursions and admire dramatic scenery, from majestic icebergs to snow-capped peaks, on this once-in-a-lifetime expedition to rarely visited South Georgia, the picturesque South Shetland Islands and breathtaking Antarctic Peninsula. Includes charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia 2020 - Jan Save 5% PLUS Exclusive £100pp Blue Water discount!

    Penguins, Antartica Cruise Only
    From £13409pp
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  • Antarctic Luxury Expedition

    21 Nights - Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

    Silver Explorer Silver Explorer

    A 21-night luxury all-inclusive Silversea Expedition to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula on board superb expedition vessel Silver Explorer. Includes pre-cruise hotel stay in Buenos Aires, return flights from the UK and charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia 2018 - Nov, Dec 2019 - Feb, Dec 2020 - Jan Book by 31 Oct 2018 and receive $150pp OBC!

    Antarctic Iceberg. Photo: Jim Hofman Fly Cruise Package
    From £15120pp
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  • Extraordinary Landscapes of Antarctica

    22 Nights - Buenos Aires and Back

    Scenic Eclipse Scenic Eclipse

    A unique 23-day all-inclusive luxury expedition from Buenos Aires to extraordinary Antarctica. See some of the world’s most impressive scenery and an abundance of wildlife on this cruise holiday which features visits to the fascinating Falkland Islands and the tiny island of South Georgia. Including thrilling Zodiac excursions and return flights from the UK. 2019 - Dec 2020 - Jan FREE private door-to-door transfers and complimentary hotel stay!

    Antarctica Fly Cruise Package
    From £18255pp
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  • Ultimate Chilean Fjords and Antarctica

    32 Nights - Lima to Ushuaia

    Scenic Eclipse Scenic Eclipse

    This exciting luxury expedition cruise explores the glaciers of the Chilean Fjords and the amazing wildlife of the Antarctic on board brand new, state-of-the-art Scenic Eclipse, with hotel stays in Lima and Buenos Aires, return flights from the UK, exciting Zodiac outings and the chance to enjoy thrilling submarine and helicopter excursions 2019 - Nov FREE private door-to-door transfers and complimentary hotel stay!

    Patagonia Fly Cruise Package
    From £19495pp
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Antarctic Adventure Highlights

Antarctica (Antarctica)

The spectacular region of Antarctica, known as the White Continent, is dedicated to research and has no permanent human inhabitants. Depending on weather and ice conditions, landings may be made at Livingston for sightings of Weddell and Elephant seals, and the King George Islands, where the waters offshore are a feeding ground for humpback whales. On crescent-shaped Half Moon Island is a colony of Chinstrap penguins, whilst further south in the region of Paradise Harbour and Hope Bay, the mainland scenery is dramatic and awesome, with ice cliffs and numerous floating icebergs shining blue and indigo in the sunshine. Calved from glaciers, as they melt they create fantastical shapes and arches, or remain flat-topped and sheer-sided. Visits may be made to one of the many research stations.

Antarctica

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina. Shuttle buses take visitors from its busy port to the city centre half a mile away. Near historic Plaza de Mayo, Calle Florida is the main shopping street, a good place to buy cheap leather goods, jewellery and designer clothes. Buenos Aires has many good cafes and tango bars, where you can see the dance being performed. Eva Peron's grave can be found in the picturesque Recoleta Cemetery.

Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Deception Island (Antarctica)

Enter the volcanic caldera through a narrow entrance to find hot geothermal springs bubbling up close to shore – a place for both hot and cold baths

Drake Passage (Antarctica)

Named after Sir Francis Drake, the Drake Passage is one of the world's greatest seaways connecting the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Infamous and legendary, it is steeped in the history and lore of exploration and discovery. At the Antarctic Convergence the temperature drops as the cold waters of the Antarctic Ocean meet the warmer waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and albatross and petrels are frequently seen.

Falkland Islands (Antarctica)

The Falklands are a remote British territory, with wildlife and landscapes reflecting their sub-Antarctic climate. On the high cliffs of West Point, rockhopper penguins and the black-browed albatross can be seen, and visits might be made to Carcass Island for its Gentoo and Magellanic penguins and to Saunders island to see colonies of the highly-coloured King penguin and the black-browed albatross on the sandy isthmus of The Neck.

Falkland Islands

Lemaire Channel (Antarctica)

This narrow and spectacular channel is hemmed in on either side by 1000-metre high mountains, stretching for 11 kilometres of calm, sheltered waters. The Lemaire Channel is sometimes blocked by icebergs, necessitating a diversion around Booth Island to sail south.

Paradise Bay (Antarctica)

Cliffs surround a natural harbour, with possible shore landings for fine views

Paradise Bay

Paulet Island (Antarctica)

This narrow and spectacular channel is hemmed in on either side by 1000-metre high mountains, stretching for 11 kilometres of calm, sheltered waters. The Lemaire Channel is sometimes blocked by icebergs, necessitating a diversion around Booth Island to sail south.

Port Stanley

The Falkland Islands are a photographer's paradise, with fantastic landscapes and tiny settlements nestling in large open spaces amongst varied wildlife and the delicate beauty of Falklands flowers. The Falkland Islands have a rich military and maritime history, and there are some remnants of the most recent conflict still in evidence. Port Stanley is the capital and has Victorian houses, a pub, and an Anglican Cathedral with an arch made of whalebones.

South Georgia (Antarctica)

South-east of the Falkland Islands is the mountainous landscape of South Georgia island, which has over a hundred glaciers and is an important breeding habitat of the King penguin, perhaps seen on landings at Salisbury Plain and Gold Harbour. Elephant seals lie in the tussock grass, and petrels and skuas can be seen soaring in the sky. The explorer Ernest Shackleton’s grave is situated on South Georgia and the whaling stations at Grytviken, Stronsnes or Fortuna Bay might also be included on visits.

South Georgia

South Shetland Islands (Antarctica)

The South Shetland Islands are a volcanic island chain almost entirely covered in ice. Elephant Island is well known, as it was from here that Sir Ernest Shackleton set out in a small boat for South Georgia in 1916 on a rescue mission for his men. The largest island is King George, where Admiralty Bay is a favourite feeding ground for humpback whales. The remarkable caldera of Deception Island which has hot springs and steaming black sand beaches, Half Moon and Livingstone Islands are all part of the South Shetlands. Livingstone’s Byers Peninsula is a Site of Special Scientific Interest under the Antarctic Treaty, as it contains most of the regions historic sites.

Tristan de Cunha (Antarctica)

The isolated island chain of Tristan de Cunha may be visited on voyages sailing south from Europe to Antarctica. North-east of the Falklands in the middle of the South Atlantic, the landscape is dramatic, with mountainous, volcanic terrain basking in a tropical climate. The archipelago includes the uninhabited islands of Inaccessible and Nightingale, untouched wildlife havens where the indigenous Moseleyi rockhopper penguin and the Tristan albatross might be spotted.

Ushuaia

Situated on the shores of the vast Beagle Channel, Ushuaia is the world's most southerly city, situated in the Argentinian provice of Tierra del Fuego. It is overlooked by Mount Martial to the west and by Mounts Olivia and Cinco Hermanos to the east, and is the departure point for cruises to the Antarctic and the Falkland Islands. There are a number of museums in the town tracing the maritime and military history of the area.

Ushuaia (Argentina)

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