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Antarctic Peninsula Cruises & Tours

Explore the vast wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula, the most accessible area of the ‘Great White Continent’.

Discover a huge diversity of birdlife, including Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie Penguins, Storm Petrels, skuas and terns. You are also likely to see polar mammals like Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals, orcas, humpback and minke whales.

There is nothing quite as spectacular as an Antarctic cruise. As the boat navigates through breathtakingly beautiful waterways, you have the opportunity to go ashore by Zodiac to visit penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific research stations. For those with an adventurous spirit, some departures offer options to camp on ice overnight, mountaineer, cross-country ski, kayak or scuba dive (experience required).

Some voyages visit the more remote eastern side of the Peninsula and the Weddell Sea. Emperor Penguins have rookeries here at certain times of the year, and the scenery is more akin to the vast icy deserts that characterise Antarctica’s interior.

To find out more about our range of Antarctic Peninsula cruises and tours, please download pages below or click here to download the full Antarctic Peninsula section of our Antarctica brochure.

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Antarctic Peninsula Highlights

Antarctic Peninsula Cruises scenery

Breathtaking Scenery

The Antarctic Peninsula is not just the most accessible part of Antarctica but one of the most scenic with stunning glaciers, vivid blue icebergs and picturesque bays.

Be awed by dramatic landscapes comprised of snow covered mountains, wind sculpted icebergs and gigantic glaciers. There are so many glaciers you’ll never remember all their names. Often, your ears will hear a roar as huge chunks of ice calve into the sea. The palette is overwhelming white, blue, grey or black, with no green plants living in this harsh environment.
Antarctic Peninsula Cruises wildlife

Incredible Antarctic Wildlife

The seas and shores of the remote and pristine Antarctic Peninsula are not always quiet; certain spots are crowded with noisy penguin rookeries, seal colonies and many sea birds.

The most common penguins you will see are the Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie Penguins. Emperor Penguins breed on islands in the Weddell Sea on the eastern side of the peninsula between mid October and mid November. Seal species include the Weddell, crabeater, and leopard seals. Other marine mammals include orca, humpback and minke whales..
Antarctic Peninsula Cruises shore excursions

Zodiac Explorations

Most shore excursions and some sightseeing trips in Antarctica are by Zodiac. Anyone of average fitness and ability can get in and out of these durable inflatable boats, which are a lot of fun!

Anyone of average fitness and agility can get into and out of the zodiacs. To avoid getting wet you must wear high rubber boots (wellies or gum boots). Some landings will be “dry” and some, “wet”. Zodiacs were developed by the famous Jacques Cousteau. These nimble, rugged boats are the best way to get to shore quickly and efficiently in challenging polar conditions, and they are lots of fun.
Antarctic Peninsula Cruises camping

Camp On Ice

On some voyages, you can spend a night camping on the ice shelves of Antarctica. This is a popular activity and a great way to experience the silence of the polar wilderness.

All camping gear is provided. This activity is only offered on certain voyages and must be booked in advance. As the activity is very much weather and ice dependent, participation can never be guaranteed. The Expedition Leader and/or Captain of the ship will make all final decisions regarding shore excursions and activities.
Antarctic Peninsula Cruises kayaking

Kayak Amongst Icebergs

Sea kayaking is a fantastic and inspiring way to explore the Antarctic Peninsula. Excursions are in small groups with an experienced guide.

You will paddle into bays and inlets and circumnavigate amazing icebergs – blue-tinted sculptures of ice eons old. Sea kayaking is an amazing way to really immerse yourself in the immensity of Antarctica, and is only available on certain voyages. Be sure to booked in advance. Kayaking experience is required.
Antarctic Peninsula Air-Cruise

Antarctic Peninsula Air-Cruise

Fly between Punta Arenas in Chile and King George Island to save time and avoid the turbulent Drake Passage.

From King George, the largest of the South Shetland Islands, you will board your ice-strengthened expedition ship and commence a voyage around the Antarctica Peninsula. A longer cruise will take you further south in an attempt to cross the Polar Circle.

Antarctic Peninsula Cruises

We have a unique selection of Antarctic Peninsula cruise options carefully chosen for their itineraries, as well as the vessels used. Our selection of ice-strengthened ships are all small to medium in size, with a maximum of 50-199 passengers, ensuring an authentic, up-close encounter with the untrammelled wilderness. All of our cruises and tours are completely tailor made to suit our clients interests, budget, and timeframe. To find out more about the type of Antarctic Cruise program we can put together for you, please download pages below.

Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctic Peninsula

Explore the vast wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula, the most accessible area of the “Great White Continent”. Discover a huge diversity of birdlife, including Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie Penguins, Storm Petrels, Skuas and Terns.

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Classic Antarctic Peninsula

Classic Antarctic Peninsula

Your adventure starts the moment you step aboard the M/S Expedition. Cruising through the Southern Ocean you will cross the nutrient-rich Antarctic Convergence into the cold polar waters of the Antarctic Ocean where diverse marine life awaits.

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Antarctic Peninsula Adventure

Antarctic Peninsula Adventure

This classic cruise takes in the highlights of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. With regular shore excursions accompanied by highly trained expedition staff, you will discover an incredible abundance of wildlife.

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Crossing The Circle

Crossing The Circle

Only a lucky few have journeyed into the striking blue waters beyond the Antarctic Circle. It is an area of breathtaking natural wonders and extraordinary wildlife including 5 seal species, massive penguin colonies and an abundance of seabirds.

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Weddell Sea & Antarctic Peninsula

Weddell Sea & Antarctic Peninsula

Journey to the wildlife-rich and remote eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula known as the Weddell Sea, a nature lover’s and photographer’s paradise. Observe huge glaciers, icebergs and abundant wildlife, including vast penguin rookeries.

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Basecamp Expedition Antarctic Peninsula

Basecamp Expedition Antarctic Peninsula

Experience a unique and adventurous voyage to “High Antarctica” and the protected waters of the Neumayer Channel. The vessel “Plancius” will stay for 2 or 3 days in various locations to serve as a hub for a range of activities.

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Classic Antarctica Air-Cruises

Classic Antarctica Air-Cruises

Combining a short flight from Punta Arenas in Chile to King George Island and vice versa, these unique Antarctic journeys make it possible to explore the Great White Continent whilst avoiding the often turbulent Drake Passage.

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Antarctic Peninsula Overview

Why Antarctic Peninsula: Antarctica is the world’s last great wilderness, with stunning and unspoilt landscapes. The Antarctic Peninsula is the most accessible part of Antarctica, with access possible by ship from the tip of South America across the Drake Passage. It is a hauntingly beautiful region with prolific wildlife, fascinating history and plentiful opportunities for adventure.

Climate: The Antarctic Peninsula is subject to extreme weather and very cold temperatures. However, temperatures here are comparatively milder than in the interior of Antarctica, and during the summer months can average between – 5 °C and + 5 °C – similar to the Australian ski fields.

Combine With: Anywhere in South America as your journey to Antarctica will start in either Argentina or Chile.

Getting There: Fly to Buenos Aires in Argentina or Santiago in Chile and then take an internal flight to the port of Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina to board your ship. Voyages which include flight sectors usually include flights out of Punta Arenas in Chile.

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