Insider's Guide to Antarctica

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Antarctic Peninsula

Many first-time visitors may not realize that most cruises spend much of their expedition time on and around the Antarctic Peninsula. This sliver of land is the northernmost part of the mainland of Antarctica and the closest to South America, making it an attractive option for time-crunched cruisers.

There are several notable ports of call on the Peninsula, which makes it popular for expedition-style cruises. Brown Bluff is located at the northern tip of the Peninsula and is a tuya, a flat-topped volcano formed when it erupted through a glacier millions of years ago. Today it is home to a thriving colony of Adelie and Gentoo penguins that nest there during the summer months when it is safe to mate and raise their chicks. Another popular spot in the Peninsula is Chilean military base known as O’Higgins Station. Named after one of the country’s founding fathers, the base is home to a small but hearty group of personnel who man it throughout the year. In the warmer summer months the station hosts a variety of scientists and researchers, but in the winter no one is allowed to enter or leave the station. These and many other stops make the Peninsula important for any cruise to Antarctica.

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15-Day Antarctica Cruise from Ushuaia: Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Circle

Discover the vast white continent of Antarctica – largely unchanged since early explorers and whalers first landed – on a spectacular 15-day voyage, round-trip ...  Read more

Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
Duration: 15 days (approx.)

From USD $9,994.99

11-Day Antarctica Cruise from Punta Arenas: Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland and the Antarctic Circle

Be mesmerized by the icy-blue hues of icebergs in the Southern Ocean on this 11-day expedition by cruise ship to the vast continent of Antarctica, including a ...  Read more

Location: Punta Arenas, Chile
Duration: 11 days (approx.)

From USD $10,994.99

8-Day Antarctica Cruise with Round-Trip Flight from Punta Arenas

Travel by cruise ship, Zodiac and charter plane across the icy landscapes of the Southern Ocean on this 8-day Antarctic expedition. From the comfort of your ...  Read more

Location: Punta Arenas, Chile
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $8,994.99

9-Day Antarctica Tour from Punta Arenas: Drake Passage, South Shetland and Antarctic Peninsula

Embark on a voyage of a lifetime with a nine-day expedition to Antarctica – the most remote wilderness on earth! Starting from Punta Arenas, enjoy a one-way ...  Read more

Location: Punta Arenas, Chile
Duration: 9 days (approx.)

From USD $7,994.99

20-Day Cruise from Ushuaia to Antarctica, the Falklands and South Georgia

Experience the adventure of a lifetime as you journey by cruise ship to the unrivaled continent of Antarctica! On this 20-day tour, round-trip from Ushuaia, ...  Read more

Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
Duration: 20 days (approx.)

From USD $11,794.99

11-Day Antarctica Cruise from Ushuaia: Drake Passage, South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula

Journey from Tierra Del Fuego to Antarctica and back on this 11-day cruise, round-trip from Ushuaia. Your voyage takes you through the Beagle Channel and the ...  Read more

Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
Duration: 11 days (approx.)

From USD $6,294.99

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