Perhaps one of the most infamous water channels in the world, the Drake is an important rite of passage (pun intended) for many visitors to Antarctica. The Passage is named after the famous explorer Sir Francis Drake who accidentally discovered the body of water in the 16th century. The Drake lies between the southern tip of South America and the South Shetland Islands and connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, carrying an immense volume of water, which in part has made this a traditionally treacherous body of water.

Due to the unimpeded waters and its position on the globe, rough seas and fierce storms are commonplace in the Passage. Seas with waves more than 30 feet high are not uncommon and because of these waters, many passengers report extreme nausea during their trip to Antarctica. The rough seas are also why many people elect to fly directly to Antarctica on a fly-cruise, thereby skipping the rolling waves of the Passage.

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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

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 $12,994.99

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 $5,994.99

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