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Penguins in Antarctica

By Viator, November 2013

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Penguins are easily the most famous resident of Antarctica and the icy continent’s many surrounding islands. There are seven species of penguin that call Antarctica home, totaling more than 20 million tuxedoed residents. Among some of the most well known are the Emperor, Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins. Many penguin species are monogamous and mate for life, although some may only mate for a season. How they communicate with each other is just as amazing, creating unique calls to identify themselves to their mates and chicks. This is important as the parents are gone for hours at a time, traversing a well-worn penguin highway down to the shore where they spend all day in the water eating fish. When they return they regurgitate the fish in order to feed the baby penguins.

Any cruise, whether it crosses the Drake Passage or is a fly-cruise from South America will feature many opportunities to get close to these amazing animals. Most of the penguin species mate in the Austral Summer (November-March) and depending on the time of the trip, visitors may get to see penguins in a variety of life cycles. Visitors in the early summer months will enjoy watching the sometimes strange mating rituals of the penguins, while visitors in the late summer months will be delighted with the precocious penguin chicks.

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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

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

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.)

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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

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

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