Antarctica Cruises

Antarctica Cruises

Be bold. Experience the Untamed.

Antarctica, a land of extremes, boasting a rich tapestry of history woven into its icy landscape. Challenge your perception of beauty and survival with nature’s pristine canvas, where climatic extremes dictate life’s pace. Amidst this overwhelming landscape, penguins waddle with poise, seals bask in the sun and whales breach the icy water in a magnificent show of strength and grace. Tread in the footsteps of explorers who have ventured to the ends of the earth in search of knowledge and adventure.

Explore Natural Marvels in Luxury

Explore Antarctica’s icy realm, encountering towering glaciers, crystalline waters, and breathtaking vistas that showcase nature’s raw power. Traverse icy fjords, witness colossal icebergs, and marvel at the ethereal beauty of the polar landscape.

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Encounter Majestic Wildlife

Immerse yourself in the realm of diverse wildlife, from playful penguins to graceful whales. Antarctica teems with life, both above and below the frigid waters. Witness colonies of seabirds, spot elusive seals basking on ice floes, and encounter majestic pods of orcas gliding through the Antarctic seas.

Luxury or Expedition Cruise

Embark on a voyage of discovery to the Antarctic region, where the options are as diverse as the landscapes themselves. Whether you seek the lavish comforts of a luxurious cruise or the thrill of an immersive expedition, the following cruise lines deliver unparalleled adventures and onboard experiences.

Luxury Ships That Sail Antarctica

  • Silverseas Silver Endeavour: A premier expedition ship, boasting cutting-edge technology, 5-star luxury, and a top speed of 20 knots. Its spacious all-suite cabins, 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio, and polar experts ensure an unparalleled Antarctic expedition experience. The Endeavour is stationed on King George Island and is the only cruise ship that does not traverse the Drake Passage except on the first and last 15 day voyage of the season to and from the island.
  • Ponant Le Commandant Charcot: Experience unprecedented exploration onboard the world’s sole passenger ship with a Polar Class 2 hull, enabling navigation through multiyear ice. Delve into uncharted territories, encountering majestic icebergs, volcanic islands, and Antarctic wildlife inaccessible to conventional ships.
  • Scenic Eclipse and Eclipse II: The ultimate in Antarctic immersion and luxury polar cruising. Purpose-built with Polar Class 6 rating and advanced technology, they offer safe navigation through icy waters. Great reviews, just 200 guests, enjoy multiple daily Zodiac landings for an immersive Antarctic experience.
  • Viking Polaris & Octantis: Purpose-built expedition ships, larger than most in the region, offering a range of staterooms from Nordic Balcony to spacious Explorer Suites. Experience comfort and elegance while immersing yourself in remote, untamed regions.
  • Swan Hellenic: Offering unparalleled journeys to the White Continent. With three ships sailing the region you choose your level of comfort, their 5-star expedition ship ensures smooth sailing for 152 guests with its PC5 ice-strengthened hull and large stabilisers. Enjoy onboard amenities, fine dining, and thrilling shore excursions.
  • Hapag-Lloyd: Prepare to be mesmerized by the Antarctic’s stunning beauty. Encounter mighty glaciers, majestic icebergs, and captivating wildlife up close in this extraordinary habitat, with expert guides that reveal the region’s unfathomable magic, from its white snow formations to glowing blue ice. Marvel at penguins, whales, seals, and sea birds as our seasoned team navigates you through this polar wonderland, leaving you with unforgettable lifetime memories.
  • Tauck: Experience refined small ship cruising with Tauck, accommodating up to 264 passengers. Enjoy exclusive shore excursions and French cuisine aboard Le Boréal’s 6 decks, featuring lounges, dining options, and ocean-view staterooms and suites, most with private balconies.
  • Aurora Expeditions: Embark on small-ship expeditions with Aurora Expeditions, accommodating up to 132 expeditioners. With over 33 years of experience, we prioritise adventure and positive impact travel, offering exhilarating journeys to the world’s wildest destinations on purpose-built ships.
  • Regent: Regent Seven Seas offers super luxurious cruises with unmatched onboard experiences. Ideal for sightseeing enthusiasts, the cruise line doesn’t offer onshore excursions, catering to guests with limited mobility.

Note: There are cruise ships which offer flights over the Drake Passage but the onboard experience is less luxurious.

SubContinent

The sub-continent enables those wishing to explore the wonders of Antarctica’s incredible sea and birdlife without having to invest in a lengthy cruise nor the need to endure colder temperatures like you would expect when venturing further south to Antarctica.  The islands most often visited are;

  • Ulva Island: Nestled off the coast of New Zealand, Ulva Island is a pristine sanctuary teeming with rare wildlife. An untouched paradise with lush rainforests with diverse bird species such as the elusive kiwi.
  • The Snares: An untouched wildlife haven and home to the unique Snares penguin and a host of other seabirds, the air vibrates with the calls of myriad seabirds.
  • Enderby Island (Musgrave Inlet): Enderby Island, a jewel of the Subantarctic, boasts a wildlife spectacle unlike any other. Frequented by rare yellow-eyed penguins and New Zealand sea lions. The island’s unique ecosystem is a paradise for birdwatchers and nature lovers alike.
  • Macquarie Island: Listed as a remote UNESCO World Heritage site, its rugged landscapes are home to vast colonies of royal and king penguins, fur seals and elephant seals and a haven for diverse marine birds.
  • Campbell Island: A sanctuary for the world’s rarest duck, the Campbell Island teal and albatross colonies.  Rugged cliffs and verdant fields bloom with unique megaherbs, creating a stunning backdrop for wildlife enthusiasts.
  • Antipodes Island: This rugged volcanic outpost is a haven for the endemic Antipodean parakeet and the world’s rarest penguin, the erect-crested penguin. This rugged landscape provides sanctuary for a variety of seabirds and marine mammals.

Ponant is the only luxury cruise line to navigate all of the sub-continent (subantarctica) islands and New Zealand’s Fiordland’s with a round-trip departing Dunedin, (New Zealand).

Ross Sea

For those looking for a more adventurous connection on their Antarctica cruise, the Ross Sea strikes the perfect balance with six-star luxury cruising and expedition travel allowing you to get more up close and personal with Antarctica. Several departure options available.  The islands and bays you are likely to visit may include;

  • Balleny Island: Magnificent untouched ice-scapes and volcanic peaks frequented by seals, penguins, and a myriad of seabirds which offers intrepid explorers a glimpse into one of the planet’s most pristine ecosystems.
  • Bay of Whales: An iconic Antarctic destination named for its abundant whale sightings. This raw and majestic icy refuge also attracts seals, penguins, and a diverse array of seabirds.
  • Cape Adare: Hosting the world’s largest Adélie penguin colony amongst its formidable, rugged ice-covered peaks. Witness thousands of penguins nesting in a stark, monochrome landscape with seals doting the shoreline.
  • Macquarie Island: Home to vast colonies of royal and king penguins, fur seals and elephant seals, this remote UNESCO World Heritage site is a breathtaking spectacle.

Ponant cruises the Ross Sea with a round-trip departing Dunedin (New Zealand) visiting select subantarctic islands along route to Antarctica.

Scenic cruises the Ross Sea with a round-trip departing Dunedin (New Zealand), and a cruise from Queenstown to Hobart, and Hobart to Dunedin, each cruising the Ross Sea with stops in Antarctica.

Your Antarctic Adventure Awaits

Embark on a journey of a lifetime and awaken your sense of adventure amidst the untamed beauty of Antarctica. Book your voyage now and set sail for an unforgettable adventure. Ask one of our experts how we can create a bespoke itinerary and create an experience that will exceed your expectations. Call Platinum Cruising on 1800 CRUISE or complete an enquiry form on the cruise that interests you most.

 

Mawson’s Antarctica: Along the East Coast

Breathtaking Voyage Alongside East Antarctica

15 Dec 24   24 nights

Scenic Eclipse 2

Queenstown Hobart

From $41,846*/person

Silversea Antarctica Expedition Cruise departing 15 Jan2025

Antarctica Cruise Expedition

15 Jan 25   10 nights

Silver Wind

Puerto Williams Puerto Williams

From $21,600*/person

 

Puerto Williams To King George Island departing 22th Dec 2024

Antarctica Cruise

22 Dec 24 6 Jan 25   15 nights

Silver Endeavour

Puerto Williams King George Island

From $46,305*/person

Puerto Williams To Puerto Williams departing 5th Jan 2025

Antarctica Cruise

5 Jan 25 15 Jan 25   10 nights

Silver Wind

Puerto Williams Puerto Williams

From $21,600*/person

Puerto Williams To Ushuaia departing 9th Mar 2025

Antarctica Cruise

9 Mar 25 19 Mar 25   10 nights

Silver Cloud

Puerto Williams Ushuaia

From $18,100*/person

Puerto Williams To Puerto Williams departing 11th Dec 2025

Antarctica Cruise

11 Dec 25 21 Dec 25   10 nights

Silver Wind

Puerto Williams Puerto Williams

From $22,600*/person

Puerto Williams To Puerto Williams departing 12th Dec 2025

Antarctica Cruise

12 Dec 25 22 Dec 25   10 nights

Silver Endeavour

Puerto Williams Puerto Williams

From $25,300*/person

Puerto Williams To Puerto Williams departing 7th Feb 2025

Antarctica Cruise

7 Feb 25 17 Feb 25   10 nights

Silver Cloud

Puerto Williams Puerto Williams

From $22,300*/person

Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland

Antarctica Cruise

24 Jan 25 14 Feb 25   21 nights

Seabourn Pursuit

Buenos Aires Buenos Aires

From $43,434*/person

Antarctica Exploration

7 Jan 25 20 Jan 25   13 nights

Seabourn Venture

Buenos Aires Buenos Aires

From $23,718*/person

Emblematic Antarctica 23 Dec 2024

10% Ponant Bonus

23 Dec 24 2 Jan 25   10 nights

L'Austral

Ushuaia Ushuaia

From $24,550*/person

Expedition To Southern Lands

25% Ponant Bonus

28 Dec 24 14 Jan 25   17 nights

Le Boreal

Ushuaia Ushuaia

From $31,300*/person

The Great Austral Loop

12 Jan 25 30 Jan 25   18 nights

L'Austral

Ushuaia Ushuaia

From $30,930*/person

11 Days In The Great White Continent With Seabourn on 18th Dec 2025

18 Dec 25 29 Dec 25   11 nights

Seabourn Venture

Buenos Aires Buenos Aires

From $15,003*/person

11 Days In The Great White Continent With Seabourn on 8th Dec 2025

Six Star Super Deal

8 Dec 25 19 Dec 25   11 nights

Seabourn Venture

Buenos Aires Buenos Aires

From $13,650*/person

11 days in The Great White Continent with Seabourn on 28th Dec 2025

Christmas Cruise

28 Dec 25 8 Jan 26   11 nights

Seabourn Venture

Buenos Aires Buenos Aires

From $15,904*/person

King George Island to King George Island 1st Dec 2024

1 Dec 24 7 Dec 24   6 nights

Silver Endeavour

King George Island King George Island

From $28,900*/person

King George Island to King George Island 7th Dec 2024

7 Dec 24 13 Dec 24   6 nights

Silver Endeavour

King George Island King George Island

From $29,300*/person

Puerto Williams to Puerto Williams 8th Dec 2024

8 Dec 24 18 Dec 24   10 nights

Silver Wind

Puerto Williams Puerto Williams

From $19,400*/person

King George Island to King George Island 13th Dec 2024

13 Dec 24 19 Dec 24   6 nights

Silver Endeavour

King George Island King George Island

From $27,800*/person

Puerto Williams to Puerto Williams 18th Dec 2024

18 Dec 24 5 Jan 25   18 nights

Silver Wind

Puerto Williams Puerto Williams

From $33,400*/person

Puerto Williams to Puerto Williams 19th Dec 2024

19 Dec 24 29 Dec 24   10 nights

Silver Cloud

Puerto Williams Puerto Williams

From $22,100*/person

Puerto Williams to Puerto Williams 29th Dec 2024

29 Dec 24 13 Jan 25   15 nights

Silver Cloud

Puerto Williams Puerto Williams

From $29,005*/person

King George Island to Puerto Williams 6th Jan 2025

6 Jan 25 21 Jan 25   15 nights

Silver Endeavour

King George Island Puerto Williams

From $52,700*/person

Puerto Williams to Puerto Williams 13th Jan 2025

13 Jan 25 23 Jan 25   10 nights

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Puerto Williams Puerto Williams

From $22,400*/person

Puerto Williams to Puerto Williams 23rd Jan 2025

23 Jan 25 7 Feb 25   15 nights

Silver Cloud

Puerto Williams Puerto Williams

From $28,000*/person

King George Island to King George Island 24th Jan 2025

24 Jan 25 30 Jan 25   6 nights

Silver Endeavour

King George Island King George Island

From $40,600*/person

Puerto Williams to Puerto Williams 25th Jan 2025

25 Jan 25 12 Feb 25   18 nights

Silver Wind

Puerto Williams Puerto Williams

From $36,005*/person

King George Island to King George Island 5th Feb 2025

5 Feb 25 11 Feb 25   6 nights

Silver Endeavour

King George Island King George Island

From $34,600*/person

King George Island to King George Island 30th Jan 2025

30 Jan 25 5 Feb 25   6 nights

Silver Endeavour

King George Island King George Island

From $34,900*/person

King George Island to King George Island 11th Feb 2025

11 Feb 25 17 Feb 25   6 nights

Silver Endeavour

King George Island King George Island

From $31,900*/person

Puerto Williams to Puerto Williams 12th Feb 2025

12 Feb 25 22 Feb 25   10 nights

Silver Wind

Puerto Williams Puerto Williams

From $20,400*/person

Puerto Williams to Puerto Williams 17th Feb 2025

17 Feb 25 27 Feb 25   10 nights

Silver Cloud Expedition

Puerto Williams Puerto Williams

From $20,900*/person

Puerto Williams to Puerto Williams 22nd Feb 2025 18Days tour

22 Feb 25 12 Mar 25   18 nights

Silver Wind

Puerto Williams Puerto Williams

From $30,900*/person

Puerto Williams to Puerto Williams 26th Feb 2025

26 Feb 25 10 Mar 25   12 nights

Silver Endeavour

Puerto Williams Puerto Williams

From $24,300*/person

Frequently Asked Questions

What major cruise lines go to Antarctica?

Explore the wonders of Antarctica with Major cruise lines that go to Antarctica include Silverseas, Ponant, Scenic, Viking, Swan Hellenic, Tauck, Aurora Expeditions, and Regent Seven Seas.

What is the best time to visit Antarctica

The best time to visit Antarctica is during the Antarctic summer, which runs from late November to early March. This period offers milder temperatures, longer daylight hours, and increased wildlife activity, making it ideal for exploration and sightseeing.

What ports do cruise ships sailing to Antarctica leave from?

Cruise ships sailing to Antarctica typically depart from ports in South America, such as Ushuaia in Argentina and Punta Arenas in Chile. These ports serve as gateways to the Antarctic Peninsula and provide embarkation points for expeditions to the southernmost continent.

What cruise lines provide the most luxurious and scenic experience?

Regent offers the most luxurious experience of all ships visiting Antarctica, however it solely focuses on the onboard experience and does not offer onshore or zodiac experiences amongst other things. Our short-listed luxury cruiselines list above provide the best balance of luxury, comfort and adventure, with Aurora expeditions focused more on adventure rather than onboard experience.

What cruise lines offer the best expedition adventure cruises?

Aurora Expeditions is a field leader in adventure expedition cruises with over 33 years experience. Geared toward adventure, they suit a younger and more active adult traveller demographic.

How long is the cruise to Antarctica?

The duration of a cruise to Antarctica varies depending on the itinerary and the cruise line. Generally, Antarctic cruises range from about 10 to 21 days. Some shorter cruises focus solely on the Antarctic Peninsula, while longer expeditions may include visits to other subantarctic islands or destinations in South America.

How much does an Antarctica cruise cost?

The cost of an Antarctica cruise can vary widely depending on factors such as the cruise line, the duration of the cruise, the level of luxury, and the time of year. On average, prices for an Antarctica cruise can range from around AUD $15,000 to AUD $30,000 or more per person. It’s essential to check with specific cruise lines for accurate pricing and availability.

Are Antarctica cruises safe?

Antarctica cruises are generally considered safe when operated by reputable cruise lines with experienced crews. These cruises adhere to strict safety regulations, including international maritime standards and guidelines set by organisations like the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO). However, Antarctica’s remote and challenging environment presents unique risks, such as extreme weather conditions, icy waters, and rugged terrain. To ensure safety, cruise ships are equipped with advanced navigation systems, experienced expedition teams, and safety protocols for onboard emergencies and shore excursions. It’s essential for passengers to follow crew instructions, dress appropriately for the cold climate, and stay vigilant during excursions. While no adventure is entirely without risk, with proper planning and precautions, Antarctica cruises offer a safe and unforgettable experience.