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A trip to Antarctica is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for most. We get it, your trip has to be perfect. Thousands of travelers have trusted Adventure Life's Antarctica travel experts to help them plan the perfect cruise to Antarctica. Numerous ships sail the Antarctic waters, and we can help you find the best ship for your needs. Start planning your trip here!

All of our ships have strengthened hulls designed for the demands of the Antarctic and exceed the highest safety standards. The ships range from small cruise ships  to luxury expedition ships.
  
Most cruises to Antarctica depart from Ushuaia, Argentina, though a few, especially the Air Cruises, leave from Punta Arenas, Chile.

The shortest trip length available to Antarctica is six days with an Express Air Cruise, where you sail to King George Island and return on a flight. Without the flight, you'll need at least a ten day trip from Ushuaia to get an optimal experience on the Antarctic continent.

Depending on your trip length, choose to visit the Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands, the Weddell Sea and the mountainous South Georgia.

Antarctica cruises feature zodiac excursions for up-close encounters with wildlife and the blue icebergs that float quietly in the sea.  Some ships have sea kayaks that give a unique perspective of penguins, whales and other wildlife.

On Adventure Life's Antarctica tours, onboard guides lecture about the region's natural history, weather, and captivating Antarctic wildlife commonly seen during a cruise to the frozen continent.

Antarctica has many similarities to the Arctic, but the experience of traveling to the Arctic is quite distinct. The best time to travel to Antarctica is in the northern hemisphere's winter, for example.
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Antarctic Small Ship Expedition
Leaving from Ushuaia, Argentina, the small ship expedition cruise takes you through the Beagle Channel and across the mythical waters of the Drake Passage. Explore one of the most spectacular places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and …
  • 10 Days
  • $5,995 - $9,995 USD
Ship:
Ocean Nova Air Cruises
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, Puerto Williams, South Shetland Islands, Drake Passage, …
Level:
Easy
Kayaking in antarctica
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent
This exciting Antarctic cruise voyages the famed Drake Passage, explores the wildlife rich shores of the South Shetland Islands, and will make numerous stops along the Antarctic Peninsula. A trip of a lifetime aboard the Sea Spirit, join in on this …
  • 11 Days
  • $5,995 - $16,995 USD
Ship:
Ocean Endeavour (QU)
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Photography, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands, Buenos Aires, Drake Passage
Level:
Easy
Classic Antarctica Air Cruise
Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, you are invited on this 8-day adventure to one of the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable places - Antarctica. In a little over three hours of flying from Punta …
  • 8 Days
  • $12,995 - $19,995 USD
Ship:
Hebridean Sky Air Cruises
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Watching, Fly Cruise
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, King George Island
Level:
Easy
FREE International Flights
Kayak quiet waters as you sail to remote coves of Antarctica
Antarctic Peninsula Adventure
Explore the wildlife-rich shores and waters of remote Antarctica on this 11-day small ship cruise on the Akademik Ioffe! Your journey takes you to Petermann Island or Wilhelmina Bay, where you encounter colossal icebergs and, of course, the ice …
  • 11 Days
  • $7,495 - $14,995 USD
Ship:
Akademik Ioffe
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Kayaking, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands, Drake Passage
Level:
Easy
Ski the Arctic.
Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Plancius
Expedition is the passion of these voyages aboard the MV Plancius. The ship becomes a base camp for these polar voyages. “Base camp” is by definition a temporary storing and starting place, from which an activity starts. "Activity modules” are …
  • 12 Days
  • $7,950 - $11,850 USD
Ship:
MV Plancius
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Light Hiking, Kayaking, Expedition Cruises, Camping
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, Drake Passage, Waddington Bay Antarctica, Wiencke Island
Level:
Moderate
The incredible and unique beauty of the King Penguin.
Classic Antarctica
The Antarctic Peninsula’s remarkable history will provide you with a type of excitement often only associated with the early explorers. You will have plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and …
  • 10 Days
  • $5,200 - $12,130 USD
Ship:
MV Ushuaia
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Watching
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands, Drake Passage
Level:
Easy
Kayaking through arctic waters.
Spirit of Antarctica
On this Spirit of Antarctica voyage, enjoy the Beagle Channel from Argentina and Chile. Depart from Puerto Williams and return to Ushuaia. This polar voyage includes the flight between Punta Arenas and Puerto Williams, and a tour of Puerto Williams and …
  • 12 Days
  • $8,500 - $14,330 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Kayaking, Expedition Cruises, Camping
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Puerto Williams, Drake Passage, …
Level:
Easy
Unforgettable experiences on your Antarctic cruise
Shackleton Centenary Voyage
Follow in the footsteps of Ernest Shackleton on this celebration of the 100th anniversary of his epic journey. What is now known as the “Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration” began in the late 19th century and closed in the early 20th century with …
  • 22 Days
  • $13,995 - $26,995 USD
Ship:
Hebridean Sky
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Kayaking, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands, Stanley, Buenos Aires, Drake Passage, Gold Harbor, …
Level:
Easy
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Antarctica Express Air Cruise
Leaving Ushuaia, this 6-day adventure brings you through the Beagle Channel and to legendary Cape Horn. Cross the mythical waters of the Drake Passage and experience a day in one of the most spectacular places on earth - Antarctica!
  • 6 Days
  • $4,595 - $6,995 USD
Ship:
Ocean Nova Air Cruises
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruises, Fly Cruise
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Cape Horn, South Shetland Islands, King George Island, …
Level:
Easy
Pair of King penguins on an Antarctica cruise
Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica: Explorers and Kings
This extended expedition encompasses the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, the remote Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), as well as the extraordinary beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula. Experience a great diversity of environments and landscapes, which …
  • 20 Days
  • $13,795 - $25,995 USD
Ship:
Ocean Diamond
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Light Hiking, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands, Drake Passage
Level:
Easy
Skiing down the the unique snowy slopes.
Antarctica - Off the Beaten Path
Begin this 13-day expedition in Ushuaia and chart a course through the Drake Passage, potentially making landfall in the South Shetland Islands prior to reaching the Antarctic Peninsula. Your journey may take you south of the Lemaire Channel to the …
  • 13 Days
  • $8,095 - $14,995 USD
Ship:
Akademik Ioffe
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Light Hiking, Kayaking, Expedition Cruises, Camping
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, Drake Passage
Level:
Easy
Sea Explorer Air Cruises
Polar Circle Air Cruise
Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, this 10-day adventure takes you to one of the most spectacular and most remote places on earth - Antarctica. Sail to the far south and be one of the few adventurous travelers to cross …
  • 10 Days
  • $13,595 - $22,995 USD
Ship:
Ocean Nova Air Cruises
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Light Hiking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Watching, Fly Cruise
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Polar Circle, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, King George Island
Level:
Easy
Icebergs reflected in Antarctica's Paradise Bay
  • 18 Days
  • $17,550 - $55,650 USD
Ship:
Silver Explorer
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Watching
Places:
Antarctica, South America, South Georgia, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, Stanley, Carcass Island, Saunders Island, Drake Passage, …
Level:
Easy
Explore remote shores in your zodiacs
Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle
Enjoy Antarctica in style – by flying and then cruising south of the Antarctic Circle! A short three-hour flight is all it takes to travel between Punta Arenas, Chile, and King George Island in Antarctica. Skipping all the extra days at sea, enjoy …
  • 10 Days
  • $11,995 - $17,995 USD
Ship:
Sea Adventurer
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruises, Fly Cruise
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Polar Circle, Chile, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, South Shetland Islands, King George Island, Petermann Island, Pleneau Bay, …
Level:
Easy
Hiking to the summit.
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent
This Antarctic expedition offers the perfect chance to discover the best of the Antarctic Peninsula, the last continent’s most northern region. Be delighted by penguins, seals and whales along the Antarctic coastline. Landing on the continent itself is …
  • 11 Days
  • $6,295 - $14,295 USD
Ship:
Ocean Diamond
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Photography, Luxury & Indulgence, Light Hiking, Kayaking, Expedition Cruises, Camping
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands, Drake Passage, Neko Harbor
Level:
Easy
Kayak Antarctica
Antarctic Peninsula
Sail to distant Antarctica on this 12-day Antarctica cruise. View the abundant wildlife which call this frozen continent home. Cross the Drake Passage and explore the Antarctic peninsula from the comfort of the Hebridean Sky.
  • 12 Days
  • $6,995 - $19,995 USD
Ship:
Hebridean Sky
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Kayaking, Expedition Cruises, Camping
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, Drake Passage
Level:
Easy
Sea kayaking in Antarctica
Polar Circle & Antarctic Peninsula
On this exciting voyage sail further south in Antarctica, crossing the Polar Circle. Aboard the ice-strengthened vessel Ortelius, cruise where few have gone, viewing the flora and fauna of Antarctic Peninsula and many more experiences.
  • 12 Days
  • $7,950 - $11,850 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Polar Circle, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, Drake Passage, Deception Island Antarctica, Lemaire Channel, …
Level:
Easy
Classic Antarctica Air Cruise
Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, you are invited on this 8-day adventure to one of the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable places - Antarctica. In a little over three hours of flying from Punta …
  • 8 Days
  • $10,795 - $19,995 USD
Ship:
Ocean Nova Air Cruises
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Watching, Fly Cruise
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, King George Island
Level:
Easy
Stunning landscapes
Weddell Sea & Antarctic Peninsula
Join this 12-day voyage that sails across Bransfield Strait to an Antarctic Sound dawn, where tabular icebergs ride currents from the Weddell Sea. The Peninsula’s wild side welcomes us with a strange, ice-free landscape hiding renowned fossil beds and …
  • 12 Days
  • $8,310 - $14,650 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Kayaking, Expedition Cruises, Camping
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Weddell Sea, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Puerto Williams, …
Level:
Easy
Stunning views from your zodiac cruise
Antarctic Peninsula
The great star-actors of Antarctica are the penguins, and in total seven species could appear before your very own eyes on this special 10-day Antarctic cruise. This classic cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula is a wonderful way to maximize your polar …
  • 10 Days
  • $6,500 - $10,550 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands, Drake Passage
Level:
Easy
A penguin colony hanging out on the ice.
Classic Antarctica
The Antarctic Peninsula’s remarkable history provides you with a type of excitement often only associated with the early explorers. This amazing 11-day Antarctic cruise on the MV Ushuaia allows plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery, a …
  • 11 Days
  • $5,500 - $13,480 USD
Ship:
MV Ushuaia
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Watching
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands, Drake Passage
Level:
Easy
Beautiful King Penguins
Weddell Sea - Emperor Penguin Voyage
During this Antarctic voyage, explore the areas in or between the Antarctic Sounds and James Ross Island in attempts to observe magnificent scenery and emperor penguins on their way to the open water.
  • 11 Days
  • $11,550 - $16,150 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Helicopter Tour, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, Drake Passage, Half Moon Island, Deception Island Antarctica
Level:
Easy
Lemaire channel reflection
Antarctic Peninsula
The great star-actors of Antarctica are the penguins and in total seven species could appear before your very own eyes on this special 11-day Antarctic cruise. This classic Antarctic route cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula is a popular way to maximize …
  • 11 Days
  • $7,950 - $11,850 USD
Ship:
MV Plancius
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands, Drake Passage
Level:
Easy
Take a zodiac trip to view Humpback Whales.
Antarctica, Falklands, & South Georgia
The ultimate Southern ocean experience, this 21-night expedition cruise takes you into majestically spectacular wildness. Not even the vast migrations of Africa can rival the awesomeness of seeing a King penguin colony of some 200,000+ individuals …
  • 22 Days
  • $22,430 - $43,250 USD
Ship:
National Geographic Explorer
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Photography, Luxury & Indulgence, Kayaking, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, Stanley, Buenos Aires, Drake Passage, …
Level:
Easy