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Adventure Life's Antarctica cruise experts have selected the best small cruise ships designed with hardened hulls for breaking through Antarctic ice. Small ships also have the benefit of being able to access deeper into the Antarctic circle and into small coves where large cruise ships are not allowed to disembark. Spot penguins from a zodiac or as you sea kayak, ski or even camp on the Antarctic Peninsula. Sail in style on one of our luxury Antarctic cruises which have the best guides, cuisine and overall experience. Most cruises to Antarctica begin and finish in the quaint port of Ushuaia, Argentina, though flight/cruise options from Punta Arenas Chile can cut the average 12 day trip to as little as 6 days. Contact one of our Antarctica cruise experts for help planing your dream trip to the white continent. 
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Kayak Antarctica
$7,295
Save $1500
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Antarctic Peninsula

12 Day Itinerary aboard Hebridean Sky
  • Enjoy Argentinean markets & cuisine
  • Sail the Beagle Channel
  • Explore historic & scientific sites
  • Cross the Drake Passage
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 spot albatrosses, prions, petrels, penguins, seals, whales, and dolphins as you explore the Antarctic Peninsula from the comfort of the …
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The Falkland Islands from above
$10,995
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Antarctic Express - Fly South, Cruise North

10 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Adventurer
  • Save time by flying to Antarctica
  • Experience the Drake Passage
  • Explore the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Enjoy on-board lectures
Activities: Adventure Options, Fly Cruise, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Take advantage of the fastest, most direct way to Antarctica: flying. A short three-hour flight takes you to the white continent where you can enjoy everything the Antarctic has to offer. Immense penguin rookeries and icy landscapes await your arrival.Marvel at the contrast of a desolate landscape …
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Pair of King penguins on an Antarctica cruise
$13,795
Save $5600-$6000
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Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica: Explorers and Kings

20 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Diamond
  • Zodiac around the Falkland Islands
  • Watch for whales and seals
  • Hike the Antarctic landscape
  • Partake in optional kayaking
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
This extended 20-day Antarctic 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 provide unprecedented …
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Sea kayaking in Antarctica
$7,950
Save $600
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Polar Circle & Antarctic Peninsula

12 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Search for Antarctic seabirds
  • Find gentoo & chinstrap penguins
  • Sail between icebergs & fjords
  • Explore the Antarctic landscape
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Photography, Scuba Diving, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
View albatross, whales, penguins, seals, and more while exploring the Antarctic by land and sea on this 12-day polar voyage onboard the Ortelius. Enjoy daily Zodiac trips exploring icebergs, fjords, and shore landings where you have the opportunity to step foot on the 7th continent. View and …
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Ski the Arctic.
$7,950
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Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Plancius

12 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Encounter humpback & minke whales
  • Hike near shore & up hilltops
  • View Adelie & gentoo penguins
  • Kayak between icebergs
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Photography, Scuba Diving, Trekking & Hiking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Easy Active
Expedition and exploration are the focus 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 offered which go …
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Kayaking in antarctica
$5,995
Save $3000-$3400
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Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

11 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Endeavour (QU)
  • View abundant wildlife by Zodiac
  • Explore bays & channels each day
  • Trek up snowy pathways for views
  • Watch glaciers calve into the ocean
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Expedition Cruises, Hiking, Kayaking, Skiing, Stand Up Paddle Board, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Board the Ocean Endeavour in Ushuaia and begin your 11-day polar adventure! Begin by crossing the Drake Passage - the next time you see land you are in Antarctica. Enjoy zodiac excursions to explore bays, channels, and landing sites each day. Visit penguin rookeries and search for whales, seals, …
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$4,595
Save $1700
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Antarctica Express Air Cruise

6 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Nova Air Cruises
  • Visit the legendary Cape Horn
  • Attend presentations and lectures
  • Sail through ice-filled bays
  • Explore Antarctic bases & stations
Activities: Fly Cruise, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
For those short on time this Antarctic Express Air Cruise optimizes your time so you can see and experience it all! Embark the Ocean Nova in Ushuaia and set sail for Cape Horn. Depending on the weather, be one of the few to step foot on this rarely-visited island! Begin crossing the Drake Passage …
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Skiing down the the unique snowy slopes.
$8,495
Save $1000
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Antarctica - Off the Beaten Path

13 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
  • Attend educational presentations
  • Observe large penguin colonies
  • Kayak in the Antarctic waters
  • Cross the infamous Drake Passage
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Skiing, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, or …
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Guests on the deck of the Ushuaia viewing the arctic landscape.
$5,200
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Classic Antarctica

10 Day Itinerary aboard MV Ushuaia
  • View vast penguin rookeries
  • Explore the pristine wilderness
  • Navigate narrow passages
  • Cross the infamous Drake Passage
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to the 7th Continent - Antarctica. The remarkable history of the Antarctic Peninsula provides you with remarkable excitement as you cross the Drake Passsage. Icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that you have reached the South Shetland Islands, a haven …
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Sea Explorer Air Cruises
$13,995
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Polar Circle Air Cruise

10 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Nova Air Cruises
  • Attempt to cross the Polar Circle
  • Cruise along fjords & icebergs
  • Search for polar wildlife
  • View presentations by polar guides
Activities: Fly Cruise, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Bypass the Drake Passage by flying directly to the South Shetland Islands. Exit the airplane to a world unlike any other on earth; ice-filled fjords, pengiun rookeries, and great expanses of ice await. Sail as far south as possible in an attempt to reach the Polar Circle. Flexibility is key to a …
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Icebergs reflected in Antarctica's Paradise Bay
$17,550
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Explorer's Antarctica

18 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Visit historic sites of explorers
  • See mighty glaciers & icebergs
  • View several species of penguins
  • Watch for seals & whales
  • Identify polar seabirds
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Explore the path taken by several early exporers before you. Hike the Falkland Islands, zodiac South Georgia, and explore research stations on the Antarctic Peninsula. As you sail watch for whales, seals, and penguins plus a myriad of seabirds. Learn about the history of this remote region from …
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Hiking to the summit.
$5,995
Save $300-$3400
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Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

11 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Diamond
  • Experience abundant wildlife
  • Explore bays & channels each day
  • Watch glaciers calve into the ocean
  • Zodiac ashore each day to explore
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Expedition Cruises, Hiking, Kayaking, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Board the Ocean Diamond in Ushuaia and begin your 11-day polar adventure! Cross the Drake Passage - the next time you see land is in Antarctica. Enjoy zodiac excursions to explore bays, channels, and landing sites each day. Visit penguin rookeries and search for whales, seals, and arctic seabirds. …
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$10,795
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Classic Antarctica Air Cruise

8 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Nova Air Cruises
  • Cruise the South Shetland Islands
  • View penguins, seals, and whales
  • Attend lectures and presentations
  • Explore the Antarctic landscape
Activities: Fly Cruise, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 Arenas to King George Island, find yourself at …
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Stunning landscapes
$8,725
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Weddell Sea & Antarctic Peninsula

12 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • View vast tabular icebergs
  • Visit historic huts with relics
  • Explore islands with fossils
  • Encounter Adélie & gentoo colonies
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 you with a strange, ice-free landscape hiding renowned fossil beds and vast penguin colonies. Explore Prince …
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A penguin colony hanging out on the ice.
$6,080
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Classic Antarctica

11 Day Itinerary aboard MV Ushuaia
  • Explore vast penguin rookeries
  • Sail into Deception Island
  • View minke, orca, & humpback whales
  • Navigate narrow passages
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and …
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Beautiful King Penguins
$11,550
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Weddell Sea - Emperor Penguin Voyage

11 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Hike on Deception Island
  • Watch emperor penguins
  • Take a walk on pack ice
  • View seabirds in the Drake Passage
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Helicopter Tour, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
During this 11-day 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.Scenic flights and helicopter landings on tabular icebergs and locations otherwise …
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Lemaire channel reflection
$7,950
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Antarctic Peninsula

11 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Sail across the Drake Passage
  • Cruise between icebergs & fjords
  • Observe penguins, albatross & more
  • Enjoy trips ashore each day
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Begin your 11-day Antarctic adventure in Ushuaia, Argentina where you board the MV Plancius. Cross the infamous Drake Passage and head towards the Antarctic Peninsula. Search for wildlife such as albatross, penguins, whales, and seals while sailing through the Antarctic waters and amongst icebergs. …
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Kayaking through arctic waters.
$8,900
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Spirit of Antarctica

12 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • View active wildlife at night
  • Explore historic sites & stations
  • Visit busy penguin highways
  • Sail waterways alive with whales
  • Enjoy camping, climbing & kayaking
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Experience the true Spirit of Antarctica as you explore the 7th continent by land and sea on this 12-day polar cruise. As you sail across the Drake Passage, anticipation builds for the first glimpse of icebergs and snow-capped mountains!Aboard Zodiacs, explore penguin rookeries, historic sites, and …
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