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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
$6,995
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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
Discover the most scenic bays and channels of the Antarctic Peninsula on this unique 12-day polar cruise. Visit historical sites and enjoy the biggest variety of wildlife such as albatrosses, penguins, and whales.
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Drake Passage, Port of Ushuaia
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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
Take the fastest route to Antarctica – a three-hour flight – and enjoy your first glimpse of the continent from the air, a unique introduction to the vast and dramatic landscape that remains one of the last unspoiled regions in the world. Continue your journey on ship, where a 9-day adventure beyond your wildest imagination awaits.
Activities: Adventure Options, Fly Cruise, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Chile, Patagonia, South America, Drake Passage, King George Island, Petermann Island, Pleneau Bay, Port of Ushuaia, Punta Arenas, South Shetland Islands
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Pair of King penguins on an Antarctica cruise
$13,795
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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
Explore the southernmost region of the world with visits to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, and the Antarctic Peninsula. Encounter penguins, seals, and whales as you travel south towards the white continent. Join the Ocean Diamond as you embark on a trip of a lifetime!
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Drake Passage, Port of Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands
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Sea kayaking in Antarctica
$7,950
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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
On this exciting 12-day 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.
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Photography, Scuba Diving, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Antarctic Polar Circle, Deception Island Antarctica, Drake Passage, Gerlache Strait, Lemaire Channel, Neko Harbor, Paradise Bay Antarctica, Petermann Island, Port of Ushuaia
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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
With the MV Plancius as your basecamp, explore Antarctica by land and sea on this 12-day polar adventure. Spend each day ashore participating in wide-ranging activities such as hiking, kayaking, mountaineering, and camping. Experience all Antarctica has to offer!
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Photography, Scuba Diving, Trekking & Hiking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Drake Passage, Port of Ushuaia, Waddington Bay Antarctica, Wiencke Island
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Kayaking in antarctica
$5,995
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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
This exciting Antarctic cruise navigates the famed Drake Passage, explores the wildlife-rich shores of the South Shetland Islands, and makes numerous stops along the Antarctic Peninsula. A trip of a lifetime aboard the Ocean Endeavour, join in on this 11-day Antarctic tour!
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Expedition Cruises, Hiking, Kayaking, Skiing, Stand Up Paddle Board, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Buenos Aires, Drake Passage, Port of Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands
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$4,595
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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
Leaving Ushuaia, this 6-day adventure brings you through the Beagle Channel and to the 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!
Activities: Fly Cruise, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Cape Horn, Drake Passage, King George Island, Port of Ushuaia, Punta Arenas, South Shetland Islands
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Skiing down the the unique snowy slopes.
$8,095
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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
Begin and end your 13-day Antarctic adventure in Ushuaia, Argentina aboard the Akademic Loffe. Enjoy optional activities ranging from overnight kayaking, camping, ski touring, snowshoeing, trekking, zodiac cruising, and field photography as you explore the dramatic landscape of the 7th continent - Antarctica.
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Skiing, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Deception Island Antarctica, Drake Passage, Half Moon Island, King George Island, Neko Harbor, Port of Ushuaia
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The incredible and unique beauty of the King Penguin.
$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
The Antarctic Peninsula’s remarkable history provides you with a type of excitement often only associated with the early explorers. You have plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains, and waterways, and an incredible variety of wildlife on this 10-day polar voyage.
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Drake Passage, Port of Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands
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King Penguins at Fortuna Bay, South Georgia
$10,395
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Antarctica & The Falkland Islands: Sea Birds and Penguins

12 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • Watch for diverse seabirds
  • Encounter several penguin rookeries
  • Learn about Antarctica's history
  • Kayak at Cuverville Island
Begin your journey in Ushuaia and sail across the Drake Passage. Head out on deck to search for whales and view the seabirds flying alongside the ship, visit several penguin rookeries, and explore the Antarctic continent on this 12-day cruise onboard the Akademic Sergey Vavilov.
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Chile, Falkland Islands, Patagonia, South America, Antarctic Sound, Drake Passage, Elephant Island, Port of Ushuaia, Punta Arenas, Saunders Island, South Shetland Islands, Stanley, West Point Island
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Unforgettable experiences on your Antarctic cruise
$13,995
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Shackleton Centenary Voyage

22 Day Itinerary aboard Hebridean Sky
  • Search for whales & seabirds
  • Explore Stanley, East Falkland
  • Follow in Shackleton's footsteps
  • Visit a king penguin colony
Follow in the footsteps of Ernest Shackleton on this celebration of the 100th anniversary of his epic journey. Embark in Buenos Aires for this 22-day voyage featuring the unspoiled scenery, exhilarating wildlife, and rich history of the Antarctic Peninsula, as well as the crown jewels of the Southern Ocean: South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctica, Argentina, Falkland Islands, South America, South Georgia, Buenos Aires, Drake Passage, Gold Harbor, Grytviken, King Haakon Bay, Port of Ushuaia, Prion Island, Salisbury Plain, South Shetland Islands, Stanley, Stromness
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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
Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage by air, 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 the Antarctic Circle.
Activities: Fly Cruise, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Chile, Patagonia, South America, Antarctic Polar Circle, King George Island, Punta Arenas
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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
Follow in the footsteps of early explorers on this 18-day expedition cruise on board the Silver Explorer. Encounter a myriad of wildlife and learn about the history of each region as you visit the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, South Shetland, and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Falkland Islands, South America, South Georgia, Brown Bluff, Carcass Island, Deception Island Antarctica, Drake Passage, Elephant Island, Paradise Bay Antarctica, Paulet Island, Port of Ushuaia, Saunders Island, Stanley
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Hiking to the summit.
$5,995
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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
This 11-day Antarctic expedition offers the chance to discover the best of the Antarctic Peninsula, the continent’s most northern region. Be delighted by penguins, seals & whales along the coastline. Landing on the continent itself is memorable - explore the sights that make this one of the world’s most pristine and unforgettable environments.
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Expedition Cruises, Hiking, Kayaking, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Drake Passage, Port of Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands
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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
Embark on this 8-day Antarctic adventure with Ocean Nova Air Cruises. Fly over the Drake Passage from Punta Arenas to King George Island where you meet your ship. Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula as you search for wildilfe and explore the surrounding landscape.
Activities: Fly Cruise, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Chile, Patagonia, South America, King George Island, Punta Arenas
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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
Cruise across the Drake Passage and down the Antarctic Peninsula for a trip of a lifetime. Board the Polar Pioneer in Puerto Williams, and watch for whales and a myriad of seabirds as you sail. Enjoy the otherworldly landscape, history, and wildlife of your Antarctic exploration.
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctica Peninsula, Drake Passage, Paulet Island, Port of Ushuaia, Puerto Williams, Punta Arenas, Weddell Sea
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A penguin colony hanging out on the ice.
$5,780
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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
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 waterways, and an incredible wide variety of wildlife.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Drake Passage, Port of Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands
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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
A true expedition, the 11-day Weddell Sea cruise sets out to explore the range of the emperor penguins near Snow Hill Island. Visit the area via helicopter and see a variety of other birds and penguins including Adélies and gentoos.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Helicopter Tour, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctica, Deception Island Antarctica, Drake Passage, Half Moon Island, Port of Ushuaia
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