Christmas in Antarctica Cruise

Andrew Halsall
Sleeping in the snow!
Andrew Halsall
Hiking through through the snow.
Sue Adams
A large colony of King Penguins.
Mark Jones
Kayakers in the waters of South Georgia.
Sue Adams
An Albatross in the grass.
Polar Pioneer's dining room.
Polar Pioneer's bar and lounge.


  • Sail/Fly voyage - sail the Drake Passage once!
  • Experience a wonderland of wildlife
  • Visit historic sites and working scientific stations
  • Camp out under the midnight sun
  • Kayaking option to paddle with the penguins
  • Celebrate a white Christmas in Antarctica!

Embark on this 11-day voyage and celebrate Christmas in traditional Antarctic style! Take advantage of the near-midnight sun, which powers an explosion of life along the shore and brightens the thought of camping out or or extended kayaking trips. Penguin highways are busy with traffic as parents hurry to fatten chicks, and waterways are alive with whales and seals. Visit historic sites and step onto the most spectacular continent on Earth as you enjoy the most wonderful time of the year!

Day 1

Embark in Ushuaia, Argentina

Enjoy a hearty, late afternoon welcome from your friendly staff and Russian crew. Settle in to your cabin and explore the ship before setting sail in the evening. Excitement lifts as the ship sails down the Beagle Channel. Be sure to keep watch for Magellenic penguins, dolphins and albatross.

Days 2-3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Crossing the Drake Passage

The Drake Passage crossing offers excellent bird watching from the outer decks or the warmth of the bridge. Learn about Antarctica from the on-board naturalist’s informative talks, and about safety and environmental guidelines from expedition staff. Meet fellow travelers, chat, read, and prepare for the days ahead. Keen eyes watch for icebergs, while king cormorants fly by, and the appearance of penguins and fur seals heralds the ship's approach to the South Shetlands.

Days 4-9

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Antarctic Peninsula

An overnight passage along Gerlache Strait delivers you to the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. If weather permits, early risers are rewarded with spectacular views of ice-clad mountains along the Danco Coast, then soaring Anvers Island. Over the next six days explore penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific stations and celebrate Christmas with your expedition 'family' in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. In Zodiacs cruise amongst an iceberg fantasia, where seals bask on floes and kayakers glide into secluded bays. Off the ship is where we like to be, even camping out one night if conditions allow. Thanks to the small number of expeditioners on board, spontaneity and flexibility is possible, enhanced enjoyment the result.

Day 10

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Disembark on King George Island / Fly to Puna Arenas, Chile

Arrive at mountainous King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands. Time and weather permitting, explore Fildes Bay and visit the Russian Orthodox Trinity Church at Bellingshausen Station, before catching a charter flight back to Punta Arenas in Chile and being transferred to your overnight accommodation.

Day 11

  • Breakfast

Punta Arenas, Chile / Depart

After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow travelers before continuing on with your own arrangements.

 Triple SharedTwin SharedTwin PrivateMini SuiteSuite
Kayaking Option: $995
Camping Option: Complimentary
Please note that all of Polar Pioneer itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. These itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.

- Rates represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.

- Single costs are 1.7 times the twin rate

Voyage Inclusions

• Luggage transfer from Ushuaia hotel to Polar Pioneer on day of voyage departure
• Luggage transfer from Polar Pioneer to King George Island airstrip
• Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas
• Transfer from Punta Arenas airport to hotel
• One night accommodation at Cabo de Hornos hotel in Punta Arenas post voyage
• Accommodation during the voyage
• All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
• All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
• Educational lectures and guiding services from the expert team
• Access to an on board doctor and basic medical services
• Loan of gumboots during the voyage
• Daily cabin service
• Comprehensive pre-departure information
• Aurora Expeditions waterproof jacket
• A printed photo book produced with imagery from your voyage (one per booking)
• Port taxes and charges
• All entry fees to historic landings sites

Voyage Exclusions

• International or domestic flights to or from ship, unless specified
• Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
• Airport arrival or departure taxes
• Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
• Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
• Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
• Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
• Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking
• All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges.