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Adventure Life's Antarctica cruises & tours are the ultimate way to visit the white continent in comfort, safety and style. Thousands of travelers have trusted Adventure Life's Antarctica tour experts to help them choose the perfect small ship cruise to Antarctica. Depart from Ushuaia, on the southern tip of South America on a minimum 6-day trip and choose from small expedition ships, luxury ships, fly/cruise combos and even cruises that include skiing, sea kayakingcamping in Antartica. Onboard guides lecture about the region's natural history, weather, and captivating Antarctic animals like penguins, seals & whales. Dozens of ships sail the Antarctic waters, and we can help you find the best cruise for your needs. Contact us with your interests, schedule & budget, and we'll help you plan the perfect Antarctic tour.

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How to Choose an Antarctica Tour or Cruise
Where to Go?  
Most cruises to Antarctica depart from Ushuaia, Argentina, though several, especially Antarctic Air Cruises, leave from Punta Arenas, Chile. A few, those visiting the Ross Sea, may visit or depart from New Zealand. or even South Africa. Depending on your trip length, choose to visit the Antarctica Peninsula, the Weddell SeaFalkland Islands, and the mountainous South Georgia.
How Long?
The shortest trip length available to Antarctica is six days with an Express Air Cruise, where you sail or fly to King George Island and return on a flight or cruise. Without the flight, you'll need at least a ten day trip starting and finishing from Ushuaia to get an optimal experience on the Antarctic continent. Trips to the Ross Sea last around 30 days.

On which ship?
All of our ships that sail to Antartica 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. Contact an Adventure Life Antarctica cruise expert for help choosing the perfect ship for your needs. 

What is there to do and see?
All Antarctica cruises feature zodiac excursions for up-close encounters with wildlifeSome ships have sea kayaks that give a unique perspective of penguins, whales and other wildlife. Some tours even include camping in Antarctica for the ultimate adventure trip to the white continent.
Fun Facts about Antarctica

Continent of Extremes - Antarctica is the coldest, driest, windiest, and has the highest average altitude of any continent. It also sits upon active volcanoes like Mt. Erebus and the sub-glacial volcano at Deception Island, which has hot springs where you can go swimming in Antarctica!

Population - The only people who live in Antarctica are about 4000 resident scientists in the summer and about 1000 in the winter. There are no cities in Antarctica as the entire populace lives in about 70 different research stations run by around 30 countries.

The Coldest Place on Earth - On a high ridge on the East Antarctic Plateau is where temperatures can dip to a record minus 136 degrees Fahrenheit (-93.2 degrees Celsius).

A Land of Ice & Water - around 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice averaging 1.9 km (1.2 mi; 6,200 ft) in thickness and between 70%-90% of the world's fresh water is here. The northernmost regions of the Antarctic Peninsula are about the only places not covered by ice. 

A Not-So-Fun Fact - If all the ice in Antarctica melted, global sea levels would rise at least 60 meters, over 200 feet! 
Deception Island, Antarctica

Even its name is shrowded in mystery. Upon first approaching Deception Island, it's hard to see what's so deceptive about it. It looks similar to the other mountain islands in the region that jut out of the sea.

But turn around the bend and suddenly a slot in the mountain opens up and as our zodiac enters into a narrow opening. We enter into the caldera of an active volcano! The volcano last erupted 1969 and still heats parts of the island resulting in a natural hot springs waiting for those who dare to take the polar plunge!

If you dig the sand away from the shore, you release hot water. Then you have to dig channels to allow the freezing cold ocean water and mix the perfect water temperature. 

Read more about Deception Island, and see all cruises that visit Deception Island
Antarctic Trip Highlights

The most popular regions for Antarctic cruises are the Antarctic Peninsula, the Weddell Sea, Ross Sea, and the sub-antarctic South Georgia & the Sandwich Islands & the The Falkland Islands.

The Antarctic Peninsula - is the most frequently visited region. Don't miss the South Shetland Islands including King George Island & Deception Island. On the western side of the Peninsula, the The Lamaire Channel, Neko Harbor, Port Lockroy and Paradise Bay offer breathtaking views and visits to penguin rookeries.

The Ross Sea - is remote and normally visited on cruises of 30 days or more. Explore the volcanic Ross Island and the huge Ross Ice Shelf with the Transantarctic Mountains as a backdrop. Sail to the remote Peter I Island and Macquarie Island as you approach New Zealand.

The Weddell Sea - is the area east of the Antarctic Peninsula infrequntly visited and frequently clogged with massive icebergs is the resting place of Shackelton's ship, the Endurance.

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