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
. If you have limited time and budget you'll likely choose to visit the Antarctic Peninsula
, as only longer cruises include the Weddell Sea
, Falkland Islands
, and the mountainous South Georgia
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. To explore the Falkland Islands
and South Georgia
in addition to the Antarctic Peninsula
budget at least an 18-day cruise.
On which ship?
All of our ships that sail to Antarctica
have strengthened hulls designed for the demands of the Antarctic and exceed the highest safety standards. We only offer cruises on small ships, as large cruise ships are not allowed to disembark in many places. Only 100 passengers are allowed to disembark in Antarctica at one time, so we recommend a ship of around 100 passengers if you want to maximize your time exploring, as all passengers can be on land at once and don't have to rotate in shifts on land.
Contact an Adventure Life Antarctica cruise expert
for help choosing the perfect ship for your needs.
What is there to do and see?
All of our small ship Antarctica cruises feature zodiac excursions and hikes for up-close encounters with Antarctic wildlife
. Some ships have sea kayaks
that give a unique perspective of penguins, whales and other wildlife
. Some tours include skiing
and camping in Antarctica
for the ultimate adventure trip to the white continent.
How much does a trip to Antarctica cost?
The most economical cruises to Antarctica start at just under $5000 per person for a 6 to 10 day voyage. Cruises departing Ushuaia or flight/cruise options leaving from Punta Arenas for the Antarctic Peninsula are the most affordable departure ports. Here is a list of the most economical cruises to Antarctica.