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Take a cruise to Drake Passage in 2023 on one of our hand-selected small ships exploring the best of Drake Passage. The most popular activities and experiences on small ship cruises to Drake Passage in 2023 are wildlife viewing, small ship cruises, whale watching, kayaking, and adventure options. Explore Drake Passage's hot spots during the day and sail port-to-port on your comfortable small ship without repacking your suitcase. Savvy travelers know that small ship cruises offer an excellent balance of fewer crowds and access to small port towns, harbors, and coves that large cruise ships simply can't visit. Our cruises to Drake Passage in 2023 range in price from $4,860 to $172,050 for expeditions of 6 to 34 days. Contact one of Adventure Life's expert Drake Passage trip planners for help planning a seamless cruise to Drake Passage in 2023.
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Antarctic Small Ship Expedition

10 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Nova Air Cruises
  • Sail along ice-filled fjords
  • Cross the infamous Drake Passage
  • Explore the Antarctic landscape
  • Search for penguins, seals & whales
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board Ocean Nova Air Cruises for a 10-day journey to the 7th Continent: Antarctica. These cruises are at the beginning and end of the season, are economically priced, and recommended for travelers on a budget that want the full Antarctic experience. Depart from Ushuaia, Argentina and cross the …
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$15,295
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Antarctic Explorer - Sail/Fly Expedition

Ushuaia to Punta Arenas - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Sylvia Earle
  • See a penguin city
  • Chance to spot leopard seals
  • Zodiac-cruise
  • Tour scientific research stations
Starts/ Ends in:
Ushuaia / Punta Arenas
Activities:
Adventure Options, Fly Cruises, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Early Antarctic explorers returned from their voyages to the deep south with tales of a magnificent, ice-covered land teeming with life. Experience the awe-inspiring immensity of Antarctica and immerse yourself in the unimaginable beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula, where vast glaciers tumble into …
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Seals in Antarctica with zodiac in background
$10,945
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Celebrating Antarctica

13 Day Itinerary aboard Island Sky
  • Enjoy Argentinean markets & cuisine
  • Sail the Beagle Channel
  • Explore historic & scientific sites
  • Cross the Drake Passage
Starts/ Ends in:
Port of Ushuaia / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience close encounters with the abundant wildlife of Antarctica on this 13-day cruise aboard the Island Sky, an all-inclusive small expedition vessel. Sail to the Antarctic Peninsula, and wildlife-rich Lemaire, Neumayer & Penola Channels, visiting historical sites and viewing penguins, …
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$9,050
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Antarctic - Basecamp

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, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruises, 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 basecamp 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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Sightseeing on South Georgia
$30,595
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Epic Antarctica: Crossing the Circle via Falklands & South Georgia

23 Day Itinerary aboard Ultramarine
  • Explore the Antarctic Peninsula
  • See thousands of pairs of penguins
  • Follow in Shackleton's footsteps
  • Cross the Antarctic Circle
  • Enjoy Flightseeing tours
Starts/ Ends in:
Buenos Aires / Buenos Aires
Activities:
Adventure Options, Helicopter Tour, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Stand Up Paddle Board, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This epic Antarcticavoyage aboard the Ultramarine includesall ofthe major Antarctic highlights you can imagine. From the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) to South Georgia to the Antarctic Peninsula, you will have countless unforgettable moments on this adventure-packed, 23-day voyage. Start with …
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$22,175
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Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica via Ushuaia

21 Day Itinerary aboard MS Seaventure
  • Explore Stanley, East Falkland
  • Cruise scenic bays and channels
  • See Grytviken Whaling Station
  • View bird colonies and seal wallows
Starts/ Ends in:
Port of Ushuaia / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The sub-Antarctic Falkland Islands/Malvinas and South Georgia are home to some of the most unique and abundant wildlife on earth. With beaches covered in fur seals, elephant seals, and hundreds of thousands of penguins, it’s one of the most jaw-dropping nature scenes you will ever experience. …
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Camping in the Polar regions
$12,795
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Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

11 Day Itinerary aboard World Explorer
  • Explore local bays and channels
  • Scout for humpback & minke whales
  • Experience a Polar Plunge swim
  • Learn from on-board specialists
Activities:
Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
During this 11-day Antarctic expedition, dramatic ice formations ignite your imagination as you search the landscape for the wildlife that calls it home. Whether it’s humpback whales alongside the ship, a leopard seal diving beneath your Zodiac, penguins sliding into crystal waters from an …
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Watch for whale blows!
$11,370
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Emblematic Antarctica

11 Day Itinerary aboard L'Austral
  • Visit polar research stations
  • Explore drifting icebergs
  • See incredible polar wildlife
  • Hop on Zodiacs for outings
Starts/ Ends in:
Buenos Aires / Buenos Aires
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on an extraordinary 11-day Antarctica expedition cruise and be enchanted by magnificent landscapes and unique wildlife. Your tour begins with crossing the legendary Drake Passage, probably accompanied by albatrosses and Cape petrels, sentinels of these often-choppy waters. Then your ship …
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Penguin and landscape
$8,400
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Antarctica - Discovery and Learning Voyage

11 Day Itinerary aboard MV Janssonius
  • Sail across the Drake Passage
  • Set foot on the Antarctic Continent
  • Zodiac cruise by alpine peaks
  • Explore the South Shetland Islands
Starts/ Ends in:
Port of Ushuaia / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore the Antarctic Peninsula and enjoy the most dramatic scenery and largest variety of wildlife in Antarctica on this special 11-day cruise. Visit the volcanic islands of the South Shetlands and explore the wide variety of flora and fauna in South Shetland.This classic route to the Antarctic …
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Hiking in Antarctica is rewarded with spectacular views
$6,595
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Antarctic Small Ship Expedition

11 Day Itinerary aboard Magellan Explorer
  • Sail the infamous Drake Passage
  • Cruise the South Shetland Islands
  • Explore the Antarctic landscape
  • View penguins, seals, and whales
Starts/ Ends in:
Port of Ushuaia / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join the Magellan Explorer on this 11-day trip where you will sail from Ushuaia and through the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, to one of the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable places on Earth - Antarctica. One you reach the great the white continent you will navigate …
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Albatross cruising the Drake Passage to Antarctica
$10,820
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Emblematic Antarctica

12 Day Itinerary aboard Le Lyrial
  • Embark on Zodiacs
  • Visit research and whaling stations
  • Look out for wildlife
  • Marvel at the dynamic landscapes
Starts/ Ends in:
Buenos Aires / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The start of your cruise will be marked by the crossing of the mythical Drake Passage, during which you will probably be escorted by several albatrosses and Cape petrels, the sentinels of these often-choppy waters. Then, then reach the White Continent, the realm of the unexpected. Weather and …
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Ushuaia in the evening
$28,450
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Ross Sea Antarctic Odyssey

Ushuaia to Bluff, NZ - 33 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Sail along the Ross Ice Shelf
  • Visit the U.S. McMurdo Station
  • See vast Adélie penguin colonies
  • Follow the routes of past explorers
Starts/ Ends in:
Port of Ushuaia / Invercargill
Activities:
Helicopter Tour, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This is your ultimate chance to sail to the southern parts of the Antarctic Peninsula, Peter I Island, the Bellingshausen and Amundsen Seas into the Ross Sea, visiting Shackleton’s and Scott’s huts, Mc Murdo Station, the Dry Valleys and Campbell Island Island. This 33-day voyage offers …
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A majestic view from the kayak
$9,695
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Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

11 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Adventurer
  • Trek up snowy pathways for views
  • Zodiac ashore each day to explore
  • Watch glacier calve into the ocean
  • Explore bays & channels each day
Activities:
Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board the Ocean Adventurer (formerly Sea Adventurer) in Ushuaia and begin your 11-day polar expedition! Begin to cross 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 …
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Hiking to a summit with views of the glaciers below
$8,850
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Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp

13 Day Itinerary aboard MV Hondius
  • Cross the infamous Drake Passage
  • Hike, kayak, zodiac cruise, & more
  • Camp ashore on the White Continent
  • Spot whales, penguins, and more
Starts/ Ends in:
Port of Ushuaia / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Moderate
The Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp cruise offers you a myriad of ways to explore and enjoy the Antarctic Region. This expedition allows you to hike, snowshoe, kayak, go mountaineering, and even camp out under the Southern Polar skies, all from the comfort of your floating basecamp, MV Hondius. Some …
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Lemaire channel reflection
$8,400
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Classic Antarctica: Including Deception Island

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, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Begin this 11-day Antarctic adventure in Ushuaia, Argentina aboard 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. Keep an …
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Brilliant blue icebergs in Antarctic waters
$7,650
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Antarctica - Polar Circle - Discovery and learning voyage

11 Day Itinerary aboard MV Hondius
  • Discover Ushuaia
  • Admire unique widllife
  • Visit the epic Neko Harbour
  • Sail through the Lemaire Channel
Starts/ Ends in:
Port of Ushuaia / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Adventure Options, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 11-day journey around the Polar Circle and to the Antarctic Peninsula passes through areas frequented by humpback, minke, and fin whales. Options for Antarctic Peninsula activities are many and no less great during the late summer, including hiking, kayaking, and scuba diving in the …
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Brilliant blue icebergs in Antarctic waters
$7,550
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Antarctica - Polar Circle - Deep South Voyage

14 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Sail across the Drake Passage
  • Set foot on the Antarctic Continent
  • Zodiac cruise by alpine peaks
  • Search for whales in polar waters
Starts/ Ends in:
Port of Ushuaia / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands cruise delivers you into a landscape of dark rugged rock, pure white snow, and a fantastic variety of wildlife. Come say hello to whales, seals, and thousands of penguins.
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$26,395
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Antarctica Complete

23 Day Itinerary aboard Sylvia Earle
  • Step ashore on the Antarctic
  • See the king penguins
  • Cross the Antarctic Circle
Starts/ Ends in:
Ushuaia / Ushuaia
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Land & Sea, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Experience unparalleled adventure and discovery on your ultimate Antarctic voyage. If you want to see it all, this is the trip for you. Be transported to enthralling subantarctic islands rich with human history and unique wildlife. Then venture into the deep south of the Antarctic Peninsula, …
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