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Antarctica cruises and holidays

With icy landscapes that are out of this world and endless opportunities to see wildlife in the raw, expedition cruises to Antarctica are spellbinding. This is wilderness travel at its best for wildlife enthusiasts who enjoy the journey as much as the arriving.
 
The wildlife here is exposed to some of the coldest and most extreme conditions on earth. Temperatures can plummet to – 50°C in the depths of winter and annual precipitation is so low that it's comparable to desert conditions. Yet this is home to the iconic Emperor penguin (made famous in Attenborough’s Planet Earth), ten species of whales as well as sea lions and marine birds such as the albatross. Seeing these creatures close up in such a challenging environment is one of travel’s greatest privileges.
 
Antarctica cruises run in the southern hemisphere’s summer months, between November and early March. The closest region to Antarctica is South America’s Patagonia, with Chile and Argentina providing the jumping off points for expedition cruises to the Antarctica Peninsula and surrounding islands. The distances are considerable. Ushuaia is the most southerly city in Argentina and this is over 1,200 km to the nearest tip of the Antarctica Peninsula.  
 
Setting off from Ushuaia on an Antarctica cruise, your ship will be an ice-strength polar vessel, with fairly basic cabins, open-plan observation lounge and large dining room. A highlight of all expedition cruises to Antarctica is the knowledgeable trip leaders and lecturers. Life on board is busy even when at sea. Each day there are in-depth lectures that cover all aspects of the polar environment and wildlife. Up on deck, naturalists help you to spot whales (including Humpbacks and Orcas) and many seabirds.  
 
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During your voyage your ship will sail through the legendary Drake’s Passage, where the polar water sinks beneath the warmer waters of the sub-polar region (the Antarctic Convergence) producing a nutrient rich area that attracts much wildlife.
 
Most Antarctica cruises will include landings on the island of South Georgia, one of the most important breeding grounds for seabirds and penguins in the world. A highlight of South Georgia is the fur seal pups that can be seen on the beaches during the summer months. Once hunted almost to extinction, these charismatic seals have re-established themselves here in great numbers. While not part of the Antarctic continent, South Georgia lies south of the Antarctic Convergence and its climate is considered to be polar. South Georgia is also the burial place of the explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.
 
Once in Antarctica, landings on the South Shetland Islands and the spectacularly scenic Antarctic peninsular are by inflatable panga vessels that take you ashore in small groups. Setting foot on this pristine frozen continent is an experience unlike any other. Led by an expedition team you’ll explore the breath-taking landscapes of towering glaciers, ice flows and volcanic peaks.
 
There will be many opportunities to get up close up to Antarctica’s wildlife as the cruise explores the peninsular and islands. Landings will always be weather dependent and are carefully managed. Significant penguin populations live on the shores of peninsular and the islands. You are likely to see Adélie penguins on the Tabarin Peninsula, Gentoo penguins on Cuverville Island and Chinstrap penguins at Half Moon Island.
 
Some longer Antarctica cruises will include landings at the British Overseas Territory of the Falkland Islands (also known as Las Malvinas). Here there will be a friendly welcome as well as opportunities to explore these ruggedly beautiful islands and see many different species of marine bird, elephant seal, Rockhopper, Gentoo, King and Magellanic Penguins.
Antarctica Cruise + Falkland Islands + South Georgia
ARP22B
22 NIGHTS
FROM £12,995
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This remarkable Antarctica Expedition Cruise sails from Ushuaia in Argentina to the Falkland Islands & South Georgia, before arriving at the Antarctic Peninsula. Disembark in the Falkland Islands & see some of the best wildlife in the world in South Georgia, including King penguins, Fur seals, albatross & other birdlife. All transfers & excursions included. One departure per year (January).
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Antarctica Cruise
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Antarctic Peninsula
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Antarctica Cruise
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Falkland Islands
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South Georgia Islands
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Fur Seals & Marine Birds
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King Penguins
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