Antarctica Cruises and Tours


Antarctica Cruises

Antarctica Lemaire Channel

Antarctica, prior to 1820 was known as 'the Lost Continent', its existence being only speculation. It eluded even the greatest explorer/navigator of his or any other day- James Cook. In 1768, though not yet a captain, Cook was appointed leader by the Royal Navy of a scientific expedition to Tahiti to observe a solar eclipse by Venus. This was successfully achieved aboard the tiny 'Endeavor' but Cook had secret orders to seek a southern continent geographers had long believed kept the world in balance.

Those relative few with experience in these waters know very well how clouds & mists blend with glaciers & ice-bergs until solid land is virtually impossible to discern. Some of them believe that Cook may well have been the first to see the mainland - without knowing it. His accounts of rich sea-life brought whalers en masse & any one of these too could well have been the first to find the 'Lost Continent'.

It was 50 years before Russian explorer Thaddeus Von Bellingshausen was appointed by the Czar to sail further south than Cook & he was even more likely to have seen the continent without knowing it. However he later sailed into the giant breached volcanic crater of Deception Island & discovered -to his amazement & chagrin -dozens of American & British whalers comfortably at anchor. From a high & windy notch on the crater rim, the mainland was pointed out to him by Nathaniel Palmer - a young whaler from Connecticut. He was forced to concede to the youngster the questionable claim to a first sighting of Antarctica.

The British firmly believe it was their intrepid Captain Edward Bransfield who sighted the north-west Peninsula on Jan 30th 1820. The first sighting of the mainland for todays passengers going south may well be here, or at the popular first stop of Deception Island. Here you may see the Antarctic mainland from the same high windy notch where Palmer stood. On a possible second Deception Island landing, wear your swimsuit & you may well be treated to a surprise dip (yes in Antarctica!)in the volcanically heated sea-water of the lagoon.

Antarctica expedition has now become considerably easier to access. We invite you to come & enjoy Antarctic expedition cruises with our experienced crews & staff of lecturer/guide/specialists & thrill to the "once-in-a-lifetime" sights & sounds of the Last Continent.

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Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise
8 Days / 7 locations in South Shetland, Chile, and Antarctica
From $12395 Per Person Double Occupancy

Ocean NovaFly from Punta Arenas, Chile aboard our new BAe 146-200 and cruise Antarctica aboard the Ocean Nova.

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The Great Antarctica Expedition
19 Days / 7 locations in South Georgia, South Orkney, Argentina, Falkland Islands, and Antarctica
From $8846 Per Person Double Occupancy

M/S FramJoin us on a voyage of exploration and discovery to this far corner of the earth! Enjoy the diverse wildlife and haunting scenery of the South Atlantic islands as we travel to the great White Continent of Antarctica. Come ashore for hikes, kayaking or spend a night in a tent.

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Discover Patagonia and Antarctica Expedition Cruises
16 Days / 6 locations in Antarctica, Chile, and Argentina
From $6926 Per Person Double Occupancy

MS Midnatsolarting with an overnight stay at a hotel in Santiago de Chile, you will meet your expedition cruises ship in Punta Arenas. Then the journey south begins, and we sail through the extremely narrow Canal Gabriel and into the Garibaldi Fjord, and witness the mighty Garibaldi Glacier unfolding at the end of the fjord.

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Falkland, S.Georgia, Antarctica Aboard M/V Hondius
21 Days / 4 locations in Antarctica, South Georgia, South Orkney, and Falkland Islands
From $11900 Per Person Double Occupancy

M/V Hondius

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Falklands, S Georgia, Antarctic Aboard M/V Ortelius
19 Days / 6 locations in South Georgia, Antarctica, South Orkney, and Falkland Islands
From $16900 Per Person Double Occupancy

M/V OrteliusThe Falkland Islands are generally cool and windy because they are situated in the stormy latitudes of the southern westerly winds or Roaring Forties. Temperatures can range between 40 - 50 F (5 - 10 C). The Falklands were discovered in 1592.

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Falklands, S. Georgia & Antarctica Aboard M/V Plancius
19 Days / 10 locations in South Georgia, South Orkney, Falkland Islands, Antarctica, and Chile
From $12700 Per Person Double Occupancy

M/V PlanciusAntarctica and the sub-Antarctic Islands are some of the last truly unspoilt regions of the world. The mysterious White Continent, with its multi-coloured ice caps, glistening glaciers and towering snow-capped mountains, offers unparalleled scenery and photographic opportunities. Enormous numbers of penguins, whales, seals and seabirds congregate in the food-rich waters along the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic shores.

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Polar Circle Air-Cruise
10 Days / 4 locations in South Shetland, Chile, and Antarctica
From $17495 Per Person Double Occupancy

Ocean NovaJumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, we invite you to a unique experience that will take you to one of the most remote places on

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Weddell Sea - Emperor Penguin Voyage
11 Days / 2 locations in Antarctica
From $10850 Per Person Double Occupancy
Emperor Penguin

M/V OrteliusYour unique chance to be part of a true expedition voyage. The Emperor Penguin rookery is situated south of Snow Hill Island. Although we will probably not be able to reach that far through the ice (less than 50 % chance based on our voyages in the last three seasons), the idea is mainly to situate ourselves in or between the Antarctic Sound and James Ross Island, close to the ice-edge and observe the emperor penguins on their way to the open water. We will use our helicopters in our attempts to search for individual Emperor Penguins.

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