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 has now become considerably easier to access & we invite you to come join experienced crews & staff of lecturer/guide/specialists & thrill to the "once-in-a-lifetime" sights & sounds of the Last Continent.

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Polar Circle & Antarctica Aboard the M/V Plancius
12 Days / 7 locations in Antarctica, South Shetland, and Chile
From $8800 Per Person Double Occupancy
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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 & Antarctica Peninsula Aboard the Ortelius
12 Days / 6 locations in Antarctica and Chile
From $9300 Per Person Double Occupancy
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M/V OrteliusThe Antarctic Peninsula offers you the most dramatic scenery and biggest variety of wildlife in Antarctica. In the southern summer large ice-free areas provide breeding grounds for very large numbers of seabirds and seals.

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A Singular Antarctic Trip
10 Days / 5 locations in South Shetland, Antarctica, and Chile
From $10800 Per Person Double Occupancy

Ocean NovaCondors and mountains, glaciers and penguins… enjoy an extraordinary adventure to the world's southernmost lands. Visit Patagonia's famous Torres del Paine National Park while staying at a modern luxury hotel set on a unique heritage property. Then take a 2 hour flight to Antarctica and navigate through spectacular fjords and channels, surrounded by imposing icebergs, mountains, and wildlife.

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A Taste of Antarctica Cruise
10 Days / 5 locations in Antarctica and Chile
From $7790 Per Person Double Occupancy
Antarctica Camping

Polar PioneerPlease note that the December 20, 2013 departure is a special Christmas cruise. The itinerary is reversed on this date - embarkation on King George Island, Antarctica and disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina.

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Antarctic Peninsula & S. Shetland Islands Cruise
12 Days / 4 locations in Antarctica, South Shetland, and Chile
From $9500 Per Person Double Occupancy

M/V PlanciusSnowshoeing (included), kayaking and field camping (additional charge) available.

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Antarctic Whale Photo-Safari
10 Days / 4 locations in Antarctica, South Shetland, and Chile
From $7900 Per Person Double Occupancy

Ocean NovaWe invite you to join an exclusive discovery journey that will take you to experience one of the most exciting photo-safaris in the world – seeking, encountering, and approaching Antarctic whales, the most legendary inhabitants of the Southern Ocean.

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Antarctica, Falkland Islands and South Georgia
20 Days / 6 locations in Antarctica, South Shetland, South Georgia, Falkland Islands, Chile, and Argentina
From $15481 Per Person Double Occupancy

m/v Sea Explorer

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Classic Antarctica
12 Days / 4 locations in Antarctica, Argentina, and South Shetland
From $7495 Per Person Double Occupancy

m/v Sea ExplorerIn Antarctica the silence is so perfect that every blink of an eye or every breath taken seem so loud. You will become a part of it – whether you wish it or not – with its own conditions and rules. A whale doesn’t care you have only “whale-watching” in your program when you are close enough to get a “whale shower”, leaving you bathed in fish-scented mist. A penguin leaves no chance to keep the demanded 5-meter distance, climbing up your boot. A huge piece of ice splitting off a glacier with crash and thunder breaks a silence and waves our Zodiacs. Orcas interrupt a lecture on wildlife coming right close by the ship. In the course of our exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and its surrounding islands we will see penguin rookeries, old whaling stations, operational research stations, and elephant seal colonies. We are going to encounter the humpback and minke whales, adelie penguins, whirling Antarctic petrels and many others in their true, natural habitat.

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