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Availability : Select Departure, October - March

Antarctic Peninsula Cruises

Highlights Include:

  • Witness stunning scenery and have unforgettable encounters with wildlife, including whales, penguins, seals, seabirds, and more!
  • Choose from a variety of itinerary lengths (14-21 days)
  • Ship sizes vary from 100-500 passengers
  • Participate in citizen science programs for major research organizations and learn about the eco-system from noted experts in marine biology.
  • Photographers on board to assist with capturing Antarctica’s vast beauty
Tour Details

From $8,000 per person
Prices vary depending on cruise length and cabin category; please inquire!

14 – 21 days

Departures: Select dates, October – March

Journeys start in either Santiago, Chile or Buenos Aires, Argentina. You will fly down to your embarkation city – Punta Arenas, Chile or Ushuaia, Argentina – where you will board your ship. Spend two days sailing south across the Drake Passage before you reach the Antarctic Peninsula. Enjoy the next several days witnessing vast landscapes, cruising past icebergs, participating in citizen science projects, encountering wildlife, and, of course, completing shore landings where you can get off the ship and explore. It is truly the voyage of a lifetime!

There are many cruise options to the Antarctic Peninsula featuring a variety of itineraries and ships of all sizes. All cruises include extraordinary meals, professional crew and expeditions staff members, lecture series and educational opportunities, and on board photography coaches.

Let us help you select the perfect Antarctic cruise experience for you based on your budget, interests, and time frame of travel!

Itineraries vary by cruise length, and may include some of these shore landings along the Peninsula.
Itineraries and activities are subject to change without prior notice depending on weather conditions, water currents, and sea conditions.

South Shetland Islands

There are a number of potential landing sites throughout this archipelago. Half Moon Island is a great spot to see chinstrap penguins, a variety of seals, and whales patrolling off shore. The abandoned whaling station at Whaler’s Bay on Deception Island is another possible stop. The island is an active volcano and ships can sail into the collapsed caldera through a narrow opening on one side of the island.

This is also where many ships will let you take polar plunge the Antarctic waters, so be sure to bring your swimming suit!

Cuverville Island/Danco Island/Errera Channel

Cuverville and Danco Islands are small islands in the Errera Channel, an 8-mile channel separating the Arctowski Peninsula and Rongé Island. Cuverville is considered an “Important Bird Area” because of the gentoo penguin colony found there. Danco Island, given its location in the middle of the channel, offers great views of the channel which is regularly littered with icebergs, as well as an excellent chance of spotting the whales that often travel through it.

Damoy Point/Port Lockroy

This site has a flourishing gentoo penguin population. A gently sloping series of hills lead to views of glaciers and icebergs up and down the Neumayer Channel and of the surrounding mountains on Anvers and Wiencke Islands. Mount Francais may even be visible if the weather is good. There is a small British hut at Dorian Bay with interesting historical significance and it is often open for visitors to walk through. Port Lockroy, a former British base, is located on the backside of Damoy Point, and contains the British Antarctic Heritage Trust Museum and Post Office, where you can mail a postcard back to friends and family!

Neko Harbour

This is an inlet of the Antarctic Peninsula on Andvord Bay, which is situated on the west coast of Graham Land. A gentoo penguin colony lives here, and there is a nearby glacier that often calves creating small tsunamis in the bay. This is a continental landing.

Paradise Harbor

Another continental landing site, it is home to a gentoo penguin colony, Chilean and Argentinian research stations, and Waterboat Point, where two intrepid surveyors spent a year with only a boat as shelter from January 1921-January 1922.

Wilhelmina Bay

Often called “Whale-mina” bay due to the abundance of whales, particularly humpbacks. This bay is one of the broadest on the Peninsula and mountain peaks surround the ice cap.

Portal Point/Charlotte Bay

Another potential continental landing site, Portal Point is on the Northeast point of the Reclus Peninsula and offers vast views of glaciers, icebergs, and all of Charlotte Bay.

Extended Cruise Options
Longer itineraries may include these destinations.

The Falklands Islands

Ease into your Antarctic adventure with a stop in the Falkland Islands. Here you’ll find several species of penguin including rockhopper, king, and Magellanic, as well as albatross colonies and the predatory caracara. You’ll also find people here in the small port city of Stanley. You will have the opportunity to stroll the streets, shop, and grab a pint at a pub before getting back on the ship.

South Georgia

This old whaling station is a wonderful addition to an Antarctic journey. You’ll find elephant seals, fur seals, gentoo and king penguins, along with other Antarctic species such as petrels, skua, and gulls. This remote, windswept island is also the final resting place of one of Antarctica’s greatest explorers, Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Included in Cruises
  • Accommodation on board in your selected cabin category
  • Transfers to/from ship
  • Meals while cruising (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • Zodiac excursions with an expert expedition team
  • Lectures and educational programs
Not Included
  • All flights and related taxes & surcharges
    Borton Overseas can assist with booking flights in connection with your cruise departure
  • Pre- and post-cruise accommodations in South America
  • Travel insurance, recommended
  • Fees for passports, visas, or health vaccinations
  • Kayaking and camping excursions
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals and beverages not specified in specific cruise itinerary
  • Luggage handling at airports, hotels, and on board the ship
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
Important
  • Itineraries and activities are subject to change without prior notice depending on weather conditions, water currents, and sea conditions.
  • The wildlife described above is not guaranteed to be seen during your visit. Please remember to respect the distance between you and all wildlife.
  • Please stay in marked areas and heed the directions of your expedition team.
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