The best way to see the White continent is by sea with seasonal cruises now making this a reality for many people
Larger cruise ships will only "sail by" the Antarctic Peninsula and you will not get the opportunity to land on the ice. These are a great affordable option for a Taste of Antarctica and usually operate round trip from South America during the Southern Summer Late Nov until mid March. The larger ships will often also include the Chilean Fjords & the Falkland Islands
Expedition ships are smaller and offer a full immersion experience. You will get to travel in zodiacs from your ship, walk on the continent and in some cases may even get the opportunity to overnight on land. Expedition guides usually include botanists, geologists, marine biologists and Antarctic Experts to enhance your experience.
Expedition cruises usually operate round trip from South America, but there are also seasonal departures round trip from New Zealand to the Ross Sea and Sub Antarctic Islands. For the ultimate Antarctica trip look out for Itineraries that operate from South America via the Antarctic Peninsula and the Ross Sea through to New Zealand. Ponant and Aurora Expeditions offer these seasonally.
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MS Fridtjof Nansen
An amazing opportunity to experience Antarctica on this 12 night Fly/Cruise Expedition package including return flights from Auckland
17 Jan 23
Le Commandant Charcot
Follow in the footsteps of famous explorers Dumont d'Urville and Mawson as you re-trace the routes of historic expeditions between two Continents. From Dunedin via Antarctica to Ushuaia in Southern Argentina. Your home will be the purpose built PC2 Ice rated Hybrid Electric/LNG Powered Luxury Expedition ship Le Commandant Charcot
13 Feb 23