Antarctic Adventure Cruising
Experience the luxury and adventure of small-ship cruising. Our adventure cruises take you to some of the world's most awe-inspiring destinations, like Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands. On board, you can enjoy excursions, wildlife and nature viewing, and other activities. Our small ships offer a more intimate experience than traditional cruises while still providing all the modern amenities and luxuries you expect.
View just one of our adventure cruising itineraries to the Antarctic below:
Days 1-2 | Vibrent Latin American City
Begin your journey in Buenos Aires. Latin passion and European romance define the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, a dynamic mecca known for its wide-ranging architectural styles, contemporary and historic arts, and culinary pleasures and parrillas (steakhouses). This morning, enjoy a panoramic city tour complete with a tango demonstration.
Day 3 | Gateway to Antarctica
Fly to the charming port town of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Take a guided walk in the Cerro Alarkén Nature Reserve or relax with a cappuccino and enjoy scenic views of Ushuaia. This afternoon you will transfer to your ship and settle in for your first night on board. Wander the decks to become acquainted with the ship! From your private balcony or the outside decks, take in views as you cruise the beautiful Beagle Channel before heading out to sea.
Day 4 | Legendary Waters
The journey south toward Antarctica is an exciting one, furthered by singular, voyage-long access to our knowledgeable Expedition Team and enrichment experts both on board and on shore. Set out into the Drake Passage, a 600-mile-wide swath of water where the Southern Ocean currents are squeezed between South America’s southern tip and Antarctica’s northernmost reaches. An important trade route in the 19th and early 20th centuries, its stormy waters and icy conditions once made the journey a difficult one in the past, though your stabilizer-equipped luxury expedition cruiser handles it with ease.
Days 5 - 10 | The White Continent
As the Antarctic Peninsula and its offshore islands appear on the horizon, a sense of excitement begins to build. Dependent on weather, sea, ice and wildlife conditions, Antarctic expeditions demand spontaneity and no two days are ever the same. With that in mind, your Captain and Expedition Team carefully plan your active, curated itinerary and daily excursions that may include the following areas:
Antarctic Sound: At the northernmost tip of the Antarctic mainland, this body of water features some of the best sightseeing on the peninsula and a proliferation of giant icebergs. Noted for its vast numbers of bird species, the sound is home to the largest breeding colonies of Adélie penguins in Antarctica. Look forward to opportunities to land on remote, wildlife-laden islands as well as possible opportunities to experience a continental landing on the northwest tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.
South Shetland Islands: Antarctic research stations, remarkable history, amazing geological features and abundant wildlife define these islands off the shore of the Antarctic Peninsula. Your Expedition Team looks for opportunities to visit a wide range of sites: working research stations, volcanic islands and historic sites as well as gentoo, Adélie and chinstrap penguin rookeries.
Danco Coast: Bordering the South Shetland Islands along the Antarctic continent, the Danco Coast is famed for its scenic, jaw-dropping waterways. You may sail through some of its most stunning and photogenic channels, straits and bays. Each cruise day begins with an early breakfast followed by a morning excursion on swift Zodiacs (sturdy inflatable boats). Each excursion is accompanied by lecturers and joined by groups of no more than 10 guests. In the afternoon, set out for the day’s second planned excursion, which may include visiting a scientific research station, hiking on a sheltered beach packed with basking crabeater seals, or circumnavigating the ice floes and icebergs that serve as floating homes to seals and penguins. After full days of adventure, evenings aboard your luxury cruiser invite you to unwind over cocktails in the cozy lounge before dinner in the elegant dining room.
Days 11-13 | Journey Home
Bid farewell to wondrous Antarctica and begin your cruise back through Drakes Passage to Ushuaia at the southernmost tip of Argentina. Disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires, where you connect to your international flight home.