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Discover the extraordinary wilderness of Antarctica on
an epic once-in-a-lifetime expedition in sophisticated elegance

From mesmerising icebergs and dramatic glaciers to glassy fjords and mountain peaks, your journey around the White Continent will enthral and amaze both on board and ashore.

Magnificent albatrosses accompany you through this pristine environment, while the complete silence is broken up by hooting penguins. Get up close to lounging seals, admire unique birdlife, breaching whales, and visit historic sites accompanied by polar experts. This is like no place you’ve visited before.

Destinations
Ushuaia
For those taking Antarctica cruises from Argentina, Ushuaia is the gateway to the White Continent. Located in Argentina's Patagonia region the city is found at the southernmost tip of South America and is often described as “the End of the World”. The city’s mountain backdrop rises above the harbour and entrance to the Beagle Channel. In 1832, Captain Robert Fitzroy stopped here with a young Charles Darwin on board the HMS Beagle. It was during this time that Darwin spent time in the Tierra del Fuego and began to develop his theories that would ultimately surface in his seminal work The Origin of the Species. The town itself is easily walkable, has a couple of small museums, a handful of upmarket hotels and plenty of pubs, restaurants and cafes. This is a good place to try local fresh fish and Patagonian lamb cooked over open fire pits. Visitors can indulge in some last-minute shopping for outdoor gear or camera equipment, or spotting penguins, rock cormorants and sea lions in the Beagle Channel. For the landlubber Ushuaia is a springboard to the hiking trails of Tierra del Fuego National Park and the Martial Glacier. In and around Patagonia there are opportunities for horse riding, whale watching, overnighting on a ranch (estancia) and observing a glacier at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Unless you are planning on day trips to the nearby parks, one or two nights in Ushuaia to recover from your flight and to acclimatise pre- and/or post-cruise is more than enough.
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Punta Arenas
The sleepy port city of Punta Arenas (another city at the end of the world) sits at the tip of Chile's southernmost Patagonia region. Cruise passengers embark at Punta Arenas for cruises through the archipelago’s scenic fjords to Cape Horn, or to Magdalena Island for penguins and Marta Island for sea lions, while hikers can take excursions to the national park Torres del Paine and to the Magallanes National Park, both recognised for their spectacular wilderness. The Strait of Magellan connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and separates the South American mainland from the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan sailed through the Strait of Magellan on his circumnavigation of the globe in the early 16th century, and you can learn more at the Museo Nao Victoria featuring a life-size replica of one of his galleons. The city’s history is a fascinating mix of indigenous culture and inland sheep farming, interwoven with maritime history and espionage as its strategic location made it the perfect base for spies to observe the comings-and-goings of the world’s navies.
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Buenos Aires
At the centre of Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital known as "The Paris of South America" is the Plaza de Mayo, a tree-lined public square bordered by stately 19th-century buildings including the pink Casa Rosada presidential palace. But this growing metropolis is as much about its neighbourhoods (barrios) and cafe culture as it is about European architecture and grand boulevards. Each district has its own character - none more so than lively La Boca, where tango dancers perform their improvised steps in the streets, especially in the tiny El Caminito. Ships dock into the regenerated Puerto Madero barrio, a waterfront development with upmarket restaurants in former dockland buildings alongside sleek, modern constructions. Be sure to visit the handsome district of Recoleta, famous for its cemetery (Eva “Evita” Peron is buried here), and home to exclusive shops and restaurants. Other classic Buenos Aires experiences include dining at a parilla (steakhouse) with a glass of Argentinian Malbec in hand or shopping for leather gaucho belts.
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Immerse yourself in the extraordinary wilderness
of the world’s seventh continent on an epic expedition cruise on board the boutique ice-class ship. Antarctica is a never-to-be-forgotten destination where each day brings moments beyond compare. From icebergs that appear on the horizon like fairytale palaces to icy blue glaciers and soaring mountain peaks, your adventure cruise around the White Continent will enthral and amaze. On board your sumptuous ship you will enjoy superlative service, fabulous fine-dining, and all the luxury amenities one would expect of a five-star cruise. In between magical trips ashore there will be opportunities to immerse yourself in fascinating enrichment presentations given by our wildlife experts in our research lab.
We offer stylish spaces
to socialise, relax or or enjoy precious private moments, as you take in the vistas of this magical destination through floor-to-ceiling windows. From the comfort of your cabin or the ship’s cleverly placed viewing areas and our Swan's nest observation deck, you will get a chance to admire magnificent bird life and spot leopard seals snoozing on the ice. Your journey on our Antarctic cruise takes in the Drake Passage, unmissable penguins on King George Island in the South Shetland Islands and the spectacular iceberg-filled Weddell Sea on your way to the Antarctic Peninsula. Keep an eye out for breaching whales, impressive albatrosses and several types of seal that inhabit this icy environment.
Coming ashore to these remote islands by Zodiac
as you connect with nature and marvel at waddling penguins, marine birds and other captivating wildlife, is an experience you will never forget. Our expert polar guides will walk with you along beaches where elephant seals bask and “burp” and around snowy islands draped in virgin snow. There will also be opportunities to walk up gentle slopes for breathtaking views of this wondrous, unspoilt landscape. However you choose to spend your day one thing is guaranteed… This unforgettable polar cruise will leave memories that will last a lifetime.
Our Cruise Itineraries
Solar Eclipse: South America, Falklands & Antarctica Peninsula
Dream big on this epic 16-day voyage on our boutique expedition ship. This once-in-a-lifetime cruise is timed so you can experience the unforgettable Solar Eclipse 2021 with the backdrop of a mesmerising icy landscape. Our trip also includes a journey across the notorious Drake Passage, a two-day rite of passage between Cape Horn and Antarctica. Beaches bursting with penguins will stir the emotions as you get up close for fabulous photo opportunities. Taking in time to explore the Falkland Islands and visiting Elephant Island in the South Shetland Islands, your bucket-list-worthy luxury cruise is the ultimate Antarctica trip.
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Classic Antarctica: Antarctic Peninsula
Fulfil your dreams on this cruise aboard our boutique expedition ship and experience epic landscapes and phenomenal wildlife on a life-changing adventure. This voyage takes you across the Drake Passage straight to the frozen Antarctic Peninsula where you discover mesmerising icy scenes of both the Gerlache Strait and Antarctic Sound. You will step ashore onto beaches crammed with penguins for fabulous photo opportunities before returning via the South Shetland Islands. This journey will leave you with remarkable tales of how you achieved your life goal by visiting one of the most remote places on the planet.
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Antarctica In depth: Antarctic, South Georgia & Falklands
Live out your Antarctica dream on this exceptional 18-day voyage aboard our luxury ice-class expedition ship. Your journey starts with the notorious two-day Drake Passage sea crossing. Following in the footsteps of legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton, we visit South Georgia. Both here and in the Falkland Islands you will clamber onto beaches crammed with millions of penguins and take home everlasting memories. Get ready for fabulous photo opportunities of magnificent icebergs as we sail around the Antarctic Peninsula. This immersive cruise is the ultimate Antarctica journey that will make for the trip of a lifetime.
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