With remarkable scenery, unique wildlife, and a history rich with heroic exploits of famed explorers, it is no wonder that exploring Antarctica tops many travelers’ trip-of-a-lifetime lists. But, traveling to this remarkable destination takes careful planning and consideration.
Expedition ships carry 13 - 500 passengers, though vessels that carry less than 200 passengers have access to a broader range of landing sites and typically offer more landings. This is our preferred alternative, which in our opinion offers the best of both worlds - the comfort of a ship with the adventure of being able to set foot on the continent. Some companies that offer these types of itineraries include Seabourn, Silversea, Quark Expeditions, and G Adventures.
Cruise-only ships are larger ships that carry 500 or more passengers and are not allowed to land any passengers while in Antarctic waters. The advantages of larger ships include a shorter Drake Passage crossing, smoother rides in rough weather, and more public spaces. Cruise lines such as Norwegian Cruise Lines, Oceania Cruises, and Crystal Cruises sail this itinerary.
Antarctica offers wildlife, scenery and vast open spaces. Depending on your interests, and how active you want to be, we can recommend the best expedition company for your trip.