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Six Ways to Explore Antarctica in Style and Luxury

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Let’s be clear, a trip to Antarctica is not going to be without its hurdles. If you want to get up close and personal with the 7th continent, you will have to forget luxury. However, there are workarounds that cater to more discerning travellers. Check out these six options for your Antarctica cruises and enjoy the icy sights in style. 

Crossing 66º South Latitude

This 15-day journey runs from the end of January to the second week of February, embarking and disembarking you in Ushuaia, Argentina. It takes two days to pass through the Drake Passage, after which you enter the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, where you will spend eight days exploring. 

The islands lie in the northernmost parts of the continent and have an abundance of wildlife and sites with historical significance. If you get lucky, you might just spot some fluffy penguin chicks getting first glimpses of their home. You’ll have 17 hours of daylight to utilize and overnight camping options if you want to sleep under the southern stars. 

Antarctic Wildlife Adventure

If you want more than just the icy waters and mountains, you’ll want to go on this 21 days trip around the Falklands and South Georgia, along with Antarctica. With January being the perfect time to get up close and personal with marine mammals in the Falklands, you can also set foot in the Port of Stanley and marvel at the museum, war memorial, pubs, and even a cathedral with a whalebone arch outside. 

Spend four days on South George Island to pet elephant seals, view penguins from afar, including stately king penguins and sprightly macaroni penguins, and visit the historical whaling station too. This will be followed by two days in the Southern Ocean and three days in the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.

 

New Year in Antarctica

This 11-day trip starts on the 29th of December. When you get to see the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, the main attraction is spending New Year’s Day and Night passing through the Drake Passage. Enjoy scrumptious meals, festivities, and cultural exchanges with the multinational passengers you’re travelling with. Make sure you pack elegant attire for an evening of celebration with people from around the globe, booze, music and dancing! 

Christmas in Antarctica

Starting on the 19th of December, this 12-day journey goes deep into the Antarctic Peninsula in time for Christmas. Enjoy a multicultural Christmas with folk from around the world and enjoy an evening of formal celebrations. You can also get your picture taken in the snow with Santa Claus, who will make a special appearance after dropping off his gifts from the other pole. 

Realm of Penguins & Icebergs

This 11-day trip that takes place in December gives you 20 hours of daylight to witness penguins and Icebergs. Spend four days in the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Spot Minke whale, leopard seals, chinstrap, and Adélie penguins. Since it is still early summer, landscapes are untouched for your camera to capture, and you can also paddle toward icebergs but stay at safe distances.

Antarctic Awakening

This is the longest trip you can take in luxury. This 23-day journey is in the early months of the Antarctic summer; some might even call it springtime. Starting from Bueno Aires, you spend three days on the ocean heading to the Falkland Islands, where you spend two days spotting a number of seabirds and young seal puppies. Going further down the southern sea, spend the next five days on the South Georgia Islands. As it is the start of the breeding season, you can witness some of the rarest birds in person before you head on over to the Scotia sea. 

Soon after, you’ll visit the South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic Peninsula, the Drake Passage and finally disembark in Argentina.

How Do We Travel in Luxury?

You can travel in style aboard the MS Sea Spirit. Enjoy luxuries like bathtubs, large banquet halls, a gym, an outdoor bistro, a bar, a club lounge, and so much more on this small ship. If you find yourself wanting alone time, you can also enjoy time in the library. This truly is a ship that is larger on the inside. 

In Closing

Setting foot on the Antarctic, or any of the poles, as a matter of fact, is a privilege in itself. Whether or not you want a pool and a mini golf course en route is your call, but bear in mind that you will not want to spend a single moment on this continent doing anything other than drinking in the sights.