Antarctica Cruises: Witness the last ecological wonder
Expedition cruises on different exciting routes around Antarctica and Patagonia, starting from Ushuaia (Argentina) or Punta Arenas (Chile) to the Antarctic white continent. We include the classic routes of 11 days as well as the unique experience of the air-cruise, flying over the expansive ocean to deliver travelers in the expedition ship in Antarctica and from there get into the most hidden areas of the frozen land.
Other route very suggested is to visit remote areas of the southernmost Patagonia, connecting Punta Arenas and Ushuaia to the Beagle Channel, passing by the Strait of Magellan and reaching Cape Horn.
We also offer cruises along the Amazon River, on board of luxury cruises, top class ships such as Amazon Clipper Premium or standard expedition cruises such as Amazon Clipper Traditional.
In Ecuador, you can discover the Galápagos Islands on board of M/Y Legend M/Y, Coral I and Coral II.
These are expedition trips that include talks by specialists in the matter, such as biologist, scientists and naturalists. They take no more than 200 passengers and their main objective is to get to know the natural areas on each destination, exploring remote areas of the planet.
We invite you to take a look at them!
Antarctica, a magic frozen land located 621 miles away from Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, has aroused deep interest in tourists around the globe. Its wealthy fauna, its unspoiled sceneries and fascinating auroras australis (southern lights) make it one of the most beautiful and mysterious places on our planet.
Most cruises travelling to Antarctica depart from Ushuaia's port, although a few of them depart from Punta Arenas, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand. Setting sail from Ushuaia saves one day of travel compared to other ports, such as Punta Arenas, since Ushuaia's is the closest port to the white continent at a latitude of 54° 56´S. The port of Punta Arenas is located at a latitude of 53° 10´S, which means travelling one extra day. You can reach to Ushuaia via direct flights from Buenos Aires.
There are many different trips to Antarctica; the classic itinerary is the most traditional one. The points on this voyage include the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. You can also add adventure travel to these programs, such as camping, kayaking, scuba diving, photography courses or snow racketing. Some people devote days to reaching the Antarctic Circle and the most venturous ones travel around Antarctica taking the semi-circumnavigation trips arriving in New Zealand. Most of these programs are by land, embarking at Ushuaia's port, in Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. However, some other itineraries arrive in the white continent by air - the so-called Air-cruises. Most of these flights depart from Punta Arena and just a few of them from Ushuaia.
Antarctica Classic Cruises
The most popular of the classic trips is expedition cruise M/V Ushuaia departing from Ushuaia. Other programs arrive in the Antarctic Peninsula for Christmas or New Year, such as M/V Polar Pioneer.
M/V Plancius and M/V Ortelius add adventure travel to the program, such as camping, kayaking, snow racketing, climbing, and photography courses. Some special dates even offer scuba diving in Antarctica. On trips called Base Camping, all adventure activities are totally free, except for scuba diving, to your advantage. This last activity is not available on all adventure trips to Antarctica. On some of the classic programs, camping and kayaking are available at an extra fee. Depending on the season, you can go trekking with skis, but this is not available every year.
The USHUAIA has been refurbished to accommodate a maximum of 88 passengers in 46 comfortable cabins and suites.
Originally built for the United States agency NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration), the ice-strengthened polar vessel USHUAIA is very well appointed and provides ample deck space and an open bridge policy. The full complement of inflatable landing craft ensures superb landings and wildlife viewing opportunities on the otherwise inaccessible coastline.
All cabins include ample storage space. Public areas feature a large dining room (one sitting), an open-plan observation lounge / lecture room with modern multimedia equipment, bar and a well-stocked library. There is also a changing room and a small infirmary. Our expert captain, officers and crew are highly experienced in Antarctic navigation and have a great love of nature. We provide a specialist team of international expedition leaders and lecturers, all extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic, helpful and dedicated to the protection of the environment. Our chefs prepare excellent cuisine including many local specialties and the bar is well-stocked with carefully selected wines and spirits.
FacilitiesFour DecksDining Room (One Open Seating)Observation Lounge/Lecture Room, Bar & LibraryPanorama DeckGift ShopInfirmaryZodiacs