Emblematic Antarctica

Ushuaia - Ushuaia

Antarctica
November-March
10 Nights

Choose Your Cruise Date

Antarctica Ross sea
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Dec 22 2024 - Jan 2 2025
10 Nights

Price from per person

£12,720
PONANT Antarctica Zodiacs
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Feb 08 2025 - Feb 19 2025
10 Nights

Price from per person

£10,400
Best time to see wildlife in Antarctica with Gentoo penguin and glacier
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Jan 28 2026 - Feb 08 2026
10 Nights

Price from per person

£9,470
antarctica wildlife
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Feb 10 2026 - Feb 21 2026
10 Nights

Price from per person

£9,470
Iceberg in antarctica
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Feb 21 2025 - Mar 03 2025
10 Nights

Price from per person

£10,400
Antarctica Sunset iceberg
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Jan 13 2025 - Jan 24 2025
10 Nights

Price from per person

£11,390
Loading more cruises...
Load More...

Cruise Overview

The Antarctic Peninsula is a pristine and remote area that ignites wanderlust in many travellers. It's home to a diverse array of wildlife that you will experience during your 11-day expedition cruise. You'll navigate the Drake Passage while Wandering Albatrosses guide you to the Antarctic shores.

The landscape on the Antarctic Peninsula is dominated by ice in various forms: vast glaciers calving into the sea, tabular icebergs floating serenely in the Southern Ocean, and sea ice twinkling in the polar sunlight. As you approach the continent, you'll spot penguins like Gentoo, Adélie, and chinstrap, alongside leopard, crabeater, and Weddell seals frolicking on the ice. Naturalists aboard the ship will explain the mysteries of this unparalleled ecosystem.

Whether you're exploring the land in a zodiac dinghy or paddling through the icy waters in a kayak, the stunning polar scenery enveloped in ethereal light offers an awe-inspiring backdrop to your adventure.

Emblematic Antarctica cruise map

Cruise Highlights

Cruise Highlights

  • Embark on an exciting expedition cruise to explore the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Enjoy thrilling activities such as Zodiac outings, kayaking, hiking, educational visits, and engaging lectures.
  • Witness stunning views of the icebergs, glaciers, and snow-capped peaks, along with the impressive wildlife that includes whales, penguins, seals, and seabirds.
  • Small Group Expedition on a 5-star Luxury ship
  • Your cruise package includes an overnight stay in Buenos Aires before embarking and round-trip flights to and from Ushuaia.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Embark on an Epic Journey To Discover Antarctic Peninsula

Ushuaia harbour in Argentina
Day 1

Ushuaia

Ushuaia, the capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, is widely recognized as the starting point for voyages to Antarctica and the South Pole. The locals affectionately refer to it as "El fin del mundo," or the end of the world. This unique city is nestled within mountains, and the nearby fertile plains serve as a sanctuary for diverse wildlife. Positioned where the Andes meet the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating destinations in the world, and its name alone evokes images of adventure to remote and elusive locations.

Embarkation from 16:00 to 17:00

Departure at 18:00

Albatross in flight over the Drake Passage
Days 2-3

Crossing The Drake Passage

As you embark on your journey through the Drake Passage, take some time to familiarise yourself with the ship and learn more about Antarctica. The Expedition Leader will explain the IAATO guidelines everyone must follow while landing in the area and provide information about the zodiac excursions.

Attend lectures on the region's history and wildlife to expand your understanding of this captivating area, where each cruise offers a unique adventure. You can join the naturalist guides on the ship's outer decks to observe albatrosses, cape petrels, and other seabirds gliding above the Drake Passage.

Guests cruising in Zodiac in Antarctica with a whale
Days 4-8

Exploring The Antarctic Peninsula

Experience the enchanting allure of the Antarctic Peninsula, a captivating destination that continues to fascinate visitors worldwide. During your journey through this icy wonderland, you'll be surrounded by a magical world painted in subtle blues and whites, sharing space with an extraordinary array of wildlife. The Antarctic Peninsula is home to several fascinating species, including penguins, humpback whales, various seal species, giant petrels, elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Each site visit offers a unique opportunity to encounter these creatures in their natural habitat.

Every day of your voyage is a new adventure, with activities tailored to the ever-changing ice conditions. The captain and the expedition leader will guide you on Zodiac excursions or landings, unveiling the vast treasures of the Peninsula. Explore glaciers, ice floes, tabletop icebergs, and mountain peaks that dramatically descend into the sea. Discover volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and remnants of the whaling era in a serene, almost otherworldly setting. No two days are the same, ensuring a voyage filled with excitement and discovery.

As you navigate these waters, you'll be following in the footsteps of pioneering Antarctic explorers, such as Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache, and Sir Ernest Shackleton, who ventured into these remote, unpopulated lands starting in the 19th century.

sunset over the Drake Passage Antarctica
Days 9-10

Crossing The Drake Passage

The Drake Passage is a body of water that evokes both awe and apprehension among tourists, scientists, and seasoned sailors. It is located in the latitude of the notorious Furious Fifties winds and serves as the quickest maritime link between Antarctica and South America. Experienced sailors often say that one must truly earn their passage to the White Continent due to the challenging conditions.

The Antarctic Convergence is the area where cold southern currents meet the warmer waters from the equator, creating a hotspot for a diverse range of marine life. Don't forget to look up and enjoy the sight of albatrosses and Cape petrels gracefully riding the gusts around your ship.

Ushuaia harbour in Argentina
Day 11

Ushuaia

Today, we have returned to Ushuaia, the capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province. This city is famous for being the main point of departure for expeditions to Antarctica and the South Pole. Its residents affectionately call it "El fin del Mundo" or "the end of the world", as it is nestled between mountains and fertile plains that provide a sanctuary for diverse wildlife. Ushuaia is located where the Andes Mountains meet the sea, making it one of the most fascinating destinations on the planet.

 

Disembarkation 02/01/2025 at 08:00

Activities

Activities

Zodiac Cruising

PONANT Antarctica Zodiacs

Join us on daily adventures with our fleet of Zodiacs, expertly piloted by polar guides who will take you to the heart of stunning natural landscapes and wildlife. Enjoy the excitement of shore landings on secluded beaches and cruises through icy waters to explore intriguing sites. Every day promises new adventures and unforgettable encounters with the wild while experiencing the comfort and thrill of our Zodiacs.

Hiking

Hiking Ponant antarctica

Amid our shore landings, you'll have the chance to join our seasoned naturalist guides for hiking expeditions of varying difficulty levels based on the ecological resilience of the unique biome. These excursions may range from leisurely coastal strolls to extended treks lasting several hours, taking you to breathtaking viewpoints and historic sites. You'll seize the moment, adapting your journey to the prevailing weather and ice conditions.

Kayak Discovery*

Ponant kayaks Antarctica

Embark on a thrilling sea kayaking adventure that lasts for two hours and takes you through breathtaking polar landscapes. You'll paddle in a tandem kayak alongside a partner, guided by a qualified polar navigation expert. All necessary equipment will be provided, so you don't have to worry about a thing. As you glide through the icy waters, you'll be surrounded by stunning vistas that are sure to leave an indelible mark on your memory. This is a seamless and exciting way to experience the wonders of the natural world.

*Please note that limited spots are available for this exclusive experience and there is an additional charge. Please enquire at time of reservation. 

Your Ship

Your Ship

Le Boreal

Ship Highlights

1

Medium-sized luxury ship with a relaxed atmosphere

An excellent choice for explorers looking for a 5* luxury expedition cruise with a laid-back atmosphere, excellent dining choices and homely suites on a spacious ship with no more than 200 guests in Antarctica.
1

Outstanding expedition experience

Le Boreal is known for its outstanding expedition experience with a team of expert polar guides and naturalists who take guests exploring by Zodiac daily and offer enriching lectures onboard.
1

Eco-friendly with a commitment to sustainability

With a deep commitment to environmental performance, Le Boreal is a huge advancement in eco cruising with the latest technologies, which include lower emissions and fuel consumption, waste reduction, waste recovery and recycling, an onboard environment officer, and a reduced underwater noise profile to minimize disturbance to wildlife.
1

Unique Itineraries to Explore Greenland and the Canadian Arctic

One of the few ships offering in-depth voyages to the Thule region in the far north of Greenland or Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, Le Boréal is an excellent choice for guests looking to undertake deeper explorations of the remote Arctic.
1

Great Option for Solo Travellers

Le Boréal offers a selection of no single supplement cabins on select voyages, making it an excellent choice for solo travelers looking to explore the polar regions in a friendly atmosphere.

Do you need help planning your expedition cruise?

Why Reserve With Us?

Join Us

Subscribe to be the first to know about new voyages, exclusive offers and insider travel tips.

North Pole Cruises – a brand by the Expedition Collective Limited

© 2024 The Expedition Collective

Ask A Question

Do you have a question for our knowledgeable Travel Experience Team? We’re all ears! Just fill out this form, and we will be in touch shortly to answer your question.

Call Us

UK | EU
USA & Canada

Your Guide To Exploring The Polar Regions

Subscribe to be the first to know about new voyages, exclusive offers and insider travel tips.