Antarctica Luxury Cruises & Expeditions

Explore the icy frontier of the world’s 7th continent on a luxury Antarctica cruise with an authentic expedition experience in unparalleled comfort.

Introduction To Antarctica Luxury Cruises

Our hand-picked Luxury Antarctica Cruises, chosen by our in-house team of polar experts, offer extraordinary opportunities to encounter the wilds of Antarctica with a team of naturalist guides.

A luxury expedition cruise to explore Antarctica is a life-changing journey to explore one of the Earth’s last great wildernesses. With regular shore landings and Zodiac cruises, you will visit beaches teeming with wildlife where fur seals jostle for space and curious Gentoo penguins walk along the shore. Sail past colossal icebergs and majestic scenery and explore sites of historical and scientific interest.

A new generation of small luxury expedition ships offers the highest levels of comfort, service, and onboard luxury while giving you a rich expedition experience with onboard experts, guides, scientists and optional activities such as kayaking.

Luxury Cruises to Antarctica

Gentoo penguins on ice in Antarctica
Small Ship
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Dec 1 - Dec 11 2025
10 Nights

Price from per person

£7,871
whale in Antarctica
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Jan 31 - Feb 10 2025
10 Nights

Price from per person

£8,550
guest in the falkland islands
Includes Flight Seeing
Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires
Jan 18 2026 - Feb 09 2026
22 Nights

Price from per person

£21,654

Highlights Of An Antarctica Luxury Cruise

Why Visit?

1

Encounter Antarctica’s Unique Wildlife

For animal lovers Antarctica offers an unprecedented opportunity to witness wildlife up close from the ship, shore and Zodiacs with the expertise of naturalist guides.

2

Explore The Pristine Untouched Wilderness

Hike in snowy landscapes, witness the beauty of glaciers from the Zodiacs or take an optional kayaking trip amongst the sea ice. Antarctica is made for explorers.

3

Discover Antarctica's Unique History

Visit sites of historical interest and learn about the expeditions of the first people to reach the frozen south from onboard historians.

4

Learn About Antarctica

Learn about Antarctica through the eyes of onboard scientists, expedition guides and guest speakers that are doing research in the polar regions.

5

Small Ship Luxury Expedition Experience

A part of an Antarctica cruise is the experience of the expedition ship. Enjoy gourmet food, well-appointed cabins with epic views, luxurious amenities, and a highly experienced guide team.

What To See On An Antarctica Luxury Cruise

Penguins and Wildlife Galore

With five penguin species, leopard seals, orcas, wandering albatrosses and numerous whale species, Antarctica is a haven for wildlife and wildlife lovers.

Tabular Icebergs in the Weddell Sea on a luxury Antarctica cruise

Colossal Icebergs and Glaciers

With some of the most enormous icebergs on Earth and countless glaciers, an expedition cruise to Antarctica is a great way to explore this icy wonderland.

Scott's hut at Cape Evans Antarctica historical site

Sites Of Historical Interest

From Point Wild, where Ernest Shackleton famously set out on his daring rescue to South Georgia, to A research station buried by an eruption on Deception Island, Antarctica is rich in history.

Polar Wilderness & Landscapes

Exploring a polar environment untouched by humanity through shore landings, wilderness hikes, Zodiac rides, and optional activities such as kayaking is all part of the expedition experience.

Getting to Our Antarctica Luxury Cruises

The most common way to reach Antarctica is on an expedition cruise from South America, departing from Chile or Argentina and sailing south to the Antarctic Peninsula. Most cruises depart from Ushuaia in Argentina, which has good air connections to Buenos Aires for international flights. There are also options to sail from New Zealand and explore Antarctica’s less visited Ross Sea side.

For guests who prefer to skip the 2-day crossing of the Drake Passage, it is possible to fly to Antarctica and join an expedition cruise that departs from King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. These Antarctica fly and sail cruises are ideal for guests who have a shorter time or prefer to avoid embarking on the crossing.

Another option is to fly to Antarctica and visit the South Pole or embark on a land-based expedition to visit a remote colony of Emperor Penguins.

Please see our guide below for all the different ways to get to Antarctica.

When To Go On An Antarctica Luxury Cruise

Antarctica cruises operate during the southern summer months between Late October and March when the temperatures are mildest and the wildlife is most active. The best month to take a cruise to Antarctica depends on your interests.

Late October and November offer the best opportunities for photographers as Antarctica emerges from the winter with deep snow and picturesque landscapes. December and January offer 20 – 24 hours of sunlight with bustling rookeries full of hatching penguins and mating seals. February is perfect for extended expeditions to the Polar Circle as the sea ice recedes, making passages further south possible. March is autumn and marks the season’s end with the best whale-watching opportunities.

To learn more about what Antarctica offers on an expedition cruise each month, please see our When to Visit Antarctica Guide.

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Types of Antarctica Luxury Cruises

Luxury Antarctica Fly and Cruise

For travellers short on time or who would prefer something other than a sea crossing, fly the Drake Passage and join a luxury cruise in Antarctica. Choose from a range of luxury cruise ships that offer this option.
Luxury Antarctica Cruises on Silver Endeavour Luxury Expedition ship

Antarctica In Ultra Luxury

For discerning travellers looking for the utmost comfort, choose from a range of 5* and 6* small luxury expedition ships that offer unparalleled service, cuisine and style never seen before.

Antarctica Small Ships Cruises

For wildlife lovers, photographers and explorers looking to see more, choose from our selection of small ship cruises to Antarctica on modern expedition ships with premium comfort.
Epic Antarctica cruises with PONANT

Epic Antarctica Luxury Cruises

For the true explorers, choose an extended Antarctica cruise with options including a semi-circumnavigation visiting the Antarctic Peninsula and the Ross Sea or a voyage south to the Polar Circle.

Antarctica Icebreaker Cruises

For the pioneer in you, choose a luxury Antarctica Icebreaker cruise to explore previously inaccessible places such as the Weddell Sea early in the season.

Antarctica and South Georgia Luxury Cruises

For wildlife lovers, combine your Antarctica cruise with South Georgia Island, home to over 400,000 nesting King Penguins, Wandering Albatrosses and Southern Elephant Seals.

Places To Explore On An Antarctica Luxury Cruise

Weddell Sea Cruises

Follow Shackleton's footsteps and explore the Weddell Sea, known for its gigantic icebergs and colonies of Emperor Penguins.

Ross Sea Cruises

Explore the less visited side of Antarctica, famous for its historical sites such as Shackleton's cabin and abundant wildlife.

Antarctic Peninsula Cruises

Known for its penguin rookeries and rich marine life, the Antarctic Peninsula is Antarctica's most popular place to explore. .

Antarctic Circle Cruises

During the late season, embark on an extended expedition to reach the southern polar circle and encounter epic ice.

South Georgia Cruises

Explore this isolated island, a haven for wildlife and home to over 4000,000 pairs of nesting King Penguins.

Our Recommended Antarctica Luxury Cruise Ships

Silver Endeavour

192 Guests
PC6 Ice-Class
164 Metres
A new small luxury expedition ship built for polar exploration, Silver Endeavour offers guests a first-class expedition experience with unseen levels of luxury. From its sumptuous selection of suites with verandas offering spectacular views, carefully thought-out interiors with large windows throughout, stylish lounges and fine dining options, Silver Endeavour is perfect for the luxury connoisseur seeking a genuine expedition experience.

SH Minerva

152 Guests
PC5 Ice-Class
113 Metres
SH Minerva is the most recent luxury small expedition ship to explore the polar regions. Carrying under 152 guests, it offers an intimate 5* expedition experience. With 15 Zodiacs and an outstanding team of guides, guests can enjoy exploring with expert guides. Onboard, you can enjoy Michelin-star dining, well-appointed staterooms with balconies, a stargazing deck with a lookout point and exciting itineraries.

Le Commandant Charcot

245 Guests
Icebreaker PC2 Ice-Class
150 Metres
A 5* luxury icebreaker which excels at breaking new ground (or should we say ice!) Le Commandant Charcot offers the most exhilarating itineraries with her icebreaking hull, allowing it to go where others can't. It's the only ship capable of reaching the Geographic North Pole and penetrating Antarctica and East Greenland's sea ice early in the season. Onboard guests can enjoy gourmet dining options, spacious staterooms and luxury suites, a large outdoor heated lagoon and an indoor relaxation area with a pool and spectacular views.

Plan Your Luxury Antarctica Cruise

Book Well in Advance: Antarctica luxury cruises, especially fly and cruise itineraries, have limited availability and fill up quickly. To secure your cabin, book your cruise well in advance.

Choose Your Itinerary: There are a variety of luxury ships, itineraries, and activities to choose from. Choose a voyage that aligns with your interests, whether it's wildlife viewing or specific activities such as kayaking. Our Travel Experience Team are here to advise and recommend different options for you based on your preferences.

Reserve Your Cabin With North Pole Cruises: We will ensure you receive the best price from the operator when booking. Our knowledgeable Travel Experience Team will help you choose your trip and answer any questions. Before the voyage, we will provide lots of helpful information, including packing lists, and support you during your journey if you have any issues. We offer peace of mind with our 100% financial protection with every booking.

Travel Insurance: When booking, purchase comprehensive travel insurance for your Antarctica cruise that covers trip cancellations, medical emergencies, and evacuation from remote locations. Ensure that your policy explicitly covers polar travel.

Visiting Antarctica on a luxury cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, and we are here to help you plan and prepare for your extraordinary voyage to one of the world's most remote and beautiful destinations.

Antarctica Luxury Cruises FAQ

The price of a luxury Antarctica cruise varies depending on a wide range of factors, including the ship size, the level of luxury, the number of guests, the time of year, and the length of your chosen itinerary.

A luxury cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula starts from € 15,348 per person for a nine day expedition on SH Diana from Ushuaia in Argentina in a balcony stateroom up to € 23,625 for a premium suite.

Luxury flight and cruise options in Antarctica start from 12,750 euros per person for a 6-day luxury cruise, including flights between Punta Arenas in Chile and King George Island in Antarctica with accommodation in a Classic Veranda Suite onboard Silver Endeavour. Prices rise to 62,400 euros per person for the owner suite.

For an epic 28-day expedition to do a semi-circumnavigation of Antarctica, including the Antarctic Peninsula and the Ross Sea on Le Commandant Charcot from Ushuaia to New Zealand, prices start from £36,640 per person for a prestige stateroom and exceed £70,000 per person for the top range suites.

Our Travel Experience Team is here to help you plan your expedition, offer our advice about which ship fits your preferences and recommend different accommodation options to suit you.

To find out more please see our guide How Much does An Antarctica Cruise Cost?

Kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing, snorkelling and a polar plunge are offered on selected Antarctica cruises. Activities are subject to availability and weather conditions.

Please specify during the reservation process which activities you are interested in and we will assist you in finding the right voyage. Depending on the ship, some activities are included in the cost and others are extra.

Yes, we offer no single supplement on selected Antarctica cruises. Our Travel Experience Team have access to the best offers for solo travellers. We recommend you contact us with your requirements, and we can help you find the best no-single supplement Antarctica cruise for you.

Luxury expedition cruises to Antarctica vary between 6 days for a fly and cruise, 10 days for an Antarctica Peninsula expedition and up to 28 day voyages to semi circumnavigate Antarctica.

For those looking to see more wildlife and places we recommend a longer length cruise.

Antarctica has a cold climate, even during the summer when temperatures are milder than expected. The continent experiences a polar climate characterized by frigid temperatures, high winds, and unique light conditions. Here’s what you can generally expect in terms of weather during an Antarctica luxury cruise.

During the Antarctic summer, from late November to early March, temperatures are milder than the rest of the year. However, “milder” is a relative term in Antarctica, and temperatures remain cold.

Temperature

Summer temperatures typically range from about -2 °C to 8°C (28°F to 46°F) along the Antarctic Peninsula, where most cruise activities occur. Inland and at higher elevations, temperatures can be colder.

Daylight

The summer season brings the phenomenon of the “midnight sun,” where there is continuous daylight for an extended period. This allows for more extended exploration and wildlife observation.

Conditions

While it’s the warmest time of the year, conditions can still be harsh, with strong winds and the potential for rapid weather changes. You can expect a mix of sunny days, overcast skies, and the possibility of snow.

Sea Ice

The summer months see some reduction in sea ice, allowing for more straightforward navigation and access to certain areas.

Factors to Consider

Variable Weather

Antarctica’s weather is known for its variability; conditions can change rapidly. Be prepared for various weather scenarios, from calm and clear to windy and snowy.

Wind Chill

Wind chill can make temperatures feel colder than they are. High winds are common, and wind chill can significantly affect the perceived temperature.

Clothing

It’s essential to pack appropriate clothing, including insulated and waterproof layers, to stay warm and dry in the cold and potentially wet conditions. We will supply you with a complete packing list at the time of your reservation.

At North Pole Cruises, we are committed to providing unforgettable experiences while prioritising environmental responsibility. Our Antarctica cruises are designed with sustainability in mind, and we take several measures to ensure a minimal ecological impact on this pristine and fragile environment.

Cruise Operator Membership in IAATO

All our Antarctica cruise operators are proud International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) members. IAATO is a leading organization that promotes and ensures responsible tourism in Antarctica. As members, our cruise operators adhere to stringent guidelines and standards set by IAATO, guaranteeing a commitment to sustainability, environmental protection, and responsible tourism practices.

Collaboration with the Latest Ships

We collaborate exclusively with the latest ships that incorporate cutting-edge technology and design elements for sustainability. These ships are equipped with advanced waste management systems, energy-efficient technologies, and low-impact propulsion systems, minimizing their environmental footprint. By choosing the latest vessels, we ensure that our cruises align with the most up-to-date sustainable practices in the industry.

Operator Commitment to Sustainability

We partner with cruise operators who share our dedication to sustainability. These operators actively engage in practices prioritising environmental conservation, wildlife protection, and responsible tourism. From onboard waste reduction initiatives to responsible wildlife viewing guidelines, our operators work diligently to uphold the highest standards of sustainability throughout the entire cruise experience.

Environmental Education and Awareness

Our Antarctica cruises go beyond providing awe-inspiring scenery and wildlife encounters. We are committed to raising environmental awareness among our guests. Onboard naturalists and guides offer educational programs, shedding light on the delicate Antarctic ecosystem, the importance of conservation, and the role travellers play in preserving these pristine landscapes.

Strict Compliance with the Antarctic Treaty System

We strictly adhere to the Antarctic Treaty System, an international agreement that designates Antarctica as a scientific preserve and bans military activity on the continent. By following the guidelines outlined in this treaty, we contribute to preserving Antarctica’s unique environment and promoting responsible tourism in the region.

We recommend booking your Antarctica luxury cruise 12 – 18 months in advance to guarantee your preferred ship and cabin option. That said we always have last minute availability on select departures.

Please contact our Travel Experience Team to find out about last minute availability.

Each Antarctica Cruise includes accommodation in well-appointed cabins, meals, expert guides, guest lecturers outlined in the itinerary, Zodiac cruises and excursions, and specified charter flights.

Please check the tour page of your chosen itinerary to see a complete list of inclusions.

The first step to booking your Antarctica luxury cruise is to contact our Travel Experience Team, who will be happy to help you with your choice of itinerary and provide you details about availability and pricing for your selected voyage.

We understand that financial security is paramount for our clients, which is why all bookings made through North Pole Cruises include 100% financial protection, and we include supplier failure insurance free of charge for extra peace of mind. This ensures you have the very best protection on your booking.

When reserving your chosen itinerary, the payment options will be quoted.

Typical payment terms are a 25% deposit when booking to reserve your cabin and the final balance payable 90 days before departure.

We accept payment via credit card or bank transfer.

North Pole Cruises is committed to providing unforgettable experiences while prioritising environmental responsibility. Our Antarctica cruises are designed with sustainability at the forefront, and we take several measures to ensure a minimal ecological impact on this pristine and fragile environment.

Cruise Operator Membership in IATO

All our Antarctica cruise operators are proud members of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IATO), a leading organisation that promotes and ensures responsible tourism in Antarctica. As members, our cruise operators adhere to stringent guidelines and standards set by IATO, guaranteeing a commitment to sustainability, environmental protection, and responsible tourism practices.

Collaboration with Latest Ships:
We collaborate exclusively with the latest ships that incorporate cutting-edge technology and design elements for sustainability. These ships have advanced waste management systems, energy-efficient technologies, and low-impact propulsion systems, minimising their environmental footprint. By choosing the latest vessels, we ensure that our cruises align with the most up-to-date sustainable practices in the industry.

Operator Commitment to Sustainability:
We partner with cruise operators who share our dedication to sustainability. These operators actively engage in practices prioritising environmental conservation, wildlife protection, and responsible tourism. From onboard waste reduction initiatives to responsible wildlife viewing guidelines, our operators work diligently to uphold the highest standards of sustainability throughout the entire cruise experience.

Environmental Education and Awareness:
Our Antarctica cruises go beyond providing awe-inspiring scenery and wildlife encounters. We are committed to raising environmental awareness among our guests. Onboard naturalists and guides offer educational programs, shedding light on the delicate Antarctic ecosystem, the importance of conservation, and the role travellers play in preserving these pristine landscapes.

Strict Compliance with the Antarctic Treaty System:
We strictly adhere to the Antarctic Treaty System, an international agreement that designates Antarctica as a scientific preserve and bans military activity on the continent. By following the guidelines outlined in this treaty, we contribute to preserving Antarctica’s unique environment and promoting responsible tourism practices in the region.

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Our friendly and knowledgeable Travel Experience Team is ready to assist you.

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