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Antarctica Travel Guide

Antarctica is often at the top of everyone's travel list, and for a good reason. However, it's often seen as a place that's hard to visit or too expensive. Still, by booking an Antarctica cruise through Affordable Tours, you can make your dream of visiting Antarctica a reality. You can see penguins, participate in a polar plunge, and see this continent's beautiful natural landscape on your cruise. With cruise line volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 80% versus the brochure price! Book your Antarctica cruise today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted cruise headquarters.

Antarctica Travel Guide

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PonantLe SolealAntarcticaUshuaiaUshuaia15 NightsUshuaia$15,585
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PonantL AustralAntarcticaUshuaiaUshuaia10 NightsUshuaia$10,240
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Itinerary Map/Ship ImagePonantLe BorealAntarcticaUshuaiaUshuaia15 NightsAntarctic Peninsula | Ushuaia$15,585
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Itinerary Map/Ship ImagePonantLe LyrialAntarcticaUshuaiaUshuaia10 NightsUshuaia$10,480
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Seabourn QuestAntarcticaSan AntonioBuenos Aires21 NightsBuenos Aires, Argentina | Castro, Chile | Montevideo, Uruguay | Port Stanley, Falkland Islands | Puerto Montt, Chile | Punta Arenas, Chile | San Antonio, Chile | Ushuaia, Argentina$11,576
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Itinerary Map/Ship ImagePonantLe BorealAntarcticaUshuaiaUshuaia10 NightsUshuaia$10,790
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Itinerary Map/Ship ImageScenic EclipseAntarcticaBuenos AiresBuenos Aires20 NightsBuenos Aires | Ushuaia, Argentina > Buenos Aires$24,895
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PonantL AustralAntarcticaUshuaiaUshuaia10 NightsUshuaia$10,014
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Itinerary Map/Ship ImagePonantLe BorealAntarcticaUshuaiaUshuaia10 NightsUshuaia$10,790
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PonantLe SolealAntarcticaUshuaiaUshuaia10 NightsUshuaia$10,750
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Itinerary Map/Ship ImagePonantLe BorealAntarcticaUshuaiaUshuaia10 NightsAntarctic Peninsula | Ushuaia$12,700
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Seabourn QuestAntarcticaBuenos AiresSan Antonio24 NightsBuenos Aires, Argentina | Castro, Chile | Puerto Montt, Chile | Punta Arenas, Chile | Punta Del Este | San Antonio, Chile | Ushuaia, Argentina$14,464
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Itinerary Map/Ship ImagePonantLe BorealAntarcticaUshuaiaUshuaia15 NightsUshuaia$15,390
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PonantLe SolealAntarcticaUshuaiaUshuaia16 NightsUshuaia$20,718
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Itinerary Map/Ship ImagePonantLe BorealAntarcticaUshuaiaUshuaia16 NightsAntarctic Peninsula | Ushuaia$20,718
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Itinerary Map/Ship ImageScenic EclipseAntarcticaBuenos AiresBuenos Aires13 NightsBuenos Aires, Argentina$16,695
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Celebrity SilhouetteSouth AmericaBuenos AiresBuenos Aires14 NightsBuenos Aires - Argentina | Cape Horn - Chile | Elephant Island - Antarctica | Montevideo - Uruguay | Port Stanley - Falkland Is | Puerto Madryn - Argentina | Ushuaia - Argentina$3,099
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Itinerary Map/Ship ImagePonantLe BorealAntarcticaUshuaiaUshuaia10 NightsUshuaia$13,010
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Itinerary Map/Ship ImageScenic EclipseAntarcticaBuenos AiresBuenos Aires13 NightsBuenos Aires, Argentina$16,695
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PonantLe SolealAntarcticaUshuaiaUshuaia10 NightsUshuaia$11,900
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Antarctica Travel Guide

Antarctica Cruises Highlights

  • Snowshoe to see the beautiful nature of Antarctica.
  • See the fantastic penguins in their natural habitat.
  • Participate in a chilly polar plunge.
  • Visit the one and only Deception Island.
  • Go kayaking and whale-watching at the same time.
  • Cruise through the Drake Passage.
  • Explore underwater by going scuba diving.
  • See the breathtaking Blood Falls.
  • Go camping on ice overnight.
  • Stop by one of the numerous research stations.
  • Hike towards the South Pole.
  • Ski or snowboard on Antarctica's great slopes.

Antarctica Cruises Travel Tips

  • Make sure you bring some medicine for seasickness. You'll most likely cruise through the Drake Passage on your way to Antarctica (which is one of the cruise highlights), but if the water is a bit crazy during your visit, you may get seasick. Come prepared!
  • Try to shower earlier in the morning during your cruise. The water can get bumpy, which can make it hard to shower. The second that the seas are calm take that shower!
  • Bring lots of layers. It can be freezing the farther south you go, but it's best to wear layers if you get a bit warmer at different times of the day. Be sure also to pack rain gear!
  • Even though it's cold, you'll want to pack and put sunscreen on. The sun can still burn you because it can bounce off the light of the snow!
  • Don't forget to pack your camera. Antarctica is truly filled with so many sights that you'll want to take a photo of. Don't worry; a basic camera on your phone will suffice!

Antarctica Cruises Things To Do

  • Participate in a polar plunge
    Participate in a polar plunge

    If you've not participated in a polar plunge before, you're in for a real treat. During this experience, you will get into your swimsuit and brave Antarctica's coldness to hop right into the water, even if it's only for just a few seconds! Though the water is frigid, it's often seen as a rite of passage to do this at least once during your Antarctica cruise. Don't worry; there will be kind people waiting with a warm jacket and a cup of hot chocolate for you as soon as you get out of the water! This might be a bit of an adventurous experience, but it will be one that you'll never forget.

    You Should Know

    It can be a bit of a shock to feel the cold water against your body, but just take deep breaths because it's not that bad!  

  • See penguins
    See penguins

    Seeing the Emperor penguins is an absolute must during your trip to Antarctica. You will most likely see them during your Antarctica cruise, whether you'd like to see them or not. They are the most popular penguin species in Antarctica and the Adelie Penguin and the Chinstrap Penguin. Many penguin-watching excursions are offered throughout Antarctica, but they are most commonly seen at Snow Hill near the Weddell Sea, especially if you'd like to see the Emperor Penguins in person.

    You Should Know

    If you do happen to see penguins in their natural habitat, be respectful and kind because this is their home. It's okay to take pictures, but don't get too invasive.  

  • Cruise through the Drake Passage
    Cruise through the Drake Passage

    During your Antarctica cruise, you may go straight through the Drake Passage. This passage is notoriously known for being dangerous and making people seasick, but it truly isn't that bad at all. It's just because the waves here can be a bit bouncy, which can rock the shop. The passage is located near Cape Horn in South America. Many people dramatize their experience going through the Drake Passage, but it truly is an experience. Many adventure seekers come to Antarctica just to go through the Drake Passage.

    You Should Know

    As mentioned earlier in the tips section, be sure to pack seasickness medication just if the rocking of the boat gets to you. This is especially true when passing through the Drake Passage.  

  • Snowshoe through Antarctica’s nature
    Snowshoe through Antarctica’s nature

    One of the best ways to witness the nature and beautiful landscapes in Antarctica is to go snowshoeing. Though this is a physical activity, it's unique and not something that you can do everywhere globally. Essentially, this activity consists of putting a pair of snowshoes on and trekking through the wilderness. This may even be included as an excursion already on your Antarctica cruise; just make sure you do your research before booking. This experience is often freezing, so make sure you dress with all your layers on.

    You Should Know

    This activity is best done by active people and can stand walking through heavy snow for a while to keep up with a guide.  

  • Go kayaking and whale watching
    Go kayaking and whale watching

    There are opportunities to go kayaking in Antarctica while you go whale watching at the same time! Talk about a unique experience. Often, you might not even be on the lookout for whales, but there's a high chance that you'll see at least one depending on the time of year that you visit. Similar to snowshoeing, this is a popular excursion that some cruises do offer. When kayaking, your tour guide will teach you more about the area and the nature Antarctica offers. This sort of activity is best for people who have been kayaking before, but beginners are also welcome to keep up with the group.

    You Should Know

    Because the wilderness in Antarctica is known for being a bit unpredictable, you'll want to stay alert the whole time that you're kayaking.  

  • Explore underwater by scuba diving
    Explore underwater by scuba diving

    Though diving deep underwater might not be your cup of tea when visiting a place as cold as Antarctica, scuba diving is one of the top things to do here. That's because the water is so crystal clear that you can see quite a ways out when you go underwater. This is one of the best ways to get up close and personal with the few sea creatures in this area of the world as well. The minimum age for scuba diving is only ten years old in most places.

    You Should Know

    There aren't many options to learn how to go scuba diving in Antarctica, so you'll have to have already learned before visiting.  

  • Visit Deception Island
    Visit Deception Island

    Deception Island is a volcano and island that last erupted recently in 1970. This volcano is still active, and nobody lives on the island, but it's always worth seeing out in the middle of the ocean near Antarctica. The best way to see Deception Island is from an Antarctica cruise or boat tour to safely see it from afar. It got its name, Deception Island, because it genuinely looks like a typical island from far away even though it's home to a deadly volcano that has erupted quite a few times in the past few hundred years.

    You Should Know

    Though the odds of Deception Island exploring are low when you visit, it's still considered an active volcano. Don't worry too much about the odds of it exploding.  

  • See Blood Falls
    See Blood Falls

    Blood Falls is a unique natural phenomenon in Antarctica. It's a waterfall over a glacier that is bright red (like the color of blood), but the color is caused by iron. It provides a fascinating landscape set against the familiar blue and white colors of Antarctica. This waterfall is the largest in Antarctica and is approximately five stories tall. It's said to have started being created around 2 million years ago and feeds into a lake that will forever be covered by ice.

    You Should Know

    The best way to witness Blood Falls is from an Antarctica cruise or tour. This will get you the best views of the waterfalls; don't forget your camera!  

  • Go overnight ice camping
    Go overnight ice camping

    Though it seems completely crazy, one of the top things to do in Antarctica is going overnight ice camping. It looks freezing too, but you'll be given all the essential overnight gear if you opt to participate in an adventure like this. Often, you'll be lying in a sleeping bag directly on the ice. You can watch the stars as you go to bed! If you aren't interested in laying directly on the ice, you can also opt to do ice camping in a pop-up shelter or tiny house. This is great if you aren't interested in being right out on the ice and cold for the entire night.

    You Should Know

    Camping on the ice overnight is entirely safe! It's best to book something like this with a group of other people trained to spend the night in the cold.  

Antarctica Cruises When To Visit

Quick Facts

The best time to visit Antarctica is during the summer because the weather is beautiful. This is when most people visit. However, you can plan your trip so that you visit during a time that not as many people opt to travel there, such as in the offseason, when prices are lower.

  • Spring and Fall - September to October and March to April - Shoulder Season

    The shoulder season is always a safe time to visit a country because prices are reasonable, and there aren't many tourists. During this time, the temperature tends to be around -50°F for both the spring and fall months. This time also gets a decent amount of sunlight, which is a massive plus for visiting Antarctica.

  • Summer - November to February - High Season

    Antarctica's summer season is between November to February. This is when most people visit because this time has the most daylight. There are even some days that have sunlight for a straight 24 hours! The average temperature is around -15°F in the summer.

  • Winter - May to August - Low Season

    The least amount of people visit during the winter because Antarctica indeed doesn't have a lot of daylight. Most days are cold and dark. The average temperature in the winter is around -60°F, though it can fluctuate depending on the year.

Antarctica Cruises Frequently Asked Questions

What are Antarctica cruises?

Antarctica cruises are the perfect way to go out and explore the South Pole. You can just relax in your hotel room or on the ship's deck while looking out at all of the beautiful scenery. It's truly a vacation that will stick with you for a lifetime because of how unique Antarctica's landscapes are. Your cruise will most likely start in Argentina, which is where the majority of all Antarctica cruises start.

What’s included on an Antarctica cruise?

  Antarctica cruises typically include accommodation, meals, and room amenities such as a television. There is usually also a 24/7 front desk receptionist who can help you in case you need anything. You'll also have access to everything on the boat, and each ship is incredibly different. There will be at least one form of fun entertainment on board, such as a cinema or place to shop.

What’s the best Antarctica cruise?

Every Antarctica cruise is so different, so it's impossible to decide which one is truly the best. You'll have to do your research to find which one suits your needs best. How much is your budget? How long of a trip would you like to take? Are there certain spots in Antarctica that you'd like to see? These are some of the critical questions to ask yourself when planning your Antarctica cruise. If you find that you're having difficulty trying to choose which tour is best for your needs, don't hesitate to call one of our cruise ship experts. They're here to help people like you find the cruise of their dreams! Just call during regular business hours; our number can be seen at the top of this web page.  

How much do Antarctica cruises cost?

Antarctica cruises vary drastically in price. The cheapest cruise costs around $150 a day, but the prices go up depending on the number of stops and cruise lines. The great thing is that if you book through Affordable Tours, you can guarantee that you'll be booking your cruise at an excellent price. You can save up to 75% off the price advertised in brochures!

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