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Antarctic Peninsula

Whale watch on your way from Patagonia to Antarctica

Prepare for jagged mountain peaks clad in glaciers which flow to the sea or crash from hundreds of feet in the air to the waters below. With its sudden weather changes and an astonishing variety of wildlife, it is regarded by many visitors as being one of the most beautiful places on earth.

On beaches and ice flows, fur, crab eater, leopard, and Weddell seal can be seen in abundance. In the southern summer, as the ice recedes from the peninsula’s north-west coast, seabirds such as petrel, skua, and four species of penguin come to breed.
 
The Lemaire Channel is the most famous and visually stunning place along the peninsula. Enormous sheer cliffs plunge straight into the sea, and the picturesque ice covered islands to the south offer the opportunity to disembark from your ship and step into this spectacular winter wilderness.

The Peninsula is a serene and beautiful place where you will feel like an intruder into another world, a world where few tourists have ventured before you.
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Accommodation:
MV Plancius

The ice strengthened MV Plancius cuts a formidable figure as it patrols the polar waters. Built originally for the Royal Dutch Navy as a research vessel, it was completely rebuilt for passenger travel in 2009, adhering to the highest standards of comfort and safety.

Accommodation:
Silver Cloud

Silver Cloud is the world’s largest and most luxurious ice class cruise ship, offering superior service while visiting spectacular destinations, and inspiring adventurers around the world. The views from the ship’s private verandas are simply astonishing.

Accommodation:
Australis NatHab Sailboat

Natural Habitat and the WWF have joined forces to launch the ultimate polar nature expedition ship. A veteran crew and the world’s premier polar naturalists welcome you onboard the Australis for a 10 day adventure of hiking, camping, and kayaking in the White Desert.

Accommodation:
Akademik Sergey Vavilov

When you are venturing through icy waters to the ends of the Earth, you need a ship which is up to the challenge as an ordinary cruise ship isn’t designed to cut through the thick polar ice. But the Akademik Sergey Vavilov is no ordinary vessel: it’s a purpose built, ice strengthened polar expedi...

Accommodation:
Hebridean Sky

Hebridean Sky is the flag ship of Noble Caledonia. She underwent a complete renovation in 2016 and is now widely considered amongst the best small ships in the world. Sail on the Hebridean Sky in both poles, and along the Pacific Coast of the Americas, too.

Accommodation:
Ocean Endeavour

Quark Expeditions launched the newly refurbished, ice strengthened Ocean Endeavour as the first health and wellbeing focused ship in Antarctica. You can combine remote landings and Zodiac excursions with VOYA spa treatments, yoga classes, and his and hers saunas, too!

Highlight:
White Desert

White Desert’s Whichaway Camp is a unique Antarctic safari camp like nowhere else. The camp is surrounded by endless fields of snow and ice, rocky hills as old as time, and sleeping pods which would not look out of place on the moon.