Antarctic Cruises

As cool as ice in Antarctica

Join the penguin party on the South Pole

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The big chill


The Antarctic is a vast, inhospitably dry desert with very little snowfall, chilling winds and extremely low temperatures. But this exciting and dramatic climate makes for an unforgettable summer adventure aboard a luxury cruise ship.

Antarctic ice

Antarctic ice

Antarctic Panorama, Foyn Harbor, west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctic Panorama, Foyn Harbor, west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula

Leopard seal, west coast of Antarctic Peninsula

Leopard seal, west coast of Antarctic Peninsula

King penguin cleaning plumage in Antarctica

King penguin cleaning plumage in Antarctica

Wildlife in the Antarctic

The region’s spectacular wildlife rely on the Southern Ocean to provide the food on which they flourish. Immense concentrations of creatures live on the rocky coast and ice floes, providing passing cruise ships with a living gallery of the natural fauna of this wonderful and little-experienced treasure.


Huge flocks of birds hunt at sea and return to roost and nest in vast numbers. Seals too form extensive breeding colonies on the shore, safe in the knowledge that there are no land-based predators to threaten their vulnerable pups.


If you take a cruise to Antarctica during the Antarctic summer, you could see whales migrating south to harvest the abundant krill which proliferate with the coming  ‘warmth’. These krill are the basis of the food chain which sustains the many spectacular creatures. A summer visit guarantees 18 hours of daylight along with crisp clear light conditions, ideal for enjoying nature at its best.


Penguins are the most common birds and four species are considered to be true Antarctic penguins - Adelie, Chinstrap, Emperor and Gentoo. Flightless, these unique birds appear clumsy on land as they sway and waddle. On entering the sea though, they demonstrate the grace and skills that have seen them master their harsh environment.


Away from the land, ice and sea, the sky may be filled with fast, fierce Skuas on the hunt. At sea they bully other birds so that they drop their catch; on land, they may be seen lurking close to raucous penguin colonies. Antarctic Terns, with their swept-back wings and graceful forked tails, are the most elegant of fliers. In contrast to this classic elegance is the mighty albatross, its huge wingspan spread wide to soar and glide. Once feared by superstitious seafarers, today you would be blessed by the sight of one of these magnificent birds.


On and beneath the sea, seals, like penguins so seemingly clumsy on land, demonstrate their agility in the water. Fur, Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals may all be seen as bobbing heads in the ocean or lumbering in rocky coves or on ice floes with their pups. A bull elephant seal may weigh up to four tons, quite a sight as he jealously guards his harem of females against rivals.


While on an Antarctic cruise, you should keep your eyes peeled for whales. Blue, right, sei, humpback, minke, fin, and sperm whale arrive in summer to sieve krill by the ton through their enormous mouths. You may also catch sight of the Orca, or killer whale, as it remorselessly hunts down seal and penguin.


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Featured Antarctic Cruises


from £19,795pp
Cabin type: Suite

★Maiden★ Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands

Spacious all-verandah suite accommodation, 10 all-inclusive dining experiences, from casual to fine dining, Butler service for every guest, Indoor and outdoor swimming and plunge pools, Spa Sanctuary,…

15 December 2018 | 24 Nights
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EXPERT GUEST SPEAKERS*, 3 NIGHT 5★ HOTEL STAY BUENOS AIRES INCLUDED*, GALA DINNER & LECTURE WITH SIR RANULPH FIENNES*, CHOICE OF SHORE EXCURSIONS*

26 February 2019 | 26 Nights
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Ultimate Chilean Fjords & Antarctica

Spacious all-verandah suite accommodation, 10 all-inclusive dining experiences, from casual to fine dining, Butler service for every guest, Indoor and outdoor swimming and plunge pools, Spa Sanctuary,…

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