Classic Antarctica

Typically between 10 and 12 days in length, this is one of the most popular Antarctic cruises and the perfect expedition for the first-time visitor. This itinerary normally offers the greatest number of departures and ships to choose from


  • Set foot on the least visited continent on Earth
  • Cross the Drake Passage spotting endemic seabirds
  • See immense frozen landscapes
  • The best choice if you are short on time

Day 1: Arrival

Most itineraries begin in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world at the bottom of Argentina. After checking in to your hotel, the evening is normally free to meet the cruise representatives and perhaps some of your fellow passengers. Some itineraries begin with this day in Buenos Aires.

Day 2: Embarkation

The morning is normally free to explore Ushuaia, or if your itinerary started in Buenos Aires then you will fly down to Ushuaia on an organised charter flight. Embarkation of your ship is usually in the afternoon and after settling in to your cabin head out on deck while the ship sets sail through the beautiful Beagle Channel to the open sea.

Days 3 & 4: Drake Passage

Crossing the Drake Passage typically takes 2 days and to pass the time you can enjoy on-board lectures from the expedition team. Keep an eye out for sightings of whales and seabirds such as the albatross as you cruise south.

Days 5 - 8: Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula

Over these next unforgettable days, you’ll experience the magnificence of the last uninhabited continent on earth. There is no fixed programme for which sites you will visit; the expedition leader and captain decide each day, depending on which locations offer the best things to see and most favourable conditions for exploration. Each evening there will be a briefing with the plan for the next day.

Every site in Antarctica offers something different and unique. Sometimes you may cruise around the ice floes on zodiac boats spotting penguins and seals. Other times you may set foot on land and perhaps enjoy a fantastic walk to an amazing viewpoint. There are also a number of historic and working research stations where you can gain a unique insight into Antarctica.

Many ships offer additional adventure options such as a night camping on the ice or kayaking (speak to your Travel Specialist for more information). Every excursion is accompanied by the ship’s expert expedition team who will provide informative insights into the amazing things you are seeing.

Marvel at incredible ice formations, get close to colonies of gentoo, chinstrap and adelie penguins, spot whales and orcas and see over four species of seals lazing on the ice floes. Whatever you see and whichever sites you visit, it is sure to be an experience that you will never forget.

Days 9 & 10: Returning across the Drake Passage

Return from the Antarctic Peninsula via the famous Drake Passage. Spend this time reflecting on your incredible experiences with your fellow passengers and looking out for passing whales and seabirds.

Day 11: Disembarkation

Your ship will arrive into Ushuaia in the morning and disembarkation is normally after breakfast. Most itineraries finish with a transfer to the airport and some finish with a charter flight back to Buenos Aires.

Some ships operate this itinerary over 10 days with a day less exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. Some ships operate this itinerary over 12 days with an extra day exploring the Antarctic Peninsula - the rest of the itinerary is normally the same.

MS Fram and MS Midnatsol operate this itinerary over 14-16 days with extra time exploring the Antarctic peninsula.

Prices from

Quad / Triple share cabins - £3,999 pp

Twin share cabins - £5,399 pp

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