Crossing the Antarctic Circle

Typically between 14 and 16 days in length, this Antarctic cruise offers much more time exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. This allows you to see more and explore further south, with the aim of crossing the Antarctic Circle during your cruise


  • Go further south than most people on Earth ever have
  • Cross the famous Drake Passage
  • Explore some less-seen parts of the Antarctic peninsula
  • Discover an abundance of wildlife


Day 1: Arrival

Most itineraries begin in the port town of Ushuaia, at the southern tip of Argentina. After arriving and 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 some of the nearby National Parks. If your itinerary started in Buenos Aires then you will fly down to Ushuaia on an organised charter flight first thing. Embarkation of your ship is usually in the afternoon and after settling into your cabin head out on deck as the ship sails down the beautiful Beagle Channel towards the open sea.

Days 3 & 4: Drake Passage

Crossing the Drake Passage typically takes 2 days however this is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the ship’s facilities or perhaps attend an on-board lecture from the expedition team. Keep an eye out for sightings of whales along the way!

Days 5 - 11: Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula

Over these next unforgettable days, 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. This longer cruise offers the flexibility to see a number of the headline sites that you would see on the ‘Classic Antarctica’ itinerary but also venture to some of the less explored and more adventurous sites that Antarctica has to offer.

You may head over to the Weddell Sea area to see the magnificent tabular icebergs, sometimes up to a mile long. Perhaps your ship will head for Horseshoe Island to visit the historic research station, one of the Antarctic Peninsula’s most remote and southerly landing sites.

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is the aim for this itinerary and it is quite the occasion crossing this significant latitude line. Some ships celebrate the occasion with a polar ritual or perhaps a glass of champagne on deck. It’s an area of the world that few have ever been to and a fantastic accolade to return home with.

Days 12 & 13: Returning across the Drake Passage

After some of the most incredible days exploring you will return to Ushuaia via the famous Drake Passage. The time at sea is a great opportunity to begin editing the hundreds of photos you’ll have captured. Alternatively enjoy the facilities of the ship or perhaps catch one of the last lectures from the expedition team.

Day 14: 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 12 - 13 days with 1 - 2 days less exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. Some ships operate this itinerary over 17 days with an extra day exploring the Antarctic Peninsula - the rest of the itinerary is normally the same.

Prices from:

Quad / Triple share cabins - £6,399 pp

Twin share cabins £7,699 pp

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