The Drake Passage has a reputation for being among the most treacherous bodies of water in the world. The high winds, known as the ‘roaring 40s’ rush around the Southern Hemisphere without a speck of land to slow them down. This can cause enormous waves, in days of yore the thought of passing south of Cape Horn would strike fear into the heart of even the most stoic of mariners. Of course, with modern advances in shipping the passage is at worst a discomfort.
Some view these rough waters, the so-called ‘drake quake’ as a rite of passage to be endured before meeting the quiet waters of the Antarctica Peninsula, others hope against hope for the calm, seas of the ‘drake lake’, but the truth is, you don’t have to spend these extra days at sea if you don’t want to. Choosing to fly the drake will let you spend more time exploring the wonders of South America and spend your time in the Antarctic more efficiently, you can fly from Punta Arenas in Chile and meet your ship at the King George Island, just North of the Antarctic Peninsula. We offer both 'fly sail' itineraries, where you can fly one way across the Drake Passage and cruise back on the second leg, and 'fly fly' where you fly across both the Drake in both directions.
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