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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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Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000.

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  • We can compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators to find your perfect cruise.

  • Our prices are amongst the best in the business, with full package protection as standard.

  • We are the expedition cruise specialists and know the destinations, ships and operators inside out

  • As supporters of the Marine Conservation Society, booking with us helps support the protection of our oceans.

  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind.

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Why book with Polar Routes?

CHOICE
  • We can compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators.
  • From former Russian research vessels to larger and luxurious ships - there is an expedition cruise to suit you. 
  • Our Travel Specialists will help you choose the perfect expedition cruise for your requirements.
SPECIALISTS
  • We are the expedition cruise specialists and know all the polar destinations inside out.
  • Our expert team of Travel Specialists have extensive knowledge of all the expedition ships & operators.
  • All of our Travel Specialists have first-hand experience of expedition cruising to the polar regions.
VALUE
  • Our prices are the amongst the best in the business, with full package protection as standard.
  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind.
  • As supporters of the Marine Conservation Society, booking with us helps support the protection of our oceans.