Penguins, icebergs, a top-notch Expedition Team — there are countless reasons why an Antarctica voyage is a true trip of a lifetime. Here are ten of our favorites.
1. Penguins, penguins, and more penguinsThe unofficial ambassadors of Antarctica, penguins come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from the small black-and-white Adélie to the orange-trimmed King, both found exclusively in the Antarctic region. Penguins have no innate fear of humans and visitors often find themselves approached by the curious birds.
2. Every picture is postcard-worthyIf you have a passion for photographing wildlife and spectacular scenery, Antarctica is the place for you. You’ll see animals you won’t find anywhere else, along with landscapes like the Lemaire Channel, fondly known as “Kodak Alley” for the incredible photo opportunities it affords. All the while, an onboard Photo Coach is at hand to help you capture that perfect shot.
3. An ever-changing landscape of iceWith its towering blue icebergs, Antarctica is like a vast, open-air museum of ever-changing sculptures, as awe-inspiring as any natural wonder on earth. Navigate among these floating giants on a nimble Zodiac boat, an expert pilot/guide providing insight.
4. Discover an incredible history of explorationAntarctica’s rich history is one of the most interesting things about it, and visitors discover a colorful legacy of larger-than-life explorers and adventurers. See the remnants of an old whaling station on South Georgia and drink a toast at the grave of Ernest Shackleton, who led his stranded expedition to safety without losing a single man.
5. A destination your family will never forgetAntarctica makes an unforgettable impression on young travellers, who get to unplug from the online world and immerse themselves in a one-of-a-kind wilderness. Kids see for themselves how climate change affects the world and learn about the region through fun, hands-on activities designed exclusively for them.
6. A region in transformationThe effects of global climate change are keenly noted in Antarctica, where rising sea levels and water temperatures have an immediate impact on the ecosystem. Antarctica is changing rapidly, making it all the more urgent to experience it now.
7. An experienced expedition team makes all the differenceThe secret to a great Antarctic voyage is your Expedition Team. Experts on everything from penguins to plankton, these men and women didn’t learn about Antarctica through books — they learned through years, even decades, of working and exploring in polar regions, and that experience gives them unique insights they share with you throughout the voyage.
8. Onboard lectures inform and enrichBefore each excursion ashore, an Expedition Team member delivers a lively, informal briefing that provides invaluable background and helps you get the most out of your visit. Topics range from the history of polar exploration to the migratory habits of seabirds, all delivered from a unique personal perspective that makes each subject come alive.
9. An expedition cruiser built for discoveryWhen it comes to cruising in Antarctica, bigger is not necessarily better. Smaller ships have more flexibility in ice-strewn waters, and a smaller passenger complement means everyone gets to go on every excursion — ships are only allowed to land so many people at once. Our vessels are exclusively chartered for just 199 guests, with each stateroom offering a private balcony.
10. Claim your seventh continent
For many, Antarctica is the destination that checks the seventh and last continent off their list of places to see. Setting foot on the White Continent is a thrilling moment for any traveller, one we want to share with everyone who craves inspiring adventure.