Cruise to Antarctica

A world of ice, rock and staggering beauty, those lucky enough to cruise to Antarctica in the comforts of an expedition ship will find the experience simply incomparable.  Often the last continent to be ticked off a bucket list, sailing the protected channels of the Antarctica Peninsula delivers unique wildlife (penguins!) adventures (camp overnight on the ice), camaraderie, and more scenic wonders than your poor camera will handle.  Delve into the historical hardships of the first explorers, and toast your good fortune amidst giant icebergs and breaching humpback whales.

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Length of Trip : 2 weeks

Cost : Starting at US$8,000 per person for a triple share cabin.  Click here for more pricing, options and itineraries. Single supplements are available.  Does not include transportations to the launch port of Ushuaia, Argentina.

Best time to go : October to March

Wheelchair friendly : No, but call to see if arrangements can be made.

Family friendly : The voyages are not geared towards children, but One Ocean does encourage families with children on their voyages. Contact them to discuss if you plan on bringing kids under 16.

Where to eat : All meals are served on board the ship (either the Akademik Sergey Vavilov or the Akademik Ioffe).  Lunch and breakfast are buffet style, dinner is plated with multiple options. Fresh salads and vegetarian options available at every meal. The cooks do an incredible job!  Cocktails and tea are served throughout the day in the Bar.

Official Site : One Ocean Expeditions Take an expedition cruise to Antarctica with World Expeditions

Where to Stay : I stayed in the comfortable and central 4-star Hotel Pestana in Buenos Aires. In Ushuaia, the Fueguino Hotel was great.  Both were suggested and arranged by One Ocean Expeditions.

Getting There : You'll have to fly to Buenos Aires, and connect with a domestic flight to Ushuaia (there are daily flights during the summer season).  You'll definitely want to explore Buenos Aires for a few days, and Ushuaia is a gateway to the magnificent Torres del Paine National Park. Budget to arrive in Ushuaia a couple days early just in case weather is playing havoc with itineraries. One Ocean can arrange airport transfers and local accommodation.  

Note from Robin : Considering these are working research ships, the cabins are comfortable and the ship spotless.  There are a maximum of 96 passengers and 10 zodiacs for on-shore expeditions, so you won't be waiting all day.  Survival suits and boots are provided, and your safety is paramount.  While the Russian crew are responsible for the ship, the One Oceans staff are mostly North American and delightfully affable!   Weather wise, Antarctica is all over the map, but is generally warmer than you'd think it is.  As for sea-sickness: you either suffer or you don't.  I recommend the patch over Gravol, which zonked me out for a couple days (although technically, the Drake Shake was to blame!). OOE have an excellent FAQ with more info here.

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