Kat and Jim had a wonderful trip to Argentina, Antarctica and Chile in January - February 2016. The trip lasted for about a month and included Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Torres del Paine, Santiago and the Chilean Lake District.
The Sea Adventurer is a great option for those wanting to be a bit more active on their Antarctic adventure! Please read on for in depth reviews of the Sea Adventurer along with itineraries, a deck plan, rates and cruise availability. Call us in the UK or the US to discuss with an expert.
The Silver Explorer is one of the most luxurious of the Antarctic cruise ships. Please read on for in depth reviews of the ship along with itineraries, a deck plan, rates and cruise availability. Call us in the UK or the US to discuss with an expert.
The southernmost part of the Southern Ocean, the Ross Sea fills the large dent in the continent, just south of New Zealand. Home to the vast ice cliffs of the Ross Ice Shelf, this area is one of the most unforgiving and isolating parts of Antarctica. Due to the colder, more extreme conditions, fewer species are actually found here, but reaching the Ross Sea has one distinct appeal – it offers the chance to sail as close as you can get on a boat to the South Pole.
South Orkney Islands
The South Orkney Islands are another group of islands in the Southern Ocean, east of the South Shetland Islands. They are 375 miles northeast of the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, meaning they are usually visited on route to or from the Antarctic mainland. A huge sub-marine mountain range connects the South Orkney Islands to the Antarctic Peninsula. Surrounded by great icebergs and sea ice, the islands are visited less often as they are often shrouded in mist and can be difficult to land on.
South Georgia is a remote island in the South Atlantic, famous for its remarkably diverse wildlife and for being the resting site of the explorer, Ernest Shackleton. With almost double the amount of breeding birds than Antarctica, South Georgia has many draws for bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts alike.
One of the main reasons to embark on an Antarctic Cruise is, of course, to step foot on the Antarctic Peninsula itself. This thin string of islands, covered in a sheet of ice, juts away from the mainland and is shaped like a crooked finger pointing northwards towards South America. Covered in steep glaciated mountains and deep snow, it is virtually impossible to cross without flying over it, meaning most cruise boats will either head east or west to avoid it.
South Shetland Islands
Home to the greatest biological diversity in Antarctica, the South Shetland Islands are the first stop on any cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula. Positioned 600 miles south of Tierra del Fuego, the string of twenty islands, lie parallel to the North West Coast of the Antarctic Peninsula at the point where it juts upwards towards South America. Mostly made up of volcanic rock and bordering the Drake Passage, the islands are relatively warmer than other parts of Antarctica, making them a popular spot for wildlife and eye-catchingly colourful plants.
The Hebridean Sky has just had a 6.5 million dollar refurbishment and is definitely one of top boats in the Antarctic. Please read on for in depth reviews of the ship along with itineraries, a deck plan, rates and cruise availability. Call us in the UK or the US to discuss with an expert.