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Fantastic Antarctica Cruise

Updated on January 21, 2016
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Just when you think you have seen it all, from New York City's Statue of Liberty, to Paris' Eiffel Tower, or China's Great Wall to Peru’s Machu Picchu, along comes a destination that raises your traveling experience several notches higher.

Welcome to Antarctica - the coolest place on planet Earth, where the sun shines for more than 20 hours a day.

The best part of going on a trip to one of the world's most awe-inspiring places is not just the destination; it is the journey itself. Seeing your surroundings change from land, to sea, to scattered ice and finally the pack ice itself is an unforgettable experience.

Seeing penguins in their natural environment and watching humpback whales surface making every photograph you take an entry for a National Geographic competition.

Talk about having a different kind of adventure from your usual sightseeing trips to Spain!


The journey to Antarctica is not as easy as just boarding a ship, sleeping for a few hours, and then waking among the icebergs. There are many challenging things about this iconic journey.

Crossing a large mass of ice-cold water presents its own problems and can be quite an over whelming experience, and certainly an unforgettable. There is very little risk since the ships are perfectly suited to the conditions, and the crew are exerts at expedition style journeys, and safety is always a high priority, but it is a wild and unforgiving environment and that may not suit everyone.

You need to be a true adventurer at heart because these trips are life changing experiences.


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There are two ways to go on an expedition to Antarctica. The first is by sea, which is recommended by most people who have tried both ways. It means going from port to port exploring as your journey progresses, it is a very interesting and educational way to experience this whole adventure.

Most seas journeys to the biggest, natural ice-skating rink in the world take about 10-14 days so this is a long boat ride.

Don’t be shocked if your trip is a few days longer. The ship's captain estimates the arrival of the ship by the distance and the amount of ice that is present in the sea. If he and his crew think that it is too dangerous to cross a sea full of sharp-edged icebergs, the journey will have to wait until the ice floats away, making the sea "passable" again.

This trip takes time and flexibility.


If you don’t like the sound of a long sea journey, do not lose hope. There is a way to cut down the amount of sea time by traveling to Antarctica by plane.

The plane does not land directly on the ice but on one of the many ports of South America, or on the remote islands such as Stanley, Hobart, or Ushuaia in Argentina.

Once you arrive at one of these ports you will have a 6-7 day trip by sea. While this may be a faster way of getting to Antarctica, it is not the best way because you will miss a lot of things traveling by plane, but if time is short then is it perfectly doable.

A trip to the Antarctic will be a once in a lifetime experience and something that you will probably need to save up for! But you can be sure that it will be money well spent.


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Adventure Travel Companies like G Adventures, Intrepid Travel and Imaginative Traveller all have expedition style trips on their sites. Here are the links:

You will also have the pleasure of your fellow travellers’ company. They will be people like you who are equally thrilled by the experience. Not only that, but accompanying you will be expert guides and scientists who will give lectures and explanations and a commentary on everything you see in order to enhance the experience, and ensure you get as much from your cruise as possible.

Expeditions with these wonderful companies will take you to places like Drake’s Passage, the Beagle Channel, which takes you to the Falkland Islands, where you will see amazing bird life and penguins on the rocks. Travel through the Antarctic Convergence as you head on to South Georgia. This is Shackleton territory!

G adventures have the most amazing Kayaking and camping opportunities – imagine becoming a part of this foreboding and awe-inspiring landscape by sleeping in a tent or kayaking through sheltered bays and coming up close to the enormous ice bergs. Quite an experience! Here’s the link for more details about these incredible add-ons:

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from Perth UK

      Wouldn't it be amazing :) People go there each year - all I have to do is save my pennies!! Let me know when you go and I'll tag along lol! Thanks so much for your visit.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      I have dreamed of going to Antarctica for years. It would be the ultimate check on my list. Talk about an adventure :)

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from Perth UK

      Would you turn down a trip to the Antarctic because you don't like the cold? I'd love to go there - It would be a dream come true - oh well maybe one day! Thanks very much indeed for your visit.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I hate cold but I love the photos!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      It would indeed. Let me know if you go. I only know one person who went on one and - well can you imagine what his photos are like. Thanks very much indeed for your visit.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I have never thought seriously about exploring Antarctica, but your hub makes it sound very tempting. The photos are wonderful! Going on a cruise to Antarctica would be a truly amazing experience.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      I totally agree and I think adventure travel companies are playing their part in that. These very expensive trips help fund scientific research in the area. Also, the trips are very carefully monitored, there are vast areas where they do not allow people to explore by foot for example.

      What an exciting and very interesting life some people lead! Thanks for your visit I really do appreciate it.

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      A jaw-droppingly and awe-inspiring region to visit, with more than a touch of the unknown and danger about the place. I'm sure a vist there will make most travellers even more determined, on their return home, to protect this beautiful but fragile place from erosion by global warming. Great article and excellent photos.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      Imagine what it must be like to actually go there! Thanks for your visit - I really do appreciate it.

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      dr.wahid pirzada 3 years ago from Ahmedabad, India

      Wow it was so chilling and thrilling even reading the hub!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      I do a lot of dreaming with my site! Maybe one day eh Merry - we could meet up in Argentina and head on off down to see the penguins - Perhaps Jackie Nancy, Lori et al will join us too!! LOL Thanks for your visit.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      What a wonderful adventure it sound like. I doubt I will make it on this one, but it fascinates me anytime I read about the Arctic or Antarctic. Thanks for the great photos too.