Looking for something different for your next holiday break? Maybe you’re staying at one of the many hotels in Argentina and want to experience something else. Taking an Antarctic cruise will offer you one of the most rewarding and unique travel experiences of your life.
A typical 11 Day Cruise departing from Ushuaia, Argentina, will take you through icy terrain, freezing waters and offer you glimpses of the native wildlife.
Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city is located on the Beagle Channel, between the Martial Range and the end of the world. It is a key access point to skiing at Cerro Castor and Glaciar Martial, wildlife adventures with penguins and orcas in the Beagle Channel, and Tierra del Fuego National Park. Of course, it’s also the port of call nearest Antarctica, and a unique destination for kayaking, sailing or having a drink in a warm hotel bar.
Begin your cruise on course to the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. On board the research vessel, the Ushuaia, you will be guided by expert staff and will learn about the region from experienced naturalists who specialize in Antarctic wildlifeLooking for something different for your next holiday break? Taking an Antarctic cruise will offer you one of the most rewarding and unique travel experiences of your life.
Albatross can be seen crossing the Drake Passage and massive penguin colonies fill the icy shoreline. Whales and seals frequent these polar waters and can be seen from the boat. Depending on the time of travel, you may be able to visit a scientific base and as the cruise heads further south, icebergs tower overhear and glistening glaciers catch the sunlight.
As the cruise heads through the icy fjords and narrow water ways, mountains literally rise out of the sea. Active glaciers crash into the icy water below, orcas puff water from their blowholes as they swim in the area.
Many cruises will simply take you through the icy region allowing you to take in the surroundings from the boat, however it is worth looking out for cruises that will make multiple landings, allowing you to explore the ice and get amongst the animal population safely.
Most antarctic cruises will include all meals for the full 11 days on board. They will also provide a full list of the required supplies to bring with you (thermal clothes etc.) Many tours can be taken from Invercargill in the far south of New Zealand and offer excellent accommodation to allow you to rest before and after your life-changing journey.
-Weave your way through regions of Icebergs and Active Glaciers
-Heavily populated wildlife areas where penguins, whales, sea birds and seals can be seen.
-A variety of terrain types over short distances, allowing you a diverse experience without a strenuous journey.
-All inclusive meals and medical staff to help in any situation.
-Active scientific location tours (time permitting)
-Stop-offs allowing you to get out and walk around, taking in the scenery first hand
Cruises take a limited amount of passengers to ensure you are able to enjoy the most relaxing journey possible. Informational lectures and videos are shown onboard to give you as much information as possible about the regions your are visiting.
At particular times of the year, the aurora australis can be seen on this tour; a once-in-a-lifetime experience in itself.
For more information about these tours, contact your local travel agent or search online. Many travel providers will now offer services to Antarctica either through their own business or through partners.