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Antarctica, "The White Continent," surrounds the South Pole and its nearest landmass is South America. There are no indigenous people on Antarctica. The population varies from fewer than 1,000 in winter to nearly 35,000 in summer. Antarctic visits are mainly concentrated at ice-free coastal zones over the Antarctic summer, the five-month period from November to March.

A frosted wilderness of glistening white as far as the eye can see. Experience natural ice sculptures like enormous works of avant-garde art. See whales, seals, and sea birds worthy of seafaring poems. Sail near monolithic glaciers and among scatterings of icebergs on your Antarctica cruise. Astounding animal encounters – opportunities found nowhere else on earth. This is the modern explorer’s final frontier.

Ports Of Call

  • Ushuaia (Tierra Del Fuego) Argentina The capital of the Argentinean part of Tierra del Fuego boasts a spectacular setting. It is the southernmost city in the world. Originally founded as an outpost on the Beagle Channel by the South American Missionary Society, Ushuaia has developed into a fast-growing frontier town. Shared by Argentina and Chile, "The Land of Fire" features unforgettable scenery and trails of discovery framed by the sea, forests, lakes and mountains.
  • Antarctic Sound (Scenic cruising) Hope Bay (Esperanza Station), Paulet & Elephant Islands (Scenic Cruising).  At Hope Bay the scarlet chalets of Esperanza, an Argentine military and scientific station, stand in stark contrast to the white ice. On Paulet Island as several million Adélie penguins nest on every available beach. And at Elephant Island, hear the riveting account of Shackelton s ill-fated expedition and the crew s heroic daily struggle to survive
  • Beagle Channel (Scenic Cruising) The Beagle Channel is named after the ship, Beagle, which carried a young Charles Darwin to scientific prominence. Located at what was once described as the "end of the world," the channel traverses the remote and mysterious landscape of Tierra del Fuego or Land of Fire. Teeming with wildlife, this strange world provided Darwin an unprecedented abundance of research material. Today, sailing between Ushuaia in Argentina and Puerto Williams in Tierra del Fuego brings Darwin's adventures to life.
  • Cape Horn & Drake Passage Cape Horn marks the southernmost point of South America. The cape's steep and rocky cliffs rise up and extend into Drake Passage, where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet. Ancient mariners dreaded rounding the Cape because of its reputation for bad weather
  • Strait of Magellan Where the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans converge, the Straight of Magellan lies along the southern edge of South America and was named by Ferdinand Magellan around 1520. The strait, protected by both the mainland and the islands of the Tierra Del Fuego archipelago, was considered safer than Cape Horn or Drake Passage. Views of Chile from the strait include stunning vistas and landscapes, tiny coves and picturesque inlets
  • Whaler's Bay on Deception Island, with its warm springs and black volcanic sand.
  • Half Moon Island with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, famous for its large chinstrap penguin rookery, kelp gulls and Antarctic terns. Whale spotting is also common here.
  • Yankee Harbor home to a variety of seals and an estimated 4,000 gentoo penguin pairs. It is a common feeding area for whales as well.
  • Cuverville Island boasting the largest known colony of gentoo penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Neko Harbor off spectacular Errera Channel, home to hundreds of gentoo penguins, Weddell and elephant seals, is believed to be part of mainland Antarctica.
  • Almirante Brown in Paradise Harbor, named for its beauty, with ice cliffs and floating icebergs, home to gentoo and chinstrap penguins.
  • Petermann Island home of the southernmost gentoo penguin colony, blue-eyed shags and Adélie penguins nest here too.
  • Port Lockroy surrounded by mountains, glaciers and ice shelves, and known for its gentoo penguins and blue-eyed cormorants.
  • Wilhelmina Bay feeding ground for whales and seals.
  • Antarctic Sound where huge mile-long tabular icebergs can be seen. The sound is also home to an estimated half-million Adélie penguins as well as gentoo penguins, leopard seals and killer whales.
  • Brown Bluff on the coast of the Antarctic Sound at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. Adélie