Cruising into the Great White on an Antarctica Tour

by Jan 25, 2022

A tour to Antarctica is a true adventure due to the rugged, dreamy landscape of ice sheets, snowy mountains, and submerged icebergs. You’ll be amazed as you travel through polar waters, past ice floes and ancient glaciers, at the diversity of wildlife that thrives in this harsh, frozen environment. Watch a rookery of native Adélie penguins build rocky nests, walk along colonies of breeding fur seals congregated on black sand beaches, or marvel at the incredible wingspan of a gliding albatross.

Antarctica tours are only available between November and March. This is the summer season, and the austral sun provides the region with 20 hours of daylight every day from December to January. As temperatures rise, some ice melts, allowing ships to pass.

The dazzling white landscape of the world’s most remote continent is considered an expedition. Allow an Vibes group consultant to guide you through the planning and execution of this once-in-a-lifetime trip. We offer small-ship cruises with glass-domed observation lounges or all-boutique suite vessels with plush interiors and top-deck viewing platforms. Onboard, guests can enjoy cutting-edge amenities, gourmet meals, saunas, and a well-stocked library.

Avoid sailing across the choppy waters of the Southern Ocean’s Drake Passage by flying from Punta Arenas, Chile, to Frei Station on beautiful King George Island. Alternatively, you can sail the entire route, beginning your luxury cruise in Ushuaia, Argentina, at the southernmost tip of South America. Set aside to explore the white continent’s remote entrances.

Day trips on Zodiac rafts or kayaks explore Antarctica’s smaller channels and allow shore landings. Each expedition is unique, determined by the weather and wildlife, and enhanced by the presence of passionate polar naturalists who also arrange engaging lectures on the region’s geology, history, flora, and fauna. Former whaling outposts and research stations set against majestic mountains and sites such as Elsehul Bay, Salisbury Plains, Drygalski Fjord, and others are among the stops. Listen to the Gentoo penguins’ squawking on Cuverville Island, with bright orange beaks. Deception Island, forget the freezing temperatures and soak in a geothermal hot spring. Waters of the narrow Lemaire Channel, flanked by steep glacial cliffs, offer a completely different perspective on this extraordinary land. Antarctica is truly a pristine environment unrivalled in the world.

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