Luxury & Expedition Antarctica Cruises
Sail these intrepid seas in high comfort
More of a voyage than a cruise, sailing the Southern Oceans to explore Antarctica is both a privileged and unforgettable experience that can be done in the highest possible comfort and luxury.
The White Continent holds many a scene that you will not see anywhere else on Earth. From the bows of one our fine cruisers, watch a wild land mysterious to most unfold in front of you and board fully-equipped Zodiacs for getting up close to penguins, blue whales, orcas, fur seals and other remarkable wildlife solely suited to this most challenging of environments.
We offer you the choice of several state-of-the-art Cruise Ships with a range of comprehensive itineraries to Antarctica. Simply see below then call us for more detailed programs.
Our Top Antarctica Example Trips
Whatever you want your luxury tour or safari itinerary to include, we’ll create something fully bespoke for you… and only you.
Top ships for Antarctica cruises
- Silversea Explorer$$$$$Pass though waters of clear glass as you make your journey through giant icebergs from the comfort of your luxury suite, or venture up to the observation deck to be greeted by bellowing seal elephants and braying penguins – board the luxury Silversea Explorer expedition cruise ship and you’ll experience the staggering beauty of the earth’s last great wilderness, Antarctica. Each of the ten suites are handsomely appointed with space for up to 132 guests. Outside of your quarters, you’ll find the care and attention of 117 crew members, as well as a restaurant with vast ocean views and regional specialities; a lounge and bar where you can unwind with a nightcap; a theatre for expert-led talks; an extensive library; a fitness centre, spa and beauty salon; a boutique and ‘Connoisseur’s Corner’ offering exceptional cognacs and cigars. The purpose-built luxury expedition cruise ship can safely push through ice floes with ease, allowing you to navigate through one of the world’s most untouched landscapes. For intrepid explorers there’s a fleet of Zodiac boats and an expert Expedition team on hand to allow guests to adventure further into the unknown for an utterly unique experience. Cruises run for between 7 and 23 nights, with several itineraries to choose from. Speak to your travel designer about which options are best for you.
- Hebridean Sky$$$$$In April 2016, the Hebridean Sky underwent a multi-million dollar refurbishment and is one of the most sophisticated ships to venture to the White Continent. The luxury expedition vessel can accommodate up to 112 people, with 57 suites spread across five decks. All suites feature windows with exterior views so you can admire the beauty of Antarctica from the comfort of your room, as well as a sitting area and en-suite marble bathroom. During your voyage, you’ll be treated to world-class cuisine with daily changing menus and live entertainment. The spacious public areas include a wraparound deck and panoramic top deck observation platform to spot wildlife from, a library with computers, and a lounge which serves afternoon tea after expeditions. The ship comes with its own photographer to help guests and document your adventures in the White continent which include Zodiac cruising, hiking, camping and kayaking excursions.
- M/V Sea Spirit$$$$$Step aboard the M/V Sea Spirit and experience the majestic beauty of Antarctica in style. The 297-foot vessel allows guests to appreciate the wealth of wildlife and spectacular scenery in a welcoming and comfortable environment. Sit back and marvel at the ethereal ice scapes with towering peaks and sweeping glaciers, the playground for penguins, seals and whales. The M/V Sea Sprit operates an open bridge policy, so you can talk to the captain and officers and appreciate the landscape from this special and unique angle. The ship can accommodate 114 guests with cabins spread over five decks. Cabin size ranges from 20 to 43 sqm, and the top deck suites have their own private balconies. There is plenty of space in which to move to get the best views and to chat to fellow passengers about your experiences. Enjoy contemporary international cuisine in the restaurant, or enjoy a bite to eat while soaking up the views from the outdoor bistro, complete with Jacuzzi. There is a presentation lounge where lectures and briefings take place and a library with an extensive collection of polar books and DVDs to help you discover more about the fascinating white continent.
- Silver Cloud Expedition$$$$$After a sophisticated conversion that essentially makes her a brand-new ship, the Silver Cloud Expedition cruises the oceans of the world as one its most luxurious expedition vessels in its class with an unmatched crew to passenger ratio. Suites range in size from a comfortable 22m2 to a sprawling 122m2, all of which feature butler service to help you unpack and plan your daily adventures. Four out five suites include a veranda, meaning you can watch a breaching whale or a few cavorting penguins without leaving your room. Guest space is limited to just 200 passengers in polar waters, meaning that with her 18 zodiacs and a team of 19 handpicked passionate and dedicated experts – including marine biologists, geologists and ornithologists – shore excursions are shared in small groups of no more than 14 people. There are five on board dining options, with fine dining at Champagne to pasta in Le Terrazza, convivial meals in the Main Restaurant, eating out under stars at the Hot Rocks grill or private dining in your cabin. Also on board is a state of the art lecture theatre (lectures can also be live-streamed to your suite), library and spa while broad sweeping decks with multiple open spaces and a swimming pool complete this distinctive expedition vessel.
- MS Island Sky$$$$$Sister ship to the ever popular Hebridean Sky, the MS Island Sky boasts similarly spacious wood-paneled suites, all 57 with exterior views, a choice of a queen sized or twin beds, climate control, en suite bathrooms and sitting areas. Common areas well-appointed and include a large lounge on the Colombus Deck, an area for informative lectures and screenings, a piano bar, library and indoor and outdoor dining areas where you can enjoy wonderfully varied cuisine on your voyage. There’s also plenty of decking and viewing areas to watch the wild landscape of Antarctica pass by. The ship comes with its own photographer to document your adventures in the White continent which include Zodiac cruising, hiking and snowshoeing and kayaking excursions.
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When to go
During Antarctica's summer - November to March, with December to January being the optimal time. From mid to late December the penguin chicks start to hatch, and in January you will catch the feeding frenzy that ensues. February to early March is the best time to spot whales, and there are generally a good number of fur seals to be seen too.