Our small ship expedition cruises to Antarctica are limited to 198 passengers, ensuring each guest enjoys an authentic, highly personal experience. Guests can choose from our 10-day, 13-day or 19-day voyages.
Departures are available in the southern hemisphere's summer months of November to March. Characterized by stable weather and tolerable temperatures, the austral summer brings life to the otherwise jagged coastlines of Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands. The season is short and animals are working hard preparing for their young's arrival before ice once again encapsulates the Great White Continent.
Baleen whales benefit from feeding on large quantities of krill. Leopard seals and orcas acrobatically chase fish. Seals go ashore to birth their cubs and return to their curious ways. Birds, including countless numbers of albatross, great skua, sheathbills, arctic tern and storm petrel, nest wherever there is space. Thousands of penguins behave almost human – gathering into colonies that rival most big cities, leaping into the water, waddling in their well-tailored tuxedos, nestling their babies and teaching the next generation to swim.
As we glide into the calm, pristine Antarctic waters, only the songs of nature and crackling of ice are audible, serve as a wonderful reminder – we are in the Antarctic!
With a vastly different topography from the Arctic, 98% of the Great White Continent is covered in ice by smooth ice-sheet and glaciated mountains with volcanoes. Sculptural white icebergs, ice floes and deep blue seas flank the barren, rocky coastlines, which are home to moss, lichens, liverworts and even two small flowering plants – the Antarctic pearwart and Antarctic hair grass. Reaching further northward, the sub-antarctic islands and Falklands have tundra-like landscapes.
Find out more about the different regions below.