Polar Regions Antarctica Cruise

Antarctica Express Air Cruise

Explore Antarctica with the best of both worlds, by sailing there and flying back in a single week, starting in Ushuaia, Argentina, and ending in Punta Arenas, Chile (or reverse). Sail along the Beagle Channel, down to Cape Horn, and then across the famous Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands and Antarctica. Capitalize on Antarctica’s long days with Zodiac rides, onboard lectures and wildlife viewing alongside expert naturalist guides. For travelers who only have a week to explore the great White Continent, this is the perfect small ship cruise.

In Antarctica’s South Shetland Islands, spend a full day photographing icebergs, identifying sea birds, walking amid a penguin colony, spotting seals and whale watching. Activities go well into the evening to get the most out of your time here. This expedition expertly merges education, experience and science. Participate in interactive workshops, open discussions, photography workshops and Citizen Science programs that collect data in support of scientists around the world. Collect phytoplankton samples, document migrating whales, gather photos of wildlife with polar tags and conduct seabird surveys.

Sail to King George Island at Fildes Bay and then take a 2-hour flight back to Punta Arenas, skipping the usual second sailing across the Drake Passage. The flight back is aboard a BAE 146, AVRO RJ 85 or AVRO RJ 100 jet. Each aircraft features high wings and engineering for very short runway requirements, perfect for landing in Antarctica.

Passage is aboard the 67-guest Ocean Nova or the 76-guest Magellan Explorer. AdventureSmith recommends Magellan Explorer, as her 73 guest count makes her one of the smallest ships in Antarctica, allows for ample space on board for ultimate comfort and off-board passenger expedition experience. For these reasons and more, Magellan Explorer is an ideal ship for luxury Antarctica cruises.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Antarctica cruises and trips to Antarctica, including even more cruises with flights to Antarctica.