Polar Regions Antarctica Cruise

Antarctica Air Cruise

Experience Antarctica without crossing the stormy Drake Passage on this classic 8-day air cruise. A 2-hour plane flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island allows guests to arrive in Antarctica by air and explore by ship without the torment of too many days on rough seas. From King George Island, board the ship and cruise among the South Shetland Islands and along the Antarctic Peninsula. Experience daily shore landings and visits to amazing wildlife sites of the White Continent with expert Antarctic naturalist guides leading you through and lecturing about the Antarctic Continent.

An expedition like this merged 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.

This cruise operates round-trip flights across the Drake Passage 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. Then continue the expedition aboard the 67-guest Ocean Nova or the 76-guest Magellan Explorer. The newest ship to operate this trip is Magellan Explorer, an ideal base for luxury Antarctica cruises due to her high ice class rating, safety features, long-range ability, spacious cabins and boutique feel.

With three itineraries to choose from, travelers can craft the right way to fly to Antarctica and cruise for their needs. The main 8-day itinerary includes round-trip flights over the Drake Passage and provides a comprehensive introduction to Antarctica, with possible visits to places such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island and the Lemaire Channel. The longer 17-day alternative itinerary sails from Ushuaia, Argentina, and ends with a flight from Antarctica to Punta Arenas, Chile; this itinerary includes time exploring southern Elephant Island and South Georgia.

Read on for details about this trip, or to learn more about AdventureSmith’s many Antarctica cruise itineraries, including Falkland Islands and South Georgia cruises and other cruises with flights to Antarctica.