Antarctica Cruises

Overview

Plunge into the planet’s most enchanting and challenging landscapes on a luxury cruise of Antarctica and sail through the glittering, ice-encrusted waters of the Southern Ocean. Experience a southern wilderness of towering frozen mountains and icebergs and see penguins amble along the shores and sight hunting orcas if you’re lucky.

On your adventure, take in the fjords of the Antarctic Peninsula and the sheltered nature hotspots of Whaler’s Bay and Pendulum Cove. Visit Deception Island, the largest active volcano in the region, where volcanic activity formed a natural harbour bubbling with steaming lagoons and hot springs; do you dare take the Polar plunge!?

The forbidding landscapes offer many adventure opportunities for the would-be explorer. Explore the bays, islets and shore by zodiac boats and on foot as standard whilst some vessels offer kayaking, snow shoeing and even mountaineering. All the while, you’ll be accompanied by expert polar guides sharing their knowledge and experience of the wildlife, history and geology of Antarctica.

The wildlife that thrives on Antarctica’s icy planes and waters is some of the most fascinating on Earth. The nutrient-rich ocean attracts mating whales from November to March with numbers increasing the closer to March, so look out for humpbacks, minks, orcas and even the gliding shadow of the blue whale.

Once you step foot on the islands and Antarctic continent, expect to mingle with colonies penguins, leopard seals and flocks of petrels and blue-eyed shags skimming across the silent ice. Being virtually unpopulated, the fauna is usually unafraid and even uninterested in passing humans.

Lightfoot’s team are on hand to guide through one of the world’s most inaccessible landscapes, all from the comfort of a luxury cruise ship. With our first-hand knowledge of Antarctica and the various ships we are here to help design the perfect experience for you.

Antarctica Cruises Itineraries

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Akademik Ioffe

Arctic, Antarctica, Luxury Arctic Cruises, Antarctica Cruises

Experience the ultimate Arctic or Antarctic adventure aboard the Akademik Ioffe with One Ocean Expeditions, an innovative, small ship polar cruise company offering exceptional personalised s…

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Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Arctic, Antarctica, Luxury Arctic Cruises, Antarctica Cruises

Set sail on an unforgettable adventure aboard the Akademik Sergey Vavilov with One Ocean Expeditions. This small ship polar cruise company specialises in once-in-a-lifetime cruise experience…

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Island Sky

Antarctica Cruises

Introducing the MS Island Sky, an all-suite, all-inclusive small expedition vessel with elegance imbued throughout. Constructed in an Italian Shipyard using the finest techniques, and re-rel…

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M/V Ushuaia

Antarctica, Antarctica Cruises

M/V Ushuaia is one of the smaller expeditionary ships we offer in Antarctica, accommodating only 88 passengers across 44 cabins. This well-appointed ice-strengthened polar vessel provides go…

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National Geographic Explorer

Arctic, Antarctica, Luxury Arctic Cruises, Antarctica Cruises

The National Geographic Explorer, first introduced in 2008, is the flagship of Lindblad Expeditions’ impressive fleet. A state of the art expedition ship, she is one of the most technologi…

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National Geographic Orion

Arctic, Antarctica, Luxury Arctic Cruises, Antarctica Cruises

National Geographic Orion, owned and operated by Lindblad Expeditions, is a purpose built, state-of-the-art expedition ship designed to explore Antarctica and Arctic as well as Europe. W…

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Ocean Nova

Antarctica, Antarctica Cruises

Offering an exclusive combination of flying and sailing, an Antarctica cruise aboard the M/V Ocean Nova makes it possible for adventurers to explore one of the most remote and inhospitable p…

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Ortelius

Arctic, Antarctica, Luxury Arctic Cruises, Antarctica Cruises

Ortelius was built in Poland in 1989 and began life as a Russian Research vessel perfect for playing the waters of the Arctic with its ice-strengthened hull. This high ice classification ena…

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Plancius

Antarctica, Antarctica Cruises

The stately Plancius was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy. The 293-foot ship sailed for the Navy for almost 30 years and in 2009, after being comple…

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Sea Adventurer

Antarctica, Antarctica Cruises

Sea Adventurer is a 101-metre passenger ship that lives up to its name, carrying travellers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world. The boat will undergo a multi-million dollar …

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Sea Spirit

Antarctica, Antarctica Cruises

Sea Spirit is a luxury all-suite expedition ship accommodating up to 114 passengers across 53 outside cabins with exterior views. Built in Italy in the early 90s and refurbished to an excell…

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Silver Explorer

Arctic, Antarctica, Luxury Arctic Cruises, Antarctica Cruises

The Silversea Explorer is one of the most luxurious ships to sail the waters of Antarctica and the Arctic. She was designed for Polar exploration with an ice strengthened hull and offers an …

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The Hebridean Sky

Antarctica, Antarctica Cruises

The Hebridean Sky (formerly the Sea Explorer) is a small expedition ship with an ice-strengthened hull accommodating up to 110 passengers. Following a 6.5 million dollar re-fit, she is perfe…

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