8 of the best Antarctica cruises to book now for 2023
By Claire Benktander | 6 Jan 2023
As we mark the 100th anniversary of Ernest Shackleton’s death, there’s never been a better time to explore the world’s final frontier – Antarctica.
Top 8 Antarctica cruises to book now
If a journey to the great White Continent of Antarctica is on your bucket-list, a cruise is the only way to explore. So, we’ve compiled a list of seven of the very best Antarctica cruises to book now for 2023.
Antarctica, Chilean Fjords and Falklands with Hurtigruten
Take inspiration from Shackleton himself and experience the unique beauty of Patagonia, Antarctica and the Falkland Islands with Hurtigruten’s tour of the world’s remotest region.
Alongside a possible landing at the famous Cape Horn, you’ll spot such wildlife as penguins, seals, whales and more as you embark on ice-cruising and landing activities, led by Hurtigruten’s expert Expedition Team.
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Antarctica with Silversea
Go on the ultimate journey of a lifetime with Silversea‘s Antarctica voyage. Beginning and ending in Chile on the luxurious Silver Cloud, Silversea’s luxury cruise sails the famed Drake Passage before calling in at the South Shetland Islands and exploring the Antarctic Peninsula over four magical days.
That’s alongside complimentary in-country flights, transfers, pre-cruise hotel, butler service, award winning food and wine and endless included shore experiences and Zodiac trips.
Antarctica & Patagonia with Seabourn
Pair Antarctica’s majesty and pristine beauty with a luxury cruise with Seabourn. Accompanied by a veteran Expedition Team, you’ll enjoy the likes of inclusive zodiac tours and landings, digital photography workshops, enrichment programmes and much more.
Ports of call include the picturesque Tierra del Fuego and the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia, alongside discovering the unique flora and fauna of Antarctica, like whales and penguins, on kayaks and hikes.
Antarctica on board Aurora Expeditions’ new expedition ship
Discover Aurora Expeditions‘ spectacular new ship, Sylvia Earle, which honours the marine biologist, oceanographer and explorer of the same name, on a luxury Antarctica voyage with Aurora.
Purpose-built for expeditions to the most remote places on earth, Sylvia Earle features expansive observation decks, a lecture lounge, Zodiac launching platforms, gym and wellness centre and jacuzzi, with just 130-140 other passengers ensuring an intimate experience.
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Cultural Antarctica Expedition with Swan Hellenic
Explore Antarctica with Swan Hellenic’s new cultural expedition line, set to offer five-star expedition ships in a modern Scandinavian-inspired design, that showcase the natural world.
Expect enriching cultural expeditions among the Antarctic’s icebergs and glaciers as you walk on beaches among elephant seals, albatrosses, penguins, birdlife and breaching whales accompanied by Swan Hellenic’s polar experts. Back at base, you’ll enjoy personal, five-star service, gourmet dining and luxury facilities on board.
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Explore the Antarctic on Viking Cruises’ first expedition ship
Follow in the footsteps of Amundsen, Shackleton and Scott as you discover the world’s last truly wild frontier on Viking’s brand-new expedition ship, Octantis. The cruise line’s first expedition ship, Octantis has been built specifically to explore the world’s most remote destinations and allow you to immerse yourself in the unique region.
It’s all done along Viking’s signature brand of laidback luxury, with suites offering the likes of private balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows to look out onto the area’s towering glaciers, snow-covered landscapes and immense icebergs.
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Discover the Antarctic with Ponant
Set out on a true expedition on board Ponant’s expedition ship, Le Commandant Charcot, the very first hybrid-electric polar exploration ship powered by LNG. In collaboration with National Geographic Expeditions, Ponant’s cruises will land on the small volcanic inlet of Peter I Island, on which only a few people have set foot, as well as approaching Charcot Island, named by Captain Charcot himself.
You’ll discover the region with kayaking and snowshoeing and help scientists with their discoveries before returning to Le Commandant Charcot‘s French-style luxury each night, featuring an indoor swimming pool, gourmet panoramic restaurants and much more.
Explore from submarines & helicopters with Scenic
Discover Antarctica, South Georgia, The Falklands and the Chilean Fjords in luxury with Scenic, with submarines and helicopters on board designed for flightseeing over the region, alongside Zodiac rides, glacier walks and kayaking among minke, humpback and killer whales (orcas).
You’ll also join Scenic’s Discovery historians on board for historic excursions, like visiting the final resting place of Ernest Shackleton in Grytviken, exploring the first sealer’s camps in the South Shetland Islands and discovering abandoned whaling stations on South Georgia.
What to pack on an Antarctica cruise
Here’s what you’ll need to pack to stay warm on your expedition cruise, whether you’re spotting breaching whales from on board the deck, kayaking among glaciers or enjoying a drink at the bar.
- Parka (or your cruise line will often give you these)
- Wind and waterproof trousers (or your cruise line will often give you these)
- Woolly layers
- Thick socks
- Thin woollen socks
- Waterproof walking boots
- Casual clothes
- Thick gloves and underlayer gloves
- Face mask
- Suncream and lip balm
- Camera (and waterproof bag)
- Seasickness medication