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Poseidon Expeditions - your polar cruise operator

Antarctica / Antarctic Peninsula

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with our Antarctic cruises. Explore the breathtaking Antarctic Peninsula region, where majestic humpback whales gracefully roam. Our Antarctic cruises offer a unique opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of this pristine wilderness while encountering remarkable wildlife. Join us for an unforgettable journey to the heart of Antarctica

All about Antarctic Peninsula cruises

Want to see the best of Antarctica? Our Antarctic Peninsula tours combine the highlights of wildlife, nature and history with active adventure traveling. Come aboard our small but comfortable expedition ship, the Sea Spirit, for the trip of a lifetime and join a small group of like-minded travelers.

It’s not just a vacation; it’s a real expedition cruise. Learn about the region from our onboard experts and join exciting science projects. Need to advance your photography skills? Join our free workshop and become a pro for when you hit the most scenic spots on the cruise.

Fully immerse yourself into the polar magic on this authentic Antarctica cruise. Explore in our small inflatable Zodiac boats, cruise amid gigantic icebergs or join our kayaking group and discover the Antarctic Peninsula from a whole new angle. Land on the most remote shores and hike with our professional guides to the best viewing spots. And for real adventurers, we offer camping under the stars of the Southern Hemisphere, right on the shores of Antarctica.


Why travel with Poseidon Expeditions?

Poseidon Expeditions is one of the leading operators of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. Since 1999, we’ve offered voyages that combine the spirit of adventure with a generous measure of onboard comfort and well-being, along with educational enrichment.

Why travel with us?
M/V Sea Spirit – Tiny but Mighty

M/V Sea Spirit – Tiny but Mighty

With a maximum capacity of just 114 passengers, we usually operate with 100 guests off the ship. It maximizes our travelers' time ashore because there is no need for splitting passengers into groups for landing rotations as required on larger ships.

A real polar expedition

A real polar expedition

Experience active exploration of the polar regions through a variety of activities. Weather permitting, we schedule up to 3 excursions per day and offer optional kayaking and, in Antarctica, camping. Enrich your polar knowledge in an engaging and interactive way through Poseidon’s edutainment program.

24 years of polar cruising

24 years of polar cruising

Polar cruising is our passion and expertise and over the past 24 years, we’ve gained tremendous experience building a strong team of enthusiastic polar professionals who are all experts in their field. Each cruise is a thoughtfully crafted expedition voyage.

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Highlights

ENCHANTING WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS

ENCHANTING WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS

Antarctica is teeming with a diverse array of captivating wildlife, from adorable penguins to majestic seals and graceful seabirds. Observing their natural behaviors and interactions in this pristine environment is an extraordinary and unforgettable experience, offering a rare glimpse into the wonders of nature.

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SPECTACULAR LANDSCAPES

SPECTACULAR LANDSCAPES

Antarctica unveils some of the planet's most awe-inspiring and dramatic landscapes. Towering, snow-covered peaks, rugged coastlines, and expansive glaciers paint a breathtaking panorama for your expedition. For nature enthusiasts and photographers alike, exploring this untouched wilderness promises a visual feast like no other.

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LAST DISCOVERED CONTINENT

LAST DISCOVERED CONTINENT

As one of the last continents to be discovered on Earth, Antarctica exudes a sense of exploration and adventure that few places can match. Its remote and unspoiled beauty offers a unique opportunity to follow in the footsteps of early explorers, connecting with a pivotal chapter in human history. Stepping onto this historically significant landmass is an experience of profound significance.

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Antarctic Peninsula
Antarctic Peninsula Antarctic Peninsula map route

US$ 8 895

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Sea Kayaking Camping Photography

Antarctic Peninsula Antarctic Peninsula map route

US$ 9 695

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Sea Kayaking Camping Photography

Antarctic Circle
Antarctic Circle Antarctic Circle map route

US$ 11 112

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Sea Kayaking Camping Photography

Departures

Itinerary Dates Days Activities Special Offer Rates from
Antarctic Peninsula
Realm of Penguins & Icebergs
10 Dec - 20 Dec 2023 11 Sea Kayaking Camping Photography
US$ 8 895
per person
Antarctic Peninsula
Christmas in Antarctica
19 Dec - 29 Dec 2023 11 Sea Kayaking Camping Photography
US$ 9 695
per person
Antarctic Peninsula
New Year in Antarctica
28 Dec - 07 Jan 2024 11 Sea Kayaking Camping Photography
US$ 10 295
per person
Antarctic Circle
Crossing 66º South Latitude
25 Jan - 08 Feb 2024 15 Sea Kayaking Camping Photography Black Friday Up to 50% off*
US$ 12 295
US$ 11 112
per person
Antarctic Peninsula
Realm of Penguins & Icebergs
07 Feb - 18 Feb 2024 12 Sea Kayaking Camping Photography
SOLD OUT
Antarctic Peninsula
Realm of Penguins & Icebergs
06 Dec - 17 Dec 2024 12 Sea Kayaking Camping Photography
US$ 10 095
per person
Antarctic Peninsula
Christmas in Antarctica
16 Dec - 27 Dec 2024 12 Sea Kayaking Camping Photography
US$ 10 095
per person
Antarctic Peninsula
New Year in Antarctica
26 Dec - 06 Jan 2025 12 Sea Kayaking Camping Photography
US$ 10 595
per person
Antarctic Circle
Crossing 66º South Latitude
24 Jan - 07 Feb 2025 15 Sea Kayaking Camping Photography
US$ 12 795
per person
Antarctic Peninsula
Realm of Penguins & Icebergs
06 Feb - 17 Feb 2025 12 Sea Kayaking Camping Photography
SOLD OUT
Antarctic Peninsula
Realm of Penguins & Icebergs
16 Feb - 27 Feb 2025 12 Sea Kayaking Camping Photography
US$ 10 095
per person

What you can see on the Antarctic Peninsula Cruise

Different travelers have different expectations for their Antarctic cruise. You may come for the wildlife, see various penguin species, learn about marine mammals or immerse yourself in the rich history of Antarctic explorers – we cover it all.

Got your camera ready? The Gerlache Strait, with its glacier-covered mountains and blue waters, is one of the most picturesque places on Earth. Wildlife lovers will be ecstatic about an abundance of penguins, humpback and killer whales, weddell, crabeater and leopard seals.

Antarctic Peninsula Expeditions

Antarctic Peninsula

Depart from Ushuaia, Argentina aboard the Sea Spirit and cross the infamous Drake Passage to the White Continent. Discover the South Shetland Islands and their iconic wildlife. Sail the Weddell Sea, the northernmost part of mainland Antarctica and continue south to the Gerlache Strait, one of the most picturesque places on Earth with its glacier-covered mountains, blue icebergs and crystal-clear waters.

Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula

Leave Ushuaia, Argentina aboard the Sea Spirit for your first stop on your Antarctic Peninsula expedition cruise: The Falkland Islands. It’s a birder’s paradise with albatross and penguin rookeries on idyllic farmsteads. From there we continue to South Georgia Island, where pristine beaches bustling with penguins and seals, framed by an alpine landscape, await you. Embark on your final stop, the Antarctic Peninsula.

Crossing the Antarctic Circle

Looking for a unique voyage? From Ushuaia, Argentina we’ll cross the infamous Drake Passage aboard the Sea Spirit and catch our first glimpse of the White Continent passing the South Shetland Islands. Enjoy their rich iconic Antarctic wildlife. Continue to the Gerlache Strait, framed with glacier-covered mountains and look out for iconic marine mammals and penguins. From there, if weather and ice conditions allow, we push further south than any other cruise, crossing the Antarctic Circle.

About the Antarctic Peninsula

Geography

Mountains with peaks as high as 3,184m (Mount Jackson) dominate the peninsula, with terrain similar to that of Tierra del Fuego. The surrounding islands, as well as the peninsula itself, feature volcanos. Antarctic tundra dominates the landscape, as well as glaciers and pack ice in coastal areas.

Climate

You’ll find the mildest temperatures on the entire continent here, with Antarctic summers featuring around 1 to 2 °C in January, while winters range from -15 to -20°C. While you find little to no precipitation in continental Antarctica, the Antarctic Peninsula gets rain occasionally

History

Even though Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen was likely to spot the Antarctic Peninsula first on January 27th, 1820, credit goes to Edward Bransfield and William Smith who were the first to discover the peninsula as part of the Antarctic continent three days later. Different discoverers gave the peninsula various names: Trinity Peninsula, Graham Land and Palmer Peninsula, until it finally became known as the Antarctic Peninsula in 1964.

Wildlife Preservation

The krill-rich ocean feeds an abundance of wildlife around the peninsula: penguins, seals, whales and seabirds. Chinstrap, emperor, gentoo and adélie penguin dominate the Antarctic peninsula, with ample space for their rookeries. The Antarctic Treaty System protects the ecosystem of the peninsula. Ecotourism and sustainable tour operators play a significant part in preserving their habitat and minimizing human impact.

Top Things to See

Drake Passage

Shortly after leaving Ushuaia on the cruise ship, we will cross the infamous Drake Passage. Thanks to our ship’s stabilizing fins, you can enjoy wildlife viewing such as humpback and fin whales in comfort.

Iconic Wildlife
You’ll see plenty of wildlife on the Antarctic Peninsula. Pinnipeds such as weddell, crabeater and leopard seals, as well as humpback and killer whales, live in the adjoining waters. If you are a penguin lover, you will love to see their boisterous nesting colonies! For the best king penguin encounters, we recommend you book one of our cruises that includes South Georgia Island.

South Shetland Islands
As the northernmost islands of Antarctica, the South Shetlands feature tundra vegetation such as mosses, lichens and algae. As they’re surrounded by krill-rich waters, be sure to look out for seabirds, seals and penguins while taking a stroll on the volcanic sand beaches.

Neko Harbour
Picturesque mountains surround this bay, where you can also see chinstrap penguin colonies.

Enterprise Island
Discover the rusty shipwreck of former Norwegian whaling ship Guvernoren, which sank after a fire in 1915.

Gerlache Strait
A must-see on your Antarctic Peninsula voyage! Pristine landscapes, spectacular glaciers and mountains frame its crystal-clear waters.

Lemaire Channel
Known as the “Kodak Gap” for its picture-perfect scenery, this narrow iceberg-filled channel is the pinnacle of Antarctic photography!

Port Lockroy
Explore the modern-day British scientific station Port Lockroy and visit its museum and gift shop. You can even send Antarctic greetings to your loved ones at home from their post office.

Plan you Antarctic Peninsula Tour

How to get to the Antarctic Peninsula

Our expedition cruises begin in Ushuaia or Buenos Aires, where you will board our small expedition ship, the Sea Spirit. You have to arrange your own tickets to and from the departure port. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. You will then board our ship to begin the journey.

Visa control

Depending on your nationality, you may need a visa to enter Argentina. We are happy to advise you on visa arrangements, the required set of documents and can also assist with contacting the relevant consulates. Please reach out and we’ll be glad to help!

Antarctic Peninsula Ships

An epic expedition cruise requires a small expedition ship with all the luxuries that you can dream of. Designed for only 114 passengers, the Sea Spirit features multiple cabin categories. Enjoy deluxe meals in the restaurant, a bite at the outdoor bistro, tea and coffee around the clock in the club lounge and a drink at the bar. Check out the polar library or listen to a lecture in the presentation hall. The Sea Spirit is also equipped with its own gym. We also take along our small inflatable expedition boats (Zodiacs), in which you will cruise close-up to the icebergs and wildlife and do landings. Our state-of-the-art expedition vessel is equipped with stabilizing fins to make your stay comfortable during rough weather at sea.

When to visit the Antarctic Peninsula

We cruise during the Antarctic summer months (December to March). It’s the best time to visit and temperatures are relatively mild, around 1 to 2°C. But weather can still change suddenly. Expect sunshine, wind and snow in any combination.

Facts about the Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula covers roughly 522,000 km2, with 80% of it covered in ice. The peninsula stretches over 1,500km. January features temperatures around 1 to 2°C versus -15°C in winter. There are no permanent residents on the peninsula. On the entire White Continent, there are currently 70 permanent research stations representing 29 different countries. Thanks to the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, the waters surrounding Antarctica and the Antarctic peninsula are rich with nutritious krill, the main food source for the iconic wildlife of the region.

FAQ

Do I need travel insurance?

Consider dressing in layers. Warm undergarments (wool or synthetics), middle layers made of polar fleece or wool, wind- and waterproofs as top layers, comfortable shoes for onboard activities, hats, gloves and sunglasses. We’ll provide boots for the duration of your trip for shore excursions.

Is there internet, email or telephone on board?

Free Wi-Fi is available on your cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula.

What clothes should I pack for Antarctic Peninsula?

While in the Antarctic summer the temperatures on the Antarctic Peninsula average around 2°C, we still recommend warm thermal undergarments (not cotton), polar fleece and wool and layering your clothes. Waterproof and windproof outer clothes, as well as a hat, scarf and gloves are a must to explore the snowy hills of Antarctica. We’ll have our warm expedition parka available on board, which you can take home with you, as well as rubber boots for landings, which are yours for the duration of the trip. Click here to review our check-list on what clothes to bring.

Am I going to get seasick?

It depends on several factors and your personal condition. Consult your physician prior to your cruise and carry the recommended preventative medication. Our ship has stabilizing fins to reduce pitching and rolling during the Drake Passage crossing.

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