Antarctic Peninsula

Cruise into a world of beautiful stark landscapes and a surprisingly vast array of wildlife.

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Cruises to Antarctic Peninsula

Up to $4150 discount

Weddell Sea - In search of the Emperor Penguin incl. helicopters

OTL23-16

A true expedition, our Weddell Sea cruise sets out to explore the range of the Emperor Penguins near Snow Hill Island. We will visit the area via helicopter and see a variety of other birds and penguins including Adélies and Gentoos.

Cruise date:

27 Nov - 7 Dec, 2016

Price:

$12800 $8650 $4150 discount

Up to $2450 discount

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

OTL21-16

A 20-day cruise to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia & the Antarctic Peninsula. Visit some of the most beautiful arrays of wildlife on Earth. This journey will introduce you to at least 6 species of penguin and a whole lot of Antarctic fur seals!

Cruise date:

30 Oct - 18 Nov, 2016

Price:

$12150 $9700 $2450 discount

Up to $875 discount

Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Plancius

PLA21-16

The Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Plancius cruise offers you a myriad of ways to explore and enjoy the Antarctic Region. This expedition allows you to hike, snowshoe, kayak, go mountaineering, and even camp out under the Southern Polar skies.

Cruise date:

8 Nov - 18 Nov, 2016

Price:

$8750 $7875 $875 discount

Up to $1050 discount

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

OTL25-17

This Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula cruise is an animal-lover’s dream come true. The expedition explores one of the last untamed areas on Earth – a land of ruggedly beautiful landscapes and amazingly varied wildlife.

Cruise date:

16 Dec, 2016 - 3 Jan, 2017

Price:

$13200 $12150 $1050 discount

Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Plancius

PLA22-16

The Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Plancius cruise offers you a myriad of ways to explore and enjoy the Antarctic Region. This expedition allows you to hike, snowshoe, kayak, go mountaineering, and even camp out under the Southern Polar skies.

Cruise date:

18 Nov - 29 Nov, 2016

Price:

on request

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Kayaking the Waters of Antarctica

The weather changes so dramatically down here that you simply cannot say, "this looks like a great day" if it is one - rather you must live in...

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Flowers in Antarctica

The Polar Regions are one of the most inhospitable environments for plants and animals to live in. In Antarctica life faces difficulties from...

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Map of Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctic Peninsula cruise reviews

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Manisha KOTECHA

A dream nurtured for 13 years finally came true and I visited Antarctica. The crew of the Plancius ensured that out expedition surpassed all expectations - from the briefings, information, help and totally commitment...

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Henning Junger
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by Henning Junger on Antarctica

Great Experience, unforgettble expeditions, Excellent Crew, very good meals, Plan to upload photos and review later Thanks to outstanding crew: marine, hotel, expeditions... Greetings Evelyn and Henning Junger...

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Ian Buckley
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by Ian Buckley on Antarctica

I agree with Daniel, same cabin! All about the trip was fantastic, including my travel-mates. Yes the crew/staff/guides/Doctor were first class, but the real bonus was the way people mixed and joined in. All...

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Li Wang

So excellent,had so many activists,u will enjoy them so much.but the weather that time someday not so good and the food normal compair to my friends' ships,but the prize is good.

很棒的旅程,包含了很多运动项目,但是我们去的时候天气不好有几天,但是还是很棒。船上食物没有其他船的好,但价钱体验性在那就算了。如果你是喜欢体验性而不是舒适性的游客推荐这个行程!

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chris de Cooker

Excellent trip. Excellent crew and organization. Great lectures and great food. Thank you !!

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Veerle Verbeeck

This was an amazing trip. Needless to say that Antarctica is an unbelievable destination to visit and all parts of the trip were perfect. Friendly crew, knowledgeable expedition team who were kind and always...

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Antarctic Peninsula FAQ

What is the Time in the Antarctic Peninsula?

The Antarctic Peninsula follows Coordinated Universal Time -3 (UTC -3). This means that if it is 18:00 UTC-3 (6 p.m.) during your expedition cruise trip to the Antarctic Peninsula , it would be 17:00 (5 p.m.) in New York City, USA and 22:00 (10 p.m.)...

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What is the Temperature and Weather Like in the Antarctic Peninsula?

The climate in the Antarctic Peninsula is much milder than most people would imagine because it is located near the most northerly part of Antarctic. If you travel to the Antarctic Peninsula during January, which is summertime, you can expect an average...

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What Wildlife Can I See in the Antarctic Peninsula?

Animal lovers who take their holiday in the Antarctic Peninsula will be treated to a diverse list of wildlife that is especially suited to the area’s cold climate. It is common to encounter several penguin species such as the Gentoo penguins. Other...

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How Many People Live in Antarctica?

No one is allowed to take up permanent residence in the Antarctic Peninsula or anywhere else in Antarctica. However, research groups are allowed to stay in Antarctica for limited periods of time. Due to this, the overall temporary population of Antarctica...

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Who Owns Antarctica?

The Antarctic Continent or any part of it is not controlled by any nation. Instead, it is covered by the Antarctic Treaty, which provides every signatory nation with the ability to conduct non-military related research within the Antarctic Peninsula....

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What Unique Features Does the Antarctic Peninsula Have?

The Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most beautiful regions of the entire continent. Your cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula will reveal the most diverse mixture of wildlife throughout Antarctica. The scenery in this region is dramatic, filled with icebergs...

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About Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctic Peninsula Weather

The weather patterns on the Peninsula can vary significantly depending on where you are. The west coast of the Peninsula down to about 68°S are actually fairly mild with the local summers averaging around 0°C and the winters only dipping down to around -10°C.

Moving below 63°S along the west coast the averages drop to -15°C in the winter.


Facts about the Antarctic Peninsula

  • The Peninsula is the only part of the Antarctic that extends out beyond the border of the Antarctic Circle. It is the part of the continent that is the furthest out from the South Pole.
  • The only flowering plants on the continent (the Antarctic Pearlwart and the Antarctic Hair-grass) are found on the Peninsula.
  • The Peninsula is about 2000 km long.
  • The Peninsula was originally named the Palmer Peninsula by the U.S., named after an American explorer who journeyed to the area in November of 1820. Other countries later gave it different names – Graham Land and Trinity Peninsula (Britain, 1832), San Martin Land (Argentina, 1940), and O’Higgins Land (Chile, 1942). It didn’t gain the name of the Antarctic Peninsula until 1964 when an international agreement was reached.
  • The Peninsula is regulated under the international Antarctic Treaty System which promotes use of the area for scientific study (especially in regards to environmental safety). There are currently 28 research posts stationed along the Peninsula.
  • The Peninsula is actually a continuation of the Andes Mountains which run down almost the entire west coast of South America
  • There are 28 countries currently contributing to the scientific research conducted on the Peninsula.

Travel to the Antarctic Peninsula

An Antarctic Peninsula cruise carries you into a world of beautiful stark landscapes and a surprisingly vast array of animal life. Embark on one of our Antarctic Peninsula expeditions and use our ice strengthened cruise ships as a home base as you explore the region while snowshoeing & hiking, kayaking, bird watching, mountaineering, or even camping overnight onshore.

Your Antarctic Peninsula holiday will introduce you to 5 seal species, 37 flying seabird species, whales, and more penguins than you can count.