A Continent of Ice

Cruise to Antarctica


A world of ice, rock and staggering beauty, those lucky enough to cruise to Antarctica in the comforts of an expedition ship will find the experience simply incomparable.  Often the last continent to be ticked off a bucket list, sailing the protected channels of the Antarctica Peninsula delivers unique wildlife (penguins!) adventures (camp overnight on the ice), camaraderie, and more scenic wonders than your poor camera will handle.  Delve into the historical hardships of the first explorers, and toast your good fortune amidst giant icebergs and breaching humpback whales.

Length of Trip : 2 weeks

Cost : Check with your operator for the latest pricing.

Best time to go : October to March

Wheelchair friendly : No, but call to see if arrangements can be made.

Family friendly : The voyages are not geared towards children, but One Ocean does encourage families with children on their voyages. Contact them to discuss if you plan on bringing kids under 16.

Where to eat : All meals are served on board your ship

Official Site : Unfortunately One Oceans Expeditions have ceased operations.    We recommend Quark Expeditions for polar cruising.

Where to Stay : I stayed in the comfortable and central 4-star Hotel Pestana in Buenos Aires. In Ushuaia, the Fueguino Hotel was great.  Both were suggested and arranged by One Ocean Expeditions.

Getting There : You'll have to fly to Buenos Aires, and connect with a domestic flight to Ushuaia (there are daily flights during the summer season).  You'll definitely want to explore Buenos Aires for a few days, and Ushuaia is a gateway to the magnificent Torres del Paine National Park. Budget to arrive in Ushuaia a couple days early just in case weather is playing havoc with itineraries. Quark can arrange airport transfers and local accommodation.  

Note from Robin : What a drama!  One Oceans Expeditions ceased operations when the Russian government recalled its sister ships, the Vavilov and Ioffe, after a legal dispute regarding who was responsible when the Ioffe ran aground in the Arctic.   You can read all about the saga here. In the meantime, there are other fabulous polar cruise operators who will deliver the bucket list experience (hopefully without the drama of an international incident!). Here are a list of operators worth checking out. 


Photo Credit: Jeff Topham


Photo Credit: Jeff Topham


Photo Credit: Jeff Topham


Photo Credit: Jeff Topham


Photo Credit: Jeff Topham


Photo Credit: Jeff Topham


Photo Credit: Jeff Topham


Photo Credit: Jeff Topham


Photo Credit: Jeff Topham


Photo Credit: Jeff Topham


Photo Credit: Jeff Topham


Photo Credit: Jeff Topham



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