Looking for the ultimate cruise adventure? The White Continent is truly the trip of a lifetime. Whether you cross the Drake Passage in a small expedition ship or do a "sail by" on a larger vessel, this magical voyage will not only impress your friends, the otherworldly scenery will touch your soul.
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For a long time, when you traveled to the ends of the earth, there wasn't much variety in what you'd do. Cruisers reaching Antarctica might go for quick hikes ashore, stare at a few thousand penguins and cruise on inflatable rubber Zodiacs around icebergs or wildlife. After all, there was no infrastructure to speak of, no ancient culture to discover (which is still true) and no opportunities for shopping. Safely reaching and returning from the White Continent was enough excitement. No longer! As the expedition industry has developed and matured, creativity has upped the ante for shoreside activities. Of course, the standard model of hikes and Zodiac trips led by experienced naturalists still forms the backbone of every expedition cruise. These staples are always included in the price of your cruise. But nowadays, more adventurous activities aimed at younger, thrill-seeking passengers are available, with new ideas cropping up every year. The latest ships -- purpose-built for expedition cruising -- even offer helicopters and submersible rides for the ultimate James Bond moment. Check out the activities that many companies are now offering, including a few of our own favorite extraordinary Antarctic activities available to everyone. For more on Antarctica cruising, check out these articles on Antarctica cruise basics and Antarctica wildlife.
You can get a workout on pretty much any cruise, but to maximize your adrenaline-pumping options, it's best to find the right combination of cruise ship and destination. Active cruise travelers will usually turn up at least a handful of shore experiences to whet their appetites for adventure, but if you're cruising with a sedentary lot, that city bike tour or rainforest hike might get canceled due to lack of interest. Likewise, certain ports simply don't lend themselves to athletic adventures, while others have so many active choices, it's hard to make up your mind. Below, we have listed our picks for the 11 best adventure cruise destinations for those who are active travelers, as well as our suggestions for the cruise lines that make the best matches. Just don't forget to pack your running shoes and snorkel gear.
When Silversea announced that it was spending more than $40 million to convert Silver Cloud, its 296-passenger luxury ship, into a 200-passenger (on polar journeys; 254 elsewhere) expedition vessel with all the bells and whistles of a luxury cruise, avid travelers sat up and took note. The move was
Unlike packing for a Mediterranean or Caribbean cruise -- where swimwear and casual clothing are the norm -- packing for an Antarctica sailing requires considerable thought. Count on ever-changing and unpredictable weather, from sunshine to rain and snow -- sometimes all in one day. The temperature
What's better than standing amid hundreds of chinstraps on an Antarctic ice floe? Reveling in the perky penguins knowing that an aromatherapy massage, craft martinis, a lobster dinner and designer bedsheets await back onboard. With interest in expedition cruising at an all-time peak, cruise lines race to unveil posh new ice-class ships that provide both jaw-dropping bucket-list experiences and sumptuous cruise travel. Check out our alphabetically arranged insider's list on the best luxury Antarctica cruises. Then you decide which cruise ship and expedition style capture your White Continent fancy.
Most everyone dreams of taking a cruise to Antarctica. What holds many of us back from making the dream a reality is its cost. While this expedition cruise is among the priciest, polar sail fares do vary. We've searched for pricing tips and crunched the numbers so you know how much to budget for this splurge-worthy adventure.