Antarctica, the Earth’s southernmost continent, is so remote that there’s no record of it even being seen by humans until the 1820s. Cold, windy and almost completely covered with ice, Antarctica is a beautiful and fascinating cruise destination.
Princess Cruises has announced a new, 16-day Antarctica and Cape Horn itinerary on the Diamond Princess, sailing between Santiago, Chile, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The itinerary includes Punta Arenas, Chile, on the Strait of Magellan; Ushuaia, Argentina, at the southern end of the Patagonia region; and four days of scenic cruising along the Antarctic Peninsula. The ship will also call on the Falkland Islands, which have a fascinating history and colonies of penguins, as well as Montevideo, Uruguay, where you can tour the Old City, browse the Port Market, or enjoy a vineyard tour and wine tasting. Two announced sailing dates are Dec. 19, 2021 (Santiago to Buenos Aires), and Jan. 4, 2022 (Buenos Aires to Santiago).
Adventures by Disney plans to begin
visiting Antarctica this December. This Disney subsidiary (separate
from Disney Cruise Line) will charter ice-class vessels to
sail to the Antarctic Peninsula. These 11-night vacations
begin in Buenos Aires before a flight to Ushuaia, where the
ship will be waiting. Adventure guides and naturalists will be on board to
provide expert insights into Antarctic history, geography and
wildlife. After the ship crosses the Drake Passage,
passengers will have four days to explore the Antarctic
Peninsula, moving from ship to shore via Zodiac crafts. This
itinerary is scheduled to depart Buenos Aires on Dec. 20, 2021, and
Jan. 30 and Feb. 20, 2022.
Oceania Cruises has also
scheduled a new itinerary that sails between Buenos
Aires and Santiago, including three days of scenic cruising along the
Antarctic Peninsula. The 20-day Polar & Patagonian Quest voyage
aboard the Marina calls on Montevideo and Punta del
Este, Uruguay; Puerto Madryn and Ushuaia, Argentina; the
Falkland Islands; Punta Arenas, Laguna San Rafael, Puerto Chacabuco and
Puerto Montt, Chile, with two days of cruising
the beautiful Chilean fjords. Departures are scheduled for Jan.
8, 2022, and Jan. 18 and Feb. 7, 2023.
Talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor,
about all the options for experiencing the beauty of Antarctica
via cruise ship.
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