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Feb 01, 2024 - 
Feb 20, 2024
All (sub-)Antarctic highlights in one voyage, with spectacular landing sites on the Falkland Islands and encounters with black-browed albatrosses and rockhopper pinguins. You’ll have the chance to meet at least six different penguin species. You’ll explore the transition fro...
Feb 02, 2024 - 
Feb 21, 2024
All (sub-)Antarctic highlights in one voyage, with spectacular landing sites on the Falkland Islands and encounters with black-browed albatrosses and rockhopper pinguins. You’ll have the chance to meet at least six different penguin species. You’ll explore the transition fro...
Feb 03, 2024 - 
Feb 13, 2024
This Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands cruise delivers you into a landscape of dark rugged rock, pure white snow, and a fantastic variety of wildlife. Come say hello to whales, seals, and thousands of penguins....
Feb 13, 2024 - 
Feb 25, 2024
“Base camp” is by definition a temporary storing and starting place, from which an activity starts. We offer “activity modules” which go beyond our normal shore program. The vessel will stay for two or three days at specific locations to serve our active passenge...
Feb 20, 2024 - 
Mar 13, 2024
All (sub-)Antarctic highlights in one voyage, with spectacular landing sites on the Falkland Islands and encounters with black-browed albatrosses and rockhopper pinguins. You’ll have the chance to meet at least six different penguin species. You’ll explore the transition fro...
Feb 25, 2024 - 
Mar 07, 2024
This voyage will take you further south of Antarctica, crossing the Polar Circle. This cruise passes through waters travelled by Humpback, Minke and Fin whales. Anchoring in various spots around the region, the expedition offers the chance to hike, kayak, and dive in the iceberg-heavy w...
Mar 04, 2024 - 
Mar 16, 2024
“Base camp” is by definition a temporary storing and starting place, from which an activity starts. We offer “activity modules” which go beyond our normal shore program. The vessel will stay for two or three days at specific locations to serve our active passenge...
Mar 07, 2024 - 
Mar 21, 2024
This expansive expedition takes you into the Antarctic Circle, combining the rich animal life of the Weddell Sea with the surreal shores and islands of the Antarctic Peninsula. Such key landing sites as the legendary Elephant Island and Crystal Sound make this voyage truly exceptional....
Mar 13, 2024 - 
Mar 28, 2024
This voyage explores a number of historically significant Antarctic areas, such as the very rarely visited Bellingshausen Sea, Marguerite Bay, and Alexander Island. We focus on places discovered by Adrien De Gerlache on his Belgian Antarctic Expedition (1897 – 1899) and Jean-Bapti...
Mar 16, 2024 - 
Mar 29, 2024
This Polar Circle and Antarctic Peninsula cruise will take you further south of Antarctica, crossing the Polar Circe. This expedition cruise passes through waters travelled by Humpback, Minke and Fin whales. Anchoring in various spots around the region, the expedition offers the chance ...
Mar 21, 2024 - 
Apr 01, 2024
This voyage will take you further south of Antarctica, crossing the Polar Circle. This cruise passes through waters travelled by Humpback, Minke and Fin whales. Anchoring in various spots around the region, the expedition offers the chance to  dive in the iceberg-heavy waters....
Mar 28, 2024 - 
Apr 20, 2024
The Atlantic Odyssey cruise visits some of the remotest islands in the world, crossing the migratory paths of Arctic Terns, Long-tailed Skuas, other birds, and a variety of whales as they make their annual expeditions north for the breeding season....

How much does it cost to go to Antarctica on a cruise?

Navigating the Frozen Frontier: Understanding Antarctica Cruise Costs

The allure of Antarctica’s pristine landscapes, breathtaking wildlife, and awe-inspiring glaciers has made it a coveted destination for adventurous travelers. However, embarking on an Antarctica cruise is no ordinary vacation; it requires meticulous planning and an understanding of the costs involved. In this article, we delve into the various facets of the cost of Antarctica cruises, addressing the questions that client often raise when considering a trip to this frozen continent.

The Base Cost of Antarctica Cruises

The cost of Antarctica cruises can vary significantly based on several factors. Firstly, you’ll find a range of cruise lengths, typically ranging from 8 to 23 days or more. Longer cruises often entail higher costs due to increased time at sea and the opportunity to explore more remote regions of the continent.

The type of ship you choose also plays a crucial role in determining your Antarctica vacation cost. Luxury vessels with top-notch amenities and small passenger capacities generally come with a higher price tag compared to expedition-style ships with simpler accommodations. On average, the base cost of Antarctica cruises can start at around $6,000 and go up to $30,000 or more per person, depending on the cruise duration and ship type.

Inclusions and Exclusions

Understanding what is included in the cruise cost is essential to accurately gauge the overall expense of your Antarctica adventure. Most Antarctica cruises cover accommodation, meals, and a wide range of guided activities, such as shore excursions and wildlife spotting. These inclusions are a significant part of what you pay for when assessing the cost of a trip to Antarctica.

However, there are additional costs to consider. These may include:

International Flights: The journey to Antarctica usually begins with a flight to South America, usually Buenos Aires or Santiago.  From there, you will take a 3-4 hour flight either Ushuaia or Punta Arenas, where you’ll join your cruise. This international airfare is not typically included in the cruise cost, adding to your Antarctica vacation cost.

Pre-Cruise Accommodation: Depending on your cruise departure city, you may need to book accommodation before your voyage, further impacting the overall cost of cruises to Antarctica. We suggest arriving at least one day before your Antarctica cruise departs, just in case that there any flight delays.  We’d be happy to assist you in finding a hotel that suits your needs!  Email as at info@polarholidays.com or give us a call.

Optional Excursions: Some cruises offer optional activities such as kayaking, camping, and scuba diving. These activities are usually not included in the base cost and can add to your Antarctica vacation cost.

Gear Rental: If you don’t have appropriate cold-weather gear, you may need to rent clothing and equipment. This expense should be factored into your cost considerations.  Antarctica weather can change a lot, so be prepared for both very cold and warm conditions!

On-board incidentals: Cruises to Antarctica include almost everything on board, but alcohol and internet are usually charged. 

Gifts & Souvenirs: Yes, depending on your cruise details, you mayactually visit one of the very few shops in Antarctica – on Port Lockroy, Grytviken or the Falkland Islands.  Most cruise ships also have a small gift shop where you can buy souvenirs and post cards.

Time of Year and Special Offers

The timing of your Antarctica cruise can also significantly influence its cost. The Antarctic tourism season runs from November to March, with December and January being the peak months. During these months, prices are generally higher due to the more favorable weather conditions and increased demand for cruises.If you’re flexible with your travel dates, you can find more budget-friendly options during the shoulder season, particularly in November and February. Keep an eye out for special offers, early booking discounts, or last-minute deals that may reduce the cost of Antarctica cruises.  Email us – info@polarholidays.com or call, and we will help you find a cruise that meets your budget!

Choosing the Right Cabin

When considering the cost of a trip to Antarctica, the type of cabin you select on the cruise ship can significantly impact your budget. Cabins vary in size, location, and amenities. While luxurious suites offer more space and comfort, they come at a premium price. If you’re willing to sacrifice some comforts for a lower cost, opting for a standard cabin with shared facilities might be a suitable choice.

Additional Expenses

Apart from the cruise itself, you should also budget for additional expenses during your Antarctica adventure. These may include:

Travel Insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance is a must for an Antarctica cruise. It covers potential trip cancellations, medical emergencies, and evacuation costs, ensuring peace of mind while contributing to the overall cost of your trip to Antarctica.

Tipping and Gratuities: Many cruises to Antarctica include gratuities in the total cost, but it’s advisable to check and budget for these expenses, which are usually paid in cash onboard.

Souvenirs and Personal Expenses: Don’t forget to allocate some funds for souvenirs and personal expenses during shore excursions or in onboard shops.

In summary, there a number of factors that contributes to the cost of a Antarctica cruise.  It’s crucial to research and plan meticulously to ensure that you have a realistic budget for this extraordinary adventure. While Antarctica cruises can be a substantial financial commitment, the memories, experiences, and natural wonders you’ll encounter make them a once-in-a-lifetime journey well worth the investment.  Email or call us – we will give you choices that meet your needs.