Antarctica Cruises & Tours

An Antarctica cruise takes you to the world’s final frontier and one of the last untouched destinations on Earth. Antarctica is a vast icy wilderness of unparalleled beauty that offers breath-taking vistas and the opportunity to encounter extraordinary wildlife, often close-up, that many people never even see in their lifetimes. Vast penguin rookeries and seal colonies, leopard seals and orcas patrolling the waters, wandering albatrosses soaring above - the wildlife is mesmerizing. Immense imposing icebergs, towering rock faces, glaciers, snow-capped peaks and vast ice shelves that stretch into the distance - the frozen landscape is awe-inspiring.
This truly unique continent offers the adventure of a lifetime for people of all ages and there are fewer places in the world that give you such a rare and valuable experience. Every day of your Antarctica cruise will be an epic adventure as you explore the world’s southernmost continent. Antarctica is a land of extremes - the coldest, driest and most isolated continent in the world, rugged and unforgiving yet stunningly beautiful. Your Antarctica cruise will leave you with memories that will be with you forever.

"Best adventure ever! The staff were incredible, so helpful and knowledgeable, they went beyond expectations to make our cruise one in a million..." - Anita

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Featured Antarctica Trips & Deals

EARLY BIRD  Twin from US$2,995*

An short Antarctica cruise utilising flights across the Drake Passage. Get a quick taste of Antarctica!

SAVE UP TO 50%*  Don't miss out

 Now is the time to tick Antarctica off your bucket list, for a limited time we are offering selected itineraries with international flights to South America.

EXCLUSIVE  From 11,799

Cruise to Antarctica on this 11-day Exclusive Chimu Adventures peninsula cruise. Proceeds benefit the MAD project. 

Standard Twin US$9,380*  2nd passenger US$4,690*

The MV Ushuaia is an ice-reinforced ex-research vessel, offering some of the best value trips to Antarctica. Book now for the experience of a lifetime.

Departs: 5 March 2018  From 18,050

Cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands on this Exclusive Chimu Adventures departure aboard the luxury Sea Spirit. 


Join us for a spectacular expedition to the Ross Sea and explore a number of Sub Antarctic islands, home to the most abundant and unique wildlife on the planet.

Antarctica Cruises

Places to Visit

The Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula is in fact Antarctica’s major breeding ground for seabirds, seals and the smaller penguin species. 

East Antarctica & Ross Sea

East Antarctica is probably the least well known to tourists but it is probably the best location for Antarctic history.

The Weddell Sea

The Weddell Sea is abundant with whales and seals and among the fauna characteristic of the area are Weddell seals, killer whales, humpback whales, minke whales, leopard seals and crabeater seals.

South Georgia

South Georgia is the largest island in the territory and one of the wildest and most remote places on earth with dramatic scenery of snow-capped mountains and huge glaciers. 

The Falkland Islands

The islands have much to offer with a wide variety of spectacular wildlife and rugged scenery as well as an interesting history. 

The Polar Circle

As you thread your way through the icy waterways you will witness more breath-taking scenery of mountains and icebergs, maybe encountering orcas and leopard seals patrolling the waters with snow petrels soaring above.

Articles On Antarctica

Antarctica: The Ultimate Journey

Posted on Tue, 11 Oct 2016

Looking for the adventure of a lifetime? Antarctica: The Ultimate Journey is the most comprehensive, unforgettable and breathtaking trip you could ever take to the end of the world. The trip of a lifetime. The adventure of your dreams. An Antarctica expedition that is not, we might add, for the faint of heart. A month-long voyage to the heart of …


Macquarie Island – A Sub-Antarctic Wonder Spot

Posted on Sun, 11 Sep 2016

In the words of Sir Douglas Mawson, “This little island is one of the wonder spots of the world.” And it really is, with its unique wildlife, history and geology. Travelling to Macquarie Island is certainly not easy. It’s about a three day voyage by ship from Hobart but it’s not until you take that sea journey and see the …


How to See Antarctica’s Seal Species

Posted on Sat, 10 Sep 2016

There are five Antarctica True Seal Species. True seals differ from fur seals (or eared seals) mostly because of the different way they swim. Fur seals swim with their fore flippers and use their rear flippers to steer. True Seals on the other hand steer with their fore flippers and swim with their rear flippers. As a result fur seals have much …


The Impact of Tourism, Are We Loving Antarctica too Much?

Posted on Wed, 07 Sep 2016

As Antarctica rises in popularity among discerning travellers, we take a look at the impact that scientific study and tourism have on this vital, pristine and immensely fragile part of the world. Take but a single step off your expedition vessel in Antarctica, and set foot on the pristine wild ice cover of some insanely stunning landing site, and don’t …


Map of Antarctica: from Greek Myth to Google Street View

Posted on Fri, 19 Aug 2016

Creating a Map of Antarctica has been a challenge for man for over a century. Learn about all the seemingly insurmountable challenges which cartographers still face nowadays, in one of the harshest and enigmatic places on earth. Almost twice the size of Australia, and covering an astonishing area of 14,000,000 square kilometres, Antarctica is the fifth-largest continent in the world. …


Explore the Ross Sea: The Last Pristine Marine Ecosystem Left Standing

Posted on Tue, 19 Jul 2016

The most coveted part of our oceans and a world teeming with invaluable marine wildlife, the Ross Sea is both the richest and most vulnerable ecosystem on earth. Explore the Ross Sea on an Antarctica cruise, and discover why this is considered to be the last pristine marine ecosystem left standing. With the menace of industrial fishing threatening its future, …


The Most Famous Explorers of Antarctica

Posted on Thu, 14 Jul 2016

The Most Famous Explorers of Antarctica are revered for creating a heritage of exploration and scientific study of the most remote and mesmerising continent on our planet. Read all about their missions, their tears, their failures, and their most celebrated achievements. Man’s fascination for the southernmost reaches of our planet has persisted for almost two centuries, ever since British explorer …


What is the difference between the Arctic and Antarctica

Posted on Sun, 10 Jul 2016

Aside the fact that they are on opposite ends of our planet, the difference between the Arctic and Antarctica is quite substantial. The most fundamental one, by which all others evolved, is that Antarctica is a bona fide continent – it is an ice-covered landmass surrounded by water as far as the eye can see – whereas the Arctic is a …


Do Polar Bears exist in Antarctica?

Posted on Tue, 28 Jun 2016

Do Polar Bears Exist in Antarctica, a spectacular land of ice, framed by rigid waters and home to a plethora of hardy creatures? Read on to find out! So do Polar Bears Exist in Antarctica?? Antarctica is home to a kaleidoscope of incredibly fascinating creatures, but polar bears are NOT among them. Although, given the harsh climate and abundance of icy …


Antarctica Facts: What do you call a group of Penguins?

Posted on Fri, 17 Jun 2016

Antarctica is one of the most famous continents in the world. The mere mention of it’s name conjures up images of giant ice sheets, crisp snow, freezing winds, and of course, cute little Penguins. However, you’ll be surprised to find out a lot of the things you think you know about Antarctica aren’t actually true, and you’ll be even more …


Antarctica Cruise Reviews

All Chimu Adventures' clients are given the opportunity to review their trip once they return home. These reviews are administered by a third party and as such are unfiltered by Chimu Adventures.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Antarctic Peninsula - Each Day was a Feast Reflecting back, I was so glad Jason Dudson changed our ships. All gear for the snow and ice was included in the new one, so not having to hire gear and being able to make changes onboard ship was a relief. The friendliness of everyone on board made for a great trip. Photos & videos were shared and returned to us as a slide show before we disembarked. So many memories and I've barely touched the surface with the checking out of files.
Date published: 2016-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trip of a Life Time From departure to arriving back home everything Chimu Adventures organised for us ran like clockwork. The Antarctic was fantastic. So quiet! The ship, crew and meals can not be faulted and we managed two landing per day whilst in the area.
Date published: 2016-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Overwhelmed, emotional and speechless I had 8 flights, along with picks ups, hotels, drop offs, a ship to get to - on time and tours. Every single step of the way went flawlessly, thanks to Chimu and in particular Simon who has infinite patience. I am normally an independent traveller, so found it hard to relinquish control and let Chimu sort everything out. Thanks for indulging my many queries. Perfection!
Date published: 2016-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trip of a lifetime Where do we start reviewing this trip? Antarctica is a special place and is unlike any other destination we have visited, we were not prepared for just how breathtaking the landscape is here. Antarctica is full of amazing wildlife including birds, whales, orcas, seals and penguins. A typical day in the antarctic peninsula could involve cruising giant icebergs, looking for leopard seals, trekking to explore penguin colonies, visiting research stations or whale spotting on a zodiac cruise. The ship (Akademik Ioffe) was run with precision and the staff were always incredibly helpful and knowledgeable in different specialties. Meal-times were excellent with a variety of dishes on offer and importantly the alcohol was very reasonable, especially happy hour! This was our last and 7th continent and we saved the best for last. Chimu's organisation of everything from flights, transfers to hotels was faultless, this allowed us to just enjoy the trip without any hassle. I would highly recommend and no doubt will travel with them in the future. Thanks Gavin & Gail
Date published: 2016-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond words The most amazing trip from beginning to end. Chimu did a great job of helping me plan my trip & were available with advice & information. The ship (Akademik Ioffe) was fantastic,the One Ocean expedition team were so helpful & knowledgable as well as fun, the ships crew did a fantastic job, & even the weather was perfect!! Everything went smoothly, & the wildlife & scenery was astonishing, so beautiful.
Date published: 2015-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great trip - Amazing destinations - Food like a 5 star restaurant - great service - friendly and helpful staff
Date published: 2016-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bucket List Ticked!! My trip to Antarctica was beyond any of my expectations. From the moment we arrived at Sydney Airport, to when we touched down again two weeks later, everything ran so smoothly and very professional. There are no words to describe my experience and there's simply no video's or photographs that capture the pure magic that is Antarctica - you just have to experience it for yourself, and everyones experience is different. I saw whales that swam around our zodiac boat, seals and lots and lots of penguins, but nothing was as breathtaking as the beauty and serenity that is Antarctica. Staff on board the Sea Adventurer are not only incredibly intelligent and knowledgeable, they are also incredibly friendly. It felt as though I had known them for a long time and infact it was really sad to say goodbye. The only negative I have is the food is too good!!!!! Even using my strongest willpower I couldn't say no to the amazing food that was on offer - curse you fresh baked cookies that sit at the coffee and tea station all day every day!!!! I have no problems-and have already done so-in recommending Chimu Adventures to my friends and family. They were absolutely fantastic and I look forward to traveling with them again in the near future
Date published: 2015-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Pinktartica Journey Trip of a lifetime is only scratching the surface of what I felt after taking this trip. I was on a 12day trip on the Sea Adventurer that was specially chartered by Chimu for a charity foundation, McGrath Foundation. So not only was it going on a dream trip it was also supporting a great cause. Everything about the trip was amazing, we were lucky enough to have brilliant weather and get to see about everything we possibly could in our 12 day trip. Even when there was a minor issue of communication that originally had me off the list of one of the activities I'd signed up for it was fixed right away and I did not miss out on anything. The expedition crew were all very friendly and knowledgeable and could help answer any questions you had on Antarctica. The crew of the ship were also very friendly and very professional and made the trip easy as could be. The only complaint I can have was it was such a great trip that now it seems hard to be excited about going anywhere else, all I want to do is go on this trip again.
Date published: 2015-12-08
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Activities in Antarctica – walk with penguins, dive with seals

Posted on Sun, 14 Aug 2016

Antarctica, the continent where the silence is deafening and where emptiness is fills the scenery, is known as a great destination to spot a plethora of wildlife such as great penguin colonies, sleepy seals or different types of whales. But beside spotting the wildlife on Antarctica, there are many other Activities in Antarctica that can be done to make an …


Politics in Antarctica – Territorial Claims

Posted on Fri, 12 Aug 2016

Territorial claims – who owns Antarctica? Standing at the South Pole in December 1911 Roald Amundsen claimed the polar plateau for Norway’s King Haakon – surely his right as he was the first there? But in 1909 Ernest Shackleton, just short of the Pole and having pioneered the route to find it, had already raised the flag and taken possession …


Politics in Antarctica – The Antarctic Treaty

Posted on Tue, 09 Aug 2016

At a certain moment there were at least 10 permanent research stations on Antarctica. But whose law would apply? This question led to the establishment of the Antarctic Treaty, a set of international agreements established in 1961 which lead to the solution of the sovereignty issue in Antarctica. Whose law applies? By the early 1950s, territorial claims in Antarctica had …


Climate in Antarctica – how it made- and unmade the continent

Posted on Mon, 08 Aug 2016

The Climate in Antarctica makes the continent the way it is. Over 15 million years it has transformed rocky lands with forests and grasslands into a continent of ice. In years to come, the Climate in Antarctica will again radically transform it. For many millions of years, when Antarctica formed part of a supercontinent called Gondwana, the land around the …


The History of Antarctica – A Story of Great Explorers

Posted on Fri, 05 Aug 2016

Who first saw Antarctic ice, and who first discovered Antarctica? Europeans are used to putting a person’s name to such things, such as “Christopher Columbus discovered America” (he didn’t, actually), but the discoverers of Antarctica could well be nameless individuals from the Pacific. So here is the story about the History of Antarctica: The History of Antarctica We know the …


Further Reading on Antarctica- Books and Websites

Posted on Mon, 01 Aug 2016

Want to do some Further Reading on Antarctica? These are our recommendations to read: Further Reading on Antarctica- Books Below the Convergence: Voyages Towards Antarctica – Alan Gurney   End of the Earth: Voyaging to Antarctica – Peter Matthiessen In Search of the South Pole – Kari Herbert and Huw Lewis Race for the South Pole: The Expedition Diaries of Scott …


Antarctic Wildlife – From Plankton to Whales

Posted on Mon, 18 Jul 2016

Antarctica is the fifth largest continent, yet it has the least number of resident animal species. And the few species that do come ashore are present for less than half of the year – prevented from access by the harsh weather and the barrier of sea ice. Yet around Antarctica is the vast Southern Ocean which teems with wildlife. Almost …


Weather in Antarctica: cold today, cold again tomorrow

Posted on Wed, 13 Jul 2016

The Weather in Antarctica  is nearly always very cold. That’s obvious when we see its place on the globe – the South and North Poles never get much heat energy from the sun – but Antarctica is much colder than the North Pole. Unlike the Arctic, Antarctica is a high land mass surrounded by a cold Southern Ocean, and higher …


The Geography of Antarctica

Posted on Fri, 08 Jul 2016

Stand at the North Pole and, if you are lucky, you will be standing on a layer of ice. If you are still lucky it may be 2 metres thick, otherwise, you’ll be treading water 4 kilometres deep. Stand at the South Pole and you will be on solid ground – well, solid ice over 2800 metres thick. Read on …


Antarctic Timeline

Posted on Thu, 16 Jun 2016

Antarctica is known to be one of the most awe-inspiring destinations of the world. With its extraordinary wildlife and icy wilderness, Antarctica will stir a sense of adventure deep down inside of most people who have ever visited this place. But what do we know about its history?  Read below the major events that happened in Antarctica’s history in a comprehensive Antarctic Timeline: Antarctic History …


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a visa to travel to Antarctica?

A pre-arranged visa is not required to enter Antarctica. If your Antarctic cruise is departing from an Argentinian port such as Ushuaia, no pre-arranged visa is required to enter Argentina by citizens of the UK, Australia, Ireland, European Union, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and the USA. Other nationalities should check with your closest Argentinean embassy or consulate. Australian, Canadian and USA citizens must pay a "reciprocity fee" to enter Argentina. This is not a visa, but a fee based on the fees that Argentinean citizens pay for visas to these countries. The fee must be paid online and in advance for arrival at all airports.

Is there a laundry on board the ship?

Yes, a laundry service at a reasonable cost is included on every ship.

What is the food like on the ships that go to Antarctica?

Food on board our cruise ships is excellent. Breakfasts and lunches tend to be buffet style, with dinners generally served to your table and featuring 3 and sometimes 4 courses. The range of food is diverse with professional chefs preparing a wide selection of gourmet dishes.

What language do they speak in Antarctica?

There is no native Antarctic language as there are no indigenous inhabitants. The majority of residents are linked to research stations and so speak the language of their home countries. Scientific research is generally formalized in English, with French where necessary.

What currency is used in Antarctica ?

There is no currency in Antarctica but the unit of currency in Argentina is the Argentinian Peso. The main currency at the Port Lockroy Post Office is the US $ although the UK £ and Euro € are also accepted. On all Antarctic cruises meals are included but drinks and souvenirs need to be purchased separately. Most cruise ships accept Euros € and US $. Major credit cards, in particular Visa and MasterCard are also widely accepted on board. If your Antarctic cruise includes the Falkland Islands, the currency of the islands is the Falkland Islands Pound (FK £), although UK £’s are accepted as well.

What do I need to pack for Antarctica ?

Antarctica is an extreme environment and although Antarctic cruises depart during the spring and summer months, the weather can change dramatically, with no warning and so you need to be prepared for conditions in this harsh region. When packing, avoid weighing yourself down with too many clothes or too much gear. Select informal, practical attire for your trip that can be worn in layers, including: • Parka jacket - lightweight, wind and weather-resistant shell • Warm trousers - ski pants or sturdy trousers • Waterproof trousers - Gore-Tex or similar waterproof and "breathable" fabrics are recommended • Long thermal underwear - silk or polypropylene is highly recommended • Sweaters - wool sweaters or a polar fleece jacket • Turtlenecks • Mittens and gloves - thin polypropylene gloves underneath warm mittens • Woollen cap and a scarf or balaclava • Warm socks - sturdy, long wool socks and thin pairs of silk, polypropylene or cotton/wool socks • A sturdy, lightweight and waterproof daypack for landings or Zodiac excursions • Sunglasses with U.V. filter • Protective sunscreen for lips, hands and face • Swimsuit for hotels, aboard some ships and (maybe) for a polar plunge • Camera with spare batteries and memory cards • Extra pair of prescription glasses • Prescription medicines and other remedies such as seasickness medication • Binoculars • Zip lock plastic bags or dry sacks for carrying camera, batteries, etc. • T-shirts or other casual warm weather clothes • Clothes for gateway cities

How cold does it get in Antarctica?

Temperatures in the summer generally rest around 0°C but can get as high as 5°C near the coast, with long periods of constant sunlight. In winter, mean temperatures are usually between -10°C and -30°C near the coast, falling to below -60°C on the high interior plateau, with long periods of constant darkness.

What is there to do while on the ship?

Whilst some of our Antarctic cruise ships boast a gym, sauna and small pools, this is rare and generally the majority have a lecture theatre, library, bar and restaurant, as well as the main deck. All ships offer a series of lectures focusing on the geology, history and wildlife of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, to help you prepare for what lies ahead. You can interact with the crew and expedition team as well as your fellow passengers in the common areas and either brave the elements to stand on deck taking in the spectacular scenery and wildlife-watching, scanning the horizon for whales, seals and seabirds, or do so from the comfort of the lounges and observation decks.

Can we go on shore in Antarctica?

Shore landings are a feature of our Antarctic cruises and one or two shore or Zodiac excursions are usually planned per day, weather conditions permitting.

What is there to do on shore?

Shore landings are mainly for wildlife watching of penguins, seals and nesting birds although itineraries often try to include a visit to a scientific base. Certain cruises provide opportunities for activities such as snowshoeing, skiing, hiking, mountaineering and even overnight camping.

How many people will be on the ship?

The number of people on board varies depending on the ship but the majority of our ships carry between 50 and 150 passengers. A few of the mega-yachts and purpose-built cruise ships carry around 250 passengers.

Why should I travel to Antarctica with Chimu Adventures?

Chimu Adventures are the Antarctica specialists and an Associate Member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators. We offer the largest range of vessels, an experienced, expert team of travel enthusiasts, and comprehensive, flexible itineraries, tailoring each cruise to your wishes and making your Antarctic Cruise unique and unforgettable.

Is it safe to go to Antarctica?

All of our tours are 100% tried and tested to ensure that when you travel with us, you’re doing so in a controlled and safe environment with trained experts. We consistently monitor weather conditions and will always provide you with the best possible adventure without risk of injury to you or the vessel. While some activities may need to be rescheduled or cancelled due to weather, every effort is made to have a contingency plan should such conditions become a reality during your expeditions. We’ve been the experts in Antarctic travel for well over 10 years and use our vast experience and knowledge when picking the vessels we sell to provide you with an adventure that’s unforgettable for all the right reasons.

Will I get sea sick?

It is true that at times the Drake Passage can produce turbulent seas, but our vessels are built for maximum stability and comfort to ensure that even in rough conditions, sea and motion sickness are kept to a minimum at all times. We also have a host of services and facilities available should symptoms befall you. It also might be possible to fly over the Drake Passage, so speak to one of our destination specialists for more information about this.

There are so many different trips and itineraries – how do I pick the right one for me?

We pride ourselves on our customisable range of Antarctica tours that allow you to tailor the perfect Antarctic experience for your own goals and wishes. We also offer a wide range of tours to suit a diverse array of budgets, from 6 day express cruises, to 35 day expeditions. Speak to one of our consultants who can help you plan your perfect Antarctica cruise, which includes all of the elements you’re looking for in your trip.

I want to see Antarctica but not give up my creature comforts – is this even possible?

The remoteness of Antarctica can sometimes deter the adventurous heart, but unlike the famous explorers of the past, you can leave the ration packs at home as Chimu can provide all the modern comfort and luxuries you need after a day of adventure, in a safe and comfortable environment. Quiet, relaxing cabins, beautiful food and wine, and spacious common areas allow you to soak in the picturesque landscapes at your own pace. When it’s time to venture off the vessel, our range of itineraries include activities to suit all abilities and fitness levels.