Penguins in Paradise Bay
Antarctica

Penguins in Paradise Bay

Home to gentoo penguins and the occasional humpback whale, Paradise Bay is a must-stop on any Antarctica cruise. Come to see penguins diving off ice floes and huge chunks of jagged ice surrounding the harbour. Wrap up — Paradise Bay’s temperatures remain below freezing year round.

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Swim in Deception Island
South Shetland Islands

Swim in Deception Island

Deception Island in the South Shetlands is an active volcanic island, creating warm soil that heats its waters. This allows you to take a unique opportunity to take a dip in Antarctic waters with ice surrounding you.

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Get your camera ready at Lemaire Channel
Antarctica

Get your camera ready at Lemaire Channel

Antarctica is a land of beauty, but perhaps the best views are reserved for the 1km stretch of Lemaire Channel, located between the mainland and Booth Island. It’s so photogenic that travellers have nicknamed it Kodak Gap.

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Postcards from Port Lockroy
Antarctica

Postcards from Port Lockroy

This British research base was founded in 1944 and abandoned in 1962, and now operates as a museum staffed by volunteers. They operate the centre as it was in the 1940s, which means no internet or TVs, but you can buy and send postcards from one of the most southerly Post Offices in the world.

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Whale watching
Antarctica

Whale watching

Antarctica is one of the best places on earth to see whales. From orcas to humpbacks, minke to sperm, the relative isolation whales have enjoyed in the Antarctic means they are curious of ships and even approach them.

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Sea kayaking
Antarctica

Sea kayaking

Not all excursions are on dry land! Your ship may carry kayaks, giving you a chance to explore the ice floes under paddle power.

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Sub-Antarctic islands
Antarctica

Sub-Antarctic islands

If you’ve got the time, calling at the wildlife-rich sub-Antarctic islands of South Georgia and the Falklands (Malvinas) adds a new dimension to the trip.

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Marvel at the glaciers of the Balleny Islands
Antarctica

Marvel at the glaciers of the Balleny Islands

Roll across the freezing Southern Ocean off the coast of Antarctica to the remote Balleny Islands. These uninhabited, volcanic islands are frequented by seals and penguins but are characterised by their pristine, towering glaciers.

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Visit a supercolony of penguins on Cape Adare
Antarctica

Visit a supercolony of penguins on Cape Adare

Jutting out into the Ross Sea at the very north eastern tip of Victoria Land is the peninsula of Cape Adare. It is home to the largest ‘supercolony’ of Adélie penguins with more than one million breeding at the site.

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Join the scientists at McMurdo Station
Antarctica

Join the scientists at McMurdo Station

McMurdo Station is a United States Antarctic research station and home to the continent’s largest community of humans, with a population of more than 1,000 in summer (and a quarter of that in winter), many of whom are scientists travelling to conduct fascinating research.

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