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Antarctica expeditions and tours

Ready for the adventure of a lifetime on the MS Expedition? A trip to Antarctica can be truly life changing. Massive, magnificent and unforgiving, Antarctica is a continent of superlatives that will leave your mind searching for words to describe it. Each day presents a new discovery, whether you’re cruising through ice-choked waterways, trekking through chattering penguin rookeries, or glimpsing minkes and humpback whales breaching in the pristine waters.

Best time to go to Antarctica

Expeditions to Antarctica run during the milder months of November-March (it's still freezing though!). Depending on which month you visit there'll be slight differences in scenery & wildlife, but it's always breathtaking. November sees the ice break into incredible icebergs, December & January have more daylight with lots of penguin activity, and February-March is known for the whale watching.

Antarctica tours

A group of people wearing red jackets on a white boat with a red flag looking at a large iceberg in the distance in Antarctica
Antarctica Classic | 11 Days
Set foot on the world's least visited continent - Antarctica! After arriving at your base in Ushuaia, southern Argentina, and discovering some of the natural highlights of the area you'll hop on board the MS Expedition and sail down to Antarctica. Travel with Antarctic experts and take special excursions around jaw dropping icebergs and glaciers and onto the continent's mainland. Spot incredible local wildlife and if you're brave enough opt to take on the chill of the waters with a polar plunge!  
Two lifeboats full of people on the Antarctic Sea against the backdrop of icebergs
Antarctica Classic In Depth | 13 Days
Have more time to travel or want to see the continent a little more in depth?  This is the trip for you! After departing Ushuaia and sailing down to Antarctica, you'll spend 6 full days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Opt to attend lectures by Antarctic experts and learn of the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region. Get up close to the icebergs with small group excursions and see how the local wildlife make this incredible part of the world their home.

How to get to Antarctica

There are a couple of ways of getting to Antarctica from Australia. The first is to fly to Ushuaia in South America and hop on a cruise ship from there, and the second is to jump aboard an expedition cruise from Hobart in Tasmania. An Antarctic expedition is an unforgettable adventure, and it usually takes between 2-4 weeks depending on which expedition you do.

Which animals live in Antarctica?

A gentoo penguin standing on white snow
Gentoo Penguin
The third largest penguin species, Gentoos are among the most commonly photographed species on voyages to Antarctica. They have a orange-red beak and white patch over their eyes.
Several king penguins walking on white snow
King Pengiun
Some lucky expeditions spot King penguins around Antarctica. These cute penguins have been featured in famous movies like "Happy Feet". While from the distance they appear black yet up close it is apparent that they are silver-grey.
Close up of a seal in the snow
The Elephant seal is found on South Georgia and was once almost hunted to extinction. These odd creatures have been known to weigh more than 10,000 pounds! These seemingly happy and smiling Weddell Seals, live further south in Antarctica than any other mammal in the world.
Whale tail in the water
Whale sightings are common on any voyage to Antarctica, but the species spotted changes with each departure. Hunting pods of Orcas may be spotted and Minke and Humpback whales are common. Getting close to Blue whales or Fin whales is also possible!

Antarctic Expeditions

Antarctic Expeditions

Completely refurbished in 2009, the MS Expedition boasts spacious cabins with ocean views and en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of Antarctica. The expedition team (1 for every 10 guests) is comprised of professional historians, marine biologists and naturalists who offer fascinating insights into life in Antarctica.

Ship amenities:

360° Observation Deck, fleet of 14 zodiac boats with four stroke engines, complimentary boots for duration of your cruise, complimentary destination guides for every passenger, Lonely Planet Library, Discovery Lounge, large deck with barbeque facilities, Polar Bear Pub, gift shop, medical clinic, sauna, computer room with internet (where available), gym.
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Read more about Antarctica on our blog, or watch the video below!

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10 things you didn't know about Antarctica

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10 unexpected experience in Antarctica

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What you'll see on the MS Expedition

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