Banner image

66 Degrees South Fly Cruise

By offering time saving flights, extended time in Antarctica and the chance to reach the Polar Circle, this 10-day voyage maximises the polar experience. Minimum travel time and maximum exploring time and all the benefits of only 73 people onboard.

Please send me the full itinerary for
66 Degrees South Fly Cruise

Thank you for your enquiry

Trip type

Fly & Cruise

Trip length

10 Days


$15,995 -$38,995

Ship Comfort

Comfort & Adventure

66 Degrees South Fly Cruise - 10 Days - $15,995

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 6 full days in Antarctica & 12 planned ‘off ship’ excursions
  • Flights in both directions from Punta Arenas with reserved plane seating possible
  • The ship has a high ice class rating and a first class captain
  • Antarctic operational experience since 2003
  • A low expedition staff to guest ratio of 1:6 
  • Pre-flight hotel night in Punta Arenas with dinner and wine
  • Includes complimentary drinks during onboard meals
  • Kayaking and snowshoeing available (additional cost)
  • Exclusive access to Explorers House – your home-from-home private club & expedition centre while in P. Arenas

Landmarks potentially visited on 66 Degrees South Fly Cruise

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Punta Arenas

After being welcomed in Punta Arenas, Chile, you will be transferred to your hotel and attend a briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. A welcome dinner introduces you to the local gastronomy as you meet fellow adventurers from around the world.

Day 2: Fly from Punta Arenas to King George Island

A smooth two-hour flight takes you efficiently from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. Your Antarctic adventure begins as you exit the airplane and the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. A short hop by minibus takes you to the water's edge. Here the adventure begins in earnest as you don your lifejacket and board your Zodiac rib for the ride to your expedition vessel, which is anchored in the bay.

Days 3 to 8: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands

Sail along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Visit the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, disembarking by Zodiac each day. In small groups, hike to extraordinary sites and take part in exploratory Zodiac excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas. Expert polar guides share their passion for Antarctica through an engaging program of illustrated presentations, and lead you ashore to interpret the wildlife, the history and the many wonders of the Antarctic environment. From the glass-enclosed lounge, enjoy spectacular views while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests over a drink.

The goal of the expedition is to sail far south in the attempt of reaching the Polar Circle. The Expedition Team sets the specific voyage route based on local conditions and takes advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature. Flexibility will be the key to a successful voyage. Your expedition may include visits to sites such as Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Prospect Point or other magnificent places.

Each voyage is unique and each is crafted to provide the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.

Day 9: Fly back to Punta Arenas

Back at King George Island, bid farewell to Antarctica as you board the flight to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program.)

Day 10: Punta Arenas

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

PLEASE NOTEWhile choosing to fly to/from Antarctica is the most expedient option, it's also more weather dependent than travelling by ship across the Drake Passage. Charter flights to/from Antarctica operate on a very flexible schedule to accommodate the changeable weather conditions. As a result, flight timings may be brought forward or delayed to ensure safe operating conditions. To discuss in more detail, please get in touch

This itinerary is for guidance only, as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions as well as taking advantage of impromptu wildlife opportunities.

Why our customers love Swoop

Expert impartial advice at no extra cost

Expert Impartial Advice SVG

Choosing the right voyage is complicated, Swoop makes it easy. We offer no-nonsense advice on 1500 voyages across 30 ships to find you the right trip, cabin, price - and we don’t charge a fee.

The Antarctic Experts. No Compromises

Depth Of Knowledge SVG

Our team has visited Antarctica over 150 times and has 100 collective years of polar experience, so from which trip is right for you to what shoes to bring - there’s no question we can’t answer.

The only B Corp certified Antarctic specialist

Ends Of The Earth SVG

We want to protect Antarctica for future generations - which is why we became a certified B Corp and set up our own conservation fund. So your adventures can be a force for good.

A full concierge service, unlike booking direct

With You SVG

We leave nothing to chance in delivering your perfect trip and have over 6500 happy travellers to show for it. With a dedicated Antarctic co-ordinator & support throughout - you’re in safe hands.

Customer review background image

What our customers think of 66 Degrees South Fly Cruise

66 Degrees South Fly Cruise trips scored 4.7/5 from 21 reviews

There was not just one memorable moment. Is absolutely incredible. Seeing all the penguins seals and whales. The icebergs, especially in wilmina bay Made me feel like I was in the movie avatar the way of water. It was all totally amazing!

Travelled: February 2024

Carol -

Being at the top at Neko Harbour. The scenery and landscape simply blew me away and it was hard to believe that we were actually standing on Antarctica! What a privilege!

Travelled: January 2024

Li Peng -

good presentatiions on board, very nice travel group

Travelled: January 2024

William Robert -

Encounters with wildlife

Travelled: January 2024

Steven -

Torres del Paine - The ever changing view of the Paine Massif and Los Cuernos from our room at Explora. Antarctica - The scale of the landscapes and walking among thousands of penguins.

Travelled: March 2023

Robin -

I can't say which was my most memorable because every minute of the tour was memorable! 1.) Landing on the continent with the flag 2.) Polar circle crossing baptismal ceremony 3.) Polar plunge 4.) Spending time with fellow guests, staffs, and crew of Ocean Nova

Travelled: January 2023

Endymion Ervin Tan -

Hard to pick just one moment --- the colours in icebergs, the complete lack of fear of penguins (they have to be the only animal on the planet that doesn't run and hide from humans), the active volcano, the whales and their incredible curiosity and playfulness, the moment I set foot on Antarctica --- it was one memorable moment after another.

Travelled: January 2023

Marg -

The best place in the world, there is no war, no pollution ( or very little), environment and wild animals are not impacted by human activities

Travelled: January 2023

Xiaoyan -

Everything was amazing. The whales, seals and penguins are magnificent and cute at the same time. The lectures bring you new knowledge and understanding. The expedition teams are superb! And the service on board and at Punta Arenas also super nice.

Travelled: January 2023

Fiona -

I answered NO above because, at my age, there are just too many other places to see. Chile was a completely new country to me and it was interesting to learn about the history. The Andes are awesome. Antarctic wildlife was like just a few places in the world were humans are not feared. That is so unusual and a privilege to experience.

Travelled: February 2021

Alison Murdoch -

Over the top fabulous trip. Surprise: 1)I don't think I understood that the trip was not a "Swoop" trip but rather a brokered trip booked through the ship's operator. 2)I didn't expect that over half the people of the trip (China residents) would not speak English. Made it tough for getting them understanding instructions. The variety of people from 13 countries was great; the other 12 countries could speak some or fluent English.

Travelled: February 2021

Jean Anne Swope -

The trip was fantastic. I highly recommend that anyone travel to Antarctica. I am so glad that we chose to fly the Drake Passage, instead of sailing it, which gave us more time in Antarctica. I also think crossing the polar circle was a huge highlight. I would also insist that anyone booking a trip participate in the kayak program... knowing what I know now and having experienced the kayak program was the best thing about the trip. Kayaking gave us a pristine and uncluttered experience of Antarctica and allowed us to visit more than other tourists on our boat. I also really enjoyed stepping on the Antarctic continent. Most of the stops were on islands along the peninsula, but one stop was on the continent itself, which is a must do. The people we met on the trip were great. I did notice that the average age range of the guests on board was 60-80 years old, but in the kayak program it was younger (30-40 years old) and more at my pace. It was great to meet all the guests on the ship, but I did notice that the tour groups tended to stay separate and did not mingle, and that was disappointing. The food was great, but there were not many chicken options and limited salad bar items. I would have liked to see more white-meat options at dinner.

Travelled: February 2021

Kelly, Shannon and Robin Politte -

The ship's crew was the highlight of the trip for us, they were simply magnificent. While it was good to go and see Antarctica, once was enough for us there. The surprise was how desolate it was. Very austere and lonely.

Travelled: February 2021

Claudia -

Two highlights were crossing the Antarctic Circle and stepping foot twice on the continent.

Travelled: February 2021

Linda Beairsto -

I think for me it was the feeling of a vast space, extraordinary geological riches, of course the wildlife, but also the human footprint.

Travelled: February 2021

Ian Murdoch -

Highlight was kayaking landscapes were beautiful, and the wildlife, although not comparable to Africa, was enjoyable Nice people on the trip No surprises

Travelled: February 2021

Cliff Klein -

The highlight for us was the day we went through the Lemaire Channel, visited Pleneau Bay and Port Charcot, did the polar plunge, and had a deck BBQ dinner. It was an amazing day. The landscape and wildlife were incredible. Conceptualizing the sheer quantity of ice surrounding you is breath taking. And the penguins were always funny to watch. The guides were incredible and beyond knowledgable. Their passion is contagious and it was clear they love their job. Fellow passengers and other ship crew were also extremely friendly and interesting. One unfortunate surprise was the final payment process. The payment processor was through a different company and country than any of the previous payments, so getting approval from one's card issuer was unnecessarily challenging for many passengers. This could've been prevented by communicating the information prior to departing Punta Arenas. Our most magical moment was at the Port Charcot hike where scenery was truly amazing and looked like a painting.

Travelled: February 2021

Jon & Katie Fox -

being attacked by a leopard seal while in a kayak

Travelled: March 2020

John -

spending hours with the penguins

Travelled: March 2020

Fredi -

The most memorable moment of all times was the heat and the intensity of the sunlight that i saw at the top of the mountain. As u know, Antarctica had the highest recorded temperatures while I was there. and its not just like any other high temperature that I'm used to in NY, this sun in Antarctica is very strong. its bright and it got very hot. never did I even imagine that the sun and the heat that i will face in Antarctica will be stronger than what im used to NY. goes to show how severe the climate emergency is. and its real!. that was astonishing!

Travelled: February 2020

Misbah -


Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.



Additional Notes

Please note for departures from November 2024 - March 2025 Grand Suite cabins will be renamed as Suites.

Due to popularity of this trip, early booking is strongly advised (12-18 months in advance).  

Passengers who book to share a Twin Cabin are accommodated in single rooms at the hotel in Punta Arenas for which there's a mandatory supplement on top of the voyage price of USD $790 (2024/25 season) or USD $830 (2025/26 season).

While choosing to fly to/from Antarctica is the most expedient option, it's also more weather dependent than travelling by ship across the Drake Passage. Charter flights to/from Antarctica operate on a very flexible schedule to accommodate the changeable weather conditions. As a result, flight timings may be brought forward or delayed to ensure safe operating conditions. To discuss in more detail, please get in touch

Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the ship has a good number of dedicated single cabins, please contact us for details. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin. 

Children aged 8 years or more are admitted if accompanied by a fully responsible adult. A 5% discount on the rate per person is offered for children up to 8-12 years of age.

Optional Adventure Activities

Enhance your trip with the following add ons. Limited places per activity.
Get in contact to check availability.

Activity Cost Additional Information
Add on icon Kayaking Kayaking $995 All departures. Kayaking competency required. Must be booked prior to departure. Subject to availability. For voyages departing November 2025 to March 2026, the kayaking program price is $695-$895 per person, depending on voyage date, and operated with two groups rather than one as in the 2024-25 season. Only 20 spots total are available during each voyage. Booked kayakers will go out on paddle sessions in two separate groups of 10 guests each. Please note that these operate on an alternating basis, so Group 1 will kayak while the other group follows the normal off-ship program of landing or zodiac cruising, then at the next kayaking opportunity (likely the next day) Group 2 will kayak instead. With this process, each group of 10 guests enjoy one to two kayaking excursions during the duration of the expedition, if weather permits.
Add on icon Snowshoeing Snowshoeing $85 Available for booking on board the ship. All departures depending on snow conditions. Snow shoes provided.


  • Airport/ hotel transfers as indicated
  • Hotel accommodation in P. Arenas on day 1 and 9
  • Charter flights P. Arenas/Antarctica return
  • Access to Explorers House expedition centre in P. Arenas pre and post-voyage
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals on full board basis
  • Complimentary drinks offered during meals
  • Welcome dinner including drinks
  • All guided shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • IAATO passenger fee


  • Parka jackets are not provided
  • Any flights to/ from voyage start and end points
  • Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
  • Transfers not specified in the itinerary
  • Optional adventure activities (e.g. kayaking)
  • Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature - laundry, bar tab, etc
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)

Questions about this Voyage?