What makes a luxury trip?
- The focus on customer service is evident throughout - from the highly experienced expedition teams to the award winning restaurants
- Luxury doesn't mean less adventure, expect adrenaline-filled days of exploring
- Time on board is fully maximised, specialists wander the decks and lectures fill sailing time
- The level of comfort of the cabins and communal spaces is unrivalled, designed to maximise space, light and views
What to expect
Customer Service: Your expedition leaders have been handpicked for their experience, passion and expertise, at the highest standards of any ships in Antarctica. The excellent service and welcoming hospitality of the staff is enhanced by a staggeringly high crew to guest ratio, often at nearly 1:1.
You will travel with explorers, scientists, authors, photographers and destination experts at your side, as you discover these remote and remarkable environments.
Cabins & communal spaces: Open up the doors of your cabin straight onto your personal balcony, to watch whales breaching with your morning coffee. Stroll across the ample deck space, or relax in a choice of lounge areas. The emphasis here is on space and light, maximising your opportunities for spotting wildlife, and for feeling right in the heart of Antarctica.
Food: Only here will you find gourmet menus and a choice of restaurants at the end of the earth. Premium fine wines, champagnes, 3-course menus and international cuisine await, to be savoured with a backdrop of sparkling icebergs and glittering snowscapes.
The old adage that 'any fool can be uncomfortable' is just as relevant in Antarctica. The recent arrival of a fleet of well-appointed ships offering creature comforts from Nespresso machines to balcony suites, and even 24/7 butler service, has significantly raised the bar at the end of the earth.
Alex Mudd Polar Specialist
Choosing your luxury cruise
Luxury expedition ships
Wander the onboard library with an expert glaciologist, get out each day to feel the snow and ice crunching beneath your boots, or just breathe in the Antarctic air from your balcony. Ships such as the Hebridean Sky, Magellan Explorer and Greg Mortimer are designed for comfort and adventure, everything from deck space to lounge areas to ship stability has been considered, without compromising your discovery of Antarctica.
The luxury here is bigger than just your surroundings, it comes from the sheer experience of the expert team, the focus on remote, adventurous landings, and the impressive crew to passenger ratio. Travel in comfort, soaking in the passionate, expeditionary atmosphere.
Outstanding onboard experience
Settle into life on board a world-class cruise ship, with fully inclusive service, Relais & Chateaux gourmet menus and exquisite cabins and communal spaces. The on onboard experience is at the heart of these voyages, with breathtaking vessels designed to cater for more passengers without compromising on space or service.
You'll still be taken on guided adventures ashore, to walk with penguins, zodiac with whales and hike to viewpoints, and will have support from an expert team as you travel the white continent.
Fly to Antarctica
When time is a luxury, maximising your days in Antarctica is of utmost importance, and flying across the Drake Passage is a brilliant shortcut. It takes just two hours to fly to Antarctica, but it eliminates four days of sailing across open sea, so you can spend each precious moment out exploring.
On arrival, you'll embark on a luxury vessel where the aim is an intimate experience: the Hebridean Sky and Magellan Explorer have only 70 passengers, oceanview cabins, and an action-packed itinerary to get you straight to the best Antarctica has to offer.
Our top luxury trips to Antarctica
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Luxury vessels sailing to Antarctica
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Luxury voyages: FAQs
Most of these ships are expedition ships at heart - their focus is on getting you out and into Antarctica. Experiences such as walking with penguins, kayaking, zodiac rides with humpback whales, and hikes on remote islands are all still very much on the menu. What's more, you'll be with award-winning expedition teams, and can relax in comfort as you sail between Antarctica's most intriguing, spectacular destinations.
These trips are highly sought-after, and cabins begin to fill up 24-18 months in advance. If you have a ship, cabin or voyage in mind, you'll need to be considering your trip a few seasons in advance to avoid disappointment.
Yes; kayaking amongst the icebergs is offered on a number of luxury voyages, and if you can bear to leave your cabin for the evening then camping out under the stars is also available.
Falklands & South Georgia
South Georgia and the Falkland Islands lie in the Southern Pacific Ocean, relatively close to the southernmost region of South America from where Antarctic cruises depart.
Therefore, there are some Antarctic cruises which include the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. See the top five reasons to visit South Georgia & the Falklands and which cruises include these extraordinary islands - wildlife havens and steeped in history.