What makes a luxury Antarctica cruise?

  • The focus on customer service is evident throughout - from the highly experienced expedition teams to the award-winning restaurants
  • The level of comfort of the cabins and communal spaces is unrivalled, designed to maximise space, light and views. Swoop only works with partners that offer the best luxury Antarctic cruises
  • Time on board is fully maximised, the best polar guides in the business are ready to share knowledge and anecdotes, and lectures fill sailing time
  • When time is a luxury, flying to Antarctica is the ultimate way to make the most of the White Continent

Choosing your luxury cruise

Small expedition ships

Explore 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. Luxury Antarctica cruise ships such as Magellan Explorer, Greg Mortimer and NG Resolution 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. 

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Medium-sized ships

Settle into life onboard a luxury Antarctica cruise ship, with fully inclusive service, gourmet menus and exquisite cabins and communal spaces. The 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, observe whales from your zodiac and hike to viewpoints, and will have support from an expert team as you travel the White Continent.

Most luxurious Antarctica cruise - Silver Cloud ship

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What our customers think of Luxury Antarctica Cruises

Luxury Antarctica Cruises trips scored 4.6/5 from 360 reviews

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It was wonderful; the ship's crew could not do enough for anyone, and the food was excellent.

Travelled: March 2018

Mick - UK

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The expedition team went out of their way to make it the best experience possible for us. They were very personal in their approach and always willing to spend time individually with passengers.

Travelled: February 2018

Sue - Australia

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It was a beautiful ship! Our rooms were really large. The food was delicious and the entire crew on the ship was so friendly. It's the perfect size ship to get to know pretty much everyone.

Travelled: December 2017

Jill & Family - Texas

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The expedition staff were all super professional and top in their field. They were very personable as well. It was nice to have the option to snowshoe on one day and go out on the science boat on another.

Travelled: December 2017

Lori - Texas

My advice is to strongly consider this new segment of cruises that are small and combine expeditions with luxury (cabins, restaurants). Read the full review

Travelled: February 2022

Gary Lincoln Neilson - USA

Very pleased - the Hebridean Sky and expedition staff were first class.

Travelled: February 2018


Swoop and especially Loli were terrific from initial contacts to getting on the ship.

Travelled: December 2017

Austine & Cathleen - Colorado

Swoop provided excellent service; they have a lot of experience in Antarctica and recommended me the perfect voyage. There were many discussions but they helped me narrow it down.

Travelled: December 2017

Dominic & Jennifer - New York


Fly to Antarctica

When time is a luxury, maximising your days in Antarctica is of the utmost importance, and flying across the Drake Passage is a logical 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 Antarctica cruise ship where the aim is an intimate experience; the Hebridean Sky and Magellan Explorer have only 70 passengers, ocean view cabins, and an action-packed itinerary to get you straight to the best Antarctica has to offer.

How to get to a luxury Antarctica cruise

King George Island, Antarctica

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What to expect on a luxury Antarctica cruise?

Onboard expertise: 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 are 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.

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Cabins & communal spaces: Open up the doors of your cabin straight onto your personal balcony and 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, three-course menus and international cuisine await, to be savoured with a backdrop of sparkling icebergs and glittering snowscapes.

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Luxury Antarctica cruises: FAQs

  • Will I still get a proper Antarctic experience?

    Most of the luxury Antarctica 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.

  • How far in advance should I plan my trip?

    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.

  • Can I still do adventurous activities?

    Yes; kayaking amongst the icebergs is offered on a number of luxury voyages, and if you can bear to leave your luxury cabin for the evening then camping out under the stars is also available.

  • What is the most luxurious Antarctica cruise?

    Some of the most luxurious Antarctica cruises are those aboard the Silver Endeavour. The all-suite ship has extensive onboard amenities including a spa, jacuzzi and multiple dining options. Each suite has its own private balcony, where you might sample breakfast delivered by your personal butler. One of our favourite trips aboard the Silver Endeavour is the Ultimate Luxury Antarctic Fly & Cruise.

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Silver Endeavour, Antarctic Vessel

Silver Endeavour

With luxury, comfort and exceptional service as the foundations of its onboard experience, the Silver Endeavour is purported to be one of the most expensive expedition ships ever …

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