Named after Sir Frances Drake, the Drake Passage is a body of water that connects the tip of Patagonia to the South Shetland Islands and the start of the continent of Antarctica.
Many Antarctica cruise ships pass through the Drake en route to Antarctica, and the journey can take up to 48 hours. This passage is known for its rough and tumultuous conditions and waves of sometimes 30 feet. It's also here that you can often see a variety of seabirds, including lots of albatrosses and sometimes even dolphins and whales.
Some Antarctic cruises offer a 'Fly and Cruise' option in order that you don't have to endure the journey across the Drake either on the way there or on the way back. Instead you take a flight from Punta Arenas, direct to King George Island in Antarctica, or vice versa.
Photos of Drake Passage
Map of Drake Passage