Antarctic circle cruise, Antarctica

“Two weeks on an expedition ship that's small enough to navigate narrow glacial passages such as the Lemaire Channel. Zodiac expeditions, Antarctic experts and on-board observations lead to extraordinary animal encounters.”


Beagle Channel | Drake Passage | South Shetland Islands | Deception Island | Lemaire Channel | Antarctic Peninsula | cross the Antarctic Circle | Ushuaia |

Description of Antarctic circle cruise, Antarctica

This two week cruise on the small polar adventure ships: the Ocean Diamond and the Ocean Adventurer, will leave you in no uncertain terms as to the majesty of the region with the glistening walls of the Lemaire Channel providing a secret narrow passage towards an incredible island archipelago.

After enduring the drama of the Drake Passage passengers will be invited to make the most of Zodiac rides and expeditions on dry land where a host of wildlife, including penguins, seals and seabirds, ensure this is an Antarctic circle cruise that leaves nothing to chance when it comes to animal encounters.

From watching humpback whales out at sea to observing penguin rookeries aligning the shore, this is an essential Antarctica expedition and will attract travellers interested in an educational experience just as much as those searching for pure and simple excitement and adventure.

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

UK office
It all starts at home so we have first worked to reduce our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Polar Bear Study
The Polar bear’s migratory patterns have long been a mystery to conservationists. With money raised from expeditions and donations, we have made valuable contributions to the purchase of the expensive tracking collars – critical in monitoring their hunting and mating patterns.

Albatross Campaign
Almost half a million US dollars has been raised through staff and passengers towards the ‘Get the Albatross off the Hook’ campaign, aimed at stopping the butchery of albatrosses by long-line fishing.

Scott Polar Research Institute
Finally we support the work of the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge, which is the oldest international centre for Polar Research within a university.

The Impacts of this Trip

Leaders & local suppliers
We take extremely seriously our responsibility to minimise our impact on these pristine areas.
We are an Associate Member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and have agreed to abide by one of the tourism world's most conscientious codes of conduct. Two of our ship operators are also members of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), which covers operations in Spitsbergen.

RT Project
Penguin Lifelines
As part of our commitment to conservation and responsible travel, we have teamed up with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) to support Penguin Lifelines, a conservation project designed to research the impact of climate change on Antarctic penguins and understand their population structure and migration patterns.
Antarctic penguin populations are facing serious threats from both climate change and fisheries. In order to make educated conservation decisions, accurate biological data is needed, and therefore we are helping provide the ZSL with access to valuable data through both 'DNA feather printing' and colony counting from photographic records.


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