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Antarctica XXI Fly Cruise

Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica

Antarctica XXI is the first fly-cruise program in Antarctica. Fly over Cape Horn and avoid having to sail the fearsome Drake Passage before navigating the waters of the incredible Antarctic Peninsula to some of the most inaccessible places on earth.

At a Glance

  • First fly Cruise to launch in Antarctica

  • Travel by air to avoid the two rough Drake Passage crossings

  • Discover fascinating wildlife in the most inaccessible regions

  • Outside-facing cabins offering unparalleled views of icebergs, glaciers and snow capped mountains

  • Expert English-speaking guides are on hand to lead the excursions

Adventure, Cruise, Parties & events, Wildlife

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Antarctica XXI Fly Cruise or take a look at our itineraries to Antarctic Peninsula


Explorers have long been lured by the White Continent. Discover the fascinating wildlife and landscapes that Antarctica has to offer on this unforgettable fly-cruise expedition which avoids the two rough Drake Passage crossings and allows you to do what really matters - exploring one of the last truly unspoiled regions of the world.

Flying from Punta Arenas in Chile, it takes 3-hour 30-minute to get to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands, where you board the M/V Ocean Nova. This comfortable, specially-designed expedition vessel with an ice-strengthened hull and state-of-the-art equipment will take you into the most inaccessible regions. Expert English-speaking guides will lead shore excursions by zodiac to the most interesting areas to observe wildlife such as the wandering albatross, elephant seals and of course penguins,as well as the unparalleled scenery of multi-colored icebergs, glaciers and towering snow-capped mountains.The ship sleeps up to 68 passengers in outside-facing cabins and offer guests an awe-inspiring view every morning, and the restaurant, lounge, bar and library are great areas for guests to exchange their tales of discovery from the day.

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1: Fly to Punta Arenas and overnight at a hotel in the town.

Day 2: Fly Punta Arenas to King George Island, South Shetlands and embark on the M/V Ocean Nova.

Day 3-6: Cruising between the South Shetland islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, whilst in the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day disembark by zodiac and explore the landscape together with the expert guides. On board the ship enjoy an interesting program of lectures and presentations and enjoy amazing views from the glass-enclosed lounge.

Day 7: Return to King George Island for your flight back to Punta Arenas.

We can also offer a 4 night/5 day Express Antarctica Cruise and am 8 night/9 day Polar Circle Air Cruise.

Please note that the fly cruises are suitable for children from the age of 12 and over.


The M/V Ocean Nova sleeps up to 68 passengers in comfortable, outside facing cabins, all with private facilities. There is the option of single, twin and triple cabins.


Facilities on board the M/V Ocean Nova include a bar, dining room, observation lounge, library and infirmary. The ship is equipped with zodiacs that are well suited for disembarkation and wildlife watching.


Daily guided excursions on land and on water, with the use of the ship's zodiacs, are included during all the fly cruises.

Location & Directions

Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica

Embark and disembark in Punta Arenas. The cruise operates from King George Island and returns to King George Island

When to go

Antarctic weather is a lesson in extremes. Antarctica is the world’s coldest, windiest and driest continent. During the summer months the winds abate considerably and the weather is surprisingly comfortable, averaging between 20 and 50F. Summertime also means 18-24 hours of sunlight which allows life to flourish for a brief summer period. Long days also allow extensive exploration by small ship cruise to Antarctica. Antarctic weather allows for a short season of cruising from November to March each year.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Antarctica XXI Fly Cruise or take a look at our itineraries to Antarctic Peninsula

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