Antarctica21 Fly Cruise
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
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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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Antarctica21 is the first fly-cruise program in Antarctica. Fly over Cape Horn and avoid having to sail the infamous Drake Passage before navigating the waters of the incredible Antarctic Peninsula to some of the most inaccessible places on earth.
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 three and a half hours to get to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands, where you will board the Hebridean Sky or the new addition to Antarctica21's fleet, the M/V Magellan Explorer.
Spend days 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. Expert English-speaking guides will lead the shore excursions 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 Hebridean Sky has 56 double cabins with exterior view, distributed across five decks. All the cabins are en-suite and all are equipped with flat screen TV with dvd/cd player, independent temperature control, telephone and minibar. The suites all have a queen size bed or two single beds and all have a sofa that be converted for an extra person.
The M/V Magellan Explorer has seven categories of cabin available including dedicated single cabins. With the exception of Porthole cabins, the most economical on offer, all other cabins feature private balconies. All double cabins, bar two, have twin beds that may be joined to make one king-sized bed. All other cabins have twin beds that join to form a queen-sized bed. All cabins on board the Magellan Explorer feature a wardrobe, comfortable sitting area, individually controlled heating and a private bathroom with shower.
Please note that the fly cruises are only suitable for children from the age of 12 and over.
Facilities on board the Hebridean Sky include a dining room, bar/lounge, exercise room, an elevator between decks, lounge with audiovisual facilities, DVD movie library, a library with computers, WiFi internet and a medical clinic.
Guests on board the Magellan Explorer can enjoy views from the glass-enclosed observation lounge and state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment in the presentation room. There is a spacious and stylish dining room, modern bar, library, meeting room, gym, sauna and medical clinic.
Expedition staff on board will aim for the maximum amount of disembarkations permitted per day, including shore landings and zodiac excursions. Both boats have a fleet of zodiacs that are perfectly suited to navigating amongst glaciers and watching wildlife.
The Antarctica XXI staff had been hand picked for specific skills they all brought to the program. Together it was a tight crew. They were all instantly liked by the group. They created an environment that helped all of us (who were in luxury mode) make the transition out of our digs, into the reality of being in Antarctica...my time in Antarctica was everything I always hoped for.
Exploring the Lemaire Channel
Boasting some of the most spectacular mountain scenery and icebergs, the Lemaire Channel is a truly beautiful part of the Antarctic Peninsula to explore, both on your ship and on Zodiac excursions.
Visiting Port Lockroy
Port Lockroy is a British-built research station situated on Goudier Island and restored into a museum about the early explorers in 1996. A fascinating place to explore, and plenty of gentoo penguins outside to entertain you, too.
Whales, seals and dolphins
Whilst most visitors find the penguins the primary draw in terms of Antarctic wildlife, the marine life includes numerous species of seal, dolphin and whale. Species include humpback whales, orcas, elephant and leopard seals, and hourglass dolphins.
One of the real highlights of an Antarctic cruise is getting out on the water in small Zodiac vessels, the ideal way to get up close to the icebergs, wildlife and marine life.
Location & directions
Embark and disembark in Punta Arenas. The cruise operates from King George Island and returns to King George Island
How to get there
16-hour flight to Santiago followed by a 3-hour 30-minute flight to Punta Arenas where the Antarctica21 Fly Cruise commences.