M/V Magellan Explorer
An exciting and beautiful new addition to Antarctica21's fly-cruise operation, the M/V Magellan Explorer means that guests can fly over the infamous Drake Passage, cutting four days at sea to now sail the Antarctic peninsula in ultimate comfort and style.
The world’s first custom-built ship designed for Antarctic air-cruise trips
- An air-cruise saves two days crossing the stormy Drakes Passage allowing passengers to board the Magellan Explorer directly in Antarctica
- Contemporary boutique style accommodation
- Dedicated single cabins available
When to visit
“Choosing the Magellan Explorer and flying over the Drake means you cut travel time and get straight to the Antarctic Peninsula – definitely the way to do it in my opinion!”
Top Things to Do Nearby
Fly to King George Island
Fly from Punta Arenas to Antarctica and you cross the legendary Drake Passage in just a few hours, arriving into the South Shetland Islands to meet your ship at King George Island.
The Drake Passage
The stretch of sea between the southern tip of South America and Antarctica is the Drake Passage, an often turbulent stretch of sea that marks the beginning and end of your journey south. Take in the midnight sunset and watch albatrosses fly alongside you.
Whales & Seals
Whilst most visitors find the penguins the primary draw in terms of Antarctic wildlife, the marine life includes numerous species of seal and whale. Species include humpback whales, orcas, elephant and leopard seals, and Antarctic fur seals.
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.