A new season means new reasons to visit. The Antarctica 18.19 Season is upon us, and with it comes exciting new reasons to make this the time you finally take the trip of a lifetime—or come back for another one!
What’s new for Antarctica 18.19?
These few reasons are just the tip of the iceberg! Discover all 20 for yourself!
Our new 5-star luxury vessel, the World Explorer, is ready to launch this season. Designed with polar travel in mind, its luxurious all-suite, all-balcony design will ensure you never miss a stunning view. The ship will feature a hybrid engine, an outdoor running track, dedicated spa area, outdoor heated pool, gym, sauna and a glass domed observation lounge. Pair those amenities with the 5-star chef prepared meals, and you’ll find yourself never wanting to leave.
Experience a wildlife safari unlike any other! Our South Georgia and Antarctica: Penguin Safari, hits up some of the most popular places to spot our black & white friends, including King, Rockhopper and Gentoo species.
For those looking to come home with some truly breathtaking photos, there are two new Photography Series this season: Antarctic Explorer, and Crossing the Circle. They feature onboard photography experts, more time spent at photogenic sites, and onboard lectures and workshops. Word of advice: bring plenty of memory cards!
Feel like you’ve seen all there is to see? Think again. South Georgia is nicknamed the Galapagos of South Atlantic and our newest voyage, Falklands (Malvinas) and South Georgia: Islands of the Southern Ocean, is perfect for both; passengers who wish to experience a new part of the Southern Ocean, or anyone looking for an in-depth South Georgia expedition.
New this season, Quark will cover all gratuities to our amazing team of dedicated crew members. That means less for you to worry about on your adventure.
February 2 is World Whale Day! Lucky passengers may get a glimpse of majestic humpback whales and orcas below the icy waters. The best time to see them is late in the season. If whale watching is what you are after, we recommend our Crossing the Circle voyage.
We’ve heard that you want more time on some of our most popular voyages. We’ll now be offering 12-day itineraries, including the Antarctic Explorer, which means you’ll have even more time for exploration in the Antarctic.
With an arresting display of wildlife, glaciers and fjords, the mountainous islands are a beautiful voyage pit stop. On South Georgia, the King penguin rookeries are at their most impressive and macaroni penguins are in their greatest numbers in March, so great time to book Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica!
With a population of only about 4,000 people during the Austral summer, Antarctica is the most exclusive continent on which to ring in the New Year. Our recommended voyage on which to pop the cork is the Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake, departing Friday, December 28, 2018.
The late season in Antarctica means stunning sunsets and pristine night skies far away from any light pollution. During your Crossing the Circle voyage, stay out on the deck long enough and maybe you’ll spot a shooting star!
Visitors in December and January may be able to see one of the cutest sights in one of the coldest parts of the world: newly hatched penguin chicks. Get a glimpse of penguin parents tending to their fuzzy, young hatchlings on the Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent voyage departing January 8, 2019.
January 20th is Penguin Awareness Day. And there is no one more aware than the world’s top penguinologist, Dr. Tom Hart. Experience his limitless well of penguin knowledge at one of his onboard lectures, or simply sidle up to him during dinner.
Heavy ice conditions can make crossing the Antarctic Circle difficult or even impossible, but that won’t stop us from trying! On the Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle voyage, experience true exploration, as we attempt to be the first passengers of the season to cross the circle at 66°33′ in the Southern Hemisphere.
Give you and your family a gift you’ll never forget: our Crossing the Circle voyage is an epic Antarctic expedition taking place over the holiday season. No wrapping paper required.
On early November’s Antarctic Explorer expedition, you’ll have the chance to witness the unique mating rituals of the Gentoo penguins. They begin courting and building their nests out of pebbles, and sometimes they offer pebbles to their mates as a form of courting. The austral spring season also means the Antarctic ice is at its most spectacular and pristine – catch a glimpse before it floats away!
When booking the Ocean Endeavour, the transfer package between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia is now optional. That gives you the chance to explore stunning Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia before or after your Antarctic Explorer voyage.
Witness playful aquatic mammals, including Fur seals, Weddell seals, and the distinctly snouted Elephant seals, all in their natural habitat. March 22 is the International Day of the Seal, and there’s no better way to celebrate than seeing these fun creatures in their natural habitat.