Do I need a visa to travel to Antarctica?
A pre-arranged visa is not required to enter Antarctica. If your Antarctic cruise is departing from an Argentinian port such as Ushuaia, no pre-arranged visa is required to enter Argentina by citizens of the UK, Australia, Ireland, European Union, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and the USA. Other nationalities should check with your closest Argentinean embassy or consulate. Australian, Canadian and USA citizens must pay a “reciprocity fee” to enter Argentina. This is not a visa, but a fee based on the fees that Argentinean citizens pay for visas to these countries. The fee must be paid online and in advance for arrival at all airports.
Is there a laundry on board the ship?
Yes, a laundry service at a reasonable cost is included on every ship.
What is the food like on the ships that go to Antarctica?
Food on board our cruise ships is excellent. Breakfasts and lunches tend to be buffet style, with dinners generally served to your table and featuring 3 and sometimes 4 courses. The range of food is diverse with professional chefs preparing a wide selection of gourmet dishes.
What currency is used in Antarctica?
There is no currency in Antarctica but the unit of currency in Argentina is the Argentinian Peso. The main currency at the Port Lockroy Post Office is the US $ although the UK £ and Euro € are also accepted. On all Antarctic cruises meals are included but drinks and souvenirs need to be purchased separately. Most cruise ships accept Euros € and US $. Major credit cards, in particular Visa and MasterCard are also widely accepted on board. If your Antarctic cruise includes the Falkland Islands, the currency of the islands is the Falkland Islands Pound (FK £), although UK £’s are accepted as well.
- Parka jacket – lightweight, wind and weather-resistant shell
- Warm trousers – ski pants or sturdy trousers
- Waterproof trousers – Gore-Tex or similar waterproofand “breathable” fabrics are recommended
- Long thermal underwear – silk or polypropylene is highly recommended
- Sweaters – wool sweaters or a polar fleece jacket
- Mittens and gloves – thin polypropylene gloves underneath warm mittens
- Woollen cap and a scarf or balaclava
- Warm socks – sturdy, long wool socks and thin pairs of silk, polypropylene or cotton/wool socks
- A sturdy, lightweigh tand waterproof daypack for landings or Zodiac excursions
- Sunglasses with U.V. filter
- Protective sunscreen for lips, hands and face
- Swimsuit for hotels, aboard some ships and (maybe) for a polar plunge
- Camera with spare batteries and memory cards
- Extra pair of prescription glasses
- Prescription medicines and other remedies such as seasickness medication
- Zip lock plastic bags or dry sacks for carrying camera, batteries, etc.
- T-shirts or other casual warm weather clothes
- Clothes for gateway cities
How cold does it get in Antarctica?
Temperatures in the summer generally rest around 0°C but can get as high as 5°C near the coast, with long periods of constant sunlight. In winter, mean temperatures are usually between -10°C and -30°C near the coast, falling to below -60°C on the high interior plateau, with long periods of constant darkness.
What is there to do while on the ship?
Whilst some of our Antarctic cruise ships boast a gym, sauna and small pools, this is rare and generally the majority have a lecture theatre, library, bar and restaurant, as well as the main deck. All ships offer a series of lectures focusing on the geology, history and wildlife of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, to help you prepare for what lies ahead. You can interact with the crew and expedition team as well as your fellow passengers in the common areas and either brave the elements to stand on deck taking in the spectacular scenery and wildlife-watching, scanning the horizon for whales, seals and seabirds, or do so from the comfort of the lounges and observation decks.
Can we go on shore in Antarctica?
Shore landings are a feature of our Antarctic cruises and one or two shore or Zodiac excursions are usually planned per day, weather conditions permitting.
What is there to do on shore?
Shore landings are mainly for wildlife watching of penguins, seals and nesting birds although itineraries often try to include a visit to a scientific base. Certain cruises provide opportunities for activities such as snowshoeing, skiing, hiking, mountaineering and even overnight camping.
How many people will be on the ship?
The number of people on board varies depending on the ship but the majority of our ships carry between 50 and 150 passengers. A few of the mega-yachts and purpose-built cruise ships carry around 250 passengers.
Is it safe to go to Antarctica?
All of our tours are 100% tried and tested to ensure that when you travel with us, you’re doing so in a controlled and safe environment with trained experts. We consistently monitor weather conditions and will always provide you with the best possible adventure without risk of injury to you or the vessel. While some activities may need to be rescheduled or cancelled due to weather, every effort is made to have a contingency意外 plan should such conditions become a reality during your expeditions探险. We’ve been the experts in Antarctic travel for well over 10 years and use our vast experience and knowledge when picking the vessels we sell to provide you with an adventure that’s unforgettable for all the right reasons.
Will I get sea sick?
It is true that at times the Drake Passage can produce turbulent seas, but our vessels are built for maximum stability and comfort to ensure that even in rough conditions, sea and motion sickness are kept to a minimum at all times. We also have a host of services and facilities available should symptoms befall you. It also might be possible to fly over the Drake Passage, so speak to one of our destination specialists for more information about this.
There are so many different trips and itineraries – how do I pick the right one for me?
We pride ourselves on our customisable range of Antarctica tours that allow you to tailor the perfect Antarctic experience for your own goals and wishes. We also offer a wide range of tours to suit a diverse array of budgets, from 6 day express cruises, to 35 day expeditions. Speak to one of our consultants who can help you plan your perfect Antarctica cruise, which includes all of the elements you’re looking for in your trip
I want to see Antarctica but not give up my creature comforts – is this even possible?
The remoteness of Antarctica can sometimes deter the adventurous heart, but unlike the famous explorers of the past, you can leave the ration packs at home as we can provide all the modern comfort and luxuries you need after a day of adventure, in a safe and comfortable environment. Quiet, relaxing cabins, beautiful food and wine, and spacious common areas allow you to soak in the picturesque landscapes at your own pace. When it’s time to venture off the vessel, our range of itineraries include activities to suit all abilities and fitness levels.