Things To Do
Home to amazing wildlife and majestic landscapes of towering snow and ice, Antarctica is a winter wonderland that few have the privilege to experience. There are two ways to experience Antarctica-on a large-ship cruise aboard a luxury cruise ship or on an expedition-style cruise.
While large-ship cruising, you'll spend hours sightseeing from the comfort of your cruise ship, equipped with binoculars and a cup of hot chocolate. From your private balcony or out on deck, you can enjoy the sights of the Antarctic Sound -- Hope Bay, Paulet and Elephant islands -- or watch for signs of wildlife on the shores of the South Shetland Islands. You might cruise around Deception Island for great views of the island's crater or observe nesting penguins frolicking on black-sand beaches. Some itineraries will visit the Wilhelm Archipelago, which is an ideal spot for viewing rookeries of gentoo and adelie penguins. Anvers Island is home to Palmer Station and its team of scientists, who have been known to go aboard cruise ships to greet passengers and share their findings. If you're lucky, you might also see a whale gliding through the water or an albatross gracefully soaring across the sky before your Antarctic journey ends.
On an expedition cruise, you'll explore Antarctica alongside an accomplished team of experts, who will take you on an exciting journey through the icy wilderness. Ride in zodiacs, taking in the sights and sounds of the Antarctic. See spectacular iceberg sculptures up close. Explore ashore where you'll see rookeries of gentoo penguins, or catch a glimpse of a Weddell seal sunbathing. Other activities include a stop in Port Lockroy, where you can mail a postcard from Antarctica's only post office, or a visit to one of the region's research stations to grasp what life is like on the White Continent. Back onboard, you'll attend fascinating lectures on the history, wildlife and geology of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Regardless of your cruising style, a number of itineraries will stop at Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands, where colorful cottage-lined streets and traditional pubs bring life to this tiny community. Consider touring the city's 19th-century Anglican Cathedral, which boasts a unique arch constructed from the jaws of two blue whales, or visit the Bluff Cove Penguin Rookery for an up-close look at penguins.