Taking a cruise to Antarctica is something that every cruise fan has dreamed of at one point or another. Unfortunately, most itineraries are just too expensive for most travelers to afford. While even the cheapest options are surely going to hurt your wallet at least a little bit, there are some deals out there that aren’t so bad. If seeing Antarctica is something you are truly serious about, these itineraries are some of the best deals that you can find.
16-Day Antarctica and Cape Horn from Princess, $1849
When it comes to affordable cruises, Princess really has your back. Spending more than two weeks throughout South America and Antarctica for less than $2000 sounds pretty unbelievable, but trust us when we say that it’s real. The catch is, of course, that you won’t spend a majority of that time in Antarctica. Four of your days will be spent cruising around the Antarctic Peninsula, but you won’t get the chance to step foot on the continent. In fact, any “affordable” Antarctic cruise will simply be sailing near the continent rather than giving you a chance to step onto it. Still, this is an excellent price for what you get, and you’ll also get to see the Falkland Islands, Cape Horn, and Ushuaia. Oh, and guests three and four book for $1199, bringing the average ticket price down to $1524 for a group of four. Nice. Check out the details here.
Antarctica and South America Round-trip Buenos Aires from Norwegian, $1770
Here’s an even more affordable option from Norwegian Cruise Line. It departs from Buenos Aires and takes you around South America before spending about two days sailing around Antarctica proper. You’ll cruise past Elephant Island, a spot known for its elephant seals (that’s not an animal you get to see everyday, eh?). This itinerary is pretty similar to the one offered by Princess, but it’s shorter and cheaper. If you’re interested, read all about it on their website.
22-Day South America and Antarctica Holiday from Holland America, $4129
This itinerary is obviously a bit more expensive than the other ones, but it offers much more adventure than the other two do. While you still only spend four days in Antarctica, you’ll also cruise through Glacier Alley, the Strait of Magellan, Chilean fjords, and more amazing spots. This one is more focused on visiting many areas around South America rather than solely focusing on Antarctica, and it looks like a lot of fun. You can check out all the different ports and activities here.
Getting to Antarctica isn’t always easy, but it’s definitely worth it. If you have the chance to visit the continent, you will never forget about it.