Join a small group of curious, like-mined travelers for the trip of a lifetime—an Antarctica cruise aboard the 116-passenger M.V. Sea Spirit. Antarctica is a place like no other in the world—a land of otherworldly icescapes, towering glaciers and amazing wildlife. Come explore it aboard our luxurious expedition vessel, exceptionally designed and outfitted to provide a safe and comfortable cruise to Antarctica.
Sea Spirit’s ice-certified hull, maneuverability and small size allow her to pursue itineraries not possible aboard conventional cruise vessels. She boasts state-of-the-art navigation and communications equipment, and she meets all SOLAS safety at sea requirements for Antarctic cruises.
Embark in Ushuaia, Argentina. Just 600 miles to the southeast, across the Drake Passage, lies the Antarctic Peninsula. While this is not a great distance, the “White Continent” remains a world apart, a majestic last frontier. Our expedition cruises are scheduled at the height of the Austral summer season – December through February – when waterways are open to navigation and wildlife is most active.
To fully immerse our guests in the experience and take advantage of the many opportunities to view wildlife ashore, we utilize a fleet of inflatable Zodiac landing craft that can be deployed quickly from the back of the ship. While at the Peninsula, we attempt several landings per day, permitting you maximum exposure to the many wildlife species and huge penguin colonies that make their summer homes in this environment. Or, we use the Zodiacs and kayaks for exploration around stunning icebergs and floes where seals stretch out and seemingly pose for our cameras.
Our expedition leader and diverse team of polar specialists will guide you at landing sites and provide an informative program of onboard lectures, video presentations and discussions. Collectively, our team of naturalists, wildlife biologists, geologists and historians has been on hundreds of cruises to Antarctica, and they know the best locations for both scenery and wildlife. They look forward to sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm with you, and are dedicated to providing the best Antarctic cruise experience possible.
They’ll also ensure that our guests are able to explore this remote and fragile world in an environmentally responsible manner, leaving no mark on one of the last great-untrammeled regions on earth. Remember that the Sea Spirit’s ability to visit specific landing sites during is dependent on weather and sea conditions, with day-by-day itinerary changes often dictated by nature. Ship movements and expedition landings are made at the discretion of the captain and expedition leader, with optimum wildlife viewing and passenger safety always the priority.
While Antarctic cruise cost is certainly an important consideration, Poseidon suggests that you think about another important point—the size of the ship on which you intend to travel.
Antarctic Treaty regulations dictate that no more than 100 passengers go ashore at a landing site at any given time. So, if your vessel plans to be at a landing site for three hours—and your ship holds 200, 300 or even more passengers—your potential time ashore will be reduced in order to accommodate all the passengers hoping to go.
In addition to the expeditionary elements that make Antarctic cruises so rewarding, Poseidon takes great care to ensure your comfort and well-being. The all-suite Sea Spirit is tastefully appointed with queen-size beds – or twins if you prefer – sofas, private facilities and thoughtful amenities. All staterooms have exterior views – many have large windows – and some of the suites feature private balconies. During your Antarctic cruise, enjoy delicious, freshly prepared meals from our internationally trained chefs.
We hope we’ve been able to give you some good reasons why Poseidon Expeditions is an excellent choice. We would be delighted to welcome you aboard!