For those who seek additional excitement, some cruises offer optional activities, including skiing, camping, mountaineering, snowshoeing, photography and kayaking. These vary according to the operator, the time of the year, and are, as you would expect, somewhat weather dependent. For many people, the activities of a normal cruise offer ample opportunity to experience the nature, wildlife and experience of the Antarctic. However, these extra activities let you experience the continent that much closer. Whilst many may be an expensive addition, they really do represent a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. They usually must be arranged in advance.

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Ocean Diamond
Antarctic Explorer (10 nights) from $7,727
Ushuaia -> South Shetlands -> Antarctic Peninsula -> Neko Harbor
2013 departures10 Dec 2013 – 19 Dec 2013 – 28 Dec 2013
2014 + later4 Jan 2014 – 6 Jan 2014 – 14 Jan 2014 – 6 Feb 2014 – 1 Mar 2014
Optional activitiesKayak, Camping, Photography, Snowshoeing, Skiing, Mountaineering
Ocean Diamond
Antarctic Explorer via the Cape (10 nights) from $9,993
Ushuaia -> Cape Horn -> South Shetlands -> Antarctic Peninsula
2014 departures13 Feb 2014
Optional activitiesKayak, Photography
Sea Adventurer
Punta Arenas -> Antarctic Peninsula -> South Shetlands -> Polar Circle -> Along the Peninsula
2013 departures22 Dec 2013
Optional activitiesKayak, Camping, Snowshoeing
Sea Adventurer
Ushuaia -> Antarctic Peninsula -> South Shetlands -> Petermann Island -> Neko Harbour -> Port Lockroy -> Punta Arenas
2013 departures10 Dec 2013
Optional activitiesKayak, Camping, Snowshoeing
Sea Adventurer
Punta Arenas -> Antarctic Peninsula -> South Shetlands -> Pleneau Island -> Petermann Island -> Ushuaia
2013 departures30 Dec 2013
Optional activitiesKayak, Camping
Sea Adventurer
Punta Arenas -> Antarctic Peninsula -> South Shetlands -> Pleneau Island -> Petermann Island -> King George Island
2013 departures17 Dec 2013
Optional activitiesKayak, Camping, Snowshoeing
Ortelius
Antarctic Peninsula (9 nights) from $6,750
Ushuaia -> Antarctic Peninsula -> Neko Harbour -> Lemaire Channel
2013 departures13 Dec 2013 – 20 Dec 2013
2014 + later5 Feb 2014 – 15 Feb 2014 – 25 Feb 2014 – 20 Mar 2014
Optional activitiesKayak, Camping, Snowshoeing, , Photography, Mountaineering,
Plancius
Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp (10 nights) from $8,450
Ushuaia -> Drake Passage -> High Antarctica
2014 departures11 Nov 2014 – 21 Nov 2014
2015 + later3 Mar 2015
Optional activitiesCamping, Kayaking, Snowshoe/Hiking, Mountaineering
Sea Spirit
Antarctic Peninsula East and West (14 nights) from $19,193
Ushuaia -> Antarctic Peninsula -> Weddell Sea -> South Shetlands
2014 departures24 Jan 2014
Optional activitiesKayak, Camping
Ocean Nova
Ushuaia -> Port Williams -> Cape Horn -> South Shetlands -> King George -> Punta Arenas
2014 departures11 Jan 2014 – 29 Nov 2014
2015 + later14 Jan 2015
Ushuaia
Classic Antarctica (9 nights) from $4,720
Ushuaia -> Antarctic Peninsula -> South Shetlands
2013 departures20 Dec 2013
2014 + later25 Jan 2014 – 3 Feb 2014 – 13 Feb 2014 – 5 Mar 2014 – 15 Mar 2014 – 24 Mar 2014 – 7 Nov 2014 – 17 Nov 2014 – 27 Nov 2014 – 18 Dec 2014 – 28 Dec 2014 – 23 Jan 2015 – 1 Feb 2015 – 15 Mar 2015 – 25 Mar 2015
Ocean Nova
Punta Arenas -> King George Island -> South Shetlands -> Antarctic Peninsula
2013 departures7 Dec 2013 – 12 Dec 2013 – 17 Dec 2013 – 22 Dec 2013 – 27 Dec 2013
2014 + later17 Jan 2014 – 22 Jan 2014 – 27 Jan 2014 – 1 Feb 2014 – 6 Feb 2014 – 11 Feb 2014 – 2 Dec 2014 – 7 Dec 2014 – 12 Dec 2014 – 17 Dec 2014 – 22 Dec 2014 – 27 Dec 2014 – 17 Jan 2015 – 22 Jan 2015 – 27 Jan 2015 – 1 Feb 2015 – 6 Feb 2015 – 11 Feb 2015
Optional activitiesSea-Kayaking, Snowshoeing
Sea Adventurer
Ushuaia -> Falkland Islands -> South Georgia -> South Shetlands -> Antarctic Peninsula -> Antarctic Circle
2014 departures2 Feb 2014
Optional activitiesKayak
Sea Spirit
Ushuaia -> Falkland Islands -> South Georgia -> South Shetlands- Antarctic Peninsula -> Polar Circle
2013 departures17 Dec 2013
Optional activitiesKayak, Snowshoeing
Ocean Diamond
Ushuaia -> Antarctic Peninsula -> South Shetlands -> Antarctic Circle
2014 departures15 Jan 2014 – 16 Feb 2014 – 22 Feb 2014
Optional activitiesKayak, Camping, Photography
Ushuaia -> Falkland Islands -> South Georgia -> South Orkneys -> Antarctic Peninsula -> South Shetlands
1970 departures
Buenos Aires -> Falkland Islands -> South Georgia -> South Orkneys -> Antarctic Peninsula -> South Shetlands -> Ushuaia
1970 departures
Plancius
Ushuaia -> Falkland Island -> South Georgia -> South Orkney -> Antarctic Peninsula
2013 departures31 Dec 2013
2014 + later18 Jan 2014
Ocean Nova
Polar Circle Air-Cruise (8 nights) from $13,995
Punta Arenas -> King George Island -> Antarctica Peninsula
2014 departures1 Jan 2014 – 16 Feb 2014
2015 + later1 Jan 2015 – 16 Feb 2015
Optional activitiesSea-Kayaking, Snowshoeing
Ushuaia -> South Georgia -> South Shetlands -> Antarctic Peninsula
1970 departures