Are you looking to escape to one of our planet's last great wildernesses?
If recent events have taught us anything, it's that there's something to be said for wide-open spaces and getting back to nature. And there's arguably no better place to do that than in Antarctica. The 2022/2023 season is your chance to take in the unique wildlife and glittering landscapes on one of our Antarctica voyages. With plenty of opportunities for whale watching and penguin and seal spotting, there's no reason not to go! With a range of itineraries, on- and off-board activities and a purpose-built ship, all the finer details are taken care of. Come and experience the very best in polar expedition travel.
Our ships are built for polar conditions, with ice-strengthened hulls and safety being our biggest priority. Each vessel is equipped with modern conveniences and provides the perfect platform for Antarctic exploration.
Our experienced leaders have made hundreds of polar voyages. Learn about the history, geography and wildlife of the Antarctic from experts in the field, including naturalists and ornithologists who are always ready to answer questions.
Twice daily excursions
We run frequent excursions to get up-close to wildlife, allowing you to experience what it’s like exploring onshore. Each shore day includes two excursions with our leaders exploring the sea ice, ready to encounter any wildlife that may waiting. You’ll be given life vests, waterproof jackets and waterproof boots for the duration of the activities.
All cruises provide three course meals, 24-hour tea and coffee, and main activities including Zodiac excursions, onboard seminars and shore landings. Our chefs know just how to warm you up after your Antarctic outing, just be ready for a second serving!
All of our ships and operations teams undergo strict safety audits. We are committed to upholding the highest safety standards on all our trips operating within the Antarctic region.
We strive to use travel as a force for good. That’s why we choose to give back to the communities we visit, carbon offset all our trips and take our social and environmental responsibilities seriously. We’ve been officially certified as the world’s largest travel B Corp, which means when you choose Intrepid Travel, you can rest assured you’re travelling to improve the planet.
Download your free Antarctica Guidebook
Our Antarctica Guidebook is designed to give you a taste of what an adventure to the world's southern polar region will be like, from the wildlife you might see, to the places you might go and even what to pack for the journey.
We know you want to be as comfortable as possible while onboard, which is why we’ve chosen vessels equipped with modern conveniences like LED televisions and internet connectivity, along with luxurious touches that make each voyage a true pleasure. Each ship boasts onboard chefs to prepare a range of hearty, quality meals, and onboard experts to ensure you spend more time seeing the sights and less time thumbing through a guidebook.
‘Sustainable cruising’ might seem like a contradiction in terms, given the history of the big mega liners. But it’s a side of the industry we want to change. Voyages are carbon offset and we refrain from single-use plastics on board. We recycle, cook with sustainable seafood, and use biodegradable cleaning products in bathrooms. It’s all part of our commitment to being a carbon neutral company and, since 2018, a certified B Corp (Benefits Corporation).
We also give back to the region by supporting such organisations as the Mawson’s Huts Foundation. Established in 1997, the foundation conserves the fragile and historic buildings at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay, East Antarctica, which were built and occupied by the legendary geologist and explorer Sir Douglas Mawson.
Highlights of the Antarctic
Explore the lesser-visited Eastern Peninsula
Explore Antarctic Peninsula’s remote and rugged east side, a sweeping landscape full of huge icebergs, and islands famous for their enormous penguin colonies, exploration history and geological features and are only navigated a few times per year.
Visit South Georgia Island’s snow-capped mountains
South Georgia Island, a sub-Antarctic island administered by the United Kingdom as part of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, has vast and rugged snow-capped mountains and is the unsung hero of Antarctica.
Take advantage of the holiday period and embark on a festive adventure through Antarctica over Christmas and New Year’s. There will be plenty of unique wildlife to see, so set off and search for penguins, whales and seals among the icy waters. A polar plunge might be the best way to bring in a new year…
Join Intrepid and special guests from the World Wildlife Fund – Australia (WWF-Australia) on a 14-day expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula and Polar Circle. Search the icy waters and white shores for whales and other creatures by day, then relax and enjoy an illuminating lecture program by night.