If you think that all you are going to see in Antarctica are snow and icebergs and more icebergs, you are wrong. There are many cruises that can take you around this great continent yet get to enjoy your travel in style and luxury and get to see its teeming wildlife. To enjoy more of Antarctica, make sure that your cruise goes through these famous tourist spots.
1) Falkland Island Sightseeing
As you are on your cruise, you can get to see the island’s wildlife from the ship’s deck. You can also get to experience firsthand what it is to be near penguins. If you get tired of nature, then strolling along the streets of Stanley is perfect for your shopping-for-souvenirs needs.
2) Falkland Island’s Port Stanley
This is the capital of Falkland Island. Here, you will get to know more about the island’s unique culture and hospitable people and get to sight-see numerous stranded clippers from about a century ago. There are also bars influenced by the British for you to enjoy.
3) Cruising the South Atlantic
South Georgia is also a favorite spot among travelers who want to experience Antarctica’s native marine animals. Let your eyes feast on the majestic glacier-carved coves and the ruggedness of its beautiful shores. If you get lucky enough, you might get to visit Salisbury Plain, home of the king penguins.
4) The Drake Passage
Of course, the cruise will also take you through the Drake Passage. Here, you can observe more of Antarctica’s sea creatures and birdlife. It is also a perfect place for you to reminisce about your Antarctica experience.
5) Deception Island’s Baily Head
In this region, you will get to see a colony of thousands and thousands of Chinstrap Penguins. Dominican gulls and thousands of Cape Pigeons are also abundant in this region. You can also opt to take a lovely hike along the Baily Head to enjoy nature at its best.
6) Sailing through Lemaire Channel
A cruise should travel along the Lemaire Channel for its travelers to see and enjoy the Adelie Penguins. If you are lucky enough to be on a cruise that lands at Pleneau Island, you will have the opportunity to see Elephant Seals. Plus, you also get a chance to see and observe Humpback, Minke, and Fin Whales.
7) Grytviken of South Georgia
Some cruise also offers a leisurely visit to what used to be a whaling village in Grytviken where it’s a common occurrence to see King Penguins walking in the streets. Here, too, you will get to visit Shackleton’s grave and King Edwards Point.
8) South Orkney Islands
This is another great must-see spot, and some cruise will take you to Laurie Island where you can visit the Argentine base. This region is also the place where the Southern Giant Pretels breed. Also, if you are lucky enough and the base gave its permission, you can visit the colony of the Adeline Penguin at Punta Cormorant.
9) Great Whale Watching Experience
This is what surely captivates the tourists as they approach the sea-ice. Tourists get to enjoy the splendid sighting of a magnificent Maccormick Skua or a Snow Petrel, great animals of the Antarctic. More whales like the Minke Whales can be encountered as the cruise comes close to the ice.
10) The South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula
If the cruise takes you to these regions, you can set foot on Paulet Island where you can also see a colony of Adelie Penguins. The cruise should also take you to the Brown Bluff where you can stand on a magnificent volcanic area of the Antarctic Continent. You can also get to see the splendid and majestic table icebergs at the Weddell Sea.