Antarctica is not incredibly habitable to humans. The freezing temperatures and barren landscape pose a serious threat to life. However, with some of the most breathtaking views in the world, a trip to the continent is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Depending on the cruise you embark on, the option to step ashore the icy wonderland may be available. This is reserved for smaller ships that can smoothly navigate the delicate environment of the Antarctic.
Most standard cruise liners skirt along the edge of the continent, providing families and travelers with a taste of Antarctica without encroaching too far. These journeys can be picked up from all around the coast and frequently loop around South America, often stopping at destinations like Wilhelmina Bay and Fortuna Bay.