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Four Reasons Why An Antarctica Cruise Should Top Your Bucket List

A Holland America Line cruise to Antarctica, the most remote continent in the world, is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure filled with more breathtaking moments than you could ever imagine. From penguins gliding across the ice to imposing glaciers that can be seen above and below water, Antarctica is a must-do on every avid traveler’s bucket list.

You might be thinking, “Why should I travel all that way?” Let us tell you! Unlike other icy destinations, Antarctica is truly one-of-a-kind. We’re counting down our top four reasons you should be booking a cruise to Antarctica.

Seeing Antarctica is a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

With no permanent human residents and no established countries, very few people ever get the chance to see this spectacular continent. With 99 percent of the continent covered in ice, you’ll need a boat to get there. Unless you’re on a research team, there are very few ways to make the trek over.


Lucky for you, Holland America Line’s 21-Day South America & Antarctic Explorer itinerary offers three sailings to see this icy landscape departing on Dec. 20, 2016, Jan. 10, 2017 and Jan. 31, 2017 on Zaandam.

Your Holland America Line ship will take you right into the heart of glacial beauty in style and comfort. Imagine yourself cozying up on the deck with a comforting hot beverage, sitting front row to a show most won’t ever get the chance to see!

Crystal Blue Glaciers Make For The Perfect Photo Opp

Still, tranquil and jaw-droppingly massive, Antarctica’s glaciers are one of the most amazing sights you’ll ever see. Snow-capped mountains blend into a cloudy sky with white sheets of ice surrounding the base. Adorable penguins slip and slide on clear-blue ice floating above the water’s surface.

Facebook fan and Holland America Line guest Chris Olij shared some pictures from his Antarctica cruise on Amsterdam.

Photo credit to guest Chris Olij.

Photo credit to guest Chris Olij.

Both daunting and magnificent, Antarctica’s glaciers are a truly once-in-a-lifetime sight to see. Savor the moment as you and your fellow passengers stare in adoration while your ship gets up close and personal with these vibrant natural structures.

Three Days of Scenic Cruising Offer Views & Down Time

Antarctica’s remoteness is both calming and thrilling. Each cruise that sails to the South Pole offers three scenic days of cruising in the Palmer Archipelago, the Danco Coast and the Antarctic Sound. Our ships take you right up close to all the best sights, guaranteeing stunning photo opportunities to impress your friends and memories to last a lifetime!


When you’re not on deck enjoying the view, days at sea are perfect for exploring the activities and entertainment onboard! Work up a sweat at our onboard fitness center, or enjoy a little pampering at the Greenhouse Spa. After accumulating so many beautiful photos, take advantage of our Digital Workshop powered by Windows to learn editing tips and tricks. Treat yourself to a gourmet meal at the Pinnacle Grill, then enjoy some live music at the B.B. King’s Blues Club! There’s so much to see and do onboard, and these days of scenic cruising are the perfect time to take advantage!

Ant Onboard Activities

Spot Adorable Penguins Exclusive To The South Pole

With their tuxedo-like coloring, playful antics, wit and signature waddle, people travel from far and wide to see these birds up close.

Ant Penguins

From the comfort of our luxurious ships, spot Rockhoppers, Gentoos and Magellans — exclusive to the southern hemisphere — in their natural habitats. Observe their spirited behavior and waddle along with them! They’re undeniably cute and lovable, and always ready to pose for a picture!

Antarctica is a truly unique destination that most only ever dream of visiting. Avid travelers and newbies alike delight in crossing the seventh continent off their list in Holland America Line style and luxury. A cruise to Antarctica is one giant step on the journey to honestly saying you’ve traveled the world.

If you’re thinking about a cruise to Antarctica, now is the time to book with our View & Verandah promotion. Guests receive stateroom upgrades, up to $500 onboard spending money and up to 10 percent off select shore excursions. Book a suite and receive pre-paid gratuities! Reservations must be made by Feb. 28, 2017, before this offer sails off into the sunset.

Have you ever cruised to Antarctica? Tell us about it in the comments below!

  • Patricia

    Best cruise on our entire HAL cruising list!
    Over Christmas and New Years is sensational and highly recommended.
    Hope Bay, Newmeyer Channel and Lemaire Strait were standouts, but every minute was outstanding. Penuins everywhere and especially at Hope Bay were a treat!

  • Garth Reid

    On the holland America Antarctic cruise this Xmas time, do we leave the ship in Antarctica and explore on zodiacs? Or do we stay on the ship and just look?

  • Julie

    If you are on Zaandam, it’s three days of stunning scenic cruising, no zodiacs: After a day and a half crossing the Drake Passage, which separates South America from Antarctica, your Holland America ship will arrive at the White Continent. On your Antarctic Expedition you will sail through the bays and islands of the Palmer Archipelago, off the northern tip of the long Antarctic Peninsula, which reaches out toward South America.Encircled in a landscape of snow and ice in every direction, your ship will slowly navigate the iceberg-dotted waters. The surroundings are hauntingly quiet as well, an aspect of the continent that comes as a surprise to many first-time visitors. Along the way, the ship’s naturalists will point out the birds—terns, petrels, and gulls—found on the coast and on small islets at stops like Dallmann Bay. As you pass dark, rocky Cuverville Island, you’ll see some of the 6,500 pairs of gentoo penguins that make their home there, the largest known colony in the world. Continuing on to Paradise Harbor, you’ll have a chance to observe not only gentoo and chinstrap penguins but possibly humans as well: Both Argentina and Chile have manned research stations here.

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