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A land of superlatives, Antarctica presents us with one of the last great adventures. These vast, pristine and other worldly landscapes are home to a breathtaking diversity of bird and marine life, from solitary albatrosses to countless colonies of king penguins. Unparalleled and unforgettable, the White Continent provides a chance to journey into a virginal world of unimaginable beauty.


CHOOSING YOUR ANTARCTIC CRUISE Bales offer a range of cruising options in Antarctica, from basic exploration to extended voyages. All of our ships are specifically built and designed for these waters (complying with strict international safety standards) and provide a comfortable and safe environment from which to enjoy this breathtaking world. You can choose from the intimate to the luxurious, with experienced crews and on-board lecturers providing expert service throughout.


ANTARCTICA – ITINERARIES A basic 10-day journey down into the remote landscapes of Antarctica takes you from the southern tip of the South American continent and down through the Drake Passage. You will explore the remote islands of the South Shetlands and cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula, before making the return journey north. For those with a little more time, it is possible to extend your cruise to include the mountainous scenery of South Georgia and/or the remote Falkland Islands where you can explore abandoned whaling stations and the vast penguin colonies that breed here.


WHAT TO EXPECT Distances are vast and temperatures are extreme and you should be prepared for long sailing days and potentially some very rough seas. A degree of personal fitness will be a distinct advantage and remember you will be sharing the boat and meal times with other passengers. Check our website for more information.


TERRAIN Divided in two by the Transantarctic Mountains, the world’s fifth largest continent comprises glaciers, ice shelves and huge floating icebergs. A vast, treeless and icy desert, Antarctica lies encased in a permanent blanket of ice measuring some 1.6 km in depth at its thickest point.


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WILDLIFE The waters of the southern oceans abound with seals and numerous whale species, whilst the skies above are alive with petrels and skuas, cormorants and albatross. Amongst the ice floes, the vast colonies of penguins present a remarkable, and at times comical sight.


LAND VISITS A highlight of any Antarctic expedition is setting foot on the vast white continent. Landings are generally made by small zodiac boats, so all sightseeing is dependent on weather and sea conditions, with the final decision made by the captain and crew. Your time on land can be maximised by opting for a smaller vessel with fewer passengers.


ANTARCTIC CRUISES


Silver Explorer MS Bremen Antarctic Dream


Falkland Islands Ushuaia Cape Horn The Drake Passage Paradise Bay Antarctic Peninsula South


Shetland Islands


South Georgia South Orkney Islands


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