What is an Antarctica Fly and Cruise?
A fly and cruise is just what it says; fly from Chile to Antarctica and then join an Antarctic cruise.
Why Fly and Cruise?
There are three main reasons to join a fly and cruise holiday to Antarctica:
Avoid the Drake Passage
The traditional Antarctica cruises begin in Ushuaia, Argentina and the first two days are spent crossing the infamous Drake Passage. This stretch of water can be rough so those prone to sea sickness will want to avoid it.
If time is limited but you are keen to explore the White Continent then a fly and cruise holiday is the answer. The flight from South America to Antarctica takes just over two hours rather than a two day crossing by sea. With no long sea crossing at the start and end of your Antarctic holiday, the trip is cut down by up to four days, meaning a cruise in Antarctica can be as short as six days.
Maximise time spent exploring Antarctica
There are those whom subscribe to the notion that the fun is in the journey but when time is in short supply, a more focussed approach is required. By flying to Antarctica, you can be sure that your holiday time is spent getting snow on your boots, rather than being in transit. Cruise options can be from five nights to 21 nights.
How does fly cruise work?
Fly from Punta Arenas, Chile and upon arrival board an expeditionary ship and begin the cruise around Antarctica.
There are two places to fly to, King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands, 75 miles off the coast of Antarctica or Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands.
The flight can be taken in and out of the same airport, into one and back from the other or fly one way and sail the other way.
The flight is included in the cost of the Antarctica cruise and is booked by Steppes as part of the voyage.
When can you fly cruise?
Antarctica season runs from November to March. Fly and cruise options tend to have a slightly shorter season to cruising, they start in December and finish in February. These options are very popular and places fill up fast, book early to avoid disappointment.
What aircraft flies to Antarctica?
Generally the aircraft that fly to Antarctica are 70 passenger BAE-146 which are high-wing aircraft that have very short runway requirements. There is a limited luggage capacity of 20kg per person in total - that is combined hand and hold luggage.
There are big advantages to the limited capacity of the aircraft - sail with just 70 passengers aboard a ship designed for over 100.
Fly & Cruise - Antarctica, Weddell Sea & Falklands
12 days from £10,595pp
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