The cost of an expedition cruise to Antarctica can vary widely depending on several factors, including the cruise operator, the duration of the cruise, the type of vessel, the level of luxury and amenities, the time of year, and the specific itinerary. Expedition cruise prices to Antarctica generally start from around £5,000 ($6,400 USD) to £10,000 ($12,700) per person for a lead-in cabin based on dual occupancy and on a shorter cruise, and prices can go much higher for longer or more luxurious trips.
Most operators do not include international air travel but may include a charter flight (if flying to Kind George Island from Chile) or a pre/post hotel night. It is very important to check.
Here are some factors that can influence the cost of an expedition cruise to Antarctica:
- Cruise Duration: Longer cruises that include more days on the Antarctic continent or visits to remote islands may cost more. Such as South Georgia, Falklands, Snow Hill Island.
- Single Supplement: If you are travelling alone or in your own cabin but do not wish to share you will likely pay c150% of the standard cabin fare to go sole occupancy, however there are increasingly good deals for waivers of supplement for singles. Speak to the operator or sign-up for deals newsletters.
- Vessel Type: The type of ship you choose, whether it’s a small expedition vessel or a larger luxury cruise ship, can significantly impact the cost.
- Cabin Category: The type of cabin you select, such as an interior cabin, a cabin with a window, or a suite with more space and amenities, will affect the price. It is cheaper to share and many offer triple-berths t keep costs down. They also match passengers so you don’t need to travel with friends.
- Time of Year: The cost can vary based on the time of year you choose to visit. The Antarctic cruise season typically runs from November to March, with the peak season being December and January. Shoulder seasons (early November and late March) might have lower prices.
- Inclusions: Some cruises may include additional activities, excursions, and onboard amenities in their package, which can influence the overall cost. Activities such as kayaking, snorkeling or camping will likely cost an additional £500 per person.
- Accessibility and Itinerary: Cruises that offer unique experiences, such as visiting research stations, wildlife-rich areas, or less-visited regions, may be priced higher.
- Operator Reputation: Reputable and experienced cruise operators might charge more for their expertise, quality and experience of their Expedition Team and safety measures.
- Cruise Class and Amenities: Luxury expedition cruises with high-end accommodations, gourmet dining, and premium services will generally have higher costs. Some non-luxury operators place a premium on experience and quality of vessel too.
- Last-minute NDA trips: There are a number of agents, often based near gateway ports, that will have access to very low pricing if you are happy to sign an agreemnt saying you won’t share the price you paid onboard. However, leaving such an important and major trip to the last-minute is reserved for the few.
It’s important to carefully review what is included in the cruise package, such as meals, accommodations, excursions, and other amenities, as well as any additional fees or expenses that may arise. When comparing cruise prices, consider the overall value, the quality of the experience, and the reputation of the cruise operator.