Cruise Expeditions

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Cruise expeditions offer an amazing variety of itineraries, activities, and sightseeing opportunities. No matter what your interests, and no matter how much or how little time you have for your journey, Southern Ocean cruises offer unforgettable experiences. Fly into Santiago, Chile or Ushuaia, Argentina, and then embark on your voyage in a streamlined yacht. Meander through the protected coves and fjords along the Beagle Channel, and slip through the sheltered Murray Channel on your way to "rounding the Horn."

Be a part of the crew on steel or aluminum yachts where basic sail training is part of your adventure. Although these yachts have a mate/cook, cleanup is part of the light duties of passengers. Above deck, everyone gets to take turns steering, handling the sails, and helping to launch the dinghy.

Cruise Expeditions and Ice Diving

A unique part of cruise expeditions on smaller sailing vessels is the opportunity to engage in out-of-the-ordinary activities, such as ice diving. The ice-cold Southern Ocean is not the place to learn to dive or to take lessons. These expeditions are for advanced, experienced divers who know the importance of cooperation and camaraderie under the ice.

Cruise expeditions to Antarctica and South Georgia last about 28 days. Diving in Antarctica will let you examine jelly fish, sea hedgehogs, kelp walls, and sea butterflies and swim with agile penguins and seals. Around the Falkland Islands, there is a mass of krill, which is inviting to those creatures that feed on them. Dives usually vary from shallow ice diving to shore diving, but moving ice may cause the ship to end up hundreds of miles from the intended dive site.

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