The Ship: This Russian research vessel is home-away-from-home for adrenaline junkies looking for adventure (ice camping, cross-country skiing, and more).
Bring Your... Extra layers. You’re going to be spending most of your time out in the elements, where temperatures hover just below freezing.
Trump Card: A robust catalog of itineraries to every part of the continent in ships reminiscent of the heyday of polar exploration.
Onboard Perks: Tour the Met science lab, where the crew gathers data on Antarctic weather and ice melt.
Top Shore Excursion: Sea kayaking along the rocky shores of South Georgia island, dotted as far as the eye can see with elephant and fur seals and an occasional reindeer.
The Facts: 20-day Explorer’s Quest cruise, departing from Ushuaia, Argentina, from $9,540 per person, double.
Orion Expedition Cruises: Orion Number of Passengers: 106
The Ship: A polar cruiser that’s as intimate as a yacht, the Orion is suited for repeat Antarctica guests who want to stake claim on a remote part of the continent.
Bring Your... Love for Aussies. The many passengers from down under make for a laid-back vibe.
Trump Card: Orion’s unusual itinerary navigates east Antarctica and swings by Snares Island—home to crested penguins. (It also stops in New Zealand.) Read More http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/tls-guide-to-antarctica-cruises