Antarctica – A Continent Few People Visit
This video will stimulate your interest in visiting the Great White Continent. And now, it is easier than ever to visit with our combination fly-cruise with Antarctic XXI and the Ocean Nova. The biggest and most intimidating obstacle to visiting Antarctica by ship has been the often fearsome and turbulent Drake Passage between Cape Horn and Antarctica, which takes ships two days to transit each direction.
Water within the 600-mile wide Drake Passage flows predominantly from west to east and forms part of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, the most voluminous current in the world, with an estimated rate of flow between 3,400 and 5,300 million cubic feet (95 and 150 million cubic meters) per second. Accelerated by the physical constriction of the passage, the Antarctic Circumpolar Current increases rapidly in velocity. This current, when combined with high winds, can create extremely severe surface sea conditions, making passage uncomfortable for many travelers.
Announcing a “Drake Free” Antarctica Cruise
Antarctica XXI has developed a unique fly-cruise concept using a special four-engine jet aircraft to fly guests over the Drake Passage between Punta Arenas, Chile and the Antarctic Peninsula. Using the Ocean Nova, a ship owned by my friend Richard Del Valle that was built for remote operations in Greenland, guests fly to the ship, and then spend their entire time cruising and visiting Antarctica, instead of enduring the rough seas of the Drake. Check out our programs, which can be combined with a variety of pre- and post-cruise tour options to Torres Del Paine, Ushuaia and Santiago.
Announcing the Traditional Antarctic Cruise
For “purists”, we also offer the traditional Antarctica cruise from Ushuaia aboard several modern and comfortable ships.