If you ever wanted to experience a luxury expedition to Antarctica, now is your opportunity to do so and you can save thousands! Seabourn is kicking off the year with their annual Suite Life event and offering 15% off regular cruises and 25% off all expeditions! The prices for Antarctica are extremely low as Seabourn continues to disrupt the market with two new ships sailing between Ushuaia and the Antarctica Peninsula. The luxury expedition to the Great White Continent includes nearly all costs, including daily excursions, alcohol, wi-fi and more.
I’ve written about the Seabourn Antarctica Deals before. Usually costing between $9,000 to $12,000. The current prices are the LOWEST I’ve ever seen. If you have yet to book your adventure to Antarctica for the 2023-2024 season, now is your opportunity. Seabourn is offering sailings on two ships for the 2023-2024 southern hemisphere summer. The Seabourn Pursuit and Seabourn Venture will ply the Drake Passage between Ushuaia and the Antarctica Peninsula.
Seabourn Expedition – All Inclusive Pricing
On Seabourn, nearly everything is included in the cost of the Sailing. Unlike other companies, the price you pay includes it all! There are no hidden port fees or service charges like the big ships. This means for less than $8,000 per person, you have an all-inclusive trip for Antarctica. The only fee left is to purchase your flights from home to Buenos Aires. Once on the ship, all your food, premium alcohol, and daily excursions are included. Even Wi-fi, all dining options, and gratuities are built into the cost! Unlike other operators there are no surprise charges on Seabourn. Pay upfront and just enjoy your vacation when you arrive on the ship!
Each cruise to Antarctica includes the following amenities:
- Pre-cruise Hotel
- Roundtrip Charter flight between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
- Inclusive Zodiac tours and landings (Zodiac is the preeminent inflatable boat maker)
- Digital photography workshops
- Helly Hanson Parka and day pack
- Post Cruise Professional Slides Show and Photos
- Opportunities for frequent wildlife sightings from the ship and on shore
- Onboard expedition team providing narration and insight to all aspects of the experience
- Special guest speakers on board
- Open Bar
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
Seabourn really does include nearly everything in the cost. There’s no hidden fees, added port fees or taxes, or mandatory gratuities. The cost quoted really does include it all! Now I must be honest, on Seabourn there are only a few extra costs, all which are optional. For example, there are only two excursions which are not complimentary. You can include an Antarctica submarine excursion for exploring the depths of the Weddell Sea in an all-electric sub. Or consider Kayaking in Antarctica on a guided Antarctica Kayak adventure. Kayaking is $199 per person and the submarine cost is $999 per person.
Seabourn also does have an upgraded wine package available if you are very particular about your wine. Otherwise, most wines are complimentary. From my experience on Seabourn the wine is decent, serving wine which retail from $15-$30 a bottle. I didn’t upgrade my wine options and I was more than satisfied and likely drank my weight in wine last time.
Luxury Antarctica Excursions
Seabourn Luxury Antarctica sailings are not to be outdone. As the company has switched from the Seabourn Quest to Polar class purposefully built Seabourn Expedition ships, Seabourn is changing how they do expeditions. The ships are extremely luxurious, holding just 264 guests across 132 cabins. All cabins have a private balcony. Something nearly no other ship can boast. The ships even has pools and hot tubs that are designed to be utilized in polar climates.
Furthermore, the Seabourn Venture and Pursuit are decked out with multiple bars and dining venues. Choose to eat and drink at over 8 different venues. There’s no assigned dining times or tables. Eat where you want, with whoever you want. If you’re note feeling social, order room service. The same menu available in the dining room can be sent to your room.
The ship boasts a beautiful spa and even a polar Sauna with views to the world outside. With over 20 hours of daylight in Antarctica, these windows will come in handy!
Yet, this isn’t why you’re in Antarctica. Most people are going to Antarctica to see the penguins, whales, ice burgs, seals and more. Onboard 24+ naturist sail with Seabourn. On each Zodiac excursions, small groups explore with a naturalist/expedition leader who will answer questions and educate passengers. Back on the ship, additional naturalist are ready to educate and answer questions.
Seabourn’s newest director of expedition has 13 years’ experience in expeditions. Coming from Lindblad Expeditions / National Geographic, Jen is helping reimagine Seabourn’s Antarctica expedition program. Zodiacs take passengers on multiple daily excursions and to land for short hikes and exploration of the 7th continent.
Antarctica Deal Pricing
The Antarctica sale is unlike anything I’ve seen. The current deals reduce the price to as low as $7,912 per person on select 11 day expeditions. Nearly half the price of the competition! Find all pricing and dates here. Visit Antarctica over Christmas or New Years for as low as $10,200 per person. Wait until Peak season in January 2024 when the weather is typically the best and prices are typically high. This deal allows you to secure January expedition for just $9,374. All prices are shockingly low for Antarctica. Select 13 day extended options start as low as $10,724 in Nov 2023. Pricing like this will not stick around. So if you are truly looking to visit Antarctica, now is your time to go and save.
Antarctica Solo Travelers
For those who are traveling solo, do note that Seabourn does not offer any solo deals to Antarctica. All rooms are based on double occupancy. Very few rooms hold 3 people. Yet, I also have deals on Ponant, a French operator which offers luxury deals to Antarctica. Solo offers with Ponant start from just $10,260. This is among the best deals I’ve seen for a luxury operator in Antarctica for solo travelers. Feel free to contact me for more information about the Ponant Solo traveler deals and dates as only the Seabourn deal is listed on our travel agency website.
There are also less fancy options on larger ships, such as Hurtriguten MS Roald Amundsen. These ships hold upwards to 500 passengers, which reduce your time on land and off the ship. But we can typically find expeditions for around $8,000 with Hurtriguten. Also, there are several other operators in Antarctica. Quark only works in the polar regions. They have shared rooms and a roommate matching program which I can help price out for travelers. Options are limitless, it’s just really depending on what you’re looking for and your budget.
I love writing about Antarctica and selling Antarctica. There are many reasons why you should utilize a travel agent. The Antarctica discounts for 2023 have been the best I’ve ever seen. Those who wait win, as I paid nearly double the going rate to lock in my expedition in 2023. As more operators open up Antarctica you can choose between luxury operators to budget friendly Antarctica vacations. There are even adult only Viking cruise options on their new ships. No matter what scene you are looking for, I can help you plan your Antarctica adventure. Seabourn cruises dates are only available through Feb 2024, but other operators already have 2024 into 2025 available for booking.
I write about Seabourn the most, because they really are having the best all inclusive prices. Yet, if you love Viking, they have deals too. Currently, a deal for just a $25 deposit; but cruises start at $12,000 per person on the Viking Octantis or Polaris. Next, there’s SilverSeas offing fly-in options. If you’re scared of the Drake passage, consider a fly in option with SilverSeas on the most expensive luxury expedition ship ever built, the SilverSeas Endeavour.
Finally, Antarctica is a very special place. There are several operators that visit the 7th continent and even fewer who have landing rights. Be sure you book the right Antarctica vacation. And finally remember, only 100 people can be on land at a time. If you choose a larger ship you’ll have less time on land. You pay more for smaller ships (typically), but you will get more time on land. Get out there and starting exploring, let Antarctica be your next adventure!