Priced from $6,500 Days: 10
If you want to visit the Antarctic Peninsula to see penguins as well as other wildlife, but your time and budget are limited, this is the expedition for you. On this 10 day cruise you will have ample opportunity for wildlife viewing as you cross the Drake Passage and as you sail around the Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. On this voyage, you will probably see Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins, Weddell and crabeater seals, humpback, minke, and fin whales, and countless birds including brown skuas, imperial shags, antarctic terns, storm petrels, and cape pigeons.
You will also have several opportunities to set foot on Continental Antarctica, where few humans have ever been. You will visit several active research stations and an abandoned whaling station, you will have opportunities to kayak and hike as weather conditions permit, and you will sail through the famed Neptune Bellows.
In the High Antarctic, you will explore stunningly beautiful waters by Zodiac, marveling at the colors of the ice in glaciers and icebergs all around. In short, you will experience Antarctica - and for a lot less money than you may think.