Luxury Yacht Charter in Antarctica

Antarctica offers some of the world’s most adventurous cruising grounds. Take in the stunning surroundings of the Polar Circle while surrounded in luxury on board an exploration yacht during an Antarctica yacht charter.

Few have experienced the enormity of an Antarctica yacht charter. The most adventurous of cruising grounds, Antarctica is the perfect area to discover by exploration yacht. Far from the beaten track of the mainstream expedition cruise, the entire continent is covered in ice. From giant, ten-mile-long icebergs to mammoth glaciers, the scenery is awe-inspiring at every turn. Cruise in luxury and comfort aboard the finest explorer yachts available through Northrop & Johnson.


During your Antarctic yacht charter, you will cruise through a maze of protected channels found along the Antarctic Peninsula’s west coast with minke and humpback whales. Further south, you’ll discover the vast icecap along the east coast and witness a wildlife oasis like no other along the Scotia Arc. This remote destination is one to marvel at, with endless landscapes and exotic wildlife.

As you kick off your journey on an Antarctica yacht charter, you will embark in Maxwell Bay, King George Island. The unofficial capital of Antarctica, King George Island has eight national winter stations and is the largest island of the Southern Shetlands. From here you can access Antarctic Sound, the most northerly point of the Antarctic Peninsula.

With all yacht charters, luxury and comfort are at the top of mind for each guest on board. Adventure cruising does not mean it’s all expeditions and exploration. Cruising this far south requires an extraordinary yacht with an ice-class hull. Laid back and as luxurious as you like, many exploration yachts boast fine dining, cinema rooms, spas with saunas, massage rooms and beauty salons. You will be impressed with the stunning surroundings as your charter yacht is underway. Drink champagne in the hot tub whilst gliding past an iceberg, spot wildlife and the courtship of seabirds and the comedic antics of King penguins from the sundeck, witness the dramatic break up of pack ice, or step ashore to see newborn seal pups and penguin hatchlings. December and January welcome the sun for 20 hours a day, while February and March are the best time to journey deeper into the Polar Circle as the pack ice is at a minimum. With scenery straight out of National Geographic, a yacht charter to Antarctica is an experience that begs to be had.

Chile, yet another off-the-beaten-path charter destination, offers exciting opportunities and untouched land in addition to experiencing the wonders of an Antarctic yacht charter. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and a unique coastline, Chile is a beauty to behold. You will marvel at Chile’s eclectic mix of landscapes, from sprawling beaches and dotted glaciers to impressive volcanoes and lush vineyards. An exploration yacht is an ideal host for these adventurous destinations, designed and built to seamlessly travel through any condition all while maintaining a sense of luxury.

Charter Highlights Antarctica

  • Dig your toes in the sand to experience the warmth of the sulfur-scented steam escaping from the subterranean volcanic vents at Whalers Bay
  • Warm-up with a fiery homemade vodka at the pub in Vernadsky Research Station on Pleneau Island
  • Cruise through the seven-mile long gorge-like Lemaire Channel, nicknamed the “Kodak Gap” due to its photogeneity
  • Visit Base A, the former British station-turned-museum (and post office) at Port Lockroy
  • Take the tender for a spin around the ice calved from the glacier at the head of the bay in Paradise Harbor
  • Watch in awe as the glacier across from the landing site often calves with a thunderous roar in Neko Harbor
  • Step ashore and mingle with the local wildlife, including thousands of pairs of Gentoo Penguins and juvenile Elephant Seals, on Greenwich Island
  • Watch Elephant Seals bask and young male Fur Seals spar from the vantage point of the hill above Hannah Point, Livingston Island
  • Take a helicoper tour over Chile's vast and scenic landscapes
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