If you love sharing your passions with your children and exploring new places together, it is natural to want them to travel with you. While undertaking a journey with your kids is a rather different experience to setting off with your partner or friends, it’s also sure to be a time that enriches both yours and your children’s lives.

A journey to the frozen landscape of Antarctica isn’t your average family holiday, so you may be wondering how suitable such an expedition may be for your kids.

Here’s what you should know about booking an Antarctica adventure as a family.

Are children allowed on AE Expeditions’ Antarctica tours?

We welcome children aged from 8 years on our Antarctica voyages.

It’s important to bear in mind, however, that for such a once-in-a-lifetime experience, they should be mature enough to appreciate such a special journey and enjoy the experience.

Please note that any children under the age of 18 must also travel with their legal guardian, and will pay the same rate as an adult traveller.

One of our younger travellers exploring Antarctica's Half Moon Island.
One of our younger travellers exploring Antarctica’s Half Moon Island.


What considerations are made for children onboard?

Families should be aware that while our expert expedition crew are happy to accommodate children on board our Antarctica cruise ship, there are no child-specific facilities or child-minding services. This means that parents or guardians will need to be able to supervise them at all times.

If you think it would be appropriate, you can reduce the amount of time your family spends at sea by opting for our Fly/Sail expeditions. It would mean there is only one Drake Passage crossing, with another leg of the journey completed by air.

What will life be like onboard for children?

You can be sure that every day on board your Antarctic cruise will be a thing of wonder, and something both you and your children are unlikely to ever forget.

In addition, it introduces your child to a new awareness of their environment and the wider world, and gives them the opportunity to see things most people won’t see in their lifetime. Most children who embark with us are just as eager – if not more – than most of the adults onboard!

It is also a learning experience, which can spark a curiosity and hunger for knowledge about our natural environment, something that will serve them well in a world where it is all too easy to forget about the power and awesome forces of nature.

On the practical side, if you are travelling with one child, you could opt for a triple or a twin cabin is ideal for older kids as they can have their own space, and we can organise to have two cabins adjacent so that the family stays together.

To find out more about booking a family voyage with AE Expeditions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly staff today.


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