International travel trends indicate that travellers want to visit more remote places, seeking a genuine connection with nature and untouched wilderness. And there is nowhere on Earth quite like Antarctica.

Soaring summits draped with layer upon layer of ice, fathoms deep. Oceans teeming with inquisitive whales, sleek seals and porpoising penguins. Glaciers tumbling into glittering bays, littered with icebergs of an astounding variety of shapes and sizes. Visiting Antarctica is an unforgettable experience, one that leaves people feeling inspired, in awe of nature and perhaps even transformed.

We understand that the cost of a trip to Antarctica may be prohibitive for many people, but we can assure you that if you are seeking a genuinely inimitable adventure, it doesn’t get much better than this destination. See the breakdown of Antarctica cruise costs in our guide below.

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How much does a trip to Antarctica cost?

So how much does a trip to Antarctica cost and what’s included on an expedition with AE Expeditions? Let’s get straight to the point. The price of a voyage to Antarctica with AE Expeditions starts from around $12,500 USD per person twin share in an Aurora Stateroom.

The Antarctica cruise cost includes the following:

  • One night’s pre-cruise hotel accommodation
  •  Half-day city tour in Ushuaia for voyages starting in Ushuaia
  • Accommodation with private bathroom facilities and amenities
  • Three delicious meals per day
  • House wines, beers and soft drinks are included with dinner
  • Excursions including Zodiac cruises, hikes, plus activities such as camping, photography (on selected voyages) and a refreshing polar plunge swim!*
  • A reusable thermal mug and complimentary tea and coffee on board
  • Informative presentations from an experienced expedition team who are experts in their chosen fields
  • Your own 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket with a removable insulated liner
  • Complimentary use of insulated, waterproof Muck boots throughout the expedition
  • Use of ship facilities such as sauna, fitness centre, basic medical clinic and English-speaking doctor
  • Flights to/from Punta Arenas & King George Island or Stanley (selected voyages)

Please note, the inclusions mentioned above are for the Greg Mortimer.

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The only times you should need your wallet are if you choose to purchase extras such as internet, laundry, additional drinks not included with dinner, gratuities**, or anything purchased at the ship shop.

But these are only the tangible inclusions. Your trip also includes access to the world’s most remote places on board a purpose-built, state-of-the-art expedition vessel; encounters with wildlife not found anywhere else on Earth; the company of like-minded adventurers in a small group environment, and all of this while being looked after by our exceptional and attentive expedition team – we think they’re the best in the industry!

There is no denying that a trip to Antarctica can be a substantial financial investment, but if you ask any of our returning passengers, they will tell you that the experience is priceless.

The Total Cost of Antarctica Travel

When planning a trip to Antarctica, it’s essential to consider all the expenses involved to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey. Let’s break down the typical components included in Antarctica travel costs:

1. Transportation & Flight Costs

Transportation to and from Antarctica is a significant part of the overall expense. This includes flights to departure points like Ushuaia or Punta Arenas, as well as the cost of your voyage to the white continent.

2. Accommodation Costs

One of our three purpose-built expedition ships will be your base for adventure, providing all the comforts you need and more. The cost of your voyage accommodation will depend on the type of stateroom and length of expedition.

3. Meals and Dining & Food Cost

All meals, snacks, tea, and coffee are included in the cost of your voyage. However, we recommend budgeting for additional dining expenses before and after your trip.

4. Souvenir Costs

Antarctica offers the opportunity to purchase unique souvenirs, from penguin-themed trinkets to postcards. Budget for souvenir expenses to commemorate your trip.

5. Wi-Fi & Communication Costs

Complimentary Starlink Wi-Fi is available on all our ships. However, please be aware that due to the remote regions we visit, the connection may sometimes be unreliable.

6. Passport Cost

Ensure your passport is up to date before traveling to Antarctica and budget for any passport renewal fees if necessary.

7. Visas and Permits

Ensure you check the visa requirements for your destination, as entry regulations may change. Contact your local embassy for the latest information.

AE Expeditions includes port surcharges, permits, and landing fees in the cost of all our expeditions.

8. Travel Insurance Costs

Travel insurance is essential for any trip, including to Antarctica. Make sure your policy covers medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and emergency evacuation from Antarctica.

9. Family, Couples, or Single Cost

The cost of travelling to Antarctica may vary depending on whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple, or with family.

10. Additional Activity & Sightseeing Costs

A trip to Antarctica with AE Expeditions offers a range of activities, from wildlife watching to sea kayaking. Budget for additional activity expenses to make the most of your Antarctic adventure.

By considering these typical components of Antarctica travel costs and budgeting accordingly, you can embark on an unforgettable journey to the seventh continent while ensuring a smooth and hassle-free experience.

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Essential Preparations Before Traveling to Antarctica

Before embarking on a journey to Antarctica, thorough preparation is crucial to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Here are some essential preparations to consider:

  • Obtain Necessary Permits and Documentation: Ensure you have all required permits, visas, and documentation for travelling to Antarctica.
  • Vaccinations and Health Precautions: Consult with your healthcare provider to determine any health precautions for travelling to Antarctica.
  • Pack Appropriately: Pack warm, waterproof clothing, sturdy footwear, and other essential gear for the extreme conditions of Antarctica.
  • Purchase Travel Insurance: Invest in comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and evacuation from remote locations.

By considering these factors and making necessary preparations, you can embark on an unforgettable journey to Antarctica while ensuring a safe and memorable experience.

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How to get the best deal to Antarctica

Book as far in advance as you can. You won’t find last-minute bargain basement discounts with us, but we do offer early bird deals, so get in early to save. For solo travellers, we offer a ‘Happy to Share’ service that eliminates single supplement surcharges. Sign up for our mailing list and be the first to hear about our early bird offers and new itineraries.

Contact us to find out about payment plans. When you plan a trip with AE Expeditions, we will support you with a range of payment options to ensure that the process is manageable and stress-free.

For more information about joining AE Expeditions on a trip to Antarctica or finding out how to get to Antarctica, reach out to our expert team today.

*Kayaking, snorkelling and some other activities incur an additional cost. Please contact us to find out more.

** Note: A US$15 per person per day gratuity for the crew is automatically added to your onboard account. It is at your discretion if you would like to remove the tip (or adjust the amount) when you settle your account. It is not necessary to tip the expedition team members. This gratuity amount is included for suites as part of their ‘Suite Benefits’.

Antarctica Cost Guide FAQs

The cost of an Antarctica cruise can vary significantly, influenced by factors such as voyage duration, stateroom type, and the chosen itinerary.
When considering an Antarctica cruise with AE Expeditions, you can expect prices to start from USD13,195 per person when sharing a twin Aurora Stateroom. However, there are also early bird discounts available. 

Yes, there are budget-friendly options for visiting Antarctica. Some operators offer shorter cruises or expeditions with fewer amenities at lower prices. Additionally, booking well in advance, opting for shared accommodations, and choosing less luxurious amenities can help reduce costs.

To save money on an Antarctica expedition, consider booking early to take advantage of early bird discounts or promotions. Look for off-peak season deals, as prices tend to be lower during shoulder seasons. Choosing a shorter itinerary or sharing accommodations can also help lower costs.

Hidden costs of traveling to Antarctica may include additional fees for optional activities such as kayaking, camping, or scuba diving excursions. Additionally, travellers should budget for potential unexpected expenses such as gratuities and travel insurance.

Last-minute deals for Antarctica cruises are less common due to limited availability and high demand, it is still possible to find discounted offers or promotions. 

However we recommend booking as far in advance as you can. We often offer early bird deals, so get in early to save. For solo travellers, we offer a ‘Happy to Share’ service that eliminates single supplement surcharges. 

Sign up for our mailing list and be the first to hear about our early bird offers and new itineraries.


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