A new cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT

Immerse yourself in a magnificent realm of ice on an unforgettable 11-day journey to Antarctica, and encounter astonishing wildlife—from thousands of penguins to breaching whales—on excursions with our naturalists.

Starting at: $9,830 Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Evocative ice forms in Antarctica  Towering mountains of ice  Ice mountains  Adélie penguins in Antarctica  Exploring the ice cliffs by Zodiac  Solitary penguin waiting to jump in the water. Credit: Cara Sucher  Penguin gazing at Le Boréal. Credit: Katryn Wiese  Reflection of an iceberg, Antarctica. Credit: Brenda Morris  Looking out at Le Boréal from an iceberg. Credit: Katryn Wiese  Smithsonian travelers and expert Jim Zimbelman in Antarctica  Chinstrap penguins   Breaching humpback whale  Leopard seal in Antarctica  Travelers going out to explore Antarctica.  Credit: Katryn Wiese  Penguins on the ice  On the way back to Le Boréal. Credit: Katryn Wiese  Adelie penguins at home

Antarctica: The White Continent

Aboard the 264-guest L’Austral

11 days from $9,830

A new cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT

Immerse yourself in a magnificent realm of ice on an unforgettable 11-day journey to Antarctica, and encounter astonishing wildlife—from thousands of penguins to breaching whales—on excursions with our naturalists.

or Call 855-330-1542

Experts

Jan 22 - Feb 1, 2022 Departure
Wayne Ranney

Wayne Ranney

Wayne Ranney is a geologist and educator who has lectured on Smithsonian Journeys trips since 1996. He began his Antarctic career working for the United States Antarctic Research Program during the 1986-87 where he was stationed at both McMurdo and the South Pole. Wayne has since traveled to the White Continent 29 times, serving mainly as a geologic lecturer. With a Master’s degree in geology, Wayne is interested in all aspect of Antarctica’s geologic evolution, including its former forests, fossils and it’s more recent glacial period that began about 34 million years ago. His lectures will focus on the rocks, the glaciers, and how humans conduct science in this unique landscape.

Jan 22 - Feb 1, 2022 Departure
Michelle Thaller

Michelle Thaller

Dr. Michelle Thaller is an astrophysicist with over two decades of science communication experience. Her research involves the lifecycles of stars, and she has worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Goddard Space Flight Center. She has appeared in many television science programs, including How the Universe Works and Space’s Deepest Secrets. Michelle has done two TEDx talks about astronomy and has hosted the podcast Orbital Path on public radio.