Create a winter holiday unlike any other by celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve with your family on a cruise to Antarctica. 

Starting at: $8,850 * Price includes special offer Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Penguins with <i>Midnatsol </i> in the background. Credit: Andreas Kalvig Anderson  Adelie penguin posing for photographer  <i>Midnatsol</i> and iceberg in Antarctica. Credit: Andreas Kalvig Anderson  Sea kayaking amid the ice floes  Towering mountains of ice  Viewing a colony of penguins up close  Taking a walk along the shore  Bow of <i>Midnatsol</i>. Credit: Maximilian Schwarz

A Family Holiday Cruise of Antarctica

Aboard the 500-guest Midnatsol

17 days from $8,850

Create a winter holiday unlike any other by celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve with your family on a cruise to Antarctica. 

or Call 855-330-1542


Save up to $500 *per person when you book by January 15, 2018! 

*Prices are reflective of $500 savings per person for two guests sharing a cabin only. If applicable, Category J may waive $250 from the original triple price for an additional third guest. 


Create a winter holiday unlike any other by celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve with your family in Antarctica. Experience the holidays among penguins, whales, and icebergs—and watch your “Young Explorers” delve into a fun, educational, and interactive program.

Highlights Include

  • Cruising Antarctica: Learn about historic expeditions, geology, and wildlife in Antarctica as you cross the Drake Passage. Upon arrival, ply the waters for eight days to explore massive icebergs, turquoise glaciers, and bustling penguin rookeries. Sites of interest may include Deception Island, Half Moon Island, Brown Bluff, and more.
  • Wildlife: Watch for breaching fin, humpback, and minke whales; crabeater and Leopard seals; Adélie, chinstrap, and gentoo penguins; and countless seabirds, including cape petrels, skuas, and possibly the impressive albatross.
  • Active Adventure: Take zodiac excursions amid ice floes, explore rocky shores and wildlife up close during shore excursions, and even paddle a sea kayak.
  • Midnatsol: Built in 2003 for the Norwegian coast, the Midnatsol was rebuilt in 2016 and operates mainly in polar regions. The ship provides top safety technology and comfortable passage for expedition voyages, plus a science center that is ideal for learning opportunities. 

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.


Day 1 — Depart the U.S. for Buenos Aires, Argentina

Day 2 — Buenos Aires

Arrive in Buenos Aires and check into your hotel. Gather with your fellow travelers this evening for a welcome reception and introduction to our adventure. (R)

Day 3 — Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

After a morning flight, you find yourself in the southernmost town in the world, flanked by the Andes Mountain Range. Midnatsol is waiting to take you to sea. Enjoy a welcome dinner as we depart for Antarctica. (B,L,D)

Days 4-5 — Cross the Drake Passage

We cross the Drake Passage and will soon be in Antarctica! Attend lectures, learn more about photography or join in on interesting sessions in the science center. These activities are designed to make your visit to Antarctica even more enriching. Our Young Explorers have their own exciting program. (B,L,D)

Days 6-13 — Explore Antarctica

We cruise towards the South Shetland Islands and Antarctica, and the highlights line up during our eight days here. This land and seascape with glaciers galore and beaches teeming with wildlife is a superb and quite different place to celebrate the holidays. You will enjoy Smithsonian Journeys exclusive activities such as snowshoeing on the White Continent. On board, we invite you to take part in a real Norwegian Christmas celebration, with traditional food from Norway and Europe, carols and lots of fun. Among the places we may visit is Deception Island, one of the South Shetlands, a distinctive ring-shaped volcanic caldera. This is one of the few places in Antarctica where we can take our backpacks and hike. Hiking on an active volcano is a rarity, and being in Antarctica makes it even more special. You can also look forward to visiting Half Moon Island's extremely diverse landscape. It might be difficult to navigate through the 30 mile Antarctic Sound due to ice, but it offers the most impressive icebergs that you will see on this adventure. On Brown Bluff, Adélie and Chinstrap penguins, kelp gulls and cape petrels nest below spectacular cliffs that rise 2,444 ft out of the sea. The stony beach is suitable for shore landings outside of nesting season. When opportunities arise, we will take you on unforgettable hikes to explore the most beautiful, untouched places on the planet. (B,L,D)

Days 14-15 — Cross the Drake Passage

Relax and reflect onboard as the ship turns North and crosses the Drake Passage once again. Gather will your fellow travelers at a farewell reception to share highlights of your adventure. (B,L,R,D) 

Day 16 — Ushuaia and Buenos Aires, Argentina

Disembark and fly to Buenos Aires. You may choose to extend your stay or depart for home this evening. (B)

Day 17 — Arrive in the U.S.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)