The Antarctic Peninsula is part of the Antarctic Continent and is the southern continuation of the mountain chain that runs from North America through South America into the Scotia Sea. Here it continues as a mainly sub-marine ridge, the Scotia Ridge, until it comes above sea-level at the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. The peninsula consists of a 500-mile-long mountain chain, the highest peaks rising to approximately 9,186 feet, and numerous off-lying islands. The Peninsula offers the most dramatic scenery and biggest variety of wildlife in Antarctica. Visitors are easily overcome by sensory overload by the huge amount of icebergs, glaciers, high mountains and the abundant and tame wildlife.
The Antarctic Peninsula Cruise is a comprehensive introduction to the White Continent over 10 or 11 days. Your home base for the expedition is the 104-guest Plancius or 116-guest Ortelius, from where you'll set foot on glaciers and discover the land that gentoo penguins and imperial shags call home.