In a destination as extreme as Antarctica, the trip there is an adventure in itself. This is especially true if you opt to journey the way many people do, by crossing Drake Passage.
The Drake is the body of water between South America and Antarctica that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It’s also an extremely volatile area, and rough seas are the norm. Many who travel to Antarctica consider crossing the Drake a literal rite of passage, no matter how queasy it makes them. It’s also part of the reason why an expedition-style cruise to Antarctica is an adventure right from the beginning.
Heavy seas aren’t the only reason why the cruise is an experience unto itself. There’s something almost otherworldly about standing on the bow of the ship as it navigates icy waters. You realize that you are one of only a handful of people around the world to make a similar voyage.