Crossing the notorious Drake Passage on an expedition-style cruise to Antarctica is on the bucket list of many brave travelers around the world. This body of water, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, is known for its unpredictable weather and harsh conditions.
The trip through the so-called "furious 50s" and "screaming 60s" usually takes about two days, but weather can significantly lengthen the time and waves can easily exceed 30 feet.
For many, though, this is all part of the experience—a necessary rite of passage before finally reaching landfall on the Antarctic continent itself. Unfortunately, crossing the Drake may impact your time spent touring Antarctica if the crossing takes longer than anticipated.