Explore Earth’s Southernmost Continent with Azamara

Drifting through a world of bright white punctuated by implausibly blue icebergs, you may find the experience surreal. As you cruise through the sound, you’ll view the same rugged landscapes just as those first intrepid explorers did years ago. This frozen continent at the ends of the Earth cannot sustain permanent inhabitants, but the part it plays in the Earth’s weather and water levels is so crucial that 28 nations maintain research stations here.

The peninsula sweeps up towards the tip of South America, and is the only part extending outside the Antarctic Circle. It provides many good habitats for penguin rookeries, and these beguiling birds return each year to mate, dressed in their best tuxedos. Several species of seal are in residence as well, including the enormous elephant seal.

Spot Unique Fauna

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Spot Unique Fauna

Antarctic Sound is home to a diverse array of wildlife, and some of the most fascinating species on Earth, such as leopard seals, orcas, blue whales, and seven species of penguin—including the star of the March of the Penguins movie, the Emperor Penguin. Whatever you do, DON’T forget your camera and telephoto lens at home!

Spot Unique Flora

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Spot Unique Flora

Just because you’ll be surrounded by towering icebergs and rocky peaks, doesn’t mean there isn’t any flora to be found. The Peninsula features the most mild climate on the whole continent, making it the perfect home for Antarctic Pearlwort and Hair Grass—the only flowering plants in Antarctica.

Embrace the Sound of Silence

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Embrace the Sound of Silence

Don’t take our word for it. Here’s what Azamara Journey’s Cruise Director, Eric De Gray, has to say about one of his all-time favorite places: “The serenity and peacefulness are hard to describe. When our world is bombarded by so much technology, you go there and feel such calmness and appreciation for the Earth, and at one with this environment.”

Antarctic Sound/Peninsula At a glance

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