Antarctica FAQ

We have listed some common questions and answers about our upcoming trip to Antarctica. If your question is not listed, don't hesitate to reach out to us at travel@oceanfirst.blue and we will be sure to help you the best we can. 

Can you help plan some additional tours in Ushuaia area before the cruise?

Absolutely! There is much to see and do in Ushuaia, including exploring Tierra del Fuego and the surrounding area.

Do I need a visa for Antarctica or Argentina?

A visa is not required for travel to Antarctica. At this time US citizens do not need to obtain a visa for travel to Argentina. Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your depature date from Argentina.

How long is the crossing between Ushuaia and Antartica?

The Drake Passage crossing is about 2 full days. There are numerous presentations and activities available to stay entertained throughout the crossing.

Should I be prepared for motion sickness?

The crossing can be quite rough so if you are prone to motion sickness it is best to be prepared in advance.

What is the climate like in Antarctica in February?

Seasons are the opposite as the northern hemisphere so February is summertime in Antarctica. Daytime high temperatures will bei n the 40s with coastal temperatures closer to freezing.

What animals can I expect to see at this time of year?

The question should really ask "What animals won't I see"? We can expect to see several species of whales, Weddell and leopard seals, orcas, dolphins, four species of penguins (chinstrap, emperor, gentoo, adelie), and an enormous variety of seabirds. This is the time of year when the penguin chicks are hatching as well!

Do I have to be in great physical shape for this trip?

Physical requirements are easy to moderate. There will be plenty of opportunity to explore the mainland. Travelers should be comfortable getting in and out of small boats (zodiaks).

When should I arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina?

We strongly advise arriving in to Ushuaia at least two days before boarding the cruise ship.

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