A penguin family

Antarctica Family Trips & Cruises

Take a family trip to Antarctica for the vacation of everyone’s lifetime
Starting at:
Per Person
$ 4,326


  • Experience one of the world’s greatest adventure and sightseeing destinations as a family
  • Combine ship-based sightseeing together with kayaking, onshore trekking, and other adventures
  • Bond over spectacular wildlife spectacles, from whales to penguin colonies, and the unbelievable scenery of icebergs and glacier-wrapped mountains
  • Enjoy the all-ages thrill of seeing sights few people ever will
  • Traveling with kids in Antarctica not only exposes them to the wonders of nature-in-the-raw, but also gives them a firsthand look at scintillating scientific research

A family trip to Antarctica is about as unforgettable as you can get! Experiencing the majesty, the drama, the staggering remoteness of the White Continent together ensures lifelong shared memories. Kids especially attuned to the natural world and outdoor adventure are bound to thrill at the prospect of visiting Antarctica. But, really, just about any young person is going to be wowed by the surreal sights and uninhabited vastness of this polar realm—and by the exclusive bragging rights and novelty factor they accrue as one of the rarefied few to have seen all of it firsthand.

While many Antarctic cruises for families mandate a minimum age cutoff and generally aren’t well suited to those with very young children, it must be said even families with infants (when allowed) have enjoyed the bottom of the world together. Spying extraordinary wildlife, kayaking and snow-hiking and camping together, maybe even posing for a family photo at the Ceremonial South Pole: An Antarctica family cruise can be honest-to-goodness life-changing!

Group of people hiking on ice A family on an Antarctica cruise

Family Trips to Antarctica

Create lifelong memories with your loved ones and ignite a sense of wonder in the hearts of your children on these extraordinary family trips to Antarctica.

Up to 11% savings

The Antarctica Explorer

Length: 13 Day / 12 Night
Ships: Ocean Albatros
$ 11,045 - $ 32,815
Per Person
Up to 20% savings

Antarctic Explorer Express

Length: 9 Day / 8 Night
Ships: Greg Mortimer, Sylvia Earle
$ 10,525 - $ 24,095
Per Person

Best of Antarctica: White Christmas

Length: 11 Day / 10 Night
Ships: Ocean Endeavour
$ 8,799 - $ 13,799
Per Person

Shackleton's Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Explorer

Length: 21 Day / 20 Night
Ships: Ocean Endeavour
$ 17,999 - $ 23,599
Per Person
Up to 24% savings

Antarctic Circle Expedition

Length: 18 Day / 17 Night
Ships: MS Roald Amundsen
$ 11,389 - $ 72,491
Per Person
Up to 24% savings

Highlights of Antarctica

Length: 12 Day / 11 Night
Ships: MS Fridtjof Nansen, MS Roald Amundsen
$ 4,326 - $ 50,281
Per Person

FAQ About Antarctica Family Cruises

Are Antarctica cruises suitable for families with children?

Yes, Antarctica cruises can be a fantastic adventure for families with children. Many cruise operators offer family-friendly itineraries with engaging activities, educational programs, and experienced guides to ensure a memorable and safe experience for all ages.

What is the best age for children to go on an Antarctica cruise?

While there is no specific age requirement, children who are at least 8-10 years old can better appreciate and participate in the unique experiences offered during an Antarctica cruise. It’s important to choose a cruise line that welcomes and accommodates families.

What activities are available for children on Antarctica cruises?

Antarctica cruises for families provide a range of kid-friendly activities, including wildlife spotting, Zodiac cruises, educational lectures, penguin encounters, photography workshops, and even snowshoeing or camping experiences (depending on the cruise and age restrictions).

Is it safe for children to visit Antarctica?

Yes, visiting Antarctica with children on a reputable cruise is generally safe. Cruise operators prioritize safety measures and provide expert guides who ensure the well-being of all passengers, including children. It’s important to follow guidelines and instructions provided onboard.

What educational opportunities are available for children on Antarctica cruises?

Antarctica cruises for families offer educational opportunities through onboard lectures, interactive presentations, and hands-on activities. Children can learn about Antarctic wildlife, climate change, geography, and conservation efforts, fostering a deeper understanding of this unique ecosystem.

Best Antarctica Cruise Ships for Families

Discover the wonders of the White Continent together on our top-rated Antarctica family cruise ships. Experience comfort, excitement, and engaging activities for all ages.

Up to 30% savings

Ocean Albatros

10-19 Days, 7 Itineraries
169 Guests, Luxury
$ 7,895 - $ 44,995
Per Person
Up to 26% savings

Greg Mortimer

9-23 Days, 17 Itineraries
132 Guests, Luxury
$ 9,596 - $ 49,976
Per Person
Up to 26% savings

Sylvia Earle

9-24 Days, 17 Itineraries
132 Guests, Luxury
$ 10,236 - $ 53,095
Per Person

Ocean Endeavour

11-23 Days, 7 Itineraries
200 Guests, Luxury
$ 7,649 - $ 33,599
Per Person
Up to 29% savings

MS Roald Amundsen

12-18 Days, 4 Itineraries
532 Guests, Luxury
$ 7,179 - $ 72,491
Per Person
Up to 24% savings

MS Fridtjof Nansen

12-19 Days, 3 Itineraries
530 Guests, Luxury
$ 4,326 - $ 50,281
Per Person