Scenic Opens Bookings for 2025-26 Antarctica Program

Scenic has announced the early release of the 2025-26 Antarctica program. Guests are encouraged to explore “Antarctica Your Way,” with a collection of voyages that break down the varying types/levels of expedition travel, including Christmas or New Year's possibilities.

Here are a few highlights:

The 13-day “Antarctica in Depth” itinerary runs round-trip from Buenos Aires aboard Scenic Eclipse. The week that follows is spent exploring the Antarctica Peninsula. Multiple Zodiac landings and explorations each day offer guests up close views of wildlife and the opportunities to visit the remnants of a derelict whaling station, stand ashore as penguins traverse back and forth on their ‘penguin highways,’ or climb to the rim of a volcanic crater, among others. Five departures run between November 2025 and February 2026.

The 20-/23-day “Antarctica, South Georgia, and Falkland Islands” voyage aboard Scenic Eclipse departs Ushuaia, stopping in Montevideo before visiting the Antarctica Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. Highlights include a Scenic Discovery excursion at the Falkland’s Gypsy Cove, walking the wildlife trail to see the Magellanic penguin colony; Zodiac cruises along the 10,000-foot mountain range which forms the spine of the long, narrow island of South Georgia; walking tours of Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands; and five full days taking in much of what Antarctica has to offer.

The 16-day “Antarctica in Depth” itinerary departs December 21, 2025. Guests witness dramatic changes in the landscape, such as an increase in sea ice, and wildlife living off the krill-rich waters. Scenic Discovery excursions visit areas abundant with penguins, seals, whales and more.

Sir Ernest Shackleton_Hut_Scenic Cruises
Guests can visit the historical hut of Sir Ernest Shackleton (Scenic Cruises)

The 25-day “Mawson’s Antarctica: Along the East Coast” departs from New Zealand’s Queenstown. This journey follows in the footsteps of Douglas Mawson’s Antarctic expedition—the South Australian geologist who accompanied Ernest Shackleton during the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911–14. Departing on December 13, 2025, guests will enjoy Christmas and New Year's in one of the most remote areas of the world, before ending the journey in Hobart.

Guests can discover Antarctica’s elusive Ross Sea region onboard Scenic Eclipse II as it heads out on the 24-day “Antarctica’s Ross Sea: Majestic Ice and Wildlife” itinerary. Sailing from Hobart to Dunedin on January 6, 2026 and round-trip from Dunedin on January 29, the itineraries (weather permitting) include a visit to Ross Island. On a clear day, guests can view Mount Erebus, the southernmost active volcano on Earth and visit the historical hut of Sir Ernest Shackleton. On Cape Adare, guests will take in the largest Adélie penguin rookery in Antarctica. The volcanic past of Franklin Island offers another opportunity to explore the penguins and otherworldly landscapes such as the Mars-like Dry Valley, only accessible by helicopter.

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