Antarctica is the ultimate adventure, where you will witness towering glaciers, snow-covered landscapes, immense icebergs and once-in-a-lifetime wildlife viewing. In the footsteps of explorers such as Amundsen, Shackleton and Scott, you will be one of the few to discover the world's last truly wild frontier. Smaller expedition style cruise ships carry their own fleet of zodiacs and will usually include the highlight of a landing on the white continent. Larger cruise ships will include scenic cruising along the Antarctic peninsula, but will not offer any landings or shore excursions. Antarctica cruises depart from South America during the Southern Hemisphere summer late November to March. There are also occasional Antarctica departures from New Zealand. Sub Antarctic cruises depart from the ports of Auckland, Dunedin & Lyttleton in New Zealand.