Those who've sailed its waters know it's just as likely that you'll experience the "Drake Lake" as the "Drake Shake." Even if luck isn't on your side, seasickness medicine like Scopalamine (administered via a patch worn behind the ear) can ensure that even the roughest seas won't leave your insides tossing and turning.The good news: the crossing passes quickly and once you've reached Antarctica, the seas are typically much calmer.Lower budget cruises, such as those offered by Hurtigruten and Quark, range from ,000 to ,000 for a two-week trip, but things like alcoholic drinks, wifi access, and activities like kayaking and camping, may cost quite a bit extra.Silversea cruises of around the same length of time range from ,000 to ,000 but include all-suite accommodations with butler service, free wifi, and all drinks.You'll also get up close with animals like penguins, which can be found in abundance and seem to have no fear of humans, as well as birds, seals, and even whales.Romance is what you make it Watching whales breach right outside your window, or camping under an Antarctic twilight are certainly romantic experiences, but most people wouldn't consider this a romantic trip in the traditional sense; candlelit dinners for two won't be on the itinerary, but soaking in a hot tub with a view of calving ice shelves could be.Many couples think of warm destinations when planning a honeymoon.
It's a bucket-list trip perfect for adventurers, explorers, wildlife lovers — and those who prefer the temperature a bit on the chilly side.
You'll need to visit as part of an expedition cruise, such as those offered by Hurtigruten, Quark, and National Geographic.
Cruises operate from November to March, which is summer in South America and Antarctica.
Unplugging isn't just possible; it's almost mandatory Wifi has reached the southern end of the planet, but as one might expect, it's not exactly high-speed.
On-board wifi is slow, expensive, and on some ships like Hurtigruten, access is limited to certain hours of the day.