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Cruises visiting Lemaire Channel & all Lemaire Channel cruises for  2019-2020

Currently we have no major cruise ships visiting Lemaire Channel in the 2019-2021 seasons.

Future sailings will be shown here as they become available, and alternative ports in the region can be viewed at Antarctica Cruises. Please contact one of our cruise specialists today on 1800 121 187 if you require further assistance.

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The scenic Lemaire Channel between Booth Island and Kiev Peninsula on the Antarctic Peninsula is considered one of the highlights of any cruise going to sub-Antarctica. The channel is 11 km long and 700 m wide at its narrowest point. It is filled with icebergs and hemmed in by towering cliffs on each side. Lemaire Channel is as far south as cruise ships venture, about 285 km north of the Antarctic Circle. The northern entrance to the channel is guarded by Una Peaks (Una’s Tits), two towers of basalt, with the highest summit at 747m.

The protected waters are smooth, even glassy with perfect reflections, contrasting with the five metre swells of Drake Passage. When the channel is filled with icebergs ships may have to circumvent Booth Island to reach Petermann Island, an important bird sanctuary and erstwhile centre for international research stations, which is 9 km from the southern end of the channel. The region is a spartan wilderness of rock and ice, spectacular from all accounts of those who visit. Strong currents often clog the channel with pack ice and bergs. Penguins, seals, sea lions, orca, humpback, and minke whales often show up on this dramatic waterway.

Hopefully on one transit you’ll navigate the channel at midnight, with the Antarctic sunset on the horizon. A side trip to nearby Petermann Island affords you a view of Gentoo and Adelie penguins. The channel was named by the Belgian polar explorer Adrien de Gerlache in 1898, honouring fellow explorer Charles Lemaire who, by way of contrast, explored the tropical rain forests of the African Congo.

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