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Crossing the Drake Passage

Drake Passage Cruises

An 800 km sailing journey from Cape Horn to Antarctica

Information about Drake Passage

The Drake Passage is the name given to the infamous stretch of open ocean between the tip of South America and the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.

It usually takes 2 or 3 days to cross the Drake Passage, and this is a great time to learn from your expert Antarctic naturalist guides. Through a series of fascinating talks and lectures, you'll begin to learn more about the remarkable wildlife and awe-inspiring geology of the Antarctic continent.

Your guides are always on hand to help you identify the sea bird species that always follow the ships, as well as spotting whales and other cetaceans that can be seen en route to the Antarctic Peninsula or the South Shetland Islands.

Interesting facts about Drake Passage

Despite its reputation as a challenging body of water to navigate, the Drake Passage is also home to a diverse range of wildlife, including several species of whales, dolphins, and seabirds. Passengers on Polar Expedition Cruises can often spot humpback whales, orcas, and even rare species like the Antarctic petrel while crossing the passage.

The Drake Passage is named after Sir Francis Drake, the famous British explorer who sailed through the area in the late 16th century. However, the waters were known for their treacherous nature long before Drake's voyage, and the passage was feared by sailors for centuries due to its unpredictable weather, rough seas, and strong currents.

The Drake Passage is the body of water that separates South America from Antarctica, and it is considered one of the roughest stretches of water in the world. The passage is only about 500 miles wide, but it is infamous for its strong winds and waves that can reach heights of up to 30 feet.

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