You can sail from Milwaukee to Antarctica – for the low price of $50,000


If you’ve ever had to brave a Wisconsin winter, you already know the cold weather. But there’s a new opportunity to test your limits: a two-month cruise from Milwaukee to Antarctica.

Departing Milwaukee on September 8, 2023, the Viking Octantis will take passengers on a 70-day, 10-country excursion called Longitudinal World Cruise III that includes an extended stay near the “last continent.”

The ship, which first arrived in Milwaukee last May, will spend two days in port before embarking on a journey through the Great Lakes, eventually reaching the Atlantic Ocean for stops in New York; Charleston, South Carolina; and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After a stopover in Cozumel, Mexico, the Octantis will then cross the Panama Canal to the Pacific Ocean and head for the South American coast.

After 63 days at sea, guests will arrive in Antarctica to spend five days walking with penguins and watching passing whales. But these unique experiences come at a cost; a stateroom on the ship starts at $49,995.

A step-by-step map of the Longitudinal World Cruise III. (Courtesy of Viking Cruises)

Ultimately, the cruise ends in Ushuaia, Argentina, where travelers will disembark, catch a charter flight to Buenos Aires, and return home.


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