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Guide to Antarctica: Antarctic Dream

Information specific to Antarctic Dream including facilities, food, entertainment and a typical day on board. In short, information useful in helping you prepare for your Antarctic cruise holiday on board Antarctic Dream.

M/V Antarctic Dream


Main dining room / lounge area with chairs and sofas
Conference room (for lectures)
Small fitness Room/Sauna
Passenger Bridge


There are at least five expedition staff onboard all speaking excellent English. These range from the zodiac drivers to the naturalist guides. The guides also deliver the onboard lectures in the conference room.


Food onboard is good and there is plenty of it, but don’t expect gourmet cooking. The chef has a difficult job catering for so many without fresh supplies.

Dietary requirements can generally be well catered for if advised in advance. Breakfast is served buffet-style with hot and cold options. Lunch and dinner are both three-courses and served at your table. Wines or soft drinks are included.

Afternoon tea is served daily at 4pm.

Bottled water, tea and coffee are freely available throughout the day without charge.


There is no formal entertainment. Passengers tend to spend time chatting in the lounge area, out on deck or relaxing in the cabin.

Each cabin has a closed loop TV showing films and documentaries at regular intervals. The evening film starts at 21:30.

Daily schedule

A daily schedule is prepared each evening which lists all activities, lectures and films that will be available the following day. During the days at sea, staff will present lectures and talks.

The Navigation Bridge is open to passengers at most times and is a popular area to gather. From here you can watch the ship negotiating ice-filled waterways, watch for birds and wildlife with the guides and chat to the Captain and officers.

Once you reach the penisula you typically have two shore landings per day. Please be aware that all shore landings are dependent on the weather conditions and can be cancelled at any time.

Typical day

A typical day is as follows:

07:00 – 08:30: Buffet breakfast

08:30 – 09:00: Get dressed for this morning’s excursion. Meet at reception at 09:00 wearing plenty of layers, boots, parka and life jacket.

09:00: Disembark into the zodiacs for the ride to the shore. Your guides are on shore waiting for you. Typically an excursion lasts two hours but you can return to the boat at any time (drivers stay with the zodiacs to take you back whenever you want).

11:00: Return to the boat. After hot chocolate or soup, get out of your wellies and parkas.

12:00: Three-course lunch with wine or soft drinks.

14:00: Afternoon shore excursion.

16:00: Return to the boat in time for afternoon tea.

16:00: Tea / coffee biscuits and sandwiches.

16:30 – 19:00: Time to relax and reflect on the day. Stand out on deck and take in the views as you navigate to your next destination.

19:30: Three-course dinner with wine or soft drinks.

21:30: Watch a film or documentary on the closed loop TV in your cabin or chat over a drink in the bar.