A queer cruise to Antarctica sets sail next year, bringing the colours of Pride to the white continent for the first time. Olivia Palamountain reports

Australian-owned Aurora Expeditions has unveiled plans for a pioneering Antarctica Pride Cruise, set to embark in February 2025.

The B Corp-certified company has partnered with Planetdwellers & Pride Tours to create this unique voyage, designed to celebrate the queer community in one of the world’s most remote destinations.

The speciality sailing will take place aboard Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer, a small expedition ship accommodating just over 100 passengers. Cabins start from US$9,850.00 per person. Antarctica Pride CruiseThe vessel has spacious cabins and combines luxury with environmental sustainability, featuring amenities including a gym, sauna and jacuzzis. Bookings for the Antarctica Pride Cruise are expected to open soon.

Michael Smith, CEO of Aurora Expeditions, says: “We’re thrilled to offer this groundbreaking expedition that not only showcases the breathtaking beauty of Antarctica but also celebrates diversity and inclusion in such a unique setting.”Antarctica Pride CruiseThe Antarctica Pride Cruise promises to offer a welcoming atmosphere for all guests, with a range of experiences tailored to explore the stunning Antarctic Peninsula alongside like-minded individuals.

Highlights of the ten-day expedition include:

  • Two to three exciting excursions daily, ranging from polar plunges to zodiac cruises between icebergs and hikes to remote vantage points.
  • Opportunities for adventurous activities ashore, such as scuba diving among spectacular ice formations and snorkelling amidst the diverse marine life.
  • Expert-led photography sessions and specially curated events celebrating Pride and the rich diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community.

As the first of its kind, this innovative expedition marks a milestone in combining polar exploration with Pride celebration, representing a significant step in making expedition travel more inclusive and diverse.