Most Expensive Cruise Destination

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The tourist season is also the time when the region gets the most sunlight.
The tourist season in the Antarctic region is relatively short.
Antarctica may not be the most hospitable region in the world, but it's popular enough to guarantee that cruises destined for the southernmost continent will have passengers aplenty.
Freezing wind, icebergs, penguins and a dearth of hotel rooms—these are the things you'll find in the most expensive cruise destination in the world.
The four months from November to February are the only time the temperatures are high enough to make the trip.
February also brings more whale sightings than any other time of year.
Hatching penguins can be seen in December and November while slightly more mature young can be seen in February.
In December and January, days can last up to 20 hours.
The wildlife you'll see also depends on when you go.
The operational cost of an Antarctic voyage, as well as a lack of tourist infrastructure on the mainland, ensures that ticket prices won't be going down anytime soon.
A cruise to the world's most expensive destination may cost as little as $5,000 and could climb as high as $26,000 or higher!
The largest ships only offer sail-by tours of the continent—no disembarkation from the ship.
Antarctic cruises most often start in South America.