First Halal-certified Antarctic expedition set to launch in 2026

   July 8, 2024 ,   Cruise Industry

In an industry-first for Antarctic expeditions, Muslim travelers can now experience a halal-certified cruise to Antarctica.

Set to launch in January 2026, the 10-day Halal Cruise to the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula offers a unique journey on the new Ocean Albatros ship.

The 2023-built ship has 95 staterooms and is designed to cater to Muslim travelers with amenities such as an alcohol-free environment and halal-certified food.

The cruise will also offer daily ladies-only hours for the onboard sauna, allowing for relaxation with panoramic views of the Antarctic landscape.

Departing from Ushuaia Argentina, the Ocean Albatros will traverse the Drake Passage, reaching the South Shetland Islands by the third day. The ship’s unique X-Bow design ensures exceptional stability, facilitating smooth navigation through challenging waters and maximizing time spent exploring Antarctica. Travelers will have the chance to witness towering ice cliffs, majestic peaks, penguin rookeries, and historical sites, as well as enjoy Zodiac cruising among icebergs, whales, and seals.

Non-Muslim guests should note that non-halal food and beverages, including pork and alcoholic products, will not be available on this voyage, and bringing outside food or beverages onboard is prohibited.