Crossing the Antarctic Circle

Spend 6 full days exploring Antarctica with the Polar Circle at 66 degrees south as your most southerly objective, on board one of the most exciting new vessels. Limited to only 100 passengers with spacious cabins, state-of-the-art technology and optional kayaking, polar snorkelling or diving available.

11-12 Days

$11,600

Crossing the Antarctic Circle - 11-12 - $11,600

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 6 full days exploring Antarctica = 12 planned ‘off ship’ excursions
  • Join that exclusive club of Polar Circle visitors
  • Limited departure dates
  • Only 100 guests means faster logistics and everyone can do landings together 
  • Optional kayaking, diving or snorkelling (extra cost)
  • Complimentary parka jacket & post voyage photo book

Start from Ushuaia and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on Crossing the Antarctic Circle

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1:  Embarkation in Ushuaia

Step aboard your home-away-from-home and settle into your comfortable cabin. There's time to greet fellow passengers, meet the staff and explore the ship before our evening's cruise down the Beagle Channel.


Day 2:  Cross the Drake Passage

We cross the Drake Passage, accompanied by albatross, petrels, fulmars and prions. Join our polar experts to learn about Antarctica's unique wildlife and history, talk to fellow passengers, staff, and crew, and prepare for landings with environmental and safety briefings.


Day 3:  First Glimpse of Antarctica

Spirits soar as air and water temperatures fall, marking our crossing of the Antarctic Convergence. All eyes are peeled for the first iceberg, the first penguin and the first glimpse of land. With luck, we go ashore this afternoon.


Days 4-9:  Antarctic Peninsula & Polar Circle

We explore the Peninsula's west coast, with time to watch the frenzied activities of penguin parents and chicks as the summer days begin to shorten. Watch for imperial cormorant chicks bravely making their first flights from sea cliffs. Zodiac cruise amongst icebergs and floes replete with basking Weddell and Leopard seals and revel in the unparalleled beauty of the vast, Antarctic landscape.

Besides landing on wildlife-rich offshore islands, we make a continental landing, possibly hiking up for spectacular views. As we continue south, ice conditions govern our movements. Whether we cross the Polar Circle via the 'inner route' or the Bellingshausen Sea, we celebrate in style. With luck we reach magnificent Crystal Sound, pass through the Gullet and steam on to Marguerite Bay, where relatively few have gone before. Orcas, humpbacks and minkes feed in the channels. We may visit historical Stonington, Pourquoi Pas, and Detaille islands before turning north to warmer climes.


Day 10:  Flight back to Punta Arenas

We arrive at mountainous King George Island, time and weather permitting we will explore Fildes Bay and the remote Bellinghausen Church before meeting our charter flight back to Punta Arenas in Chile.


Day 11:  Punta Arenas

After breakfast bid farewell to fellow expeditioners before continuing on with your own arrangements.


Please note the following slight changes to the itinerary:

The 14-Feb-2020 departure flies back to Punta Arenas at the end, instead of sailing back to Ushuaia.


This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Furthermore, it's important to understand that the charter flight(s) to/ from Antarctica are particularly prone to weather, which requires a flexible flight schedule.

About The Ship

  • With its sexy and sleek X-bow lines and ground breaking design, few new Polar ships have created such excitement.
  • Zodiac platforms specially designed for quick boardings and more time exploring
  • Rolls Royce stabiliser system and polar code 6 ice rating  
  • Large comfortable cabins

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.

Balcony Stateroom
Balcony Suite
Junior Suite
Captain's Suite
February 2020
3-Feb-2020 Full Full Full Full
14-Feb-2020 Full Full Full Full

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $11600

Additional Notes

  • The 14-Feb-2020 departure flies back to Punta Arenas at the end, instead of sailing back to Ushuaia.

Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo who want their own cabin, the single supplement to have your own twin cabin varies between 1.25 - 1.7 times the cost of a single berth. There is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.

For young travellers there’s a minimum age of 8 years. There isn't any concession on pricing.

Optional Adventure Activities

Enhance your trip with the following add ons. Limited places per activity.
Get in contact to check availability.

Activity Cost Additional Information
Add on icon Kayaking Kayaking $1,050
Add on icon Polar diving Polar diving $975
Add on icon Polar snorkelling Polar snorkelling $600

Includes

  • Complimentary parka jacket
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation during the voyage on full board basis
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage

Excludes

  • Flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation
  • Any additional services before and after your voyage
  • Transfers not specific to the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional adventure activities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Items of a personal nature: laundry, beverages, etc
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)

Questions about this Voyage?