Why choose Swoop for your group or charter?

  • We have extensive tailor-made experience, arranging everything from family, special interest and corporate groups all the way up to full ship charters
  • We collectively have over 100 years of polar planning experience in our team, with over 150 Antarctic trips under our belt
  • We work with every smaller ship Antarctic operator to offer our clients the widest choice in finding the right trip for them
  • Our unrivalled industry contacts and long-standing relationships with ship operators gives us reach and access other agents simply can’t match
  • Our team’s annual Antarctic trips and ship inspections give us unparalleled knowledge of the polar fleet, and unique insights
  • We are experienced charter consultants, from shortlisting ship choices to charter negotiation and contract finalisation
  • Swoop’s global team works across five continents, allowing us to support our clients whatever their location or timezone

Case Studies: Groups & Charters arranged by Swoop

  • Case study 1: Multi-generational family

    Number of people travelling: 10 guests

    Group location: New York City, USA

    What Swoop was briefed to arrange: A family group adventure for three generations sailing on a small ship, with a private jet liaison and travel arrangements in South America before and after the voyage.

    What Swoop delivered: With exclusive access to the top suites on the ship, we were able to comfortably accommodate this growing family group. We partnered successfully with the client's private travel planner to provide a seamless experience throughout the booking.

    Travelled: December 2016 on Hebridean Sky

  • Case study 2: Group of friends

    Number of people travelling: 10 guests

    Group location: Florida, USA

    What Swoop was briefed to arrange: A comfortable Fly & Sail Antarctic cruise, ensuring the clients were able to kayak together in a group: an important feature of the trip for these travellers

    What Swoop delivered: We smoothly fulfilled the brief, offering full support throughout the booking to receive a 10 out of 10 experience rating from the client in their post-voyage feedback.

    Travelled: January 2023 on Greg Mortimer

  • Case study 3: Photography group

    Number of people travelling: 19 guests

    Group location: Toronto, Canada

    What Swoop was briefed to arrange: We were approached to consult on initial voyage selection for a trip with a strong photography focus, and provide logistical and administrative support to the group throughout the booking.

    What Swoop delivered: We successfully delivered every aspect of the client’s brief, leading us to collaborate with the lead photographer to arrange a second trip for the group.

    Date travelled June 2022 on Plancius

  • Case study 4: Group of photographers and friends

    Number of people travelling: 105 guests

    Group location: Malaysia & Indonesia

    What Swoop was briefed to arrange: We were asked to find two back-to-back voyages with broad appeal for a mixed group of photographers and friends and representing good value for money, as well as provide logistical and administrative support throughout the booking.

    What Swoop delivered: By successfully partnering with the group leader, we have built a close relationship that has seen us collaborate together on five tailor-made group trips since 2015.

    Date travelling: December 2023/January 2024 on Seaventure

  • Case Study 5: Sports group

    Number of people travelling: 80 guests

    Group location: Worldwide

    What Swoop was briefed to arrange: We were approached to consult on the selection of a voyage with a strong emphasis on adventure activities for a large and highly active sports group, and then to provide full support throughout the entire booking.

    What Swoop delivered: From initially modest beginnings, this grew to a substantial group size throughout the booking process, for which we were able to completely personalise our support. After delivering a successful trip, Swoop was asked by the client to plan a second Antarctic trip of similar scope.

    Date travelled: December 2022 on Plancius

  • Case study 6: Corporate group

    Number of people travelling: 15 guests

    Group location: Bangkok, Thailand

    What Swoop was briefed to arrange: We were asked by the CEO of the company to arrange a very special company incentive for top executives.

    What Swoop delivered: We were able to successfully identify the right ship and voyage for this group, securing cabins close together and meeting the individual needs of the executive travellers.

    Date travelling: January 2024 on National Geographic Explorer

  • Case study 7: Full ship charter

    Number of people travelling: 125 guests

    Group location: Colorado, USA

    What Swoop was briefed to arrange: We were asked to charter a comfortably appointed smaller Antarctica cruise ship for the exclusive use of a high profile guest list.

    What Swoop delivered: We sourced a full charter at short notice on a ship that wasn’t publicly available, and went on to forge a strong working partnership between the client, the ship operator and ourselves. After completing a successful voyage, the client asked us to secure a second full ship charter for them for a similar trip to the Arctic the following year.

    Date travelled: March 2023 on Island Sky

Why our customers love Swoop

The Antarctic Experts.
No Compromises

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Our team has visited Antarctica over 150 times and has 100 collective years of polar experience, so from which trip is right for you to what shoes to bring - there’s no question we can’t answer.

Expert impartial advice at no extra cost

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Choosing the right voyage is complicated, Swoop makes it easy. We offer no-nonsense advice on 1500 voyages across 30 ships to find you the right trip, cabin, price - and we don’t charge a fee.

The only B Corp certified Antarctic specialist

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We want to protect Antarctica for future generations - which is why we became a certified B Corp and set up our own conservation fund. So your adventures can be a force for good.

A full concierge service, unlike booking direct

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We leave nothing to chance in delivering your perfect trip and have over 6500 happy travellers to show for it. With a dedicated Antarctic co-ordinator & support throughout - you’re in safe hands.

What sort of group are you?


Stricker Family

There are few legacies more powerful than handing down the gift of travel to the next generation, inspiring our children with a sense of wanderlust by sharing with them the wonders of our rich and varied world. It’s one of life’s greatest luxuries: and in Antarctica it’s one that comes with added penguins.

We love helping families create memories that will last a lifetime. Over the years we’ve catered to families of all shapes and sizes, so we know what you need and exactly where to find it.

Our team's encyclopaedic knowledge of the polar fleet means we know exactly which ships offer interconnecting cabins for younger families and can even advise those with teenagers just how many sockets any cabin will have to charge their devices. Because travel is the best education, we can tell you which ships run interactive citizen science programmes to engage both older and younger travellers. Finally, we know that family budgets are always important so we can guide you through which ships offer discounts for younger families and for larger family groups too.


We believe that travel is at its best when it’s a shared experience – and what better company is there than a group of good friends?

Over the years Swoop has worked with many groups of friends to organise amazing cruises to Antarctica, whether as originally planned or when an idea for a trip just snowballed into something bigger and more exciting.

Imagine reaching the Seventh Continent and making camp together in the snow. Picture yourself paddling with penguins in a kayaking group of friends, or egging each other on as you dare to take the polar plunge. Talk to us about what you and your friends like to do best together and we’ll help arrange a trip for you that will create memories that you’ll be talking about for years to come.

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What our customers think of Antarctic Groups & Charters

10/10 - Your communication throughout our travel planning was fantastic, and kept us excited for our upcoming travels to Antarctica. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2023

Isabella Kornas - UK

10/10- You were extremely responsive, and demystified planning for this trip. We were not well informed when we started. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2023

Pete Russo - USA

10 / 10 - Swoop coordinated my trip in expert fashion…every step along the way. The ship team was extraordinary…experienced, knowledgeable and fully capable. 11 out of 10. A+++ Read the full review

Travelled: January 2023

Gene Piper - USA

10/10 - Very happy with Swoop. Trip was well organized. Great communication. Helpful people. Company also cares about the environment - something which anyone who goes to Antarctica will likely become a bigger focus in their life. So great company, cares about its clients, its people and the world in which we live. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2022

Marc Ganz - USA

10/10 - Swoop made the booking process easy and professional. They assigned a point of contact that made the preparation for the trip personal by answering all questions quickly and thoroughly. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2022

Erwin Perl - USA

10/10 - Swoop provided all of the paperwork and information I needed in a timely manner and answered all questions without delay. Thanks for your professional and personal help. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2022

Judi Sandall - USA

10 - Swoop provided all the information I needed to travel to this special place. Email questions and requests were answered promptly. Extra help was provided when needed Read the full review

Travelled: December 2022

Lee Westervelt - USA

10/10 - People at Swoop are very helpful. During the covid season, it was unfortunate that my voyage got cancelled twice, each time they helped me to find another trip and rebook quite smoothly. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2022

Grace Huang - USA

10/10 - Overstandard assistance in all cases including cancellation and changing terms because of Covid, nice and professional communication, great management... Read the full review

Travelled: November 2022

Matej Hronec - Czech Republic

10/10 - Fantastic support, from nose to tail! The information before the trip regarding clothing etc. was really helpful. The advice Swoop gave us about pros and cons of the ship room sizes, amenities, and locations was very valuable. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2022

Joe Brubaker - USA


Photography groups

A zodiac full of photographers in the Antarctic peninsula

As a travel company that’s been visiting Antarctica for years, we not only understand what it is that makes this destination such a special one for photographers, but also how photography groups can squeeze the most out of their trip.

We know which ships and itineraries work best for photographers as well as the best times to travel for different types of photography. We’ll arrange trips with the maximum time in the destination for shooting, with a supportive expedition team (including a photography guide) that will intuitively get you into the best position to capture the right shot. Our ship knowledge extends to knowing the vessels with the best space where you can recap the day, collaborate and edit your images.

Swoop even has our own in-house photographer and videographer who can provide pre-trip tips so you’re as best prepared as you can possibly be before going on location.

For groups of around 15 or over, we’ll include a complimentary place for the group leader.

Special interest groups

Antarctic Groups & Charters

From runners to yoga groups and polar history enthusiasts, we’ve assisted a fascinating array of different groups overthe years. We've even helped arrange trips for cold water swimmers: our team members have all taken the polar plunge themselves, so we love bonding with clients over their special interests.

It's our network of contacts across the Antarctic industry which gives us the edge when it comes to special requests, so that we can help add that X factor to your trip. As well as finding the perfect ship for your group, we can arrange expert guides and space on board for special activities. 

As part of helping you with your arrangements, we’ll include a complimentary place for the group leader for groups of around 15 travellers.

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Swoop says

As one of the Top 5 polar agents globally, Swoop's deep knowledge, extensive experience and long-standing industry connections means that we're more than equipped to meet even the most challenging briefs

Corporate groups

Zodiac Landing amid the ice on Silver Endeavour, Antarctic Vessel, Antarctica

Zodiac landing amid the ice

As a travel company that sends its entire sales and customer support teams to Antarctica every year to keep our industry knowledge the best it can be, we intimately understand the opportunities this region can bring for corporate wellbeing and teambuilding.

From full ship charters to incentive groups, we have experience and success working with corporate organisations from around the world. We know the polar fleet inside out so we can find you the best ship to suit your needs, with the best range of activities to get your group out to Antarctica with the best value for your budget.

From the moment of booking, our dedicated customer support team can help with every aspect of your business travel, to save you time and take the stress out of any complicated booking arrangements.

For groups of around 15 or over, we’ll include a complimentary place for the group leader.



Antarctica is truly a classroom like no other. From a parade of icebergs and glaciers to the opportunity to see penguins and whales at close quarters, this is a place to encounter nature at its most inspiring and create memories to inspire a lifetime.

The trips we can arrange for your school group are supported by a schedule of educational talks. You’ll be travelling with and learning from guides who are biologists, ecologists, glaciologists and polar historians: there is no one better to accompany you in this extraordinary open air classroom. We can match you with ships that run active citizen science programmes so that your group can take part in collecting research samples and data that will be used in cutting edge scientific research.

Children of ages 10 and upwards are recommended for our school groups. For groups of around 15 or more we’ll include a complimentary place for the group leader.

Full & part charters

Seaventure expedition cruise ship

If you've got a large group, there can be no better way of having a truly personalised Antarctic adventure than chartering your own ship.

Booking a full charter doesn’t come cheaply—around $1–2 million for an 11 day trip—so this is one arena where a trusted agency really comes into their own. Swoop has years of experience in this field. We’ll work closely with you over months and even years to deliver a great outcome for your group.

We provide a full service from initial consultation and shortlisting potential charter options, through to negotiation and contract finalisation, to assisting with project management and taking care of the needs of individual guests. Our network of industry contacts has allowed us to build up a strong track record of accessing options not available on the open market.

Our experience, knowledge and highly personalised hands-on assistance comes at no additional cost: we’ll take care of the complicated stuff so you can concentrate on getting your group ready for adventure.

Ready to plan your Antarctic group adventure?



We'll spend some time listening to your aspirations, then discuss the kind of experience that might suit you.



Next we'll discuss the options, shortlist the best trips for you and present you our impartial recommendations.



We'll place a 24 hour hold on your preferred option - without obligation - whilst we talk through the details.

With decades of Antarctic experience between us, we can help plan the perfect trip for your group.