Antarctic Explorer

The great strength of this trip is choice - the widest selection of departure dates and optional adventure activities available across four first-rate ice-strengthened ships (132 to 199 guests). Spend a minimum of four full days exploring Antarctica. Enjoy daily shore landings and zodiac excursions encountering spectacular icebergs and wildlife at close quarters.

10 - 12 Days


Antarctic Explorer - 10 - 12 - $5,895

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 10 - 12 days in length, depending on which departure you choose
  • Minimum of four full days exploring Antarctica with daily shore-based landings and zodiac excursions
  • Choice of four outstanding ships, with capacity for 132 - 199 guests depending on which you choose
  • Optional adventure activities on select departures: Camping, kayaking, paddle boarding, mountaineering & cross country skiing (limited places, additional cost for each)
  • Complimentary parka jacket + loan of boots

Start from Ushuaia and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks visited on Antarctic Explorer

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina

With a population of more than 70,000 people, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. The city has grown over the past few years, yet it has retained an easy going and accessible feel. With the sea to the south and mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. If you arrive early, you can spend some time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy some Argentinean wines and barbecues in the city, or visit the many boutique shops and cafes before you leave for your expedition to Antarctica.

Day 2: Embarkation Day

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of excitement as you depart - the next time you see land you'll be in the world's most southern continent!

Days 3-4: At sea towards Antarctica

Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You'll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates while we'll provide safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.

Days 5-8: Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands

When the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition.

You can begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travellers alike. Every time we visit Antarctica we witness something new or unexpected, meaning your expedition will be unlike any other - creating a unique, personal experience. We will take zodiac excursions from the ship to explore bays, channels and landing sites each day. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds, you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for Humpback and Minke whales and search for a number of the southern seal species, including the cunning Leopard seal.

The majesty of the Peninsula's mountains will enchant you as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360 views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Orne Harbour, gives the opportunity to visit a Chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here you'll have the choice between going for a mountain hike or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach to enjoy the antics of curious penguins. If you're feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets! Amidst the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes now become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour.

Every day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team so as to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

Days 9-10: At sea towards Ushuaia

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with some final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy a few final presentations by your Expedition Team or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Day 11: Disembarkation in Ushuaia

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning allowing for you to continue your adventure on land or catch your flights home.

Additional note:

  • The 5-Nov-20188-Jan-201917-Jan-2019 and 9-Feb-2019 departures are 11 days long and start and end in Buenos Aires. There is a US$ 950 mandatory domestic flights, hotel and transfer package in addition to the price of the voyage.
  • The 13-Nov-2018 departure is 11 days long and has a special photography focus.
  • The 2-Dec-2018 and 10-Dec-2018 departures are 10 days long and start and end in Buenos Aires. There is a US$ 950 mandatory domestic flights, hotel and transfer package in addition to the price of the voyage.
  • The 24-Feb-2019 and 4-Mar-2019 departures are 12 days long.

All other departures are 11 days long. Please get in touch for more information.

NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is key and all part of the adventure of an expeditionary cruise.

What our customers think

About The Ship

  • A mid-sized 4* ship for 199 guests
  • Well-appointed, offering comfort & stability
  • Refurbished in 2015
  • 1B ice class rating
  • The widest choice of adventure activities
  • Complimentary jacket & loan of rubber boots
Loli Figueroa

Originally built for 450 people and now capped at just 199, we like this ship for her spaciousness.

Loli Figueroa Polar Specialist

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.

Twin Porthole
Twin Window
Superior Twin
Owner's Suite
Veranda Suite
Premium Suite
December 2018
2-Dec-2018 $5,895* $10,795 $9,795 $10,195 $11,495 $10,595 $12,495 Full Full Full
8-Dec-2018 $7,895 $8,895 $12,695 $9,795 $10,795 $11,795 $15,795 Full Full $13,995
9-Dec-2018 $6,895 $12,295 $11,295 $9,995 $10,395 $12,295 $11,395 Full Full Full
10-Dec-2018 $5,895* $10,795 Full $10,195 Full $10,595 $12,495 Full Full Full
January 2019
8-Jan-2019 $6,895 $12,395 $11,095 $11,595 $13,595 $12,095 $14,895 Full Full Full
17-Jan-2019 $6,895 Full $11,095 $11,595 $13,595 $12,095 $14,895 Full Full Full
February 2019
9-Feb-2019 $6,895 $12,395 $11,095 $11,595 Full $12,095 $14,895 Full Full Full
24-Feb-2019 $8,695 $9,795 $13,995 $10,795 $11,895 $12,995 $17,295 Full Full $15,395
March 2019
4-Mar-2019 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full
November 2019
3-Nov-2019 $8,495 Full $14,995 Full $12,995 $14,395 $15,595 Full $12,995 Full
5-Nov-2019 $6,695 $12,095 $10,795 $11,295 $13,195 $11,895 $14,495 Full Full Full
12-Nov-2019 $7,895 Full $12,695 $9,795 $10,795 Full $15,795 $11,795 Full $13,995
21-Nov-2019 $7,895 Full $12,695 $9,795 $10,795 Full $15,795 $11,795 Full $13,995
December 2019
2-Dec-2019 $6,695 $12,095 $10,795 $11,295 $13,195 $11,895 $14,495 Full Full Full
7-Dec-2019 $9,995 Full $17,495 Full $15,195 $16,795 $18,395 Full $15,195 Full
8-Dec-2019 $8,095 $14,395 $11,695 $14,395 $12,195 $13,195 $13,295 Full Full Full
11-Dec-2019 $7,295 $13,395 $12,195 $12,695 $14,295 $13,195 $15,495 Full Full Full
17-Dec-2019 $9,995 Full $17,495 Full $15,195 $16,795 $18,395 Full $15,195 Full
29-Dec-2019 $8,795 Full $14,195 $10,895 $11,995 Full $17,495 $13,095 Full $15,595
January 2020
7-Jan-2020 $7,295 $13,395 $12,195 $12,695 $14,295 $13,195 $15,495 Full Full Full
28-Jan-2020 $7,295 $13,395 $12,195 $12,695 $14,295 $13,195 $15,495 Full Full Full
February 2020
6-Feb-2020 $6,895 $12,395 $11,095 $11,595 $13,495 $12,995 $14,895 Full Full Full
7-Feb-2020 $7,295 $12,995 $10,495 $12,995 $10,995 $11,895 $11,995 Full Full Full
March 2020
3-Mar-2020 $7,895 Full $12,595 $9,795 $10,795 Full $15,595 $11,695 Full $13,895
7-Mar-2020 $6,895 $12,395 $11,095 $11,595 $13,495 $12,995 $14,895 Full Full Full

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $5895

Additional Notes

  • The 5-Nov-2018, 8-Jan-2019, 17-Jan-2019 and 9-Feb-2019 are 11 days long and start and end in Buenos Aires. There is a US$ 950 mandatory flights, hotel and transfer package in addition to the price of the voyage.
  • The 13-Nov-2018 departure is 11 days long and has a special photography focus.
  • The 2-Dec-2018 and 10-Dec-2018 departures are 10 days long and start and end in Buenos Aires. There is a US$ 950 mandatory flights, hotel and transfer package in addition to the price of the voyage.
  • The 24-Feb-2019 and 4-Mar-2019 departures are 12 days long.
  • All other departures are 11 days long.

There are more cabin categories available than in the above matrix, please contact us for details.

Optional Adventure Activities

Enhance your trip with the following add-on's available on select departures only. Limited places per activity, get in contact to check availability. Equipment provided, however a basic level of competency is required (prices quoted per person):

Camping ($295) - On selected departures

Kayaking ($995) - On selected departures

Paddling- price dependent on departure date, no experience required, 1-1.5hr paddle on inflatable kayak

Paddle boarding ($225) - Limited to 3-Jan, 8-Jan, 12-Jan, 17-Jan, 30-Jan, 9-Feb and 4-Mar-2019 departures, basic competency required

Cross-Country Skiing ($575) - Limited to 5-Nov, 2-Dec and 10-Dec-2018, basic competency required

Mountaineering ($575)- Limited to 5-Nov, 2-Dec and 10-Dec-2018, crampons provided, you will need rigid sole boots.

Single Supplement & Child Policy

For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, Ocean Endeavour and Ocean Diamond have a good number of dedicated single cabins. The single supplement is 1.7 to 2 times the cost of a single berth on departures aboard Ocean Adventurer, please contact us for details. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.

Child Policy: At date of embarkation, the minimum age restriction of 8 years and a minimum height and weight requirement of 64 lbs or 29kg and 48" or 1.2 meters must be met. Please contact us for details.


  • Transfers in Ushuaia as indicated
  • 1 night's hotel stay and breakfast
  • Online Photo journal of the voyage
  • Complimentary parka jacket
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation & meals during the voyage on full board
  • 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 & any entry fees to landing sites


  • Any flights to & from points of embarkation/disembarkation not listed as included
  • Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
  • Transfers not specified in the itinerary
  • Optional non-complimentary adventure activities (e.g. kayaking)
  • Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Personal Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature, e.g. laundry, beverages & communication
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)

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