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 (128 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.

11–12 Days

$6,695

Antarctic Explorer - 11–12 - $6,695

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 11–12 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 128–199 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 Argentinian 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 Notes:

  • The 5-Nov-2019, 2-Dec-2019, 11-Dec-2019, 7-Jan-2020, 28-Jan-2020, 6-Feb-2020 and 7-Mar-2020 departures are 11 days long and start and end in Buenos Aires. There is an optional USD $950 domestic flights, hotel and transfer package in addition to the price of the voyage. If you decide not to choose this, your trip starts the following day, with embarkation in Ushuaia.
  • The 7-Dec-2019, 8-Dec-2019, 17-Dec-2019, 3-Nov-2020 and 13-Nov-2020 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.

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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
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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.

Suite
Triple
Twin Porthole
Twin Window
Superior Twin
Suite
Single
Owner's Suite
Twin Deluxe
November 2019
21-Nov-2019 Full $7,895 Full Full Full $13,995 Full $15,795 $12,695
December 2019
2-Dec-2019 Full $6,695* $9,995 $13,195 Full $13,795 $12,095 Full $12,495
7-Dec-2019 Full $9,995 Full $15,195 $16,795 Full Full Full Full
8-Dec-2019 Full Full $11,695 $12,195 Full $13,195 Full $13,295 Full
11-Dec-2019 Full Full Full $11,695 $13,195 $14,895 $13,395 Full $13,695
17-Dec-2019 Full Full Full $15,195 $16,795 Full Full $18,395 $17,495
January 2020
7-Jan-2020 Full Full $12,695 $11,695 Full Full $13,395 Full $13,695
10-Jan-2020 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full
28-Jan-2020 Full Full $11,095 $14,295 $13,195 $14,895 $13,395 $15,495 $13,695
February 2020
5-Feb-2020 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full
6-Feb-2020 Full Full $10,295 $10,695 Full $14,195 $12,395 Full $12,795
7-Feb-2020 Full Full $10,495 $10,995 Full Full Full Full Full
28-Feb-2020 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full
March 2020
3-Mar-2020 Full $7,895 Full $10,795 $11,795 $13,895 Full $15,795 $12,695
7-Mar-2020 Full Full* $11,595 $11,095 $12,095 $14,195 $12,395 $14,895 $12,795
8-Mar-2020 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full
16-Mar-2020 Full $8,495 Full $12,995 $14,395 Full Full $15,595 $14,995
November 2020
3-Nov-2020 Full $8,995 Full $12,995 $14,995 Full Full $17,995 $16,495
4-Nov-2020 Full $7,495 $10,495 $10,995 Full $11,995 $12,995 $12,495 Full
13-Nov-2020 Full $8,995 Full $12,995 Full Full Full $17,995 Full
13-Nov-2020 Full $7,495 $10,495 $10,995 Full $11,995 $12,995 $12,495 Full
30-Nov-2020 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full
December 2020
9-Dec-2020 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full
9-Dec-2020 Full Full $10,995 $11,495 Full $12,495 $13,495 $12,995 Full
18-Dec-2020 Full $9,995 Full $13,995 $15,995 Full Full $18,995 $17,495
29-Dec-2020 Full Full Full $11,995 $13,095 Full Full Full $14,195
January 2021
4-Jan-2021 Full $10,495 $11,995 $14,495 $15,995 $18,995 Full $20,495 $17,495
10-Jan-2021 Full $9,495 Full $13,495 $15,495 Full Full $18,495 $16,995
28-Jan-2021 Full $9,495 Full $13,495 Full Full Full Full Full
February 2021
6-Feb-2021 Full $8,495 $9,995 $12,495 $13,495 $15,995 Full $17,495 $14,995
16-Feb-2021 Full $7,495 $10,495 $10,995 Full $11,995 $12,995 $12,495 Full

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $6695

Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo who would like their own cabin, there is a good number of dedicated single cabins. The single supplement is 1.7 times the cost of a standard cabin and 2 times the cost of a superior category. Please contact us for details. There is no single supplement for solo passengers willing to share a cabin.

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 1.2m must be met. Please contact us for details.

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 Camping Camping $295 On selected departures.
Add on icon Kayaking Kayaking $995 On selected departures.
Add on icon Paddleboarding Paddleboarding $295 On selected departures. Basic competency required.
Add on icon Skiing Skiing $575 On selected departures. Basic competency required.
Add on icon Mountaineering Mountaineering $575 On selected departures. Crampons provided, you will need rigid sole boots.

Includes

  • Transfers in Ushuaia as indicated
  • Pre-embarkation hotel night 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
  • Beer and wine during dinner, and coffee, tea and cocoa throughout the day
  • 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

Excludes

  • Any flights to and 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 and communication
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)

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