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Antarctic Peninsula Classic

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Travelling on board this extremely comfortable ship, explore the highlights of the peninsula with a top class expedition team. Spacious cabins, delicious cuisine and optional adventure activities all help create this ideal marriage of comfort and adventure

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Antarctic Peninsula Classic - 11-14 - $8,995

Trip Summary -

  • 5 full days in Antarctica = 10 planned ‘off ship’ excursions
  • A very comfortable and elegant ship, but with an adventurous heart – a class act at a very fair price
  • We like this ship’s state-of-the-art stabilisers and amazing guides
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are included for the entirety of the voyage
  • Camping and kayaking excursions
  • Complimentary 2 night stay in a 5* hotel in Ushuaia, with parka jacket and 200Mb Free Wi-Fi

Trip Itinerary and Map

Due to Covid-19 stipulations, the 21-22 itinerary for this voyage has been adjusted and will be 1 day shorter. The trip will also begin and end in Buenos Aires.  Please get in touch for more details about embarkation and disembarkation.

Day 1: Pre-arrival day in Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia a day before the adventure begins and enjoy a complimentary stay at Ushuaia's finest 5 star hotel (please enquire for more details). This day is designed to ensure that any flight delights or missed connections won't affect the plans, and that you can enter the trip fully rested. Explore the trails, visit the spa, head into town, or simply relax in the surroundings.

Day 2: Free day in Ushuaia

Go with the flow exploring Ushuaia today: see some of the sights, from museums to Argentinean leather markets, and continue enjoying the lovely Arakur. The optional evening briefing is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and to meet some of your fellow travellers.

Day 3: Embarkation

Transfer to the ship mid-afternoon and once on board, meet the Expedition Team and the ship's officers. A safety and orientation briefing will be followed by the Captain's Captain's welcome dinner.

After dinner, take in the mountainous scenery on the early evening sail down the Beagle Channel, passing Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.

Days 4-5: Drake Passage

Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as you sail south are the Albatrosses, Prions, and Petrels that frequently follow the ship. The Expedition Team will be out on deck with you, looking out for the whales and dolphins as well. In the lounge there will be a range of informative and entertaining presentations on the wildlife, history, and geology of Antarctica, as well as helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety.

Those interested in Citizen Science can take part in SeaBird sighting surveys, or help collect salinity samples and weather data along the way. You're likely to witness some spectacular sights, from icebergs to an array of seabirds and whale species. If you're lucky, you may see some of them fully breach from the sea.

The length of our journey depends on sea conditions but you should approach the South Shetland Islands of the Antarctic Peninsula in the evening of day 5.

Days 6-10: Antarctica

The land of superlatives, Antarctica! The Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. The route will stress the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.

The first sight of land will likely be that of the South Shetland Islands. These highly volcanic islands offer amazing abundance and beauty. You may visit Half Moon Island nestled inside Livingston's eastern shore or, conditions permitting, visit historic Deception Island. Being further north, sub-Antarctic species are more commonly found here, including Chinstrap penguins and Southern Elephant seals.

As you head south across the Bransfield Strait, you enter the Trinity Coast and Gerlache Strait. Here you may explore picturesque Neko Harbour, sheltered Paradise Harbour, the Humpback Whale favoured Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. You may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland's Arctowksi or Ukraine's Vernadskiy, as well as a historic base such as the UK's Port Lockroy or Wordie House.

Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins abound, and Weddell, Crabeater and Elephant seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory Leopard Seals and the aggressive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback Whales are frequent visitors in the late season and Orca sightings are also common.

Days 11-12: Drake Passage

The presentation series and wildlife spotting will continue as you sail back to Ushuaia and reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future. You'll arrive at Ushuaia in the early hours of day 13.

Day 13: Ushuaia disembarkation

A morning disembarkation in Ushuaia allows you to catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.

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 of Antarctic Peninsula Classic

Antarctic Peninsula Classic trips scored 4.4/5 from 62 reviews

We had a magical trip. Fantastic weather. It was amazing.

Travelled: January 2020

Susan Tinkler - Australia

We are very fortunate to have found Swoop. Another travel agent tried to talk us out of an Antarctic cruise and when we persisted pawned us off to an agent pushing only National Geographic ships. John at Swoop took the time to learn our goals and expectations via email and telephone.

Travelled: December 2018

Terrie Mandina - United States Of America

The landscapes and wildlife were amazing. The crew and guides were top-notch. Swoop made the best possible recommendations. They were responsive to all requests, and our polar specialist, John Newby, was extremely knowledgeable as well as personable.

Travelled: January 2018

Patricia & Richard - Florida

Everything about the trip was first-rate! Of course, geography and wildlife were spectacular, even more than we expected. But we were blown away by the expedition staff, by their amazing knowledge and ability to share it, their friendliness and ability to adjust to situations at a moment's notice - like the time the captain slowed and turned and they launched zodiacs so we could see unexpected whales more closely.

Travelled: November 2017

Austine & Cathleen Stitt/Noland - United States Of America

After the first landing, I said, "The trip has now paid for itself; anything else is a bonus." And the bonuses were many. The fellow-travellers were very pleasant, mostly highly accomplished, and very interesting.

Travelled: November 2017

Marc Renzema - United States Of America

There was a fleeting moment of anxiety on the first landing when the Zodiac had to push its way through floating ice, but I quickly developed confidence in the boat and the drivers. Expedition staff were all extremely well prepared and safety conscious.

Travelled: December 2017

Marc - Florida

A truly remarkable place. The highlight of the trip was actually setting foot on the "seventh" continent. The wildlife was awesome.

Travelled: December 2018

James Riner - United States Of America

All the staff were knowledgeable and made the experience much more educational than I had anticipated.

Travelled: December 2019

Mike Ciccolella - United States Of America

Went beyond expectations. Too many highlights to just pick one. The landscape and wildlife was breathtaking. Wonderful crew and passengers. Could not have been any better.

Travelled: January 2018

Susan & Andy - Florida

Everything about the trip was first-rate! Of course, the geography and wildlife were spectacular, even more than we expected. But we were blown away by the expedition staff - by their amazing knowledge and ability to share it, their friendliness and the ability to adjust to situations at a moment's notice.

Travelled: November 2017

Austine & Cathleen - Colorado

I loved having so many opportunities to spend time on the ice with the wildlife. The views, quiet, calm, and amazing wildlife was incredible.

Travelled: December 2019

Mukund Shenoy - United States Of America

The staff leaders who drove the zodiacs were exceptional. All of them knew well their various subject matters. The fact that in a zodiac we were virtually upon the surface of the water enhanced our perception of how large, indeed, the great white continent is.

Travelled: November 2018

Bob Clements - United States Of America

The expedition team was fabulous! They were very friendly, had a lot of knowledge and absolutely seemed to love their jobs and Antarctica itself! Maria was an excellent expedition leader. She led a very highly organized expedition and made sure that we were always informed about what was happening and that we got the maximum time on land...we even had bonus excursion! I loved Katie's talks, or rather stories! She is a natural storyteller and mad the history of Antarctica come alive. I also enjoyed Tracy's talks. He is so enthusiastic about geology and land formations! Conny was very friendly and we spent time just talking with her.

Travelled: January 2020

Ellen Dysart - United States Of America

The number and quality of our landings on the continent and the Shetland Islands were superior in every way. The staff was excellent and the weather permitted us to land twice a day for most days we were there.

Travelled: January 2019

Melissa Wurthmann - United States Of America

The expedition team were fantastic. Nothing was an issue. They were so knowledgeable. And helpful.

Travelled: January 2020

Susan - Australia

The trip we took was perfect. Service on the ship was amazing, selection and quality of food was impeccable, expedition staff were friendly and informative.

Travelled: November 2018

Vincent Micelotta - United States Of America

I would love to go back and bring my wife next time - I went with my Brother and we both agreed on our return it was a phenomenal life experience. So unique. The best part was that the Ship was small and very well staffed and appointed.

Travelled: January 2020

John Cox - United States Of America

Could not praise the team highly enough. All of them are so professional, so caring in ensuring that everyone had a great experience. They all worked so very hard to make sure that we are all happy, and stayed safe. They are all so knowledgeable, happy to answer all the questions we had.

Travelled: December 2019

Patrick Kwok Cheung Yee - Singapore

The shapes of the icebergs - and the colours! The way the penguins porpoise in groups. The way I didn't realize for a long time that the sun hadn't set. The long walks up and around. Definitely the polar plunge. And yes, the people.

Travelled: December 2018

Mykkah Herner - United States of America

Each zodiac landing on Antarctica and walking on the continent itself was memorable. What an adventure! Being able to see penguins and seals in their natural environment and watch them walk right by me was a real thrill!

Travelled: January 2020

Ellen Dysart - United States Of America

Go! You will not regret it. It's a magnificent place--unique in its beauty and majesty. Everything I hoped for and so much more.

Travelled: January 2020

Glenda Durano - United States Of America

About The Ship

  • With the highest ice-class rating available (1A Super) 
  • Her speedy average cruising speed of 13.5 knots means less time at sea and more time exploring
  • Plenty of space: capped at only 149 guests, even though she was originally built for 180
  • Large picture windows in the dining room mean you can enjoy spectacular Antarctic views 
  • A variety of deck spaces to soak up the glorious landscape from every angle

This ship has so many strong attributes, but for me it’s Seaventure's wide expanse of windows in every social area. The wrap-around windows in the Panorama Lounge make for a perfect spot to defrost after a busy day exploring, without missing any of the jaw-dropping landscapes!   

Alex Mudd 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.



Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo who would like their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.7 times the cost of a single berth. Please contact us for details. There is no single supplement for solo passengers willing to share a cabin.

Children aged 12 years old or over are welcome. 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 $895 All departures. Basic competency required.
Add on icon Camping Camping $250 $250-295 depending on departure. Limited spaces. Not available on all departures.


  • All airport/ hotel/ ship transfers on Day 1
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Complimentary parka jacket
  • Daily international news service
  • Post voyage digital log
  • Two pre-voyage 5* hotel nights in Ushuaia
  • Free public internet and 200Mb of Wi-Fi
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation and 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 and any entry fees to historic landing sites


  • Any flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation
  • 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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