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Antarctic Peninsula Classic

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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Trip type

Antarctic Peninsula

Trip length

12-13 Days

From

$8,795 -$26,235

Ship Comfort

Comfort & Adventure

Antarctic Peninsula Classic - 12-13 Days - $8,795

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 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
  • Antarctic operational experience since 2012
  • A low expedition staff to guest ratio of 1:7, which ensures a high level of personalisation
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner
  • Camping and kayaking excursions available 
  • Complimentary pre-cruise stay in a 5* hotel in Ushuaia, with parka jacket and 500Mb free Wi-Fi

Start from Ushuaia and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks potentially visited on Antarctic Peninsula Classic

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: 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 delays or missed connections won't affect your plans, and that you can begin your trip fully rested. Explore the trails, visit the spa, head into town, or simply relax in the surroundings.

Please note that for voyages operating from November 2025-March 2026, it will be a 1 night stay included in Ushuaia rather than 2 nights.


Day 2: Free day in Ushuaia

You have the day free to explore Ushuaia today. Perhaps head into town to explore the Antarctic wing of the quirky Maritime Museum in the old prison and look out for shore birds along the edges of the docks. We can also arrange day trip tours in advance so you can head out into the spectacular wilderness surrounding the city, such as Tierra del Fuego National Park. Alternatively, continue relaxing at the hotel and enjoy the glorious sunset from the pool. There will be a briefing this evening, which is a great opportunity to ask questions and to meet some of your fellow travellers.

Please note that for voyages operating from November 2025-March 2026, this will be the first included night of your trip.


Day 3: Embarkation

After a relaxed final morning, transfer to the ship mid-afternoon.  Once on board, meet your Expedition Team and the ship's officers. A safety and orientation briefing will be followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. As the ship sails down the Beagle Channel this evening head out on deck with your binoculars and camera.  Look out for Magellanic penguins and sea lions in the water. If you're lucky you might even spot a whale or dolphins! This is also one of the best places to spot black-browed albatross, which can often be found floating on the water in large groups.


Days 4 & 5: Drake Passage

You will be crossing the infamous Drake Passage, which is a right of passage for Antarctic explorers.  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 helping you to identify the different species. This time will also be used by the naturalists on board to provide a range of educational lectures on the wildlife, history, and geology of Antarctica, as well as mandatory briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety.

Those interested in participating in Citizen Science opportunities may be able to take part in seabird counting surveys along with mapping cloud patterns for NASA. As you cross the Antarctic Convergence and approach your destination, keep an eye out for your first iceberg sighting.


Days 6 to 10: Antarctica

For your adventure in Antarctica the expert Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on the ever-changing weather and ice conditions along with wildlife opportunities. You will explore spectacular bays, often filled with sculptural icebergs with myriad hues of blue and white. On shore you will always be on the lookout for Antarctica's most famous residents - the penguins! The most commonly seen are the distinctive gentoo penguins, but you may also spot Adelies and chinstraps.  Out on the water, you will zodiac cruise on the hunt for seals snoozing on the ice and whales feeding on krill.  Sometimes the ship's deck will be the best platform for exploring as you sail through jaw-dropping channels, where glaciers pour down from the mountain tops and spill into the sea. Each day is different to the last and your expedition team are focussed on maximising your time exploring this utterly unique landscape. 


Days 11 & 12: Drake Passage

As you wish Antarctica farewell, the education lectures and wildlife spotting will continue as you sail back to Ushuaia. There is time to reflect on your adventures and perhaps starting to sort through hundreds of photos.


Day 13: Ushuaia disembarkation

A morning disembarkation in Ushuaia allows you to catch an afternoon flight to Buenos Aires or to stay in Ushuaia for further adventures.


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 4.7/5 from 110 reviews

10/10 - It was all I expected and more. The team was exceptional and the small ship was great.

Travelled: February 2024

Nicole MacDonald - Canada

It fit the time and budget I had while allowing me so many experiences. Each excursion was somehow better than the previous.

Travelled: January 2024

Becky Ahern - USA

10/10 - This itinerary, ship, expedition crew, ship staff, and, of course, the majesty of Antarctica were better than expected.

Travelled: January 2024

Kelli Alexander - USA

10/10 - This is exactly the trip we were looking for as our first experience!

Travelled: January 2024

Morris Guy - Canada

10/10 - An absolutely incredible experience like none other. What a privilege to get to visit and experience Antarctica.

Travelled: December 2023

Anna Victoria Sasaki - Malaysia

Excellent crew and operations. Service and knowledge was very good.

Travelled: December 2023

Gordon Alan Joseph - Malaysia

10/10 - It was amazing and the expedition trip and crew on board went out of their way to make sure we had the best experience.

Travelled: December 2023

Rozini Binti Mohd Amin - Malaysia

10/10 - Amazing views, wonderful expedition crew, loved the Citizen Science program.

Travelled: December 2023

Julie Carlin-Sasaki - UK

Antarctica is such an amazing place, the immense spectacular view of landscapes, sea and icescapes, the whales and penguins.

Travelled: December 2023

Kok Keng Hung - Malaysia

AMAZING! The expedition team were so much fun, super engaging, and it was cool to have various experts on board to ask questions and get to know.

Travelled: December 2023

Heather Jane Chadwick - USA

The expedition team were a very interesting bunch of characters, knowledgeable and competent!

Travelled: December 2023

Patrick Michel - Switzerland

The trip was a great experience and one we had been looking forward to for a lifetime. The comforts of the ship, the professionalism and courtesy of the crew and the expedition leaders, the first class quality food and the awesome beauty of the Antarctic was incredible.

Travelled: December 2023

David Wall - Canada

10/10 - Although it isn’t one of the longer expeditions, it was the perfect way to see as much of Antarctica as possible. You leave feeling fulfilled but also know that if you went back, there’s still so much more to see.

Travelled: December 2023

Erin Wall - Canada

I would definitely recommend booking at least one kayak trip. You see Antarctica from a different vantage point and feel much more immersed.

Travelled: December 2023

Erin Wall - Canada

10/10, I loved everything about it.

Travelled: November 2023

Martesa Silang - USA

10/10 - Great expedition team leaders. Skilled and knowledgeable.

Travelled: February 2023

Karen Brown - USA

The entire crew had tremendous knowledge and made the experience memorable.

Travelled: February 2023

Rebecca Wu - USA

10/10 - Cannot think of one thing that would have made the trip better. From accommodation in Ushuaia to disembarking.

Travelled: February 2023

Darrell Fugman - USA

The expedition team was extremely knowledgeable and had excellent classes and presentations.

Travelled: February 2023

Steve Lin - USA

The expedition team was phenomenal! Highly knowledgeable, always in a great mood/friendly. You could tell that everyone loved their roles on the team. All of the lectures were informative.

Travelled: February 2023

Brinda Patel - USA

10/10 - The stunning nature of Antarctica aside, the staff are pros. We were kept extremely well informed, options clearly were defined and safety was a priority. We had sufficient opportunities to go ashore and experience the land and the wildlife at relatively close range. Lectures were informative and staff was extremely responsive to suggestions.

Travelled: February 2023

Donna Packard - USA

10/10 - Antarctica is the most wild place I have been on this planet. The scale of it is mind-boggling. We were lucky with the weather too, so had some fabulous zodiac outings and whale and other wildlife viewings and seascape with the beautiful icebergs.

Travelled: February 2023

Marian Fowler - UK

10/10 - The combination of the natural beauty, wildlife, well informed staff, excellent food and service made for a fantastic experience.

Travelled: January 2023

Lynn Quenemoen - USA

10/10 - Better than I even expected. Incredible crew.

Travelled: January 2023

Tempe Murphy - USA

10 - Very very well organized, outstanding knowledgeable and friendly leaders, nice accommodations, outstanding food, copious wine, good lectures.

Travelled: January 2023

John Thomas - USA

Very much enjoyed the zodiac excursions and great care was taken with every passenger - excellent briefings most memorable floating through the mini icebergs and gathering ice for the bar!

Travelled: January 2023

Nick Sargent - UK

Be prepared for awesome - landscapes, critters, like-minded people, staff and crew.

Travelled: January 2023

Mary Engebreth - USA

So many unusual experiences and incredible vistas with knowledgeable team. New species of birds to add to list.

Travelled: January 2023

Mary Engebreth - USA

10/10 - There were two teams involved in making the Antarctica voyage a success - the ship operations team and the expedition team. They worked together to make every step of the trip click seamlessly from start to end.

Travelled: December 2022

Erwin Perl - USA

The expedition team were very knowledgable. We loved seeing whales, penguins and seals

Travelled: December 2022

Gomathy Srinivasan - USA

Most memorable moment: doing our first landing onto the peninsula itself. The terrain was amazing and the weather was gorgeous. It is exactly what I imagined Antarctica to be like.

Travelled: December 2022

Brett Gentry - USA

We had excellent weather and were able to have many excursions to the continent. The kayaking add-on was absolutely a must-do and the experience was a nothing short of life-changing.

Travelled: December 2022

Michael Bucher - USA

The expedition team was fantastic. We especially loved Zach from the kayak team and Mark the customer service team lead. Overall, the entire team was exceptional.

Travelled: December 2022

Michael Bucher - USA

The wildlife was so amazing. We saw an innumerable amount of penguins, whales, and seals. We got so many incredible images and videos of penguins with their “derpy” personalities.

Travelled: December 2022

Michael Bucher - USA

10/10 - The beauty of Antartica exceeded my expectations. The 2-a-day Zodiac trips made it possible to get up close to the islands and the wildlife.

Travelled: December 2022

Lee Westervelt - USA

10/10 - It's a trip of a lifetime...nothing compares - it is so powerful and having a small ship made a huge difference. The guides were the best and super knowledgeable and helpful.

Travelled: December 2022

Tanya De Mello - Canada

The expedition staff were so reliable, I always felt like I was in great hands.

Travelled: December 2022

Anjulika Sahgal - UK

10/10 - We had a good stateroom, saw everything we thought we would and the voyage was seamless

Travelled: November 2022

Janet Thayer - USA

Fabulous. It was wonderful to be on a Zodiac with an informed guide who knew where to go, what to look at, and could provide a wealth of information about that which we experienced.

Travelled: November 2022

Rik Myślewski - USA

What I found exceptional was that the speakers in each of the lectures treated us like intelligent adults. There was no talking down to us, the information was complete and technical, and there was no "gee-whizziness."

Travelled: November 2022

Rik Myślewski - USA

I could not say enough about my expedition team and there are no words for how wonderful each and every one of them were. Everyone involved is SO knowledgeable, always around to make us laugh and teach us about the incredible wonders of Antarctica, and each person on the team added something different to my experience.

Travelled: November 2022

Amanda Colarossi - Canada

Don’t think twice about this trip, it’s out of this world and you won’t regret it! I’m so happy I went!!

Travelled: November 2022

Amanda Colarossi - Canada

Most memorable moment: Cruising into a bay filled with small ice and large icebergs.

Travelled: November 2022

Marshall Hogenson - USA

10 - As a professional writer, I take no pride in saying words fail to describe the majesty of Antarctica.

Travelled: November 2022

Scott Hogenson - USA

It is a different world and was eye-opening.

Travelled: December 2021

Zach Sandler - USA

Awesome! Penguins and whales!

Travelled: December 2021

Zach Sandler - USA

Our camping expedition was a one of a kind, with the penguins coming to check out the people who landed on their property and placed sleeping bags on the snow.

Travelled: December 2021

Karen Getzel - USA

This expedition has given me a new interest and perspective which despite reading several books beforehand, could not have been obtained without actually going there.

Travelled: December 2021

Karen Getzel - USA

The Expedition Team was the most experienced and knowledgeable group I have ever come across. They were very approachable and very excited to share their lives and befriend the guests.

Travelled: December 2021

Karen Getzel - USA

Most memorable moment: when I could be in one place and every direction I looked, I stood in awe!

Travelled: December 2021

Tim Leitner - USA

With an experienced Captain and crew, it was A-1 service top to bottom, I definitely would choose this ship again.

Travelled: December 2021

Karen Getzel - USA

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

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

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

Travelled: January 2020

Susan Tinkler - Australia

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

Travelled: January 2020

Susan - Australia

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Review:

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 Head of Swoop Antarctica

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.

2024

2025

2026

Triple Suite Porthole Suite Twin Window Suite Veranda Suite Owner's Suite
October 2024 Save up to 10%
22-Oct-2024 Save 10%
$8,795
$7,915
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Save 10%
$9,995
$8,995
Save 10%
$12,625
$11,362
Save 10%
$14,515
$13,063
Save 10%
$20,325
$18,292
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November 2024
29-Nov-2024 Full $9,895 $12,445 $14,665 $20,525 Enquire
December 2024 Save up to 10%
18-Dec-2024 Full Save 10%
$14,545
$13,090
Save 10%
$16,295
$14,665
Save 10%
$18,735
$16,861
Save 10%
$26,235
$23,611
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January 2025 Save up to 10%
15-Jan-2025 Save 10%
$12,645
$11,380
Save 10%
$14,545
$13,090
Save 10%
$16,295
$14,665
Save 10%
$18,735
$16,861
Save 10%
$26,235
$23,611
Enquire
February 2025 Save up to 10%
6-Feb-2025 Save 10%
$12,645
$11,380
Save 10%
$14,545
$13,090
Save 10%
$16,295
$14,665
Save 10%
$18,735
$16,861
Save 10%
$26,235
$23,611
Enquire
16-Feb-2025 Save 10%
$11,985
$10,786
Save 10%
$13,785
$12,406
Save 10%
$15,445
$13,900
Save 10%
$17,755
$15,979
Save 10%
$24,865
$22,378
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November 2025 Save up to 20%
9-Nov-2025 Save 20%
$10,145
$8,116
Save 20%
$11,665
$9,332
Save 20%
$13,065
$10,452
Save 20%
$15,035
$12,028
Save 20%
$18,035
$14,428
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28-Nov-2025 Save 15%
$11,275
$9,583
Save 15%
$12,965
$11,020
Save 15%
$14,525
$12,346
Save 15%
$16,705
$14,199
Save 15%
$20,045
$17,038
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December 2025 Save up to 10%
18-Dec-2025 Save 10%
$12,965
$11,668
Save 10%
$14,915
$13,423
Save 10%
$16,705
$15,034
Save 10%
$19,205
$17,284
Save 10%
$23,045
$20,740
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January 2026 Save up to 15%
15-Jan-2026 Save 15%
$12,965
$11,020
Save 15%
$14,915
$12,677
Save 15%
$16,705
$14,199
Save 15%
$19,205
$16,324
Save 15%
$23,045
$19,588
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25-Jan-2026 Save 15%
$12,965
$11,020
Save 15%
$14,915
$12,677
Save 15%
$16,705
$14,199
Save 15%
$19,205
$16,324
Save 15%
$23,045
$19,588
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February 2026 Save up to 20%
16-Feb-2026 Save 20%
$10,145
$8,116
Save 20%
$11,665
$9,332
Save 20%
$13,065
$10,452
Save 20%
$15,035
$12,028
Save 20%
$18,035
$14,428
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March 2026 Save up to 20%
15-Mar-2026 Save 20%
$10,145
$8,116
Save 20%
$11,665
$9,332
Save 20%
$13,065
$10,452
Save 20%
$15,035
$12,028
Save 20%
$18,035
$14,428
Enquire

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $8795

Additional Notes

The 29-Nov-2024 departure is 12 days long.

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 An immersive full kayaking program for those who want to kayak multiple times (as often as weather and ice conditions allow) with a maximum of 10 fixed participants. Booking in advance is essential.
Add on icon Camping Camping $250 Available on selected departures. $250-295 depending on departure. Limited spaces.
Add on icon Paddling Paddling $250 One-off discovery paddle session with a maximum of 14 participants per session. Available on select departures, subject to weather conditions. Previous kayaking experience is required. Booking in advance is strongly recommended.

Includes

  • All airport/ hotel/ ship transfers on Day 1
  • For trips departing from October 2023 - March 24: all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included (some super premium brands are excluded). For trips departing October 2024 - March 2025: beer/wine/soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary parka jacket
  • Daily international news service
  • Post voyage digital log
  • For trips operating from November 2024-March 2025, 2 pre-cruise hotel nights will be included in Ushuaia. For trips running from November 2025-March 2026, 1 pre-night will be included.
  • Complimentary 500Mb of Wi-Fi (option to purchase more at additional cost)
  • 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

Excludes

  • 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)

Questions about this Voyage?