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Elegant Antarctic Peninsula

Soak up the Antarctic Peninsula's spectacular wildlife and landscapes from the ultra comfort of a modern, luxury ship. Balance time exploring ashore with sumptuous relaxation on board, where the highly trained onboard team caters to your every need. With the latest marine technology throughout, you can even explore beneath the surface in the ship’s mini submarines.

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Trip type

Antarctic Peninsula

Trip length

12 Days

From

$10,304

Ship Comfort

Luxury

Elegant Antarctic Peninsula - 12 Days - $10,304

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 5 full days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula 
  • Stress-free inclusive travel package comprising domestic charter flights, transfers, pre-cruise hotel night in Buenos Aires, premium alcoholic drinks, Starlink WiFi and 24/7 room service
  • Antarctic operational experience since 2013
  • Expedition staff to guest ratio of 1:11
  • Purpose-built for exploring the polar regions, this ultra luxury ship ensures an authentic expedition experience without compromising on comfort
  • Between off-ship excursions, relax in one of the outdoor jacuzzis, get to know fellow travellers or attend an educational presentation from the experienced naturalist guides
  • Experience Antarctica from beneath the waves on a unique high-tech submarine excursion (additional cost) 
  • Alternatively, explore amongst the icebergs on the surface with a one-off kayaking session (additional cost) 

Landmarks potentially visited on Elegant Antarctic Peninsula

Operator's Itinerary

Day 0: Buenos Aires

Transfer from the airport to your included pre-cruise night at a luxury hotel in the chic Argentine capital city of Buenos Aires.  


Day 1: Flight to Ushuaia & Embarkation 

Today you will join your fellow guests for the transfer to the airport. Here you will take a charter flight of approximately 3.5 hours down the length of vast Argentina to your destination of Ushuaia. Located “at the end of the world” the approach to this port city is spectacular, nestled among snow-dusted mountains.  

On arrival you will be met and driven the short distance to the port where your ship awaits. Once safely on board and briefed for departure, you will set sail and head down the picturesque Beagle Channel. This is the perfect time to get to grips with the copious amounts of deck space available onboard and look out for your first wildlife sightings. 


Days 2 & 3: At sea - crossing the Drake Passage

You will be crossing the infamous Drake Passage as you head between the tip of South America and the Antarctic Peninsula. This is the perfect time for the large expedition team of naturalists to begin preparing you for the excitement ahead. There will be a range of both practical briefings and hugely informative educational presentations. You might have a lecture on the formation of glaciers, or the history of some of the continent’s earliest explorers. Of course, there will also be talks about many of the iconic Antarctic species you will be looking out for during your voyage. 

It is also worth getting out on deck as this can be an excellent time to look for huge seabirds such as albatross and giant petrels gliding past the ship.  There may be the opportunity to participate in Citizen Science projects including seabird and cloud surveys. As you reach the end of your crossing, keep an eye out for your first iceberg!


Days 4 to 8: Exploring Antarctica

It’s time to begin exploring the incredible landscapes and wildlife of the White Continent. Your ship is the perfect launchpad for adventure with its fleet of 24 sturdy Zodiac ribs, which will allow you to disembark and head for the wild shore. Here you may be watching penguins waddle past en route from the sea to their rookeries, or crunching through the snow as you hike up to a spectacular viewpoint. The Zodiacs are also the ideal vehicle for looking for marine life out on the water, as you cruise quietly through iceberg graveyards on the hunt for seals and whales.  

If you have signed up for one of the optional cost activities such as kayaking or heading below the waves for a unique submarine dive, the onboard team will be in touch to let you know further details about how and when these will take place. 

In between landings you will have plenty of time to relax and unwind on board, taking advantage of the ship’s extensive amenities. Sit back and enjoy an educational talk by one of the naturalists, or warm up with a soak in the outdoor jacuzzi. If your muscles are weary, indulge in a massage in the spa or take in the view from your private balcony. 

There is no such thing as a fixed itinerary in Antarctica. The Captain and Expedition Leader will be constantly amending the plans according to the weather and ice conditions, along with taking advantage of impromptu wildlife opportunities. Each evening you will be briefed on Plan A for the following morning, but do take this with a huge pinch of salt.


Days 9 & 10: Crossing the Drake Passage

Bid Antarctica farewell as you set sail north for Ushuaia. Your expedition team will continue to provide a stellar program of educational talks on all things Antarctica. There will also be plenty of time to relax and start sorting through your photos, whether it be from the comfort of your suite or from the ship’s many social areas. 


Day 11: Disembarkation

This morning you will disembark the ship in Ushuaia. You will then be transferred to the airport for your flight back up to Buenos Aires. The return to civilization can be quite the shock to the system after your experience in the pristine landscapes of Antarctica. On arrival back into the capital, you are then free to continue with your onward travel arrangements.


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. 

Why Swoop

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Antarctic travel options are complicated. We help you choose the right ship, the right cabin, and at the right point in the season.

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We’ll make sure you have the adventure of a lifetime.

The submarine experience is a must - every dive is unique and you are often descending into waters where nobody has ever explored before. The view is fantastic through the curved glass, keep your eyes peeled for krill! 

Daniel Brooks Antarctica Specialist

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices from USD $10,304 per person. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.

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* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $10304

Additional Notes

Please note that the first date signifies the complimentary hotel night in Buenos Aires; you will then embark on the ship one day later, and disembark on the second provided date. 


The following voyages are extended trips with an additional 2 nights on board the ship and 2 further days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula: 

3rd - 16th November 2024

24th November - 7th December 2024

6th - 19th December 2024

7th - 20th January 2025

29th January - 11th February 2025

13th - 26th February 2025

25th January - 7th February 2026

27th January - 9th February 2026

 

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 Paddling Paddling $200 One-off paddle session lasting approximately 60-90 minutes using double kayaks. Available on all departures, subject to weather and ice conditions. Price is subject to change. Booking in advance (at the time of confirming your cruise reservation) is strongly recommended due to limited availability of spaces.
Add on icon Submarine Submarine $1,000 Approximately 45 minutes dive time, aboard one of the ship’s twin 7 person (6 guests + 1 pilot) submarines. Available on all departures, subject to weather and ice conditions. Price is subject to change. Booking in advance (at the time of confirming your cruise reservation) is strongly recommended due to limited availability of spaces.

Includes

  • Pre-cruise hotel night in Buenos Aires
  • Charter flights between Buenos Aires and the port city of Ushuaia
  • Welcome Champagne and complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences
  • Complimentary premium spirits and fine wines available on board at all times
  • Open seating and complimentary dining across 8 venues
  • 24 hour room service provided by a Suite Attendant
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 Helly Hansen parka expedition jacket and waterproof daypack for off-ship exploration
  • Rubber boot rental (to be ordered in advance)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in all suites
  • Gratuities included

Excludes

  • International flights to/from Buenos Aires
  • Any additional accommodation pre or post cruise outside of the aforementioned night in Buenos Aires
  • Optional kayaking and submarine excursions 
  • Laundry services
  • Spa treatments
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop, some premium alcoholic beverages)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any visas that may be required

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