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Antarctic Peninsula Explorer

Explore the White Continent aboard one of the newest additions to the polar fleet, a state-of-the-art expedition vessel combining adventure with comfort. As well as being limited to only 132 passengers, there’s also a wide range of optional activities on this classic Antarctic Peninsula voyage.

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Trip type

Antarctic Peninsula

Trip length

12-15 Days

From

$12,795 -$34,195

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Comfort & Adventure

Antarctic Peninsula Explorer - 12-15 Days - $12,795

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 5 full days exploring Antarctica = 10 planned ‘off ship’ excursions
  • Only 132 guests means everyone can do landings together
  • Antarctic operational experience since 1992
  • The expedition staff to guest ratio of 1:8 ensures a high level of personalisation
  • Kayaking, polar snorkelling & camping activities (additional cost)
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 parka jacket & digital post-voyage photo book
  • Includes beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner

Start from Ushuaia and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks potentially visited on Antarctic Peninsula Explorer

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia, where you will be met by a representative and transferred to your group hotel. 


Day 2: Embarkation in Ushuaia

After a morning exploring Ushuaia, it is time to embark on your adventure. Ushuaia, capital of Tierra del Fuego is located at the shores of the Beagle Channel and surrounded by the Martial Mountains giving you a unique landscape in Argentina, which is the combination of mountains, sea, glaciers and forests. 

After embarkation, you’ll have time to settle into your cabin before our important mandatory briefings. As the ship pulls away from Ushuaia we’ll gather on the deck to enjoy spectacular views of Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego. A welcome dinner will give you chance to get to know your fellow expeditioners and friendly Expedition Team and crew.


Day 3: Crossing the Drake Passage

We commence our Drake Passage crossing, and make the most of our time getting comfortable with the motions of the sea. There are also preparations for our first landing with important wildlife guidelines and biosecurity procedures, and we start our lecture program to help you learn more about Antarctica’s history, wildlife and environment.

Our wildlife experiences begin as we enjoy watching and photographing the many seabirds, including majestic albatrosses and giant petrels following in our wake. They rise and fall skilfully, using air currents created by the ship to gain momentum.


Day 4: Drake Passage & South Shetland Islands:

Nearing the South Shetland Islands and the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, the excitement is palpable watching for our first iceberg. The ocean takes on a whole new perspective once we are below the Antarctic Convergence and are surrounded by the surreal presence of floating ice sculptures. Weather permitting, we may attempt our first landing in Antarctica by late afternoon.


Days 5 to 9: Antarctica Peninsula

As you arrive on the western side of the peninsula and you spot your first iceberg, take a deep breath of some of freshest and crispest air on Earth; it is an experience that will stay with you forever. Being so far south, we will enjoy 18-24 hours of daylight meaning the days can be as busy and full as you wish. Your Expedition Team, having made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design your voyage choosing options based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities.

Generally, there will be either landings or Zodiac excursions twice a day. Zodiacs are used to cruise alongside spectacular ice cliffs or among grounded icebergs where you'll be keeping watch for whales, seals and porpoising penguins. They will also transport you from the ship to land, to visit penguin rookeries, discover historic huts and explore some iconic places along the peninsula.

Onshore, you will be wandering along pebbly beaches and up snow-covered ridgelines to vantage points with mountains towering overhead and ice-speckled oceans below. There will be opportunities to enjoy optional additional activities whenever conditions allow, including a chance to become a "polar plunger" by fully immersing yourself in polar waters - conditions permitting!

In addition to these activities, the ship may cruise some of the narrow and dramatic straits that separate offshore islands from the mainland, or perhaps linger in scenic bays to watch whales travelling or feeding. Whether you're in the observation lounge or you make your way to the bridge, you will have uninterrupted views of Antarctica in all its splendour. Keep an ear out to listen for the creak and deep rumble of glaciers as they carve their way from summit to sea and take a quiet moment to experience the wonder of the incredible White Continent.


Day 10 & 11: Drake Passage

Relax and reminisce as we cross the Drake Passage, bound for South America. Our Expedition Team recap all the incredible things you've witnessed, or perhaps you'll find a quiet moment place to review the hundreds of photos taken.


Day 12: Ushuaia

The ship will slip up the Beagle Channel and pull into Ushuaia, where you'll say goodbye to new friends and begin any onward travel.


PLEASE 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. Furthermore, it's important to understand that the charter flight(s) to/from Antarctica are particularly prone to weather, which requires a flexible flight schedule.

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What our customers think of Antarctic Peninsula Explorer

Antarctic Peninsula Explorer trips scored 4.5/5 from 24 reviews

The expedition team were incredibly knowledgable, friendly, patient, excellent educators, incredible backgrounds.

Travelled: January 2024

Kristie Collins - France

The expedition team were first rate. They truly made the whole experience. I was very impressed with the variety of experts and they were all very enthusiastic and passionate about their respective fields.

Travelled: January 2024

Nathalie Parent - France

10/10 - Unique and adventurous. Very good coordination and safety management done by team.

Travelled: December 2023

Pawan Jai Sahu - United Arab Emirates

The expedition team was perfect!! Very knowledgeable. Extremely friendly.

Travelled: December 2023

Nisha Ramdas Chandnani - United Arab Emirates

10/10 - It was just incredible! From the crew, to the expedition team, to the ship, to the kayaking, to the camping, to the other passengers. Everything really made the experience a once in a lifetime trip.

Travelled: December 2023

Michelle Leen - USA

10/10 - The trip was something I had always wanted to do, but never became a reality. I don't think people understand how beautiful and quiet it is. It was a time for quiet and reflection and to enjoy a place where mankind has not totally destroyed everything. The adventures were one of a kind and the people who helped make the trip unique were also wonderful.

Travelled: December 2023

Susan Merryfield - USA

10/10 - Beautiful weather, beautiful scenery, amazing staff and expedition crew. Truly this was the best trip we have ever taken.

Travelled: November 2023

Jeni Ness - USA

The expedition team was absolutely amazing. Each of them has so much knowledge and passion that really shows through.

Travelled: November 2023

Jeni Ness - USA

Small-ship expeditions allowed us to be on land for a good amount of time. The expedition team was top notch and they knew many of the passengers by name. The ship is a smaller ship, so it was able to get to many places.

Travelled: November 2023

Craig Murata - USA

I loved our exploration team. They were knowledgeable and friendly. Ashley definitely stands out. All the lectures were good.

Travelled: January 2023

David Guang-Hwai Chu - USA

The trip was amazing. We loved everything we saw and did and thought the itinerary was great. I loved the focus on learning. It was exactly what we wanted.

Travelled: December 2022

Rebecca Ready - Canada

Most memorable moment: walking amongst the penguins and the incredible landscape.

Travelled: January 2022

Doug Behan - USA

The expedition team were top-notch!

Travelled: January 2022

Doug Behan - USA

The beauty of it all was fantastic. A pretty cool moment was when kayaked to our landing on the actual continent of Antarctica and we celebrated the landing.

Travelled: January 2022

Bob Varga - USA

The team were fantastic. Howard, David Berg, John and Wes were all outstanding. You could tell that they enjoyed what they were doing.

Travelled: January 2022

Bob Varga - USA

The kayaking was great. It was nice to have the same kayak for every trip. John and Wes were a pleasure to go with as our guides.

Travelled: January 2022

Bob Varga - USA

The seal and penguin species were well documented by the expedition staff and I felt that they did a great job with educating us before arrival in Antarctica from various speeches and learning opportunities to know about what we'd encounter. There were numerous great photo opportunities daily!

Travelled: December 2021

Christopher Norton - USA

The daily expeditions were well run, adventurous, and led by amazingly insightful, patient, and FUN expedition staff. There was no one moment that was great, they were all great.

Travelled: December 2021

Christopher Norton - USA

From beginning to end the trip was fantastic. It was so educational and I learned more about the wildlife, geology and history of Antarctica than I could have imagined. All the staff and crew members were knowlegeable and helpful. It was absolutely awe inspiring and the most exciting adventure I have ever been on.

Travelled: January 2019

Courtney Troy Harrison - United States Of America

Review:

With her slick lines, small number of guests, well-priced balcony suites and onboard hot tub, this is one of the hottest ships in Antarctica right now.

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

Triple Porthole Stateroom Balcony Stateroom Superior Twin Superior Balcony Junior Suite Captain's Suite
October 2024 Save up to 16%
27-Oct-2024 Save 16%
$12,795
$10,795
*
Save 15%
$13,195
$11,195
Save 14%
$14,295
$12,295
Full Save 11%
$17,695
$15,695
Save 9%
$22,195
$20,195
Save 8%
$26,295
$24,295
Enquire
November 2024 Save up to 15%
6-Nov-2024 Save 12%
$16,595
$14,595
Save 12%
$17,095
$15,095
Save 11%
$18,595
$16,595
Full Save 9%
$22,995
$20,995
Save 7%
$28,795
$26,795
Save 6%
$34,195
$32,195
Enquire
12-Nov-2024 Save 15%
$13,695
$11,695
Full Save 13%
$15,295
$13,295
Save 13%
$14,895
$12,895
Save 11%
$18,895
$16,895
Save 8%
$23,795
$21,795
Save 7%
$28,195
$26,195
Enquire
22-Nov-2024 Save 14%
$14,395
$12,395
Full Save 12%
$16,095
$14,095
Save 13%
$15,595
$13,595
Save 10%
$19,895
$17,895
Save 8%
$24,895
$22,895
Save 7%
$29,595
$27,595
Enquire
December 2024 Save up to 13%
8-Dec-2024 Save 13%
$14,995
$12,995
Save 13%
$15,395
$13,395
Save 12%
$16,795
$14,795
Full Save 10%
$20,695
$18,695
Save 8%
$25,995
$23,995
Save 6%
$30,795
$28,795
Enquire
January 2025 Save up to 13%
6-Jan-2025 Save 13%
$15,595
$13,595
Save 13%
$15,995
$13,995
Save 11%
$17,395
$15,395
Full Save 9%
$21,495
$19,495
Save 7%
$26,995
$24,995
Save 6%
$31,995
$29,995
Enquire
March 2025 Save up to 15%
6-Mar-2025 Save 14%
$14,295
$12,295
Save 14%
$14,695
$12,695
Save 13%
$15,995
$13,995
Full Save 10%
$19,795
$17,795
Save 8%
$24,795
$22,795
Save 7%
$29,395
$27,395
Enquire
24-Mar-2025 Save 15%
$13,395
$11,395
Full Save 13%
$14,995
$12,995
Save 14%
$14,595
$12,595
Save 11%
$18,495
$16,495
Save 9%
$23,195
$21,195
Save 7%
$27,595
$25,595
Enquire
November 2025
12-Nov-2025 $14,895 $15,395 $16,695 Full $20,595 $25,895 $30,695 Enquire
19-Nov-2025 $14,895 Full $16,695 $16,295 $20,595 $25,895 $30,695 Enquire
December 2025
10-Dec-2025 $16,195 Full $18,095 $17,595 $22,295 $27,995 $33,195 Enquire

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $12795

Additional Notes

  • The departure on 06-Nov-2024 is 15 days long and spends extra time exploring the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • The departures on 06-Mar-2025 (12 days long), 24-Mar-2025 (12 days long) and 17-Feb-2026 (13 days long) focus on exploring the little-visited Weddell Sea area.

Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo who would like their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.5 times the cost of a single berth. Please contact us for details. There is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin. 

Children aged 8 years old or over are permitted on this trip. There isn't any concession on pricing. 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 $150 Available on select departures. Cost varies from USD $150-165.
Add on icon Kayaking Kayaking $1,295 An immersive full sea kayaking program for those who want to kayak multiple times (as often as weather and ice conditions allow). Prior kayaking experience to at least intermediate level is required and you must be able to do a wet exit to participate. Subject to weather and ice conditions. Booking in advance is essential. Available on select departures. Cost varies from USD $1295-1330.
Add on icon Polar snorkelling Polar snorkelling $640 Available on select departures. Cost varies from USD $640-675
Add on icon Skiing Skiing $1,395 Available on select departures.
Add on icon Paddling Paddling $640 Available on select departures. A gentler option staying closer to shore and using inflatable kayaks, in a group of maximum 6 participants. Includes multiple outings, subject to suitable weather and ice conditions. Suitable for novices and only offered in calm conditions. Booking in advance is essential.
Add on icon Photography Photography Complimentary All departures.
Add on icon Snowshoeing Snowshoeing $370 Available on select departures.
Add on icon Polar diving Polar diving $1,295 Available on select departures.

Includes

  • Pre-embarkation hotel night (day 1)
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation during the voyage on full board basis
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks reception
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • 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
  • A digital photo book produced with photos and ship logs from your voyage

Excludes

  • Flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation
  • Any additional services before and after your voyage
  • Transfers not specific to the itinerary
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Optional adventure activities
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Items of a personal nature: laundry, beverages, etc
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)
  • Gratuities for ship crew 

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