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Antarctic Peninsula Explorer

Explore the White Continent onboard one of the newest additions to the Polar fleet, a state-of-the-art expedition vessel combining adventure with comfort. Limited to only 132 passengers, there’s also a wide range of optional adventure activities on this classic Antarctic Peninsula voyage. Explore the White Continent onboard one of the newest additions to the Polar fleet, a state-of-the-art expedition vessel combining adventure with comfort. Limited to only 132 passengers, there’s also a wide range of optional adventure activities on this classic Antarctic Peninsula voyage.

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Trip type

Antarctic Peninsula

Trip length

11-12 Days

Price

$12,395 -$34,295

Ship Comfort

Comfort & Adventure

Antarctic Peninsula Explorer - 11-12 - $12,395

Voyage highlights

Itinerary

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 5-9: Antarctica Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula's western flanks offer long days and relatively ice-free waters. We visit historic huts and Zodiac cruise through narrow straits and majestic icebergs, and if we're lucky, whale watch from the bow of the ship. A few landing points we hope to visit include Half Moon Bay, Lemaire Channel, Hydrurga Rocks and more. We will also venture into Weddell Sea if weather and ice conditions permit. We hope to visit the large Adelie and gentoo penguin colonies of Brown Bluff or Paulet Island, and fossil-rich Seymour Island. We may hike to spectacular vantage points on Beak or Devil Islands; large tabular icebergs and volcanic scenery create long lasting memories. Wherever we go, wildlife, Heroic Age relics and haunting landscapes await.


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 we've witnessed, or perhaps you'll find a quiet moment place to review the hundreds of photos taken.


Day 12: Ushuaia, Argentina

We 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.

Embark / Disembark
Zodiac excursions / Landings
Trip Summary

Trip Summary

  • 5 full days exploring Antarctica = 10 planned ‘off ship’ excursions
  • Choice of departure dates
  • Only 132 guests means faster logistics and everyone can do landings together 
  • Kayaking, polar snorkelling & camping activities (additional cost)
  • Complimentary parka jacket & post voyage photo book
  • 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
  • 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
  • Gratuities for ship crew 
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
  • 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)
About the Ship

About The Ship

  • With its sleek X-bow lines and ground breaking design, few new Polar ships have created such excitement.
  • Zodiac platforms specially designed for quick boardings and more time exploring
  • State-of-the-art stabiliser system and polar code 6 ice rating  
  • Large comfortable cabins

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 Polar Specialist

Optional Adventure Activities

Enhance your Antarctic experience by choosing from these extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime add-on activities. All gear is provided for you. Limited places per activity.

Camping icon Camping

$150

Available on selected voyages.

Kayaking icon Kayaking

$1,260

Available on all voyages.

Polar snorkelling icon Polar snorkelling

$640

Available on selected voyages.

Skiing icon Skiing

$640

Available on selected voyages.

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.

2022

2023

2024

Additional Notes

Please note:

  • The departure on 28-Nov-2023 is 15 days long andspends additional time exploring the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • The departure on 24-Mar-2024 is 14 days long and focusses 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. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin. 

Children aged 8 years old or over are welcome. There isn't any concession on pricing. Please contact us for details.

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What our customers think of Antarctic Peninsula Explorer

Antarctic Peninsula Explorer trips scored 4.1/5 from 5 reviews

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

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

Travelled: January 2022

Doug Behan - 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

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 expedition team were top-notch!

Travelled: January 2022

Doug Behan - USA

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