Antarctic Peninsula Explorer

Departing at the height of the Austral summer, crossing The Drake only once courtesy of a flight in one direction and combining the best of the Weddell Sea and the Antarctic Peninsula - this trip really packs some punch. Optional kayaking, snorkeling and diving for the adventurous.

11-12 Days


Antarctic Peninsula Explorer - 11-12 - $9,700

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 6 full days in Antarctica = +12 planned ‘off ship’ excursions
  • This fly/ sail voyage offers a choice of four departures
  • Travelling on a ship with only 54 people makes for a very special polar experience
  • Kayaking, camping and snowshoeing on selected departures (additional cost)
  • Complimentary parka jacket + post trip voyage journal

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks visited on Antarctic Peninsula Explorer

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1-2 : Punta Arenas to King Georges Island, South Shetlands

Arrive in Punta Arenas and transfer to your downtown hotel to check in. The rest of the day is at your leisure before a group briefing about tomorrow's flight. The next day we transfer to Punta Arenas airport for our charter flight to King George Island. Please remember that we are flying to a very remote areas and flight schedules are dependent on weather, both in Punta Arenas & King George Island.

Days 3-8: 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. Expeditions onboard the Polar Pioneer 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 9-10: 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 11: 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.

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.

Additional Notes

  • The 18-Dec-2018 departure is 12 days long, starts in Ushuaia and ends in Punta Arenas after a short flight from Puerto Williams (Chile). You will sail the Drake Passage twice.
  • The 29-Dec-2018 departure starts in Punta Arenas with a short flight to Puerto Williams, and ends with a flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas.

About The Ship

  • One of the smallest ships, only 54 guests
  • Speedy logistics = up to 3 landings a day
  • Time saving flights on some departures
  • High 1A ice class + active stabilisers
  • Optional camping, kayaking & snorkeling
  • Rubber boots are provided on loan
Alex Mudd

I've known this ship for many years now and she remains a firm favourite with a loyal following.

Alex Mudd General Manager

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.

Shared Twin
Private Twin
Mini Suite
December 2018
18-Dec-2018 Full Full $12,100 Full Full
29-Dec-2018 Full* $11,400 $13,800 Full Full
January 2019
6-Jan-2019 Full* $11,400 $13,800 $14,800 Full
March 2019
10-Mar-2019 Full* $11,400 $13,800 $14,800 $16,200
January 2020
16-Jan-2020 $9,700* $11,400 $13,800 $14,800 $16,200
25-Jan-2020 $9,700* $11,400 $13,800 $14,800 $16,200
February 2020
24-Feb-2020 Full Full Full Full Full

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $9700

Additional Notes

  • The 18-Dec-2018 departure is 12 days long, starts in Ushuaia and ends in Punta Arenas after a short flight from Puerto Williams (Chile). You will sail the Drake Passage twice.
  • The 29-Dec-2018 departures starts in Punta Arenas with a short flight to Puerto Williams, and ends with a flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas.
  • The 16-Jan-2020 departure starts in Ushuaia and ends in Punta Arenas with a flight back from King George Island in Antarctica.
  • The 25-Jan-2020 departure starts in Punta Arenas and flies to King George Island in Antarctica. It then sails back to Ushuaia.

Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.7 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.

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 $1,050 all departures, basic competency required.
Add on icon Camping Camping Complimentary 18-Dec-2018, 29-Dec-2019 and 6-Jan-2019 departures only
Add on icon Snowshoeing Snowshoeing $250 18-Dec-2018, 29-Dec-2019 and 6-Jan-2019 departures only
Add on icon Skiing Skiing $900 18-Dec-2018 departure only, advance ability required


  • Flight P. Arenas/ P. Williams
  • Transfers as indicated
  • Printed voyage photo book (1 per booking)
  • Antarctic wildlife guide
  • Complimentary parka jacket
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation & 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 & any entry fees to landing sites


  • Any flights to & 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 & communication
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)

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