Highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula

Sail to The White Continent aboard one of the most luxurious ships currently available. Unsurpassed comfort and true 5* service are this operator’s hallmarks. From the discreetly attentive, Relais & Chateaux cuisine and 24/7 butler service to the beautifully appointed public areas, this is a class act. Sail to The White Continent aboard one of the most luxurious ships currently available. Unsurpassed comfort and true 5* service are this operator’s hallmarks. Read more...

11-14 Days


Highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula - 11-14 - $15,678

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 5 full days in Antarctica = 10 planned ‘off ship’ excursions
  • Planned visits to many of the peninsula’s best known sites
  • An all-inclusive voyage with the highest pax/ staff ratio of any ship
  • No camping or kayaking, only zodiac excursions available
  • The only ship to offer a 24-hour butler service

Start from Ushuaia and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks visited on Highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina

At 55 degrees latitude south, Ushuaia is closer to the South Pole than to Argentina's northern border with Bolivia. It is the capital and tourism base for Tierra del Fuego, the island at the southernmost tip of Argentina. Although its stark physical beauty is striking, Tierra del Fuego's historical allure is based more on its mythical past than on rugged reality. The island was inhabited for 6,000 years by Yámana, Haush, Selk'nam, and Alakaluf Indians.

Days 2-3: At sea towards Antarctica

The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the westerly winds and the funneling effect of the passage. The Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward, is within the Drake Passage. When these two currents meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Black-browed Albatross, Sooty Shearwaters and White-chinned Petrels glide in the air currents alongside and in the wake of the ship.

Day 4: Antarctic Sound

The Antarctic Sound is a stretch of water named after the first ship to have passed through this body of water from the Bransfield Strait to the Weddell Sea in 1902. The Antarctic eventually sank and crew and scientists had to spend quite some time in this area before they could be rescued. Sites that have to do with this story - like Hope Bay or Paulet Island - are sometimes visited. At Paulet, Hope Bay and Brown Bluff Adelie and Gentoo Penguins breed, as do Kelp Gulls and Cape Petrels, Snow Petrels and Skuas.

Days 5-7: Antarctic Peninsula

Remote and otherworldly, Antarctica is irresistible for its spectacular iceberg sculptures and calving glaciers, and for the possibility of up-close encounters with marine mammals and the iconic penguins. The Antarctic Peninsula – the main peninsula closest to South America – has a human history of almost 200 years, with explorers, sealers, whalers, and scientists who have come to work, and eventually intrepid visitors coming to enjoy this pristine and remote wilderness. 

Days 8: South Shetland Islands

Some 770 kilometers (478 miles) south of Cape Horn, the South Shetland Islands are usually the first land seen in Antarctica. Separated from the Antarctic Peninsula by the Bransfield Strait, nine major islands make up the group. The region was the first to be exploited by sealers in the early 19th century, and because of its proximity to South America, it still is the most visited by scientists and tourists. Chinstrap, Adelie, Gentoo and Macaroni Penguins all breed here.

Day 9-10: At sea towards Ushuaia

Navigating our return through the Drake Passage, we will watch for seabirds and wildlife we may have missed on the first trip. Take this opportunity to attend additional presentations offered by the Expedition Team lecturers and to swap photos with new friends as we travel towards Ushuaia.

Day 11: Ushuaia, Argentina

After breakfast, disembark the Explorer and transfer to Ushuaia International Airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires.

Additional Notes:

  • Some of the higher-end cabin categories are not shown. Please contact us for more details on these.
  • The 5-Dec-2019, 4-Jan-2020 and 21-Feb-2020 departures are 13 days long, spending 7 full days exploring Antarctica.

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

The trip was perfect in every way. The ship was comfortable, the service great, scenery spectacular, the landings varied and fascinating, animal and bird life amazing.

Alan UK December 2016

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About The Ship

  • A true 5* expedition ship for 200 guests
  • Antarctica’s most luxurious vessel
  • Impeccable service & outstanding cuisine
  • High 1A ice class + active stabilisers
  • Only zodiac landings & excursions
  • Complimentary jacket & loan of rubber boots

With this level of comfort and service, the worst part of travelling on this ship is having to get off at the end.

Alex Mudd Polar Specialist

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.

View Suite
Vista Suite
Veranda Suite
Medallion Suite
Silver Suite
Royal Suite
Grand Suite
Owner's Suite
February 2021
5-Feb-2021 Full $15,678* $20,256 $23,447 $30,245 $35,379 $41,622 $48,836 $54,802

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in GBP (£) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost £11300

Additional Notes

Some of the higher-end cabin categories are not shown. Please contact us for more details on these.

The 5-Dec-2019, 4-Jan-2020 and 21-Feb-2020 departures are 13 days long, spending 7 full days exploring Antarctica.

The 21-Nov-2020 and 5-Dec-2020 departures are 14 days long spending 6 full days exploring Antarctica and 2 days in the Falkland Islands.

Single Supplement And Child Policy

Please call or contact us for details about single supplements. Children aged 6 years old or over are welcome.


  • One night pre-cruise hotel
  • Economy Class Roundtrip to Buenos Aires (when booked as early booking)
  • 24-hour butler service
  • Open bar for duration of voyage
  • Complimentary parka
  • Onboard gratuities
  • 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
  • Port taxes and any entry fees to landing sites
  • Unlimited free WiFi


  • International flights to and from Buenos Aires
  • Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
  • Transfers not specified in the itinerary
  • Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature - laundry, beverages, etc
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)
  • Optional adventure activities
  • Rubber boots are available to hire ($80 USD)

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