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
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.
- The 5-Dec-2019, 4-Jan-2020 and 21-Feb-2020 departures are 13 days long.
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.
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
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.
* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in GBP (£) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost £11970
- The 22-Jan-2019, 5-Dec-2019, 4-Jan-2020 and 21-Feb-2020 departures are 13 days long.
Please note that some of the higher-end cabin categories are not shown - for more details, please enquire
Single Supplement And Child Policy
Please call or contact us for details about single supplements.
Children aged 6 years old or over are welcome.
- 24 hour Butler service for every suite
- Complimentary open bar for duration of voyage
- Complimentary parka
- Staff gratuities are included
- 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
- Flights to & from points of embarkation/disembarkation
- 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)