Antarctic Peninsula Whale Safari

A unique opportunity to see a plethora of whales, along with seals and penguins. Join a BBC crew that will be onboard to gather footage for the 'Big Blue Lives' series. Get close to the action and contribute data to active marine mammal research projects whilst cruising in comfort on a recently upgraded ship.

14 Days


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Antarctic Peninsula Whale Safari - 14 - $9,995

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 7 full days in Antarctica (2 days longer than normal)
  • February/March departure(s) only
  • Sail on a comfortable ship in refined comfort 
  • Zodiac excursions, onshore trips, optional camping and kayaking
  • Complimentary parka jacket

Start from Ushuaia and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks visited on Antarctic Peninsula Whale Safari

Operator's Itinerary

Complimentary Pre-Arrival Day:

Don’t sweat flight delays or missed connections when you begin your adventure a day early by taking advantage of our optional free pre-arrival night at the beautiful Arakur Hotel & Resort. Enjoy the spa, wander the trails, or unwind and soak in the surroundings.

Day 1 – Ushuaia:

Today is all yours: explore some of the sights that Ushuaia has to offer, from museums to Argentinean leather markets, or continue relaxing at the lovely Arakur. Our optional evening briefing is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and to meet some of your fellow travellers.

Day 2 – Embarkation:

After a complimentary buffet breakfast, you’re free to explore Ushuaia or unwind at the resort until our mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. On board, you’ll be greeted by our Expedition Team and the Ship’s Officers. A concise safety and orientation briefing will be followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the scenery on our early evening sail through the Beagle Channel, past Magellanic penguin, rock cormorant, and sea lion colonies.

Day 3-4 – Drake Passage:

As we make our way ever closer to the white continent, our Expedition Team and Marine Mammal experts will be out on deck and on the bridge, looking for the whales and dolphins that may be seen as we travel south.   They will prepare us with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history, including helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety.  Eventually, we’ll cross the Antarctic Convergence where we’ll notice a distinct drop in temperature as we enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean.

The length of our journey depends on sea conditions, but we should approach the South Shetland Islands in the evening of Day 4.  We will keep especially keen watch for pelagic whales as we approach the nutrient rich upwelling areas of the Continental Shelf.

Day 5-7 – Antarctica:

Exploring the South Shetland Islands, we may visit Half Moon Island with its stunning backdrop of mountainous and glaciated Livingston Island.  Or perhaps we will sail the ship into an active volcano with an opportunity to take a dip in the relatively balmy waters that surround Deception Island.  Bransfield Strait, once the site of an abandoned whaling station, gives us an excellent chance to see whales, who often return to its rich waters.

In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, our Expedition Leader, Captain, and Marine Mammal experts will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and previous sightings to maximize our whale watching opportunities, while also exploring some of the lesser travelled areas of the Peninsula.  We will aim for the most scenic bays and channels, with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.

Day 8-11 – Antarctica:

Heading further South, we will be sure to explore the Gerlache Strait and its surrounding channels and islands.  This may include trips to picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the humpback whale favoured Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel.  We may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as a historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.

At this time of year, most areas have amazing marine mammal viewing opportunities with Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals often found hauled out to rest along with predatory leopard seals and the assertive Antarctic fur seal.  Minke and humpback whales are frequent visitors during this season and orca sightings are also common

Day 12-13 – Drake Passage:

As we leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage, we will continue our presentation series and wildlife spotting. Sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow. 

Day 14 – Ushuaia:

Morning disembarkation lets you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.

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.​ 

About The Ship

  • An elegant 5* ship for 108 guests
  • Time saving flights on some departures
  • 1D ice class rating
  • Very spacious cabins, double the average
  • Optional kayaking available
  • Complimentary jacket & loan of rubber boots
Alex Mudd

This ship is a class act, offering refined comfort and high levels of service for only 108 guests.

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.

Twin Window
Promenade Suite
Owner's Suite
February 2020
27-Feb-2020 $9,995* $14,295 $16,295 $16,795 Full $18,795 $21,295 Full
February 2021
27-Feb-2021 $10,995 $13,995 $15,495 $16,395 $16,795 $17,295 $19,995 $21,595

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $9995

Additional Notes

The BBC crew is onboard for the 2019 voyage only.

Early booking incentive on February 26 2021 departure: Window Suites receive a discount of $1000pp, Promenade and Deluxe cabins receive a discount of $1250pp, and Veranda, Penthouse and Owner's suites receive a discount of $1500pp. 

Single Supplement And Child Policy

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 12 years old or over are welcome. There isn't any concession on pricing.


  • A choice of a beverage with dinner
  • Complimentary parka jacket
  • Daily international news service
  • Post voyage digital log
  • Pre-voyage 5* hotel night in Ushuaia. For 2018/19: Optional early check in up to 24 hours before.
  • Free public internet & 100 mins of wifi
  • All airport/ hotel/ ship transfers
  • 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 and any entry fees to historic 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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