Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 4-5 full days in Antarctica = 8-10 planned ‘off ship’ excursions depending on your preferred departure
- Wide selection of well priced voyages to choose from
- Kayaking & camping. Diving on limited departures (additional cost for each)
- Complimentary snowshoeing on early season departures when snow conditions allow
Day 1 - Ushuaia; The End of the World:
Where the world drops off, in Ushuaia, your voyage begins. Located on the far southern tip of South America, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. Starting in the afternoon, we embark our vessel and sail from “The End of the World,” into the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.
Days 2 & 3 - Drake Passage:
Over the next two days, you’ll enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions:rolling seas, cool salt breezes maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray. After passing through the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, where north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Both marine life and avian life changes here. Wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels are a few of the birds you might see.
Days 4 to 7: Entering Antarctica
Towers of broken blue-white ice and grey stone peaks sketched with snow welcome you to Antarctica. You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, before sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands.
Sites you may visit include:
Danco Island – There are gentoo penguins nesting on the island, and Weddell and crabeater seals to be found nearby.
Neko Harbour – With mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow, Neko Harbour offers opportunities for a zodiac cruise and a landing that affords the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks.
Paradise Bay – You may be able to take a zodiac cruise in the ice-flecked waters, with a good chance that you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales.
Pléneau & Petermann Islands – If the ice allows, you could sail through the Lemaire Channel, searching for Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. You may also encounter humpback and minke whales here, as well as leopard seals.
Port Lockroy – We sail through the Neumayer Channel, onto Port Lockroy. A former British research station, Port Lockroy is now a museum and post office, found on Goudier Island. Around Jougla Point, you’ll be meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags and there are also great opportunities for kayaking and camping here, and when conditions are right, you can even snowshoe around the shore.
Wilhelmina Bay & Guvernøren – A great place to spot humpback whales, you also may embark on a zodiac trip ending at the ghostly wreck of the Guvernøren, a whaling vessel that caught fire here in 1915. Amid a frozen landscape, around the Melchior Islands, you may encounter more whales, leopard and crabeater seals. Conditions on the Drake Passage will determine the exact time of our departure.
Days 8 & 9 - Return to Ushuaia:
Our return voyage is far from lonely; while crossing the Drake, the vast array of seabirds from the passage south will greet us again, but this time, they will seem a little more familiar to you.
Day 10 - Ushuaia:
Our adventure must eventually come to an end, and it’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia. You will depart with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.
What our customers think
This was absolutely the right cruise for us and I've already recommended it to several people. It exceeded my expectations. Being able to experience nature in its natural state was a once in a lifetime experience. All of the crew on the ship were wonderful.
Karyn & Richard California January 2018
Excursions were the highlights of the trip. I can't point a finger to any of them saying that one was the best. They were all fantastic!
Zoltan & Stephen Nemeth Florida January 2018
It was a perfect choice. For the price, we paid we definitely feel the trip delivered. You always have to remember: mother nature is in charge. The crew was professional and made sure we were always informed, well prepared and well educated before every excursion.
Zoltan & Stephen Nemeth Florida January 2018
Penguins were definitely the highlight. I could have watched them for hours. Lemaire Channel was spectacular though we had to turn around at the end due to iceberg blocking the way. We saw many whales - fin, humpback and orca.
Nathalie Lemaire United States Of America March 2017
We landed at Paradise Bay and walked across a pebble beach while penguins and seals were cavorting and inquisitive. Our first real ice walk. Spotted our first adelie among the gentoo penguins!
Graham and Angela UK March 2017
I really enjoyed seeing all of the wildlife on this trip. We saw dolphins chasing the boat. We got up close and personal with humpback whales. We saw orcas chasing or playing with seals and hunting penguins in the sea.
Eileen New Jersey March 2017
The scenery and wildlife were terrific and it was a pleasure to meet with many of the passengers on the boat. The experience was very much as expected and greatly enjoyed. I felt that we were given expert information before going ashore each time, as well as informative lectures throughout the trip.
Charles & Denise UK February 2018
The voyage lived up to the expectations and the crew were knowledgeable, committed to the sanctity of Antarctica. Completely satisfied - food was excellent.
Pauline Australia December 2017
We were very pleased with Swoop and were thrilled with the quick and helpful responses we received from you. The cabin and voyage recommended were perfect for us.
Nancy North Carolina January 2018
Our trip was amazing!! Crew and Expedition leaders were AWESOME! Very professional and always placed safety first.
Josie & Carmen Castro Canada December 2018
Loved the trip. Weather was good for the first four days after arrival. Staff and guides were top notch. Very calm, capable and knowledgeable.
Nancy Stagner United States Of America January 2018
About The Ship
- One of the only Polar Class 6 vessels in the world, the most advanced rating
- Lecture room for a wide variety of interactive workshops and exhibitions
- Exceeds the latest green requirements
- Modern in décor with a cosy and informal atmosphere
- Sheltered Zodiac boarding zone for easier entry into the boats
- Camping, kayaking, hiking
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 EUR (€) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost €4950
- The 20-Mar-2020, 7-Jan-2021 and 18-Mar-2021 departures are 10 days long
- The 21-Nov-2021 and 19-Mar-21 departures are 12 days long
- The 19-Mar-2020 departure is 13 days long
- The 14-Dec-2021, 15-Dec-2021, 03-Jan-2022, 22-Jan-2022, 10-Feb-2022 and 15-Mar-2022 departures are 10 days long.
- The 12-Dec-2021, 24-Dec-2021, 03-Jan-2022, 04-Jan-2022,12-Jan-2022, 31-Jan-2022, 01-Feb-2022,11-Feb-2022 and 03-Mar-2022 departures are 11 days long
- The 19-Feb-2022 and 20-Mar-2022 departures are 12 days long
- The 23-Dec-2021 departure is 13 days long
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 3 years old or over are welcome. On select departures, children under 16 may receive a 40% discount, please contact us for details.
Optional Adventure Activities
Enhance your trip with the following add ons. Limited places per activity.
Get in contact to check availability.
|Camping||$181||Departures from Nov - Feb. Equipment provided. Select departures. (Please note in 2021/22 season, price increases to €195)|
|Kayaking||$428||Basic competency required. Select departures. (Please note in 2021/22 season, price increases to €450)|
|Polar diving||$477||Limited spaces available for 18-Mar-2020 (€620), 20-Mar-2020 (€435) 4-Feb-2021 (€450), 19-Mar-2021 (€450), 3-Mar-2022 (€535), 15-Mar-2022 (€480) and 20-Mar-2022 (€535) Cold water and dry suit experience required.|
|Snowshoeing||Complimentary||Select departures. As long as snow conditions allow. Snowshoes provided.|
- 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
- Loan of rubber boots and snowshoes for the voyage's duration
- Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia
- Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- Port taxes and any entry fees to landing sites
- Flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation
- Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
- Transfers not specified in the itinerary
- Optional adventure activities (e.g. kayaking)
- Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Personal travel insurance
- Items of a personal nature - laundry, beverages, etc
- Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
- Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)