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South Shetland Islands & Antarctica Voyage

A classic 10-day voyage to the Great White Continent. Perfect for those wanting great value and comfortable accommodation. Sailing onboard a stable 198 passenger vessel that has recently been fully refurbished.

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South Shetland Islands & Antarctica Voyage

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Trip type

Antarctic Peninsula

Trip length

10 Days


$6,590 -$27,990

Ship Comfort

Comfort & Adventure

South Shetland Islands & Antarctica Voyage - 10 - $6,590

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 4 full days exploring Antarctica and the South Shetland Islands
  • Visit the South Shetlands and Antarctica
  • Kayaking & snowshoeing (extra cost) and hiking
  • Complimentary parka jacket

Start from Ushuaia and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks potentially visited on South Shetland Islands & Antarctica Voyage

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world’s southernmost town. Explore the quaint city or local countryside. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path to the raw, natural archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. It's a hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows and boggy quagmires.

In the afternoon you will then board the ship. Your journey begins as we navigate through the calms of the Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.

Days 2-3: Crossing the Drake Passage

Sailing onward, we cross the famed Drake Passage – a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The Drake Passage is known for rollicking conditions and strong westerly winds, called the Roaring Fifties.

While this passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard the expedition vessel, which is purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines and a highly-qualified crew. The most spirited sailors consider Drake Passage a lifetime achievement, and you will complete the crossing twice!

In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view. Weather permitting, we will catch our first sight of seals and penguins! The area is also well-known for its abundance of birds.

Days 4-5: South Shetland Islands

Over the next two days, we will begin the exciting Antarctic experience our ancestors only dreamed of. During these days we will explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain and absorb captivating landscapes along the way. Weather permitting, our projected landfalls include: King George Island; Deception Island, an extinct volcano with waters warm enough for a polar swim; and Half Moon Island with nesting Wilson's storm petrels and chinstrap penguins.

The itinerary and activities over the next few days depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the captain and expedition leader and communicated to guests through regularly scheduled briefings.

Days 6-7: Antarctic Peninsula

As the white shimmer of Antarctica looms on our horizon, the presence of wildlife multiples by tens of thousands with many species of lively penguins, inquisitive seals, nesting birds and the spray of marine mammals. Wildlife abounds on our projected route along the Antarctic Peninsula: leopard, fur and Weddell seals of Cuverville Island; humpback whales of Gerlache Strait; Paradise Bay; the dramatic Lemaire Channel's orcas and much more.

The itinerary and activities over the next few days depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the captain and expedition leader and communicated to guests through regularly scheduled briefings.

Please note that all the outings and landings rely on weather, sea and ice conditions being favorable both for the ship to access the areas, as for the zodiacs and kayaks to maneuver under adequate conditions, ensuring the safety of all our passengers and staff. For this reason, during moments of harsh weather and throughout the entire trip, the ship has excellent public areas such as wellness/sauna, restaurant, bar and a library for our passengers to spend their spare time. The vessel is staffed by experts in the field who will also share great lectures along the way, ranging from exploration history to biology, geology, ice and wildlife. 

Days 8-9: Depart Antarctica

We depart Antarctica and spend two days at sea on our way back to the calms of the Beagle Channel and Ushuaia, Argentina. En-route, we will cross the Drake Passage and cruise past Cape Horn, a legendary maritime landmark and the southern-most tip of South America. During our time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged onboard which will provide the perfect opportunity to socialise with fellow travellers. Enjoy lectures by our expedition team, visit our shop and relax at leisure using the ship’s facilities. 

Day 10: Back to Ushuaia & disembarkation

This morning, we arrive back in Ushuaia for the conclusion of our tour, where you can continue your adventures or begin your return journey home. 

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 of South Shetland Islands & Antarctica Voyage

South Shetland Islands & Antarctica Voyage trips scored 4.6/5 from 4 reviews

The expedition team were as good as they could possibly get. Extremely nice, funny, and knowledgable. You could tell they love what they do.

Travelled: November 2022

Nova Soares - USA

The penguins, whales, seals, and birds were amazing. I love how cute the penguins looked while walking and how close they got to pass into their penguin highways. I got lots of great photos even with just an iPhone.

Travelled: November 2022

Nova Soares - USA

10/10 - What's not to like? Professional and friendly staff and great food in a once-in-a-lifetime setting.

Travelled: December 2022

Judi Sandall - USA


About The Ship

  • 70% of the staterooms offer private balconies
  • Incredible Antarctic backdrops from the open-deck dining facility
  • Part of a brand new generation of low-energy vessels
  • Highest polar code 6 and ice class 1A ratings
  • Sturdy construction and X-Bow®-Infinity class provides high stability in rough weather
  • Optional activities on selected voyages include: kayaking, snowshoeing and camping

I sailed aboard Ocean Victory in February 2022 and loved waking up to panoramic views of sculptural icebergs and jagged glaciated mountains through the floor-to-ceiling balcony doors.  A perfect way to start the day!

Lizzie Williams Polar Product & Partnerships 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.



Triple Twin Porthole Twin Window Superior Twin Junior Suite Single Suite Owner's Suite Family Suite
February 2023
18-Feb-2023 Full Full Full $11,290 $15,490 Full $17,490 $20,990 Full Enquire
March 2023
19-Mar-2023 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Enquire
October 2023
19-Oct-2023 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Enquire
30-Oct-2023 $7,590 $10,290 $10,690 $11,490 $13,190 $12,190 $17,790 $20,090 $22,990 Enquire
November 2023
8-Nov-2023 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Enquire
17-Nov-2023 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Enquire
19-Nov-2023 Full Full $10,890 $11,990 $13,690 Full $18,090 $20,590 Full Enquire
26-Nov-2023 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Enquire
28-Nov-2023 $8,090 $10,590 $11,090 $12,190 $13,890 $13,890 $18,290 $20,790 Full Enquire
December 2023
5-Dec-2023 $8,590 $10,890 $11,490 $12,690 $14,390 $13,790 $19,590 $22,490 $24,990 Enquire
7-Dec-2023 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Enquire
14-Dec-2023 $8,790 $11,090 $11,690 $12,990 $14,690 $13,990 $19,890 $22,790 $25,190 Enquire
26-Dec-2023 $9,290 $11,490 $12,090 $13,190 $14,790 $14,790 $19,790 $23,590 Full Enquire
January 2024
4-Jan-2024 $9,890 $12,090 $12,590 $13,990 $15,990 $15,890 $21,490 $24,190 Full Enquire
13-Jan-2024 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Enquire
31-Jan-2024 $9,390 $12,290 $13,390 $14,490 $15,890 $15,890 $22,490 $25,290 $27,990 Enquire
February 2024
9-Feb-2024 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Enquire
9-Feb-2024 $9,390 $12,290 $13,390 $14,490 $15,890 $15,890 $22,490 $25,290 $27,990 Enquire
18-Feb-2024 $9,290 $11,590 $12,090 $13,190 $14,890 $14,890 $19,790 $23,690 Full Enquire
28-Feb-2024 $8,590 $10,990 $11,490 $12,590 $14,290 $14,290 $19,290 $22,590 Full Enquire
March 2024
18-Mar-2024 $6,590* $8,090 $8,690 $9,490 $10,390 $10,390 $14,590 $16,490 Full Enquire

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $6590

Additional Notes

Please note:

The departure on 18-Mar-2024 is 9 days long and offers a specific whale watching focus.

The departure on 18-Feb-2024  is 11 days long and perfect for those with an adventurous soul, as the ship has no set itinerary and will be aiming to explore less-visited Antarctic locations, potentially even venturing into the Antarctic Sound and Weddell Sea should conditions allow.

Single Supplement And Child Policy

Single Supplement: For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement in a twin cabin is 75% the cost of a single berth plus a single berth. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.

Child Policy: At date of embarkation, the minimum age restriction of 8 years and a minimum height and weight requirement of 64 lbs or 29kg and 48” or 1.2 meters must be met.

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 $235 Limited spaces.


  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation & meals during the voyage on full board
  • Free tea and coffee 24 hours daily
  • All Zodiac landings and excursions as per itinerary
  • Expedition parka
  • Rubber boot rentals
  • Guiding and lectures by our expedition leader and team
  • English-speaking expedition team
  • Taxes
  • Short shuttle transfer from water's edge pickup point to ship for embarkation
  • Shuttle transfer after disembarkation directly from the ship to the airport in the morning


  • Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Single room supplement and cabin upgrades
  • Meals not on board the ship
  • Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
  • Tips for the crew (we recommend USD $13.5 per person per day)
  • Personal expenses

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