Fly and cruise Antarctica holiday

“Head to the Falklands via the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula on a seldom made expedition through the wildlife abundant Weddell Sea and Antarctic Sound.”

Highlights

Voyage through the South Shetland Islands | humpback whales in Wilhelmina Bay | penguin rookeries on Gerlache Strait and Cuverville Island | two days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula | three days amongst the icebergs, explorer huts and Emperor penguins of the Antarctic Sound and Weddell Sea | fur seals, Macaroni penguins and possible landings on Elephant Island via Point Wild | Polar expert presentations | Rockhopper penguins and nesting albatross on West Point and Saunders Islands | Port Stanley | Optional activities, weather permitting, include: a hike to the crater rim on Deception Island |

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Our top tip:
Welly boots are provided however, invest in a few pairs of woolly socks for extra warmth and comfort. Also, bring a clothes peg as a means of identifying 'your' boots in the wet room.
Trip type:
Small ship expedition cruise. Max 70 passengers. Min age 18.
Activity level:
Leisurely-moderate.
Accomm:
11 nights on-board small ice rated vessel in twin berth en-suite cabins. Ship features: dining, bar, library, fitness, presentation, spa and observatory facilities.
Included:
Accommodation, transport, listed activities, expert team throughout.
Meals:
All meals included on-board.
Solos:
Solos welcome. Single cabins available with a surcharge.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Fly and cruise Antarctica holiday

Environment

Activity:
This tour is nature based and extremely conscious of our presence in the Antarctic environment and minimising our effects on it. Often just seeing whales, penguins and seals in their natural environments can be a very moving experience and clients either donate to related charities or develop a lifelong interest in their conservation. Optional activities, such as guided photography, sea kayaking and camping on ice, are also chosen for their low impact on the environment. Whilst we are going from island to island, there are a number of interactive, educational presentations made. These are really useful in promoting knowledge of wildlife, historical settlements and culture of local communities.

Reducing Emissions and Waste:
Our eco-conscious approach means we travel to remote and pristine destinations differently than others in the industry. Our vessel burns Marine Gas Oil (MGO) – a clean burning fuel with a low emission factor- and despite being far more expensive, it is the only fuel we consider using. We also reduce consumption and emissions by tailoring our itinerary to operate at a more leisurely pace, rather than going full steam ahead at all times. Our smaller Zodiac landing crafts are more lightweight and nimble and they are powered by low-emission engines as well. We offer a carbon offsetting option for clients and make a collective effort to minimise excess waste on board, disposing of everything on land.

Staff and Client Preparation:
We have developed a comprehensive staff training and accreditation program which ensures that our staff is fully aware of responsible tourism issues and that they are kept updated with refresher courses. From safety to environmental sustainability, our team of lecturers, specialists and crew are able to pass vital information on clients in briefings. We also send extensive preparatory packs out to every group including guidelines from the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), of which our local operator is a full voting member. We emphasise that the protection of this pristine yet fragile environment and its wildlife is at the forefront of what we do. This is driven by our ‘leave no trace’ policy, which includes being vigilant with litter disposal and avoiding approaching animals any closer than 5 metres.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Local Sourcing:
We plan to take advantage of local products as a means of boosting communities local to us and reducing our carbon footprint on the whole. This is evident in the meals provided, which are created with sustainability in mind. Seafood, for example, will always be fresh and purchased based on the responsible management of the fishery for each particular species and will observe guidelines similar to the MSC and Audubon Society. Our gift shop only sells items which have been thoroughly researched as to where an item has come from, whether it has been produced fairly, what it is made of and distance it has had to travel.

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