Antarctic Peninsula and Weddell Sea cruise

“Fortune favours the brave on this Antarctic expedition which follows in the wake of Shackleton via the wildlife prolific realms of the South Shetlands and Weddell Sea. ”


Sail through the Beagle Channel | South Shetland Islands | lectures on deck (weather permitting) | search for penguins, seals, whales and petrels | sunrise over the Weddell Sea | Hope Bay and Argentine Station Esperanza | Gerlache Strait | gentoo penguin colonies on Cuverville Island | sail into the flooded volcanic caldera of Deception Island | visit Elephant Island | All expeditions are subject to change due to the weather or potential wildlife sightings |

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14 Nov 2021
US $9580
excluding flights
Click here to enquire about or book the 14 Nov 2021 departure
29 Jan 2022
US $6890
excluding flights
Click here to enquire about or book the 29 Jan 2022 departure
Our top tip:
This voyage focuses on the Eastern Peninsula, home to the world’s largest icebergs and Shackleton’s notorious entrapment in ice.
Trip type:
Small Ship expedition cruise. Wildlife and expert lead natural history guiding and lecture programme. Ships from 54 – 150 passengers.
Activity level:
Drake Passage can be a challenge for some who suffer from sea sickness, but the voyage as a whole is not challenging.

Voyages from minimum 10 nights, upwards, your choice of cabin. Facilities and comfort level dependent on vessel.

Accommodation, all meals, activities, excursions, lecture programme by notable polar experts.
All meals, snacks and hot drinks.
No supplement if willing to share. Some single cabins available – please enquire

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

On our Antarctic Peninsula & Weddell Sea expeditions we are committed to the conservation of the places we visit.

Our Antarctic expedition ships are smaller, less imposing on the polar landscape than the bigger cruise ships. Group landings by zodiac are more easily managed and a low ratio of leaders to passengers provides a personalised, added value experience. Your onboard natural history experts, through guided walks and evening talks, reveal the wonders of Antarctic scenery and wildlife. In this way you will be introduced to some of the local and global conservation issues which this fragile habitat faces.

Our Antarctic expedition trips are made under full membership of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) and as such abide by their strict codes of conduct. Encounters with all wildlife are controlled by strict responsible codes of conduct.

The Impacts of this Trip

The areas we visit throughout Antarctica and the subAntarctic region have no permanent population other than the researchers who reside seasonally or overwinter at bases in the Peninsula and the Antarctic Islands. There is a good rapport between such station staff and our small expedition ships, we bring passengers to appreciate their work, offer company and discussion and also bring their otherwise underused cash to uniquely spend on what service or souvenir they offer. At Vernadsky station for example the friendly Ukrainian researchers are happy to provide us with a tour of their laboratories- the place where the Ozone hole was first discovered, share news and stories, join us for a beer or vodka at their bar and of course sell stamps and postcards which can take up to a year to arrive! Help is also given to scientists and station personnel if they need to be transferred from South America to their working places in the Antarctic , and vice versa.


3 Reviews of Antarctic Peninsula and Weddell Sea cruise

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 26 Jan 2018 by

So many highlights - Kayaking among glaciers and around icebergs with humpback whales, penguins and seals. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Dec 2017 by

The entire expedition and crew were amazing, but I'd have to say our wedding was the most memorable, although the polar plunge comes in a close second place, lol! Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Feb 2015 by

Best bits: The close sighting of a pod of Orca attacking a Humpbacked Whale and penguins; The ideal size of the ship and friendliness of the other passengers and crew. Read full review

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