Antarctic Peninsula expedition cruise

“Join a small (max 130 passengers) expedition cruise ship on a 20 day voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula. Onboard presentations, Zodiac rides and onshore expeditions aplenty.”


Ushuaia | Beagle Channel | onboard library and presentations | Falkland Islands | Zodiac cruises | South Georgia | Antarctic Convergence | gravesite of Sir Ernest Shackleton | abandoned whaling stations | king penguin rookeries | Antarctic Peninsula | Port Lockroy | Petermann Island | Drake Passage | Optional tours of Tierra del Fuego National Park |

Description of Antarctic Peninsula expedition cruise

Give the Antarctic your full attention on this 20 day expedition that takes in the Falklands, the South Shetlands and South Georgia Island via Drake Passage and the Beagle Channel.

After navigating the Beagle Channel, from Ushuaia, onboard either of our Antarctic expedition vessels - the Ocean Diamond or the World Explorer - your first port of call will be the Falkland Islands where a cacophony of crying seabirds and waddling penguins greet you on the rocky shoreline.

Onboard presentations get you ready to disembark the expedition cruise ship by Zodiac as you catch your first sighting of South Georgia where you’ll get to follow in the footsteps of one of the world’s most legendary explorers, Ernest Shackleton

From glorious glaciers and creaking icebergs to seafaring heritage and the relics of abandoned whaling stations, this Antarctic expedition cruise paints the Peninsula in all its guises to provide passengers with an epic experience to remember for all time.

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2021: 14 Nov
Holiday type

Expedition cruising

What is Expedition Cruising?
This is the name we give to cruising holidays which visit the Polar regions of Antarctica and the Arctic. Your small vessel will usually carry around 100 - 130 passengers, accompanied by a crew and Expedition Team consisting of experts in the local landscapes, wildlife and history of the islands you will be visiting. How does it work?
Your trip will consist of a combination of cruising and land based discovery. Days at sea will be spent admiring the view, photographing the sea birds and marine wildlife that you may encounter, cruising past stunning icebergs and attending the talks that your Expedition Team will be conducting.

Shore landings will be scheduled to take place weather permitting throughout your trip. Please be aware that due to adverse weather conditions all scheduled shore visits may not be possible, but travelling in the summer months increases our chances of favourable weather.

You will travel ashore in rigid inflatable boats (RIBS) known as zodiacs; a degree of physical mobility will be required for passengers to climb in and out.

What ship will I be travelling on?
Travelling with us to explore the Polar regions, you will be on one of two ships, more details about your particular vessel can be given by our travel consultants when you enquire about your particular date.

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.

To journey to Antarctica is to venture into a region like no other environment on Earth. A precious, wilderness of which approximately 98% is covered by ice averaging 1.9km thick and where the presence of man is limited to researchers, explorers and our travellers. Journey with us into an awe inspiring white landscape on a tour designed to give our travellers the experience of a lifetime, while still protecting this most unique of environments.

Our partners on this trip are Expedition Cruising specialists with over 20 years’ experience operating polar cruises. All trips to this region adhere to the guidelines set out by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and Maritime Pollution Prevention (MARPOL).

All our ships burn Marine Gas Oil (MGO) a clean burning fuel with a low emission factor, conform to all international regulations governing the disposal of waste at sea, and use only eco-friendly laundry chemicals and room amenities.

Every cruise will be accompanied by an Expedition Team who will led lectures and discussions during your time on board. The team will also accompany you on land and will be on hand to answer any questions you have. The team will consist of specialists in polar history, marine biology and glaciology along with other fascinating subjects. Their briefings will ensure that all travellers are fully aware of the potential impact of their visit on the region and will offer advice and guidelines on how to limit it. Travelling in a small vessel carrying no more than 117 travellers, we limit the number of people on shore at any given time and this in itself helps less environmental impact.

To protect this special environment there are certain guidelines that need following. For example, all travellers are required not to actively approach the wildlife but are given tips on getting great photos, such as settling a short distance away and letting the curious penguins approach you. It will be stressed that should this happen, you should never feed, touch or attempt to handle the animals. Likewise you will notice that at sea our vessels never follow or ‘chase’ any marine mammals we encounter. If they come towards us, have your camera at the ready, but our crew will never act in such a way that could cause harm or distress to any creature.

Protected areas must be respected on shore. There are areas of ecological, historic or scientific value that may be encountered dependent on your landing point and it is imperative that these areas are not tampered or interfered with in any way. We want to keep Antarctica pristine. Litter must not be disposed of on land and waste disposed of on your vessel will be properly discarded upon our arrival back in Punta Arenas.

At the beginning and end of your cruise you will spend a night in Punta Arenas. You’ll stay in a comfortable, locally owned hotel, reflective of the traditional Patagonian style and a great place to prepare for your fascinating Antarctic expedition, and ultimately reflect upon it before flying home.

The Impacts of this Trip

The very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travellers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world through which we are journeying, this is our commitment as a global tour operator.

As a company, our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. We run and support a variety of projects globally, from healthcare, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and environmental and wildlife protection. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 11 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002. Donations come from our travellers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.


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