Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands cruise in 2022

“Take inspiration from Shackleton for this adventurous cruise around some of the world’s most remote and dramatic landscapes.”


Ushuaia | Drake Passage | Antarctic Peninsula | Elephant Island | South Georgia | Falkland Islands | Zodiac land excursions | Onboard expert lectures |

Description of Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands cruise in 2022

Take all your preconceptions about the nature of cruise holidays and toss them overboard. This epic voyage around the Antarctic Peninsula, scheduled for January, will amaze you not only with the variety of scenery and the wildlife on display, but with how a small ship cruise promises endless potential for adventure.

You’ll depart from Ushuaia, at the very tip of South America, for a three-week odyssey that takes you through Drake Passage to the white wilderness of Antarctica, the former whaling station of South Georgia and then finally that remote corner of England, the Falkland Islands.

During your voyage, you’ll be invited to indulge yourself in the ship’s fully equipped health and wellness suite, attend a series of fascinating lectures on the region’s biology and history, and sharpen your photography skills on the observation deck.

Regular Zodiac land excursions take you to noisy penguin rookeries, sea lion colonies and Elephant Island – no, afraid not – which is where Ernest Shackleton, on being shipwrecked, left a group of his men behind to embark on one of history’s great survival missions.

The round-trip journey concludes after 21 days in Ushuaia again – perhaps an opportunity to continue your adventures in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park? You’ll bid farewell to fellow passengers you’ve met along the way, and the expert crew, and disembark with enough stories and memories to last two lifetimes.

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2022: 7 Jan
2023: 20 Jan
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.

Antarctica is the largest wilderness on earth and remains relatively unaffected by large scale human activities. To keep it that way, IAATO – the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators has set out guidelines and regulations to protect and preserve this unique and pristine environment. All tourism-related activities are therefore planned and conducted with both environmental protection and safety in mind.

We use highly regulated, licensed vessels which are well equipped to operate in these remote ecosystems. We are fully compliant with all rules set out by IAATO. We carefully choose the ships we want to charter, and its small size has a far lesser impact on shore landings. We see our voyages to the Antarctic Peninsula as an expedition, not a sightseeing trip. Smaller ships, such as ours can navigate narrow water ways, and by carrying fewer passengers generates far less waste. We also carry any waste back to our home port, unlike some of the larger ships which do not allow for this.

Our pre-departure information pack provides our passengers with all the information required for their expedition, from what to take with you to practical advice on how to minimise your impact on the Antarctic environment and how to interact with the wildlife on the continent.

The Impacts of this Trip

On this trip you will visit the local community living on the Falkland Islands. Seeing as there are only a few industries here and very little contact with the outside world, they are always welcoming us with open arms. All the guided services and hotels on the island are run locally and food and other commodities are also sourced locally, meaning profits go directly to the communities that live in the Falkland Islands.

We align ourselves with the Mawson’s Huts Foundation, which aims to conserve the Mawson Huts at Cape Denison in East Antarctica. The foundation was first established in 1997 and has already funded and organised more than ten expeditions to the site.

We also work with three different charities, including Project Peru who run an orphanage in Zapallal, and a shanty town outskirts of Lima. We also work with ANIA, a high-profile Peruvian NGO working with children to teach them about their local environment and how to manage it efficiently.


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