Christmas Antarctica cruise

“A memorable festive season awaits you with this Christmas Antarctica cruise aboard a small ship, with spectacular wildlife on display. ”

Highlights

Ushuaia | Drake Passage | South Shetlands | Antarctica | Wildlife including whales, seals, dolphins and penguins | Zodiac expeditions, hiking and kayaking | Round Cape Horn | Beagle Channel | Luxurious onboard amenities | Lectures on Antarctic wildlife, geology and history |

Description of Christmas Antarctica cruise

Pristine frozen landscapes, the feeling of magic in the air – sounds like Christmas, but this is an altogether different experience to the usual turkey and stuffing followed by the Queen’s speech on TV. Sail from Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, on a round-trip voyage around the Great White Continent, aboard an expedition vessel equipped with luxurious amenities including saltwater swimming pool, sauna and gym.

The advantages of exploring Antarctica on a small ship cruise are legion. These vessels can reach ports and channels that larger vessels cannot. They minimise the impact on the environment and local communities, such as by staggering departures, taking all waste home, and producing fewer emissions). They offer a more sociable experience, as with no more than 200 or so passengers, you will get to know people over an 11-day holiday.

But perhaps most important for you the traveller, a small ship cruise makes the most of your time. Antarctica is such a fragile environment that the number of people allowed onshore is strictly limited. On a larger ship you’re necessarily going to spend a lot of time each day standing around waiting. With a small ship cruise, while half the passengers are exploring on foot, the other half can be roaming the coast on rigid-hulled Zodiac boats, or even kayaks.

As you sail the iconic Beagle Channel and Drake Passage, and on the return journey, if conditions allow, round Cape Horn, your days will be packed with incident. This is not your ‘relax with a book and a cocktail cruise’ – not by a long way. Join fellow passengers on the observation deck, binoculars and camera at hand; take part in entertaining lectures from onboard experts concerning Antarctic wildlife, biology, geology and history); relax with a swim, a yoga session or a workout in the gym; or step onto the Zodiac for a shore excursion, to encounter teeming colonies of seals, seabirds and penguins.

You’ll come home armed with a book’s worth of stories, but most significantly, a convert to the polar conservation cause. It’s impossible to see Antarctica without being humbled, and driven to conserve these pristine landscapes for future generations, as well as the wildlife that inhabits them.

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21 Dec 2019
£8430
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Responsible tourism

Christmas Antarctica cruise

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

We work hard to conserve and protect the polar regions and their fragile ecosystems. We are members of IAATO – the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators and are fully compliant with their rules and guidelines. All our trips are run under strict regulations that ensure the environment of Antarctica remains in a pristine state. Being a member means that we actively support and contribute to the environmental and scientific work being carried out there. Encounters with wildlife are also controlled by a responsible code of conduct.

Our expedition vessels are much smaller and less imposing on the polar environment than the bigger cruise ships. Hence, group landings are more easily managed. Plus, due to our low passenger to crew ratio (8:1), we can provide a much more personalised experience. Our expedition staff, who are highly-skilled experts in fields like natural history, glaciology and marine biology (to name but a few), will introduce passengers to the wonders of Antarctica. As well as learning more about the local and global conservation issues facing polar habitats.

Community

The places we visit in Antarctica have no permanent residents other than researchers who live there seasonally or overwinter at their research stations. There’s a strong relationship between the researchers at these stations and our expedition staff, meaning our passengers get the opportunity to visit the research stations and find out all about their work. The Ukrainian research station Vernadsky for instance loves to give passengers a tour of their laboratories – the place where the hole in the ozone layer was first discovered. They share their knowledge and stories and passengers can even join them for a beer or vodka at their bar. We also take the research staff with us on board if they need to be transferred back to South America or vice versa.

Travellers are welcome to book pre and post tour accommodation with us. We’ll always do our best to secure rooms at family-run bed and breakfasts or hotels. Our travellers will also be given local restaurant recommendations, so that money is put back into the Argentinian economy. As this trip starts and finishes in Ushuaia, we encourage our clients to buy souvenirs from local vendors and discourage the purchase of endangered animal products or items unduly taken from the environment.

We also support the Mawson’s Huts Foundation which was established in 1997 to conserve the Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison in East Antarctica. Since then, it has funded over 10 major expeditions to the historic site with further expedition planes.

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