Crossing the Antarctic Circle expedition cruise

“A twelve day expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula, embarking in Ushuaia, Argentina, crossing the Drake Passage and visiting South Shetland Islands. On board superb expedition ship. ”


Ushuaia, Argentina | Antarctic Peninsula | South Shetland Islands | Drake Passage | Whale watching | Penguins on Cuverville Island | Gerlache Strait | Errera Channel | Neumayer Channel | Lemaire Channel | Paradise Bay | Ukrainian Station Vernadsky | Faraday | Yalour Islands | Detaille Island | Deception Island | Half Moon

Description of Crossing the Antarctic Circle expedition cruise

This twelve day Antarctic expedition takes you across the Polar Circle and into the most dramatic land and seascapes you can only imagine, until you get there. Staying on board an ice-strengthened expedition vessel with observation lounge and bar, dining room, viewing deck and lecture facilities with library. As well as Zodiac boats to transport you for further Antarctic adventures.

And adventures are many on this trip as you travel through Antarctic mountain ranges, cross Drake Passage, admire masses of Adélie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins, stare in awe at the natural beauty of icebergs, and endeavour to cross the Polar Circle. This really is the planet at its most pristine, otherwise known as the White Continent of Antarctica. As with all the places mentioned in our itinerary, stops depend on weather conditions of course, but we do hope to visit the South Shetland Islands on our return back up north to Ushuaia in Argentina where our journey begins and ends.

The wildlife watching is second to none on this holiday, with ice filled channels that are home to seals, sea birds, penguins and, in more open waters, various species of whales. There is never a dull moment on this odyssey to the Antarctic Circle.

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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 area on earth, unaffected by large scale human activities. Accordingly, this unique and pristine environment has been afforded special protection. Furthermore, it is physically remote, inhospitable, unpredictable and potentially dangerous. All activities in the Antarctic Treaty Area, therefore, should be planned and conducted with both environmental protection and safety in mind. IAATO Charter – International Association of Antarctic tour operators.

A trip to the Antarctic is a completely different experience and quite unlike any other trip you have probably been on. We use a highly regulated, licensed vessel which is well equipped to operate in this pristine ecosystem. We are fully compliant with all rules set down by the IAATO. We carefully vet all ships we work with and choose them for their small size as this creates far less impact on shore landings with wildlife. We see the voyage Antarctic as an expedition, not a sightseeing trip. Smaller boats such as ours can navigate narrow waterways, and are far less polluting than the larger ships in Antarctic waters. By carrying less passengers, we have far less waste, and all waste is carried back to the home port, unlike some of the larger ships which do not allow for this.

We are regulated by very strict conditions, and we take our responsibility seriously. We are currently working towards supporting a nominated wildlife charity which operates in Antarctica and we have a long term commitment to maintaining its pristine condition while still offering some of the best value trips to this unique destination.

Our pre departure pack provides you with all the information required for your tour, from what to take with you to practical advice on how to minimise your impact on the Antarctic environment. This is in the form of waste reduction and how to interact with wildlife on the continent.

We really work hard to keep all our operations green! All our worldwide offices currently run on 90% green energy (we are working towards 100%) from hydro electric, wind to solar power. Being web based, we are close to becoming a paperless environment, brochure prints are at a minimum (and printed on a requirement basis) and all pre departure information is emailed. We use energy saving bulbs in our work centres, and recycle all our waste.

The Impacts of this Trip

We are members of IATTO and the trip will be run under the strict regulations in place which ensure the environment in Antarctica remains in a pristine state. By being members we actively support and contribute towards the scientific and environmental work that takes place in Antarctica which is so vital to the planet's well being.

We also support the Mawson's Hut Foundation which was established in 1997 to conserve Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison. Since then it has funded and organised over 10 major expeditions to the historic site with further expeditions planned. Since 1997 the foundation has funded and organised over 10 expeditions to the Cape Denison site. These expeditions include archaeologists, materials conservators and heritige carpenters who carry out conservation and on going maintenance. Major work done has been to reclad the roofs of both the huts which comprise Mawsons Huts plus the removal of ice from the interior. Each expedition is expensive and costing in the region of half a million dollars and by booking this tour you will help preserve this piece of history.

Specifically on this departure, clients are welcome to book pre-and post- accommodation with us, where local businesses will be supported. Moreover, our clients receive restaurant recommendations which support locally owned restaurants.


1 Reviews of Crossing the Antarctic Circle expedition cruise

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 01 Mar 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

A fantastic trip to Antarctica most memorable for crossing the antarctic circle.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Do your research, we booked with the operator via Responsible travel but discovered that the ship is owned and run by another operator with whom you can book directly. The operator we booked with did not add anything extra on the contrary not particularly customer focused or friendly, so the operator of the boat should get all of the credit for Environmental Sustainability etc.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Little impact on local people, entire crew from Philippines but we had the opportunity to support their good causes in the Philippines (rare Eagle). The operator of the boat were outstanding in demonstrating reduced environmental impact and good conservation but that is to be expected of anyone operating in the Antarctic

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Read the operator's response here:

Dear Mr Salisbury,

Thank you for your comments and I’m sorry if you did not feel anything was added by booking your trip with ourselves. It’s unusual for us to get this kind of feedback as we pride ourselves on our customer service and polar knowledge. There are a range of benefits that we can offer when booking this kind of trip.

Firstly, as we work with all of the ships sailing down to Antarctica we’re able to offer a full choice at the quotation stage ensuring we can offer options that meets all of your requirements. Our team have sailed there personally and seen many of the ships on offer so can provide expert advice around this. Being members of IAATO means that we operate within the strict guidelines that they set and all of the ships we offer operate under these regulations.

I know on this occasion you only booked the cruise portion of the trip with us but as we’re a tour operator we’re also able to tag on any pre and post cruise services along with the flights to make a fully ATOL protected package which is something many people do. I would also highlight that we have faced technical issues with this ship and others in the past with trips being cancelled at the last minute and although this is a very rare occurrence, we have experience in being able to make alternate arrangements on the spot whether that be relocating you to another ship, postponing the trip or making alternate travel arrangements, something that is very hard to do when the other 130 passengers on board are also trying to do the same thing.

It’s great to hear that you had such an enjoyable trip and we’ll certainly take your comments on board. I hope the above highlights a few of the benefits of booking this kind of trip through a tour operator like ourselves.

Kind Regards

Simon Evans – UK Manager

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