Antarctica 10 day cruise

“Embark upon a 10-day small ship cruise to the Antarctic, aboard a spacious and well-equipped expedition vessel with an expert crew.”


Antarctica | Ushuaia | Drake Passage | Beagle Channel | South Shetlands | Sail aboard a luxurious expedition vessel | Zodiac cruises and kayaking available | Wildlife including whales, seals, penguins and seabirds | Expert lectures from the crew on Antarctic biology, geology and history |

Description of Antarctica 10 day cruise

Ever dreamed of seeing Antarctica, the great White Continent, for yourself? There’s no better way, no more enjoyable or more environmentally friendly way, than on a small ship cruise. Producing fewer emissions, having less of an impact on the places where it comes into port, and able to reach channels that larger vessels simply cannot, a small ship is the most sustainable way to cruise this beautiful but fragile region.

But the key advantage to opting for a small ship cruise to explore Antarctica is this. The number of people allowed on land at any one time is strictly regulated. If you’re on a huge ship with many hundreds of other people, then you’re going to spend a lot of time waiting around. With a smaller ship, when you’re not trekking on land then you can be skimming the coast with an exciting Zodiac launch, or even out kayaking. It’s far better value for money.

Set sail from Ushuaia, the world’s most southernmost city, through the legendary Drake Passage and the Beagle Channel, to a frozen landscape that will transfix you, and keep you rooted to the ship’s observation deck. The South Shetlands and the Antarctic Peninsula are characterised by ice-strewn waterways, vast mountains and glaciers, and a sense of serenity broken only by the call of a seabird.

You might take to the frozen waters in a kayak, trek to a chattering penguin colony, scout for whales and dolphins in a Zodiac, or try your luck on a snowshoeing expedition. Expert guides are not just there to keep you safe, but to help bring this incredible environment to life. Beyond helping with photography tips or pointing out a fin in the water, they’ll expand your knowledge of the Antarctic region’s geology, history and biology with regular talks. Expect to return home from this voyage of a lifetime as a committed polar advocate.

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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.

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.

The Impacts of this Trip

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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