“Spend eleven days on board a small expedition/cruise ship, and Zodiac craft, in the company of like-minded travellers and experienced Antarctic experts.”

Highlights

Beagle Channel | Drake Passage | South Shetland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula | Drake Passage | Ushuaia | Anticipated animal sightings include: leopard seals, whales and several species of penguin |

Description of Antarctica cruise

This extraordinary eleven day expedition into the Antarctic places passengers onboard one of our incredible Antarctica cruise ships - the Ocean Adventurer, the Ocean Diamond, the Akademik Ioffe, or the Akademik Sergey Vavilov - with a catalogue of lifelong memories to inspire and enthral for a generation of adventurous travellers to follow.

There's just something about watching icebergs at dawn that really helps to start each and every day off in style and as this Antarctica cruise leads across Drake Passage towards Deception Island and the South Shetlands you'll be offered every opportunity to do just that, and much more besides.

Join a small group on an expedition ship that's designed to go where larger vessels simply can't reach. This eleven day cruise has been created to appeal to the adventurer within us all, and if you're keen on wildlife watching, natural photography or ornithology then Antarctica is all set to send your passion into overdrive as you zip by Zodiac or observe on deck, one of the most immaculate wilderness regions on the planet.

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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.

Environment
Charity:
We support a number of charitable causes in the Polar Regions, including the Underwater Bait Setter project. Since 2000, over 4 million albatross have been killed as a consequence of long line fishing. As most albatross species are now threatened with extinction, we have decided that it is important for us to get involved with a protection scheme. With our support, the Underwater Bait Setter project has developed a new piece of fishing equipment which prevents seabird bycatch by setting fishing hooks underwater.

Reducing Emissions and Waste:
Our eco-conscious approach means we travel to remote and pristine destinations differently than others in the industry. Our vessel burns Marine Gas Oil (MGO) – a clean burning fuel with a low emission factor- and despite being far more expensive, it is the only fuel we consider using. We also reduce consumption and emissions by tailoring our itinerary to operate at a more leisurely pace, rather than going full steam ahead at all times. Our smaller Zodiac landing crafts are more lightweight and nimble and they are powered by low-emission engines as well.

On Board Efforts:
We strictly adhere to all international policies regarding disposal of waste at sea and only use recycled and acid free paper on board and in brochures. Clients are also encouraged to recycle and reduce waste by providing a re-usable water bottle for the trip. Cabins are fitted with eco-friendly amenities and even the laundry is done with green detergents.

Staff and Client Preparation:
We have developed a comprehensive staff training and accreditation program which ensures that our staff is fully aware of responsible tourism issues and that they are kept updated with refresher courses. From safety to environmental sustainability, our team of lecturers, specialists and crew are able to pass vital information on clients in briefings. We also send extensive preparatory packs out to every group including guidelines from the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), of which our operators are a full voting member. We emphasise that the protection of this pristine yet fragile environment and its wildlife is at the forefront of what we do. This is driven by our ‘leave no trace’ policy, which includes being vigilant with litter disposal and avoiding approaching animals any closer than 5 metres.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Community:
Although this tour is predominantly concerned with dramatic natural landscapes and the many species of whale, penguin, seals and seabirds which inhabit these areas, we try to benefit local people where we can as well. Before we set out in Ushuaia, clients are encouraged to explore and to use local businesses. By supporting locally owned shops and using various other services and facilities, our money goes towards an increase of employment opportunities and growth of economy.

Local Sourcing:
We plan to take advantage of local products as a means of boosting communities local to us and reducing our carbon footprint on the whole. This is evident in the meals provided, which are created with sustainability in mind. Seafood, for example, will always be fresh and purchased based on the responsible management of the fishery for each particular species and will observe guidelines similar to the MSC and Audubon Society. Our gift shop only sells items which have been thoroughly researched as to where an item has come from, whether it has been produced fairly, what it is made of and distance it has had to travel.

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


Seeing Orcas in true Frozen Planet 'freeze frame'. If you can afford to go to Antarctica, do it!

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


Check out the ship(s), expedition team for professionalism. The operators were excellent in every respect. Ship for stability - it's very rough in the Drake Passage and having a team of experts who enthused their work showed all of the way through.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


No local people, only penguins, seals, whales and birds. Every consideration was given to impacts on the wildlife and the environment.

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


Excellent. Trip of a lifetime.

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