Antarctic peninsula cruise adventure

“This 11-day expedition cruise offers a classic Antarctic experience, with daily activities you can pick and choose to create your perfect trip.”

Highlights

Ushuaia | Drake Passage | Antarctic Peninsula | Gerlache coastline | South Shetland Islands | Cape Horn | Activity options include: Guided hikes onshore, wildlife spotting with naturalist guides, photography workshops, visits to historic huts & research stations, zodiac cruising, sea kayaking and camping.

Description of Antarctic peninsula cruise adventure

This classic 11-day expedition cruise offers the perfect introduction to Antarctica’s spectacular landscapes, seascapes and wildlife. You’ll enjoy towering icebergs, pristine snow-covered glaciers and the option to choose which activities you want to do every day, creating an Antarctic adventure tailored to your unique interests.

Each day you’ll explore by small zodiac boats, making shore landings in the company of expert polar guides; naturalists, environmentalists and scientists who will give you a greater understanding of the environment, wildlife and birdlife you will see during your trip. Excursions and activities are themed by interests – so you can enjoy the continent and its unique wildlife through photography workshops, visits to working research stations, zodiac boat trips to spot whales or seals, and onshore hiking tours for example. Or if you’re feeling particularly adventurous why not opt for a sea-kayaking or overnight camping excursion.

Highlights of this quintessential Antarctic experience include the mountain-backed Gerlache coastline, a visit to the South Shetland Islands, and if the weather permits, transiting the stunning Lemaire Channel. On the way the back to South America, travelling back through the Drake Passage and rounding the legendary Cape Horn offers you one final iconic maritime adventure.

The itinerary below is based on sailing Ushuaia to Ushuaia on board the RCGS Resolute. Other similar ships are available and may travel from and to Punta Arenas in Chile instead. Not all activities will be available to you on all ships so please enquire for more details.

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20 Dec 2018
US $ 10995
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01 Mar 2019
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04 Mar 2019
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11 Mar 2019
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21 Mar 2019
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24 Mar 2019
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Antarctic peninsula cruise adventure

Environment

As part of our commitment to our customers and to the destinations that we offer, we place a huge emphasis on ensuring that every expedition we offer is operated in the most conscientious and environmentally friendly manner as possible. This itinerary will take you to discover one of the most wildly remote and seldom visited areas in the world. These pristine lands are protected by a strict code of conduct that has been developed to protect the continent’s unique environment and wildlife. Outlined in the Antarctic Treaty as being a continent dedicated to peace, science and tourism, the rule here is to leave nothing but footprints, and take nothing but memories and pictures. As part of our ongoing commitment we solely work with operators who are active members of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and who therefore strictly adhere to the rules and guidelines that have been put in place to protect this remarkable part of the world.

The operators of your expedition take their commitments to Antarctica very seriously and have a wide range of stringent practices in place to ensure that this commitment is upheld. This includes everything from provisioning and supply to waste management and fuel consumption. The operators are dedicated to minimising their impact on the fragile environments in which they operate and hold world class standards and procedures that are a model to other expedition companies.

As well as your operator’s commitment to protecting the environments they visit through their day-to-day practices they are also exceptionally committed to their ongoing scientific contributions. This includes funding and supporting scientific research aboard their vessels, including the collection of data for critical meteorological and oceanographic studies, and tagging and tracking migrant whale populations for scientific research. The renowned wildlife experts in the team have also been instrumental in providing access to some of the world’s most notable organisations to help them to better protect the wildlife of Antarctica. The company also support and fundraise for numerous wildlife charities that carry out vastly important work in terms of conservation for Polar wildlife including the South Georgia Heritage Trust, Scott Polar Research Institute and Oceanites.

As a team of passionate wildlife enthusiasts ourselves, conservation efforts are at the forefront of everything we do and we support many wildlife organisations worldwide including Save the Albatross, Wader Quest and the South Georgia Habitat Restoration Project. We find that our clients generally come back from our wildlife expeditions with a higher degree of environmental awareness and often become advocates and supporters of wildlife conservation. We actively encourage our customers upon return to donate to charities such as those which we and our Polar partners support.

As a visitor to this exceptional part of the world, you will be expected to uphold your own commitments to travelling in a conscientious, respectful and environmentally friendly manner. Before departure you will receive an information pack which will contain practical information on how to minimise your impact on the Antarctica environment. This includes information on appropriate waste disposal, behaviour on land, and in particular around the continent’s fascinating wildlife population, ensuring that flora and vegetation is not damaged, and respecting the scientific operations that you may come across on your trip. Throughout your trip your vastly experienced expedition team will be on hand to ensure that every element of your trip is carried out in line with the strict guidelines in place.

As a company we firmly believe that environmental responsibility starts at home. We encourage recycling of waste as a company and as individuals, and all pre-departure information is sent electronically unless otherwise requested. For business use we use public transport where possible and we are also heavily involved with a project to recycle used or damaged binoculars, which are then sent to conservation projects across the world.

Community

As you will be visiting one of the most remote and unpopulated regions in the world you will be unlikely to encounter any humans other than those you will be travelling with. However, we may at some stage of the trip meet some of the researchers who seasonally reside here. Not only may your visit offer a friendly new face and break from the norm for these hardy scientists who are carrying out exceptionally important work, but it will also provide you with a deeper insight into the ongoing struggles to protect the environment and wildlife of this remarkable area. As part of the Antarctic Treaty guidance, any visits to scientific research stations will be agreed fully in advance and guidelines will be given to ensure that any visits do not encroach on the work being carried out. This includes not interfering with or removing scientific equipment or marker posts and not disturbing experimental study sites, supplies or field camps.

Your Antarctica voyage will begin and end in South America and we recommend spending some extra time either in Ushuaia or Punta Arenas to sample the local cultures. Our team of destination experts can offer first-hand advice on where to stay to ensure that local, responsible accommodation providers are being utilised, local bars and restaurants, the best places to purchase souvenirs (to ensure the proceeds are going directly to the vendors), and locally-managed tour providers should you wish to venture further afield. As part of your trip provider’s commitment to the communities in which they operate, the majority of food supplies will be sourced locally from the destination ports.

As a company we are proud of our principle based values which our community can always depend on. We support several home and overseas charities, organisations and campaigns including the aforementioned, and sponsorship of individual and underprivileged children in many countries. We are committed to ethically working with overseas partners who employ and support local communities and local guides who know and love their region like no other, are delighted to share knowledge and are dedicated to looking after our valued passengers.

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