Antarctica discovery cruise

“Antarctica, the ultimate destination for explorers and photographers, unfolds before you on this thrilling 11-day polar cruise.”


Antarctica | Ushuaia | South Shetlands | Drake Passage | Beagle Channel | Luxurious expedition vessel with sauna, fitness suite and saltwater pool | Zodiac cruises, snowshoeing and kayaking excursions | Expert-led talks on Antarctic biology, geology and history | See whales, penguins, seabirds, seals and many more wildlife species |

Description of Antarctica discovery cruise

The spellbinding landscapes and wildlife of Antarctica are unfurled on a small ship cruise that offers a more environmentally friendly and more convenient way to explore one of the world’s final frontiers.

Setting off from Ushuaia at the far southern tip of Argentina, you sail through the Beagle Channel and Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula and a frozen world, where vast icebergs calf from glaciers, an unspoilt wilderness shaped by the harsh Antarctic climate.

You’ll sail aboard a luxuriously equipped expedition vessel with its own fitness suite, sauna and saltwater pool. Perhaps start your day with a yoga session, before spending a few hours on the observation deck, camera close to hand, before a shore excursion. You might be snowshoeing out to visit a research base, photographing a teeming penguin colony (the noise and smell take many by surprise), or climbing into a kayak to gently paddle between icefloes in search of seals or whales. Then in the afternoon after returning to the ship, you might ease into a chair in the lounge for a fascinating talk on Antarctic history or geology from one of the expert crew.

A small ship cruise is the best way to see these pristine but delicate landscapes, able to slip into waterways and ports that a larger vessel cannot, and having less of an impact due to carrying fewer passengers. But of most importance is that you will not be wasting any time. If you’re not on a shore excursion you can be in a Zodiac boat, or a kayak – there’s no standing around for hours waiting for your turn.

For passionate wildlife photographers, and dedicated explorers, there are few destinations so enticing as the great White Continent. A small ship cruise of Antarctica will prove to be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.

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11 Nov 2021
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29 Dec 2021
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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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