Antarctica Christmas cruise

“Spend an unforgettable Christmas in one of the planet’s most remote and magical destinations, with a small ship cruise to Antarctica.”

Highlights

Ushuaia | Beagle Channel | Drake Passage | South Shetlands | Antarctica | See wildlife including whales, penguins, seals and dolphins | Superb onboard amenities including pool and gym | Expert lectures on Antarctic wildlife, geology and history |

Description of Antarctica Christmas cruise

If you’re looking for a different, and seriously exciting, way to spend Christmas, then this Antarctic Christmas cruise aboard a luxurious expedition vessel will float your boat. Small ship cruising is the best way to explore the Great White Continent, allowing you to reach areas that larger cruise ships cannot while at the same time lessening the impact on local communities.

You’ll board your ship in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city (departures are carefully timed to avoid most of the crowds in this popular resort) and travel via the legendary Beagle Channel and Drake Passage to the southern Shetlands and the Antarctic peninsula, and an incredible concentration of wildlife.

Here are bustling colonies of penguins, the deafening cacophony of fur and elephant seals barking away, dolphins skipping in the wake of the ship, and unimaginable numbers of seabirds. You may even catch sight of whales. For the passionate wildlife enthusiast, and photographers, this voyage will make an unforgettable Christmas.

Over 11 days you’ll explore on foot, by Zodiac boat, perhaps do a little kayaking. You’ll linger on the observation decks, camera never far from hand. You’ll be kept informed and entertained by a series of fascinating onboard lectures on Antarctic wildlife, geology and history. And who’s to say Father Christmas won’t pay a visit anyway?

Seeing these pristine landscapes and the wildlife that inhabits them is both affecting and humbling. As the Antarctic becomes ever more accessible due to climate change, travelling here will become more common, and also controversial. But expedition cruises such as this, aboard smaller ships, not only minimise your impact, they also serve to benefit organisations such as the Antarctic Science Foundation. If you don’t come back a dedicated polar activist we’ll be surprised!

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18 Dec 2020
£8065
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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
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.
Community

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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