Antarctic expedition cruise, two weeks

“Leave civilisation behind for a cruise of the Antarctic Circle aboard a luxurious small ship, with expert lectures and incredible wildlife.”


Sail aboard a luxurious expedition vessel | Sauna, swimming pool and gym | Ushuaia | Beagle Channel | Drake Passage | South Shetlands | Antarctica | Zodiac boat expeditions | Options for kayaking and snowshoeing | See whales, penguins and much more wildlife | Expert lectures and photography tips |

Description of Antarctic expedition cruise, two weeks

Set sail for another world on a small ship cruise of the mysterious and beautiful Antarctic. Board a luxurious expedition vessel in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, to spend two weeks exploring this fascinating region’s landscapes and wildlife.

There are many reasons to consider a small ship cruise, from lower pollution to an ability to reach waterways and harbours off limits to larger vessels. But in the Antarctic what’s key is this: in a protected landscape there are strict regulations regarding how many people can be ashore at one time, so if you’re on a large cruise ship then you’ll spend a lot of your time waiting for your turn. On a small ship, if you’re not on a shore excursion – trekking, snowshoeing, photographing vast colonies of penguins and seals – then you can be out on kayaks, or roaming the coastline in a Zodiac boat. Small ships equal more fun.

From Ushuaia you’ll pass through two legendary waterways, the Beagle Channel and the Drake Passage, before reaching the South Shetlands and the Antarctic Peninsula. The scenery here is utterly entrancing – towering icebergs floating in the freezing waters, snowbound mountains and all completely silent. When not on excursions, most travellers spend a great deal of their time on the observation decks, and who can blame them? You may see whales and dolphins from the ship, and scores of seabirds taking flight.

In the afternoons and evenings, expert lecturers provide entertaining and informative talks on the region’s unique geology, history and wildlife. Expect to return home a committed polar ambassador. It’s humbling to appreciate the fragility of the Antarctic region and how human activity is affecting it. Your voyage will take every effort to lessen their impact, from taking every bit of waste home to using local food wherever possible, and staggering departures to reduce the strain on ports such as Ushuaia with limited infrastructure. Just one more reason to opt for a small ship cruise to see the Antarctic.

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26 Jan 2022
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25 Feb 2022
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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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