New years Antarctica cruise

“What a way to see in the New Year – with an unforgettable small ship cruise through the frozen beauty of Antarctica. ”

Highlights

Antarctica small ship cruise | Spend New Year at the Great White Continent | Ushuaia | South Shetlands | Drake Passage | Beagle Channel | Luxurious expedition vessel with fitness suite, pool and sauna | Optional excursions include kayaking, snowshoeing and Zodiac cruises | Expert talks on Antarctic research, history, wildlife and geology | See whales, penguins, seals, seabirds and much more |

Description of New years Antarctica cruise

If you’re looking to do something a little different next New Year, then opt for a small ship cruise through one of the most spectacular landscapes on Earth – Antarctica, the Great White Continent.

Hear the immense crack of icebergs calving off towering glaciers. Watch as whales and dolphins breach the surface of the chilly waters. Set off in a kayak or a Zodiac boat to roam pristine coastline where seals perch on rocks. Strap on a pair of snowshoes to visit a teeming penguin colony or a scientific research station. Then return to the luxuriously fitted expedition vessel for a hot chocolate, and perhaps to warm up in the onboard sauna, or even with a yoga session.

A small ship cruise is the ideal way to explore Antarctica. Not only does it enable you to visit areas that a larger ship could not, but it has a lower impact on fragile communities such as Ushuaia that can be swamped on arrival and departure days. But perhaps most importantly of all – due to strict limits on the number of passengers that can be ashore at any one time in Antarctica, travelling on a small ship means you will spend much less time standing around. Not on a shore visit? Then you can be in a Zodiac, or a kayak.

When not out and about, much of your time onboard will be naturally spent on the observation deck, a must for photographers hoping to catch that one epic shot of a whale breaching. But the expert crew will also provide regular briefings on all things Antarctica – the wildlife, the history of polar exploration, the geology of the landscapes. Expect to return home a dedicated ambassador and with an enormous volume of stories to tell.

This New Year, it’s time to push the boat out.

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27 Dec 2020
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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.
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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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