Antarctic Vessel Partners
Our Arctic & Antarctic Expedition Partners and Vessels
Wildfoot Travel works in close partnership with all the principal Arctic and Antarctic expedition cruise ship companies operating in the Polar regions. That means we work hard to find the right ship and the right expedition for you, whether your requirements are for luxurious surroundings on board, adventure options such as kayaking or mountaineering, specialist programmes like photography or birdwatching, small or larger ships. If you would like to visit The Arctic or Antarctica, we'll find the perfect expedition cruise ship and the right expedition company for you.
Antarctica XXI offers an alternative route for those who wish to avoid the sometimes stormy crossing of the Drake Passage or for those who are short of time but still seek an authentic Antarctic experience. Options include flights in either or both directions from Punta Arenas to King George Island in the South Shetlands. Where one crossing is included, it is to or from Ushuaia. Expeditions are all to the Antarctica Peninsula with two trips extending to the Polar Circle.
Is a single ship operator sailing in and out of Ushuaia. This Antarctic cruise ship offers good quality mid-range accommodation in twin cabins and suites only for a maximum of 84 passengers. This company does not offer any adventure options apart from standard zodiac landings and cruising. Expeditions are to the Antarctic Peninsula with Polar Circle options, Falklands & South Georgia and the Weddell Sea
An Australian operator offering a range of itineraries, including flight options from Punta Arenas in Chile to King George Island in the South Shetlands, thus avoiding one Drake Passage crossing or Santiago to Port Stanley in the Falklands. Adventure options include kayaking, scuba, climbing, etc. Expeditions cover the Antarctic Peninsula, with Polar Circle options, South Georgia and the Weddell Sea
is one of the best value operators, offering classic Antarctic itineraries on board a good, mid-range comfortable ship carrying just over 100 passengers. Apart from the first itinerary of the season, which embarks in Buenos Aires, all trips are from and to Ushuaia. Adventure options of kayaking and camping. Routes are to the Antarctic Peninsula, Polar Circle, Weddell Sea and Falklands - South Georgia
An established German luxury cruise company operating two, purpose-built expedition ships, which offer a 5 star onboard service without compromising the expedition experience of zodiac cruising, etc. One ship arrives in Antarctica from Cape Town via Tristan da Cunha and South Georgia. The other ship leaves Ushuaia at the end of the season and sails via the Ross Sea to New Zealand. Itineraries within Antarctica are on the Shackleton route in and out of Ushuaia.
is a New Zealand based operator specialising in bird and wildlife orientated expeditions from New Zealand via sub-Antarctic islands to the Ross Sea region on board a small Antarctic cruise ship with accommodation for just 50 passengers. Facilities are basic but comfortable. Ross Sea route only
A Dutch company sailing two ships in the region with a range of itineraries. Good, mid-range accommodation and service and the best selection of adventure options, such as kayaking, camping on ice, mountaineering, and scuba, including a unique'Basecamp' facility on some departures. One ship also has ship-borne helicopter options. Itineraries include Antarctic Peninsula, Polar Circle, Weddell Sea, Falklands, South Georgia
operates two Russian research vessels converted to basic Antarctic cruise ships each carrying less than 100 passengers in good quality, mid range accommodation. Lots of adventure and activity options including skiing, camping, overnight kayaking and specialist photography workshops. Operates classic routes to Peninsula, Polar Circle, Falklands and South Georgia
A new American company, established in 2013 by a group of professionals with years of experience in operating ship-borne expeditions in the polar regions. The company is specialising in the upper end of the market and has taken on long lease the luxury Antarctic cruise ship Hebridean Sky, an ice-category ship which was previously known as Corinthian II. Operates to the Antarctic Peninsula, plus Falklands & South Georgia.
Companie du Ponant
A French line with three Antarctic cruise ships, each a luxury, purpose built expedition vessel offering a five star experience with a French flavour without compromising the expedition experience. Ships carry up to 200 passengers in a combination of twin or double cabins and suites. There are no adventure options. Antarctic Peninsula and Shackleton route options
One of the best known ship-borne adventure companies, offering a wide range of Antarctic itineraries with a choice of three different Antarctic cruise ships, including one all-suite vessel. Flexible accommodation options to suit singles, couples and those seeking adventure facilities. Operates to the Peninsula, Polar Circle and Shackleton route.
A British 5-6 star cruise line with a purpose-built, luxury expedition ship with ice-strengthened hull and a full fleet of zodiacs for ice and shore landings and excursions. Accommodation is in a selection of spacious cabins and suites with butler and room-service options. Immaculate service throughout. Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula options
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