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Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands 10 Days

Prices From £6,487pp
October to March | 9 nights

Single Cabins Available

Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands 10 Days

Aboard: Ocean Albatros Ocean Victory

Join this classic Antarctica cruise to discover the enchanting lands of the Great White Continent. With incredible wildlife including countless penguins and whales, and unforgettable scenery of snow-capped mountains and iceberg-filled waterways, Antarctica really is a place like no other.

On this exciting trip you will travel in the company of an expert expedition crew aboard a brand-new luxury vessel that is one of the most modern and stylish small ship vessels on the market. Each day will bring a new adventure, with guided shore visits and Zodiac (small boat) cruises bringing you up-close to the action. Land at penguin rookeries, research stations and impressive viewpoints as you discover what makes these southern lands so incredible.

Various departures available aboard 2 different vessels. Mentioned activities may not be applicable to all departure dates. Please enquire for full rates and dates.

Highlights

  • Step foot on the Antarctic Peninsula!
  • Experience incredible scenery at every turn
  • Witness a variety of Antarctica wildlife including penguins, whales, seals and a myriad of birdlife
  • Enjoy thrilling Zodiac excursions and memorable shore visits
  • Learn all there is to know about this remarkable continent through a programme of informative lectures, workshops and presentations
  • Special photo workshop included!
  • Kayaking available (select departures - costs apply)

What's Included

  • 10-day cruise with accommodation in a shared double stateroom featuring ensuite facilities
  • Full board accommodation aboard ship including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
  • Free tea and coffee 24 hours daily
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails
  • Zodiac excursions and shore landings throughout
  • Guiding and lectures delivered by a knowledgeable and experienced expedition team
  • Photo workshop
  • Expedition parka
  • Rental of rubber boots
  • Digital visual journal link after voyage including voyage log, gallery, species list and more

Single Cabins Available

This vessel offers single occupancy cabins, which is a perfect option for solo travellers. Travelling alone is often the best way to see the world. No responsibilities, no difficult choices and no trying to please anyone else…just you, your itinerary and your adventurous spirit!

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Take advantage of our vast experience, passion and expertise to help you hand craft the perfect Antarctica adventure for you.

Simon Rowland Senior Travel Expert

With a lifetime of unforgettable nature and adventure based travel under his belt, Simon shares his passion, enthusiasm and hands-on experience to help create the perfect itinerary for every client.

Zoe Savage-Morton Travel Specialist

With countless travel experiences and an enduring hunger for adventure, Zoe knows exactly what’s needed to craft a holiday of a lifetime. Her experience and generosity of spirit are legendary and she’ll help you build an itinerary that will make all your dreams come true.

Michael Gardiner Senior Travel Expert

Mike has more than fifteen years hands-on experience in the industry, travelling to some of the most incredible wild places on the planet. His far-reaching knowledge and invaluable skills will ensure that your wildlife travel adventure is a dream come true.

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Ushuaia - Embark
1Day

Ushuaia - Embark

Your Antarctica trip begins in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, where having arrived independently you will make your way to the port to board your expedition vessel in the afternoon. As you settle in to your comfortable home for the next 9 nights, we will set sail through the incredibly scenic Beagle Channel and begin our journey towards Antarctica.

You may wish to arrive in Ushuaia a couple of days before departure to allow you time to explore this quaint city and the hiker’s paradise of nearby Tierra del Fuego. Please enquire should you require any advice or help in organising this.

At Sea - Drake Passage
2 - 3Days

At Sea - Drake Passage

The next 2 days will be spent at sea sailing across the legendary Drake Passage. The Drake Passage is notoriously changeable, but your exceptional purpose-built vessel is more than equipped to deal with any crossing with ease. Whilst on board you can make the most of the ship’s fantastic facilities, attend some of the informative lectures and presentations on offer, spend time on deck looking out for seabirds and whales following the ship, or simply relax and prepare for your time in Antarctica.

As we get closer to the South Shetland Islands and the first of many icebergs start to appear on the horizon, we may spot our first seals or penguins and the excitement will build as we get ready for our first landings.

South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula
4 - 7Days

South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Over the next days, we will begin the exciting Antarctic experience our ancestors only dreamed of. During these days we will explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain and be marveled by the captivating landscapes we will encounter along the way. Weather permitting, our projected landfalls include: King George Island; Deception Island, an extinct volcano with waters warm enough for a polar swim; and Half Moon Island with nesting Wilson's storm petrels and chinstrap penguins. As the white shimmer of Antarctica looms on our horizon, the presence of wildlife multiples by tens of thousands with many species of lively penguins, inquisitive seals, nesting birds and the spray of marine mammals. Wildlife abounds along our projected route along the Antarctic Peninsula: leopard, fur and Weddell seals of Cuverville Island; humpback whales of Gerlache Strait; Paradise Bay; the dramatic Lemaire Channel's orcas and much more. The itinerary and activities over these next days depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the captain and expedition leader and communicated to guests through regularly scheduled briefings. Please note that all the outings and landings rely on weather, sea and ice conditions being favorable both for the ship to access the areas, as for the zodiacs and kayaks to maneuver under adequate conditions, ensuring the safety of all our passengers and staff. For this reason, during moments of harsh weather and throughout the entire trip, our ships offer excellent public areas such as wellness/sauna, restaurant, bar and a library for our passengers to spend their spare time. Our ships are staffed by experts in the field who will also share great lectures along the way, ranging from exploration history to biology, geology, ice and wildlife.

At Sea - Drake Passage
8 - 9Days

At Sea - Drake Passage

Sadly, it’s time to say goodbye to Antarctica as we make our way back into the Drake Passage for our return journey to Ushuaia. Relax in the comfortable surroundings of your ship with a drink and chat with your new-found friends, join the activities designed to commemorate your trip, enjoy the last of the lecture and presentation programme, or spend time collating and editing the countless pictures you will have taken.

As we get closer to the Beagle Channel we plan to cruise past Cape Horn, a legendary maritime landmark and the southern tip of South America.

Ushuaia - Disembark
10Day

Ushuaia - Disembark

Having sailed through the Beagle Channel overnight, we will arrive back in Ushuaia in the morning and disembark after breakfast. There are multiple options available for extending your stay in South America, including discovering more of Argentina and trips into Brazil. Please enquire for further details should this be of interest.

A view from Above

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Ocean Albatros
Luxury  first class vessel

Ocean Albatros

The brand-new (November 2022) Ocean Albatros has been built to the highest Polar code 6 and Ice class 1A and is the ideal vessel for small-ship cruising due to its sturdy construction and X-Bow®-Infinity class, which provides high stability in rough weather and allows for the smoothest movements on high waves. Designed to surpass environmentally friendly standards, the Ocean Albatros is part of the Green Initiative Program and is a low-energy vessel with 4 diesel engines and 2 electro engines, all controlled electronically to optimize speed and fuel consumption. The ship will have more than a 50% lower carbon footprint than traditional expedition vessels. The vessel also features a Solas 2012 classification which facilitates a safe return to port. The 95 very comfortable and stylishly furnished staterooms and suites, which are split into 9 different categories with varying features, all offer unobstructed sea views and the majority of these also offer a private balcony. 12 dedicated solo travel cabins are also available without a single supplement. The communal areas on board this high-end vessel include 2 restaurants, an Albatros Nordic Bar, a fantastic panorama sauna, open-air swimming pool with lounging deck and jacuzzis, an open deck dining area, wellness area with gym and Polar spa, an observation lounge, boutique giftshop and a modern lecture theatre.

Ocean Victory
Luxury  first class vessel

Ocean Victory

The luxury, brand-new (November 2021) Ocean Victory expedition vessel is one of the most modern and stylish small ship vessels on the market. With the highest Polar code 6 and Ice class 1A, this sturdy vessel features X-Bow®-Infinity class, which provides high stability in rough weather and allows for the smoothest movements on high waves. Designed to surpass environmentally friendly standards, the Ocean Victory is part of the Green Initiative Program and is a low-energy vessel with 4 diesel engines and 2 electro engines, all controlled electronically to optimize speed and fuel consumption. The vessel also features a Solas 2012 classification which facilitates a safe return to port. The 93 very comfortable and stylishly furnished staterooms and suites, which are split into 9 different categories with varying features, all offer unobstructed sea views and the majority of these also offer a private balcony. Dedicated solo travel cabins are also available without a single supplement. The communal areas on board this high-end vessel include several restaurants, a Nordic Bar, a BBQ deck, open-air swimming pool with lounging deck and jacuzzi, wellness area with gym and Polar spa, an observation lounge, library, boutique giftshop and a modern lecture theatre.

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Now that I am back from my odyssey voyage, I thought I would let you know that after all that planning it really did exceed my expectations – we managed landings everywhere even on Tristan da Cuhna and had great bird sightings. The guides all knew what they were talking about too and made sure I got some great photos – still sorting them all out! Thanks for everything and see you at Birdfair!

Dave Martin

Overall I think that it was an excellent trip that was well worth the price paid and I would have no hesitation recommending your company to others.

Steve Sutton

Just a quick note to express my sincere thanks to you and all your staff for making this an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. Truly a mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken.

Mr J Borg, Malta

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