Beyond the Antarctic Circle 13 DaysAboard: SH Vega
Embark on this adventure trip of a lifetime on board our boutique ice-class expedition ship. Our once-in-a-lifetime trip provides you with the best of an Antarctica cruise combined with the unique flora and fauna of The South Shetland Islands. Test your mettle as you cross the notorious Drake Passage to reach the world’s most beautiful ice-filled waters where magnificent icebergs creak and breaching minke and humpback whales swim gracefully. Breathe in the icy air on this life-changing voyage across the southern seas and capture memories in your mind that will last a lifetime.
- Dare to brave the notoriously rough two-day Drake Passage sea crossing
- Compare monumental icebergs in the Gerlache Strait and Antarctic Sound as you head to the Weddell Sea
- Get up close to hundreds of penguins as they gather in their thousands in their natural habitat
- Keep an eye out at sea for breaching whales and huge albatross overhead
- Listen to our engaging polar experts and learn tips from our team of experienced photographers
- Kayaking options available (select departures - fees apply)
- Return regional flights to the port of embarkation and/or disembarkation (where specified)
- Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
- One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
- All meals onboard
- 24-hour room service
- Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
- Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
- Standard WiFi
- Onboard gratuities and port taxes
- One selected shore excursion/expedition activity per port of call
- Expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions
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Ushuaia is the gateway to the White Continent. Found at the southernmost tip of South America in Argentinian Patagonia, the city is often described as “the End of the World”. The city’s mountain backdrop rises above the harbour and entrance to the Beagle Channel. The town itself is walkable and has a few small museums as well as pubs, restaurants and cafes - a good place to try Patagonian lamb cooked over open fire pits.
As you cruise to your next port of call, spend the day at sea savouring the ship’s facilities and learning about your destination’s many facets from the knowledgeable onboard experts. Listen to an enriching talk, indulge in a relaxing treatment at the spa, work out in the well-equipped gym, enjoy some down- time in your cabin, share travel reminiscences with newly found friends: the options are numerous.
Should the weather and sea ice conditions be on our side, we’ll venture into the Antarctic Circle to Marguerite Bay. Located below 66°33' South, this region is rarely visited due to the almost year-round sea ice. Here we’ll be searching for the whale pods that frequent the area, leopard seals, Adélie penguin rookeries and other birdlife. There are also several scientific research bases here that we can land at if conditions are favourable.
Among captivating glaciers, majestic icebergs and snowy islands, the Antarctic Peninsula is where most visitors to the White Continent will live out their Antarctica dream. The Antarctic Peninsula, the most accessible area of the continent, hosts several scientific bases and some of the most interesting wildlife scenery, such as the extremely photogenic Lemaire Channel. Shore excursions might include Petermann Island, where among Adelie penguins, blue-eyed shags and skuas, huge, lumbering elephant seals haul out.
South Shetland Islands
While the South Shetlands’ proximity to Antarctica makes the ice-bound sea impassable during winter (April to November), these are the first islands to see snow melt in spring (March) and the slightly warmer temperature means that the fauna is also different from what you see in Antarctica proper. As we go ashore by Zodiac, notice ferns, grasses, lichens and native flora that have more in common with Patagonia than they do with Antarctica.
Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship’s observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea gives you the opportunity to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip or head to our library which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert’s view in one of our on-board lectures or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from our onboard professional photographers.
Nestled in the foothills of the snow-capped Martial Range, Ushuaia’s colourful streets and mismatched buildings cascade from the imposing mountains before coming to an abrupt halt at the shores of the Beagle Channel. As one of the world’s southernmost cities, Ushuaia carries its ‘end of the world’ reputation well. The moody weather and dramatic surroundings certainly help. Board your boutique ship before departing for your journey through one of the most captivating wilderness regions of the world.
A view from Above
Launching in April 2022 the magnificent SH Vega will offer elegant 5-star boutique accommodation aboard a ship that has been decorated in a Scandi-design style to provide ultimate comfort and enjoyment. With an intimate atmosphere, the ship carries just 152 guests and has been built to allow for exploration in off the beaten path destinations, including the Polar regions. With a PC5 ice-strengthened hull combined with extra-large stabilisers, all journeys will be very smooth and comfortable.
All areas of the vessel are decorated and furnished in a sophisticated style, with wide open public spaces and unobstructed views throughout the ship. Features of this luxury vessel will include a wonderful al-fresco dining area surrounding a heated outdoor pool, a wellness area with state-of-the-art gym, jacuzzi and sauna with breathtaking sea views, a beautiful main restaurant, welcoming club lounge and supremely comfortable observation lounge.
The 76 staterooms are equally stylish. From the standard staterooms to amazing suites, each room is luxurious, cosy and expertly designed. Each room features a luxury en-suite bathroom and living area, whilst higher category rooms also feature balconies, spacious walk-in wardrobes and separate living rooms.
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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
I want to thank you for all you did to make my recent Falklands trip run so smoothly and comfortably. Thank you for all your help over the diet too.Dr Lorna Mairs
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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