Antarctic Peninsula & Weddell Sea cruise

“Fortune favours the brave on this Antarctic expedition which follows in the wake of Shackleton via the wildlife prolific realms of the South Shetlands and Weddell Sea. ”

Highlights

Sail through the Beagle Channel | South Shetland Islands | lectures on deck (weather permitting) | search for penguins, seals, whales and petrels | sunrise over the Weddell Sea | Hope Bay and Argentine Station Esperanza | Gerlache Strait | gentoo penguin colonies on Cuverville Island | sail into the flooded volcanic caldera of Deception Island | visit Elephant Island | All expeditions are subject to change due to the weather or potential wildlife sightings |

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17 Dec 2016
£ 11999
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27 Dec 2016
£ 8690
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07 Jan 2017
£ 11990
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10 Jan 2017
£ 5350
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17 Jan 2017
£ 8690
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07 Feb 2017
£ 5590
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11 Feb 2017
£ 11990
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21 Feb 2017
£ 8690
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30 Dec 2017
£ 12250
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09 Jan 2018
£ 9170
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10 Jan 2018
£ 6290
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13 Jan 2018
£ 12250
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23 Jan 2018
£ 9170
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24 Jan 2018
£ 7690
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20 Feb 2018
£ 5399
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26 Nov 2018
£ 7999
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Our top tip:
Icy winds and sea spray will dampen any Zodiac ride if you
Trip type:
Small ship expedition cruise. Max 134 passengers. Min age 18.
Activity level:
Moderate/Challenging. Drake Passage can be intense.
Accomm:
10 nights en-suite external facing triple, twin or single cabins. Ship also features: gym, internet, bar, restaurant, library and sauna.
Included:
Accommodation, listed activities, and lecture programme by noteable Polar experts.
Meals:
All meals, snacks and hot drinks.
Solos:
Singles can share same gender cabins or single supps apply.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Antarctic Peninsula & Weddell Sea cruise

Environment

On our Antarctic Peninsula & Weddell Sea expeditions we are committed to the conservation of the places we visit.

This is why the company has calculated the average CO2 emissions of its Arctic and Antarctic Voyages and will automatically offset each clientís share of emissions via the charity Rainforest Concernís new Rainforest4Climate programme We will also automatically offset the carbon emissions of flights booked through the company for its polar expeditions.

Our Antarctic expedition ships are smaller, less imposing on the polar landscape than the bigger cruise ships. Group landings by zodiac are more easily managed and a low ratio of leaders to passengers provides a personalised, added value experience. Your onboard natural history experts, through guided walks and evening talks, reveal the wonders of Antarctic scenery and wildlife. In this way you will be introduced to some of the local and global conservation issues which this fragile habitat faces.

Our Antarctic expedition trips are made under full membership of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) and as such abide by their strict codes of conduct. Encounters with all wildlife are controlled by strict responsible codes of conduct.

Community

The areas we visit throughout Antarctica and the subAntarctic region have no permanent population other than the researchers who reside seasonally or overwinter at bases in the Peninsula and the Antarctic Islands. There is a good rapport between such station staff and our small expedition ships, we bring passengers to appreciate their work, offer company and discussion and also bring their otherwise underused cash to uniquely spend on what service or souvenir they offer. At Vernadsky station for example the friendly Ukrainian researchers are happy to provide us with a tour of their laboratories- the place where the Ozone hole was first discovered, share news and stories, join us for a beer or vodka at their bar and of course sell stamps and postcards which can take up to a year to arrive! Help is also given to scientists and station personnel if they need to be transferred from South America to their working places in the Antarctic , and vice versa.

Reviews of Antarctic Peninsula & Weddell Sea cruise

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the vacations.

I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 09 Feb 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The close sighting of a pod of Orca attacking a Humpbacked Whale and penguins. Bird watching from the ship. Visiting the mainland at Neko Harbour. The ideal size of the ship and friendliness of the other passengers and crew.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't bother taking your own warm boots. Those provided were perfectly adequate with our own waterproof walking shoes for deck walking.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A wonderful experience

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