Antarctica expedition cruise, 11 days

“This classic expedition sails across the Drake Passage to what feels like the end of the Earth - but it does so in comfort, along with some of the world's greatest Polar experts.”

Highlights

Buenos Aires | Sailing the Beagle Channel | Ushuaia | Drake Passage | South Shetland Islands | Penguin and whale sightings | Zodiac trips around icebergs | Calving glaciers | "Polar plunge" into the water - optional!

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2017: 2 Feb, 11 Feb, 20 Feb
Our top tip:
It may be chilly but Antarctica is actually a desert - carry a bottle and drink plenty of water as you'll dehydrate much quicker than you think.
Trip type:
Small ship expedition. Age 8+
Activity level:
Leisurely. More challenging activities are all optional.
Accomm:
1 night hotel, 9 nights ship. Most cabins have views, all en suite.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Extra fee for single cabins, if available.
Included:
Accomm., hotel transfers, tour leader, specialist guides, listed activities, rubber boots, local flights.
Meals:
10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners.
Vouchers
Accepted
Vacation type

Expedition cruising

What is Expedition Cruising?
This is the name we give to cruising vacations which visit the Polar regions of Antarctica and the Arctic. Your small vessel will usually carry around 100 - 130 passengers, accompanied by a crew and Expedition Team consisting of experts in the local landscapes, wildlife and history of the islands you will be visiting. How does it work?
Your trip will consist of a combination of cruising and land based discovery. Days at sea will be spent admiring the view, photographing the sea birds and marine wildlife that you may encounter, cruising past stunning icebergs and attending the talks that your Expedition Team will be conducting.

Shore landings will be scheduled to take place weather permitting throughout your trip. Please be aware that due to adverse weather conditions all scheduled shore visits may not be possible, but traveling in the summer months increases our chances of favourable weather.

You will travel ashore in rigid inflatable boats (RIBS) known as zodiacs; a degree of physical mobility will be required for passengers to climb in and out.

What ship will I be traveling on?
Traveling with us to explore the Polar regions, you will be on one of two ships, more details about your particular vessel can be given by our travel consultants when you enquire about your particular date.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your vacation package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Antarctica expedition cruise, 11 days

The very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travelers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world we are exploring; to travel responsibly is at the heart of our commitment as a global tour operator.

To journey to Antarctica is to venture into a region like no other environment on Earth. A precious, wilderness of which approximately 98% is covered by ice averaging 1.9km thick and where the presence of man is limited to researchers, explorers and intrepid travelers. Journey with us into an awe inspiring white landscape on a tour designed to give our travelers the experience of a lifetime, while still protecting this most unique of environments.

Our partners on this trip are Expedition Cruising specialists with over 20 years’ experience operating polar cruises. All trips to this region adhere to the guidelines set out by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and Maritime Pollution Prevention (MARPOL).

All our ships burn Marine Gas Oil (MGO) a clean burning fuel with a low emission factor, conform to all international regulations governing the disposal of waste at sea, and use only eco-friendly laundry chemicals and room amenities.

Every cruise will be accompanied by an Expedition Team which will contain experts in polar history, marine biology and glaciology whose task it will be to ensure that travelers are fully aware of the potential environmental impact of their visit and how to limit it. Traveling in a small vessel carrying no more than 189 travelers, we limit the number of people on shore at any given time.

To protect this special environment there are certain guidelines that need following. For example, all travelers are required not to actively approach the wildlife but are given tips on getting great photos, such as settling a short distance away and letting the curious penguins approach you. It will be stressed that should this happen, you should never feed, touch or attempt to handle the birds and seals. Likewise you will notice that at sea our vessels never follow or ‘chase’ any marine mammals we encounter. If they come towards us, have your camera at the ready, but our crew will never act in such a way that could cause harm or distress to any creature.

Protected areas must be respected on shore. There are areas of ecological, historic or scientific value that may be encountered dependent on your landing point and it is imperative that these areas are not tampered or interfered with in any way. We want to keep Antarctica pristine. Litter must not be disposed of on land and waste disposed of on your vessel will be properly discarded upon our arrival back in Ushuaia.

As a company we are very aware of the negative effect carbon emissions have on our environment and as such operate a carbon neutral policy; offsetting the ground emissions of all our passengers on all our trips. On this particular journey that equates to 1,232kgs of carbon offset per passenger, per departure. We also offer all our travelers the opportunity to offset the cost of their international travel with us.

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