Immerse yourself in the raw beauty of the Great White Continent
Welcome to the pinnacle of expedition travel – Antarctica. It’s a place of extremes, where the wildlife and landscape paint a picture like nowhere else in the world. The extraordinary islands around the Antarctic Peninsula are a stunning reward for those who conquer the Drake Passage, and in the Antarctic’s barren beauty you'll encounter orcas, humpback whales, seals and penguins. Explore the ice-filled waters by Zodiac then set foot on the rock and ice that makes up this mysterious continent. Spend your voyage days and evenings enjoying a state-of-the-art ship, its health and wellness facilities and onboard lecture presentations with special guests. It may be the deep south, but you'll be riding high on this 11-day polar adventure.
This is the extended, 11-day version of our classic Antarctica cruise, perfect for first time explorers or seasoned adventurers. With an extra day on the Antarctic Peninsula, you will experience more of the Great White Continent.
Freezing is great but freedom is better. Customise your trip with a wide range of optional activities on top of regular Zodiac excursions. including kayaking, camping, photography masterclasses, onboard yoga, massage and even a polar plunge!
Our experienced leaders are experts in marine biology, glaciology and Antarctic history, and they’ll share their knowledge throughout the journey during a comprehensive lecture program. Depending on your voyage date, you may even hear from revered Australian media personalities Andrew Denton and Jennifer Byrne!
Get a larger personal touch, with each Intrepid polar expedition on board the Ocean Endeavour having one expedition crew member for every eight passengers. All of your needs will be covered!
Rest assured you will leave only footprints behind, with your expedition fully carbon offset, serving only sustainably sourced seafood and opting for biodegradable products over single-use plastics.
If you choose to book on the 22 November 2020 departure, you will be joined on board by award-winning Australian media personalities Andrew Denton and Jennifer Byrne. Denton is a revered interviewer, notably conducting poignant and in-depth discussions with the likes of Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Dr Jane Goodall, Michael Parkinson, Angelina Jolie, Madonna and numerous Australian personalities. He is a passionate advocate for Antarctica, having visited on multiple occasions. Byrne is a highly experienced media professional, working on Australian radio and television as a presenter, investigative journalist and foreign correspondent. Both Byrne and Denton will participate in the onboard presentation program on this voyage.
Although our ice-strengthened ships are big and sturdy, Antarctic waters can be unpredictable and rough. Some people may experience seasickness, especially through the Drake Passage and other open water crossings. Please be prepared with medications to combat this. There is also a doctor on board should you need further assistance.
Believe it or not, temperatures in the Antarctic can be freezing. And yet it can get surprisingly warm when the sun comes out, for instance, or with increased physical activity. It’s best to dress in layers when you journey outside and we’ll provide you with waterproof boots that are sturdy, warm and highly fashionable (in Antarctica, at least). Please see the 'Packing' section of the Essential Trip Information for details.
Depending on the weather, you’ll be zipping around in a Zodiac boat quite regularly to explore the area and search for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you dress appropriately and keep your camera safe and dry. Being cold and miserable is one thing, having no photos to show for it is another. Sturdy sea legs are needed for wet and dry landings from the boat, as well as on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. The Ocean Endeavour has a lift, but you’ll need to take the stairs to get to the gangway and some other parts of the ship that the lift does not provide access to.
The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure, and although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially in such a remote area. There are nearly 200 recognised sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands; the places mentioned in the itinerary may need to be changed to others (which are equally as interesting). We may also be confined to the ship during rough weather. The ship’s library and educational lectures are ideal ways to stay entertained, while the wellness spa, saunas, gym and yoga classes will keep you fresh for when the weather clears.
The Ocean Endeavour is a far cry from the expedition vessels of old and, just quietly, we're tipping it’s the place be in the 2021 Antarctic season.
Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20% of the full voyage cost (before any discount). The balance is due 95 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 95 days or more before departure – the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 95 days and departure – the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a Polar voyage.
ADVENTURE ADD ONS
Kayaking is available to book on all Antarctic voyages. Some voyages also offer other activities such as camping and snowshoeing. All of these activities must be booked prior to departure and incur an additional cost. Spaces are limited so please enquire at time of booking. For kayaking, previous, recent experience is essential.
The 22nd November 2020 departure of this voyage will be hosted by our partners, Chimu Adventures, and will have special guest presenters, Andrew Denton and Jennifer Byrne travelling on board.
Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.View Essential Trip Information