Embark an all-encompassing Antarctic expedition
Set sail from Ushuaia on the Ocean Atlantic on this extensive 20 day trip that takes in a crossing of the Drake Passage, the Antarctic Peninsula, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. Savour close-up encounters with the region's incredible wildlife – penguins, whales, and seabirds – follow in the footsteps of legendary explorers like Shackleton, and discover the history and stories buried beneath the ice. Enjoy Zodiac excursions to cruise through ice-filled bays, stop at penguin breeding grounds and land at iconic sights. While at sea take advantage of your ship's warm hospitality, comfortable living quarters, and onboard experts, with ample leisure time to absorb your unique surroundings. This Antarctic adventure provides the perfect way to discover one of the last frontiers for explorers.
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Journey through the historic Beagle Channel and Drake Passage, looking out for rare birdlife and whales with the help of your expedition team
Most people will never get the chance to see the snowy mountains, icebergs and glaciers of the Great White Continent. Explore the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula from multiple perspectives on daily excursions
The Antarctic Peninsula is teeming with marine and birdlife. Get up close to minke, humpback and orca whales or gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins on regular Zodiac cruises and landings
Discover the remote landscapes, wildlife and rich history of South Georgia and the Falklands Islands
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.
As you’d expect, temperatures in the Antarctic are freezing. A warm parka is an essential to bring, along with waterproof boots, but you should also bring base layers and warm clothing. Please see the trip notes for further important information about what to bring.
Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships have a lot of stairs, so please hold on to the handrails if seas are rough.
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 to 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 on-board library and educational lectures are ideal ways for keeping entertained.
On this itinerary, you'll be travelling aboard the Ocean Atlantic
Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20% of the full voyage cost (before any discount). The balance is due 120 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 120 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 119 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.
Kayaking is available to book on all Antarctic voyages. This voyage also offers snowshoeing as an optional extra. Both 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
This voyage is operated in conjunction with our partner company, Chimu Travel.