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Antarctica has captured the imagination of artists and explorers for the best part of 200 years. Your expedition here will be completely unlike any holiday you have before or after. The first time you set eyes on this land of ice, you will be awestruck by its colossal scale and stunning beauty. Whether you are standing on the summit of one of the peninsulas peaks or watching penguins building their nests, or cruising in a zodiac, your time here is sure to be completely unforgettable.

Highlights

  • The perfect trip for first-time visitors to the Antarctic
  • Explore the incredible highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Learn about Antarctica and its wildlife from onboard lecturers and subject matter experts
  • Experience the wildlife: from penguins to seals, whales and more!

Quick Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2: Embarkation Day
Days 3-4: Cross the Drake Passage
Days 5-8: The South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Days 9-10: Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 11: Disembarkation in Ushuaia

Secure your space today by calling one of our Travel Specialists on 0203 196 1000


Secure your space today by calling one of our Travel Specialists on 0203 196 1000

Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world, on the banks of the Beagle channel this remote port town has an eclectic history and some incredible wildlife. Make sure to see the Magellanic Penguins at penguin beach, as you won’t be able to see them when you get to Antarctica.

Day 2 — Embarkation Day

You will embark in the late afternoon; your vessel will sail through the Beagle channel out into the Drake Passage. You will say goodbye to dry land until you set sights on Antarctica in a few days’ time.

Days 3 and 4 — Cross the Drake Passage

Day 3 and four will be spent crossing the Drake Passage, the weather can be unpredictable and the waters quite rough, but it will all be worth it in the end as Antarctica draws ever nearer.

You will be able to enjoy lectures from the expedition team as well as socialise with your shipmates. As you cross the Antarctic convergence and enter the Southern Ocean, you will be greeted with a positive deluge of wildlife feasting in the rich upwelling waters.

Days 5 to 8 — the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

The moment you see your first glimpses of the icy continent on the horizon, it will raise your hackles and send shivers down your spine. It’s a sight that you won’t forget any time soon, small wonder this frozen wilderness has enchanted explorers for so long.

Your time will be spent exploring the Antarctic Peninsula seeing the incredible variety of wildlife. Each day will feature two excursions one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The exact itinerary isn’t set in stone owing to the changeable conditions in the Antarctic. But some of the incredible landing sites include Deception Island, Neko Harbour and paradise bay. Whether it’s wandering albatross, the penguins or whales there is a vast quantity of wildlife to see throughout your cruise.

Depending on how adventurous you are feeling, you may choose to take part in the invigorating ‘polar plunge’ where you leap off into the frigid waters of the Southern Ocean.

There is a healthy mix of adventurous activities available including Snowshoeing, Zodiac Cruising, Polar Plunge, Lectures and Photography. Available at an additional charge you can try your hand at Sea Kayaking, Camping, Cross-Country Skiing, Mountaineering and Stand-up Paddleboarding.

The onboard lecture programme encompasses a full spectrum of subjects from regional history to zoology and geology all given by subject matter experts.

Days 9 and 10 — Crossing the Drake Passage

As you bid farewell to Antarctica, you will cross the Drake Passage catching your final glimpses of the incredible wildlife of the Southern Ocean.

Day 11 — Disembark in Ushuaia

You will arrive back in Ushuaia in the morning, from here you will able to either continue your adventure around South America or catch your flights home.

Notes:

The 12-day version of this cruise includes an extra day in Antarctica

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World Explorer

Rating
4
Standard
Luxury
Capacity
200

The World Explorer is a 5-star luxury expedition ship purpose-built for exploring the Polar regions in refined style and comfort. All the suites have balconies, so you will have perfect uninterrupted views of the stunning landscapes and wildlife.

Ocean Diamond

Rating
3
Standard
Comfort
Capacity
189

The Ocean Diamond is a modern, stable super-yacht designed for exploring the remote waters of Antarctica. She carries a maximum of 189 passengers, and cruises are run with a focus on exploration. On-board you will find expansive common spaces, a club lounge and an elegant restaurant serving a variety of delicious cuisine.

Ocean Adventurer

Rating
4
Standard
Comfort
Capacity
137

The Ocean Adventurer has been a very popular Antarctic exploration ship for many years and is perfectly designed for exploring the region. Carrying just 128 passengers ensures there is a high focus on exploration, and the ship boasts an expert team of expedition staff alongside a varied programme of landings, a fleet of zodiacs and a series of lectures.


World Explorer from 3rd November 2019 to 13th November 2019

Triple: £5,900.00
Infinity Suite: £9,000.00
Veranda Suite: £9,000.00
Superior Suite: unavailable

World Explorer from 7th December 2019 to 18th December 2019

Triple: £6,900.00
Infinity Suite: unavailable
Veranda Suite: £10,500.00
Superior Suite: unavailable

World Explorer from 17th December 2019 to 28th December 2019

Triple: unavailable
Infinity Suite: £8,925.00
Veranda Suite: £8,925.00
Superior Suite: unavailable

World Explorer from 3rd November 2020 to 14th November 2020

Triple: £6,120.00
Infinity Suite: £8,586.00
Veranda Suite: £7,938.00
Superior Suite: £18,468.00

World Explorer from 13th November 2020 to 24th November 2020

Triple: £6,120.00
Infinity Suite: £8,586.00
Veranda Suite: £7,938.00
Superior Suite: £18,468.00

World Explorer from 18th December 2020 to 28th December 2020

Triple: £6,840.00
Infinity Suite: £10,260.00
Veranda Suite: £9,540.00
Superior Suite: £21,780.00

World Explorer from 28th January 2021 to 7th February 2021

Triple: £6,840.00
Infinity Suite: £8,910.00
Veranda Suite: £8,262.00
Superior Suite: £18,954.00

Ocean Diamond from 4th November 2020 to 14th November 2020

Triple: £5,130.00
Twin Window: £6,723.00
Suite: £14,742.00
Balcony Suite: £15,390.00
Single Porthole: £7,938.00

Ocean Diamond from 13th November 2020 to 23rd November 2020

Triple: £5,130.00
Twin Window: £6,723.00
Suite: £14,742.00
Balcony Suite: £15,390.00
Single Porthole: £7,938.00

Ocean Diamond from 30th November 2020 to 10th December 2020

Triple: unavailable
Twin Window: unavailable
Suite: unavailable
Balcony Suite: unavailable
Single Porthole: unavailable

Ocean Diamond from 9th December 2020 to 19th December 2020

Triple: £5,699.00
Twin Window: £8,699.00
Suite: £14,742.00
Balcony Suite: £15,390.00
Single Porthole: £10,199.00

Ocean Diamond from 16th February 2021 to 26th February 2021

Triple: £5,130.00
Twin Window: £6,723.00
Suite: £9,099.00
Balcony Suite: £9,499.00
Single Porthole: £7,938.00

Ocean Adventurer from 12th November 2019 to 22nd November 2019

Triple: £5,500.00
Lower Deck Twin: £5,270.00
Superior: £13,940.00
Suite: £16,490.00

Ocean Adventurer from 21st November 2019 to 1st December 2019

Triple: unavailable
Lower Deck Twin: unavailable
Superior: £13,940.00
Suite: £16,490.00

Ocean Adventurer from 29th December 2019 to 8th January 2020

Triple: unavailable
Lower Deck Twin: unavailable
Superior: £18,200.00
Suite: £21,600.00

Ocean Adventurer from 3rd March 2020 to 13th March 2020

Triple: £5,500.00
Lower Deck Twin: £4,960.00
Superior: £13,120.00
Suite: unavailable

Ocean Adventurer from 6th February 2021 to 16th February 2021

Triple: £5,850.00
Lower Deck Twin: £6,156.00
Superior: £16,524.00
Suite: £19,602.00



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  • We can compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators to find your perfect cruise.

  • Our prices are amongst the best in the business, with full package protection as standard.

  • We are the expedition cruise specialists and know the destinations, ships and operators inside out

  • As supporters of the Marine Conservation Society, booking with us helps support the protection of our oceans.

  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind.

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Why book with Polar Routes?

CHOICE
  • We can compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators.
  • From former Russian research vessels to larger and luxurious ships - there is an expedition cruise to suit you. 
  • Our Travel Specialists will help you choose the perfect expedition cruise for your requirements.
SPECIALISTS
  • We are the expedition cruise specialists and know all the polar destinations inside out.
  • Our expert team of Travel Specialists have extensive knowledge of all the expedition ships & operators.
  • All of our Travel Specialists have first-hand experience of expedition cruising to the polar regions.
VALUE
  • Our prices are the amongst the best in the business, with full package protection as standard.
  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind.
  • As supporters of the Marine Conservation Society, booking with us helps support the protection of our oceans.

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