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!

Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina

Day 2 — Embarkation Day

Days 3 and 4 — Cross the Drake Passage

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

Days 9 and 10 — Crossing the Drake Passage

Day 11 — Disembarkation in Ushuaia

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Alternatively, call our Polar 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

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 117 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

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 Adventurer from 8th December 2018 to 18th December 2018

Triple: £5,999.00
Lower Deck Twin: £6,799.00
Superior: £8,999.00
Suite: £10,699.00

Ocean Adventurer from 24th February 2019 to 7th March 2019

Triple: £6,699.00
Lower Deck Twin: £7,499.00
Superior: £9,899.00
Suite: £11,699.00

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

Triple: £5,499.00
Lower Deck Twin: £6,199.00
Superior: £8,199.00
Suite: £9,699.00

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

Triple: £5,499.00
Lower Deck Twin: £6,199.00
Superior: £8,199.00
Suite: £9,699.00

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

Triple: £6,099.00
Lower Deck Twin: £6,899.00
Superior: £9,099.00
Suite: £10,799.00

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

Triple: £5,499.00
Lower Deck Twin: £6,199.00
Superior: £8,199.00
Suite: £9,699.00

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

Triple: £6,499.00
Infinity Suite: £9,699.00
Veranda Suite: £10,099.00
Superior Suite: £10,999.00

World Explorer from 12th January 2019 to 22nd January 2019

Triple: £6,499.00
Infinity Suite: £9,699.00
Veranda Suite: £10,099.00
Superior Suite: £10,999.00

World Explorer from 30th January 2019 to 9th February 2019

Triple: £6,500.00
Infinity Suite: £9,699.00
Veranda Suite: £10,099.00
Superior Suite: £10,999.00

World Explorer from 4th March 2019 to 15th March 2019

Triple: £7,199.00
Infinity Suite: £10,799.00
Veranda Suite: £11,199.00
Superior Suite: £12,199.00


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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.