Crossing the Antarctic Circle

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2 Polar plunges

6 Penguin species encountered

7 Continents set foot in

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Crossing the Antarctic Circle

from £7,636 excluding flights

  • 11, 13, 14, 15 nights
  • Jan-Mar, Dec

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Highlights

In pictures
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Spot adelie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins

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Explore stunning waterways including the Lemaire Channel

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Choose from a range of adventure options

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Raise a glass of champagne as you reach 66° 33’S

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Encounter a wealth of wildlife including seals, seabirds and whales

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Enjoy shore landings and Zodiac cruises past glistening icebergs

Why this trip...

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Choice of vessels

We offer a wide choice of small ships from simple budget-conscious options to purpose-built luxury vessels

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Expertly guided

In-depth knowledge and expertise will enrich your experience on this trip

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Immersive exploration

Immerse yourself in your surroundings on a true exploration of remote and spectacular areas

Overview

Combine unforgettable wildlife encounters and scenic exploring with the rare opportunity to reach 66° 33’S. This extended Polar cruise offers all the highlights of a classic Antarctic expedition, with additional days to allow the chance to push further south and cross the elusive Antarctic Circle.

The Antarctic Peninsula is home to a wealth of wildlife and this voyage offers some truly memorable encounters. Enjoy sightings of Weddell and elephant seals, abundant seabirds as well as gentoo, chinstrap and Adelie penguins. Cruise past towering icebergs and remote glaciers as you journey south towards the extreme latitudes of the very bottom of the world.

Zodiac cruises and shore landings provide the chance to fully immerse yourself in this extraordinary continent. Take time to watch penguins go about their daily routines, listen to seals grunt at one another while hauled out on beaches and simply marvel at the exquisite beauty and silence of this partially frozen world.

Itinerary

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina

Begin your journey with an overnight stay in the busy little port town of Ushuaia on the southern tip of Argentina in Tierra del Fuego. Overnight at a hotel in Ushuaia.

Begin your journey with an overnight stay in the busy little port town of Ushuaia on the southern tip of Argentina in Tierra del Fuego. Overnight at a hotel in Ushuaia.

Day 2 embarkation day

After embarkation in the late afternoon, you will sail down the Beagle Channel towards the vast Southern Ocean.

After embarkation in the late afternoon, you will sail down the Beagle Channel towards the vast Southern Ocean.

Days 3-4 crossing the Drake Passage

The Drake is legendary for its high winds and rolling seas, but you may be lucky and get calm weather. Enjoy presentations from your Expedition Team along the way.

The Drake is legendary for its high winds and rolling seas, but you may be lucky and get calm weather. Enjoy presentations from your Expedition Team along the way.

Days 5-7 exploring the Peninsula

All shore landings and Zodiac cruises are subject to weather and sea conditions, but during the voyage you may discover enormous rookeries of gentoo, chinstrap and Adélie penguins. You may also encounter Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals, as well as orcas, humpback, and minke whales. Ice permitting, the ship will navigate some of the most beautiful waterways in the world, such as the Neumayer and Lemaire Channels - impressive narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. Perhaps visit Petermann Island, where Adélie and gentoo penguins, skuas and blue-eyed shags nest close to the landing sites.

All shore landings and Zodiac cruises are subject to weather and sea conditions, but during the voyage you may discover enormous rookeries of gentoo, chinstrap and Adélie penguins. You may also encounter Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals, as well as orcas, humpback, and minke whales. Ice permitting, the ship will navigate some of the most beautiful waterways in the world, such as the Neumayer and Lemaire Channels - impressive narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. Perhaps visit Petermann Island, where Adélie and gentoo penguins, skuas and blue-eyed shags nest close to the landing sites.

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Days 8-9 The Antarctic Circle

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach 66° 33’S. Celebrate with a well-earned glass of champagne and raise a toast to the intrepid explorers who have gone before.

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach 66° 33’S. Celebrate with a well-earned glass of champagne and raise a toast to the intrepid explorers who have gone before.

Days 10-11 northbound along the Peninsula

Your journey north will include further shore landings or zodiac cruises, conditions permitting. Presentations from the Expedition Team will give you a deeper understanding of everything you see and experience during your voyage.

Your journey north will include further shore landings or zodiac cruises, conditions permitting. Presentations from the Expedition Team will give you a deeper understanding of everything you see and experience during your voyage.

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Days 12-13 cross the Drake Passage to Ushuaia

As you cross the Drake once again, you’ll have time to reflect on your polar experiences and prepare for your return to civilisation.

As you cross the Drake once again, you’ll have time to reflect on your polar experiences and prepare for your return to civilisation.

Day 14 Ushuaia

Arrive back in Ushuaia this morning and disembark, ready for your onward adventure.

Arrive back in Ushuaia this morning and disembark, ready for your onward adventure.

Vessel Finder

There are a choice of vessels available for this voyage. Compare the facilities of up to three ships at a glance then talk to our Travel Specialists who will be happy to advise which one is right for you.

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G Expedition

The ever-popular G Expedition offers spacious and comfortable accommodation at an affordable price.

The ever-popular G Expedition offers spacious and comfortable accommodation at an affordable price.

  • Category: Standard
  • Passengers: 134
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Sauna
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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Sea Spirit

This all-suite vessel couples adventure with spacious accommodation and a friendly atmosphere.

This all-suite vessel couples adventure with spacious accommodation and a friendly atmosphere.

  • Category: Superior
  • Passengers: 114
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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Ocean Endeavour

The Ocean Endeavour is a bright and spacious purpose-built expedition ship, with excellent facilities, a range of optional activities and a focus on health and wellbeing.  

The Ocean Endeavour is a bright and spacious purpose-built expedition ship, with excellent facilities, a range of optional activities and a focus on health and wellbeing.  

  • Category: Superior
  • Passengers: 199
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Pool/Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of boots
  • Optional activities available
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Ocean Diamond

One of the fastest ships in our fleet, the Ocean Diamond is also the first Carbon Neutral polar vessel, with all emissions being offset.

One of the fastest ships in our fleet, the Ocean Diamond is also the first Carbon Neutral polar vessel, with all emissions being offset.

  • Category: Superior
  • Passengers: 189
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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M/V Ortelius

A former scientific-research vessel, the Ortelius offers the classic small ship experience.

A former scientific-research vessel, the Ortelius offers the classic small ship experience.

  • Category: Simple
  • Passengers: 116
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Helicopter: on selected dates
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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M/V Plancius

The M/V Plancius is a traditional ex-research vessel, with proven experience in icy waters.

The M/V Plancius is a traditional ex-research vessel, with proven experience in icy waters.

  • Category: Simple
  • Passengers: 116
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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M/V Hondius

New for 2019, the M/V Hondius is one of the strongest vessels of its category in the polar regions.

New for 2019, the M/V Hondius is one of the strongest vessels of its category in the polar regions.

  • Category: Deluxe
  • Passengers: 174
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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Greg Mortimer

Brand new for 2019, the Greg Mortimer is a custom-built expedition ship featuring cutting-edge design, superior comfort and environmentally friendly technology.

Brand new for 2019, the Greg Mortimer is a custom-built expedition ship featuring cutting-edge design, superior comfort and environmentally friendly technology.

  • Category: Deluxe
  • Passengers: 120
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Sauna
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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Ultramarine

The spacious Ultramarine is a purpose-built expedition ship, offering a choice of adventure activities as well as the chance to explore by helicopter.

The spacious Ultramarine is a purpose-built expedition ship, offering a choice of adventure activities as well as the chance to explore by helicopter.

  • Category: Deluxe
  • Passengers: 199
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Sauna
  • Helicopter: on board
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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Sylvia Earle

The sister ship to the Greg Mortimer, the Sylvia Earle features the same cutting-edge design, superior comfort and environmentally friendly technology.

The sister ship to the Greg Mortimer, the Sylvia Earle features the same cutting-edge design, superior comfort and environmentally friendly technology.

  • Category: Deluxe
  • Passengers: 126
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Pool/Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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Seaventure

A classic and strong Polar expedition ship, the MS Seaventure immerses passengers in their surroundings with opportunities to participate in important scientific research projects and activities including kayaking and camping.

A classic and strong Polar expedition ship, the MS Seaventure immerses passengers in their surroundings with opportunities to participate in important scientific research projects and activities including kayaking and camping.

  • Category: Standard
  • Passengers: 139
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Pool/Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Jacket to keep
  • Load of Rubber boots
  • Optional activities available

Select 2-3 vessels to compare.

Optional Activities

Prices and Departures

Price from £7,636 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

2021/22 Departures

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp)
14 Dec 2021 15 days Greg Mortimer £14,956
21 Dec 2021 14 days G Expedition £9,599
09 Jan 2022 14 days Ultramarine £19,192
17 Jan 2022 15 days MS Seaventure £12,092
26 Jan 2022 14 days Ocean Endeavour £11,665
27 Jan 2022 14 days Sea Spirit £11,195
08 Feb 2022 14 days G Expedition £9,299
12 Feb 2022 12 days Greg Mortimer £11,916
13 Feb 2022 12 days M/V Plancius £7,909
20 Feb 2022 14 days G Expedition £8,899
22 Feb 2022 14 days Ocean Diamond £11,996
25 Feb 2022 14 days Ocean Endeavour £10,830
02 Mar 2022 12 days M/V Hondius £7,909
03 Mar 2022 14 days Ultramarine £17,592
04 Mar 2022 14 days Ocean Adventurer £12,396
19 Mar 2022 14 days M/V Ortelius £8,318

2022/23 Departures

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp)
21 Dec 2023 14 days G Expedition £9,599
08 Jan 2023 14 days G Expedition £9,299
24 Jan 2023 15 days MS Seaventure £12,092
26 Jan 2023 15 days Sea Spirit £12,195
20 Feb 2023 14 days G Expedition £8,899

Activity Icon Key

  • activity camping Camping
  • activity diving Diving
  • activity kayaking Kayaking
  • activity mountaineering Mountaineering
  • activity paddleboarding Paddleboarding
  • activity photography Photography
  • activity snorkelling Snorkelling
  • activity snowshoeing Snow-shoeing
  • activity kayak tester Kayak taster session

NOTES

  • Two pre-voyage nights in a hotel in Ushuaia are included on voyages aboard the MS Seaventure
  • One pre-voyage night in a hotel in Ushuaia is included with all other ships, except for the M/V Ushuaia, M/V Plancius, M/V Ortelius and M/V Hondius
  • The inclusions for this cruise are dependent on the vessel chosen, though those shown are applicable to all

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nordic team doug kington bw
One of our specialists
Meet Doug

2 Polar plunges

6 Penguin species encountered

7 Continents set foot in

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