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Antarctica with a difference 

We can offer similar Antarctic voyages but with notable differences in on-board service, with fewer passengers and extra staff. Each passenger is assigned to an ‘adventure concierge’ – a concept unique in the polar expedition cruise world – so you will have someone on board looking after your individual needs as you sail. Having fewer passengers allows for more flexibility with adventure options and this is the only way to experience overnight kayaking in the Antarctic.

Itineraries vary from 14 – 23 days and include the Classic Antarctic Peninsula; Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula; Weddell Sea and Polar Circle voyages.

Try the October 2016 or January 2017 South Georgia in depth voyage on the Vavilov. Ten full days are spent in South Georgia with options for a pre-voyage week in the Falklands.

 

Ships: Akademik Ioffe, Akademik Sergey Vavilov

When:
Between October 2016 – March 2017 and October 2017 – March 2018. Call us for details

Guide price:Starting at £9,460 per person for a 14 day Antarctic Peninsula voyage based on twin cabin (semi-private facilities)

 

 

Trip reports for the Antarctic Peninsula

 

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Fiona’s travel tips

DON’T MISS: Camping overnight on the peninsula to experience Antarctic weather close up. It might seem tough at the time but you won’t regret it! Don’t forget to pre-book as it’s popular.

LET US KNOW: If you have a former connection with any of the polar regions we visit by ship. Perhaps you or a relative lived on one of the bases, or were a member of a past expedition? We can offer you the chance to share your experiences, diaries or photographs with others on your voyage. In the past we’ve even got the ship to make unscheduled visits to tie in with such an event.

 


Clients’ comments

I've seen the most wonderful aspects of mother nature in the most inhospitable area of the world, also the most heartrending part in the fight for survival in the animal kingdom. The service by Fiona was second to none and I would not have accomplished half of it by doing it myself. Everything I needed was at my fingertips before I left the UK without having to worry that I had forgotten anything.”

Rhona Cox, Crossing the Polar Circle, Antarctic, February 2016

I have never travelled abroad on my own, but the years are ticking by, so it was Go, Now. I was surprised to be alone, but the arrangements were so clearly laid out that I decided that this was all part of my ‘pioneering spirit’. The escorts could not have been better, especially at Buenos Aires where I was initially nervous of city life. They took me under their wing, looked out for me, and were always at my side when I needed them. They were just great. And on board the expedition ship, the camaraderie was so terrific that all my earlier worries just evaporated. Thank you Arcturus for my wonderful experience.”

Clare Keast, Antarctica and the Patagonian Coast, March 2016

“The holiday was great and met all my expectations – all the connections worked like clockwork. The cruise was fantastic and we landed on all except the South Orkneys which were ice bound. Food was very good and plenty of it – Iguazu was really good and connections etc worked well – the room was fantastic with Falls view as specified – at the end of the day it was good to relax by the pool and enjoy the Bacardi and coke as you do. Thanks for organising the trip it was one in a lifetime.”

Allen Cooper, The Falklands, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands, Antarctic Peninsula discovery cruise

 

“As you know, I have waited 60 years for this and the whole Plancius experience on the exact centenary of Scott’s last expedition was just magical. Absolutely brilliant.”

John Sharples, Antarctic Peninsula

“In December 2012 I was able to fulfil my dream of setting foot on Antarctica despite my age (83 and eight months) and disability. Thanks to Fiona’s meticulous planning and the resulting support of guides and the Plancius crew at every step en-route and on the boat, I was able to travel there and back alone, and to enjoy shore landings and zodiac rides. A truly stunning experience. I realise how blessed I was to have so much encouragement and help both from Fiona and the expedition team.”

Dr Grete Gross, Antarctic Peninsula voyage

“It was a fascinating voyage with lasting impressions. The wildlife both on the Falklands and on Antarctica is incredibly rich. The organisation on board the ship was very good. Among the talks given by the scientific crew I enjoyed the witty talks by Robert Headland the most. The familiar atmosphere in the lodges on Sea Lion Island and on Carcass Island was very nice indeed. Last but not least I should like to thank you for the impeccable organisation on your part.”

Mr Hubert Kalf, Epic Antarctica icebreaker voyage

“Most helpful, informative, and friendly service at all stages. Absolutely spectacular trip which exceeded my already high expectations. Brilliant value for money, notwithstanding the high cost. It says it all that I was looking at your brochure for a future trip, as soon as I got back!”

Judith Philip, Antarctic Peninsula