Weddell Sea explorer – with Antarctic Peninsula fly/sail | 14 days
Embark in the Chilean port of Puerto Williams before setting sail on your small ship for the Weddell Sea. Access here is totally dependent on the ice conditions. Calved from massive ice shelves, the icebergs of the Antarctic Sound create a memorable sight. We may visit the vast adelie and gentoo penguin colonies of Brown Bluff or Paulet Island and fossil-rich Seymour Island before heading to the Antarctic Peninsula’s beautiful western flanks and relatively ice free waters. Disembarkation is in Ushuaia.
Ships: Polar Pioneer
24 February – 9 March 2018, 9-22 March 2019
Guide price:From £11,955 per person based on twin cabin (shared facilities)
Options:Ushuaia operates Weddell Sea quest in and out of Ushuaia via the Antarctic Sound (30 miles long and 7-12 miles wide) which makes for exciting ice navigation, 8-23 January 2018 and 4-18 February 2019.
Guide price from £9,495 per person based on twin cabin (semi-private facilities).
Ocean Endeavour’s unusual itinerary visits the Antarctic Peninsula on both east and west sides, 23 January – 14 February 2018
Guide price £16,475 per person
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.
MUST READ: Endurance by Alfred Lansing
“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