Classic Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetlands | 14-15 days
These voyages offer the best introduction to the White Continent. They begin in Ushuaia and sail across the Drake Passage directly to the Peninsula providing good chances to see gentoo and adelie penguins and humpback whales. In addition to seeing as much as possible of the peninsula’s wildlife and scenery, some voyages also include the South Shetland Islands where you visit the abandoned whaling station on Deception Island. The return voyage is through the Gerlache Strait, home to leopard seals and blue-eyed shags, followed by a visit to a research station. Landings are usually made twice a day so that all species of penguins, seals and other wildlife can be viewed. Some landings visit historic sites and operational bases while Zodiac cruises offer an exciting alternative to landings.
November 2018 – March 2019
November 2019 – March 2020
Guide price: From £9,325 per person based on twin cabin (private facilities).
Options:Late season voyages in March 2020 go in search of whales.
Robert Falcon Scott joins Sea Spirit on selected dates.
Join Greg Mortimer for her maiden Spirit of Antarctica voyage 29 October – 12 November 2019, guide price £10,350 per person or for an unforgettable Christmas in Antarctica 16-31 December 2019, guide price £11,390 per person.
Take Antarctica XXI and overfly the Drake Passage both ways. 40 itineraries on Ocean Nova, Hebridean Sky or Magellan Explorer from 10 days duration UK to UK November 2018 – March 2019 and November 2019 – March 2020. Price from £10,740 per person twin cabin (private facilities).
Also available – Budget Antarctica on the Ushuaia – from £7.360 per person for 14 days November 2019 – March 2020.
Fiona’s travel tips
TOP TIP: Dress in layers - you will need them.
BEST TIME TO GO: The best time of year to visit the Falkland Islands is during the Austral Summer, particularly between the months of December to February. This is the peak of wildlife activity and, usually, the warmest time of the year.
WHY NOT: Combine your voyage in the South Atlantic with a fabulous trip to Argentina or Chile – we have plenty of suggestions!
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