Explore one of the world's last wildernesses this Antarctica sailing expedition to this rarely visited part of the planet.
Antarctica is one of the oldest continents on Earth and holds a particular fascination for many. Perhaps you’ve read of the voyages of Willem Barentz and Shackleton, or perhaps you’re a wildlife lover, or maybe just a pure adventurist. Whatever draws you to the White Continent, this 22-day journey will ensure you get to see the most impressive places and sights of this wonderful wilderness.
Join this small group adventure headed for the last great wilderness on the planet. You’ll begin in Ushuaia, Argentina – the southernmost city in South America. First up is the Drake Passage followed by the Antarctic Convergence Zone. The wildlife along the way is astounding. Think seals, sea-gulls, petrels, and more.
Each night, your ship will anchor in sheltered bays. During the day, your experienced crew will take small groups ashore in dinghies for close up views of penguin rookeries, glaciers, seals, birds, and various flora. The further south you voyage, the more Minke, Orca, Humpback, and Killer Whales will travel with you.
We love this operator because of their extensive experience in the region. They’ve put together an itinerary of truly the most impressive spots that the White Continent has to offer. No sailing experience is necessary and the professional crew will teach you as much as you’d like to know about navigation, manoeuvres, weather observations, furling the sails, and more.
Dates & Prices
Antarctica ‘Voyage 2’: Ushuaia – Antarctica – Ushuaia
Dates: 9 Jan 2020 5PM Ushuaia – 30 Jan 2020 9 AM Ushuaia (22 days)
Antarctica ‘Voyage 3’: Ushuaia – Antarctica – Ushuaia
Dates: 1 Feb 2020 5 PM Ushuaia – 22 Feb 2020 9 AM Ushuaia (22 days)
Antarctica ‘Voyage 4’: Ushuaia – Antarctica – Ushuaia
Dates: 24 Feb 2020 5 PM Ushuaia – 16 March 2020 9 AM Ushuaia (22 days)
Price: € 9480 pp in 2 person cabin (reserved for couples travelling together) / € 8380 pp in 4/5 person cabin
RESERVATIONS FOR THIS VOYAGE OPEN ON THE 7th JANUARY 2019. COMPLETE AN ENQUIRY FORM (button to the right) FOR FULL DETAILS AND BOOKING FORM.
Why We Love This Adventure
- World's best bar! The penguins float by while you enjoy your drinks.
- Small voyage groups, to give everyone the opportunity to maximise the landing time on Antarctica.
- The stunning tall ship is a joy to sail and looks great in photos!
Antarctica, the southernmost continent and site of the South Pole, is a virtually uninhabited, ice-covered landmass. This voyage visits the Antarctic Peninsula, which stretches toward South America and includes the Lemaire Channel and Paradise Harbor, striking, iceberg-flanked passageways, and Port Lockroy, a former British research station turned museum. The peninsula’s isolated terrain also shelters rich wildlife, including many penguins.
This description is an example of what the voyage may look like. It is important to realise that the day-to-day activities will depend on several circumstances including wind, weather and ice.
A change in the rules and regulations for visiting Antarctica might limit the visit to a specific site. The ship is a member of IAATO (International Association of Antarctice Touroperators), which promotes and practices safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic.
The expeditions start in Argentina in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in South America, located alongside the Beagle Channel. From here, the ship must cross ‘the Drake Passage’, renowned by sailors the world over. Albatrosses and petrels will accompany the ship on her way to the Antarctic paradise.
After passing the Antarctic Convergence Zone, the ship sails between the icebergs to the South Shetland Islands. The wildlife is overwhelming: seals, sea-gulls, cormorants and petrels use the Antarctic summer to raise their young.
In the Antarctic waters, the ship will anchor in sheltered bays practically every day. The crew will take groups ashore in the dinghies to see glaciers, mosses and lichens, seals, birds and penguin rookeries. Ashore, visitors will often be welcomed by different kinds of penguins, such as the Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie penguins.
An experienced guide will give you information about the flora and fauna and will also tell you where to find bird and sea elephant colonies. The ship will sail further south. Expect the most loyal visitors of the Southern Ocean: enormous Humpback whales; Minke whales and even Orcas or Killer whales may well come close, curious to see who ventures into their waters.
Ice masses will get bigger closer to the mainland. Steep glaciers, walls of ice with magical shapes and surreal colours will surround the ship.
PricePrice: € 9480 EUR pp in 2 person cabin (reserved for couples travelling together) / € 8380 EUR pp in 4/5 person cabin
The price includes meals, tea & coffee.
What's Not included
The price excludes the transfer to and from the ship, travel insurance, cancellation insurance, airport formalities and drinks from the bar on board.
Trip Duration22 days
Start LocationUshuaia, Argentina
End LocationUshuaia, Argentina
The ship is ideal for ocean crossings and longer voy- ages, with various places for relaxing: library, lounge, poker corner and deckhouse. These different areas allow you to do your own thing: perhaps some quiet reading or a more active role in the social life in the deckhouse. The ship is equipped with a DVD player, a CD player, i-Pod connection and radio.
There are four 2-person cabins, four 4-person cabins and four 6-person cabins. The comfortable cabins each have an en-suite toilet and shower. An experienced cook and cook’s assistant will prepare three meals a day.
The ship is a Dutch vessel and part of the permanent crew is Dutch. But we have an international crew and guest crew and you will find various nationalities among them. The common language on board is English.
The ship’s cook and assistant provide 3 delicious, freshly made meals a day. Meal options on board are: non-vegetarian or vegetarian. Due to the limited size of the ship’s galley and storage all other meal requirements and allergies need to be checked with our cook. A vegan diet cannot be catered for on board.
We strongly recommend you to arrive in Ushuaia at least one day prior to embarkation. This gives you extra time in case of flight delay or lost luggage. It also gives you an opportunity to get on board well rested. For your flights back home please keep in mind to fly in the late afternoon or evening on the day of disembarkation earliest.
Travel documents and visa
It is your personal responsibility to have the right travel documents and visa for each country you visit during your stay on the ship. In any doubt please contact your local embassy or consulate.
This Trip is Suitable For
The voyage attracts sailors, wildlife lovers, photographers and those looking for a once in a lifetime adventure.
Being fit and healthy is extremely important when undertaking a voyage on a sailing and moving vessel in remote areas where no extra medical care is available. Being able to move around smoothly when under sail is a challenge for all sailors on board so building up your fitness before the voyage is highly recommended.
During the Antarctica expeditions there will be a guide on board the ship He/she knows the area we will be visiting well. The guide gives lectures on board the ship about the flora and fauna we will encounter, prepares you for the landings on shore and will guide you on the shore walks.
Antarctica is a huge, cold, white plain, which appeals to the imagination of everybody. Many are fascinated by the rich wildlife or the beauty of the unspoilt Antarctic natural environment. All penguin species are restricted to the Southern Hemisphere, but the greatest concentrations are on Antarctic coasts and sub-Antarctic islands. On the peninsula Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguins are the most common. Near the colder Weddell Sea we also find Adelie and Emperor Penguins, although the Emperor penguin is seen more rarely.
The Antarctic waters support a vast variety of seabirds. Only a few species are adapted to breed regularly on the continent. Skuas are widespread and prominent in the Antarctic. They prey heavily on the eggs and chicks of penguins and small petrels. Also prions, fulmars, and shearwaters are often seen, as well as terns, sheathbills, and two species of cormorants. Fish and krill in the Antarctic are important components of the marine ecosystems. They are major prey for higher predators, including the baleen whales, as the Humpback, Minke and Fin Whale. The Orca or Killer Whale is also seen in this area.
There are many seals. Depending on the species, seals feed on fish and squid or krill. The Leopard Seal is a predator of penguins and other seals. Seals can leave the water and move on dry land to breed, rest and moult.
Dates & Availability
- 09 Jan 2020 – 30 Jan 2020
- 01 Feb 2020 – 22 Feb 2020
- 24 Feb 2020 – 16 Mar 2020
Originally built in 1910, this beautifully restored Dutch tall ship has been crossing oceans and seas on a regular basis since 2000 and has a reputation of a ship that really sails.
Following the favourable winds of traditional sailing routes has brought her to all the continents sailing both the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean, thus earning her nick name ‘ocean wanderer’.
Crew and guests join the ship from all over the world and all ages. As a sail training vessel, everyone on board is assigned to the watch system to help sail the ship - navigating, taking the helm and handling the sails. Sailing experience is not required just a desire to sail to new horizons and experience all aspects of a sailor’s life on board: The wind, the sea, new friends and adventure.
Make a Booking
Get full details to book this trip.
Ask a Question
Ask a question about this trip.
Add this trip to your bucket list.