Christmas in Antarctica – a Tall Ship Sailing Expedition

Duration: 24 days
From: £7,930.00

There are few sailing trips in the world more exciting than this, spend Christmas in Antarctica on board a traditional tall ship where you are the crew.

Voyage from Punta Arenas in Chile to the dramatic wilderness of the Antarctic continent. Spend 24 days on board and discover the wildlife, pristine landscape, and unique view of life on planet Earth that only Antarctica can offer.

Sail through the stunning channels and fjords of Patagonia with a chance at a stop at the mythical Cape Horn. Visit the lighthouse, take in the rough environment, and see the albatross monument before setting sights on the Drake Passage.  From there, you must pass through the Antarctic Convergence Zone and then navigate the icebergs through the South Shetland Islands.

You will anchor in sheltered bays each night, while during the day, crew will take small groups ashore in dinghies.  This gives you the opportunity to see glaciers, penguin rookeries, flora, fauna, and more up close. One of the highlights of this adventure will be your traveling companions – Orcas, Humpbacks, Killer Whales, and Minke will follow alongside the ship the further south you go.

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.

Antarctica 1 Punta Arenas – Antarctica – Ushuaia

Dates: 15 Dec 2019 5 PM Punta Arenas – 7 Jan 2020 9 AM  Ushuaia (24 days)

Price: € 9890 pp in 2 person cabin (reserved for 2 people travelling together) / € 8790 pp in 4/5 person cabin




Why you'll 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!
Punta Arenas, Chile
Ushuaia, Argentina
Trip Duration
24 Days
Group Size
Private Departure
Sailing, Tall Ship
Style of Travel
Guided Group, Solo Traveller




15 December 2019


7 January 2020


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.


What's included

The price includes meals, tea & coffee.

The price excludes the transfer to and from the ship, travel insurance, cancellation insurance, airport formalities and drinks from the bar on board.

Trip notes

€ 9890 EUROS pp in 2 person cabin (reserved for 2 people travelling together) / € 8790 EUROS pp in 4/5 person cabin

The ship is ideal for ocean crossings and longer voyages, 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.

The voyage attracts sailors, wildlife lovers, photographers and those looking to explore one of the world’s last great wildernesses.

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.

Life on board

The ship is registered as a sail training ship and as such you will be mustered as voyage crew. This means that, more so than on a passenger ship, you will get extensive safety instructions and we ask you to join in the watch system. Participating in sailing and running the ship is part of the overall experience on board. The level of participation will depend on your interest and physical condition. On deck you work together with the permanent crew.

The watch system consists of joining the permanent crew for 4 hours, after which you will be off for 8 hours. Everyone is welcome to take the helm, set sails, assist with manoeuvres, navigation, weather observations, furling the sails on the yards and much more.

The permanent crew will give lectures and instruct you during the voyage in steering, navigation and line handling.

Guides on board

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.

Flora and fauna

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.

Tour operator

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.

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