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Your holiday in Antarctica

Antarctic Explorer

This is an unforgettable journey through the amazing wilderness of the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll encounter a world where nature creates the rules, making each trip unique, exciting and personal.

Imagine cruising in a Zodiac through crackling sea ice like shattered glass, witnessing penguins building their nests, or navigating through a maze of icebergs, each one uniquely shaped by its journey through the sea. You’ll enjoy iconic Antarctic highlights, exhilarating adventures and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime.

We promise you that landing on the continent of Antarctica itself will create indelible memories.

What not to miss

  • Discover why this trip is perfect for first-time visitors to Antarctica

  • Explore highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula

  • On-board lecturers and specialists

  • Abundant wildlife: penguins, seals, whales and more!

What’s included

  • Passionate expedition leaders

  • Zodiac excursions

  • Guided walking and hiking

  • Snowshoeing

  • Expedition parka for you to keep

  • Boots (on loan)

  • Chef prepared meals

  • Daily housekeeping service

  • On board doctor

  • Bathrobes (on loan)

Your holiday in Antarctica

Antarctic Explorer

The below itinerary is based on the 10-night voyage aboard the Ocean Endeavour

Day 1 | Buenos Aires, Argentina

You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of your itinerary. Upon arriving in this splendid city, known for its soaring architecture and rich European heritage, you will independently transfer to the group hotel (pre-night hotel included).

Day 2 | Ushuaia and Embarkation

After breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Upon arrival, you will have a little time to explore this frontier town before heading to the pier. Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you’ll see land you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!

Days 3 & 4 | Crossing the Drake Passage

Prepare yourself for potentially rough water as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You’ll spend these first few days getting to know your shipmates while your Expedition Team will provide a set of lectures and safety briefings.

Days 5 to 8 | South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Once the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. You will begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travellers alike. Every time we visit Antarctica, we witness something new or unexpected, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other—creating a completely unique and personal experience.

On each day of the expedition you will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds, you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and seek out southern seal species, including the intimidating leopard seal.

The majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Danco Island, affords us the opportunity to visit a penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here, you’ll have the choice between hiking to the island’s summit or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach, enjoying the antics of curious penguins. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, participating in the ‘Polar Plunge’ swim is about as crazy as it gets!

Amid the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour.

Each day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

Days 9 & 10 | Crossing the Drake Passage

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck, watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Day 11 | Disembark in Ushuaia and Fly to Buenos Aires

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, after breakfast. After disembarking, you will get a little taste of Patagonia, touring Tierra del Fuego National Park before transferring to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.

Antarctic Explorer | Itinerary notes for 9 night duration and 11 night duration

You can also choose to spend 1 day less or 1 day more on the Antarctic Peninsula with our 9 night or 11 night itinerary. Please see our expedition sailing dates and prices or talk to your Expedition Cruise Expert. 

Special Photography Departure | 13 November – 23 November

Our onboard team of photography experts will teach you how to capture this picturesque polar landscape like a professional. Imagine taking your skills to the next level thanks to our special photography workshops and lectures, and then practicing what you’ve learned alongside our pros on shore visits and Zodiac excursions.

Watching our photographers in action—shooting soaring floating ice sculptures, mazes of massive icebergs, and hundreds of playful penguins and sunbathing seals—is a unique way to pick up even more pro tips first hand. 

The exclusive photography expedition starts and finishes in Ushuaia rather than Buenos Aires. Please talk to our Expedition Cruise Expert for more information and to register your interest.  

Expedition Cruises | Important Reminder

Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

All expeditions aboard the Ocean Endeavour start in Buenos Aires, all other ship itineraries start in Ushuaia.

Your holiday in Antarctica

Antarctic Explorer

Your holiday in Antarctica

Ocean Adventurer

The new and improved Ocean Adventurer is designed to carry 132 travellers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world. Originally launched in 1976, this nimble, ice-strengthened ship has become a passenger favourite over the years and underwent refurbishments in 1999 and 2002 with the most significant being in 2017. It is a recipient of the 2017 Travel Weekly Magellan Award for Overall Small Cruise Ship (500 passengers or under).

With the latest rounds of refurbishments guests will enjoy:

  • A refreshed, contemporary new look and feel throughout the ship

  • All cabins have new soft furnishings and brand new bathrooms.

  • Main common areas such as the Lounge and Dining Room have been completely re-styled.

  • Major technical enhancements – include two new Rolls Royce engines, which significantly increase fuel efficiency and minimize the carbon footprint.

Ship Specifications

  • Staff and Crew: 87

  • Guests: 132

  • Length: 101 metres

  • Breadth: 16 metres

  • Draft: 4.5 metres

  • Propulsion: Diesel Twin Engines - 5,400 horsepower

  • Ice Class: 1A

  • Cruising Speed: 12 knots, in open water

  • Registration: Bahamas

  • Lifeboats: 4, partially-enclosed

Deck Plan

Ship Amenities

  • Bar staffed by a professional bartender

  • Polar Boutique

  • Library with a large collection of polar books

  • Exercise Room

  • Multi-purpose lounge and presentation room

  • Medical Clinic with licensed doctor

  • Observation Decks

Your holiday in Antarctica

Ocean Diamond

The Ocean Diamond is a modern, stable super-yacht. Carrying a maximum of 189 passengers, and with two stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull, this outstanding vessel is ideal for polar expeditions.

As one of the fastest, and most eco-friendly ships in Antarctica, it is also one of the most comfortable. There are 101 elegantly designed cabins and suites, all with exterior views, and expansive common spaces, a club lounge, and a spacious restaurant.

The ship offers numerous adventure options, plus on-board features such as interactions with photography instructors. After a full day of exploration, passengers can relax, browse books or DVDs in the well-stocked polar library, or enjoy stunning polar scenery from the sun-lit, panoramic observation lounge.

Ship Specifications

  • Staff and Crew: 144
  • Guests: 189
  • Length: 124 metres
  • Breadth: 16 metres
  • Draft: 4.9 metres
  • Propulsion: 2 Wichmann Engines, 7375 horsepower
  • Ice Class: 1D
  • Cruising Speed: 15.5 knots
  • Registration: Nassau, Bahamas
  • Lifeboats: 2 fully enclosed

Deck Plan

Ship Amenities

  • Bar staffed by a professional bartender
  • Polar Boutique
  • Library with a large collection of polar books and DVDs
  • Massage therapy room
  • Lounge Areas
  • Reception Area
  • Gym
  • Elevator
  • Medical Clinic with licensed doctor
  • Lecture Theatre
  • Observation Decks
Your holiday in Antarctica

Ocean Endeavour

Ocean Endeavour is a comfortable, well-appointed small expedition ship expertly engineered to explore the Polar Regions.

Endeavour features an ice-strengthened hull, Zodiacs for exploration and remote landings, generous deck space and advanced navigation equipment.
The ship has many superb amenities including a nautical lounge, two restaurants and sun deck. There is plenty of outdoor deck space and comfortable interior lounges for learning and reflection.

The ship’s interiors have a contemporary aesthetic that provides a bright and spacious feel to the cabins and common spaces.

Ship Specifications

  • Staff and Crew: 124

  • Guests: 199

  • Length: 137 metres

  • Draft: 5.6 metres

  • Ice Class: 1B

  • Cruising Speed: 15 knots

  • Registration: Bahamas

  • Lifeboats: 6

Deck Plan

Ship Amenities

  • Bar staffed by a professional bartender

  • Polar Boutique

  • Library with a large collection of polar books and DVDs

  • Newly built saunas and spa facilities and wellness program

  • Lounge Areas

  • Reception Area

  • Gym

  • Elevator

  • Medical Clinic with licensed doctor

  • Lecture Theatre

  • Observation Decks

Your holiday in Antarctica

World Explorer

Distinct and comfortable, refined and roomy—these attributes and more describe World Explorer.

The personal space is exceptional. Every cabin has either a private walk-out or Juliet balcony for direct ocean views. World Explorer also delivers plenty of public areas to unwind in after a day outdoors, including the glass-domed Observation Lounge for quiet contemplation and full skyline views, the Explorer Lounge for a drink and a chat, and the library for more intimate relaxing and reading. Presentations and discussions are facilitated in a dedicated lecture theatre.

Blending high design with total functionality, World Explorer is all set to be your home away from home on the seas.

Ship Specifications

  • Staff and Crew: 125

  • Guests: 176

  • Length: 126 metres

  • Breadth: 19 metres

  • Draft: 4.7 metres

  • Propulsion: 2 x Rolls Royce 9,000 kw hybrid diesel/electric

  • Ice Class: 1B

  • Cruising Speed: 16 knots, in open water

  • Registration: Portugal

  • Lifeboats: 2, fully-enclosed

Deck Plan

Ship Amenities

  • Bar staffed by a professional bartender

  • Polar Boutique

  • Library with a large collection of polar books and games

  • Lounge Areas

  • Reception Area

  • Gym, Pool and Sauna

  • Spa facilities and wellness programme

  • Medical Clinic with licensed doctor

  • Lecture Theatre

  • Observation Decks

Your holiday in Antarctica

Ocean Adventurer

Deluxe

A Deluxe Cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior view.

Lower Deck Twin

A Lower Deck Twin cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.

Main Deck Twin with Porthole or Window

A Main Deck Twin Porthole cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views. Window cabin has 2 windows with exterior views.

Owner's Suite

An Owner's Suite has a double bed and private sitting room. One features a large panoramic window facing aft, and the other two suites face port and starboard.

Suite

A Suite has a double bed, windows with exterior views, private facilities. Cabin 403 has a bathtub; other Suites have showers.

Superior

A Superior cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.

Triple

A Triple Cabin has two lower berths and one upper berth, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.

Your holiday in Antarctica

Ocean Diamond

Balcony Suite

Approximately 325 sq. ft. (30 sq. m) in size, including the balcony, this suite has one double bed or two twin beds, and a full-size window with a sliding glass door that leads to a private deck with chairs. Located on the Observation Deck, this suite has a private bathroom with shower. A refrigerator, TV, and DVD player are included in each cabin.

Single Obstructed View

Approximately 200 sq. ft. (19 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double bed, and a picture window (the view is obstructed by the lifeboats). Located on the Captain’s Deck these cabins have a private bathroom with shower. A refrigerator, TV, and DVD player are included in each cabin.

Single Porthole

Approximately 200 sq. ft. (19 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double bed and two portholes. Located on the Lower Deck, these cabins have a private bathroom with shower. A refrigerator, TV, and DVD player are included in each cabin.

Suite

Approximately 400 sq. ft. (37 sq. m) in size, these suites have one double bed or two twin beds, and two picture windows. Located on the Main Deck, these suites have a separate sitting area with sofas, two easy chairs, a small table, and two private bathrooms. A refrigerator, TV, and DVD player are included in each cabin.

Triple

Approximately 200 sq. ft. (19 sq. m) in size, this cabin has two twin beds and an upper bed, and two portholes (Note: cabin 332 has three lower beds). Located on the Lower Deck, these cabins have a private bathroom with shower. A refrigerator, TV, and DVD player are included in each cabin.

Twin Obstructed View

Approximately 200 sq. ft. (19 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double bed or two twin beds, and a picture window (the view is obstructed). Located on the Captain’s and Upper Decks, these cabins have a private bathroom with shower. A refrigerator, TV, and DVD player are included in each cabin.

Twin Window

Between 183 and 200 sq. ft. (17 and 19 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double bed or two twin beds, and a picture window. Located on the Upper, Main and Captain’s Decks, these cabins have a private bathroom with shower. A refrigerator, TV, and DVD player are included in each cabin.

Your holiday in Antarctica

Ocean Endeavour

Junior Suite

Junior Suites on Deck 5 are at least 325 sq. ft. (30 sq. m), and at least 164 sq. ft. (15 sq. m) on Deck 7. All Junior Suites feature a picture window, one double bed and private bath. Cabins 7000 and 7002 have bathtubs and forward facing windows; other Junior Suites have showers and portside views.

Owner's Suite

Approximately 320 sq. ft. (30 sq. m), the Owner’s Suite on Deck 7 features two large bow-facing windows, one double bed, separate sitting room and private bath with tub.

Single Inside

Approximately 95 to 105 sq. ft. (9-10 sq. m), a Single on Deck 5 is an interior cabin with a lower berth and private bath.

Superior Double

Approximately 182 sq. ft. (17 sq. m), a Superior Double on Deck 7 features one double bed, a sofa, a large window, and a private bathroom. Cabins 7000 and 7018 have bathtubs; other Superior Doubles have showers.

Superior Twin

Approximately 226 sq. ft. (21 sq. m), a Superior Twin on Deck 5 features two lower beds and a pull out sofa bed, a large window, and a private bathroom.

Top Deck Double

Approximately 155 sq. ft. (14.5 sq. m), a Top Deck Double on Deck 8 features two large windows (one window with partial obstruction), one double bed and a private bathroom.

Triple

Approximately 225 sq. ft. (20 sq. m), a Triple on Deck 4 is an interior cabin with three lower berths, and private bath. Cabin 4100 has four lower single beds and one private bathroom with a separate shower room.

Twin Porthole Suite/ Twin Porthole Suite w/ 2 bathrooms

Approximately 190 to 200 sq. ft. (18-20 sq. m), a Twin Porthole Suite on Deck 4 is twice the size of a Twin Porthole, with two bathrooms. It features two single beds, a separate living area with a pull out sofa bed, two porthole windows, and either 1 or two private bathrooms.

Twin Porthole Upper/Lower

Approximately 76 sq. ft. (7 sq. m), a Twin Porthole on Deck 4 features a porthole window, one lower and one upper berth and a private bathroom.

Twin Window

Approximately 95 to 105 sq. ft. (9-10 sq. m), a Twin Window on Deck 5 features a picture window, two lower berths and private bath.

Twin Window Suite/Twin Window Suite w/ 2 bathrooms

A Twin Window Suite on Deck 5 is twice the size of a Twin Window. It features two single beds, a separate living area with a pull out sofa bed, two windows, and one or 2 private bathrooms.

Upper Deck Double

Approximately 155 sq. ft. (14 sq. m), an Upper Deck Double on Deck 8 features a window (obstructed view), one double bed and a private bathroom.

Upper Deck Twin

Approximately 140 sq. ft. (13 sq. m), an Upper Deck Twin on Deck 7 features a window (obstructed view), two lower berths and a private bathroom.

Your holiday in Antarctica

World Explorer

Deluxe

Located on Deck 5, and approximately 334 sq. ft. (31 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 110 sq. ft. (10 sq. m) walk-out balcony with access from sitting room and bedroom. A separate sitting area with sofa, his & hers closets, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower and his & hers sinks is also featured in each cabin.

Infinity Suite

Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 270 sq. ft. (25 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a floor-to-ceiling glass Juliet balcony. A sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.

Owner's Suite

Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 355 sq. ft. (33 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 110 sq. ft. (10 sq. m) walk-out balcony with access from sitting room and bedroom. A separate sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower, his & hers sinks, and bathtub is also featured in each cabin.

Superior Suite

Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 278 sq. ft. (26 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 110 sq. ft. (10 sq. m) walk-out balcony with access from sitting room and bedroom. A separate sitting area with sofa, walk-in closet, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.

Triple

Located on Deck 6, and approximately 246 sq. ft. (23 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 55 sq. ft. (5 sq. m) walk-out balcony. A separate combo sitting area/bedroom with a sofa bed and additional closet, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.

Veranda Suite

Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 215 sq. ft. (20 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 55 sq. ft. (5 sq. m) walk-out balcony. A sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.

Your holiday in Antarctica

Antarctic Explorer

Cruise Only Prices 2018 (Transfers & Flights not included)

Dates Ship Nights Twin Cabin Price
05 November - 15 November Ocean Endeavour 10 £5320
06 November – 16 November  Ocean Diamond 10 £5700

13 November - 23 November
Photography Departure

Ocean Adventurer 10 £5440
02 December – 11 December  Ocean Endeavour 9 £5780
08 December - 18 December  Ocean Adventurer 10 £6800
09 December - 19 December  Ocean Diamond  10 £7600
10 December – 19 December Ocean Endeavour 9 £6800

Cruise Only Prices 2019 (Transfers & Flights not included)

Dates Ship Nights Twin Cabin Price 
03 January - 13 January  World Explorer 10 £9800
08 January - 18 January  Ocean Endeavour 10 £7900
12 January - 22 January  World Explorer 10 £9800
17 January - 27 January  Ocean Endeavour  10 £7900
09 February - 19 February Ocean Endeavour  10 £7900
24 February - 07 March  Ocean Adventurer 11 £7500
03 November - 13 November  World Explorer 10 £6750
05 November - 15 November  Ocean Endeavour 10 £5875
12 November - 22 November  Ocean Adventurer 10 £4650
21 November - 01 December Ocean Adventurer 10 £4960
02 December - 12 December Ocean Endeavour 10 £6320
07 December - 18 December  World Explorer 11 £8925
08 December - 19 December  Ocean Diamond  11 £6885
11 December - 21 December  Ocean Endeavour 10 £7245
17 December - 28 December  World Explorer  11 £10500
29 December - 08 January  Ocean Adventurer 10 £6900

Cruise Only Prices 2020 (Transfers & Flights not included)

Dates Ship Nights

Twin Cabin Price

07 January - 17 January  Ocean Endeavour 10 £7630
28 January - 07 February  Ocean Endeavour 10 £7245
06 February  - 16 February  Ocean Endeavour 10 £6820
07 February  - 17 February   Ocean Diamond 10 £6205
03 March - 13 March  Ocean Adventurer 10 £4650
07 March - 17 March   Ocean Endeavour 10 £6100

Tour prices are accurate at time of publication. All cabins are subject to availability.
Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin – please contact us for details of other cabin types.

Ocean Endeavour departures start in Buenos Aires and include the flight down to Ushuaia.

Deposit requirements are 20% at the time of booking and full payment is due 120 days prior to departure.

Antarctic Explorer | Itinerary notes for 9 night duration and 11 night duration

You can also choose to spend 1 day less or 1 day more on the Antarctic Peninsula with our 9 night or 11 night itinerary. Please see our expedition sailing dates and prices or talk to your Expedition Cruise Expert. 

Flights + Extra Accommodation

Our BSpoke team can organise your international flights for you. We can also arrange pre/post expedition accommodation. Please contact your Expedition Cruise Expert for more information.

Solo Travellers

Aboard this expedition cruise we do not require you to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. We will arrange for you to share the cabin with another traveller of the same gender or you can opt to have a single cabin, if available. If you would like a single supplement in a non-single cabin please ask us for prices.

Optional Activities

Contact a BSpoke Expedition Cruise Expert to learn more about adventure options, including physical requirements.

  • Paddling excursion (limited availability – all departures)

  • Sea kayaking (limited availability – all departures)

  • Camping (limited availability – 05 Nov 2018, 06 Nov 2018, 08 Dec 2018, 09 Dec 2018, 03 Jan 2019, 08 Jan 2019, 12 Jan 2019, 17 Jan 2019, 03 Nov 2019, 05 Nov 2019, 12 Nov 2019, 21 Nov 2019, 02 Dec 2019, 11 Dec 2019, 29 Dec 2019, 07 Jan 2020)

  • Stand-up paddle boarding (limited availability – 03 Jan 2019, 08 Jan 2019, 12 Jan 2019, 17 Jan 2019, 09 Feb 2019, 07 Dec 2019, 17 Dec 2019, 28 Jan 2020, 06 Feb 2020, 07 Mar 2020)

  • Mountaineering (limited availability – 05 Nov 2018, 02 Dec 2018, 10 Dec 2018, 05 Nov 2019, 02 Dec 2019, 11 Dec 2019)

  • Cross-Country Skiing (limited availability – 05 Nov 2018, 02 Dec 2018, 10 Dec 2018, 05 Nov 2019, 02 Dec 2019, 11 Dec 2019)

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