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Your holiday in Antarctica

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Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure on this diverse expedition — you’ll experience the spectacular flora and fauna of the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) before immersing yourself in the unique history and exquisite, rare wildlife of South Georgia.

Whether you’re visiting Antarctic research stations, witnessing a sudden minke whale breach from your Zodiac, sharing a magical moment with King penguins, or celebrating crossing the Antarctic Circle with like-minded travellers and crew, you’ll know this experience will live on in you forever.

What not to miss

  • Daily zodiac excursions

  • See the incredible wildlife of South Georgia, often referred to as ‘the Galapagos of the South’. 

  • Follow in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s perilous voyage on South Georgia

  • Geology and wildlife lectures

  • Explore the quaint, British town of Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands

  • Wildlife including penguins, seals and whales

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

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Day 1 | Buenos Aires, Argentina

You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of the itinerary. Upon your arrival at 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, Argentina 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.

Day 3 | At Sea

There are many activities to keep you engaged while we’re at sea. You can take advantage of the library of books available on your ship, hang out at the bar chatting to other travellers or spend time out on deck, admiring the seascapes. Your Expedition Team will also conduct a series of presentations to familiarize yourself with how to prepare for Zodiac cruises and shore landings.

Days 4 & 5 | Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

The Falkland archipelago contains two main islands, East and West, which we will explore by Zodiac excursions and daily landings. These rugged islands have a frontier feel to them, especially at Port Stanley—the largest settlement on the islands.

Days 6 & 7 | At Sea

Enroute to South Georgia you’ll cross the invisible biological boundary unique to Antarctica – the Antarctic Convergence. This meeting of oceans is what creates the abundance of krill and marine life that attract large cetaceans such as humpback whales.

Days 8 to 11 | South Georgia

Evidence of the old whaling and sealing heydays is still found throughout the island. You’ll be surprised to learn that whale and seal populations were once decimated here, as today their populations are strong, with massive rookeries to be seen.

Days 12 & 13 | At Sea

Antarctica awaits, along with its own penguin and seal species. While you’re at sea, you can enjoy quiet time or take in presentations by the Expedition Team, who will cover everything from the history and geology of Antarctica to tips on identifying different species and what makes each of them unique.

Days 14 to 16 | South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

The most common reaction to arriving at the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words. You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes: at one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete silence and loneliness, the next you’ll be laughing at the comical antics of a curious penguin.

Days 17 & 18 | The Antarctic Circle

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not come close to reaching this far south.

Days 19 & 20 | Northbound Along the Peninsula

If you haven’t had your fill of Antarctic wildlife and icebergs by now, you’ll surely be satisfied by the time we return to the Drake Passage. You will continue to journey onto land by Zodiac twice daily as you travel north along the western Antarctic Peninsula.

Days 21 & 22 | Crossing the Drake Passage

Day 23 | Disembark in Ushuaia & Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina

We will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning after breakfast. After disembarkation, we will taste a little of Patagonia by touring Tierra del Fuego National Park before we transfer to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.

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

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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

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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

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.

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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

Approximately 95 to 105 sq. ft. (9-10 sq. m), a Twin Porthole on Deck 4 features a porthole window, two lower berths and a private bathroom.

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.

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Cruise Only Prices 2018 (Transfers & Flights not included)

Dates Ship Nights Twin Cabin Price
18 December - 09 January Ocean Endeavour 22 £15000

Cruise Only Prices 2019 (Transfers & Flights not included)

Dates Ship Nights Twin Cabin Price
18 February - 12 March  Ocean Endeavour 22 £15000
18 December - 09 January  Ocean Diamond  22 £16300

Cruise Only Prices 2020 (Transfers & Flights not included)

Dates Ship Nights Twin Cabin Price
15 February - 08 March  Ocean Endeavour  22 £14560

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

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

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)

  • Sea kayaking (limited availability)

  • Stand-up paddle boarding (limited availability – 18 Feb 2019 + 15 Feb 2020 only)

  • Camping (limited availability – 18 Dec 2018 + 18 Dec 2019 only)

  • Mountaineering (limited availability 18 Dec 2018 only)

  • Cross-Country Skiing (limited availability 18 Dec 2018 only)

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