Marvel at the rugged serenity from an expedition vessel created around comfort and elegance on our once-in-a-lifetime polar journey in Antarctica. This extraordinary adventure weaves nature’s untouched majesty, wildlife viewings, and stunning polar activities. Conquer the famed Drake Passage in a polar-class vessel; explore majestic natural environments by Zodiac and on foot; get up close and personal with penguins, whales, and other wildlife and make the most of this fantastic exploration of the remote, pristine southernmost continent.
Antarctica is a completely unique entity on our planet as a frozen continent surrounded by oceans. You will begin your journey in Ushuaia, a small but bustling port town at the tip of South America. This Argentine town is an ideal gateway for you to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead.
South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula
Each day of this adventure is determined by weather and opportunity and filled with options for kayaking, paddling, hiking (or even a polar plunge!), and when onboard, a plethora of talks on history, biology, and glaciology by polar experts. Make your journey to the seventh continent and cross the Drake Passage. The Drake Passage is the body of water that stretches from the southernmost tip of Cape Horn in Chile to the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica.
Arriving at the South Shetland Islands, you will have options to take Zodiac excursions from the ship and explore glaciated bays, channels, and landing sites. Watch for Weddell, fur, crabeater, leopard seals, and curious whales, such as humpbacks, minkes, or perhaps orcas, while on a Zodiac cruise. Upon landing, you’ll hike the Antarctic landscape and visit a research station.
Seals and whales are the two major groups of mammals that live in the Antarctic. Both are species with terrestrial ancestors that have adapted to the marine environment. Of all the sea birds that live in Antarctica, the largest in number and certainly the best known are the penguins. Seven types live in the Antarctic: Emperor penguins, regarded as the true master of the ice; the three Pygoscelis penguins; Macaroni penguins, Rockhoppers, and King penguins.
The return journey 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. Celebrate the shared experiences exploring Antarctica during the farewell dinner before arriving in Ushuaia for your return home.
We encourage you to reach out if you are interested, as some of the fun active extras (sea kayaking, paddling, SUP) are very limited. While you will be traveling within the camaraderie of AdventureWomen small women-only group, other passengers of mixed genders will be traveling on the World Explorer.
- Experience the highlights of the world's seventh continent as you explore the Antarctic Peninsula
- Witness an abundance of wildlife such as penguins, seals, and whales
- Enjoy the comfort of an all-suite, all-balcony expedition ship
- Explore the polar landscape on foot and by Zodiac as you learn about wildlife, glaciology, and geology from expert polar guides
What You'll See and Do
- Boat Cruising
- Glacier Exploration
- Whale Watching
- Wildlife Viewing