Greg Mortimer

The 341 Ft./104 meter MV Greg Mortimer first set sail in October of 2019, and is a purpose-built and ground-breaking, state-of-the-art expedition vessel. Built to world-class polar standards and designed in close consultation with expedition specialists, she accommodates 120-132 travelers and is one of the most advanced expedition ships in the world, capable of negotiating the strongest winds and waves. Robust, powerful and built with her guests in mind, the Greg Mortimer is at the cutting edge ... READ MORE >>
Itinerary
Itinerary (Spirit of Antarctica)
DAY 1: Arrive Ushuaia
DAY 2: Ushuaia - Embark
DAY 3-4: At Sea
DAY 5-9: Antarctic Peninsula
DAY 10-11: At Sea
DAY 12: Disembark Ushuaia

Itinerary (Antarctic Explorer - Fly Cruise)
DAY 1: Arrive Punta Arenas
DAY 2: Punta Arenas - King George Island - Embark
DAY 3-10: Antarctic Peninsula
DAY 11: King George Island - Disembark - Punta Arenas
DAY 12: Punta Arenas

Itinerary (Weddell Sea - Wild Antarctica - Fly Cruise)
DAY 1: Arrive Punta Arenas
DAY 2: Punta Arenas - King George Island - Embark
DAY 3-9: Weddell Sea & Antarctic Peninsula
DAY 10: King George Island - Disembark - Punta Arenas
DAY 11: Punta Arenas

Itinerary (Across the Antarctic Circle)
DAY 1: Arrive Ushuaia
DAY 2: Ushuaia - Embark
DAY 3-4: At Sea
DAY 5-12: Antarctic Peninsula and the Antarctic Circle
DAY 13-14: At Sea
DAY 15: Ushuaia - Disembark

Itinerary (Across the Antarctic Circle - Fly Cruise)
DAY 1: Arrive Ushuaia
DAY 2: Ushuaia - Embark
DAY 3-4: At Sea
DAY 5-10: Antarctic Peninsula & Polar Circle
DAY 11: King George Island - Disembark - Punta Arenas
DAY 12: Punta Arenas

Itinerary (Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica)
DAY 1: Arrive Ushuaia
DAY 2: Ushuaia - Embark
DAY 3: At Sea
DAY 4: Falklands - Malvinas
DAY 5-7: At Sea / Shag Rocks
DAY 8-12: South Georgia
DAY 13-14: At Sea
DAY 15-19: Antarctic Peninsula
DAY 20: At Sea
DAY 21: Ushuaia - Disembark

Itinerary (South Georgia & Antarctica Odyssey )
DAY 1: Arrive Ushuaia
DAY 2: Ushuaia - Embark
DAY 3: At Sea
DAY 4: Falkland Islands / Malvinas
DAY 5-7: At Sea / Shag Rocks
DAY 8-12: South Georgia
DAY 13-14: Scotia Sea
DAY 15-20: Antarctic Peninsula & Polar Circle
DAY 21-22: At Sea
DAY 23: Disembark - Ushuaia
DAY 22: Disembark Ushuaia

Itinerary (Solar Eclipse: South Georgia & Antarctica Odyssey)
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Itinerary (Spirit of Antarctica)
DAY 1: Arrive Ushuaia
Welcome to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina! Upon arrival in Ushuaia, you will be met by a Greg Mortimer representative and transferred to your downtown hotel (preferred flights only).
DAY 2: Ushuaia - Embark
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before exploring Ushuaia on a half-day city tour. Your luggage will be collected from your hotel and transferred directly to port for clearance and loading onto the ship. Ushuaia, capital of Tierra del Fuego is located at the shores of the Beagle Channel and surrounded by the Martial Mountains giving you a unique landscape in Argentina, which is the combination of mountains, sea, glaciers and forests. On this half day introductory tour, you will visit “La Mision” neighborhood, the old Government House, and the upper area of the city, which offers beautiful panoramic views of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. During the excursion you will see the antique houses that belonged to the first families settled in Ushuaia. The excursion ends with a visit to the End of the World Museum before transferring to the pier for embarkation at approximately 4:00 PM. Please note that opening hours to the museum can change without notice, and if the End of the World Museum is closed, you may visit the nearby Old Prison Museum instead. As the Greg Mortimer pulls away from port, you’ll gather on the deck to commence your adventure with spectacular views over Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego. You’ll have time to settle into your cabin before our important briefings. This evening, get to know your fellow expeditioners and friendly expedition team and crew at a welcome dinner to celebrate the start of a thrilling adventure to Antarctica. (B,D)

DAY 3-4: At Sea
The next two days are spent crossing the Drake Passage. Time onboard is spent relaxing, enjoying lectures, whale watching and watching the ceaseless flight of seabirds following the ship’s wake. Heading south, you’ll cross the Antarctic Convergence, arriving into the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area you may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black- browed Albatrosses, Light- mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. As the journey across the Drake Passage ends, you’ll spot your first icebergs near the South Shetland Islands and the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula on day four, the excitement is palpable with everyone converging on one of the observation decks, watching for the first iceberg. The ocean takes on a whole new perspective once you are below the Antarctic Convergence and are surrounded by the surreal presence of floating ice sculptures. The memory of your first big iceberg sighting is likely to remain with you for a lifetime. Weather permitting, the first landing in Antarctica will be attempted by late afternoon. (B,L,D)


DAY 5-9: Antarctic Peninsula
Over the next five days a host of choices are open to you. And depending on ice and weather conditions, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula is yours to explore. Your experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day-to-day. This allows the best use of the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. With approximately 18-20 hours of daylight the days can be as busy as you wish.  Weather conditions permitting you will partake in landings or Zodiac excursions two or three times a day. Your days will be spent cruising along spectacular ice cliffs, following whales that are feeding near the surface, and landing on the continent and it’s off-shore islands to visit penguin rookeries, seal haul outs, and historic huts. During this voyage, there will be an opportunity to camp ashore. This will give you a chance to sample the style of adventure that Scott, Shackleton and other legendary Antarctic explorers experienced, although with slightly better equipment and in more comfort. 
 
A sample of some of the types of places where you may cruise through, hike, photograph or view spectacular wildlife include:
  • Beautiful protected bays around the Antarctic Peninsula surrounded by magnificent peaks and spectacular glaciers, areas that are havens for whales as you keep your eyes open for humpback, orcas, minkes, and crabeater seals, as you explore bays in Zodiacs.
  • Wildlife-rich islands where Weddell seals are hauled out on protected snow beds and noisy chinstrap penguins raise their families on rocky platforms; gulls nest on turrets, fur seals and elephant seals hauled out on pebble beaches.
  • Lemaire Channel, one of the highlights of the trip. The water can sometimes be so still that perfect reflections are mirrored on the surface and it is clear to see why this channel is called “Kodak Alley.”
  • Send a post card home from the Penguin Post Office, the world’s most southern post office.
(B,L,D)

DAY 10-11: At Sea
Relax and reminisce as you cross the Drake Passage, bound for South America. Time onboard is spent relaxing, enjoying recap lectures, whale watching and enjoying the ceaseless flight of seabirds following the ship’s wake. (B,L,D)

DAY 12: Disembark Ushuaia
During the early morning, you sail along the Beagle Channel, before quietly slipping into dock in Ushuaia, where disembarking begins at around 8:00am. You will say farewell to your fellow expeditioners and disembark the vessel. A transfer to either downtown Ushuaia or to the airport is included in the cost of the voyage. (B)

Key: (B)reakfast (L)unch (D)inner
Itinerary (Antarctic Explorer - Fly Cruise)
DAY 1: Arrive Punta Arenas
PLEASE NOTE: Some departures will start or end in Punta Arenas, sailing the Drake Passage one-way. Please inquire for details. 

You arrive in Punta Arenas, where you will be met by a Greg Mortimer representative and transferred to your downtown hotel. Overlooking the Straits of Magellan, the city sits astride one of the world’s most historic trade routes. Today, Punta Arenas reflects a great mix of cultures, from English sheep ranchers to Portuguese sailors, and it remains an utterly fascinating testament to Chile’s rich history. In the evening, you will gather to meet your fellow expeditioners and have a briefing on your flight to Antarctica!

DAY 2: Punta Arenas - King George Island - Embark
In the morning, You are transferred to the Punta Arenas airport and the adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. You will fly over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, as your expedition takes you to one of the most spectacular places on earth – the coldest, highest, windiest, driest and remotest continent – Antarctica. Please remember that you are flying in to very remote areas and flight schedules are dependent on weather.  (B,L,D)

DAY 3-10: Antarctic Peninsula
It’s almost impossible to describe the feeling of arriving in Antarctica. Spotting your first iceberg and taking a deep breath of some of the most fresh, crisp air on earth is an experience that will stay with you forever.

Once you arrive, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands are yours to explore, and there are a host of choices available to you. Because you are so far south, you will experience approximately 18-24 hours of daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish. Your experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day-to-day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. Landings or Zodiac excursions are generally made twice a day. You’ll want to layer up before joining Zodiac cruises along spectacular ice cliffs or among grounded icebergs, keeping watch for whales, seals and porpoising penguins. Zodiacs will also transport you from the ship to land, where you can visit penguin rookeries, discover historic huts and explore favorite spots along the peninsula. While ashore you can stretch your legs, wandering along pebbly beaches or perhaps up snow-covered ridgelines to vantage points with mountains towering overhead and ice-speckled oceans below. If you have chosen an optional activity, you’ll have the option to do that whenever conditions allow, and of course keen polar plungers will have the chance to fully immerse themselves in polar waters - conditions permitting!

In addition to Zodiac cruises and shore excursions, the ship may cruise some of the narrow, dramatic straits separating offshore islands from the mainland, or linger in scenic bays to watch whales travelling or feeding. This is a great time to enjoy the observation lounge or make your way to the bridge for uninterrupted views of Antarctica in all its splendor. Keep an ear out for the creak and deep rumble of glaciers as they carve their way from summit to sea, and take a quiet moment to experience the wonder of this incredible white continent. (B,L,D)

DAY 11: King George Island - Disembark - Punta Arenas
As you approach Frei Base on King George Island, it is time to bid farewell Antarctica and your amazing adventure before boarding your flight to Punta Arenas, Chile. On arrival at the Punta Arenas airport, you will be transferred to your included downtown hotel.
 
NOTE: King George Island is located at the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula in the South Shetland Islands and is one of the most remote places on Earth. A clear sky with perfect visibility is required in order to take off and land safely. We apologize in advance if you experience any delays. (B,L)
*Flight is included in trip costs.
**Please note that weather conditions in Antarctica can prevent the charter flight from departing King George Island. In the event of a delay, the Greg Mortimer will continue to accommodate you while you await your departure from Antarctica. It is highly recommended that you do not book your homeward flight or international departure from Chile on the same day as your scheduled flight from Antarctica. 

DAY 12: Punta Arenas
Enjoy breakfast with your fellow expeditioners in the hotel before saying your farewells and continuing with your own arrangements. (B)

Key: (B)reakfast (L)unch (D)inner


Itinerary (Weddell Sea - Wild Antarctica - Fly Cruise)
DAY 1: Arrive Punta Arenas
PLEASE NOTE: 13-Day departures may start or end in Ushuaia, Argentina, requiring a sail either way across the Drake Passage. Please inquire for details. 

Today you arrive in Punta Arenas, where you will be met by a Greg Mortimer representative and transferred to your downtown hotel. Overlooking the Straits of Magellan, the city sits astride one of the world’s most historic trade routes. Today, Punta Arenas reflects a great mix of cultures, from English sheep ranchers to Portuguese sailors, and it remains an utterly fascinating testament to Chile’s rich history. In the evening, you will gather to meet your fellow expeditioners and have a briefing on your flight to Antarctica! 

DAY 2: Punta Arenas - King George Island - Embark
In the morning you will be transferred to Punta Arenas airport for your early morning charter flight to King George Island, Antarctica. The flight will take approximately one-and-a-half hours. On arrival your expedition team is on hand to greet you for your zodiac transfer to board the Greg Mortimer. You will have time to settle into your cabin before important voyage briefings. (B,L,D)
DAY 3-9: Weddell Sea & Antarctic Peninsula
It’s almost impossible to describe the feeling of arriving in Antarctica. Spotting your first iceberg and taking a deep breath of some of the most fresh, crisp air on earth is an experience that will stay with you forever.
Once you arrive, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands are yours to explore, and you have a host of choices available. Because you are so far south, you will experience approximately 18-24 hours of daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish. Your experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. There are generally landings or Zodiac excursions twice a day. You’ll want to rug up before joining Zodiac cruises along spectacular ice cliffs or among grounded icebergs, keeping watch for whales, seals and porpoising penguins. Zodiacs will also transport you from the ship to land, where you can visit penguin rookeries, discover historic huts and explore some of the favorite spots along the peninsula. While ashore you are able to stretch your legs, wandering along pebbly beaches or perhaps up snow-covered ridgelines to vantage points with mountains towering overhead and ice-speckled oceans below. If you have chosen an optional activity, you’ll have the option to do that whenever conditions allow, and of course keen polar plungers will have the chance to fully immerse themselves in polar waters - conditions permitting!

In addition to Zodiac cruises and shore excursions, the ship may cruise some of the narrow, dramatic straits separating offshore islands from the mainland, or linger in scenic bays to watch whales travelling or feeding. This is a great time to enjoy the observation lounge or make your way to the bridge for uninterrupted views of Antarctica in all its splendor. Keep an ear out for the creak and deep rumble of glaciers as they carve their way from summit to sea, and take a quiet moment to experience the wonder of this incredible white continent. Central to the story of where Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance became trapped in formidable sea ice, the Weddell Sea certainly is high on the list for most polar adventurers. A small set of islands standing off to the east of the Antarctic Peninsula collectively form the Antarctic Sound – the gateway to the Weddell Sea. With a well-deserved reputation as being an iceberg alley, many large tabular bergs escape the Weddell Sea through the Antarctic Sound, often making navigation difficult. However, the rewards can be great. Fossils are a reminder of a more temperate era – gastropods, large clams, and spiral-shaped ammonites, all turned to stone. Be spoiled for wildlife encounters as the Weddell boasts a large Adélie penguin colony just outside of the Antarctic Sound, some of which breed on the rocky slopes of a small volcanic island, where a large colony of Antarctic blue-eyed shags jostle for space with nest-building Wilson’s storm petrels. On thrilling Zodiac cruises or slicing a path through the maze of sea ice in your kayak, keep watch for chinstrap and gentoo penguins in and out of the water, where you’re likely to spot humpback, minke and orca whales. With good ice and plenty of luck, you may even get close to a well-known emperor penguin colony. Your camera is sure to get a solid workout during your time in the Weddell Sea. (B,L,D)
DAY 10: King George Island - Disembark - Punta Arenas
As you approach Frei Base on King George Island, it is time to bid farewell Antarctica and your amazing adventure before boarding your flight to Punta Arenas, Chile. On arrival at the Punta Arenas airport, you will be transferred to your included downtown hotel.
 
NOTE: King George Island is located at the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula in the South Shetland Islands and is one of the most remote places on Earth. A clear sky with perfect visibility is required in order to take off and land safely. Apologies in advance if you experience any delays. (B,L)

*Flight is included in trip costs.
**Please note that weather conditions in Antarctica can prevent the charter flight from departing King George Island. In the event of a delay, the Greg Mortimer will continue to accommodate you while you await your departure from Antarctica. It is  highly recommended that you do not book your homeward flight or international departure from Chile on the same day as your scheduled flight from Antarctica. 

DAY 11: Punta Arenas
Enjoy breakfast with your fellow expeditioners in the hotel before saying your farewells and continuing with your own arrangements. (B)
 
Key: (B)reakfast (L)unch (D)inner

Itinerary (Across the Antarctic Circle)
DAY 1: Arrive Ushuaia
Welcome to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina! Upon arrival in Ushuaia, you will be met by a Greg Mortimer representative and transferred to your downtown hotel (preferred flights only).

DAY 2: Ushuaia - Embark
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before exploring Ushuaia on a half-day city tour. Your luggage will be collected from your hotel and transferred directly to port for clearance and loading onto the ship. Ushuaia, capital of Tierra del Fuego is located at the shores of the Beagle Channel and surrounded by the Martial Mountains giving you a unique landscape in Argentina, which is the combination of mountains, sea, glaciers and forests. On this half day introductory tour, you will visit “La Mision” neighborhood, the old Government House, and the upper area of the city, which offers beautiful panoramic views of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. During the excursion you will see the antique houses that belonged to the first families settled in Ushuaia. The excursion ends with a visit to the End of the World Museum before transferring to the pier for embarkation at approximately 4:00 PM. Please note that opening hours to the museum can change without notice, and if the End of the World Museum is closed, you may visit the nearby Old Prison Museum instead. As the Greg Mortimer pulls away from port, you’ll gather on the deck to commence your adventure with spectacular views over Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego. You’ll have time to settle into your cabin before important voyage briefings. This evening, get to know your fellow expeditioners and friendly expedition team and crew at a welcome dinner to celebrate the start of a thrilling adventure to Antarctica. (B,D)
DAY 3-4: At Sea
The next two days are spent crossing the Drake Passage. Time onboard is spent relaxing, enjoying lectures, whale watching and watching the ceaseless flight of seabirds following the ship’s wake. Heading south, you’ll cross the Antarctic Convergence, arriving into the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area you may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black- browed Albatrosses, Light- mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. As the journey across the Drake Passage ends, you’ll spot your first icebergs near the South Shetland Islands and the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula on day four, the excitement is palpable with everyone converging on one of the observation decks, watching for our first iceberg. The ocean takes on a whole new perspective once we are below the Antarctic Convergence and are surrounded by the surreal presence of floating ice sculptures. The memory of your first big iceberg sighting is likely to remain with you for a lifetime. Weather permitting, we may attempt our first landing in Antarctica by late afternoon. (B,L,D)
DAY 5-12: Antarctic Peninsula and the Antarctic Circle
It’s almost impossible to describe the feeling of arriving in Antarctica. Spotting your first iceberg and taking a deep breath of some of the most fresh, crisp air on earth is an experience that will stay with you forever. Once you arrive, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands are yours to explore, and there are a host of choices available to you. Because you are so far south, you will experience approximately 18-24 hours of daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish. Your experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. Zodiac excursions or landing are generally attempted twice a day. You’ll want to bundle up before joining Zodiac cruises along spectacular ice cliffs or among grounded icebergs, keeping watch for whales, seals and porpoising penguins. Zodiacs will also transport you from the ship to land, where you can visit penguin rookeries, discover historic huts and explore some of our favorite spots along the peninsula. While ashore you are able to stretch your legs, wandering along pebbly beaches or perhaps up snow-covered ridgelines to vantage points with mountains towering overhead and ice-speckled oceans below. If you have chosen an optional activity, you’ll have the option to do that whenever conditions allow, and of course keen polar plungers will have the chance to fully immerse themselves in polar waters - conditions permitting! In addition to Zodiac cruises and shore excursions, the ship may cruise some of the narrow, dramatic straits separating offshore islands from the mainland, or linger in scenic bays to watch whales travelling or feeding. This is a great time to enjoy the observation lounge or make your way to the bridge for uninterrupted views of Antarctica in all its splendor. Keep an ear out for the creak and deep rumble of glaciers as they carve their way from summit to sea, and take a quiet moment to experience the wonder of this incredible white continent. On this voyage, the plan is to cross the Antarctic Circle, an imaginary line located at the Antarctic Circle at latitude 66°33' South (approximately). This is certainly a special highlight for everyone, and the moment will be celebrated with a toast on the deck. You’ve earned some boasting privileges, joining a small group of lucky adventurers who’ve made it to this part of the world. As the ship approaches and crosses the circle, you will notice subtle changes in the landscape, icescape, and also in the distribution of wildlife. The waters at this time of year are rich with krill and the hope is to see plenty of whales - particularly humpbacks and minkes, and enjoy the spectacle of penguins feeding their ravenous chicks. Expect a Christmas like no other on this voyage! No matter where you are along the peninsula, you’ll enjoy some festive landings before savoring a special festive feast with your fellow expeditioners. (B,L,D)
DAY 13-14: At Sea
Relax and reminisce as you cross the Drake Passage, bound for South America. Time onboard is spent relaxing, enjoying recap lectures, whale watching and enjoying the ceaseless flight of seabirds following the ship’s wake. (B,L,D)

DAY 15: Ushuaia - Disembark
During the early morning, you sail along the Beagle Channel, before quietly slipping into dock in Ushuaia. After breakfast, you will disembark the vessel, and transfer to the Ushuaia Airport or downtown. (B)
 
Key: (B)reakfast (L)unch (D)inner
Itinerary (Across the Antarctic Circle - Fly Cruise)
DAY 1: Arrive Ushuaia
**PLEASE NOTE: Some itineraries may operate in reverse direction. Please enquire for details. 

Welcome to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina! Upon arrival in Ushuaia, you will be met by a Greg Mortimer representative and transferred to your downtown hotel (preferred flights only).

DAY 2: Ushuaia - Embark
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before exploring Ushuaia on a half-day city tour. Your luggage will be collected from your hotel and transferred directly to port for clearance and loading onto the ship. Ushuaia, capital of Tierra del Fuego is located at the shores of the Beagle Channel and surrounded by the Martial Mountains giving you a unique landscape in Argentina, which is the combination of mountains, sea, glaciers and forests. On this half day introductory tour, you will visit “La Mision” neighborhood, the old Government House, and the upper area of the city, which offers beautiful panoramic views of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. During the excursion you will see the antique houses that belonged to the first families settled in Ushuaia. The excursion ends with a visit to the End of the World Museum before transferring to the pier for embarkation at approximately 4:00 PM. Please note that opening hours to the museum can change without notice, and if the End of the World Museum is closed, you may visit the nearby Old Prison Museum instead. As the Greg Mortimer pulls away from port, you’ll gather on the deck to commence your adventure with spectacular views over Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego. You’ll have time to settle into your cabin before important voyage briefings. This evening, get to know your fellow expeditioners and friendly expedition team and crew at a welcome dinner to celebrate the start of a thrilling adventure to Antarctica. (B,D)

DAY 3-4: At Sea
The next two days are spent crossing the Drake Passage. Time onboard is spent relaxing, enjoying lectures, whale watching and admiring the ceaseless flight of seabirds following the ship’s wake. Heading south, you’ll cross the Antarctic Convergence, arriving into the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area you may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black- browed Albatrosses, Light- mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. As the journey across the Drake Passage ends, you’ll spot your first icebergs near the South Shetland Islands and the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula on day four, the excitement is palpable with everyone converging on one of the observation decks, watching for the first iceberg. The ocean takes on a whole new perspective once you are below the Antarctic Convergence and are surrounded by the surreal presence of floating ice sculptures. The memory of your first big iceberg sighting is likely to remain with you for a lifetime. Weather permitting, we may attempt our first landing in Antarctica by late afternoon. (B,L,D)

DAY 5-10: Antarctic Peninsula & Polar Circle
It’s almost impossible to describe the feeling of arriving in Antarctica. Spotting your first iceberg and taking a deep breath of some of the most fresh, crisp air on earth is an experience that will stay with you forever.
Once you arrive, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands are yours to explore, and there are a host of choices available to you. Because you are so far south, you will experience approximately 18-24 hours of daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish. Your experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. There are generally landings or Zodiac excursions twice a day. You’ll want to bundle up before joining Zodiac cruises along spectacular ice cliffs or among grounded icebergs, keeping watch for whales, seals and porpoising penguins. Zodiacs will also transport you from the ship to land, where you can visit penguin rookeries, discover historic huts and explore some of the favorite spots along the peninsula. While ashore you will have the opportunity to stretch your legs, wandering along pebbly beaches or perhaps up snow-covered ridgelines to vantage points with mountains towering overhead and ice-speckled oceans below. If you have chosen an optional activity, you’ll have the option to do that whenever conditions allow, and of course keen polar plungers will have the chance to fully immerse themselves in polar waters! (conditions permitting). In addition to Zodiac cruises and shore excursions, the ship may cruise some of the narrow, dramatic straits separating offshore islands from the mainland, or linger in scenic bays to watch whales travelling or feeding. This is a great time to enjoy the observation lounge or make your way to the bridge for uninterrupted views of Antarctica in all its splendor. Keep an ear out for the creak and deep rumble of glaciers as they carve their way from summit to sea, and take a quiet moment to experience the wonder of this incredible white continent. On this voyage, we plan to cross the Antarctic Circle, an imaginary line located at the Antarctic Circle at latitude 66°33' South (approximately). This is certainly a special highlight for everyone, and the moment will be celebrated with a toast on the deck. You’ve earned some boasting privileges, joining a small group of lucky adventurers who’ve made it to this part of the world. As you approach and cross the circle, you will notice subtle changes in the landscape, icescape, and also in the distribution of wildlife. The waters at this time of year are rich with krill and the hope is to see plenty of whales - particularly humpbacks and minkes, and enjoy the spectacle of penguins feeding their ravenous chicks. (B,L,D)
DAY 11: King George Island - Disembark - Punta Arenas
As you approach Frei Base on King George Island, it is time to bid farewell Antarctica and your amazing adventure before boarding your flight to Punta Arenas, Chile. On arrival at the Punta Arenas airport, you will be transferred to your included downtown hotel.
 
NOTE: King George Island is located at the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula in the South Shetland Islands and is one of the most remote places on Earth. A clear sky with perfect visibility is required in order to take off and land safely. We apologize in advance if you experience any delays. (B,L)

*Flight is included in trip costs.
**Please note that weather conditions in Antarctica can prevent the charter flight from departing King George Island. In the event of a delay, the Greg Mortimer will continue to accommodate you while you await your departure from Antarctica. We highly recommend that you do not book your homeward flight or international departure from Chile on the same day as your scheduled flight from Antarctica. 

DAY 12: Punta Arenas
Enjoy breakfast with your fellow expeditioners in the hotel before saying your farewells and continuing with your own arrangements. (B)
 
Key: (B)reakfast (L)unch (D)inner

Itinerary (Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica)
DAY 1: Arrive Ushuaia
PLEASE NOTE: Some departures will spend an extra day in the Falkland Islands, and consequently one less in South Georgia. March itineraries will operate in reverse order. 22-Day itineraries include a day at Isla de los Estados (Staten Island) before returning to Ushuaia. Please inquire for details. 

Welcome to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina! Upon arrival in Ushuaia, you will be met by a Greg Mortimer representative and transferred to your downtown hotel (preferred flights only).

DAY 2: Ushuaia - Embark
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before exploring Ushuaia on a half-day city tour. Your luggage will be collected from your hotel and transferred directly to port for clearance and loading onto the ship. Ushuaia, capital of Tierra del Fuego is located at the shores of the Beagle Channel and surrounded by the Martial Mountains giving you a unique landscape in Argentina, which is the combination of mountains, sea, glaciers and forests. On this half day introductory tour, you will visit “La Mision” neighborhood, the old Government House, and the upper area of the city, which offers beautiful panoramic views of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. During the excursion you will see the antique houses that belonged to the first families settled in Ushuaia. The excursion ends with a visit to the End of the World Museum before transferring to the pier for embarkation at approximately 4:00 PM. Please note that opening hours to the museum can change without notice, and if the End of the World Museum is closed, you may visit the nearby Old Prison Museum instead. As the Greg Mortimer pulls away from port, you’ll gather on the deck to commence your adventure with spectacular views over Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego. You’ll have time to settle into your cabin before important voyage briefings. This evening, get to know your fellow expeditioners and friendly expedition team and crew at a welcome dinner to celebrate the start of a thrilling adventure to Antarctica. (B,D)

DAY 3: At Sea
As the trip across the South Atlantic Ocean towards the Falklands-Malvinas commences, make the most of your time by getting comfortable with the motions of the sea. The expedition team prepares you for your first landing with important wildlife guidelines and biosecurity procedures, and starts a lecture program to help you learn more about the region’s history, wildlife and environment. The wildlife experiences begin as you can enjoy watching and photographing the many seabirds, including majestic albatrosses and giant petrels following in the ship’s wake. They rise and fall skillfully, using air currents created by the ship to gain momentum. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: Falklands - Malvinas
The Falklands-Malvinas comprises two large islands (East and West Falkland), with over 700 islands scattered off the coast. All but seven of these are uninhabited, with windswept coastlines, white sand beaches and crystal clear water. These beautifully barren islands are true wildlife havens, sheltering an impressive diversity of birdlife, including the largest black-browed albatross colony on earth. The cold, nutrient-rich waters surrounding the islands make this a prime location for spotting marine life. There are many beautiful areas to explore across the Falklands-Malvinas, each offering a unique perspective on this magnificent archipelago. Your experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day-to-day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing winds, weather and wildlife opportunities. Landings or Zodiac excursions are usually made twice a day. Even though you are north of the Antarctic Convergence it can be quite chilly here, so you’ll want to layer up before joining Zodiac cruises into rocky coves or along sea cliffs, keeping watch for seals, sea lions, dolphins and porpoising penguins. Zodiacs will also transport you from the ship to land, where you may be able to visit albatross colonies, penguin rookeries and perhaps even have a traditional English ‘tea and scones’ at a local cottage. The intent is to also land in historic Stanley, the capital of the Falklands-Malvinas. This charming town has a distinctly British character, with terraced town houses, pioneer cottages, and even an iconic red telephone box! Colorful buildings house cozy cafes, English pubs, souvenir shops, a post office and the fascinating Historic Dockyard Museum, with displays on the maritime history of the Falkland Islands, natural history and links to Antarctica. (B,L,D)

DAY 5-7: At Sea / Shag Rocks
Between the Falklands-Malvinas and South Georgia, you will again be entranced by the ceaseless flight of the many seabirds that follow the ship’s wake. On this leg, you are usually travelling into the prevailing weather so it is difficult to estimate the precise arrival time in South Georgia. The lecture program will continue highlighting all of the incredible sights witnessed over the past few days. You will have ample time to enjoy observing the sea birds, whale-watching from the observation areas, or simply relaxing with a book. If time and weather conditions permit, the ship could pass close to Shag Rocks, a fascinating group of jagged rocky islets protruding from the sea, in the proximity of South Georgia. (B,L,D)

DAY 8-12: South Georgia
As you near the rugged island of South Georgia, spare a thought for Captain James Cook, who arrived here in 1775 and believed it to be the northern tip of a great southern continent! In fact, it is a small island only 176 km (110 mi) long, but with a 3,000 m (9,842 ft) snow-capped mountain range, some of the world’s largest congregations of wildlife, and a truly fascinating human history, South Georgia is an island of incredible riches. On approach, jagged mountain peaks rise steeply, while seabirds are often spotted soaring around the ship. You’ll sail down the east coast, taking in the spectacular glaciated scenery and enjoying a little shelter from the prevailing westerly winds. This enchanting coastline is yours to explore! Remember to keep an eye out for South Georgia’s kelp forests as well - these remarkable underwater ecosystems are quite mesmerizing as their fronds sway back and forth on the water’s surface. Zodiacs will also transport you from ship to shore, where you can visit some of the largest king penguin colonies on earth, take a guided walk among fur seals and elephant seals (making sure you listen to your guides and keep your distance!) and wander along pebbled streams and grassy glacial outwash plains. The plan will be to also visit the remnants of South Georgia’s thriving whaling stations and pay respects to Sir Ernest Shackleton, whose incredible voyage of survival is synonymous with this island. If you have chosen an optional activity, you’ll have the option to do that whenever conditions allow. In addition to Zodiac cruises and shore excursions, the ship may cruise through fjords with towering cliffs of ancient stone, or into deeply indented bays towards dramatic glacier fronts. This is a great time to find a comfy spot in the observation lounge or make your way to the bridge to enjoy uninterrupted views of South Georgia’s majestic coast. (B,L,D)
DAY 13-14: At Sea
Attend informative lectures to learn about Antarctica as you sail across the Scotia Sea towards the white continent. Treat yourself to a massage in the wellness center or stay active in the gym; the choice is yours as to how you want to enjoy days at sea. (B,L,D)

DAY 15-19: Antarctic Peninsula
It’s almost impossible to describe the feeling of arriving in Antarctica. Spotting your first iceberg and taking a deep breath of some of the most fresh, crisp air on earth is an experience that will stay with you forever.
Upon arrival, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands are yours to explore, and there are a host of choices available you. Because you are so far south, you will experience approximately 18-24 hours of daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish. Zodiacs will also transport you from the ship to land, where you can visit penguin rookeries, discover historic huts and explore some favorite spots along the peninsula.

While ashore we aim to stretch our legs, wandering along pebbly beaches or perhaps up snow-covered ridgelines to vantage points with mountains towering overhead and ice-speckled oceans below. If you have chosen an optional activity, you’ll have the option to do that whenever conditions allow, and of course keen polar plungers will have the chance to fully immerse themselves in polar waters - conditions permitting! This is a great time to enjoy the observation lounge or make your way to the bridge for uninterrupted views of Antarctica in all its splendor. Keep an ear out for the creak and deep rumble of glaciers as they carve their way from summit to sea, and take a quiet moment to experience the wonder of this incredible white continent. (B,L,D)
DAY 20: At Sea
You may choose to spend the sea days returning to Ushuaia editing your photos, enjoying the onboard facilities, or listening to an informative lecture. Celebrate the end of an unforgettable voyage with newfound friends at a special Captain’s farewell dinner.

DAY 21: Ushuaia - Disembark
In the early morning, you slip into dock in Ushuaia, Argentina, marking the end of your expedition. After breakfast, you will disembark the vessel, and transfer to the Ushuaia Airport or downtown. (B)

Key: (B)reakfast (L)unch (D)inner

Itinerary (South Georgia & Antarctica Odyssey )
DAY 1: Arrive Ushuaia
Welcome to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina! Upon arrival in Ushuaia, you will be met by a Greg Mortimer representative and transferred to your included downtown hotel (preferred flights only).
DAY 2: Ushuaia - Embark
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and your luggage will be collected from your hotel and transferred directly to port for clearance and loading onto the ship. Ushuaia, capital of Tierra del Fuego is located at the shores of the Beagle Channel and surrounded by the Martial Mountains giving you a unique landscape in Argentina, which is the combination of mountains, sea, glaciers and forests. On this half day introductory tour, you will visit “La Mision” neighborhood, the old Government House, and the upper area of the city, which offers beautiful panoramic views of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. During the excursion you will see the antique houses that belonged to the first families settled in Ushuaia. The excursion ends with a visit to the End of the World Museum before transferring to the pier for embarkation at approximately 4.00 PM. Please note that opening hours to the museum can change without notice, and if the End of the World Museum is closed, you may visit the nearby Old Prison Museum instead. As the Greg Mortimer pulls away from port, you’ll gather on the deck to commence your adventure with spectacular views over Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego. You’ll have time to settle into your cabin before important voyage briefings. This evening, get to know your fellow expeditioners and friendly expedition team and crew at a welcome dinner to celebrate the start of a thrilling adventure to Antarctica. (B,D)

DAY 3: At Sea
As you commence your trip across the South Atlantic Ocean towards the Falklands-Malvinas, you will make the most of your time getting comfortable with the motions of the sea. Your expedition team will prepare you for your first landing with important wildlife guidelines and biosecurity procedures, and start your lecture program to help you learn more about the region’s history, wildlife and environment. Your wildlife experiences begin as you enjoy watching and photographing the many seabirds, including majestic albatrosses and giant petrels following in the ship’s wake. They rise and fall skillfully, using air currents created by the ship to gain momentum. (B,L,D)
DAY 4: Falkland Islands / Malvinas
Located 477 kilometers/296 miles east of southern Argentina, the Falklands-Malvinas are a unique mix of wildlife hotspot and inhabited outpost. An archipelago of over 700 islands, but consisting of two main islands - East and West, only seven of the islands are inhabited. The cold nutrient-rich waters surrounding the islands makes them a prime location for marine life including seabirds and seals. Your time in the Falkland-Malvinas includes a short walk in historic Stanley town, and Sea Lion Island located in East Falkland’s south, where you can get insight into the unique experience of Sea Lion Island Nature Reserve. You will discover how the raw beauty and solitude of the island makes it a haven for wildlife and visitors alike. In 2009, Sea Lion Island was officially declared a National Nature Reserve, with no introduced predators living on the island. Tussac grass covers much of the island providing an ideal habitat for Elephant seals and sea lions that can be found on many of the island’s spectacular beaches. A plethora of birds such as thrushes, finches, tussac birds, and Megallenic penguins also inhabit the tussac. Pods of Orcas, Peale's dolphins, and Leopard seals are regularly seen in the waters around the island. The island's Southern Giant petrels, with a wingspan of two meters, act as a welcoming party to ships as they approach Sea Lion Island. Rockhopper, Gentoo and Magellanic penguins come to Sea Lion Island to breed. Macaroni and King penguins and Striated and Crested Caracaras are also common seen on the island. (B,L,D)

DAY 5-7: At Sea / Shag Rocks
Between the Falklands-Malvinas and South Georgia, you will be entranced by the ceaseless flight of the many seabirds that follow the ship’s wake, skillfully using the air currents created by the ship to gain momentum. On this leg, the ship is usually travelling into the prevailing weather, so it is difficult to estimate your precise arrival time in South Georgia. Your lecture program will continue highlighting all of the incredible sights you have witnessed over the past few days. You will have ample time to enjoy observing the sea birds, whale-watching from the observation areas, or simply relaxing with a book. If time and weather conditions permit, your Captain may choose to pass close to Shag Rocks, a fascinating group of jagged rocky islets protruding from the sea, in the proximity of South Georgia. (B,L,D)

DAY 8-12: South Georgia
South Georgia’s remote, untamed landscape is simply stunning. You will spend the next five days exploring the history and wildlife of this incredible island. Famed for its abandoned whaling stations and Shackleton’s heroic journey, South Georgia is home to literally millions of Fur seals and penguins, wallows of Elephant seals, and nesting albatross. Your expedition will have ample time to explore the network of harbors along South Georgia’s spectacular northern coast, visiting wildlife havens that include the world’s largest King penguin rookeries and majestic albatross nests. You will marvel at the adorable seal pups learning to swim, the herds of reindeer cantering across lush, grassy flats and the haunting cries of the Light-mantled Sooty Albatross. Kayakers will also revel in paddling the coastline’s nooks and crannies, accompanied by playful seals.
 
Visitor sites include Grytviken, St. Andrew’s Bay, Stromness Bay and Bay of Isles. At Grytviken, originally a Norwegian sealing and whaling station which was abandoned in 1965, you will encounter Elephant seals amidst abandoned factory buildings, and view ships which lay sunken alongside old wharves. You will learn the extraordinary history of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, and be overwhelmed at their remarkable feat of survival. Upon the black sandy beach of St Andrew’s Bay, you will find hundreds of Elephant seals that haul out on shore to molt amidst a backdrop of phenomenal snow-capped peaks. Just behind the beach, you’ll hear and then see the overwhelming sight of tens upon tens of thousands of King penguins at different stages of their breeding cycle. The glacial river that runs into the sea here will be alive with penguin chicks and seal pups testing their aquatic skills. At Stromness Bay, you may decide to wander up the mountains behind the old whaling station to see the waterfall decent that formed the last section of Shackleton’s epic journey, or even get the opportunity to walk in his footsteps from Fortuna Bay across the saddle to this waterfall. At Bay of Isles, you’ll find the serene Wandering Albatross with their massive wingspans, sitting proudly on their cute downy chicks – and maybe even be blessed by the performance of an intimate courtship dance, or witness a youngster being lovingly fed. Other sites you may visit are Elsehul Bay, Cooper Bay, Larsen Harbor, Salisbury Plains, Right Whale Bay, Royal Harbor, Drygalski Fjord, Gold Harbor, and Possession Bay. Rich in history, wildlife and unbelievably impressive scenery, South Georgia will astound you. (B,L,D)
DAY 13-14: Scotia Sea
Over the next two days, you will attend informative lectures to learn about Antarctica as you sail across the Scotia Sea towards the white continent. Treat yourself to a massage in the wellness center or stay active in the gym; the choice is yours on how you want to enjoy days at sea. (B,L,D)
DAY 15-20: Antarctic Peninsula & Polar Circle
The next six days are spent exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, visiting busy penguin rookeries, and exploring scenic and historic sites, as your expedition sets course to and from the Polar Circle. A host of choices are open to your voyage and the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula is yours to discover. Your experienced leaders will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day. Flexibility allows you to make best use of the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. You will cruise along spectacular ice cliffs, follow whales that are feeding near the surface, and explore landing sites rich in wildlife, history and stunning scenery, generally experiencing Zodiac landings or cruising excursions 2-3 times a day.
 
Your exciting crossing of the Antarctic Circle at latitude 66°33’ South is a highlight of this voyage. In order to accomplish the extra distance without compromising the quality of your Antarctic experience, the ship will motor south every night and during meal times. By the time you’ve crossed the Circle in Crystal Sound, you will notice subtle changes in the Antarctic land and icescapes, and also in the distribution of wildlife. In Crystal Sound the mountains soar from the sea, while small islands provide havens for penguins and seals. At this time of the summer the waters are rich with krill so conditions are hopeful for seeing whales, particularly Humpbacks and Minkes. If conditions allow, your ship will travel south through the narrow twisting channel called The Gullet. As your ship heads north again, you will understand more about the effect of southerly latitudes on Antarctic wildlife.
 
Examples of possible sites you may visit throughout your voyage include: Robert Point, Half Moon and Deception Islands, the Lemaire Channel, and Paradise Harbor. Robert Point is a unique landing place in the South Shetland Islands; a tiny toe of land that is literally alive with wildlife. Here you will find breeding Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins, wallows of Elephant seals that are 40 beasts strong and Giant petrels nesting on the ridgeline. At nearby Half Moon Island, there is a large Chinstrap penguin rookery tucked in between basaltic turrets colored by yellow and orange lichens. Gulls nest on these turrets and there are often Fur seals and Elephant seals hauled out on the pebble beaches. At one extremity of the island there is a large colony of nesting Blue-eyed shags. At the other end lies a small Argentine station that is sometimes occupied by scientists conducting research on the penguin colony and surrounding waterways. If weather conditions permit, your ship will sail through the narrow opening of Neptune’s Bellow to enter the flooded volcanic crater of Deception Island. Here you will find the remains of a derelict whaling station and vacant British base. Steam rises for the shore here, and you may decide to take the Polar Plunge! Outside the crater, you may land at Bailey Head to explore the enormous Chinstrap penguin rookery.
 
If ice conditions allow, your ship will quietly move through the narrow Lemaire Channel where cliffs tower 700 meters directly above the ship and the still water below will mirror perfect reflections of the world above. In the protected bay of Paradise Harbor, you will find spectacular glaciers surrounded by magnificent peaks. The rocky cliffs of this unforgettable piece of heaven provide perfect nesting sites for Blue-eyed shags, terns and gulls. This is also a haven for whales and you will keep our eyes open for Humpbacks, Orcas and Minkes, as well as Crabeater seals, as you explore by Zodiacs and possibly make a continental landing. Additional exciting locations you could visit are the Petermann, Fish, Argentine and Detaille Islands, Penola Strait, Neko Harbor, Crystal Sound, the Ukrainian Scientific Base of Vernadsky and Port Lockroy, a historic British base that is now a museum and post office…or a variety of other surprises. (B,L,D)
DAY 21-22: At Sea
The next two days are spent onboard as your vessel heads north through the Drake Passage toward Ushuaia, Argentina.  Time onboard is spent attending lectures and reflecting on your journey.  (B,L,D)
DAY 23: Disembark - Ushuaia
In the early morning, you slip into dock in Ushuaia, Argentina, marking the end of your expedition. After breakfast, you will disembark the vessel, and transfer to the Ushuaia Airport or downtown. (B)
 
Key: (B)reakfast (L)unch (D)inner

DAY 22: Disembark Ushuaia
In the early morning, you slip into dock in Ushuaia, Argentina, marking the end of your expedition. After breakfast, you will disembark the vessel, and transfer to the Ushuaia Airport or downtown. 

Key: (B)reakfast (L)unch (D)inner
Itinerary (Solar Eclipse: South Georgia & Antarctica Odyssey)

Weather

When to Visit
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  • feb
  • mar
  • apr
  • may
  • jun
  • jul
  • aug
  • sep
  • oct
  • nov
  • dec

Antarctica is known as the “coldest, highest, driest, windiest place on earth”. However, please keep in mind that you will not be venturing into the interior of the continent and you will be visiting during the Southern Hemisphere summer (November through March). That said, weather in Antarctica can vary dramatically from day to day, even from moment to moment. With summer temperatures ranging from 20-40° F, you may experience snow, rain, high winds, and bright warm sun all in the same day. It is best to approach an Antarctica expedition with a sense of adventure, as the climate is unpredictable. Weather may be a bit cooler early in the season (November) and late in the season (March), but there will not be a dramatic difference in temperatures throughout the tourism season. If you are used to winter in places like the northern United States, Canada, Scandinavia, and Russia, you will be more than prepared for summer temperatures at teh Antarctic Peninsula.


You may also wish to schedule your trip according to what wildlife activities you are likely to observe at different points during the season, details below:
 
o    Late October and November: The early part of the season showcases a number of highlights. Landing sites are at their most pristine. The possibility of seeing sea ice is present early on, before it breaks up later on in the season. Late October to early November sees Adélie, Chinstrap and Gentoo adult penguins and Antarctic-breeding seabirds starting to come ashore to their breeding sites where they commence courtship rituals and nest building. Shortly thereafter eggs are laid and incubated. Emperor penguins can be seen on the frozen Weddell Sea (visited occasionally by ice-strengthened expedition ships on special itineraries).

Spring flowers begin blooming in the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) and elephant seals are actively courting in South Georgia. South Georgia's female king penguins lay their eggs in November and the parents can be seen "carrying" eggs on their feet so that the parent can shuffle around the colony while the other adult goes out to sea to feed. "Oakum Boys" — king penguin chicks from the previous season — can also be seen in the rookeries. Fur seals litter the beaches in South Georgia with the males aggressive and ready to mate.
 
o    December and January: The increased number of daylight hours brings exceptional opportunities for photographers and non-photographers alike, and the expeditions make the most of the summer weather and continuous hours of daylight. Research activity in the Peninsula at the scientific bases is at its peak. Penguin chicks begin hatching in the Falklands (Islas Malvinas); followed by hatchings in mid- to late-December at sites in the Antarctic Peninsula. Some 30 days after hatching, penguin chicks can be found in "crèches," resembling a nursery of sorts, which leaves both adults free to replenish their food supply. An exciting time of this part of the season is when the parent returns with food and the hungry chicks are persistent in being fed, running after the parent (or any adult penguin with food) in a "feeding chase." Whale sightings of baleen and toothed whales escalate in the Peninsula area. Seal pups can be seen on the beaches in South Georgia. Sea ice is also beginning to break up which allows for the possibility to begin to access to rarely visited sites in the Weddell Sea, Ross Sea and within the Antarctic Circle.
 
o    February and March: Sightings of whales are at their peak in the Peninsula and an increasing number of fur seals can be found along the Peninsula and offshore islands. Young fur seals are also quite playful in South Georgia. Penguin colonies are very active with the penguin chicks beginning their molt - losing their fuzzy down and developing their adult plumage. During this timeframe, the parents will abandoned their chicks, and return out to sea to feed and fatten up for their own molting stage. Most colonies (Adélie, Chinstrap and Gentoo) are nearly vacated by the end of February to early March. Blooming snow algae is prevalent and receding pack ice has reached its peak for the season, allowing for easier exploration within the Weddell Sea, Ross Sea and Antarctic Circle.

Spirit of Antarctica

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers for group charter flights - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (Falklands/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (King George Island/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (Punta Arenas/Puerto Williams) - Included for some departures
  • 2 nights' accommodations in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Punta Arenas - Applies on some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Expedition parka
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Hotel accommodations in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Ground transportation in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Meals in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Medical evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Personal expenses (gratuities, alcoholic beverages, telecommunication charges, laundry, airport taxes, etc.)
  • Camping available on some departures at an additional cost - includes all gear
  • Kayaking available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Snowshoeing available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Diving available at additional cost
  • Snorkeling available at additional cost
  • Climbing available at additional cost
  • Ski Trekking available on some departures at an additional cost
  • Shackleton Crossing (trekking/camping) available at additional cost on some departures
  • GENERAL:
  • Airport taxes, international and local
  • Domestic airfare within South America
  • International airfare to and from Central & South America
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Medical & travel insurance (highly recommended)

Antarctic Explorer - Fly Cruise

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers for group charter flights - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (Falklands/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (King George Island/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (Punta Arenas/Puerto Williams) - Included for some departures
  • 2 nights' accommodations in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Punta Arenas - Applies on some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Expedition parka
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Hotel accommodations in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Ground transportation in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Meals in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Medical evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Personal expenses (gratuities, alcoholic beverages, telecommunication charges, laundry, airport taxes, etc.)
  • Camping available on some departures at an additional cost - includes all gear
  • Kayaking available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Snowshoeing available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Diving available at additional cost
  • Snorkeling available at additional cost
  • Climbing available at additional cost
  • Ski Trekking available on some departures at an additional cost
  • Shackleton Crossing (trekking/camping) available at additional cost on some departures
  • GENERAL:
  • Airport taxes, international and local
  • Domestic airfare within South America
  • International airfare to and from Central & South America
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Medical & travel insurance (highly recommended)

Weddell Sea - Wild Antarctica - Fly Cruise

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers for group charter flights - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (Falklands/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (King George Island/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (Punta Arenas/Puerto Williams) - Included for some departures
  • 2 nights' accommodations in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Punta Arenas - Applies on some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Expedition parka
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Hotel accommodations in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Ground transportation in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Meals in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Medical evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Personal expenses (gratuities, alcoholic beverages, telecommunication charges, laundry, airport taxes, etc.)
  • Camping available on some departures at an additional cost - includes all gear
  • Kayaking available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Snowshoeing available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Diving available at additional cost
  • Snorkeling available at additional cost
  • Climbing available at additional cost
  • Ski Trekking available on some departures at an additional cost
  • Shackleton Crossing (trekking/camping) available at additional cost on some departures
  • GENERAL:
  • Airport taxes, international and local
  • Domestic airfare within South America
  • International airfare to and from Central & South America
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Medical & travel insurance (highly recommended)

Across the Antarctic Circle

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers for group charter flights - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (Falklands/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (King George Island/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (Punta Arenas/Puerto Williams) - Included for some departures
  • 2 nights' accommodations in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Punta Arenas - Applies on some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Expedition parka
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Hotel accommodations in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Ground transportation in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Meals in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Medical evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Personal expenses (gratuities, alcoholic beverages, telecommunication charges, laundry, airport taxes, etc.)
  • Camping available on some departures at an additional cost - includes all gear
  • Kayaking available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Snowshoeing available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Diving available at additional cost
  • Snorkeling available at additional cost
  • Climbing available at additional cost
  • Ski Trekking available on some departures at an additional cost
  • Shackleton Crossing (trekking/camping) available at additional cost on some departures
  • GENERAL:
  • Airport taxes, international and local
  • Domestic airfare within South America
  • International airfare to and from Central & South America
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Medical & travel insurance (highly recommended)

Across the Antarctic Circle - Fly Cruise

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers for group charter flights - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (Falklands/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (King George Island/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (Punta Arenas/Puerto Williams) - Included for some departures
  • 2 nights' accommodations in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Punta Arenas - Applies on some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Expedition parka
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Hotel accommodations in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Ground transportation in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Meals in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Medical evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Personal expenses (gratuities, alcoholic beverages, telecommunication charges, laundry, airport taxes, etc.)
  • Camping available on some departures at an additional cost - includes all gear
  • Kayaking available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Snowshoeing available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Diving available at additional cost
  • Snorkeling available at additional cost
  • Climbing available at additional cost
  • Ski Trekking available on some departures at an additional cost
  • Shackleton Crossing (trekking/camping) available at additional cost on some departures
  • GENERAL:
  • Airport taxes, international and local
  • Domestic airfare within South America
  • International airfare to and from Central & South America
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Medical & travel insurance (highly recommended)

Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers for group charter flights - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (Falklands/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (King George Island/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (Punta Arenas/Puerto Williams) - Included for some departures
  • 2 nights' accommodations in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Punta Arenas - Applies on some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Expedition parka
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Hotel accommodations in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Ground transportation in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Meals in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Medical evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Personal expenses (gratuities, alcoholic beverages, telecommunication charges, laundry, airport taxes, etc.)
  • Camping available on some departures at an additional cost - includes all gear
  • Kayaking available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Snowshoeing available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Diving available at additional cost
  • Snorkeling available at additional cost
  • Climbing available at additional cost
  • Ski Trekking available on some departures at an additional cost
  • Shackleton Crossing (trekking/camping) available at additional cost on some departures
  • GENERAL:
  • Airport taxes, international and local
  • Domestic airfare within South America
  • International airfare to and from Central & South America
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Medical & travel insurance (highly recommended)

South Georgia & Antarctica Odyssey

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers for group charter flights - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (Falklands/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (King George Island/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (Punta Arenas/Puerto Williams) - Included for some departures
  • 2 nights' accommodations in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Punta Arenas - Applies on some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Expedition parka
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Hotel accommodations in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Ground transportation in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Meals in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Medical evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Personal expenses (gratuities, alcoholic beverages, telecommunication charges, laundry, airport taxes, etc.)
  • Camping available on some departures at an additional cost - includes all gear
  • Kayaking available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Snowshoeing available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Diving available at additional cost
  • Snorkeling available at additional cost
  • Climbing available at additional cost
  • Ski Trekking available on some departures at an additional cost
  • Shackleton Crossing (trekking/camping) available at additional cost on some departures
  • GENERAL:
  • Airport taxes, international and local
  • Domestic airfare within South America
  • International airfare to and from Central & South America
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Medical & travel insurance (highly recommended)

Solar Eclipse: South Georgia & Antarctica Odyssey

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers for group charter flights - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Airport transfers in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (Falklands/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (King George Island/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (Punta Arenas/Puerto Williams) - Included for some departures
  • 2 nights' accommodations in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Punta Arenas - Applies on some departures
  • 1 night's accommodations Ushuaia - Included for some departures
  • Expedition parka
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Hotel accommodations in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Ground transportation in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Meals in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Medical evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Personal expenses (gratuities, alcoholic beverages, telecommunication charges, laundry, airport taxes, etc.)
  • Camping available on some departures at an additional cost - includes all gear
  • Kayaking available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Snowshoeing available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Diving available at additional cost
  • Snorkeling available at additional cost
  • Climbing available at additional cost
  • Ski Trekking available on some departures at an additional cost
  • Shackleton Crossing (trekking/camping) available at additional cost on some departures
  • GENERAL:
  • Airport taxes, international and local
  • Domestic airfare within South America
  • International airfare to and from Central & South America
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Medical & travel insurance (highly recommended)

Spirit of Antarctica

Trip Dates
Availability changes constantly on Antarctica cruises. Please contact us for the most up-to-date availability and pricing.
Monday, December 27, 2021 to Friday, January 7, 2022
Thursday, January 6, 2022 to Monday, January 17, 2022

Antarctic Explorer - Fly Cruise

Trip Dates
Availability changes constantly on Antarctica cruises. Please contact us for the most up-to-date availability and pricing.
Sunday, January 16, 2022 to Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Monday, January 24, 2022 to Friday, February 4, 2022
Wednesday, February 2, 2022 to Sunday, February 13, 2022
Monday, February 21, 2022 to Friday, March 4, 2022

Weddell Sea - Wild Antarctica - Fly Cruise

Trip Dates
Availability changes constantly on Antarctica cruises. Please contact us for the most up-to-date availability and pricing.
Wednesday, March 2, 2022 to Monday, March 14, 2022

Across the Antarctic Circle

Trip Dates
Availability changes constantly on Antarctica cruises. Please contact us for the most up-to-date availability and pricing.
Tuesday, December 14, 2021 to Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Across the Antarctic Circle - Fly Cruise

Trip Dates
Availability changes constantly on Antarctica cruises. Please contact us for the most up-to-date availability and pricing.
Saturday, February 12, 2022 to Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica

Trip Dates
Availability changes constantly on Antarctica cruises. Please contact us for the most up-to-date availability and pricing.
Friday, October 29, 2021 to Tuesday, November 16, 2021

South Georgia & Antarctica Odyssey

Trip Dates
Availability changes constantly on Antarctica cruises. Please contact us for the most up-to-date availability and pricing.
Sunday, March 13, 2022 to Saturday, April 2, 2022

Solar Eclipse: South Georgia & Antarctica Odyssey

Trip Dates
Wednesday, November 24, 2021 to Wednesday, December 15, 2021

One Day

Multi-Day

Cabins
Among the five cabin categories, you will find porthole to private balcony cabins with large floor-to-ceiling windows, all with private bathrooms, personal storage options, twin and double-bed configurations, international power outlets and interconnecting staterooms.
 
DECK 3
  • Aurora Stateroom Triple (6): three single beds, private en-suite, porthole window, desk, safe, 42” flat-screen TV, 21.4 m2 - 22.8 m2
  • Aurora Stateroom Twin (8): two twins or double bed, private en-suite, porthole window, desk, safe, 42” flat-screen TV, 21.4 m2 - 22.8 m2
 
DECKS 4 & 6
  • Balcony Stateroom – A (24): two twins or double bed, private en-suite, floor to ceiling window, private balcony, desk, safe, 42” flat-screen TV, 24.1m2 - 31.3m2
  • Balcony Stateroom – B (17):  two twins or double bed, private en-suite, floor to ceiling window, private balcony, desk, safe, 42” flat-screen TV, 23.6 m2 - 24.8m2
  • Balcony Stateroom – C (14):  two twins or double bed, private en-suite, floor to ceiling window, private balcony, desk, safe, 42” flat-screen TV, 20.9 m2 - 24.8m2
  • Superior Balcony Stateroom (5): two twins or double bed, private en-suite, floor to ceiling window, private balcony, desk, safe, separate lounge area, 42” flat-screen TV, binoculars, 1-hour spa massage or facial treatment (per person), free stocked-once mini-bar, free bottle of champagne, Included Gratuities/Tips for crew ($15 per person/per day), 30.5m2 - 40.2 m
  • Captain’s Suite (1): two twins or double bed, private en-suite, floor to ceiling window, private balcony, desk, safe, separate lounge area, 42” flat-screen TV, binoculars, 1-hour spa massage or facial treatment (per person), free stocked & replenished mini-bar, free bottle of champagne, Included Gratuities/Tips for crew ($15 per person/per day), 44.5m
 
DECKS  7
  • Junior Suite (4): two twins or double bed, private en-suite, floor to ceiling window, private balcony, desk, safe, separate lounge area, 42” flat-screen TV, binoculars, 1-hour spa massage or facial treatment (per person), free stocked-once mini-bar, free bottle of champagne, Included Gratuities/Tips for crew ($15 per person/per day), 38.9m

VIEW CABIN LAYOUTS - HERE

VIEW DECK PLAN - HERE 
Boat Details
Ship Amenities
The Greg Mortimer is designed with plenty of dedicated observation spaces that offer a range of views out to the spectacular panoramic scenery. From the indoor 180° lounge and outdoor 360°open deck, both on deck 8, to the 270° open sundeck on level 7. Accessed from Deck 5, two platforms fold out hydraulically for unobstructed views of passing marine life and seabirds. There is additionally an open bridge policy and two bars/lounges with stunning floor to ceiling windows offering a special perspective on the landscape. Additional amenities include two spacious, state-of-the-art lecture rooms, a library, a Wellness Centre complete with gym equipment, sauna and spa, a fully-stocked medical center, a multimedia room and an on-board changing room/mudroom with lockers and rapid drying areas for storing outdoor clothing and gumboots after an adventure. The Restaurant and bar serve up a delicious daily menu, with family style dining, along with a private dining area available on request. A range of different menu options and courses are available for each meal, and a choice of house wines, beers and soft drinks are included with dinner, in addition to 24 hour complimentary coffee, tea and snack facilities. There are four specially designed, sea level launching platforms that enable you to load Zodiacs easily and quickly, allowing you to spend more time exploring on the two to three daily landings - boarded from either side of Deck 3.

Ship Services
The Greg Mortimer is operated by a highly experience crew of 71 and an Expedition Team of 14-24 (depending on itinerary, activities offered and featured guests). She is equipped with 15 Zodiacs to maximize time on shore.  The Greg Mortimer offers a variety of additional adventure options such as kayaking, diving, snorkeling, snowshoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, camping, S. Georgia Alpine Crossings, alpine trekking/climbing, ski/snowboard touring, and photography workshops.


Greg Mortimer Deck Plan (click for enlargement)
antarctica travelMarisa, we've been back a week and I'm writing to say how wonderful our trip was. Thanks you for all your guidance and planning. Buenos Aires was so interesting. Our tour guide, Alejandro, was top notch-- and very funny. The hotel was in a good location and the all-day tour in Ushuaia was memorable. The ship was well-run and the food was both interesting and plentiful. The crew was professional. The expedition leaders were kind, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable.  I can't give you credit for the fantastic weather and incredible scenery but it was an amazing trip. Thank you. - Susan Ogden/Rose Marie Wilson (Akademik Ioffe) 


The trip was fantastic of course! South Georgia is an amazing place! After docking at Ushuaia, the driver was waiting there on the pier and coordinated well with the ship and the port officials, provided me with useful materials and delivered me to the Alto Andino. I liked the Alto Andino. It was quiet, clean and has a nice secure luggage store, which I used when I arrived, as it was too early to check in. They did let me check in early, shortly after lunch, when a room became available. And, when I came back to the hotel after dinner with friends, there was a message from my driver about the pickup time for departing to the airport. The transfer at BA went without a hitch, nice driver and nice car, and being Saturday, light traffic as well! Anyway, thank you! Your planning and support is greatly appreciate and I will be sure to let my friends know about your great company! - Philip H. Walters (South Georgia In Depth onboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov)

Carrie and Jonathan, we arrived back from Antarctica over the weekend.   I just wanted to thank both of you for arranging such an outstanding trip!  The guides, hotels, and logistics were all excellent—and we thoroughly enjoyed it all.  Fortunately, despite my foot injury, I was able to fully partake in all the sightseeing and activities and didn’t feel that I had to curtail anything I wanted to do.  We’ll be sure to contact you for future trips in South America.  - Nancy Voye (Antarctic Peninsula onboard NG Explorer)

Carrie and Justin, I just wanted to send the two of you a message to thank you for all your help putting together our trip to the Antarctic.  The trip was absolutely fantastic – definitely the best trip we have ever taken! I would strongly recommend the Akademik Ioffe team to anyone that asks. The places we visited and the excursions we were able to participate in were definitely first-rate, and I would credit the staff for making this happen.  They selected great places to visit, and really made each zodiac or on-shore excursion a special experience. The Antarctic is just mind-blowing.  We did get south of the Circle – which sounds like it was a bit of an accomplishment – and had really great weather for the entire trip.  So again, thanks for making a totally fabulous trip a reality for us. -Ron & Bonnie Milzer (Antarctic Circle Voyage onboard Akademik Ioffe)
Antarctica - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I choose an itinerary?
A: Antarctica is the trip of a lifetime, offering abundant wildlife and unique landscapes. Travelling to the end of the world is an unparalleled experience. It’s hard to go wrong with any option but for those with specific interests we recommend reviewing our guide to Antarctica Cruises found here or contacting an Adventure Travel Coordinator.
Q: Can I make changes or additions to these tours?
A: Antarctica cruise itineraries are set and cannot be changed, but you can certainly add pre/post cruise services (hotels, tours, transfers, flights, etc.) in Argentina and Chile. Southern Explorations is happy to assist with any additional services you require.
Q: When is the best time to go to Antarctica?
A: Travel to Antarctica occurs during the Austral Summer with cruise expeditions departing from late October through March. You may wish to schedule your trip according to what wildlife activities you’d like to observe, or any specific adventure activities you would like to do, such as snowshoeing, skiing, mountaineering, whale watching, and more, which are only offered on certain departures.
Q: When is the most affordable time of year to travel to Antarctica? What’s the best way to get a deal on an Antarctica cruise?
A: It is a popular misconception that the best way to obtain a deal on an Antarctica cruise is to wait until the last possible moment to book. While this works out sometimes, this scenario is rarer and rarer as Antarctica’s popularity as a tourist destination increases. A few years ago, operators had trouble filling their boats with paying passengers, so last-minute deals were common. Now, most Antarctica cruise departures sell out far in advance, so there is no reason for operators to offer last-minute deals. Currently the best way to obtain a deal on an Antarctica cruise is to book early, as many operators offer early booking discounts.
 
Generally, it is a good idea to confirm your cruise at least eight months to one year in advance. The time period around the holidays (Christmas/New Year's) tends to sell out further in advance. Fly cruises, during which you fly over the Drake Passage rather than crossing it onboard the vessel, also tend to sell out early, so it is a good idea to book more than one year in advance if you choose this type of cruise.
 
Prices are higher for travel in late December, January, and early February, as this is high season. Prices are lower early season (November/early December) and late season (late February/March).
Q: What can I expect to see at different points during the season?
A:
  • Late October and November: The early part of the season showcases a number of highlights. Landing sites are at their most pristine. The possibility of seeing sea ice is present early on, before it breaks up later in the season. Late October to early November sees Adélie, Chinstrap and Gentoo adult penguins and Antarctic-breeding seabirds starting to come ashore to their breeding sites where they commence courtship rituals and nest building. Shortly thereafter eggs are laid and incubated. Emperor penguins can be seen on the frozen Weddell Sea (visited via helicopter on special Emperor penguin voyages).

    Spring flowers begin blooming in the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) and elephant seals are actively courting in South Georgia. South Georgia's female king penguins lay their eggs in November and the parents can be seen "carrying" eggs on their feet so that the parent can shuffle around the colony while the other adult goes out to sea to feed. "Oakum Boys" — king penguin chicks from the previous season — can also be seen in the rookeries. Fur seals litter the beaches in South Georgia with the males aggressive and ready to mate.
 
  • December and January: The increased number of daylight hours brings exceptional opportunities for photographers and non-photographers alike, and the expeditions make the most of the summer weather and continuous hours of daylight. Research activity in the Peninsula at the scientific bases is at its peak. Penguin chicks begin hatching in the Falklands (Islas Malvinas); followed by hatchings in mid- to late-December at sites in the Antarctic Peninsula. Some 30 days after hatching, penguin chicks can be found in "crèches," resembling a nursery of sorts, which leaves both adults free to replenish their food supply. An exciting time of this part of the season is when the parent returns with food and the hungry chicks are persistent in being fed, running after the parent (or any adult penguin with food) in a "feeding chase." Whale sightings of baleen and toothed whales escalate in the Peninsula area. Seal pups can be seen on the beaches in South Georgia. Sea ice is also beginning to break up, which allows for the possibility to begin to access to rarely visited sites in the Weddell Sea, Ross Sea and within the Antarctic Circle.
 
  • February and March: Sightings of whales are at their peak in the Peninsula and an increasing number of fur seals can be found along the Peninsula and offshore islands. Young fur seals are also quite playful in South Georgia. Penguin colonies are very active with the penguin chicks beginning their molt - losing their fuzzy down and developing their adult plumage. During this timeframe, the parents will abandoned their chicks, and return out to sea to feed and fatten up for their own molting stage. Most colonies (Adélie, Chinstrap and Gentoo) are nearly vacated by the end of February to early March. Blooming snow algae is prevalent and receding pack ice has reached its peak for the season, allowing for easier exploration within the Weddell Sea, Ross Sea and Antarctic Circle.
Q: What is the weather like in Antarctica?
A: Antarctica is the highest, driest, windiest, coldest place on earth, but keep in mind that all tourism trips occur during Austral summer. The average summer temperature in the Antarctic Peninsula area is around 25 to 32°F (-4 to 0°C), although sometimes it will feel substantially colder due to the wind chill factor and water splashing up while riding in zodiacs. You can expect to encounter varied conditions including rain, snow, high winds, bright sun, and fog.
Q: What is a typical day like in Antarctica? 
A: All three meals are eaten on board the ship. After breakfast, you will head out for your morning excursion for 2 to 5 hours, then get back on board to eat lunch while the ship navigates to the next landing site. Here you will once again disembark on land for 2 to 5 hours before dinner.
Q: How physically fit do I need to be to enjoy a trip to Antarctica? 
A: You do not need to be extremely physically fit to travel to Antarctica, but should be comfortable walking short distances over uneven terrain, including snow, ice, and rock. Most ships also have a steep metal gangway that you must descend and ascend to embark/disembark the small zodiac boats that ferry passengers to shore. Your guides will always be there to assist you.
Q: While in Antarctica, will I get to get off the ship and walk around on land?
A: Yes! You will make landings every day you are in Antarctica, and the cruise staff will ensure you spend as much time on land as possible. This is true of every Antarctica cruise we offer. There is no cruise during which you stay onboard the ship the entire time.
Q: How much time do I need to visit Antarctica?
A: Standard Antarctic Peninsula cruise itineraries are 10 to 12 days long. The shortest Antarctica voyage we offer is 6 days long, with our longest being 32 days. Please inquire for details about specific voyages.
Q: What are your booking and cancellation policies?
A: All Antarctica cruises have different deposit policies, with the deposit amount typically ranging from $1500 per person to 25% of the total trip costs. Final payment is usually due between 100 days and 120 days prior to travel.
 
Antarctica cruise cancelation policies vary widely from ship to ship. The cancelation penalty from the time of booking up until 90 or 120 days prior to departure can be as little as $500 per person or as much as $5000+ per person. Generally, all cruises will have a 100% cancelation penalty within 90 days of departure. Please inquire for details about cancelation penalties for specific ships. 
Q: What kind of accommodations can I expect?
A: Accommodations and amenities on board Antarctica cruises vary from simple 3-star to luxury 5-star. Please inquire for details.
Q: Do tours include airfare?
A: Most Antarctica cruises do not include any airfare, though some include roundtrip flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, and “fly cruises” include flights from Punta Arenas, Chile to Antarctica or to the Falkland Islands. Southern Explorations is happy to arrange any flights you require within Argentina or Chile. Please inquire about airfare inclusions for specific cruises.
Q: How many people are on your tours?
A: The Antarctica cruise ships we offer range in size from a capacity of 54 to 200 passengers. “Mega ships” with thousands of passengers on board are not allowed to make landings in Antarctica, so all vessels are relatively small. 
Q: Do I need travel insurance, what all do I need, and how much does it cost?
A: All Antarctica cruises require that passengers purchase travel insurance covering emergency medical evacuation and repatriation. The cost of medical evacuation transport from Antarctica is high, and as it is the responsibility of the traveler, this coverage is imperative. Though trip cancellation insurance is not required, it is highly recommended. The cost of travel insurance varies from individual to individual and depends on many factors, such as cost of trip covered, age of traveler, where you live, etc. We recommend contacting Berkshire Hathaway or Travel Guard, or click here to compare other trip insurance companies.
Q: Where do Antarctica cruises begin and end?
A: Most Antarctica cruises begin/end in either Ushuaia, Argentina or Punta Arenas, Chile. Occasionally cruises depart directly from Buenos Aires, Montevideo, or other port cities, but this is rare. When departing from Ushuaia, you board the cruise at the pier in town and cross the Drake Passage onboard the vessel. Trips departing from Punta Arenas are "fly/cruise" programs that fly you (one-way or both-ways) by small aircraft to the South Shetland Islands, just off the Antarctic Peninsula to embark your expedition ship there. There are also some cruises that start with a flight from Punta Arenas to Stanley in the Falkland Islands. Please check your itinerary for any inclusions, or needed additions, such as pre- or post-trip hotel nights and domestic flights to your embarkation cities. Southern Explorations can book any needed pre- or post-trip hotels, domestic flights, tours and transfers, and include them within your trip costs.
Q: What can I expect while crossing the Drake Passage? Will I get seasick?
A: The Drake Passage is the body of water between Cape Horn (the southernmost tip of South America) and the Antarctic Peninsula. On most Antarctica cruise ships it will take a full two days to cross the Drake Passage.  This passage has some of the roughest recorded sea conditions in the world (the “Drake Shake”), but it can also be pristinely calm (the “Drake Lake”). Conditions in this waterway can vary at any time of year depending on weather, and it is impossible to predict how rough it will be in advance. Some passengers experience seasickness, and others do not. It is advisable to come prepared by packing motion sickness remedies. All ships also have doctors onboard, and these medical professionals are extremely adept at assisting passengers with any seasickness concerns. Once in Antarctica, sheltered waters are normally encountered with little problem for rough seas. NOTE: There are also options to do what is called a "fly/cruise" program where you fly by small aircraft to the South Shetland Islands, just off the Antarctic Peninsula and then join up with your expedition cruise ship there, thus avoiding crossing the Drake Passage onboard the vessel.
Q: Can I bring my photographic drone to Antarctica?
A: The governing body of Antarctic tourism is called the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and Southern Explorations is a member of this organization. IAATO members have agreed that they will not allow the recreational use of UAVs (drones) in the unique, and often wildlife rich, coastal areas of Antarctica. Through the unique global partnership that is the Antarctic Treaty system, the entire continent is formally designated as a 'natural reserve, devoted to peace and science'. Antarctica is regarded as the last great wilderness on our planet, still pristine with wildlife and landscapes that show little evidence of direct human activity. Visiting and operating in an environment like this comes with a responsibility to do so carefully and with minimal impact. UAVs are a relatively new phenomenon and IAATO Is therefore taking a cautionary approach, as it is possible they could have a negative impact on the environment. Also, as you can imagine, many drones flying over a penguin colony would not only be potentially detrimental to the birds (adult penguins are distracted by drones, which allows a Skua to swoop in and eat their eggs or swipe one of their chicks), but will also greatly diminish the experience of other passengers seeking to enjoy the beauty and solitude of the Seventh Continent. So, please, leave the drones at home!
Q: Will I get more information on packing, vaccines, currency, electricity, etc.?
A: After booking, you will receive a link to our online trip portal which includes all of the need-to-know information that is specific to your itinerary. This includes packing lists, restaurant recommendations, tipping guides, FAQs, vaccine recommendations and currency information. Your Adventure Travel Coordinator will also be a great resource for any other information you may need.