Expedition
Experiences

Dive Into
Antarctica

Beyond the decks, Antarctica’s raw beauty beckons you to unleash your inner explorer. From kayaking through tranquil ice floes to shore landings that challenge you to trek paths few others have before, our aquatic and land excursions immerse you in the transcendent wilds of this isolated destination.

10 Epic Antarctica Experiences
With Atlas Ocean Voyages

  1. Polar Plunge – Dive into icy waters like the penguins do.
  2. Sauna Scenescapes – Relax in the SeaSpa by L’OCCITANE sauna with views of icebergs from panoramic windows.
  3. Photo Ops – Capture the perfect shot of a penguin hatching on a January expedition.
  4. Conquer the Drake Passage – Navigate this famous route for bragging rights. Watch for blue petrels along the way.
  5. Camping – Settle in for a night in Antarctica with a possible camping excursion.
  6. Greetings from Antarctica – Send a postcard from Port Lockroy, the most southerly operational post office in the world.
  7. Cross the Antarctic Circle – Join the prestigious Order of the Red Nose at the 66th parallel.
  8. Winter Wonderland – Experience the holidays amid the snow and glaciers of Antarctica with daily landings.
  9. In the Water – Go kayaking, paddling or enjoy a free Zodiac safari and look for whales, seals and penguins close by.
  10. Watch a Late Sunset – Witness the sun go down at almost midnight from The Dome Observation Lounge.
Experiences are dependent on weather and yacht location.

On Water

Zodiac Safari | Included

Atlas takes you closer to your environment as you embark on one of the custom-made Zodiacs made for World Voyager World Traveller  and World Navigator ®. Cruising Antarctic coasts, your knowledgeable experts guide you through the continent’s many wonders. As your Zodiac driver navigates the waters, stop and listen to the natural sounds that surround you. At first, you might think it’s all silence, but if you focus, the cries of snow petrels echo in the distance. You may encounter marine wildlife while out on the water, so focus on the soft but distinct rush of water and watch for the bubbles just before a breach. This is an essential excursion that truly gives you a pure feeling of triumphant exploration.

All Expedition Experiences operate if weather permits. Occupancy is limited. If you need to make a cancellation, you must do so no later than 72 hours before your sailing date.

Polar Plunge | Included

Connect with your wild side as you plunge into the icy waters of Antarctica, much like the seals and penguins of the continent. The moment of truth comes as you approach the edge of the platform and prepare to make the jump. But with your fellow explorers cheering you on, it’s easy to take on the challenge. And feel free to be a spectator as you cheer on your fellow explorers while they take the dive.

All water and land programs operate if weather permits.

Standup Paddling | $75 Per Guest, Per Outing

For experienced stand-up paddlers a distinctive immersion in Antarctica happens with a stand-up paddle boarding excursion. It’s easy to admire the incredible scenery as you float atop chilly waters, facing the continent’s cliffs and peaks on the horizon.

You’ll feel a thrill run through you as you dip your paddle into the water, breaking the slush ice sitting atop the surface. Your excursion guide helps you spot marine wildlife as it passes nearby your paddle board, giving you the chance for that awe-inspiring moment you came all this way to capture. You can even pause and sit or lay down on your paddle board to gaze up at the impossibly blue sky overhead, looking for petrels, or other seabirds in the area. For added safety, a Zodiac driver follows close behind to help you on your journey.

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All expedition experiences have limited occupancy and are subject to cancellation if minimum participation is not met. The onboard crew will provide a brief tutorial for proper use of the equipment that will also help determine your physical ability to operate it safely and properly. Excursions operate if weather permits. Requests for reservations may be made in advance, however, payments and reservation confirmations will be processed once you are on board the yacht. If you need to cancel your reservation, you may do so up to 72 hours prior to voyage departure to receive a full refund. Prices shown are subject to change any time without notice.

Paddling | $75 Per Guest, Per Outing

If you’re an experienced kayaker looking for a bit of a challenge, then paddling is a more easily controlled kayak. Guided by a kayak master amid a small group, this excursion gives you the opportunity to find your personal moment amid the epic landscapes and drifting ice floes. It’s an opportunity to glide through Antarctica’s waters and perhaps come close to seals and whales as they swim nearby. Your kayak master helps you spot wildlife as you navigate the waters and gives you the chance to appreciate the wondrous beauty of these animals as you connect with Antarctica’s nature.

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All expedition experiences have limited occupancy and are subject to cancellation if minimum participation is not met. The onboard crew will provide a brief tutorial for proper use of the equipment that will also help determine your physical ability to operate it safely and properly. Excursions operate if weather permits. Requests for reservations may be made in advance, however, payments and reservation confirmations will be processed once you are on board the yacht. If you need to cancel your reservation, you may do so up to 72 hours prior to voyage departure to receive a full refund. Prices shown are subject to change any time without notice.

Sea Kayaking | $350 Per Guest

Alongside a kayak master, experienced kayakers have the opportunity to set off through Antarctica’s unspoiled waters. Our kayak masters help you navigate the ice floes as you make your way through the water channels that bring you close to nature. With their guidance, you can safely cruise through the waters, perhaps even coming close to penguins as they dive from the ice floes into the sea. Sea kayaking offers a unique point of view of The White Continent as each paddle stroke takes you further from the ship and deeper into the heart of Antarctica. As you rush through the waters with your kayak, the astonishing blues and whites of the icebergs take your breath way. But take a few minutes to be still as well, because that’s when incredible moments can take place, like the possibility of a whale breaching the water’s surface mere feet away from your kayak.

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Excursion is charged one time for as many outings as possible based on weather conditions. The onboard crew will provide a brief tutorial for proper use of the equipment that will also help determine your physical ability to operate it safely and properly. All expedition experiences have limited occupancy and are subject to cancellation if minimum participation is not met. Excursions operate if weather permits. Requests for reservations may be made in advance, however, payments and reservation confirmations will be processed once you are on board the yacht. If you need to cancel your reservation, you may do so up to 72 hours prior to voyage departure to receive a full refund. Prices shown are subject to change any time without notice.

On Land

FREE Punta Arenas Immersion

A True Taste of Chile
Pre-Expedition Free Cultural Immersion

Experience authentic Chilean and Patagonia culture with a three-course dinner at the local restaurant El Arriero. Embark on a comfortable coach that will take you through picturesque scenes of Punta Arenas to your culinary adventure at a ranch-style restaurant.

Surrounded by a genuinely friendly ambiance, a feeling of celebration abounds as you and your fellow explorers become immersed in the country’s culinary tradition of asado (barbecue). Upon arriving and throughout your dinner experience, you will also enjoy a performance of regional folk songs and dances.

With delicious flavors, enticing aromas and the energizing rhythms of Chile’s folk traditions, this FREE cultural immersion is a total feast for the senses.

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AUTHENTIC ASADO — Raise a glass with your fellow explorers and enjoy a traditional cocktail, the pisco sour, as an aperitif. The clinking of glass, laughter and passionate conversation create a symphony that inspires a growing camaraderie. Next comes the main course, a mix of typical barbecue dishes, including lamb al asador, the restaurant’s signature dish, and a traditional Patagonian cuisine of lamb roasted over a fire. Alongside your barbecue dinner, you will savor an assortment of salad platters to share with your new friends. The dinner experience winds down with a local dessert to indulge your sweet tooth and your choice of tea or coffee, as well as two glasses of wine per guest.

FOLK TRADITIONS — To enhance the rustic environment as you treat your tastebuds to a delectable, traditional asado, will be a special performance of regional folk songs and dances. A beautiful combination of indigenous and European culture, the colorful costumes, mesmerizing choreography and exciting music are bound to captivate you and leave you in awe. Listen and watch closely, and you’ll realize that a rich history unfolds through the enthralling performance.

FREE Tierra del Fuego National Park Immersion

Exploring Tierra del Fuego National Park
Pre-Expedition Free Cultural Immersion

Before embarking on your exhilarating expedition to Antarctica, marvel upon scenes of subantarctic Patagonia at the southernmost national park, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) park. It is one of many national parks that protects these famous regions.

Journey through Tierra del Fuego’s natural beauty from the comfort of a coach. Along the way you may see some of the extraordinary wildlife that has made the region home. From the Magellanic woodpeckers of the forests to the penguin colony of Martillo Island, Tierra del Fuego National Park offers nature lovers a delightful slice of Patagonia wildlife. The region is home to at least 50 bird species, including the austral parakeet and Andean condor. Eagles can sometimes be seen soaring over the Beagle Channel. Mammals such as the guanaco, red foxes, muskrat and even small South American camel have been seen wandering the landscapes of the park.

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If you find yourself with free time, you can follow one of the many hiking trails found throughout the park that cater to all levels of adventurers, including the shorter Sendero Paseo de la Isla Trail to a more advanced hike at the Cerro Guanaco Trail. Whichever route you may choose to take, each offers its own breathtaking views of natural wonders.

Expedition Landings | Included

Your expedition guide may lead you to dedicated points for the best views and instruct you on how to properly interact with wildlife at a safe distance so that you leave only footprints behind. Pique your curiosity with field interpretations on location.

All water and land programs operate if weather permits.

Camping | $500 Per Guest, Per Outing

You could spend a night camping in Antarctica for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will never forget. This is one of the few encounters that truly brings you as close to the continent and its raw beauty as possible. Expedition guides build the camp in the afternoon as you spend a day exploring the grounds. Before settling in for a night in the camp, you have one last chance to grab a hot meal and shower on board. Once the Zodiac brings you back to shore, it’s a truly wild experience as you and your fellow adventurers are left with required gear, drinking water, and a few extra layers of clothing for warmth.

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All expedition experiences have limited occupancy and are subject to cancellation if minimum participation is not met. Excursions operate if weather permits. Requests for reservations may be made in advance, however, payments and reservation confirmations will be processed once you are on board the yacht. If you need to cancel your reservation, you may do so up to 72 hours prior to voyage departure to receive a full refund. Prices shown are subject to change any time without notice.

Highlights of Buenos Aires

Pre- and Post-Expedition Land Program

Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights

Discover the cultural highlights and local color of the renowned city of Buenos Aires, led by a knowledgeable, local guide. Explore the neighborhoods of San Telmo and La Boca, each with their own unique and vibrant personality. Delve into the rich history of the city with stops in Plaza de Mayo (May Square), the oldest public square in Buenos Aires, and Recoleta Cemetery, where the rich and famous of the past are buried. Experience quintessential Buenos Aires with a dazzling evening at a tango show and delicious dinner.

Pre/Post Land Programs

Exploring Iguazú Falls

Pre-Expedition Land Program

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights

Before your journey to the jungle begins, take in some of the cultural highlights of Buenos Aires. Enjoy a walking tour of Recoleta Cemetery, where the rich and famous of the past are buried. Then, immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery of the Iguazú Falls – one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the awe-inspiring Devil’s Throat, the largest curtain with 14 waterfalls in the shape of a horseshoe. Take an exciting Zodiac safari, coming close to the rushing waters of these magnificent waterfalls.

Pre/Post Land Programs

Our Partner

Become an ORCA Scientist

Join us in partnership with ORCA as a Citizen Scientist aboard our 2023/2024 Antarctica expeditions on World Navigator®. ORCA is a whale and dolphin conservation charity that works around the world with the mission of protecting the ocean through this special and exciting program.

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Together with your fellow explorers and guided by an ORCA Ocean Conservationist, engage in hands-on workshops to gather scientific data that contribute to conservation and marine life protection efforts. Throughout your Antarctic journey, you will become a Citizen Scientist with the following program:

  • Using ORCA’s OceanWatchers app, record environmental and sightings information to help discover how these wondrous creatures behave and move through the oceans.
  • Learn how to take photos of whales and dolphins and use those pictures to identify individual cetaceans.
  • Enjoy a range of enriching lectures, workshops and interactive classes hosted by your knowledgeable Ocean Conservationist, giving you a greater understanding of the importance of ocean conservation.

As your team of explorers help with ORCA’s work and research, you’re invited to deepen your connection with incredible marine animals, enhancing your appreciation for the beauty of the polar regions.

To Book, Call your Preferred Travel Advisor
or our Voyage Specialists at 1.844.44.ATLAS (28527) 

Always Included

  • FREE cultural immersion
  • FREE dining venues with ever-changing menus
  • FREE unlimited beverages, including fine wines, spirits and craft beers
  • FREE open bars and lounges, including 24-hour bar service with specialty canapés
  • FREE stocked in-room minibar
  • FREE specialty coffees, teas and fresh-pressed juices
  • FREE afternoon and high tea
  • FREE champagne and gourmet canapés during meet and greet
  • FREE 24-hour room service, including spirits, wine and beer
  • FREE L'OCCITANE bath amenities
  • FREE pre-paid gratuities
  • FREE use of walking sticks and binoculars
  • FREE reusable water bottle
  • FREE butler service and expanded room service menu in suites

Exclusively on Polar Expeditions

  • FREE cultural immersion
  • FREE private charter jet service*
  • FREE enrichment lectures and destination briefings
  • FREE shore landings led by expert field guides
  • FREE escorted sightseeing safaris by Zodiac
  • FREE polar plunge
  • FREE Atlas Ocean Voyages parka and vest
  • FREE use of knee boots
  • FREE private group transfers between airport and yacht*
  • FREE 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay on all Antarctica expeditions
  • FREE 1-night post-cruise hotel stay on select Antarctica expeditions
*Available on Antarctica and select Arctic expeditions

Exclusively on Epicurean Expeditions

  • FREE cultural immersion includes culinary experience ashore, such as local market visits, specialty tastings and more
  • FREE Josper Grill Dining Experience at 7AFT Grill
  • FREE culinary presentations and wine tastings
  • FREE cooking demonstrations and cuisine tastings
  • FREE events hosted by a Tastes & Traditions Expert on select expeditions
  • FREE Atlas Ocean Voyages backpack
  • FREE use of water toys on select expeditions

Exclusively on Cultural Expeditions

  • FREE cultural immersion
  • FREE enrichment programs and workshops on select expeditions
  • FREE authentic, local experiences and on board events on select expeditions
  • FREE Josper Grill Dining Experience at 7AFT Grill
  • FREE Atlas Ocean Voyages backpack
  • FREE use of water toys on select expeditions

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