G Expedition: Classic Antarctica

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Vivid emerald, violet tints, intense blue and crimson light—the Antarctic is anything but a world of white desolation. Join us on a true adventure to a world of immense scale and visual splendour. Passing huge icebergs in the flat calm of a polar morning will reshape the way you look at your world. Encounter huge whales, enormous rookeries of penguins and stunning landscapes few have ever witnessed. This 11-day expedition will introduce you to the magic of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.


• Witness the spectacular scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula.
• Zodiac Excursions to the Antarctic mainland and surrounding islands and icebergs to spend some time with many different breeds of Penguins, Seals and Whales.
• Learn about the nature and history of Antarctica from the expert guides.
• Enjoy an exceptionally spacious, comfortable cruise aboard the G Expedition.


Day 1: Arrive in Ushuaia for your overnight stay.
Day 2: Embark ship in Ushuaia.
Day 3 & 4: Cross the Drake Passage.
Day 5-6-7 & 8: Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands.
Day 9 & 10: Return via Drake Passage.
Day 11: Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The on-board expedition leader will determine the final itinerary. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

Contact us for more details.


    Arrive into Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, at any time (transfer included). Enjoy the evening at leisure.

    Sitting on the shores of the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia actually means 'the bay facing westward' in the language of the original Yamna inhabitants. Once a penal colony (the presidio was disbanded in the 1940s) for political prisoners as well as hardened criminals, Ushuaia is now a major tourist attraction, particularly for people such as ourselves cruising to Antarctica. The town of 40,000 is also a major ski resort area for both alpine and cross-country skiers and offers magnificent hiking in Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego, the only coastal national park in Argentina.


    Today we will embark on the G Expedition. Embarkation time is set for 4:00 pm. The morning is free to do any last minute shopping, an optional excursion to Tierra Del Fuego National Park or a good hike up to the Marshall Glacier. The evening is spent on board the ship watching the sunset over the Beagle Channel.

    Please note that while it is our intention of adhere to the itinerary described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. On the first day on board, your Expedition Leader will give you an expedition overview.


    Our adventure begins with a 400 mile crossing of the passage that bears the name of the 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. The G Expedition is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean, known for the unimpeded never ending fetch of the winds that encircle the Antarctic. At some point on the second day we cross the Antarctic Convergence, a meeting of cold polar water flowing north and warmer sub-antarctic water moving in the opposite direction. It is the largest biological barrier on earth and is marked by a change in temperature, salinity and nutrient levels. The north flowing Antarctic waters predominantly sink beneath southward moving sub-antarctic waters. While further south associated areas of mixing and upwelling create an ocean very high in marine productivity. When we pass this zone, we have entered the most nutrient rich waters on the earth- the Southern Ocean.


    Wandering, Black-browed and Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Prion's and Cap Petrels are among some of the species of seabirds that may join us in our journey as we cross into Antarctica.

    As we make the passage you have time to become acquainted with the ship and frequent the common areas that include the lounge, dining hall, library and lecture hall where we meet our guides, ship's crew and expedition staff. We also begin the lecture and information sessions to learn the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region.


    This is what we've all been waiting for - a chance to explore step foot on the Great White Continent! Over the next 4 days we will navigate southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait and to the Antarctic Peninsula. Our goal is to attempt 2 excursions per day while we navigate through the area but our itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions that we encounter.


    The Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands abound with wildlife activity. Penguins gather with their fast-growing chicks, whales are seen in great numbers, seals haul out onto ice floes and beaches, and numerous seabirds trail in our wake. There is plenty of time to enjoy the sheer beauty and the breathtaking scenery of ice-choked waterways, blue and white icebergs, impressive glaciers and rugged snow-capped mountains. The Peninsula also has a remarkable history and, during the voyage, we will learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world. Keeping a lookout from the Bridge or the deck of the ship, as we thread our way along the continent, you'll feel the same sense of excitement as many of those early explorers.


    The continent itself is roughly circular with a spindly arm, called the Antarctic Peninsula, reaching northwards towards Tierra del Fuego. South America is the nearest landmass, some 600 miles away. Considerably larger than either the United States or Europe, and twice the size of Australia, the continent is surrounded by a frozen sea that varies in area from one million square miles in summer to 7.3 million square miles in winter. Ninety-five percent of the continent of Antarctica is ice covered and contains the freshest water on earth - about 70 percent of all fresh water on earth in fact. The highest point in Antarctica is Vinson Massif, with an altitude of 16,864 feet above sea level; the lowest point is the Bentley Subglacial Trench at 8,200 feet below sea level, located in West Antarctica. Antarctica has the highest average elevation of all the continents at about 7,500 feet about sea level.


    Antarctica is a continent of superlatives. It is the coldest, windiest, driest, iciest and highest of all the major landmasses in the world. It is the continent with the longest nights and the longest days. The coastal areas we visit have some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife on the continent. It is also one of the last true wilderness, also the largest wilderness areas left on earth – largely unchanged since the first sealers, whalers, and early explorers first landed on its inhospitable shores less than two centuries ago. The lowest temperature ever recorded anywhere on earth, -89.2°C, was recorded on July 21, 1983, at Vostok Station. Winds have been recorded at 200 mph in the interior of the continent and the average annual water precipitation in the interior is only about 50 mm.


    Today we leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. In between bird watching and whale watching and enjoying some final lectures by our expedition staff, this is a chance to relax and review the adventures of the past week before returning to Ushuaia.


    Remember, the best way to experience the wildlife of the Drake Passage is to be on deck keeping a look out for Albatross, Prions, and Whales!


    And so our adventure comes to a close. We'll say our goodbyes as we disembark in Ushuaia in the morning. You will be transferred either to the airport or to a central location in Ushuaia.


  • Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 (2009).
  • Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B.
  • Length: 105m (345 ft).
  • Breadth: 18.6m (61 ft).
  • Max Draft: 4.7m (15 ft).
  • Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT.
  • Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots.
  • Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG.
  • Max Group Size: 132.
  • (Max Passenger Capacity: 140).
  • Crew: 55.


  • Recently refurbished.
  • Lounge/Bar.
  • Lecture room.
  • Expedition mud room.
  • Library.
  • Computer room.
  • Internet/Wifi.
  • Gym.
  • Sauna.


Albatross Dining Room (Deck 5): ship has one dining room, which is located on Deck 5 and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Passengers can expect a range of international dishes that are wholesome, but not gastronomic, with the accent on hearty, filling food suitable for cold climates and active excursions.

Tea and coffee station (Deck 5): A small selection of sweet and savory cookies is available 24/7 at the tea and coffee station in the Discovery Lounge, along with a bowl of fresh fruit that can be found on the bar. In the afternoon, there is also tea with homemade cookies, cakes and ingredients to make your own toasted sandwich.

Complimentary sweet and savory cookies are available around the clock from the self-serve tea, coffee and hot chocolate station situated in the Discovery Lounge on Deck 4, where there is also afternoon tea.

Fitness & Sauna: The ship has a gym located midship on Deck 6, which is pretty good for a ship of this size. There are two treadmills, a step machine, two exercise bikes, a multifunction exercise bench, 10 sets of free weights in different sizes, a hula hoop, exercise/yoga mats and a set of weighing scales. Water, towels and hygienic spray are provided. The treadmills and tread machine are in front of windows overlooking the sea and there are large mirrors on the top halves of the surrounding walls. The gym is open 24/7.

There is a sauna at one side of the mud room on Deck 2. It has a small changing room and showers and there are two benches at separate heights inside the sauna itself. It is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and towels are provided.

Room Service: There is no room service; passengers are welcome to take snacks from the tea and coffee station to consume in their cabins. Similarly, if someone feels seasick or unwell, they can take food from the dining room into their cabins.


Category 1A Quad:

Quad share cabins feature 2 upper and 2 lower berths, private bathroom and porthole windows. Located on Deck 2 these cabins are approximately 15 square metres in size.

Category 1 Triple:

Triple share cabins feature 1 upper and 2 lower berths, private bathrooms and porthole windows. Located on Deck 2 these cabins are approximately 15 square metres in size.

Category 2:

Category 2 twin share cabins feature 2 lower berths, private bathrooms and porthole windows. Located on Deck 2 these cabins are approximately 15 square metres in size.

Category 3:

Category 3 twin share cabins feature 2 lower berths, private bathrooms and picture windows. Located on Deck 3 these cabins are approximately 15 square metres in size.

Category 4:

Category 4 twin share cabins feature 2 lower berths, private bathrooms and large picture windows. Located on Deck 4 these cabins are approximately 15 square metres in size.

Category 5:

Category 5 suites feature extra-large windows, separate entrances and living and sleeping areas. Suites 400 and 401 feature floor-to-ceiling-windows. Each living area boasts a two-seater couch, armchair, coffee table and desk, while the bedroom contains a queen bed and vanity area. Upgraded en-suite baths include full-body misting steam showers. Located on Deck 4 these cabins are approximately 30 square metres in size.





  • 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia
  • On-board accommodation
  • Transfers
  • All meals throughout the voyage
  • Lectures and presentations by expedition leaders and naturalist staff
  • Activities/shore excursions as specified
  • Expedition parkaWaterproof boots on loan


  • International and internal airfares
  • Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any items not mentioned as included


  • This trip is also available onboard the G Expedition. Contact us for more details.
  • Voyages are subject to ice and weather conditions.
  • The itineraries described for expedition voyages illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.