Discover the frozen landscapes of Antarctic Peninsula & South Georgia Island aboard the stylish Ultramarine...


The island of South Georgia is synonymous to the captivating lore of exploration in the Antarctic region. These journeymen included Ernest Shackleton, Tom Crean, and Frank Worsley on the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. The expedition ran into huge difficulties and on May 10th, 1916 a lifeboat of six from the expedition landed at South Georgia. They had sailed for seventeen days and 800 nautical miles to seek rescue for their stranded colleagues on Elephant Island. To this day it is recognised as a milestone in fortitude and grit against the inexorable savagery of Antarctic weather. Unflinchingly proceeded by an elemental thirty-mile gruelling trek across the frozen landscapes of South Georgia.

Totally Latin America invite you on this Ultramarine Expedition Cruise Antarctic Peninsula & South Georgia Island to relive and experience the explorations of these Antarctic pioneers. The mammoth landscapes are the prime reason to visit and they truly are beyond compare. In addition, you can witness a host of wildlife such as Albatross, Gentoo, King, Chinstrap and Adélie penguins, seals, whales and countless more. Enjoying your daily adventures by kayak, Zodiac boats and ice trekking you are assured to reach the pinnacle of your senses in this cradle of the earth.


The Ultramarine expedition cruise ship is a specially constructed Antarctic ice breaking vessel. The ship grosses 13,762-tons and is 420 feet in length, cruises at 16 knots and comprises a maximum of just 199 passengers and 140 crew. Accommodations are via 120 well-appointed spacious cabins, a Polar Boutique shop, restaurant, auditorium, sauna, fitness centre and panoramic lounge bar. There are 20 quick deploy Zodiac adventure boats and two helidecks which are home to a brace of twin-engine helicopters. This  flight capability allows guests to experience new destinations accessible only by air. In addition to enjoying birds- eye aerial perspectives of the expansive polar regions. The Ultramarine ship is the ultra-perfect choice for this Antarctic Peninsula & South Georgia Island itinerary!


Arrival and Departure Airports

Ushuaia is the starting point for this itinerary via Buenos Aires, Argentina is the usual international route to access and return from this cruise. Other destinations can be arranged as required. Speak to your Totally Latin America Antarctic expert adviser to take care of your individual requirements.

Itinerary route Map for Antarctic Peninsula & South Georgia Island, point to point line drawing


  • Day 1 – Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Day 2 – Embarkation Day
  • Day 3 to 6 – Sea Crossing
  • Day 7 & 8 – South Georgia Island
  • Day 9 & 10 – Sea Crossing
  • Day 11 to 13 – Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 14 & 15 – Crossing the Drake Passage
  • Day 16 – Disembarkation Ushuaia

Day 1 - Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina

You will begin your Antarctic Peninsula & South Georgia Island journey in Ushuaia, the gateway to Antarctica. Prior to your trip this is an ideal base to explore Patagonia of both Argentina or Chile and your Totally Latin America expert adviser will be glad to share the best options.

Day 2 - Embarkation Day

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel through the Tierra del Fuego. This is the Land of Fire as discovered by the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the year 1520. As the archipelago grows more distant your gaze turns southbound and thoughts are sure to anticipate your imminent discovery of the remote seventh continent of Antarctica.

Days 3 to 6 - Sea Crossing

Our Antarctic Peninsula & South Georgia Island, starts with the crossing from Ushuaia to South Georgia, where you will have much to do and learn. These activities include keeping watch for the seabirds that give a guard of honour to your ship en route. Also, you can visit the auditorium for insightful presentations by your expedition leaders. The lectures include education on your destinations and all safety procedures for Zodiac cruises and shore landings. In addition, you will learn the secrets to maximise your enjoyment of the optional sea kayaking adventures. These are an additional charge but offer a more in-depth option to get up close and personal with the best of the superb landscapes and wildlife. Upon nearing South Georgia, there is great opportunity for bird sightings at a group of imposing outcrops called the Shag Rocks. Have your binoculars and cameras ready to capture these rocky spires rising out of the icy ocean waters. Shags and Prions often rest here, and whales, sometimes in large schools, are common due to the rich sea bounty of Krill.

Day 7 & 8 - South Georgia Island

South Georgia has a maritime climate, so it does not experience the extreme temperatures of continental Antarctica. Your arrival will be via a beach landing, but the exact location will be determined by the captain as the island can experience strong winds. The isle is a premiere breeding ground to thousands of penguins and seals and birds including an abundance of Albatross and Petrel.
A highlight of our Antarctic Peninsula & South Georgia Island cruise is the island of Grytviken which is located on the west of King Edward Cove in Cumberland Bay. This settlement was the first whaling station established by the Norwegian Carl Anton Larsen in 1904 and operated there until 1965. The catches landed included the largest recorded Blue Whale of 111 feet in length. Grytviken was the last port of call for the Endurance in 1914 and the burial site of Ernest Shackleton, who died on board the Quest in King Edward Cove on 5 January 1922. The renowned Everest mountain pioneer Sir Edmund Hillary also called at Grytviken on the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition in 1955. The setting of Grytviken is a place of contemplation and is often a highlight of any Antarctic visit. Profound moments on this to ponder the trials and tribulations of those gone before us.

Day 9 & 10 - Sea Crossing

Today we depart the relative warmer climes of South Georgia and set course for the Antarctic Peninsula. We continue with the educational series of presentations and workshops from the expedition leaders. This will ensure you are best prepared for your upcoming explorations of the Antarctic Peninsula itself.

Day 11 to 13 - Antarctic Peninsula

We voyage into the beautiful white continent. Many people feel this milestone as quite a rapturous event; solemn and yet an immense frozen natural grandeur. The serenity can be dashed by thunderous calving of icy glaciers to the sea, but this just adds to the surreal environment. Your Expedition Team will take care of you at each excursion, whether you are Zodiac cruising, visiting a historical site or vying with penguins as they waddle to inspect your strange feet! Chinstrap, Adélie and Gentoo penguins are found here, along with Weddell, Fur, Crabeater and Leopard seals. Minke Whales are a common sight on your Zodiac cruise excursions. Optional Antarctic experiences include paddling or lose your rationality and take the Polar Plunge to the icy Antarctic waters!

Day 14 & 15 - Crossing the Drake Passage

The final portion of this Antarctic Peninsula & South Georgia Island itinerary is now upon us as the Ultramarine sets course for Ushuaia. This 600-mile sea crossing is named after the British navigator Sir Francis Drake who journeyed here on his famed circumnavigation of the world from 1577 to 1580. This opened a new route to the Pacific Ocean. Your cruise will spend two days crossing and you can enjoy the wildlife on these plankton rich waters. It is also a perfect time to reminisce on the splendours your amazing Antarctic adventure. The crossing can be calm or with heavy seas, but rest assured your Ultramarine vessel and crew are the best quipped to make that passage sail by with consummate ease.

Day 16 – Disembarkation Ushuaia

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning to disembark. There are two options here, connect to your flight home or talk to your Totally Latin America travel adviser and explore deeper into Latin America. Patagonian Chile and Argentina are popular choices.

Important Note: All Antarctic itineraries are subject to change without prior notice. The final itinerary will be confirmed by the Captain of the cruise ship.


Our trips are tailor-made to suit your requirements. Contact an Antarctica Luxury Cruises expert for a comprehensive itinerary and pricing:

Our trips are tailor-made to suit your requirements and can include many pre and post cruise extensions. Contact a luxury Antarctic Cruise travel expert for a comprehensive itinerary and pricing:

Guideline cruise pricings begin at $11,995 USD per person but are highly variable. Please contact your Totally Latin America Antarctic Cruise expert for the very best in pricing options.

Included in the Price:

  • 15 Day /14 Night Antarctic Cruise aboard the Ultramarine Polar Class Expedition Ship.
  • x1 Night in a Hotel in Ushuaia
  • Guided excursions as described in itinerary
  • 24 Hour emergency contact number and assistance (in-country).

Not Included in the Price:

  • International or domestic flights flights.
  • Tips or gratuities.
  • Other meals not stated in the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance.

Antarctica has a window of cruising from November to March. Summer is the months of December through February and typically these are the only months for expedition style cruises. They are the busiest months but tourist flows are heavily regulated in Antarctica and so do not prove detrimental to your experience. There will be in excess of twenty hours of daylight across these months and wildlife will see many newborn as they avail of the warmer weather to maximize the chances of survival. February and March can offer improved chances to view whales.

The continent is typically cold, arid and subject to powerful katabatic winds which can reach dizzying speeds of 180 miles per hour. Your cruise will visit the coastline region, away from the central plateau, and so summer temperatures typically will hover about 32°F / 0°C.

Departure Dates:
Departure Dates: Select dates in November – March.

This Antarctic Peninsula & South Georgia Island  package is suitable for adults of all ages. Children under 3 years of age are not authorized to sail. Children between 3 and 8 years old are accepted subject to agreement at the time of booking. If accepted, a liability waiver will be completed and returned to validate your booking.

Easy – Moderate.

Destinations Visited:

  • Ushuaia
  • South Georgia Island
  • Antarctic Peninsula

Vacation Package Type:

  • Sightseeing
  • Nature
  • Light-Adventure
  • A polar water-resistant parka is offered on board for all departures with an expedition programme (no children sizes, in case of consecutive cruises, only one complimentary parka).
  • Half calf rubber boots with non-slip soles, which will allow you to go ashore in 20 cm of cold water, keeping your feet dry for walks and visits on steep paths. Boot rental will be offered onboard (for adults only) on Expedition cruises.
  • Winter trousers and leggings
  • Waterproof and windproof over-trousers. These are essential
  • Pullover, sweat shirt or fleece jacket
  • Thermal underwear and warm socks
  • A warm hat and earmuffs
  • Gloves


  • Small waterproof backpack
  • Binoculars
  • Sunglasses or goggles with excellent U.V. protection- essential
  • Sunblock with U.V protections
  • Lip balm
  • Walking poles

NOTE: The above list is not definitive and will vary to your individual needs. Speak to your travel adviser for advice.

A doctor is present aboard your ship throughout the cruise. A nurse is also available on board.

Emergency evacuation drills are conducted on all vessels where a full complement of lifesaving equipment is included to exacting standards. The vessel has the most modern technology to assure safety and respect for the regions visited. Each ship has ISM (International Safety Management) certification, a very strict international regulation plus annual Bureau Veritas approval.

The Ultramarine Polar Class Expedition Ship is accommodating in allowing people with reduced mobility, visual impairments etc. enjoy a wonderful Antarctic experience. Please speak to your expert adviser and they will be glad to help plan the best trip for your individual needs.

Travelling to polar/isolated regions is an exhilarating experience in remote areas: please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is extremely expensive. We strongly request you subscribe to full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully, be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive. Without adequate medical coverage, all expenses would have to be immediately paid with your own personal funds.


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