Blue Water Holidays
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
Experts in River and Small Ship Cruising Holidays since 2002
01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

The Realm of the King Penguin

Sail in the wake of legendary polar explorers and be enchanted by the awe-inspiring White Continent on this superb luxury expedition cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia, South Shetland Islands and South Orkney Islands, with a charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and exciting Zodiac landings

Cruise Only - Package Possible
18 nights

Luxury Expedition Holiday
  • King penguins in Antarctica
  • Explore by Zodiac
  • Paradise Bay
  • Neko Harbour
  • Seal in Antarctica
  • Whalers Church, South Georgia
  • Hanseatic navigating the ice
  • Enjoy up close encounters with wildlife

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

Hapag Lloyd

The breathtaking landscapes of Antarctica, South Georgia and the South Shetland and Orkney archipelagos will captivate you on this once-in-a-lifetime expedition on board Hanseatic.

Cruise through the breathtaking Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands where you can enjoy close encounters with Adelie penguins and fur seals. Discover Deception Island with its black volcanic beaches and idyllic Paradise Bay where glaciers tower above. Continue to the remote South Orkney Islands where there may be the opportunity to visit the Argentinian Orcadas research station to gain an insight into the everyday lives of polar researchers.

Spend three days in South Georgia, home to thousands of king penguins and elephant seals, and enjoy unique Zodiac landings in the company of expert biologists, geologists or glaciologists. Discover the grave of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton in Grytviken, before cruising to the lively city of Rio de Janeiro.

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The Realm of the King Penguin Itinerary

Day 1 - Buenos Aires (Argentina) - Ushuaia

Individual travel arrangements to Buenos Aires. Take a charter flight to Ushuaia and embark Hanseatic.

Days 2-3 - Drake Passage

Enjoy the ship's facilities whilst cruising through the breathtaking Drake Passage, one of the world's greatest seaways connecting the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Days 4-9 - South Shetland Islands - Antarctic Peninsula - South Orkney Islands

The South Shetland Islands are Antarctica's largest archipelago. After having to abandon their ship, Shackleton and his crew spent a harsh winter on the rugged Elephant Island. It may be possible to visit here as well as Half Moon Island, before Hanseatic cruises directly into the flooded caldera of an extinct volcano on Deception Island, an unforgettable experience. Hanseatic then heads to the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. Set foot on the Antarctic mainland at Paradise Bay. Imposing glacier cliffs tower hundreds of metres above the sea, icebergs the size of houses drift past and gentoo penguins stretch as far as the eye can see. Discover the impressive glacier cliffs of Neko Harbour, navigate the Lemaire Channel and visit Port Lockroy, the former British research station. Enjoy unique close encounters with Adelie penguins, fur seals and petrels on exciting Zodiac landings. Gain an insight into the everyday lives of polar researchers on a visit to the Argentinian Orcadas research station (weather and authorisation permitting).

Day 10 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Days 11-13 - South Georgia

Enjoy several Zodiac landings with expert guides to experience very special wildlife sightings in this unique animal paradise. Stand in front of a gigantic colony of king penguins, observe the sleeping seals on Gold Harbour beach and visit the grave of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton in Grytviken.

Days 14-18 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on relaxing days at sea.

Day 19 - Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

Hanseatic arrives in Rio de Janeiro where you'll disembark.

A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition. The Captain will decide on the best possible alternatives depending on weather and ice conditions.

Price Includes

  • 18-night cruise in your chosen cabin category on board Hanseatic, including all meals
  • Charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • All applicable taxes and duties
  • All landings and trips by zodiac, expert guides and lectures
  • Fresh fruit and champagne in your cabin on arrival
  • Mini-bar supplied with soft drinks daily

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights - we can arrange these for you, please contact us for details
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