Polar Regions Antarctica Cruise

Explorers & Kings

The 20-day Explorers & Kings cruise is a truly epic adventure through the tussock-covered Falkland Islands, the wildlife paradise of South Georgia and the extraordinary landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Watch an isolated and extreme world come to life as scores of penguins dive for food, herds of elephant seals bathe in the sun and pods of orcas pass by. Wander the quaint British town of Stanley in the Falklands, home to Magellanic, Gentoo, rockhopper and king penguins, as well as blackbrowed albatross and two endemic bird species: Cobb’s wren and the Falkland’s flightless steamer duck. Visit South Georgia’s incredible wildlife, including 30 breeding bird species and 4 penguin species and follow in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton, stepping back in time as you pause a moment at his gravesite. Lastly, explore the Antarctic Peninsula, the northernmost tip of the world’s 7th continent by ship, Zodiac, kayak (optional) and foot. Learn about Antarctica’s unique geology, history and wildlife with an expert team of on-board lecturers as you immerse yourself in the icy realm of the Antarctic.

Four small ships operate the itinerary: the 199-passenger Ocean Endeavour, the 189-passenger Ocean Diamond, the 132-guest Ocean Adventurer and the 176-passenger World Explorer. Each Explorers & Kings departure includes up close exploration on guided hikes, shore walks and small craft excursions. Optional activities (additional cost) include kayaking, one-time paddling excursions, camping, cross-country skiing, mountaineering and stand-up paddleboarding. Advanced reservations are required as space is limited.

All Ocean Endeavour departures begin and end in Buenos Aires with a mandatory charter flight (additional cost). Contact our Antarctica small ship cruise experts for the inside scoop on which route is best for you. AdventureSmith Explorations’ award-winning crew has personal experience voyaging in Antarctica and can recommend the best options to suit your travel interests and timeline.

Read on for details about this trip, or view all of AdventureSmith’s Antarctica cruises.