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The Antarctic Summer
The Antarctic Summer

Voyage to Antarctica on the new luxury ships SH Vega and SH Diana

Most popular
The Antarctic Summer
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Group size
to 152 person
Duration
12 days

Accommodation during the trip

1 night
10 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
2 December 2024
  • 2 December 2024
  • 4 December 2024
  • 12 December 2024
  • 27 December 2024
  • 7 January 2025
  • 16 January 2025
  • 25 January 2025
  • 3 February 2025
  • 4 February 2025
  • 12 February 2025
  • 21 February 2025
End date:
13 December 2024
from 6 925 EUR

Discover the White Continent aboard the newest expedition ships SH Vega and SH Diana. For this voyage, we have chosen dates at the peak of the Antarctic summer, when the region's rich nature and wildlife are revealed in all diversity.

Most popular
The Antarctic Summer
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Group size
to 152 person
Duration
12 days

Accommodation during the trip

1 night
10 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
2 December 2024
  • 2 December 2024
  • 4 December 2024
  • 12 December 2024
  • 27 December 2024
  • 7 January 2025
  • 16 January 2025
  • 25 January 2025
  • 3 February 2025
  • 4 February 2025
  • 12 February 2025
  • 21 February 2025
End date:
13 December 2024
from 6 925 EUR

Experiences you'll have

Luxury voyage to Antarctica

This voyage will meet your highest expectations of traveling to the southernmost part of the Earth. Onboard, you will find more than just comfort: suites with fireplaces, an outdoor infinity pool overlooking the icebergs, gourmet restaurants with meals from famous chefs, panoramic lounges, a well-equipped gym, and more. Outside, Antarctica's incredible views and unique wildlife will fill you with unforgettable impressions. 

Special offers:

  • up to 40% discount is available on certain dates if booked by February 29, 2024

  • 50% discount for 3rd and 4th cabin berths

  • 90% discount for children under 18 y.o. in a cabin with two adults 

Please contact us for details.

Highlights of the cruise:

  • crossing the Drake Passage, the widest and deepest on Earth
  • passing through the Iceberg Alley, where ice castles reach the height of a multi-story building
  • watching colonies of Adelie, Gentoo, and Chinstrap penguins with their cubs up close
  • visiting the South Shetland Islands and the Lemaire Channel, considered to be the most photogenic place in Antarctica
  • meeting various species of seals, whales, and seabirds 

The cost of the cruise depends on the date, duration, and cabin type selected. See details in the Accommodation section. 

Itinerary

The journey begins in Buenos Aires, where you should get to on your own.


This is a general plan of the expedition, the route may vary depending on the weather and ice conditions.

Day 1 Arrival in Buenos Aires

Upon your arrival at the Buenos Aires airport, you will be transferred to a hotel. Your 1-night stay at the hotel is included in the price of the program.

Day 2 Embarkation in Ushuaia

In the morning, you will be taken to the airport for the charter flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost city on Earth. Ushuaia is located in south Argentina, surrounded by the majestic Andes Mountains.

 

Embarkation to the ship will take place in the afternoon. You will meet the ship's crew and expedition's members during a welcome cocktail.

Days 3-4 Across the Drake Passage

Your journey to Antarctica begins by crossing the widest and deepest strait on Earth. In the narrowest part, the width of the Drake Passage is 820 km, and the depth in some parts can reach 5 km.

 

Days at sea are the perfect time to observe seabirds and mammals from aboard the ship. Lectures from experts in glaciology, marine biology, history, and geology are waiting for you. You will learn about the history of Antarctic exploration, the origin of glaciers, and the flora and fauna of the White Continent.

 

Also, during these days, you can relax and use various services on board. Visit a spa or a gym, check out a library filled with thematic books, or admire the stunning ocean views from your cabin balcony.

Days 5-8 The continent of Antarctica

These days you will explore the Antarctic Peninsula, the most accessible part of the continent of Antarctica. The mild climate attracts all representatives of Antarctic wildlife here. On shore you will approach huge colonies of penguins, and at sea you can meet whales and leopard seals.

 

One of the days you will pass through the Lemaire Channel, which is considered to be the most photogenic place in Antarctica. The narrow sea passage is framed by mountains and sparkling glaciers. Leopard seals and crabeater seals rest on the passing flat ice floes, and the shores are inhabited by penguins. Orcas and humpback whales often accompany the ship.

Day 9 South Shetland Islands

The South Shetland Archipelago are sub-Antarctic islands where the flora and fauna are markedly different from the rest of Antarctica due to higher temperatures. Most of the islands were discovered by expeditions of fur seal hunters in the early 19th century.

 

On zodiac expedition boats, you will enter the picturesque submerged caldera of Deception Volcano and see the abandoned whaling stations on the island. Black volcanic beaches are favored by penguins, sea elephants, fur, crabeater, and Weddell seals. They are not afraid of humans at all and can be approached at a fairly close distance.

Days 10-11 At sea

These days the ship will take a return course to Ushuaia through the already familiar Drake Passage. You can relax in the bar on board and exchange impressions with other cruise participants. 

 

The captain's bridge is also always open for you. In the evening you will enjoy a gala dinner with the captain, officers, and expedition team.

Day 12 Returning to Ushuaia

In the morning, the ship will pass through the Beagle Channel and call at the port of Ushuaia. After breakfast, you will say goodbye to the expedition team and the ship's crew and disembark. Then, a transfer to the airport for departure to Buenos Aires will be organized. 

Most popular
The Antarctic Summer
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Group size
to 152 person
Duration
12 days

Accommodation during the trip

1 night
10 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
2 December 2024
  • 2 December 2024
  • 4 December 2024
  • 12 December 2024
  • 27 December 2024
  • 7 January 2025
  • 16 January 2025
  • 25 January 2025
  • 3 February 2025
  • 4 February 2025
  • 12 February 2025
  • 21 February 2025
End date:
13 December 2024
from 6 925 EUR

Accommodation during the trip

A 15% prepayment is needed to make a reservation. The final payment of 85% is paid 65 days before the start of the cruise.

 

Rates depend on the date, cruise duration, and cabin type selected. The price is per person with double occupancy in a cabin.

 

3–15 February 2024 | 13 days | SH Vega

  • Oceanview D4 (deck 4, bow) – 14,385 USD
  • Oceanview M4 (deck 4, center) – 15,046 USD
  • Balcony D5 (deck 5, bow and aft) – 16,517 USD
  • Balcony М5 (deck 5, center) – 17,291 USD
  • Balcony D6 (deck 6) – 19,010 USD
  • Suite (deck 5 and 6, center) – 22,045 USD
  • Premium Suite (deck 6, aft) – 25,615 USD

 

6–16 February 2024 | 11 days | SH Diana

  • Oceanview D4 (deck 4, bow) – 12,099 USD
  • Oceanview M4 (deck 4, center) – 12,640 USD
  • Balcony D5 (deck 5, bow and aft) – 15,347 USD
  • Balcony М5 (deck 5, center) – 16,059 USD
  • Balcony D6 (deck 6) – 17,642 USD
  • Junior Suite (deck 5 and 6) – 19,904 USD
  • Suite (deck 5 and 6) – 23,096 USD
  • Premium Suite (deck 6) – 26,852 USD

 

14–24 February 2024 and 23 February – 4 March 2024 | 11 days | SH Vega

  • Oceanview D4 (deck 4, bow) – 12,099 USD
  • Oceanview M4 (deck 4, center) – 12,640 USD
  • Balcony D5 (deck 5, bow and aft) – 13,843 USD
  • Balcony М5 (deck 5, center) – 14,477 USD
  • Balcony D6 (deck 6) – 15,884 USD
  • Suite (deck 5 and 6, center) – 18,367 USD
  • Premium Suite (deck 6, aft) – 21,288 USD


2–13 December 2024 | 12 days | SH Diana

  • Oceanview D4 (deck 4, bow) – 14,613 8,835 USD
  • Oceanview M4 (deck 4, center) – 15,287 9,285 USD
  • Balcony D5 (deck 5, bow and aft) – 18,655 10,935 USD
  • Balcony М5 (deck 5, center) – 19,542 11,460 USD
  • Balcony D6 (deck 6) – 21,512 12,485 USD
  • Junior Suite (deck 5 and 6) – 24,326 14,460 USD
  • Suite (deck 5 and 6) – 28,299 15,210 USD
  • Premium Suite (deck 6) – 32,972 16,710 USD

 

4–15 December 2024 | 12 days | SH Vega

  • Oceanview D4 (deck 4, bow) – 14,613 8,085 USD
  • Oceanview M4 (deck 4, center) – 15,287 8,535 USD
  • Balcony D5 (deck 5, bow and aft) – 16,784 10,035 USD
  • Balcony М5 (deck 5, center) – 17,572 10,485 USD
  • Balcony D6 (deck 6) – 19,323 11,610 USD
  • Suite (deck 5 and 6, center) – 22,413 14,010 USD
  • Premium Suite (deck 6, aft) – 26,048 15,435 USD

 

12–22 December 2024 | 11 days | SH Diana

  • Oceanview D4 (deck 4, bow) – 13,333 7,635 USD
  • Oceanview M4 (deck 4, center) – 13,940 8,010 USD
  • Balcony D5 (deck 5, bow and aft) – 16,971 9,435 USD
  • Balcony М5 (deck 5, center) – 17,769 9,885 USD
  • Balcony D6 (deck 6) – 19,542 10,860 USD
  • Junior Suite (deck 5 and 6) – 22,075 12,510 USD
  • Suite (deck 5 and 6) – 25,650 13,110 USD
  • Premium Suite (deck 6) – 29,856 14,460 USD

 

27 December 2024 – 8 January 2025 | 13 days | SH Vega

  • Oceanview D4 (deck 4, bow) – 5,893 10,560 USD
  • Oceanview M4 (deck 4, center) – 16,634 11,160 USD
  • Balcony D5 (deck 5, bow and aft) – 18,281 13,110 USD
  • Balcony М5 (deck 5, center) – 19,148 13,785 USD
  • Balcony D6 (deck 6) – 21,074 15,135 USD
  • Suite (deck 5 and 6, center) – 24,473 18,285 USD
  • Premium Suite (deck 6, aft) – 28,472 20,085 USD

 

7–17 January 2025 | 11 days | SH Vega

  • Oceanview D4 (deck 4, bow) – 13,333 8,235 USD
  • Oceanview M4 (deck 4, center) – 13,940 8,610 USD
  • Balcony D5 (deck 5, bow and aft) – 15,287 10,185 USD
  • Balcony М5 (deck 5, center) – 15,996 10,635 USD
  • Balcony D6 (deck 6) – 17,572 11,760 USD
  • Suite (deck 5 and 6, center) – 20,353 14,160 USD
  • Premium Suite (deck 6, aft) – 23,625 15,585 USD


7–9 January 2025 | 13 days | SH Diana

  • Oceanview D4 (deck 4, bow) – 15,893 9,360 USD
  • Oceanview M4 (deck 4, center) – 16,634 9,810 USD
  • Balcony D5 (deck 5, bow and aft) – 20,340 11,535 USD
  • Balcony М5 (deck 5, center) – 21,315 12,135 USD
  • Balcony D6 (deck 6) – 23,482 13,335 USD
  • Junior Suite (deck 5 and 6) – 26,577 15,360 USD
  • Suite (deck 5 and 6) – 30,947 16,110 USD
  • Premium Suite (deck 6) – 36,088 17,760 USD


16–26 January 2025 | 11 days | SH Vega

  • Oceanview D4 (deck 4, bow) – 13,333 USD
  • Oceanview M4 (deck 4, center) – 13,940 USD
  • Balcony D5 (deck 5, bow and aft) – 15,287 USD
  • Balcony М5 (deck 5, center) – 15,996 USD
  • Balcony D6 (deck 6) – 17,572 USD
  • Suite (deck 5 and 6, center) – 20,353 USD
  • Premium Suite (deck 6, aft) – 23,625 USD

 

25 January – 4 February, 3–13 February, 12–22 February 2025 | 11 days | SH Vega

  • Oceanview D4 (deck 4, bow) – 13,333 7,485 USD
  • Oceanview M4 (deck 4, center) – 13,940 7,935 USD
  • Balcony D5 (deck 5, bow and aft) – 15,287 9,360 USD
  • Balcony М5 (deck 5, center) – 15,996 9,610 USD
  • Balcony D6 (deck 6) – 17,572 10,785 USD
  • Suite (deck 5 and 6, center) – 20,353 13,035 USD
  • Premium Suite (deck 6, aft) – 23,625 14,235 USD

 

4–15 February 2025 | 12 days | SH Diana

  • Oceanview D4 (deck 4, bow) – 14,613 8,460 USD
  • Oceanview M4 (deck 4, center) – 15,287 8,910 USD
  • Balcony D5 (deck 5, bow and aft) – 18,655 10,485 USD
  • Balcony М5 (deck 5, center) – 19,542 11,010 USD
  • Balcony D6 (deck 6) – 21,512 12,060 USD
  • Junior Suite (deck 5 and 6) – 24,326 13,935 USD
  • Suite (deck 5 and 6) – 28,299 14,610 USD
  • Premium Suite (deck 6) – 32,972 16,035 USD


21 February – 3 March 2025 | 11 days | SH Vega

  • Oceanview D4 (deck 4, bow) – 13,333 7,635 USD
  • Oceanview M4 (deck 4, center) – 13,940 8,010 USD
  • Balcony D5 (deck 5, bow and aft) – 15,287 9,435 USD
  • Balcony М5 (deck 5, center) – 15,996 9,885 USD
  • Balcony D6 (deck 6) – 17,572 10,935 USD
  • Suite (deck 5 and 6, center) – 20,353 13,185 USD
  • Premium Suite (deck 6, aft) – 23,625 14,460 USD

 

Cabin types:

 

Oceanview (19 sq.m.): 2 single beds (convertible to a double bed), sitting area with a sofa, soothing flame-effect fireplace, luxurious bathroom, panoramic windows

 

Balcony (28 sq.m.): 2 single beds (convertible to a double bed), sitting area with a sofa, soothing flame-effect fireplace, luxurious bathroom, private balcony 6 sq.m. 

 

Junior Suite* (35 sq.m.): king-size bed, sitting area with a sofa, soothing flame-effect fireplace, luxurious ensuite bathroom, private balcony 7 sq.m. *SH Diana only

 

Suite (44 sq.m.): king-size bed, separate living room with a soothing flame-effect fireplace, luxurious ensuite bathroom, private balcony 6 sq.m.

 

Premium Suite (47-49 sq.m.): king-size bed, separate living room with a soothing flame-effect fireplace, luxurious ensuite bathroom, spacious walk-in wardrobe, private balcony 12 sq.m.


 

Ship’s description

 

SH Vega and SH Diana are new 5-star expedition ships built in Finland’s famous Helsinki Shipyard in 2022 and 2023. They are equipped with ice-strengthened hulls and extra-large stabilizers. 

 

A small number of guests – 152 on SH Vega and 192 on SH Diana – provide a friendly, informal atmosphere aboard as well as dynamic activities of the ships. 

 

All public areas have fireplaces and panoramic windows. You can admire the Antarctic scenery from anywhere on board.

 

Onboard facilities: club lounge with 24-hour food service, observation lounge equipped for lectures and live music evenings, outdoor infinity pool, sauna with hot tubs with panoramic ocean views, SPA, gym, main restaurant, basecamp, library, and laboratory. 

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What to bring with me +

You will be given a branded waterproof and windproof expedition jacket, and high expedition rubber boots will be provided during sea walks and landings.

 

Clothing: 

  • waterproof pants for boat landings and landwalks (Gore-Tex and similar membrane fabrics are preferred. Wear them over your regular pants)
  • thermal underwear (2 sets)
  • thermal socks (3 pairs)
  • shirts and T-shirts
  • jeans or other comfortable pants (several pairs)
  • turtlenecks (suitable for wearing under a warm sweater and for wearing on board)
  • wool or fleece sweaters
  • dressy clothes (for the welcome dinner and farewell cocktail with the captain)
  • warm mittens and thin gloves (2 pairs)
  • warm hat to protect your head and ears
  • warm scarf
     

Footwear:

  • comfortable shoes to wear on board
  • shoes for the cities where your cruise begins and ends
     

Personal items and gear:

  • sunglasses
  • high SPF sunscreen
  • protective lip balm
  • waterproof backpack for your camera and other essentials on disembarkation
  • waterproof case for your gear
  • swimming gear
  • binoculars (optional for animal watching)
  • camera
  • battery pack/spare batteries
Who will be my guide +

The crew of the liner consists of 120 employees, including an expedition team of experienced guides, speakers, and lecturers. On the ship and during zodiac boat trips they will tell about the nature and history of Antarctic exploration, give lectures, presentations, and master classes.

Meals +

The price includes full board meals on the ship and an open bar (tea, coffee, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, except premium brands). You will also enjoy a welcome cocktail with the captain and crew, a farewell gala dinner, and 24-hour cabin service.

Medical insurance +

Medical insurance covering emergency evacuation from inaccessible and remote places is required for the journey. It is not included in the tour price and is paid additionally. We are ready to help with its registration. If necessary, please leave a comment in the application form.

Booking

Most popular

The Antarctic Summer

Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Group size
to 152 person
Duration
12 days

Accommodation during the trip

1 night
10 nights

Languages

EN
guide
from 6 925 EUR
What's included in the price:
  • flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and back

  • pre-voyage night in Buenos Aires in 5* hotel

  • accommodation on the ship in a cabin of the chosen category

  • all transfers between the hotel, port and airport

  • full board service 

  • all excursions and landings as per the program

  • lectures from the expedition team

  • rental of rubber boots and branded expedition jacket as a gift

  • tip on board and standard Wi-Fi

  • port charges

Extra charge:
  • airfare to Buenos Aires

  • mandatory health insurance with emergency evacuation from remote locations coverage

  • premium alcoholic drinks at the bar, not included in the price

  • personal expenses on board (laundry, calls, spa, etc.)

  • kayaking (optional, 250 USD pp for one-time activity, requires booking in advance) 

In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and back

  • pre-voyage night in Buenos Aires in 5* hotel

  • accommodation on the ship in a cabin of the chosen category

  • all transfers between the hotel, port and airport

  • full board service 

  • all excursions and landings as per the program

  • lectures from the expedition team

  • rental of rubber boots and branded expedition jacket as a gift

  • tip on board and standard Wi-Fi

  • port charges

  • airfare to Buenos Aires

  • mandatory health insurance with emergency evacuation from remote locations coverage

  • premium alcoholic drinks at the bar, not included in the price

  • personal expenses on board (laundry, calls, spa, etc.)

  • kayaking (optional, 250 USD pp for one-time activity, requires booking in advance) 

2 Dec 2024, Mon — 13 Dec 2024, Fri
from 6 925 EUR
4 Dec 2024, Wed — 15 Dec 2024, Sun
from 6 925 EUR
12 Dec 2024, Thu — 23 Dec 2024, Mon
from 6 925 EUR
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Testimonials

Luka Gomulsky
Luka Gomulsky 20 Марта 2019

I have been dreaming about traveling to Antarctica for more than 10 years. It was necessary for many conditions to come together: an inter-work break comes in the winter (summer in the Shouthern Hemisphere), someone would be able to look after my old parents,availability on board on the expedition. Everything coincided in February 2019, - and the dream came true !!! The impression of the expedition is fantastic. Everything was for 5 stars - absolutely everything: hotels in Argentina, service on board of Sea Spirit vessel, team qualifications (and this is the main condition!), - zoologists, historians, iceberg specialists, - all of the highest qualifications and the highest level of friendliness! This is the most unforgettable journey of my life, and I have already visited more than hundred countries. The next tour is probably to the Moon. Better to the Mars, maybe ... If you arn't ready being going to Antarctica yet, then we're coming to you right now! ;)