An Expedition Like No Other
This is an all-inclusive luxury cruise onboard the brand new World Navigator designed to inspire and empower you, with a focus on personal growth and development in the context of the need to address climate change.
PREMIER WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS
Stroll along ice sheets with fledging penguin chicks; witness majestic humpback whales and mischievous seals approach yoru Zodiac boat; snowshoe to gorgeous overlooks while graceful birds, including the blue-eyed shag, albatross and polar skua, fly overhead.
This expedition to the Seventh Continent includes the Drake Passage, the South Shetland Islands and the western coaste of the Antartic Peninsula. Cruise among ice-filled fjords and passageways of glacial blue iceberts on an enchanting expedition few people experience.
Travel in style aboard one of the most luxurious vessels in the polar regions – the World Navigator, an ice-strengthened ship with the latest in power management and propulsion technologies.
Step into a realm of extraordinary possibilities with Wonder and Wander, in collaboration with Insider Expeditions, as they present an exclusive invitation to the world’s most visionary and influential thought leaders. Embark on a life-changing expedition to Antartica: Stewardship, tailored for those driven by a deep social consciousness and a collective desire to make a profound difference.
Antarctica, an untouched wonderland of pristine beauty, is under imminent threat from climate change. Gain firsthand insight into its melting glaciers and rising sea levels, and let this experience awaken your understanding of the urgent need for action. This is no ordinary “climate tourism”; it’s an unparalleled opportunity to witness the profound impact of climate change and personally become a catalyst for transformative change.
Prepare to be captivated by the ethereal beauty and fragility of Antarctica. Here, the power of awe reigns supreme, leaving an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to experience it. Extensive research has revealed that awe humbles us, ignites reverence, and inspires us to take action for the betterment of humanity. Through reducing our carbon footprint, advocating for influential policy changes, and supporting conservation efforts, we can assume the role of true stewards of the environment.
Antarctica represents the epitome of responsible tourism, governed by strict regulations and fostered through international collaboration aimed at preserving its unique ecosystems. While the environmental debate regarding travel persists, we acknowledge that the flight to Antarctica can be justified when travellers recognize the fragility of this final wilderness and make conscientious efforts to mitigate their overall carbon footprint. As privileged visitors, we possess the remarkable ability to serve as ambassadors for this threatened realm, engaging in the vital battle against climate change and the relentless melting of ice. Antarctica Tourism say: See it, Love it, Save it.
Our esteemed team of carefully selected wonder guides await, poised to guide you on an exclusive journey of transformation. Prepare to unlock new perspectives, define your purpose, develop sustainable solutions, and deliver extraordinary impact. Engage with our bespoke experience menu, allowing you to choose the level of involvement that resonates with your vision.
Together, we will craft a powerful stewardship manifesto, a collective call to action that will shape a sustainable future for generations to come.
Seize this extraordinary opportunity to become a true change maker while immersing yourself in one of the most captivating and enigmatic places on Earth. Unite with the legendary luminaries and transformational guides of New Zealand and Australia and friends from around the world and embark on an expedition that aligns your success and influence with a purpose greater than any individual pursuit.
Days 1 – 3 BUENOS AIRES
Arrive in Buenos Aires and spend two nights acclimatising and exploring this extraordinary city before continuing onwards.
Day 4 – USHUAIA, ARGENTINA
A sprawling city of colorful buildings framed by the snow-capped Martial Mountains serve as the backdrop for the southernmost city in the world. A mix of historic buildings and rugged nature make this city a welcoming stop for travelers venturing to the Seventh Continent. After an expedited customs process from our private charter landing, enjoy a welcome breakfast and overview of this charming city before boarding the World Navigator.
Days 5 – 6 – DRAKE PASSAGE NAVIGATION
Voyage beyond the Beagle Channel and navigate the famed Drake Passage. Petrels and albatrosses that glide across the skies lead the way on this waterway where cold southern ocean meets warm northern sea water. While the waterway is famous for its challenging navigation, you may still get another side of the “Drake Lake,” as on some occasions, the channel is calm and flat. As you emerge from the Drake Passage, the mammoth, icy peaks of the South Shetland Islands loom ahead, greeting you on your victorious landing which is likely to happen before sunset on Day 4. During the crossing, enjoy lectures on the wildlife we can expect to see in the days ahead, as well as expert talks by the seasoned guides on the ship.
Day 7 – SOUTH SHELTAND ISLANDS, ANTARTICA
The South Shetland Islands are silent and serene. Natural wonders like the black and white effect of Deception Island and the peaks of massive glaciers sitting atop the water’s surface inspire awe and admiration – even from the most veteran explorers. The stillness of the Shetland Islands evokes a sense of wilderness left to be discovered. Along the rugged cliffs of Brown Bluff, the exposed portion of a glacial volcano, you can hike to a vantage point over expanses of ice and ocean.
Deception Island, the caldera of an active volcano, creates a black-and- white photo effect with black sands mixed with white snow at Neptune’s Bellows. A dip in the steaming hot springs of a black sand beach feels like an unreal experience amidst the snow-capped mountains backdrop.
DAYS 8 – 9 – EXPLORATION OF ANTARCTICA
Enjoy three more days of exploration on the White Continent, with an estimated two landings per day, based on weather conditions. From the remarkable blue coloring of glaciers to leopard seals napping on ice floes, the Antarctic Peninsula contains a multitude of wonders to behold. Cormorants soaring high above and orcas breaching the waters below surround you with a magnificent array of wildlife that calls to your inner explorer.
Visit the permanent ice cap at Cuverville which houses Port Lockroy, a flagship historic site for the main base building of Bransfield House. It’s also home to the famed Penguin Post Office, the southernmost post office in the world where you can create unforgettable memories among the Gentoo penguins.
At Neko Harbor, watch for humpback whales as their flukes come above the water and splash back down. Paradise Bay offers a glimpse into scientific research at Argentina’s Almirante Brown Antarctic Base or Chile’s González Videla Antarctic Base. Cruise in zodiacs along icebergs with your expedition guides, and enjoy daily optional activities including kayaking, paddleboarding, and of course, a polar plunge.
Please note, Captain’s Choice ports of call add to the sense of adventure and element of surprise. Your ship’s master will navigate the changing weather conditions as needed to take you to the best areas for wildlife viewing. Captain’s Choice ports include: Deception Island, Paulet Island, Brown Bluff, Neko Harbor, Paradise Bay, Cuverville Island and Goudier Island.
DAY 10 – DRAKE PASSAGE NAVIGATION
Recross the Drake Passage on the journey back to South America. The meeting of warm and cold waters creates an environment that attracts marvelous wildlife and the chance to witness humpback whales and hourglass dolphins that accompany the voyage back home. The soundtrack of the journey through the Drake Passage includes the cry of petrels, skuas, and gulls. We will enjoy another series of lectures and presentations on all the wildlife we have seen throughout the journey. We’ll discuss the conservation of this remarkable part of the planet as well as the stewardship of its land and seas in the years to come.
DAY 11 – CAPE HORN, CHILE
ehold the lush, yet imposing cliff, as you pass Cape Horn, the southerly head of Tierra del Fuego. Enjoy a final lecture and discussion on the conservation of this remote part of the world, and a farewell celebration on the World Navigator.
DAY 12 – USHUAIA, ARGENTINA
Arrive safely back at port in the morning at the “End of the World,” Ushuaia, Argentina to connect with charter flight back to Buenos Aires.
Optional add-on adventures across South America or connecting flights back home.