Skip to content

1ST PRIZE: Antarctic Whale Journey

11 DAYS  |  07 FEB – 17 FEB 2022

Enter a spellbinding world of snow and ice as you voyage to Antarctica, the world’s final frontier - a continent that has lured intrepid explorers for centuries and now draws travellers with a taste for adventure.

Set sail aboard the comfortable, spacious and well-appointed Ocean Endeavour for this exclusive 11-day voyage to the White Continent. Stark, hauntingly beautiful, surreal, breathtaking – words cannot adequately describe the sights and sounds of this pristine, remote landscape.

This is a true ice wilderness, one where you will be surrounded by penguins, seals, whales and seabirds, set against a backdrop of towering, sculpted icebergs, snow-capped peaks, imposing glaciers and ice-choked waters. The wildlife viewing is unparalleled, as is the majestic scenery.

This is a once in a lifetime voyage to the world’s final frontier.

Due to COVID related travel restrictions we understand there needs to be flexibility around departure dates for a travel prize. The trip can therefore either be delayed until the 2023 season or alternatively a similar expedition can be offered with a departure date in November 2021.

 

Expedition Highlights

  • Unspoiled wilderness, uninhabited by man, where the penguins, seals, whales and seabirds are the true rulers.
  • Experience the White Continent and encounter an incredible variety of wildlife.
  • Take in the Sub-Antarctic South Shetland Islands and the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Admire breathtaking scenery such as icebergs, glaciated mountains and volcanoes.
  • Enjoy daily zodiac excursions and on-shore landings.
  • Benefit from a variety of on-board activities including educational lectures on history, geology and ecology by the expedition team.
  • Take advantage of optional activities during the voyage such as kayaking and snowshoeing.
  • Enjoy the amenities onboard including expedition lounge, restaurant, bar, pool, jacuzzi, library, gym, sun deck, spa facilities and sauna.

Itinerary

Activities

Enjoy the onboard wellness activities, including yoga classes, sauna, jacuzzi, heated salt water pool & gym or venture further afield with shore landings, cruising in zodiacs, hiking, kayaking, photography workshops or camping.

Shore Excursions

Step foot on Antarctica and other landing sites to take the opportunity to mingle with the local wildlife and climb to vantage points. This activity is only available in some locations and is weather dependent.
Cost: Included in tour.

Zodiac

Enjoy regular zodiac excursions and on-shore landings, cruising amongst the icebergs, watching the local wildlife. This activity is weather dependent.
Cost: Included in tour.
Additional: Dedicated forward-facing zodiacs may be available on selected days at a cost of US$50 pp (payable on board).

Kayaking

Paddling in small groups, you’ll glide between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife. Previous kayaking experience is required. We provide a full itinerary kayaking program as part of excursion days. This activity is weather dependent.
Cost: from US$790 pp.

Camping

A true outdoor adventure – fully immerse yourself in the sights and sounds, with a once in a lifetime opportunity to camp on the Antarctic ice for one night in purpose built bivvy bags. Available on select voyages only and subject to conditions.
Cost: US$290 pp.

Yoga

Enjoy a unique experience and take part in yoga sessions onboard the ship. This activity is weather and swell dependent.
Cost: Included in tour.

Photography

Includes onboard workshops prior to arrival in Antarctica, critiquing sessions while in Antarctica and editing workshops on the return journey. Some excursions on dedicated forward-facing Zodiacs with dedicated photography guide on landings.
Cost: from US$790 pp.

Nature

Interested?

Subscribe to reminders and updates about the awards, along with articles, tips and insights from our judges.