Antarctica - to the Weddell Sea

Antarctica - to the Weddell Sea

  • Observing the emperor penguins
    Credit: Oceanwide Expeditions (James Cresswell)
  • Iceberg scenery
  • Humpback whale breaching antarctica
  • v ortelius at devils island
  • Gentoo Penguin

18 November - 1 December 2024 (13 days)

James Lowen
(Emmanuel 1991)
Price details  

Price per person (in twin porthole cabin) excludes international flights.

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A voyage into the Weddell Sea in search of Emperor Penguins

A wonderful opportunity to go beyond the Antarctic Peninsula and venture further south, to an emperor penguin rookery south of Snow Hill Island. Ice conditions permitting, guests are ferried by helicopter to find the penguins heading for open water.

The journey begins with a night in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, before flying south to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Board the Ortelius, a comfortable and ice-strengthened expedition ship operated by experienced polar operator Oceanwide Expeditions, carrying a maximum of 118 passengers. Cross the Drake Passage, looking for whales and albatrosses with James Lowen and enjoying lectures from the on-board naturalist guides. Enter the Weddell Sea, and make landings, visiting sites that may include Duse Bay, Seymour Island, Devil Island, Brown Bluff, Gourdin Island and the Argentine research base at Esperanza. After a final landing at Deception Island return to Ushuaia, disembark, and fly to Buenos Aires for a final night.


  • Experience the White Continent from land, sea and air thanks to helicopters on board, including 2 days attempting to visit an emperor penguin rookery with 4,000 breeding pairs in the Weddell Sea
  • Enjoy exclusive advice from James Lowen, an expert on the wildlife of the continent and a professional photographer
  • Explore the Antarctic Peninsula with early-season conditions of clean snow, accompanied by spectacular wildlife, towering icebergs, and otherworldly vistas
  • Spend 10 nights on the m/v Ortelius, a comfortable small ship designed specifically for polar exploration

Special note

Should minimum numbers not be reached by 12 months before departure you will be offered the options of a refund, or to travel on Ortelius as a normal passenger (at the standard cruise rates, i.e. a slight reduction), with the benefit of the experienced on-board guides but without James’s particular expertise.

To view the tour's full itinerary, please visit the Last Frontiers website

To request further details on this tour and check availability please contact Last Frontiers on

Tour operator
ABTA Last Frontiers
Address: The Mill, Quainton Road, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0LP
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Telephone: +44 (0)1296 653000