Thanks to a short flight to King Gorge Island in the South Shetland Archipelago, ANTARCTICA XXI presents an unbeatable travel solution which allows guests to experience, in perfect harmony, the traditional fascination of exploration with the advantages of an improved efficiency.

Flying over the chaotic Drake Passage represents an enormous advantage of optimizing the time needed to travel to a remote place like Antarctica. It allows you to enjoy the best part of our experience, whilst avoiding all the discomfort and unease deriving by the boat crossing of the mythical Drake Passage. This invaluable improvement also means an extra two precious days added to your holiday – thanks to a comfortable flight of only 2 hours, travellers are now afforded the time  to explore other fascinating places in South America or simply to return faster home.

The program includes the ship cruise from Ushuaia to Antarctica, the visit to the South Shetland Islands and the flight back to Punta Arenas.

Leaving the Ushuaia, sailing through the Beagle Channel, exploring Cape Horn and crossing the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, this unique experience will take you to one of the most remote places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable continent. 

  • Exploration journey and “boutique” style
  • Unique advantage of time, ease and comfort
  • Modern and comfortable ice class vessel
  • Memorable journey, experience of a lifetime
  • Day 1

    Start of the Air-Cruise

    The journey beings in Ushuaia, Argentina. ANTARCTICA XXI will sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, the southernmost town in the world, located on Navarino Island. Here, we will have the time to tour around before setting sail toward Cape Horn.

  • Day 2

    Cape Horn and Drake Passage

    After crossing Nassau Bay, you will wake up in front of the legendary Cape Horn! Weather permitting, the Zodiac boats onboard will be put into the water to visit its lighthouse and Chilean station in charge of keeping it beaming. Back on board, the crew will get ready to set sail towards Antarctica and start the crossing of the famous waters named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great XVIth century British explorer.

  • Day 3

    Drake Passage

    Sailing through the Drake Passage, enroute to King George Island (South Shetland Islands). You will be able to relax and enjoy life onboard and take the time to watch the wildlife from the bridge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent birds such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as Humpback and Minke whales swimming on their way down to Antarctica.

  • Day 4

    Drake Passage and Antarctica

    Once you have crossed the Antarctic Convergence, you will sail through the Antarctic Ocean. The time has come to start spotting the first icebergs and the first Antarctic land. The South Shetland Islands finally come into view, and you will be able to make your first landing to visit a penguin colony by zodiac boat. Exploration will continue all evening thanks to the endless daylight.

  • Day 5

    Upon reaching King George Island, you will disembark at Fildes Bay, where you will have the chance to enjoy the Antarctic scenery and visit some interesting places around the area, such as the Chilean Base Frei and the Russian Base Bellingshausen. You will be gathered at the aerodrome where you will board the flight that will take you to Punta Arenas, Chile. The programme then ends upon arrival at the Airport in Punta Arenas.


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Vessel OCEAN NOVA    

A modern and comfortable vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, and her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica. The Ocean Nova's has capacity for 68 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins, all with private facilities, including dedicated single, twin and triple cabins. In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, a spacious dining room, a bar and library, she also has an infirmary and an exercise room. The ship has Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.

Expeditions staff & crew: 38
Passengers: 68
Lifeboats: 2, fully enclosed, capacity of 90, length at 73.0 m
Breadth: 11.0 m
Draft: 3.7 m
Propulsion: Diesel engines - 2,000-horsepower
Ice class: 1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)
Cruising speed: 12 knots in open water

The Airplane: BAE-146  

The aircraft BAE-146 was manufacturedin the United Kingdom by British Aerospace (which later became part of BAE Systems). It is a high-wing aircraft with very short runaway requirements which make it particularly suited for this kind of destinations. It is operated by Aerovias DAP, which has more than 20 years of experience of flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.

Model: BAE 146-200
Engins: 4 turbofans Honeywell ALF 502R-5
Length: 93 ft 8 in (28,55 m)
WingspanI: 86 ft 5 in (26,34 m)
Cruise speed: 465 mph (750 km/h)
Ssevice ceiling: 31,200 ft (9.500 m)
Capacity: 70 passengers 


  • Flights according to the itinerary
  • Ship cruise
  • Accommodation with full board
  • All drinks on board
  • Shore excursions
  • Lectures and onboard entertainment
  • Loan of boots for landing in Antarctica
  • Transfer from/to airport/hotel according to the itinerary
  • Comprehensive pre- and post- departure information

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