Overview

Join us for the quintessential Antarctic experience for polar travelers!

The frigid sea and icy islands of the Southern Ocean are a prelude to the vast wilderness that awaits at the bottom of the world – yet they are just as captivating in their own right.

On these voyages, you’ll experience a great diversity of environments, which offer unprecedented wildlife viewing opportunities, especially for penguin lovers.

The entire region abounds with whales, seals, penguins, seabirds, indescribable landscapes and legendary history, and we embrace it all on an extraordinary 3-week journey.

These extended expeditions encompass the remote Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, and the vast beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula.

We begin our expeditions in the Falklands (Malvinas) which are of great interest for wildlife enthusiasts, in particular birders. There are 63 breeding species and 23 annual migrants, plus a long list of others that arrive occasionally. There are no native land mammals, but plenty of marine mammals, many of them the same as those that frequent the waters of Antarctica.

Next, our personal favorite, South Georgia. The rugged scenery is a backdrop to the sight and sound of hundreds of thousands of king penguins. Absolutely unforgettable! Before you leave the island, drink a toast over the grave of intrepid explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Finally, the Peninsula itself. Here, the rules by which people normally live break down. This is an area of everlasting ice, days lasting six months, large popluations of a few wildlife species, erratic compass readings and the meeting of all longitudes. It is a place of dazzling beauty, ice reflects rainbow shards of light, snow petrels are simply beaks and eyes against the snow, and the night sky is a screen for the sintillating aurora. Frozen in time and ice, Antarctica holds secrets of the earth’s past – and clues to its future.

Cregor Adventures has carefully chosen a selection of independently operated ships. Knowing that different people have different tastes and budgets, we have chosen this collection to provide our guests with the best Antarctic expedition opportunities possible.

We encourage you to call us. We will be pleased to discuss what you can expect to see at the different areas where you will land, which time of the season is best to meet your expectations, and which ship and itinerary is just right for you.

Discover a Stunning Abundance of Wildlife En Route to the White Continent!

 

 

Sample Itinerary

Itineraries vary by the yacht you choose. However, all of our yachts include the typical daily landings and activities.  Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the different yacht tours.

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Dates/Pricing

Prices vary by individual ship and date of sailing. Please see details in “Our Yachts” section. Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and are given in US Dollars.

Some ship companies may raise rates without notice. Payment, cancellation and refund policies for Expedition Cruises vary according to the departure and ship chosen. Please call our office for details. At times, some expedition cruise companies impose fuel surcharges prior to departures.

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Accommodations

Accommodations vary by individual boat, please see details in the Our Yachts section.

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Our Yachts

Expedition

Akademik Ioffe

ioffe (1)Designed for polar research, the Ioffe is modern, comfortable, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, we have public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need. A separate bar and lounge, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading. A selection of movies and documentaries can also be watched in the lounge.


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Sea Adventurer

Sea Adventurer

Designed to carry travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world, Sea Adventurer was built in Yugoslavia in 1976, refurbished in 1999 and had further upgrades in 2002. You will be impressed by this ice-strengthened ship, which carries up to 117 passengers and features a spacious forward lounge and bar, window-lined dining room and promenades.


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Sea Spirit

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Sail aboard the remarkably comfortable Sea Spirit and experience the polar regions in grand style with spacious suites.
Carrying a maximum of 114 passengers this outstanding vessel, approved for polar waters, is equipped with rubber inflatable boats – called Zodiacs- for shore transfers and cruising. Kayaking and camping options are available on select departures.


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M/V Plancius

Plancius

M/v “Plancius” was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy and was named “Hr. Ms. Tydeman”. The ship sailed for the Dutch Navy until June 2004 and was eventually purchased and completely rebuilt as a 114-passenger vessel in 2009 It complies with the latest SOLAS-regulations (Safety Of Life At Sea). M/v “Plancius” is classed by Lloyd’s Register in London and flies the Dutch flag.


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M/V Ortelius

Ortelius The ice-strengthened vessel “Ortelius” is an excellent vessel for Polar expedition cruises, allowing us to adventure in remote locations such as the Ross Sea. Ortelius was built in Gdynia, Poland in 1989, and served as a special purpose vessel for the Russian academy of Science.


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National Geographic Explorer

Explorer

Inaugurated in 2008, National Geographic Explorer is the world’s ultimate expedition ship. Her design and equipment is the result of almost 200 years of collective expedition experience.
Originally built for service along Norway’s coast as part of the famed Hurtigruten, or Coastal Express.

Drawing on nearly 50 years of pioneering expedition history and expertise, she was completely redesigned and rebuilt.

Now celebrating her fifth anniversary, Explorer is uniquely equipped with an ice-strengthened hull and advanced navigation equipment for polar expeditions; a roster of tools for exploration; and a well-appointed interior with vast expanses of glass for an unprecedented connection to the regions we explore. She provides a peerless expedition experience.


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Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Vavilov 2Designed for polar research, the One Ocean Voyager is modern, comfortable, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, we have public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need. A separate bar and lounge located on deck 6 with expansive 180 degree views, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading.


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Additional Activities
Our core activities include: guided shore excursions, walks and wildlife spotting and zodiac cruises are included in the fare and will be offered to all passengers during the voyages

Our voyages are primarily defined as explorations and we spend as much time ashore as possible. We can be flexible, taking advantage of wildlife opportunities by using our zodiacs for both landings and cruises. Our knowledgeable guides assist on these outings, providing detailed information. This is supplemented by lectures on board which covers topics such as wildlife, history and true emotions.

Camping
On some of our itineraries, an exciting ‘open air’ camping option is available, providing an intensive experience of the Antarctic wilderness. You will be provided special gear and field equipment which will keep campers dry, warm and comfortable during the night in the open air of Antarctica. Please note that camping is always subject to weather, local site and environmental regulations.

Kayaking
On many of our voyages, kayak excursions in addition to the normal expedition programs are available. On every cruise with a kayak option we hope to schedule up to 4 kayak excursions, weather permitting.

All kayak excursions will take place within a safe distance from the ship. The kayaks used are stable, single seat and double seat sea kayaks. The kayaking will “solemnly” be done as a group activity. At least one kayak guide will lead the group and a zodiac will follow for assistance. Kayak excursions normally last three to four hours. The objective is wildlife, scenery, icebergs, etc. Chances of meeting wildlife while paddling are very high.

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