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Antarctica Semi-Circumnavigation

DEPARTING FROM:Ushuaia, ArgentinaFINAL DESTINATION:Dunedin, New Zealand

DURATION:32 Days/ 31 NightsREGION:AntarcticaSHIP:SH Minerva & SH Vega

This is an expedition for true explorers. Over 32 incredible days escape into another realm as you board the luxury boutique ice-class ship SH Minerva on this once-in-a-lifetime trip from South America to New Zealand. This epic semi-circumnavigation cruise of Antarctica fulfils the ultimate bucket list, sailing on glassy seas, passing by monumental icebergs, unheralded landscapes and phenomenal wildlife. You'll explore icy waters to reach the world’s southernmost islands where only a handful of adventurers, explorers and scientists have been before. 

And as you cross the polar circle, you get to join an elite group of people who have been to some of the least-visited places on the planet.

You'll be cruising aboard the new, luxuriously appointed SH Minerva. Accommodating no more than 150 travellers, you'll enjoy maximum time on the ice and in the zodiacs, while appreciating outstanding comfort on board between excursions. Ice-rated to PC5 standard, SH Minerva is truly built for adventure in the polar regions.


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Ship Details

SH Minerva & SH Vega

SH Minerva & SH Vega

Operated by: Swan Hellenic

Launched in 2021 and 2022 respectively, the new, 5-star sister-ships SH Minerva and SH Vega feature elegant Scandi-design and offer an intimate setting from which to immerse yourself in all the sights and scenery throughout your expedition. Each ship accommodates no more than 152 guests for a truly boutique experience, and you will be exceptionally well looked after by an international crew of up to 120. 

SH Minerva and SH Vega are true expedition ships. Designed to journey to 'off the beaten path' destinations and remote polar regions in style and comfort, they have achieved a PC5 rating for their ice-strengthened hulls, which combined with extra-large stabilisers makes your journey as smooth as possible.

Onboard, the 70 staterooms and six suites have all the modern amenities you will need to feel comfortable including dressing gowns, hairdryers, personal safes and minibars. Your home away from home also features a dressing area and comfy seating. En suite bathrooms all feature glass-enclosed rain showers.

Discerning travellers will enjoy a choice of restaurants, several bars, and comfortable lounges with panoramic views. To keep active during your expedition, make use of the pool, jacuzzi, spa and fitness gym.

Expedition amenities include a basecamp for storage of gear, lecture lounge, an Expedition Laboratory where guests can take part in scientific research, a reference library and of course a fleet of excursion tenders that will ensure you're never far from the action!


Key Facts

337 Feet / 115 Metres
75 Feet
15.50 Knots
Passenger Decks
Room Grades

Your cruise price includes:

  • Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
  • Accommodation on board in selected room grade
  • All meals onboard 
  • 24-hour room service 
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
  • Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • Standard WiFi
  • Onboard gratuities and port taxes
  • One selected shore excursion/expedition activity per port of call (Kayak not included, bookable for a fee on board)
  • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions.


Your cruise price does not include:

  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
  • Pre- and post- land arrangements
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Meals ashore
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended - SAVE 20% when purchased with your expedition)
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
  • Gratuities at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard.
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Please note: This cruise is sold in AUD

The itinerary described is for guidance only. Programmes may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

By completing this booking request you acknowledge that you have read and accept Expedition Cruise Specialists' and Swan Hellenic's terms and conditions.

A single supplement of 25% applies for sole use of selected cabins. Limited numbers apply. Enquire for details.


Antarctica Semi-Circumnavigation