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In Shackleton's Footsteps


DURATION:18 Days/ 17 NightsREGION:AntarcticaSHIP:SH Vega

ollow in the wake of one of history’s greatest explorers on this extraordinary voyage. Drink in the incredible endless icy wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula, just as Ernest Shackleton and his crew would have done as they commenced their quest to cross the South Pole. Step ashore on Elephant Island, where the men would survive two Antarctic winters. Along the way, observe the penguins, seals, whales and seabirds that, unlike Shackleton’s ship, Endurance, have no issues thriving in

this formidable environment. Before crossing the infamous Drake Passage back to Ushuaia, stop at the Falkland Islands, a haven for a host of endemic birdlife, and meet the proud, resilient locals. This incredible 18-day expedition is undertaken aboard the state-of-the-art SH Vega, a new Polar Class 5 vessel allowing guests to explore the Antarctic region in style and comfort in a group no larger than 150 travellers.


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Ship Details

SH Vega

SH Vega

Operated by: Swan Hellenic

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

SH Vega is a true expedition ship. Designed to journey to 'off the beaten path' destinations and remote polar regions in style and comfort, she has achieved a PC5 rating for her ice-strengthened hull, 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 in selected cabin type onboard
  • 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 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 75% applies for sole use of selected cabins. Limited numbers apply. Enquire for details.


In Shackleton's Footsteps