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Quest for the Antarctic Circle

A massive rookery of penguins shuffles across a frozen shore; a pod of whales glides through frigid waters; dramatic landscapes float off in the distance – welcome to Antarctica. Join us on a voyage of discovery to our planet’s last frontier – a mysterious and virtually pristine paradise. Our ice-strengthened expedition ship is ideally suited to cruising this icy wilderness, and her expert staff are on hand to ensure you’ll fully appreciate all the majesty you encounter. Sail the Drake Passage past the South Shetland Islands, then really explore the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Prepare yourself for an adventure like no other – more like a private expedition than a traditional cruise.

Please Note: Rates in NZD are available - please contact us for more details.
21 December, 2017 to 03 January, 2018 Make a booking request for Quest for the Antarctic Circle , departing on 21 December, 2017

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Cat 1A - Quad £ 7319 GBP pp
2 Upper, 2 lower berths. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m2 . Porthole. Located on Deck 2.
Cat 1 - Triple £ 7807 GBP pp
2 Upper berths and 1 lower berth. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m2 . Porthole. Located on Deck 2.
Cat 2 - Twin £ 8539 GBP pp
Two lower berths. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m2 . Porthole. Located on Deck 2.
Cat 3 - Twin £ 8799 GBP pp
Two lower berths. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m2 . Larger window. Located on Deck 3.
Cat 4 - Twin £ 9999 GBP pp
Two lower berths. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m2 . Larger window. Located on Deck 3.
Cat 5 - Suite £ 11284 GBP pp
Our four suites all feature separate entrances, living and sleeping areas. Each living area includes a 2-seater couch, armchair, coffee table and desk. Each bedroom contains a double bed as well as a vanity area. Located on Deck 4.
08 February, 2018 to 21 February, 2018 Make a booking request for Quest for the Antarctic Circle , departing on 08 February, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Cat 1A - Quad £ 7319 GBP pp
2 Upper, 2 lower berths. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m2 . Porthole. Located on Deck 2.
Cat 1 - Triple £ 7807 GBP pp
2 Upper berths and 1 lower berth. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m2 . Porthole. Located on Deck 2.
Cat 2 - Twin £ 8539 GBP pp
Two lower berths. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m2 . Porthole. Located on Deck 2.
Cat 3 - Twin £ 9454 GBP pp
Two lower berths. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m2 . Larger window. Located on Deck 3.
Cat 4 - Twin £ 10369 GBP pp
Two lower berths. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m2 . Larger window. Located on Deck 3.
Cat 5 - Suite £ 11284 GBP pp
Our four suites all feature separate entrances, living and sleeping areas. Each living area includes a 2-seater couch, armchair, coffee table and desk. Each bedroom contains a double bed as well as a vanity area. Located on Deck 4.
20 February, 2018 to 05 March, 2018 Make a booking request for Quest for the Antarctic Circle , departing on 20 February, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Cat 1A - Quad £ 7014 GBP pp
2 Upper, 2 lower berths. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m2 . Porthole. Located on Deck 2.
Cat 1 - Triple £ 7502 GBP pp
2 Upper berths and 1 lower berth. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m2 . Porthole. Located on Deck 2.
Cat 2 - Twin £ 8234 GBP pp
Two lower berths. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m2 . Porthole. Located on Deck 2.
Cat 3 - Twin £ 9149 GBP pp
Two lower berths. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m2 . Larger window. Located on Deck 3.
Cat 4 - Twin £ 9759 GBP pp
Two lower berths. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m2 . Larger window. Located on Deck 3.
Cat 5 - Suite £ 10674 GBP pp
Our four suites all feature separate entrances, living and sleeping areas. Each living area includes a 2-seater couch, armchair, coffee table and desk. Each bedroom contains a double bed as well as a vanity area. Located on Deck 4.
21 December, 2018 to 03 January, 2019 Make a booking request for Quest for the Antarctic Circle , departing on 21 December, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Cat 1A - Quad £ 7319 GBP pp
2 Upper, 2 lower berths. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m² . Porthole. Located on Deck 2.
view cabin photo
Cat 1 - Triple £ 7809 GBP pp
2 Upper berths and 1 lower berth. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m² . Porthole. Located on Deck 2.
view cabin photo
Cat 2 - Twin £ 8539 GBP pp
Two lower berths. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m² . Porthole. Located on Deck 2.
view cabin photo
Cat 3 - Twin £ 9455 GBP pp
Two lower berths. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m² . Larger window. Located on Deck 3.
view cabin photo
Cat 4 - Twin £ 10369 GBP pp
Two lower berths. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m² . Larger window. Located on Deck 3.
view cabin photo
Cat 5 - Suite £ 11285 GBP pp
Our four suites all feature separate entrances, living and sleeping areas. Each living area includes a 2-seater couch, armchair, coffee table and desk. Each bedroom contains a double bed as well as a vanity area. Located on Deck 4.
view cabin photo
08 February, 2019 to 21 February, 2019 Make a booking request for Quest for the Antarctic Circle , departing on 08 February, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Cat 1A - Quad £ 7319 GBP pp
2 Upper, 2 lower berths. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m² . Porthole. Located on Deck 2.
view cabin photo
Cat 1 - Triple £ 7809 GBP pp
2 Upper berths and 1 lower berth. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m² . Porthole. Located on Deck 2.
view cabin photo
Cat 2 - Twin £ 8539 GBP pp
Two lower berths. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m² . Porthole. Located on Deck 2.
view cabin photo
Cat 3 - Twin £ 9455 GBP pp
Two lower berths. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m² . Larger window. Located on Deck 3.
view cabin photo
Cat 4 - Twin £ 10369 GBP pp
Two lower berths. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m² . Larger window. Located on Deck 3.
view cabin photo
Cat 5 - Suite £ 11285 GBP pp
Our four suites all feature separate entrances, living and sleeping areas. Each living area includes a 2-seater couch, armchair, coffee table and desk. Each bedroom contains a double bed as well as a vanity area. Located on Deck 4.
view cabin photo
20 February, 2019 to 05 March, 2019 Make a booking request for Quest for the Antarctic Circle , departing on 20 February, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Cat 1A - Quad £ 7015 GBP pp
2 Upper, 2 lower berths. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m² . Porthole. Located on Deck 2.
view cabin photo
Cat 1 - Triple £ 7505 GBP pp
2 Upper berths and 1 lower berth. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m² . Porthole. Located on Deck 2.
view cabin photo
Cat 2 - Twin £ 8235 GBP pp
Two lower berths. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m² . Porthole. Located on Deck 2.
view cabin photo
Cat 3 - Twin £ 9149 GBP pp
Two lower berths. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m² . Larger window. Located on Deck 3.
view cabin photo
Cat 4 - Twin £ 9759 GBP pp
Two lower berths. Private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin. Approx 15m² . Larger window. Located on Deck 3.
view cabin photo
Cat 5 - Suite £ 10675 GBP pp
Our four suites all feature separate entrances, living and sleeping areas. Each living area includes a 2-seater couch, armchair, coffee table and desk. Each bedroom contains a double bed as well as a vanity area. Located on Deck 4.
view cabin photo

Quest for the Antarctic Circle itinerary:

show reverse itinerary
Day 1 Ushuaia
Arrive in Ushuaia at any time. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the world's most southerly city. Arrival transfer is included. There will be a welcome desk in the lobby of the start hotel that will provide more specific information on the MS Expedition.
Day 2 Ushuaia/Drake Passage
Enjoy a free morning in Ushuaia. Do any last minute shopping, explore the town or the surrounding countryside. Embarkation on the MS Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia. Enjoy the evening sailing through the Beagle Channel. Expedition travel can be full of surprises! While it is our intention of adhere to the itinerary described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. On the first day onboard, the Expedition Leader will give an expedition overview outlining what the specific plans are for the trip.
Days 3–4 Drake Passage/South Shetland Islands
The adventure begins with a 800km (497 mi) crossing of the passage named in honour of 16th-century English sea captain and privateer Sir Francis Drake. The ship is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean. Enjoy daily lectures from the expedition team and keep an eye out for sightings of icebergs, whales, and albatross following in the Expedition's wake. The M/S Expedition is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean, known for the unimpeded never ending fetch of the winds that encircle the Antarctic. As the Expedition crosses the passage there will be time to become acquainted with the ship and frequent the common areas that include the lounge, dining hall, library and lecture hall where we meet our guides, ship’s crew and expedition staff. Begin lectures and information sessions to learn the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region.
Days 5–6 South Shetland Islands/Antarctic Peninsula
Encounter some of the region's unique wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery while setting foot on the Antarctic continent. Attempt two shore landings per day (weather permitting) and encounter gentoo, chinstrap, and Adélie penguin rookeries; Weddell, crabeater, and leopard seals; and orca, humpback, and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters. This is what we've all been waiting for - a chance to step foot on the Great White Continent! Over the next four days the Expedition will navigate southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait and to the Antarctic Peninsula. Our goal is to attempt two excursions per day while navigating through the area but our itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions. The peninsula also has a remarkable human history; during the voyage, learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world.
Days 7–8 Antarctic Peninsula/Antarctic Circle
With a close eye on weather conditions, set off southward along the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Passing colossal icebergs and countless colonies of penguins, push on with the goal in mind - crossing the Antarctic Polar Circle. Few travelers have ventured this far south, but with our fully equipped ice-strengthened vessel and favourable sea conditions, the Expedition can access many remote locations other ships just can't reach. Expedition travel can be full of surprises! While it is our intention of adhere to the itinerary described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations
Days 9–11 Antarctic Circle/Drake Passage
Turn north for the first time to continue exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Continue our exploration of the peninsula and the then into the South Shetland while moving North again. Keeping a close eye out for wildlife there might be opportunities to do some whale watching or even go for a polar plunge in the Southern waters.
Day 12 Drake Passage
Leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. In between bird watching and whale watching and enjoying some final lectures by the expedition staff, this is a chance to relax and review the adventures of the past week before returning to Ushuaia. Remember, the best way to experience the wildlife of the Drake Passage is to be on deck keeping a look out for Albatross, Prions and Whales!
Day 13 Drake Passage/Ushuaia
Begin your journey to your home port of Ushuaia. Review the highlights of your Antarctic experience with our lecturers and staff, and keep your eyes open on the observation deck for some last-minute whale sightings.
Day 14 Ushuaia
Disembark the Expedition after breakfast. Upon completion of disembarkation in Ushuaia, passengers will receive a complimentary transfer to either the airport or a central location where luggage can be stored. For those on morning flights, the transfer will bring them directly to Ushuaia airport (USH). The rest of the passengers will be transferred to the luggage storage point and given time to explore the city. These passengers should then return to retrieve their luggage and board a transfer to Ushuaia airport at 12:30pm or 4:30pm, depending on their flight times. Please note that the transfer times are subject to change according to flight schedules.
Please Note:
When arranging your transportation, such as flights, please take into consideration these time restrictions for joining and departing from your group. Latest Arrival Time: Arrive at any time. Earliest Departure Time: 11 a.m.

Quest for the Antarctic Circle reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Please Note: *
When arranging your transportation, such as flights, please take into consideration these time restrictions for joining and departing from your group. Latest Arrival Time: Arrive at any time. Earliest Departure Time: 11 a.m.
Day 14 Ushuaia *
Disembark the Expedition after breakfast. Upon completion of disembarkation in Ushuaia, passengers will receive a complimentary transfer to either the airport or a central location where luggage can be stored. For those on morning flights, the transfer will bring them directly to Ushuaia airport (USH). The rest of the passengers will be transferred to the luggage storage point and given time to explore the city. These passengers should then return to retrieve their luggage and board a transfer to Ushuaia airport at 12:30pm or 4:30pm, depending on their flight times. Please note that the transfer times are subject to change according to flight schedules.
Day 13 Drake Passage/Ushuaia *
Begin your journey to your home port of Ushuaia. Review the highlights of your Antarctic experience with our lecturers and staff, and keep your eyes open on the observation deck for some last-minute whale sightings.
Day 12 Drake Passage *
Leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. In between bird watching and whale watching and enjoying some final lectures by the expedition staff, this is a chance to relax and review the adventures of the past week before returning to Ushuaia. Remember, the best way to experience the wildlife of the Drake Passage is to be on deck keeping a look out for Albatross, Prions and Whales!
Days 9–11 Antarctic Circle/Drake Passage *
Turn north for the first time to continue exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Continue our exploration of the peninsula and the then into the South Shetland while moving North again. Keeping a close eye out for wildlife there might be opportunities to do some whale watching or even go for a polar plunge in the Southern waters.
Days 7–8 Antarctic Peninsula/Antarctic Circle *
With a close eye on weather conditions, set off southward along the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Passing colossal icebergs and countless colonies of penguins, push on with the goal in mind - crossing the Antarctic Polar Circle. Few travelers have ventured this far south, but with our fully equipped ice-strengthened vessel and favourable sea conditions, the Expedition can access many remote locations other ships just can't reach. Expedition travel can be full of surprises! While it is our intention of adhere to the itinerary described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations
Days 5–6 South Shetland Islands/Antarctic Peninsula *
Encounter some of the region's unique wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery while setting foot on the Antarctic continent. Attempt two shore landings per day (weather permitting) and encounter gentoo, chinstrap, and Adélie penguin rookeries; Weddell, crabeater, and leopard seals; and orca, humpback, and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters. This is what we've all been waiting for - a chance to step foot on the Great White Continent! Over the next four days the Expedition will navigate southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait and to the Antarctic Peninsula. Our goal is to attempt two excursions per day while navigating through the area but our itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions. The peninsula also has a remarkable human history; during the voyage, learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world.
Days 3–4 Drake Passage/South Shetland Islands *
The adventure begins with a 800km (497 mi) crossing of the passage named in honour of 16th-century English sea captain and privateer Sir Francis Drake. The ship is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean. Enjoy daily lectures from the expedition team and keep an eye out for sightings of icebergs, whales, and albatross following in the Expedition's wake. The M/S Expedition is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean, known for the unimpeded never ending fetch of the winds that encircle the Antarctic. As the Expedition crosses the passage there will be time to become acquainted with the ship and frequent the common areas that include the lounge, dining hall, library and lecture hall where we meet our guides, ship’s crew and expedition staff. Begin lectures and information sessions to learn the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region.
Day 2 Ushuaia/Drake Passage *
Enjoy a free morning in Ushuaia. Do any last minute shopping, explore the town or the surrounding countryside. Embarkation on the MS Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia. Enjoy the evening sailing through the Beagle Channel. Expedition travel can be full of surprises! While it is our intention of adhere to the itinerary described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. On the first day onboard, the Expedition Leader will give an expedition overview outlining what the specific plans are for the trip.
Day 1 Ushuaia *
Arrive in Ushuaia at any time. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the world's most southerly city. Arrival transfer is included. There will be a welcome desk in the lobby of the start hotel that will provide more specific information on the MS Expedition.
* = Indicative
Map for Quest for the Antarctic Circle
MS Expedition , the ship servicing Quest for the Antarctic Circle

MS Expedition

Vessel Type: Expedition
Length: 105 metres
Passenger Capacity: 140
Built: refurbished 2009

The MS Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions. The Expedition's spacious confines can hold up to 140 passengers.

You will be given a free expedition
 parka jacket on all Polar voyages
 on board MS Expedition
All Expedition polar passengers will receive their own exclusive high-performance parka designed specifically for adventuring in the polar regions’ frozen climes as part of the price of their trip.
  • Fast – spend less time in transit and more time exploring
  • Sturdy – excellent stability and performance in rough weather
  • Safe – designed with safety in mind
  • Responsible – environmental policies that meet and exceed industry regulations

Facilities and Amenities

  • 360° Top Observation Deck
  • All cabins with private ensuite and outside views
  • Raised Forward Observation Deck
  • Large fleet of Zodiacs with four stroke engines
  • Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise
  • Complimentary destination guides for every passenger
  • Large headed Mud Room
  • Lonely Planet Library
  • Discovery Lounge
  • Fine dining – international cuisine in one sitting
  • Large aft deck with barbeque facilities
  • Polar Bear Pub
  • Gift Shop
  • Medical Clinic
  • Sauna
  • Computer Room with internet where available
  • Gym
Category 2 cabin.


Cabin layout for MS Expedition
• Spend seven full days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula

• Go farther south than most have ever gone

• Spend time on deck searching for whales and watching soaring albatross

• Get up close and personal with a variety of penguin species

• Discover the intricacies of the Antarctic region through our on board lecture program
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Travel on the MS Expedition

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Optional extras & upgrades

Camping (299.00 AUD)
Experience the sounds of heaving ice, the fresh scent of the sea, and the crisp air of Antarctica in the polar night by camping on the ice itself.

Kayaking (999.00 AUD)
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