December Round-up

By Expeditions / 17 December 2018

December Round-up

December update from Expeditions Online: The Arctic, Antarctica and a special voyage to the Brazilian Amazon!

Feeling a lot like an Antarctic Christmas!

With several expeditions already under the belt, the 2018/19 Antarctic season is well underway!  Of particular note is the success of 14 swimmers (yes that's right, swimmers!) who participated in the inaugural Antarctica Ice Swimming expedition last month. More than just a polar plunge, these brave adventurers swam a 1000 m marked course wearing nothing but speedos... the water temperature was a bracing -1.2C! The fastest home was Petar Stoychev from Bulgaria, returning in an impressive 11 minutes and 8 seconds - all officially timed by the International Ice Swimming Association. This was truly one for the record books - there have been a handful of such individual swims in Antarctica previously, but never before as a group! We are already planning a return trip in 2019.

The current Antarctic season is now all but sold out with almost every single ship at 100% occupancy. However, due to a recent group cancellation, we do have a few cabins left on a wonderful peak-season expedition in February, Weddell Sea Quest. This fantastic itinerary takes in the best of the Antarctic Peninsula both east and west sides, sailing on a small vessel so that everyone gets ashore at the same time. If you are considering a last-minute trip down south, book your place as soon as possible, there is nothing cheaper available than this or any other ship. See more information in this month's featured expedition, as well as a selection of other new and exciting expedition cruises from around the globe.

Season's Greetings and Polar Regards from Expeditions Online!


Wrangel Island bears at shorelineAcross the Top of the World: Kapitan Khlebnikov

Join this amazing icebreaker and sail the Bering Strait, along the Chukotka coastline and north to Russia's remote Wrangel Island. The expedition spends four to five days under the guidance of local Rangers from the Nature Reserve. Untouched by glaciers during the last ice age, Wrangel island is a treasure trove of Arctic biodiversity and is known for the incredible multitude of Polar Bears that breed here. The island also boasts the world's largest population of Pacific Walrus. Reindeer, Musk Ox and Snow Geese can also be seen. A visit to massive bird cliffs on nearby Herald Island is also planned. Prices From USD $13,625.

Inuit Greenland

Baffin Island and Greenland Explorer - Resolute

Save with Flight Credit of US$1000 pp

This trip offers the opportunity to visit remote Inuit communities on Baffin Island and several colourful fishing towns in Greenland. Another highlight will be walking on the vast expanse of the Greenland ice cap, the world's second-largest ice sheet after Antarctica. Throughout the trip, onboard experts present talks on the environment, wildlife and history. Explore deep fjords, immense icebergs and coastal villages while encountering the special wildlife of the Arctic, including birdlife, marine mammals and polar bears. Prices from $10,895

Svalbard Zodiac

Introduction to Spitsbergen

This voyage provides the opportunity to experience everything Spitsbergen has to offer, from polar bears and walrus to spectacular scenery. Aboard the luxurious Ocean Adventurer, you’ll be treated to daily presentations by your Expedition Team onboard the ship and daily wildlife sightings on land. Hike, explore and enjoy the beauty of the Arctic on your visit to Svalbard. Take advantage of our special early booking discounts for June departures, along with free flights from Oslo. Save up to $1500 per person and Free Flights!


Scoresbysund, Aurora Borealis

Voyage on the new Polar 6 class vessel Hondius to East Greenland, Scoresby Sund, where we may observe the Aurora Borealis. We cross the Arctic Circle and continue north, perhaps seeing whales. Spot our first icebergs as we approach the east coast of Greenland near Kap Brewster. There are about 50 bird species on the island such as Gyrfalcon, Snowy Owl, Barnacle and Pink-footed Goose. With the solar maximum ending soon, this may be a last chance for many years to admire the mystical Northern Lights at their very best! This unique voyage starts from $4,050.


Weddell Sea Quest: MV Ushuaia

6th - 16th February 2019: 11 days

The Weddell Sea resonates with the ill-fated yet heroic expedition of the great British polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. This voyage explores this remote and ice-bound region in combination with the mountainous western side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Due to a recent cancellation we have a few cabins still available on this peak-season Antarctica cruise on a genuinely SMALL ship - not to be missed! Twin cabins from $8160.

Something different... The Brazilian Amazon!


Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon: Tucano

This is a true expedition voyage and we explore far into the wilderness into some of the most untouched rainforest in all of the Amazon. We venture far up the least inhabited major river in the Amazon Basin on our expedition vessel, the Motor Yacht Tucano. Weaving in and out of small channels on the Rio Negro, we explore areas very rarely visited and seek out the mysterious life of the wilderness that stirs in the forest and in the heart of wild nature. Departures throughout the year from Manaus in the company of just 18 people! From US$3,150

Why Should You Go on a Polar Cruise?

Polar cruises are different to expeditions in many ways, and they may be better suited to you if you’ve always wanted to visit the North or South Pole but aren’t interested in the challenges and rigors of a full expedition. Our polar cruises offer a wide range of options to guests looking to explore the Earth’s last great wildernesses! What’s the Difference Between a Polar Cruise and a Polar Expedition? Read More...

Here is a selection of current Featured Expeditions!


Classic Antarctica Cruise: MV Ushuaia

A small ship cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands aboard the M/V Ushuaia

FROM 4860.00
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Weddell Sea Quest: M/V Ushuaia

An 11 day expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands & Weddell Sea aboard the M/V Ushuaia

FROM 7990.00
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Early Booking Bonus

Introduction to Spitsbergen: Ocean Adventurer

This expedition aboard the luxurious Ocean Adventurer is the perfect introduction to Spitsbergen and the incomparable beauty of the High Arctic

FROM 6495.00
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North Spitsbergen M/V Plancius

Search for polar bears on this 7 night cruise on board the ice-strengthened M/V Plancius exploring the northwestern Arctic wilderness of Spitsbergen

FROM 3790.00
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Special Offers

Arctic Odyssey: Remote Russian Archipelagos

Like a true Arctic explorer, you’ll discover breathtaking ice-draped coastlines that are rarely visited by even the most intrepid adventurers

FROM 14995.00
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Weddell Sea Emperor Penguin Voyage: M/V Ortelius

An incredible Antarctic expedition cruise on the M/V Ortelius with onboard helicopters searching for Emperor penguins in the Weddell Sea

FROM 11300.00
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Exclusive $1000 Offer 2022 new date

Antarctica Small Ship Expedition: Ocean Nova

A boutique 10 day adventure cruise to Antarctica. Sail to the beautiful Antarctic Peninsula on the small expedition ship Ocean Nova

FROM 5995.00
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Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon: Tucano

Sailing on the elegant 18-passenger M/Y Tucano, giving you the very best Amazon experience possible, going further and deeper than all other vessels

FROM 3150.00
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