Antarctic Expedition Cruise with Andrew Denton & Jennifer Byrne (Jan 2023)

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They say when you visit Antarctica, pure ice will flow through your veins and melt into your heart. Here it will find a special place forever; such is the connection you will feel to this indescribable part of the planet. 

Renowned personalities, Jennifer Byrne and Andrew Denton will be joining this exclusive expedition on their respective sixth and seventh trips to the great white. As we travel to the great white (along with an esteemed lineup of esteemed expedition leaders, naturalists and scientists on board), Jennifer and Andrew will bring added life to the show as they share their deep knowledge, passion, and experiences of Antarctica to the group.  

Joining Andrew and Jennifer will be a third special guest, Australian photojournalist Stephen DuPont, who will be creating limited edition photobook of his experience in Antarctica.

As you travel and marvel on this exclusive journey, why not take part in our citizen science program lead by our expert team? Through this experience, you can observe, record and report on natural phenomena that you witness, as part of a collaboration project with Antarctic scientists, further extending your education and unveiling the mysteries of the white continent. Meanwhile, your mind will be dutifully blown by her beauty.  

This immersive journey will take you from Ushuaia, at the base of South America, across the Drake Passage, via the South Shetland Islands and onto the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, where your interactive experiences will expand your mind in ways you never thought possible. 

Andrew Denton is an award winning writer, performer and producer. His TV programs include The Money or the Gun, Enough Rope, CNNNN (The Chaser), Hungry Beast, and The Gruen Transfer.

Jennifer Byrne is a celebrated Australian journalist and broadcaster. She has worked in all forms of publication, including television, radio and print. From Foreign Correspondent to Celebrity Mastermind, Jennifer has led a colourful and award-winning career.


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Brave the elements outside on deck as you keep your eyes peeled for albatrosses flying overhead, icebergs and maybe even breaching whales.




  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Ushuaia, pre cruise
  • Cabin accommodation on board the ship
  • All meals whilst on ship
  • All scheduled landings/excursions
  • Guiding and lectures by English-speaking expedition leader and team
  • All port fees
  • All landing fees
  • A pair of expedition boots for use during your voyage
  • Group arrival and departure transfers in Ushuaia*


  • Airfares to/from embarkation and disembarkation city
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes, email service)
  • Gratuities for the crew (recommended US$15 per person per day)
  • Pre or post cruise travel expenses
  • Optional activities, refer optional activities section for details



Please note this itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions

Day 1 — Arrival in Ushuaia

Ushuaia is the most southerly city in the world and the capital of Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire). It has a dramatic setting, surrounded by mountains to the north and the Beagle Channel to the south, making it a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic adventure.

On arrival at Ushuaia Airport, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it. Should you not be able to contact them, please refer to the front of your itinerary for emergency contact details of our representative office.

Your cruise itinerary begins with an overnight stay in Ushuaia. If you arrive into Ushuaia early enough, the day is yours to explore. Avenida San Martin and the surrounding streets are where most hotels, shops, restaurants, cafes and tourist services are located.

The Museo Marítimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia (Maritime & the Prison of Ushuaia Museum) is well worth a visit. Located in the former prison of Ushuaia, the prison buildings now house four museums – the Maritime Museum, the Prison Museum, the Antarctic Museum and the Marine Museum of Art. The buildings date back to 1906 when convicts were transferred from Isla de los Estados to Ushuaia to build this national prison. Construction was completed in 1920 and the cells that were designed for 380 inmates, held up to 800 prisoners before closing in 1947.

Tierra del Fuego National Park is a short bus ride from Ushuaia and was the first shoreline national park established in Argentina. It is a rugged, mountainous park with great views of Lapataia Bay and dramatic scenery of waterfalls, mountains, glaciers and lakes. There are many hiking trails within the park including the Coastal Path (Senda Costera) that connects Ensenada Bay to Lapataia Bay on Lago Roca. The park is home to many species of animal including the guanaco, Andean fox, North American beaver, European rabbit and muskrat. There are also many species of birds including the torrent duck, kelp goose, austral parakeet, Andean condor and the Magellanic oystercatcher.

The Fin del Mundo Train (End of the World Train) is a steam train that runs from Ushuaia to Tierra del Fuego National Park, providing an alternative way to get to the park.

Day 2 — Embarkation in Ushuaia

This morning is free for you to explore Ushuaia, giving you time to wander the streets of this quaint port town, or discover Tierra del Fuego National Park.

Transfer to the pier of Ushuaia for embarkation in the late afternoon. You will be welcomed on board the Ocean Endeavour by the Expedition Team and the Ship’s Officers.

This evening we set sail through the Beagle Channel that was named after the British ship the HMS Beagle. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America, and is rich in wildlife. Keep a look out for Magellanic penguins, rock cormorants, petrels and black-browed albatross from the deck as well as sea lion colonies.

Enjoy your first taste of life at sea and a welcome dinner. The air is likely to be filled with anticipation, as your next view of land will be of Antarctica – the White Continent.

Days 3 - 4 — The Drake Passage

As we leave the Beagle Channel, prepare yourself for potentially rough seas as we enter the legendary Drake Passage. This infamous and unpredictable channel of water separates the southernmost tip of South America from the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. It was named after the English explorer, Sir Frances Drake.

As we head southwards, there is time to get to know your shipmates and get an insight into the excitement ahead with presentations from the Expedition Team on everything Antarctic – from the history and geology to the incredible wildlife.

We will notice a drop in temperature as we cross the Antarctic Convergence and enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. At the Antarctic Convergence, the colder polar waters flowing north meet the warmer equatorial waters flowing south. This mixing pushes nutrient rich waters to the surface, attracting a variety of seabirds, whales and other species. Look out through the panoramic observation windows or brave the elements outside on deck as you keep your eyes peeled for albatrosses flying overhead, icebergs and maybe even breaching whales.

Leaving the Antarctic Convergence in our wake, we continue south towards Antarctica, maybe making landfall by early evening on Day 4, if conditions are favourable. The first sighting of land always brings great excitement, and is often embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition.

Days 5-8 — South Shetlands and Antarctica

For the next four days we explore the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula that is famed for its majestic mountains, glaciers, imposing icebergs, ice-strewn waters and abundance of wildlife. The scenery, wildlife and serene silence of Antarctica will enchant and enthral and you will soon realise why this region has captivated the attention of explorers and travellers for centuries.

Your days on the Antarctic Peninsula will form the core of your adventure. Every day will be different as we cruise by Zodiac amongst the beautifully sculpted icebergs and take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. Unpredictable weather and ice conditions mean that the itinerary will be flexible, but will make the most of wildlife sightings, as we aim to explore penguin rookeries, seal and bird colonies, whale feeding areas as well as visiting sites of historic and scientific interest and climbing to vantage points for panoramic views. There is always something new or unexpected to see, with opportunities for kayaking, snowshoeing and photography with an expert, which means that your expedition will be a unique and personal experience and unlike any other. Enjoy the antics of thousands of curious penguins as you sit on a pebbled beach, scout for whales and seals as you cruise by Zodiac, visit a research base, listen out for the mighty crack of a calving glacier and maybe brave a polar plunge in the icy waters!

As we cruise through the Peninsula, the lecture programme continues and sightseeing is at its most spectacular off the ship’s outer decks. Enjoy the Ocean Endeavour’s newly designed health and fitness features, with facilities that include a spa, His and Hers saunas, saltwater pool and gym plus yoga sessions.

Days 9-10 — Drake Passage

We hope to make one final excursion or shore landing today before we leave the Antarctic Peninsula behind, and head back across the Drake Passage. This is another great opportunity to look out for wildlife from the deck of the ship, as you identify seabirds and maybe whales with the help of your Expedition Team. Gain more insight into the region by attending final lectures and presentations by the polar experts and take time to relax and reminisce about your Antarctic experiences.

By the evening we hope to be back in the tranquil waters of the Beagle Channel, ensuring a restful nights sleep on board.

Day 11 — Disembarkation in Ushuaia

We are scheduled to arrive into Ushuaia early this morning, disembarking after a final breakfast aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight, or maybe spend a few days in Ushuaia, giving you time to explore further, maybe hiking in Tierra del Fuego National park.

Please Note: You are advised not to book a flight out of Ushuaia before midday on disembarkation day, in case of delays caused by unfavourable weather conditions. Cruise itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions, ice conditions and other factors.

Dates and Prices


10-night Antarctica Expedition on Ocean Endeavour departing from Ushuaia, Argentina on 11 January, 2023.

  • Twin Porthole (Cat 4) from WAS $17,415 / NOW $13,932 per person twin share. Limited availability.
  • Triple Interior (Cat 2) from $14,270 per person. Limited availability.
  • Twin Window (Cat 5) from WAS $19,130 / NOW $14,348 per person twin share
  • Twin Select (Cat 6) from WAS $20,415 / NOW $15,311 per person twin share
  • Single Interior (Cat 1) from WAS $22,270 / NOW $15,589 per person
  • Superior Twin/Double (Cat 8) from WAS $22,985 / NOW $16,090 per person twin share
  • Twin Comfort (Cat 7) from WAS $21,700 / NOW $16,275 per person twin share
  • Single (Cat 4A) from WAS $24,845 / NOW $19,876 per person twin share. Limited availability.
  • Twin Interior (Cat 3) SOLD OUT
  • Single Window (Cat 5A) SOLD OUT
  • Junior Suite (Cat 9) SOLD OUT
  • Owner's Suite (Cat 10) SOLD OUT

Our experienced travel consultants can also happily help with flights, pre/post-tour accommodation and travel insurance. Please call our travel team on 1300 414 198 (for the cost of a local call anywhere within Australia) to learn more and request a quote.


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With her ice-strengthened hull and advanced navigation equipment, the Ocean Endeavour is ideally suited for expedition cruising to the Polar Regions.

With her ice-strengthened hull and advanced navigation equipment, the Ocean Endeavour is ideally suited for expedition cruising to the Polar Regions. Onboard, the extensive range of cabin options includes dedicated single cabins for solo travellers, suites and triple cabins that feature two bathrooms. The ship offers an unmatched sense of space with plenty of both interior and exterior areas, where you can enjoy the company of your fellow travellers or enjoy Antarctica in quiet solitude. 

There are spacious lounge and bar areas and a top deck observation room with panoramic windows, as well as lecture theatres, a library and a polar boutique. The ample deck areas are equipped with comfortable lounge chairs and feature a heated saltwater pool, “His and Hers” saunas and even a hot tub. Other newly-designed health and fitness features include a gym, spa treatments and yoga classes designed to enhance your personal wellness.

The ship carries forward-facing Zodiacs for exploration and remote landings and offers additional activities such as sea kayaking, snowshoeing, ice camping and hiking plus a photography program, all designed to enhance your polar experience. This small, well-appointed expedition ship allows you to explore the world’s remotest regions whilst enjoying the class and comfort of a hotel.   

Triple Interior (Cat 2) cabins are 225 sq. ft. including 3 single beds, private bathroom with shower, TV and Safe.

Twin Window (Cat 5) cabins are 95-105 sq. ft. including 2 single beds, private bathroom with shower, Porthole Window, TV and Safe.

Twin Comfort (Cat 6) cabins are 190-200 sq. ft. including 2 single beds, private bathroom with shower, separate living area with a pull out sofa bed, Window, TV and Safe.

Superior Twin/Double (Cat 8) cabins are 226 sq. ft. including 2 single beds (can be made into a double), private bathroom with shower, separate living area with a pull out sofa bed, large window, TV and Safe.

Twin Select (Cat 7) cabins are 190-200 sq. ft. including 2 single beds, private bathroom with shower, separate living area with a pull out sofa bed, window, TV and Safe.

Junior Suite (Cat 9) cabins are 325 sq. ft. including a double bed, private bathroom with shower, separate living area with a pull out sofa bed, Picture window, TV and Safe.

Twin Porthole (Cat 4) cabins are 95-105 sq. ft. including 2 single beds, private bathroom with shower, porthole window, TV and Safe.

Single Interior (Cat 1) cabins are 95-105 sq. ft. including 2 single beds, private bathroom with shower, TV and Safe.

Single Porthole (Cat 4A) cabins are 95-105 sq. ft. including 1 single bed, private bathroom with shower, Porthole window, TV and Safe.



Optional Activities

  • Kayaking - Experience the unforgettable thrill and serenity of Kayaking in Antarctica as part of a small expertly guided paddling group
  • Camping - Fall asleep amid the snow-capped mountains as you watch the colours of the Antarctic twilight bounce off the ocean and surrounding glaciers
  • Photography Program - For photography enthusiasts of any skill level. You will receive expert advice on taking and producing amazing photos of Antarctica.
  • Snow Shoeing - Go even deeper into Antarctica's interior and reach less visited places where many other visitors simply don't go!

We appreciate that voyages to the Antarctic to have an impact on this pristine environment. In light of this, all our voyages are double carbon offset. In addition, we strive to eliminate as many single use plastics as possible from our supply chain. In choosing this voyage you are also supporting the fantastic work done by the Antarctic Science Foundation (ASF) and their work in understanding and protecting this unique destination. In addition all voyages support the Mawsons Huts Foundation (MHF). The MHF support the legacy of Sir Douglas Mawson, the legendary Antarctic explorer and scientist. As a member of IAATO we follow strict guidelines appointed by the AntarcticTreaty System to go above and beyond in support of minimizing negative impacts on this pristine landscape. We also encourage clients to look to book pre-and post accommodation with us, where local businesses will be supported. Our clients also receive restaurant recommendations which support locally owned restaurants. We carefully select all ships we work with and choose smaller sized vessels to create less impact. We use a highly regulated, licensed vessel which is well equipped to operate in the Antarctic’s delicate ecosystem. We view the voyage to the Antarctic as an expedition, not a sightseeing trip. Smaller ships such as ours can navigate narrow waterways and are far less polluting than the larger ships in Antarctic waters. By carrying less passengers, we have far less waste. The waste is carried back to the home port to allow for environmentally conscious waste management and disposal.



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Reduced pricing available on select cabins if booked by 31 May 2022 unless sold out prior.

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