HOLIDAY ON ICE
Seabourn Venture is set to sail Antarctica during its inaugural season, which begins in July 2021. By November 2021 the new Seabourn expedition ship will be sailing nine voyages of 11 or 12 days in Antarctica, South Georgia and (in a company first) multiple destinations in the Falkland Islands. Guests will be able to explore by Zodiac and kayak, visit sites of historical and geological interest, and view whales, seals and penguins. There will also be a 21-day "Ultimate Holiday Antarctica & South Georgia" cruise departing 14 December 2021 round-trip from Ushuaia.
Phone 13 24 02; see seabourn.com
Crystal Cruises has unveiled its 2022 itineraries aboard ocean ships Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, offering 67 cruises ranging from seven to 19 nights, as well as 21 "Grand Journey" combination voyages, plus a world cruise with five embarkation and disembarkation options. Most voyages feature at least one port overnight, and some double overnights. Crystal Symphony will sail the Asia Pacific, Europe (including the Black Sea) and the Arabian Peninsula, while Crystal Serenity will offer voyages concentrated in North and Central America, the Hawaiian Islands and the Caribbean, including seven sailings in Alaska.
Phone 1300 059 260; see crystalcruises.com
Ponant has all-new itineraries aboard its new hybrid electric polar exploration vessel, which is propelled by liquefied natural gas. For its inaugural season in Antarctica, Le Commandant Charcot is offering 12 voyages between November 2021 and April 2022 to remote parts of the White Continent, including the Ross Sea, the virtually unexplored Bellingshausen Sea, Peter I Island and the Larsen Ice Shelf. In addition to regular hikes and Zodiac excursions, there will be a range of new activities, including outings by hovercraft or kayak, tethered hot-air balloon rides and polar diving.
Phone 1300 737 178; see au.ponant.com
ON A QUEST
Ecruising is offering a 22-night "Dramatic Wonders of Antarctica & Iguazu Falls" journey departing on 3 January 2021 that combines a 17-night Antarctic cruise on Azamara Quest with visits to Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls. The cruise sails round-trip from Buenos Aires and stops at Montevideo in Uruguay and Ushuaia at the southern-most tip of Argentina for three days cruising the Antarctic Sound. It also calls at Elephant Island, Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands and Argentine port Puerto Madryn, where Punta Tombo National Reserve is home to some half-million penguins.
Phone 1300 369 848; see ecruising.travel
Luxury cruise specialist Latitude 33 has released a 30-night "Venture to the White Continent" journey in Antarctica departing on Valentine's Day 2022 on Seabourn Venture. The cruise visits the wildlife-rich Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, with Zodiac landings and tours offering a rare chance to see massive populations of penguin species, fur seals, elephant seals, albatrosses and giant petrels, as well as sea creatures such as whales, orcas and dolphins. The package includes four nights in Buenos Aires at the Four Seasons, plus a tango show for a touch of added passion.
Phone 1300 636 848; see latitude33.travel