1 - 2UshuaiaDay at leisure before embarkation
3 - 4Drake PassageWatch for bird and marine life from the ship
5 - 12Antarctic PeninsulaIncredible wildlife, activity-packed excursions
13 - 14Drake PassageReflect on your journey as you return to Ushuaia
Spirit of Antarctica


Greg Mortimer
Greg Mortimer

The Greg Mortimer is a new purpose built, polar expedition vessel taking 120 guests. This vessel has been designed in close consultation with Antarctic expedition specialists and is the first expedition cruise ship designed with the ULSTEIN X-BOW hull. This cutting edge nautical technology allows for gentle travel and motion at sea, improved comfort and safety on-board, reduced vibrations, lower fuel consumption and emissions and ‘virtual anchoring’ which means the ship can float anchor-less while launching the Zodiacs without disturbing delicate sea floor areas. There are four sea-level launching platforms for fast and efficient access to and from Zodiacs.

Day 1 – 2 Ushuaia

Ushuaia Port, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia, renowned for its breathtaking scenery. Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world set on the shores of the Beagle Channel. Ushuaia is a major tourist centre, particularly for people cruising to Antarctica. The city offers magnificent hiking in Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego, the only coastal national park in Argentina.

After transferring to your downtown hotel, the rest of the day is at your leisure.

After breakfast on the second day, check out of your hotel. You will have time to do some more exploring of Ushuaia and surrounds and pick up some last minute items from the local stores. In the afternoon, settle into the Greg Mortimer for an early evening departure down the Beagle Channel.

Days 3 – 4 The Drake Passage

Crossing the Drake

As you commence the Drake Passage crossing, make the most of your time getting comfortable with the motions of the sea. Your expedition team prepare you for our first landing with important wildlife guidelines and biosecurity procedures and start your lecture program to help you learn more about Antarctica’s history, wildlife and environment.

Your wildlife experiences begin as you enjoy watching and photographing the many seabirds, including majestic albatrosses and giant petrels following the vessel. On sea days, you can enjoy the facilities on board the vessel including the gym, sauna and jacuzzis or relax in one of the observation lounges.

Days 5 – 12 Antarctic Peninsula


It is almost impossible to describe the feeling of arriving in Antarctica. Spotting your first iceberg and taking a deep breath of some of the freshest, crispest air on earth is an experience that will stay with you forever. Over the next eight days, you will settle into the natural rhythm of life on the Antarctic Peninsula. Your experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather and wildlife opportunities. Enjoy Zodiac cruises along spectacular ice cliffs, keeping watch for whales, seals and porpoising penguins, and paddle in quiet coves among stranded icebergs. While ashore, you can stroll along the beach or stand quietly to observe the passing wildlife. Strap on your snowshoes and hike to lookouts to photograph the magnificent scenery. With extra time for exploration, you will be shown the favourite spots across the peninsula and possible discover new future favourites along the way.

Days 13 – 14 The Drake Passage

Drake Sunset

As the Captain steers the ship north across Drake Passage there’s time to watch for seabirds, enjoy entertaining talks, discuss what you’ve seen and learned, and exchange photos and stories. Share a farewell dinner with your newfound friends.

Day 15 Ushuaia


Cruise up the Beagle Channel early this morning before slipping into to dock in Ushuaia, where your voyage concludes after breakfast. Farewell your expedition team and disembark the ship.

To book this cruise call 1300 784 794 or email

We will tailor the perfect holiday to suit your needs.

Extend your trip to Patagonia

To make the most of your time in South America we can tailor a holiday to Patagonia to suit your voyage dates. If you have a bit more time we can create a tailor-made itinerary to some of the highlights of South America. Take a look at some of the Patagonia sample itineraries below and contact us to begin creating your perfect holiday.