hans hansson bespoke antarctica cruise

Unchartered Antarctica; Bespoke Expedition

  • Overview

    Our small 12-passenger exploration boat, Hans Hansson, allows us to visit the incredible remote islands of the Antarctic Peninsula that larger vessels simply don’t visit. Fewer passengers means more intimacy and flexibility when exploring the Antarctic, plus adventures tailored to meet the expectations of participants, as well as greater face time with the crew. Daily landings provide adventures to last a lifetime: enjoy the company of penguins, seabirds, whales and seals in the unparalleled beauty of the pristine waters and calm bays around the Antarctic Peninsula.

    Duration: 18 days
    Passengers: 12 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Punta Arenas, Chile
    Disembarkation Point: Punta Arenas, Chile
    Physical rating: True Expedition
    Fly/Cruise: Mandatory extra flight
    Single Supplement: Unavailable
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Punta Arenas, Chile

      The vibrant port city of Punta Arenas is situated at Chile’s southernmost tip, on the north bank of the Strait of Magellan. Once a Chilean penal colony, Punta Arenas now offers attractions and adventure in abundance, including historic sites, museums, the Otway Sound and the penguin reserve, plus activities like hiking, sea kayaking and whale watching. Explore the city by day, and then join us for an evening dinner and welcome briefing to meet your fellow adventurers.

    • Day 2 - Fly to King George Island and Embark

      The flight across the Drake Passage takes just four hours, shaving precious time off the two days it normally takes our larger vessels to make the journey by sea. The descent to King George Island provides an excellent view of the continent when skies are clear! You’ll have free time to stretch your legs and take photographs of the island before boarding our small exploration boat, Hans Hansson. Once you’ve settled into your cabin and partaken in the safety briefing, you’ll enjoy an intimate family-style meal with the captain and crew.

    • Day 3/16 - Antarctic Peninsula

      Your cruise adventure around the islands of the Antarctic Peninsula begins when you board Hans Hansson. The ship’s small size allows us to navigate places few vessels can, and with only 12 passengers, shore excursions last longer and can be customized to passenger expectations. As you ply iceberg-laden waters around the Antarctic Peninsula, every direction offers a stunning new vista.

      Each day brings morning, afternoon or full-day landings—all are adventures filled with possibilities for exploring the flora and fauna of Antarctica. See the Antarctic skua, referred to as a kleptoparasite, because of its penchant for attacking other seabirds and stealing their food. View breeding colonies of Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins, plus the krill-rich waters just offshore, which attract a variety of aquatic life, including humpback whales. Leopard, Antarctic fur, Weddell and crabeater seals often visit, occasionally catching a ride on an iceberg.

      Keep your camera handy in case you spot the southern giant petrel, a seabird that eats everything from krill to carrion, and when threatened responds by spraying predators with oil produced in its stomach.

    • Day 17 - Disembark and Fly to Punta Arenas

      With your intimate Antarctic adventure at an end, you’ll disembark at King George Island and relax during a comfortable, convenient charter flight back to Punta Arenas. Enjoy local cuisine and explore the city for one more evening before starting your homeward journey.

    • Day 18 - Depart Punta Arenas

      If you’ve chosen to enjoy Punta Arenas for a few layover days, have a sumptuous breakfast before heading out in the morning to explore. If not staying longer, head to the airport, your suitcase full of souvenirs and your head full of memories. This is one trip you won’t soon forget—the friends you’ve made are sure to be in touch as time passes, to keep fresh the once-in-a-lifetime adventure you shared aboard the Hans Hansson.

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your Captain and Expedition Leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Adventure Activities

    Lemaire Channel – get your camera ready!

    In a continent of stunning views, Lemaire Channel has been called the Kodak Gap. Locked between the rocky vertical cliffs of Booth Island and the continent this one kilometer wide passage is one of the most photographed attractions of Antarctica. You will be glad your camera is digital.


    Taking centre stage on your Antarctic Peninsula expedition, are the Brushtail penguin species. These photogenic and intriguing species include, Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie penguins. The species are in abundance across Peninsula and are always performing.

    On board voyages in our other details you may come across Rockhopper, Macaroni, Magellanic, King and Emperor penguins.

    Send a postcard home from Port Lockroy

    This British base, established in 1944, on arrival you will receive a warm accolade both by the volunteers of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust and the colony of Gentoo penguins that nestles just by the old timber structure. Get small denomination US$ notes to buy a few postcards and send them home with Antarctic stamps from one of the southernmost Post Offices in the world.

  • Inclusions

    Pre-cruise Transfers & Accommodation

    Arrival and departure transfers in Punta Arenas are include to the hotel. Accommodation in Punta Arenas is provide pre and post-cruise.

    Charter Flights

    Return charter flights are provided from Punta Arenas to King George Island to meet the Hans Hansson

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - Transfers and accommodation in Punta Arenas.
    - Comprehensive pre-departure information
    - Hot beverages
    - Expedition lectures
    - Zodiac excursions
    - All meals onboard
    - Accommodation on board

    Not included in your Expedition

    - Transfer to the airport at end of itinerary
    - Phone and internet charges
    - Laundry / bar / beverage / other personal charges incurred onboard
    - Excess baggage charges
    - Meals ashore unless mentioned
    - Any flights not mentioned in the itinerary
    - Gratuities
    - Government arrival and departure taxes
    - Mandatory waterproof gear not provided
    - Baggage / cancellation / interruption and medical travel insurance
    - Passport and Visa expenses
  • Map
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  • Vessel


    Only 12 guests and 7 crew members. Fly-Cruise -cross the Drake passage in 2 hours and spend 2 full weeks in Antarctica! Kayaking and Camping included. Citizen science onboard. Extended landings and zodiac cruises.
    No waiting time for landings.

    Hans Hansson emerges as the ultimate vessel for an Antarctic expedition, offering an intimate size and cozy ambiance that ensures a personalized and
    immersive experience. With a maximum capacity of just 12 guests, it underscores comfort and functionality, enabling close encounters with Antarctica's mesmerizing landscapes and captivating wildlife. The boats distinctive style cultivates camaraderie among guests, elevating the sense of adventure and making landings and zodiac tours genuinely exceptional.

    Additionally, the advantage of its smaller guest capacity guarantees swift access to shores, facilitating unhurried wildlife encounters and an intimate
    exploration of Antarctica's breathtaking landscapes. Hans Hansson stands out by not only allowing extensive zodiac cruises but also offering unlimited time for shore landings, granting you the freedom to thoroughly absorb the grandeur of this frozen realm. All these unparalleled experiences,
    complemented by the warmth of a family-style atmosphere, promise an unforgettable Antarctic voyage.

    Features & Facilities
    • Comfortable accommodation
    • Small intimate vessel
    • Observation decks
    • Open bridge
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 3
    Guests #: 12
    Crew #: 6
    Ice Class: ICE-C
    Speed: 11
    Technical Specs
    Year built:
    Length: 26m
    Width: 7
    Tonnage: 146
    Elec Outlets: 220V / 2 Round Pin
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We understand that the trip of a lifetime takes planning, so we make the financial commitments easy to manage.

  • Confirm your booking today with just USD$ 1,000 per passenger.
  • Pay your 25% deposit 5 day later.
  • Final payment due 120 days prior to departure.

Twin Front - Shared Facilities

19 Dec 2018 - 05 Jan 2019
Twin cabins with shared facilities on the lower deck
USD$ 13,328pp
USD$ 13,328pp
hans hansson twin cabin antarctica cruise

Twin Centre - Shared Facilities

19 Dec 2018 - 05 Jan 2019
Twin cabins with shared facilities on the lower deck. Mid-ship position on ship.
USD$ 14,000pp
USD$ 14,000pp

Twin Private cabin

19 Dec 2018 - 05 Jan 2019
Twin cabins with private facilities on the upper deck
USD$ 16,688pp
USD$ 16,688pp