minerva south georgia antarctic falkland cruise

Shackleton’s Discovery

  • Overview

    Live out your Antarctica dream on this exceptional 19-day voyage aboard our luxury ice-class expedition ship. Your journey to this icy wilderness starts with the notorious two-day Drake Passage sea crossing. Following in the footsteps of legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton, we visit South Georgia. Here you will clamber onto beaches crammed with millions of penguins and take home everlasting memories. Get ready for fabulous photo opportunities of magnificent icebergs as we sail around the Antarctic Peninsula. This immersive cruise is the ultimate Antarctica journey that will make for the trip of a lifetime.

    Duration: 19 days
    Passengers: 152 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Ushuaia, Argentina
    Disembarkation Point: Ushuaia, Argentina
    Physical rating:
    Fly/Cruise: Cruise only
    Single Supplement: 1.25x - 2.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - USHUAIA

      Ushuaia is the gateway to the White Continent. Found at the southernmost tip of South America in Argentinian Patagonia, the city is often described as “the End of the World”. The city’s mountain backdrop rises above the harbour and entrance to the Beagle Channel. The town itself is walkable and has a few small museums as well as pubs, restaurants and cafes - a good place to try Patagonian lamb cooked over open fire pits.

    • Day 2/3 - AT SEA

      Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship’s observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea gives you the opportunity to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip or head to our library which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert’s view in one of our on-board lectures or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from our onboard professional photographers.

    • Day 4 - SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS

      While the South Shetlands’ proximity to Antarctica makes the ice-bound sea impassable during winter (April to November), these are the first islands to see snow melt in spring (March) and the slightly warmer temperature means that the fauna is also different from what you see in Antarctica proper. As we go ashore by Zodiac, notice ferns, grasses, lichens and native flora that have more in common with Patagonia than they do with Antarctica.

    • Day 5/7 - ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

      Among captivating glaciers, majestic icebergs and snowy islands, the Antarctic Peninsula is where most visitors to the White Continent will live out their Antarctica dream. The Antarctic Peninsula, the most accessible area of the continent, hosts several scientific bases and some of the most interesting wildlife scenery, such as the extremely photogenic Lemaire Channel. Shore excursions might include Petermann Island, where among Adelie penguins, blue-eyed shags and skuas, huge, lumbering elephant seals haul out.

    • Day 8 - SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS

      While the South Shetlands’ proximity to Antarctica makes the ice-bound sea impassable during winter (April to November), these are the first islands to see snow melt in spring (March) and the slightly warmer temperature means that the fauna is also different from what you see in Antarctica proper. As we go ashore by Zodiac, notice ferns, grasses, lichens and native flora that have more in common with Patagonia than they do with Antarctica.

    • Day 9 - AT SEA

      Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship’s observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea gives you the opportunity to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip or head to our library which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert’s view in one of our on-board lectures or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from our onboard professional photographers.

    • Day 10/13 - SOUTH GEORGIA

      Often called the “Galapagos of the Poles”, South Georgia has a number of landing sites where you get up close to half a million king penguins or three million breeding pairs of macaroni penguins, making up the largest population in the world. If you are lucky you will also see harrumphing elephant seals - from a distance! We also visit Grytviken, the historic whaling station where legendary British explorer Ernest Shackleton (1874–1922) is buried.

    • Day 14/15 - AT SEA

      As you cruise to your next port of call, spend the day at sea savouring the ship’s facilities and learning about your destination’s many facets from the knowledgeable onboard experts. Listen to an enriching talk, indulge in a relaxing treatment at the spa, work out in the well-equipped gym, enjoy some down- time in your cabin, share travel reminiscences with newly found friends: the options are numerous.

    • Day 16 - PORT STANLEY

      Anyone familiar with Britain’s trademark red post boxes might spot a resemblance in this British outpost. Port Stanley, on East Falkland, is the tiny capital of the Falkland Islands and is small enough to get around on foot. You can visit The Historic Dockyard Museum devoted to maritime history and exploration or pop into the post office. Magellanic penguins gather in hordes at nearby Gypsy Cove, and sea lions and dolphins frolic in the harbour.

    • Day 17 - SAUNDERS ISLAND & WEST POINT ISLAND

      Black-browed albatross soar above this rugged weather-beaten island in the west of the Falklands, while Commerson’s dolphins swim below. With a sparse population of people and sheep, this inhabited island is also home to fur seals, burrowing rockhopper penguins, magellanic penguins and imperial cormorants who roost in the jagged cliffs and the striking Cliff Mountain towering above the dramatic coastal scenery. As you hike across the moss, keep an eye open for pink-petalled Felton’s flowers. Birdlife is the big draw on this lush sheep-farming island, where thousands of rams and ewes roam. Settled by British explorers in 1765, the island’s unique scenery includes the beaches at The Neck filled with the cacophony of rockhopper, gentoo and king penguin colonies, and you might spot the pillar-shaped nests of black-browed albatross. Nine of the Falklands’ 14 endemic plants, including silvery buttercup and hairy daisy, grow here and are a real treat.

    • Day 18 - AT SEA

      Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship’s observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea gives you the opportunity to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip or head to our library which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert’s view in one of our on-board lectures or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from our onboard professional photographers.

    • Day 19 - USHUAIA

      Ushuaia is the gateway to the White Continent. Found at the southernmost tip of South America in Argentinian Patagonia, the city is often described as “the End of the World”. The city’s mountain backdrop rises above the harbour and entrance to the Beagle Channel. The town itself is walkable and has a few small museums as well as pubs, restaurants and cafes - a good place to try Patagonian lamb cooked over open fire pits.

    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.

  • Highlights & Activities

    Drake Passage

    Dare to brave the notoriously rough two-day Drake Passage sea crossing

    Compare monumental icebergs

    Compare monumental icebergs in the Gerlache Strait and Antarctic Sound as you head to the Weddell Sea

    Get up close to hundreds of penguins

    Get up close to hundreds of penguins as they gather in their thousands in their natural habitat

    Keep an eye out at sea

    Keep an eye out at sea for breaching whales and huge albatross overhead

    Listen to our experts

    Listen to our engaging polar experts and learn tips from our team of experienced photographers

  • Inclusions
    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - Itineraries are correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change
    - Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
    - 24-hour room service
    - One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
    - Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions
    - One selected shore excursion/expedition activity per port of call
    - Onboard gratuities and port taxes
    - Standard WiFi
    - Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
    - Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
    - Return regional flights to the port of embarkation and/or disembarkation (where specified)
    - All meals onboard

    Not included in your Expedition

    - International and internal flights that are not specified
    - Travel medical insurance including medical repatriation (mandatory)
    - Items of a personal nature such as; Beverages / Laundry / Medical expenses / Gratuities / Internet & Wifi
    - Passport and Visa expenses
    - Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned
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  • Vessel

    SH Minerva is a brand new ship has been designed to journey to off the beaten path destinations and remote polar regions in style and comfort. The ship incorporates a PC5 ice-strengthened hull combined with extra-large stabilisers to make your journey as smooth as possible.

    Features & Facilities
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 5
    Guests #: 152
    Crew #: 120
    Ice Class: PC5
    Speed: 15
    Refurbished:
    Technical Specs
    Year built: 2021
    Length: 115m
    Width: 23
    Draft: 5
    Tonnage: 10600
    Registry: Malta
    Elec Outlets:
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Oceanview Low

19 Jan 2023 - 06 Feb 2023
Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
AUD$ 27,422pp
AUD$ 27,422pp
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Oceanview Medium

19 Jan 2023 - 06 Feb 2023
Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
AUD$ 28,744pp
AUD$ 28,744pp
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Balcony D5

19 Jan 2023 - 06 Feb 2023
Located at the forward and aft of the ship, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or double bed bedroom with living room area, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6m2 balcony
AUD$ 31,682pp
AUD$ 31,682pp
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Balcony M5

19 Jan 2023 - 06 Feb 2023
Located at the centre of the ship, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or double bed bedroom with living room area, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6m2 balcony
AUD$ 33,229pp
AUD$ 33,229pp
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Balcony D6

19 Jan 2023 - 06 Feb 2023
Located on deck six, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or double bed bedroom with living room area, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6m2 balcony
AUD$ 36,665pp
AUD$ 36,665pp
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Suite

19 Jan 2023 - 06 Feb 2023
Our Suites features a superking bed and separate living room with and a soothing flame-effect fireplace a luxurious ensuite bathroom and a 12 sq.m. private balcony.
AUD$ 42,729pp
AUD$ 42,729pp
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Premium Suite

19 Jan 2023 - 06 Feb 2023
Our grandest suites features a superking bed and separate living room with and a soothing flame-effect fireplace a luxurious ensuite bathroom, spacious walk in wardrobe and a 12 sq.m private balcony.
AUD$ 49,864pp
AUD$ 49,864pp