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Best of Antarctica: Whale Discovery | Ocean Endeavour

12 Days
From CAD 10,768


Small Ship Expedition Cruise 

Trip Code: ACOEBWD

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

Start: Ushuaia, Argentina

Finish: Ushuaia, Argentina

SHIP: Ocean Endeavour


Antarctica, Antarctic Peninsula


Breakfast at Hotel & All meals Onboard the Ship


Arrival Transfer, Ship Transfer & Departure Transfer from the Ship


Hotel & Cabin Onboard a Ship


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Included SightseeingIncluded Sightseeing

Daily Antarctica Excursions, Zodiac Cruising, Onboard Expert Lectures & Briefings by the Experienced Expedition Team


NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather & ice conditions 


Hop onboard the Ocean Endeavour for an extended 12-day adventure that you will never forget. We sail toward the great while continent. Here you will witness whales in huge numbers. This itinerary has been designed especially for people who love wildlife and awesome adventures. 

Explore the Antarctic Peninsula, following the migration paths of the whales that call these waters home for part of the year. You can also spot penguins, seals and seabirds en route from the deck of your ship and from the fleet of Zodiacs. Hop in and scan for underwater silhouettes and get up close to the range of wildlife that call Antarctica home. 

You may wish to enjoy optional expedition activities like day paddling or enjoy a photography lesson from one of the experts onboard. There are lots of handy hints and tips that can be learnt about photographing this icy wilderness and the wildlife you will encounter. 

This by-sea exploration allows the best opportunity for whale-spotting and is truly a once-in-a-lifetime adventure!


PLEASE NOTE: Pricing is subject to change and availability at the time of booking. Contact us for more information.


Ushuaia, Argentina

Welcome to Ushuaia, Argentina, the gateway to Antarctica. Before you embark on this epic journey, take an included arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel today. There will be a representative waiting at the airport with a sign that has the ship name on it. If you cannot locate them, please refer to your emergency contact information on your final itinerary. Tonight, you’ll meet your fellow travellers and our local team in Ushuaia with a welcome meeting in the evening, followed by an optional icebreaker. arrive early, why not head downtown for some souvenir shopping or taste some classic Argentinian flavours at one of Ushuaia’s fantastic local restaurants? If you get the chance, watching the sun go down at “The End of the World” (the nickname for the Tierra del Fuego archipelago) is the perfect way to cap off your first night.

Embarkation in Ushuaia

This morning is yours to explore Ushuaia. You can always ask your leader for suggestions, but exploring this remote town on foot makes for a beautiful start to the day. Ushuaia offers enough stunning scenery for any nature-buff, so make sure you’ve grabbed your camera to snap that snow-capped backdrop. In the afternoon, transfer to the port of Ushuaia where you will board the Ocean Endeavour – your home on the sea for the next 10 nights. After meeting your fellow passengers and Expedition Team and settling into your cabin, you’ll set sail through the historic Beagle Channel towards Antarctica. Soak up incredible views as you glimpse your last sight of Argentina, then head inside to join the excitement and learn more about what to expect over the coming days.

At Sea - Drake Passage - Days 3 & 4

Spend two days travelling across the legendary waters of the Drake Passage, named after the British seafarer Sir Francis Drake, towards the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. If conditions allow, there will be a chance to enjoy the outer deck spaces, scouting for dolphins, whales and a variety of seabirds that pass by – including the iconic wandering albatross, with its enormous three-meter wingspan. Our comprehensive lecture program will also get underway for you to join at your leisure, with our team of polar experts sharing fascinating insights into
Antarctic history, geology, biology and everything in between! If the weather is on your side, you should reach the Islands of the Antarctic Peninsula by early evening on day four. Make sure you’re on deck for this, as the first sighting of land always builds great anticipation on any expedition south.

South Shetland & Antarctica - Day 5 to 9

The Antarctic Peninsula is known for a high number of wildlife sightings, not to mention the stunning backdrop of mountains, icy landscapes and water. The perfect combination, as you search for migrating whales. This is why you have five full days to enjoy wildlife opportunities, both from the expansive outer decks of the Ocean Endeavour and via Zodiac cruises and shore excursions. The peak of the migration season is the best opportunity to see these majestic ocean dwellers, as all Antarctic whale species migrate long distances, feeding in the cold, nutrient-rich Southern Ocean during the southern summer. The most common species found in the region are humpback, Minke and fin whales, as well as orcas.

An average day on board begins with a wake-up call from your Expedition Leader around 7 am, giving you time to prepare for the day before joining your fellow expeditioners for breakfast in the Polaris restaurant. You will usually have two excursions per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, with lunch served on the Ocean Endeavour in between excursions.

As whale season is in full swing, you may like to participate in one of our exciting onboard Citizen Science projects – the Happy Whale Project, where you can upload photos of whale’s tails (called flukes) online, along with details of where the images are taken. These are used to analyse and identify the individual whales and track their movement across the oceans. Sightings can happen from the outer decks of the ship, on the ship’s bridge with your Captain or during a Zodiac excursion. Our open bridge policy allows you into the command centre of the Ocean Endeavour for the ultimate behind-the-scenes access and the best place to spot whales.

You will also have the daily opportunity for optional adventure activities, including kayaking or day paddle excursions through ice floes, or photography sessions and workshops led by our expert photography guides.

Please note: Potential excursions and landing sites are determined by weather and ice conditions and cannot be guaranteed in advance.

Spaces on our optional paid kayaking and photography program are limited. Additional costs apply and these must be booked in advance. Please speak to an Intrepid booking agent for more information. Beginners interested in kayaking should take an introductory course prior to the voyage, including how to complete a wet exit. Regardless of your experience, we recommend you take part in some kayaking practice prior to the voyage to ensure that you are comfortable on the water in icy conditions. Kayaking adventures are only conducted during calm weather.

At Sea - Drake Passage - Days 10 & 11

As the Ocean Endeavour starts its return journey north to our home port of Ushuaia, now is the time to reflect on your amazing adventure. We’re scheduled to reach the relatively calm waters of the Beagle Channel by the evening of day 11. This evening, your final meal together in the Polaris restaurant is often a highlight, so make sure to live it up and enjoy the moment as you celebrate an incredible adventure with your fellow travellers and Expedition Team. Don’t forget the group selfie!

Disembark in Ushuaia

Your Antarctic adventure draws to a close as you disembark the Ocean Endeavour following breakfast. Farewell your fellow guests and your Expedition Team and join a transfer to Ushuaia airport for your onward journey (included for selected flight departures today) or to the city centre of Ushuaia, where you can make your way to your hotel if you are extending your stay and want to spend some more time exploring this incredible part of the world. With much to see and do in this quaint ‘End of the World’ town, including the Museo Maritimo, Avenida San Martin or even an adventurous hike to the Martial Glacier, your adventure doesn’t have to end here. If you would like to stay additional nights in Ushuaia, please speak to your booking agent.

Please note: A transfer to the city centre after disembarkation OR a transfer to the airport for onward flights (for selected departures today only) is included. If you are extending your stay or do not meet the requirements for the included transfers then we can arrange transportation at an additional cost, please discuss this with your booking agent.

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.



  • See a huge number of humpack whales in Antarctica as they migrate south to the waters that are rich with krill, where they feed. Enjoy daily Zodiac excursions where you will be able to get up close and personal with these gentle giants. 

  • Enjoy stunning scenery and witness an abundance of wildlife, including Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins, albatross and fur seals. Explore via Zodiac, seeing amazing polar vistas and giant tabular icebergs. 

  • You can customise your adventure with a huge range of optional activities onboard. You can choose from kayaking, day paddling and photography lessons. 

  • Enjoy the educational lectures onboard. Topics include history, ecology and geology. Participate in the expedition team lead Citizen Science program. 

  • You can soak up the atmosphere onboard, spending time resting and reflecting on the day. The ship has amenities like the sun deck, Aurora lounge, Polaris Restaurant, a bar, library, saltwater pool, jacuzzi gym, say spa and sauna. 

 Ocean Endeavour

Ocean Endeavour

Your experiences through the Ocean Endeavour's in-depth expedition program is the number one priority! With her ice-strengthened hull and advanced navigation equipment, the Ocean Endeavour is ideally suited for expedition cruising to the Polar regions.  

The Ocean Endeavour is designed for adventure travellers who want to get off the ship and onto the ice, with a wide range of expedition activities, citizen science research programs, and opportunities to learn about Antarctica's history and biology from passionate guides.

The ship carries 20 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 while enjoying the class and comfort of a hotel.   

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 saltwater pool, saunas and even a hot tub. Travellers can also enjoy health and fitness amenities including a gym, spa treatments and yoga classes designed to enhance your personal wellness. 

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. It's a truly immersive Antarctic adventure for explorers of any age.      

Ocean Endeavour Antarctica brochure

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We offer carbon offset departures.      
We quantify our carbon usage and then purchase carbon credits from various projects to offset our impact. 

We are assisting in scientific research.     
During every Antarctic voyage, you have the chance to observe, record, and report on natural phenomena as part of a collaboration project with Antarctic scientists. Find out More   

We have an 8:1 passenger to expedition crew ratio.     
This is one of the highest in the industry and ensures our guests personally experience the professionalism and expertise of our expedition team, which will maximize their experience.  

We have a fleet of 20 zodiacs and multiple loading points.     
With a large fleet of 20 zodiacs, our large team of boat drivers allows small groups to hit the water and venture onto the ice in smaller congregations.   

No single supplements on single cabins.      
We have increased our number of solo-use cabins on the Ocean Endeavour, making solo travel to Antarctica more economically viable while bolstering our social distancing measures and maximizing the safety and the experience of all of our passengers.   

We offer a large variety of activities.     
Yoga,, kayaking, day paddle, stand-up paddleboarding, zodiac excursions and cruises, our exclusive photography program, and camping. 


Unique to the Ocean Endeavour, this workshop is perfect if you are passionate about photography, or just passionate about capturing the beautiful landscape and wildlife you will encounter on your incredible Antarctic adventure. Learn More >   

Fall asleep amid the snow-capped mountains as you watch the colours of the Antarctic twilight bounce off the ocean and surrounding glaciers. Learn More >   

Experience the unforgettable thrill and serenity of kayaking in Antarctica as part of a small, expertly guided paddling group. Learn More >   

Snowshoeing allows you to go even deeper into Antarctica’s interior and reach less visited places where many other visitors simply don’t go! Learn More >   

As part of a small, expertly guided group, you will paddle between icebergs of all shapes and sizes, skim past penguin rookeries or drift quietly as you absorb the majestic scenery. Learn More >     

Combine the physical with the natural beauty of Antarctica, exploring glacial landscapes and spotting an array of wildlife on this SUP adventure. Learn More >   


ship layout



Ice Class: Length: 137.10 M
Breadth: 21.00 MMax
Draft: Cruising
Speed: 16.0 knots
Electricity: 380 / 220 V, 50 Hz a.c. Passenger

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We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.


Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.


Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.


Luxurious properties with impeccable facilities and service.


Optional Activities vary for each itinerary. Limited spaces available. Contact your Destination Specialist for pricing & availability.


Experience the unforgettable thrill and serenity of kayaking in Antarctica as part of a small, expertly guided paddling group.

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For photography enthusiasts of any skill level. You will receive expert advice on taking and producing amazing photos of Antarctica.

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Practicing yoga on your Antarctic expedition is an excellent way to relax, heighten your senses and really open yourself to the experience.

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Day Paddling

If you are looking for another way to nurture your inner adventurer, our day paddle excursion might be the perfect fit! Absorb the majestic scenery from a more intimate vantage point as you paddle through the pristine waters of Antarctica on a sit-on-top kayak.Our expertly guided, one-time, Paddle Program gives you the rare chance to see Antarctica from the same perspective as most of the wildlife – at the surface of the sea.

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Stand-up Paddle Boarding

Stand-up Paddle boarding, commonly known as SUP originated in Hawaii and is now available as an optional activity in Antarctica. What a way to explore! 

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Pricing per person

* Please note pricing is a guide only. Contact us now for the most up to date cost.

CAT 1 - Single Cabin


Approximately 122 sq.ft. (11 sq.m), a Single Interior on Deck 5 is an interior cabin with two lower berths and a private bathroom.

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  • Single (1 berth)

CAT 2 - Triple Cabin


Approximately 220 to 230 sq.ft. (20 to 21.5 sq.m.), our Triple Interior on Deck 4 is an interior cabin with three lower berths and one or two private bathrooms.

CAD 10,768


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  • Triple (3 berth)
  • Share Male (1 berth)
  • Share Female (1 berth)

CAT 3 - Twin Interior


Approximately 120 sq.ft. (11 sq.m.), a Twin Interior on Deck 4 is an interior cabin with two lower berths and a private bathroom.

CAD 11,381


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  • Twin (2 berth)
  • Single (1 berth)
  • Share Male (1 berth)
  • Share Female (1 berth)

CAT 4 - Twin Porthole


Twin Cabins on Deck 4 & 5 are approximately 110 sq.ft. (10 sq.m), and feature a porthole or window, two lower berths and a private bathroom.

CAD 11,995


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  • Twin (2 berth)
  • Single (1 berth)
  • Share Male (1 berth)
  • Share Female (1 berth)

CAT 4A - Single Porthole


Approximately 76 sq.ft. (7 sq.m.) our Singles on Deck 4 feature a porthole, two lower berths and a private bathroom.

CAD 17,379


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  • Single (1 berth)

CAT 5 - Twin/Double Main Cabin


Our Twins & Doubles on Deck 7 & 8 are approximately 141 sq.ft. (13 sq.m), feature one or two windows, two lower berths or a double bed and a private bathroom.

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  • Twin/Double (2 berth)
  • Single (1 berth)
  • Share Male (1 berth)
  • Share Female (1 berth)

CAT 5A - Single Main Cabin


Approximately 155 to 174 sq.ft. (14 to 16 sq.m.), our Singles are WING cabins located on Deck 8 feature two windows, a double bed and a private bathroom.

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  • Single (1 berth)

CAT 6 - Comfort Twin


Approximately 228 sq.ft (21 sq.m), a Comfort Twin on Deck 4 features two portholes, two single berths, a separate sitting area with a pull out sofa bed and a private bathroom.

CAD 13,222


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  • Twin (2 berth)
  • Single (1 berth)
  • Share Male (1 berth)
  • Share Female (1 berth)

CAT 7 - Select Twin


Approximately 214 sq.ft. (20 sq.m), a Select Twin on Deck 5 features two single berths, a separate sitting area with a pull out sofa bed, two windows, and one or two private bathrooms.

CAD 14,244


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  • Twin (2 berth)
  • Single (1 berth)
  • Share Male (1 berth)
  • Share Female (1 berth)

CAT 8 - Superior Twin/Double


Approximately 165 to 200 sq.ft. (15 to 19 sq.m) on Deck 7 and features one double bed, a sofa, a large window and a private bathroom.

CAD 14,926


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  • Twin/Double (2 berth)
  • Single (1 berth)

CAT 9 - Junior Suite Double


Twin: Approximately 225 sq.ft. (21 sq.m.), a Superior Twin on Deck 5 features two lower berths, a separate sitting area with a pull out sofa bed, a large window, and a private bathroom. Double: Approximately 165 to 200 sq.ft. / 15 to 19 sq.m, a Superior Double on Deck 7 features one double bed, a sofa, a large window, and a private bathroom.

CAD 15,948


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  • Double (2 berth)
  • Single (1 berth)

CAT 10 - Owners Suite Double


Approximately 305 sq.ft./ 28 sq.m, the Owner's Suite on Deck 7 features two large bow-facing windows, one double bed, a separate sitting room and a private bathroom with a tub.

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  • Double (2 berth)
  • Single (1 berth)

Important Information


    All meals onboard the Ocean Endeavour including snacks
    Accommodation onboard the Ocean Endeavour in booked cabin category
    Onboard lecture program from Expeditions Team and Naturalists
    All applicable shore excursions and Zodiac cruising (except paid adventure options with cost)
    Use of rubber boots on land and use of waterproof outer shell jacket
    Insulated inner jacket, yours to keep at the end of the voyage
    Transfer from Ushuaia airport to hotel (Day 1) and pre-night hotel with breakfast
    Transfer from Ushuaia hotel accommodation to the Ocean Endeavour for embarkation
    Transports to Ushuaia airport on return to port
    All port taxes
    All landing fees
    Use of onboard gym, sauna, pool and jacuzzi and onboard yoga


    International or internal flights unless specified
    Airport transfers, taxes and excess baggage charges unless specified
    Meals other than those specified in the pre-departure information
    Pre or post cruise travel expenses
    Visa (if applicable) and passport fees
    Travel insurance (compulsory)
    Fuel surcharge may be applied to all bookings
    Paid adventure options and all personal expenses
    Tobacco, alcoholic or beverages (other than coffee and tea)
    Miscellaneous extras
    Laundry and communication charges on board
    Gratuities for Expedition team and crew (recommended US$15 per person per day)
    For minors under 16 years of age at time of travel; life jackets, waterproof outer shell jacket, insulated inner jacket and boots
    For guests who require larger sizing; Waterproof outer shell jacket, insulated inner jacket and rubber boots

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available on request. No single supplement if willing to share. Contact us for more details.

  • Prices are based on per person, twin share* (unless otherwise stated for triple/quad cabins) 

    Prices are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change at any time. 

    Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions

  • Departure date,  fuel surcharges, cabin category, currency fluctuations, seasonality and availability.


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