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Congratulations on booking your expedition to Antarctica!


Information for passengers travelling on board the RCGS Resolute

We are thrilled you will be travelling on this incredible adventure to the White Continent. Here you will find additional details that we require from you, information to help you plan for your trip as well as some ideas on other destinations you might like to visit in South America either before or after your Antarctica cruise. At any time if you wish to discuss the details or your cruise or additional travel arrangements including flights, insurance, pre and post tour travel arrangements please contact your booking agent.







Arrival in Ushuaia, Santiago or Punta Arenas (Fly the Drake)

For passengers beginning in either Punta Arenas , Santiago or Ushuaia, Day One of your itinerary is embarkation day so we recommend booking your flights in the day before. Please contact your agent to discuss flight options, accommodation and touring in your arrival city.


Disembarkation in Ushuaia

On the day of disembarkation we highly recommend that you book your flights to depart after 12 noon. Please be aware that we will not be held responsible for the late arrival of the ship from your voyage.


Disembarkation in Punta Arenas (Fly the Drake)

For fly cruises that fly back from King George Island(South Shetland Islands) generally one night’s post cruise accommodation is included. You can fly out the next day from Punta Arenas at any time. Please check with your agent if your departure includes this post cruise accommodation. For fly cruises that fly back from Port Stanley (Falkland Islands) there is no post night’s accommodation. Due to the possibility of delays to flights due to weather we recommend booking an extra post night’s accommodation in Punta Arenas to avoid missing any international flight connections. Please contact your agent to discuss.


Fuel Surcharges

Please note that your cruise booking may be subject to fuel surcharges should world oil prices increase significantly prior to the time of your departure. Cruise operators do attempt to factor this price into your tour cost. However, unexpected rises in the cost of marine fuel can result in a fuel surcharge that will depend on the cost of oil per barrel and the individual ship operator. By booking a tour with us, you agree that this may be the case with your booking. You will be advised of any surcharge once we have been notified of the surcharges from the cruise operator if this situation arises.


International Flights to meet your cruise

International flights to join your cruise will be available for booking approximately 11 months prior to tour departure date. Please contact your booking agent to discuss flight options available for your travel arrangements. Please see below for some suggestions on pre and post cruise itinerary options in South America.


Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers and policy details must be provided prior to your final documentation being issued. We strongly recommend you obtain a policy for the level of cover at the time of booking you are comfortable with ensuring it meets our minimum guidelines. For more information on Travel Insurance please refer to the Antarctica Travellers Guide below or contact your booking agent.


Terms and Conditions

By making the booking, he or she has read and has agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions. Please click HERE to view.







International Maritime Regulations require that we create a manifest for each expedition. To fulfil our obligation certain information is required. Please complete and return the form below NO MORE THAN 100 days prior to departure.

Please complete and return:

> Passenger Booking Form, CLICK HERE

> Passenger Information Booklet CLICK HERE

> Passenger Ticket Contract CLICK HERE

> Sea Kayaking Form CLICK HERE (required from travellers confirmed on the Kayaking Programme only)




All passengers on board the RCGS Resolute, Akademik Ioffe, and  Akademik Vavilov will receive a Complimentary Expedition Gear Hire Package made up of a polar jacket and trousers, rubber boots, binoculars and a walking pole. Please submit your jacket, trousers and boot size by filling in the Passenger Information booklet and returning to your agent.


                                                             Jacket- Trousers                                 Binoculars (Nikon Prostaff or Bushnell 8X42)







The following activities are available on selected voyages. Please see below for more information. Contact your booking agents to check availability and pricing:
-Kayakingin the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in small groups, you will glide between ice flows, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife. Previous kayaking experience is required. Limited availability. Price dependent on your voyage, please contact your booking agent for price and availability. See below for more information. 
-Antarctica Camping is included on all departures subject to weather 
-Antarctica – Off the Beaten Track” features a range of activities including ski touring, overnight sea-kayaking and photographic workshops. You need to pre-register for these activities at the time of booking. Please contact your agent to confirm these.






We have some additional resources to help you prepare for your upcoming trip to Antarctica, as well as some excellent itinerary ideas to explore South America pre or post your cruise.


Optional Activity

Experience the sights and sounds of being in the elements at night. Witness dramatic light changes and the clamor of scurrying penguins on a true outdoor adventure.


Optional Activity

Paddle through the majesty of the icebergs with your guide and live the experience of seeing varied birds, seals and whales in their natural habitat.  


Optional Activity

Head off the beaten track to walk atop fresh snow and visit places that are inaccessible by foot with our showshoeing excursions available on this voyage.


About the
RCGS Resolute

The RCGS Resolute, a purpose built polar expedition vessel, launched in November 2018. Designed for comfort, he is modern, well appointed, safe and ice-strengthened.



Check out our Antarctica Travellers Guide to help you prepare for your Antarctica adventure. Includes information about joining cities, what to pack and more.


Beyond Antarctica
South America Add-ons

There are many incredible places to explore in South America. Let us inspire you with our top itineraries to add pre or post your Antarctic cruise.


Travellers Guide
Latin America

Useful traveller information about each country in Latin America, from the climate, visa requirements, local currency and everything in between.