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Luxury Ponant Cruise to Antarctica’s Weddell Sea

Santiago, Santa Cruz & Antarctica

Best time to travel
Jan – Mar
Ideal length
14 nights
Perfect for
From (incl flights)
€14,399 pp

At a glance

  • International return flights from Dublin to Santiago, Chile.
  • All private and shared transfers as well as all domestic flights.
  • 14 nights’ accommodation in Santiago and Santa Cruz and throughout your Ponant cruise expedition.
  • Exclusive luxury experiences in Antarctica including hot air ballooning, kayaking, hiking and hovercraft excursions.
  • Expert-led Zodiac cruises, witnessing memorable wildlife scenes on the White Continent.
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MV Le Commandant-Charcot
Le Commandant-Charcot is leading in its field, being the very first hybrid-electric polar exploration ship powered by LNG.
Luxury Dining Room
Enjoy panoramic views as you dine in the on board restaurant.
Indoor Swimming Pool
After a day of exploring, relax and unwind in the luxurious indoor swimming pool and wellness spa.
Luxury Duplex Cabins
Take in the breathtaking views from the comfort of your own private deck.
Luxury Cabin
The luxurious, spacious cabins provide the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate.


The extraordinary wilderness of Antarctica captures the imagination of many. An almost mythical destination, its remote landscapes are the home of magnificent wildlife, vast stretches of ice and deafening silence. A truly incredible opportunity awaits on this exclusive expedition to the ends of the earth. In partnership with the National Geographic Expeditions and luxury cruise providers Ponant, you simply cannot be in better hands. From the moment you step aboard the mighty ice-strengthened vessel, live out your wildest dreams as you soar over the icescapes by hot air balloon, set out on adventurous Zodiac outings and kayak through the silence of the frozen water.

Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Chile’s capital of Santiago.

A Ponant representative will be waiting to transfer you to your experiential lodge outside the town of Puerto Bories in southern Patagonia. Spend the night in the luxury property and relax before your cruise.

Your adventurous cruise expedition begins.

Transfer to the airport and fly to Ushuaia, transferring to the port to board your luxury Ponant cruise vessel. Explore the many luxury facilities like the indoor pool, wellness space and observation lounge.

M/V Le Commandant Charcot
Set sail for your 11 night experience in the wilds of Antarctica.

In partnership with National Geographic Expeditions, venture to the extreme world of the White Continent with expert guides and a National Geographic photographer by your side.

Penguins Antarctic
Sail into the heart of the icy Weddell Sea.

Leave Tierra del Fuego Beyond and traverse the Drake Passage. Your naturalist guides will join you on deck to look out for albatross, cape petrels and other sea birds who bravely live in these icy conditions.

Weddell Sea
Hovercraft over the ice floes of the Antarctic.

An experience few will ever experience, journey to remote parts of the Antarctic where the deafening silence is unique to this extreme environment.

Experience the thrill of hot air ballooning over the icescape.

Take to the skies with expert guides to admire infinite views over the Antarctic. Look out for soaring sea birds, majestic orca and humpbacks and seals landing on the icy shores.

Whale Tail Antarctic
Continue living your dreams on exclusive expeditions.

Kayak on the clear waters and between the ice floes, explore the polar expanses by snowmobile and set out on scenic hikes with your camera at the ready for the marvellous scenes that await.

Observe the incredible wildlife of Antarctica on Zodiac outings.

In the company of naturalist guides and using the exclusive tips from your National Geographic photographer, set out to capture scenes of penguin, sea lions and seals.

Seal Antarctic
Your experience in Antarctica has come to an end.

Arrive in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your flight to Santa Cruz. Spend two nights in the heart of the Chilean vineyards, relaxing and enjoying exceptional wining and dining experiences.

Chile vineyard
Transfer to the international airport for your flight home.

Arrive in Dublin.

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Le Commandant-Charcot

Le Commandant-Charcot is leading in its field, being the very first hybrid-electric polar exploration ship powered by LNG.

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