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Weddell Sea Explorer - Ortelius

Explore one of the least-visited areas on Earth, Antarctica’s amazing Weddell Sea. Enjoy the exotic wildlife and colossal tabular icebergs in the clearest water of any sea on Earth.




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Starting in South Georgia after leaving Ushuaia, we will be on the trail of famed polar explorer Ernest Shackleton and his ship Endurance, experiencing the Weddell Sea’s amazing wildlife and tabular icebergs before returning via Elephant Island.

The continental borders of the Weddell Sea are formed by huge floating sheets of ice. These ice shelves produce the massive tabular icebergs that are so abundant in the Weddell Sea. Scientists have declared the waters of the Weddell Sea to be the clearest water of any sea on Earth.

The tabular icebergs and other ice formations offer fantastic landscapes and unique photo opportunities. Especially on the east side of the Weddell, the chance of landings can be limited due to these ice formations. Zodiac cruises and possible ice landings are wonderful alternatives, if conditions allow.

The Weddell Sea is home to a large number of orcas, humpbacks, and minke whales as well as leopard, Weddell, and crabeater seals. Several penguin species can be seen there too.

On the ship, our structured educational program will complement other activities. You will have the opportunity to attend several lectures on a variety of topics, such as wildlife, landscape, history, and more.
Program Rates:
Pricing subject to change.
Itinerary In-Depth

Double Occupancy

$10,550 - $13,550

per person


  • Luxury accommodations and all meals. A highly-credentialed Safari Director and Driver-Guide during your journey.

  • 24/7 Concierge Team poised to meet last minute, unexpected, and unusual requests.

  • Every last gratuity, even substantial ones to Safari Directors, Driver-Guides, waiters, porters… and everyone else, from beginning to end of your safari.

  • Regional wine and beer at mealtimes, vehicles stocked with soft drinks and bottled water.

  • Daily valet laundry service. You can pack less and even return home with a bag of clean clothes… now that’s luxury!

  • Complimentary in-vehicle Wi-Fi as well as free Wi-Fi wherever else it exists on safari, including camps and lodges.

  • All airport transfers, game park, national park, and conservancy fees.

  • Sublime safari swag! Bush hats, specially designed safari duffels, luggage tags, document wallets, flashlights, and more.

  • For every safari sold, this operator sends an African child to school.

Not Included: 
Airfare except as mentioned; passport and visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable; any ground services before and/or after the program other than the ones mentioned; spa charges; medical consultations and drug prescriptions; travel insurance; fuel surcharge may apply.


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