Best of Antarctica: Whale Discovery (Ocean Endeavour)

12 Days

Join Where Wild Things Roam on the Intrepid 12-day expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula. All aboard – the journey of a lifetime awaits. Set sail towards the Antarctic Peninsula, where whales gather in their largest numbers, on this extended 12-day journey designed especially for wildlife lovers and epic adventurers. Follow the migration paths of these gigantic sea creatures and spot seals, penguins and seabirds along the way.

Explore the frozen wilderness from the deck of the Ocean Endeavour and from our fleet of up-close-and-personal Zodiacs, scanning for underwater silhouettes. Take an optional expedition-by-day paddle or choose a photography lesson on the White Continent from an expert. Among electric blue glaciers, this by-sea adventure provides the best opportunity for whale spotting and once-in-a-lifetime exploration.

Tour Dates: Departs 09 March 2025 – 20 March 2025


To find out more information about this tour or to book, contact personal travel manager Kate via phone on 0461 411 444 or email kate.webster (@)

** Note that prices are subject to availability at time of booking and may change


Join Where Wild Things Roam on the Intrepid 12-day expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula. All aboard – the journey of a lifetime awaits. Set sail towards the Antarctic Peninsula, where whales gather in their largest numbers, on this extended 12-day journey designed especially for wildlife lovers and epic adventurers. Follow the migration paths of these gigantic sea creatures and spot seals, penguins and seabirds along the way.

Why you’ll love this trip

  • Witness an incredible abundance of humpback whales, as these marine mammals migrate south to feed on krill. Take daily Zodiac excursions to get closer to the whales, when spotted by your Expedition Team.
  • Admire the breathtaking scenery and wildlife that surrounds you, such as Gentoo and chinstrap penguins, fur seals, albatross and so much more, backed by imposing icebergs and glaciated mountains.
  • Personalise your expedition with a wide range of optional adventure activities. Kayak among icebergs, day paddle with expert guides or take photography lessons from a pro.
  • Keep learning with onboard educational lectures on history, geology and ecology, and participate in our Citizen Science Program, all led by our expert Expedition Team.
  • Defrost from the day and reflect on your epic adventure aboard the Ocean Endeavour, with amenities like the Aurora lounge, sun deck, Polaris Restaurant, bar, library, saltwater pool, jacuzzi, gym, day spa and sauna.

Is this trip right for you?

  • The Ocean Endeavour is an ice-strengthened ship – large, sturdy and suited to the unpredictable Antarctic waters. Some people may experience seasickness in occasional rough seas however, we do have a doctor on board should you need assistance. Over-the-counter seasickness medication is usually an easy fix.
  • Temperatures in the Antarctic can get very cold, but it also can get surprisingly warm when the sun comes out. We recommend dressing in layers when you journey outside. We’ll provide you with waterproof boots on loan that are sturdy and warm, as well as an inner jacket that is yours to keep. Please see the Essential Trip Information for notes on what to pack.
  • Depending on the weather, you’ll be travelling around in a Zodiac boat quite regularly to explore the area and search for wildlife. It can get cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you dress appropriately and keep your camera safe and dry. A fair level of mobility is needed for wet and dry landings from the boat, as well as on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. The Ocean Endeavour has a lift, but you’ll need to take the stairs to get to the gangway and some other parts of the ship that the lift does not provide access to.
  • The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and, although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially in such a remote area like the Antarctic. There are nearly 200 recognised sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned in the itinerary may need to be changed to other locations – which are just as interesting and beautiful! We may also be confined to the ship during rough weather, but there are plenty on onboard resources and activities. The ship’s library and educational lectures are ideal ways to stay entertained, while the wellness spa, saunas, gym and yoga classes will keep you fresh for when the weather clears.

Important Notes


You are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of AUD2000, per person per trip for your booking to be confirmed. Full payment is required 100 days prior to departure.

Please refer to our “Booking and Conditions” section on our website including the special conditions that apply to Antarctica Voyages (Ocean Endeavour)


COVID-19 vaccination is a pre-embarkation requirement for all guests, staff, and crew on all Ocean Endeavour voyages. We will request a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination status on Day 1


Approaching a looming glacier in a sea kayak, strapping on snowshoes to reach the best icy viewpoints, capturing the perfect photo of a seal hunting its prey or camping under an Antarctic perpetual twilight – these are just some of the ways you can enrich your exploration of the great White Continent with our additional activities. A range of Paid Adventure Options is available on the Ocean Endeavour, on selected voyages, subject to availability. Your booking agent can assist with availability and pricing.
• Kayaking or Photography Program – Voyage-duration program available on all voyages. Pre-book via your booking agent.
• Day Paddle or Stand Up Paddleboarding – One-off excursion available on all voyages. Pre-book via your booking agent. Additional spaces may be available to book on board via the Expedition Team

Essential Trip Information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what’s included – pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

Read Essential Trip Information



  • Witness an incredible abundance of humpback whales, as these marine mammals migrate south to feed on krill.
  • Take daily Zodiac excursions to get closer to the whales, when spotted by your Expedition Team.
  • Admire the breathtaking scenery and wildlife that surrounds you, such as Gentoo and chinstrap penguins, fur seals, albatross and so much more, backed by imposing icebergs and glaciated mountains.
  • Optional activities like kayaking, a photography masterclass, yoga classes, massage or even a polar plunge.


Day 1 :

Welcome to Ushuaia, Argentina, the world’s southernmost city. You’ll be briefed at the hotel tonight on the journey and details for tomorrow’s embarkation, but if you happen to arrive early there are a surprising amount of ways to entertain yourself at ‘the End of the World’. Check out the Museo Maritimo to brush up on the region’s history, or take a stroll down Avenida San Martin if you’re after any last-minute essentials before departing. Oh, and did we mention this is Argentina – if all else fails, head to a local restaurant to get your fill of red wine and steak.
Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
An arrival transfer from the airport on Day 1 is included in your voyage fare. Full details will be sent with your final joining instructions.

This afternoon you’ll board the Ocean Endeavour, settle into your cabin and begin cruising down the stunning Beagle Channel, named for Charles Darwin’s ship. The channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America, and as the ship pulls away from port there’s always an air of anticipation. Travelling with you on this voyage is marine ecologist Dr Ari Freidlaender and a small team of scientists, who are heading to Antarctica to undertake crucial research on the migration and feeding patterns of baleen whales. Wave goodbye to Argentina and know that the next time you see land you’ll be staring at Antarctica.
Ocean Endeavour (1 night)
Meals Included

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.

Expedition Cruise Ship (2 nights)

Breakfast (2)
Lunch (2)
Dinner (2)

Included activities
Daily Briefings and Recap
Onboard Lecture Program
Citizen Science Program

Add on activities
Yoga and Meditation Classes - Free
Onboard Spa treatments (various prices apply) starting from - USD95
Photography Program - USD1099
Onboard Gym and Sauna - Free

Special information
The Photography Program has limited spaces available and must be prebooked via your booking agent prior to travel.

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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.

Expedition Cruise Ship (5 nights)

Breakfast (5)
Lunch (5)
Dinner (5)
Included activities
Zodiac Excursion/Cruising
Guided walking Excursions
Citizen Science Program
Daily Briefings and Recap
Onboard Lecture Program

Add on activities
Stand Up Paddleboarding - USD299
Day Paddle - USD299
Polar Plunge - Free
Kayaking Program - USD1099
Yoga and Meditation Classes - Free
Onboard Spa treatments (various prices apply) starting from - USD95
Photography Program - USD1099
Onboard Gym and Sauna - Free

Special information
Potential excursions and landing sites are determined by weather and ice conditions and cannot be guaranteed in advance. For a list of possible landing sites in Antarctica, go to

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.

Optional activities such as Stand-Up Paddle boarding, Kayaking and Day Paddle, are very dependent on weather and sea ice conditions. Your experienced expedition team will provide regular updates on which days they are available throughout your voyage.

Kayaking, Photography Program, Day Paddle and Stand Up Paddleboarding have limited spaces available and must be prebooked via your booking agent prior to travel. Snowshoeing must be booked onboard via your expedition team.

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Day 10 :
At Sea

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!

Expedition Cruise Ship (2 nights)

Breakfast (2)
Lunch (2)
Dinner (2)

Included activities
Daily Briefings and Recap
Onboard Lecture Program
Citizen Science Program

Add on activities
Onboard Gym and Sauna - Free
Yoga and Meditation Classes - Free
Onboard Spa treatments (various prices apply) starting from - USD95
Photography Program - USD1099

Day 11 :
At Sea

As above.

Your Antarctic adventure draws to a close after breakfast this morning. Farewell your shipmates and transfer to the airport if you’re flying out today, or perhaps spend some more time exploring this incredible part of the world.
Ocean Endeavour (1 night)
Meals Included

Package Inclusions


  • Meals - 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Transport - Expedition Cruise Ship, Zodiac
  • Accommodation - Comfortable Hotel (1 night), Expedition Cruise Ship (9 nights)


  • Additional costs such as meals not included on itinerary, drinks and souvenirs
  • Transport to and from the airport
  • Flights to Argentina


Comfortable Hotel (1 night), Expedition cruise ship (9 nights)


If you’re going to explore Antarctica, you might as well do it right. The Ocean Endeavour is comfortable, spacious and the place to be in the Antarctic season. Not only is it one of the few polar expedition ships in Antarctica, it also has one crew member for every eight travellers. This means you’ll enjoy a more personal, informative and comfortable trip. With a gym, library, wide range of cabin types, modern Zodiacs, and superb views, the Ocean Endeavour is quite literally the coolest way to take the trip of a lifetime.



While every care has been taken to ensure the prices and availability of this tour is locked in, we do sometimes experience fluctuations and changes from our suppliers and ground operators. While every effort will be made to ensure this has no impact on the overall cost of your trip, if this cannot be done, you will be notified immediately with options.

Please note that we are working in remote destinations and sometimes changes to the itinerary are unavoidable. While we endeavour to ensure we stick to the set itinerary, changes may occur prior to travel and while on location. Also, note that wildlife is never guaranteed nor predictable. We are travelling during times of high probability of wildlife experiences; however, this is never 100% guaranteed. 


Flights are NOT included with this package unless otherwise stated. Please discuss with us the timing requirements for arrival and departure if you are organising your flights. If you wish us to book flights, we can arrange this also.


All prices are quoted in Australian Dollars. Typically, prices are based on two passengers travelling together. Solo traveller supplements may be applicable. Special offer pricing has already been applied to the website pricing displayed, unless it is stated otherwise.


Passports must have a validity of at least 6 months or longer than your intended stay overseas. Visas to some countries are required for Australian Passport holders. Visas can be purchased on arrival in most countries, but please note, for entry into certain countries a visa must be applied for online before travel. Some visa fees are payable in US Dollars cash only. Some countries have a requirement making it necessary to have a certain number of blank pages in your passport. Please check with us regarding visa requirements.


Travelling with children under 18 years of age through certain countries may require further documentation in addition to their valid passport. As requirements can change, please check with us.


Please consult your GP or Travel Doctor for up-to-date medical advice. A minimum level of fitness is required to be able to participate in a Where Wild Things Roam Travel tour. In addition, some tours may require you to disclose your body weight. Please check with us to ensure that you can meet the relevant requirements. COVID19 declarations must be completed before travelling and conditions of these must be met, otherwise your travel will be cancelled.


Luggage restrictions may apply to your tour where safari vehicles or light aircraft are utilised. Please check your trip dossier for detail on this and what is suggested to pack. 


A non-refundable deposit of 25% per person is required within seven days of booking confirmation along with a signed Booking Form. Some tours and arrangements may impose a higher non-refundable deposit – please check at the time of booking. Payment of deposit and a signed Booking Form represents acceptance of Where Wild Things Roam Travel Terms & Conditions by the client. The final balance of payment must be received no later than 60 days before departure.


Bookings made within 30 days of travel from Australia will require full payment immediately.


An amendment fee of AU$50 will be levied to cover communication and administration costs for any changes to bookings. This is in addition to any airline and operator fees.


We can organise additional arrangements such as hotels and car hire not forming part of a package. Just ask us at the time of booking.


While we appreciate that circumstances change and travel regulations may vary, we will always try to be flexible with changes to your booking. Cancellations must be received in writing and will take effect from the date received by Where Wild Things Roam Travel. The following cancellation charges will apply to the tour costs.

  • More than 60 days before departure: Deposit only
  • 60-49 days before departure: 40%
  • 48-31 days before departure: 60%
  • 30-0 days before departure: 100%

These charges can vary subject to the trading terms of our suppliers as some do impose higher cancellation fees on certain tours. The non-issuing of an invoice or non-payment of the deposit will not exempt clients from these cancellation and administration fees. We regret we can make no exception to the charges and strongly recommend that comprehensive travel insurance is taken out at the time of booking to cover cancellation fees.


We strongly recommend that a comprehensive travel insurance policy be taken out at the time of paying the deposit. Where Wild Things Roam Travel will NOT accept responsibility for loss of deposit/full payment, loss or damage to baggage and personal items, personal illness or injury, medical expenses, cancellation or curtailment of your trip.


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Much care has gone into the composition of itineraries and prices, however, circumstances beyond our control such as currency devaluation, fuel or airfare surcharges, imposition of new or amended Government charges (i.e VAT) may necessitate an increase in cost. Where Wild Things Roam Travel cannot be held responsible for these changes. Should this occur at any time until the departure date, you will be notified as soon as possible, and regardless of deposit or total payment having been made, any increase is to be paid by the client. If such an increase is unacceptable, the client may cancel the booking, though, in so doing, is still liable to pay any cancellation charges imposed by our suppliers. While every effort has been made to ensure prices are accurate, please use the brochure as a guideline only, as rates are subject to change.


Where Wild Things Roam Travel uses local ground operators in the country of travel. The standards of accommodation and other services are based on various factors, which are generally accepted as indicated by a certain class. However, we do not represent or guarantee that standard, class or fitness for purpose of the accommodation or service. Where Wild Things Roam Travel does not accept any liability of whatever nature for the acts, omissions or default, whether negligent or otherwise, of those airlines, local operators, shipping companies, hoteliers or other persons providing services in connection with your tour under a contract between them and yourselves and over whom we have no direct and exclusive control. We do not accept liability for any injury, damage, loss, delay, change of itinerary when required, additional expense or inconvenience caused directly or indirectly by events which are beyond our control, or which are not preventable by reasonable diligence on our part including, but not limited to war, civil disturbances, fire, floods, unusually severe weather, acts of God, acts of Government or any other authorities, accidents to, or failure of, machinery or equipment, or industrial action (whether or not involving our employees and even though such actions may be settled by acceding to demands of a labour group).

Intrepid Travel Terms & Conditions can be found here for flexipledge and booking conditions.

Intrepid Travel Trip Notes can be found here.

Antarctic Voyages (Ocean Endeavour) T&Cs

Important Notice to You:

Please take the time to read and understand the conditions of booking set out below prior to booking a cruise with us. We strongly recommend that you also read the pre-departure information we supply to you to ensure that you understand the itinerary, style and physical demands of the Cruise you are undertaking.

  1. Our contract

All bookings are made with your local Intrepid entity as set out in clause 25, acting as agent for Ocean Endeavour Expeditions Pty Ltd (ACN 629 568 467) (us/we).These Cruise Booking Conditions govern the delivery of the  voyage on the Ocean Endeavour ship to you. By booking a Cruise with us you have agreed to be bound by:

  1. these Cruise Booking Conditions;
  2. any pre-departure information that is supplied to you;
  3. to the extent they apply to you the additional waivers, set out below:
    1. the minor waiver
    2. the Pregnancy waiver;
    3. the Camping waiver; and
    4. the Kayaking waiver

(which constitutes the entire agreement between you and us).

Your booking will be accepted by us on this basis. The services to be provided are those referred to in your booking confirmation invoice.

  1. Deposit requirement

You are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of 20% of the full voyage cost (before any discount) per person per Cruise for your booking to be confirmed. If your booking is made within 95 days of the departure date, then the full amount is payable at the time of booking.

  1. Acceptance of booking and final payments

A contract will exist between you and us from the date your deposit, or if you book within 95 days of departure when your full payment, is accepted. Please refer to your booking confirmation invoice for details regarding final payments, including how to make the payment. Payment of the balance of the trip price is due 95 days before the departure date. If this balance is not paid on or before the due date we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled and any cancellation charges outlined at clause 6 (Cancellation by You) will apply.

  1. Prices and surcharges

Our Cruise prices may vary at any time in accordance with demand, market conditions and availability. Your best option if you like the price you see is to book at that time. Any reduced pricing or discounts that may become available after you have paid your deposit will not apply. If you wish to cancel your booking to take advantage of a cheaper price, full cancellation conditions apply as set out below in clause 6 (Cancellation by You). We reserve the right to impose surcharges prior to departure due to unfavourable changes in exchange rates, fuel surcharges and increases in fuel costs, increases in airfares or other transportation costs, increases in local operator costs, taxes, or if government action should require us to do so. In such instances we will be responsible for any amount up to 2% of the Cruise price and you will be responsible for the balance. If any surcharge results in an increase of more than 10% of the Cruise price you may cancel the booking within 14 days of notification of the surcharge and obtain a full refund. Please note that a surcharge may be applied to a purchase made by credit card.

  1. Your details

For us to confirm your travel arrangements, you must provide all requested details with the balance of the Cruise price, and any additional details or clarifications required prior to your embarkation. Necessary details include but are not limited to full name as per passport, date of birth, nationality, passport number, passport issue and expiry date, applicable waivers and any pre-existing medical conditions you have which may affect your ability to complete your travel arrangements. For more information about how we treat your personal information please refer to our Privacy Policy.

  1. Cancellation by you

6.1 If you cancel some or all portions of your booking, including any optional activities, the cancellation terms set out below will apply. A cancellation will only be effective when we receive written confirmation that you have sent to your relevant sales representative of the cancellation. If you cancel a Cruise:

6.1.1. 95 days or more before departure we will retain your deposit; or

6.1.2. fewer than 95 days before departure the cancellation fee is 100% of monies paid.

6.2 Customers booking in the United Kingdom and Europe may have additional rights when cancelling due to “unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances”.

6.3 You are strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance at the time of booking. The above cancellation terms are in addition to fees which may be levied by accommodation providers, travel agents or third-party tour and transport operator fees.

6.4 If you fail to join a Cruise, join it after departure or leave a Cruise for any reason after it has commenced, we are not obliged to make any refunds for unused services. You will not be entitled to make a claim for damages and we are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights.

  1. Cancellation by us
  1. 1. Except when your trip is cancelled due to a Force Majeure Event (as defined below in this clause 7), if we cancel your Cruise, yyou have the choice of a 100% credit of monies paid for your Cruise or receive a refund.

Cancellation due to Force Majeure

  1. 2. If a trip is cancelled due to a Force Majeure Event, we can offer you a choice of:

7.2.1. a 100% credit of monies paid for your Cruise; or
7.2.2. a refund minus unrecoverable costs.

  1. 3. If the cancellation due to a Force Majeure Event occurs after a Cruise has commenced, we can offer you a choice of a pro-rata:

7.3.1. 110% credit for the days that remain on your Cruise after the point of your disembarkation; or
7.3.2 a refund minus unrecoverable costs of the days that remain on your Cruise after the point of your disembarkation.

  1. 4. Any credit resulting from a cancellation under this clause 7 (Cancellation by us):

7.4.1. may be applied towards any other available Cruise on the Ocean Edndeavour to be taken before April 2024;
7.4.2. is not redeemable for cash;
7.4.3. excludes flights or insurance as they will have their own booking conditions.

  1. 5. In the event of cancellation, there will be no claim for damages by either party against the other and we are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights. This also includes the costs of being on board for mandatory quarantine or repatriation flights if we are required to disembark passengers at an alternative port.
  1. 6. A “Force Majeure Event” includes but is not limited to: acts of God; war; civil commotion; riot; blockade or embargo; fire; explosion; breakdown; union dispute; earthquake; epidemic, pandemic or other health emergency; faults or errors in navigation or management of this or of any other Vessel; seizure of the Vessel under legal process; any abrupt or unexpected increase in the cost of fuel or shortage of fuel; flood; windstorm or other extreme weather event; lack or failure of courses of supply; passage of any law, order, proclamation, regulation, ordinance, demand, requisition or requirement or any other act of any government authority, beyond the reasonable control of the parties, whether or not foreseeable, which would make it dangerous or not viable for a trip to commence or continue.
  1. Booking amendments

Transfers to a third party or an alternative Cruise are only permitted when operationally possible and, in the case of transferring to a third party, where the transferee meets all the requirements in relation to the Cruise. Fees may apply.

  1. Inclusions and exclusions

Unless otherwise stated in the Cruise program or literature or as otherwise agreed to in writing, the Cruise price includes:

  • all meals onboard including snacks
  • onboard lecture program from expedition staff and naturalists
  • all shore excursions and zodiac cruising (except optional activities 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 Cruise
  • transfer from airport to hotel (Day 1) and pre-night hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • transfer from hotel accommodation to the ship for embarkation
  • transfers to airport on return to port
  • all port taxes
  • use of gym, sauna, pool and on-board jacuzzi and on-board yoga

The Cruise price does not include:

  • 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
  • visa and passport fees
  • travel insurance
  • optional activities and all personal expenses
  • tobacco, alcoholic or special beverages
  • miscellaneous extras
  • laundry and communication charges aboard
  • medical care
  • life jackets, waterproof outer shell jacket, insulated inner jacket and boots for minors under 16 years of age at time of travel
  • waterproof outer shell jacket and insulated inner jacket for guests who require sizing larger than 3XL
  • boots for guests who require sizing larger than men’s size 14 boots
  • gratuities for crew and expedition staff

Such goods and services, if available for purchase aboard the ship are at your own expense. Payment for all such goods and services must be made in cash or by credit card in US dollars (or other currency acceptable to us) upon demand by us prior to your disembarkation.

  1. Age and health requirements

Minimum Age. We cannot accommodate children under 8 years of age at the time of travel. If you are a parent or representative travelling with a minor under the age of 18 years old you must return a completed Minor Waiver and, if applicable, a Minor Travel Consent Form to us prior to embarkation of the Cruise. Due to the nature of our optional activities minimum ages also apply.

Maximum Age. There is no upper age limit for participating in a Cruise, although we remind you that our Cruises can be physically demanding, and you must ensure that you are suitably fit to allow full participation.

Medical requirements. Before embarking on a Cruise, you must complete a confidential medical condition form to inform us of all pre-existing illness, disabilities or pregnancy and all other conditions for which you may require medical attention during the course of the Cruise. If any such condition arises after your booking has been confirmed, you must report all such conditions to us, or the ship’s doctor before boarding, or if you have boarded, then before the ship leaves port. We shall have no liability in connection with any such condition. For more information about how we treat your personal information, please refer to our Privacy Policy.

You must also ensure that you have an adequate supply of all medicines and medical supplies needed as they may not be available on board the ship and be healthy enough physically and mentally to undertake and complete the Cruise. If requested by us, you must also have in your possession before boarding, a physician’s certificate certifying that you are physically fit and capable to undertake and complete the Cruise. If you are pregnant, you will need to return a completed pregnancy waiver to us. If there are any changes in your physical condition between providing a certificate and boarding the Cruise, you must inform us of any relevant updates.

Refusal of Passage. We reserve the right to refuse passage to a customer who has failed to give proper or correct notice of any disability, illness, pregnancy or other condition requiring special care, attention or treatment or who in our sole opinion is physically or mentally unfit for the Cruise. We also reserve the right to refuse passage to a customer who has provided any misleading information, including personal details. In such event, you are not entitled to any compensation from us.

If you embark or attempt to embark, or allow any other customer for whom you are responsible to embark, when you or such other customer is:

  • suffering from any sickness, disease, injury or infirmity bodily or mental; or
  • to his or her knowledge has been exposed to any infection or contagious disease;
  • for any other reason is likely to impair the health, safety or reasonable comfort of other persons onboard; or
  • for any reason, is refused permission to land at his or her port of destination,

you shall be responsible for any loss or expense incurred by the us directly or indirectly in consequence of such sickness, disease, injury, infirmity, exposure or refusal or permission to land unless you sought our prior consent in writing. We also reserve the right to direct your disembarkation.

Medical Services on Vessel. Any physician or medical personnel on board is an independent contractor and works directly for the customers.  Any physician or other medical personnel that renders emergency treatment and/or performs medical or surgical services, does so at the rates fixed in the “Schedule of Physician’s Charges” posted aboard the ship or as otherwise agreed to, or in the absence of, then at customary rates.

Treatment at Your Risk. All medicines and all medical or surgical services furnished by the ship’s doctor or any other physician or medical personnel (all of whom are engaged by you as independent contractors) or ship’s officers, our employees or our agents, shall be and are accepted by and at your sole risk and expense, and we shall not be responsible for the quality, nature or consequence thereof.

  1. Passport, visa and immigration documents

It is your responsibility to obtain information and to have in your possession all the required documentation and identification required for entry, departure and travel to each country or region you visit on your Cruise. This includes a valid passport and all travel documents required by the relevant governmental authorities including all visas, permits and certificates (including but not limited to vaccination, inoculations or medical certificates) and insurance policies. Your passport must be valid 6 months after the last date of travel which is as set out on your itinerary. You accept full responsibility for obtaining all such documents, visas and permits prior to the start of the trips, and you are solely responsible for the full amount of costs incurred as a result of missing or defective documentation. You agree that you are responsible for the full amount of any loss or expense incurred by us that is a direct result of your failure to secure or be in possession of proper travel documentation.

  1. Travel insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory for all our travellers and must be taken out at the time of booking. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses, and evacuation and/ or emergency repatriation with a minimum coverage of US$500,000 for each of the categories of cover. We also strongly recommend it covers cancellation, curtailment, personal liability and loss of baggage and personal effects. You must provide your travel insurance policy number and the insurance company’s 24-hour emergency contact number prior to the departure of your Cruise; you will not be able to join the Cruise without these details. If you have travel insurance connected to your credit card or bank account please ensure you have details of the participating insurer, the insurance policy number and emergency contact number with you rather than the bank’s name and credit card details.

  1. Change of itinerary, delays, quarantine

You appreciate and acknowledge that the nature of this type of travel requires considerable flexibility and you should allow for alternatives. The itinerary provided for each Cruise is representative of the types of activities contemplated, but you acknowledge that the ship’s operation is subject to weather conditions, mechanical problems, vessel traffic, government intervention, duty to assist other vessels in distress, assistance of other vessels in distress, availability of berth facilities, and other factors which may be beyond our control including a Force Majeure Event.  Any dates and/or times specified in any timetables or otherwise which may be issued by us, or our agent, are only approximate and may be altered by us at any time and to such extent as is considered necessary in the interest of the Cruise as a whole. We will notify you as soon as possible if any changes are made. You will have no right to any refund and we will have no obligation to you or be liable for any compensation or damages, for any loss, consequential or indirect damages, expenses, loss of time or inconvenience, loss of opportunity or loss of enjoyment in respect of such changes.

Changes in Ports. If we, for any reason whatsoever consider it necessary or desirable in the good management of the voyage, we may cause the ship not to make calls at any port or ports or to land or board You or your Baggage.  You may be landed with your Baggage at the next practical port of call without any liability on our part. You must bear all expenses to such omitted port or place of final destination, subject to any applicable laws.

Quarantine. In the case of quarantine of the ship or other condition requiring detention of you, you shall bear all risks and expenses incurred. You agree to pay our charges for your food and accommodation during the period of detention, payable day by day, if you are maintained on board the Ship, and for all other quarantine fees and expenses assessed or incurred on your account.

Refusal of Permission to Land. If immigration or other government authorities refuse permission to land, or give orders for deportation, no claim by you against us on that account shall be valid.

  1. Authority on tour

Our Cruises are run by Expedition Leaders. The decision of the Expedition Leader, the Ship’s Master or any other person authorised by us (Authorised Representatives) is final on all matters likely to affect the safety or well-being of any traveller or staff member participating in the Cruise or the well-being of the communities and wildlife we visit. If you fail to comply with a decision made by an Authorised Representative, or interfere with the well-being or mobility of the group, the Authorised Representative may direct you to terminate your participation in the Cruise or any optional activities, to leave the Cruise immediately, with no right of refund, or any other action required in the circumstances, including but not limited to restricting you to your cabin. We will not be liable for any compensation, costs, damages or losses arising from such termination or action. You must at all times comply with the laws, customs, foreign exchange and drug regulations of all countries and regions visited and generally act in a way that is respectful to the crew member and your fellow passengers and in compliance with the ship’s rules.

  1. Acceptance of risk

You acknowledge that the nature of the Cruise may be adventurous and participation involves a degree of personal risk which may be in addition to the normal course of an adventurous trip including extreme weather conditions that are subject to sudden and unexpected changes, remoteness from normal medical services, and evacuation difficulties.

You also acknowledge that you are choosing to travel at a time where you may be exposed to the COVID-19 virus which may have direct or indirect consequences including but not limited to, medical issues, border closures and/ or quarantine requirements. We will take all reasonable steps to ensure your safety and may require you to follow additional mandatory safety protocols on your trip including the completion of medical checks, signing of waivers, completion of medical assessments or evidence of extra precautions.

We use information from government foreign departments and reports from our own contacts in assessing whether the itinerary should operate. However, it is also your own responsibility to acquaint yourself with all relevant travel information, including applicable health risks and the nature of your itinerary. You acknowledge that your decision to travel is made in light of consideration of this information and you accept that you are aware of the personal risks attendant upon such travel.

To the fullest extent permitted by law and except to the extent that this disclaimer may be prohibited by Australian Consumer law or other applicable legislation, you agree to release us, our related bodies corporate, contractors, employees and agents, and any licensor or licensee from all claims and actions that you have, or may have at any time in the future, against them or any of them, howsoever arising, for personal injury, death, property damage or any other loss, damage or expense that you may suffer as a result of your participation in any trip organised with or in conjunction with the Cruise.

  1. Claims & complaints

If you have a complaint about your Cruise please inform your group leader or our local representative at the time so that they can attempt to rectify the matter. If you believe that your complaint has not been resolved through these means, then any further complaint should be put in writing through your booking agent within 30 days of the end of the Cruise.

  1. The right to photograph you

When you are travelling with us, as part of your experience a photo or video may be taken either by a crew member or one of our partners or another passenger. We care about your privacy so if you do not wish for your photograph to be taken at any time, or to be included in any video, please let your tour group leader, crew member or the photographer know. Any photos taken by our staff (including employees and group leaders) will not be used for marketing purposes without your prior knowledge. Whilst we take every precaution to protect your privacy, we are not responsible for customers who may take your photograph or video you without our knowledge.

On some occasions, we may engage professional photographers to take and obtain photos to use in our marketing materials. We ensure that all of our customers are notified prior to travelling on our trips if a professional photographer is being engaged and you have the right to say no or opt-out of being included in any photos being taken for these purposes, including any subsequent content or images use. Please refer to our Privacy Policy for more information.

  1. Changes in cabin arrangements

If, in our opinion, or the opinion of the Master or our agents, the arrangement of booked cabins must be altered, we shall have the right to allocate another cabin to You. The price of the Cruise and the standard of allocated cabin will, if possible, be substantially the same. If we are unable to offer such alternative cabin, we may cancel your booking and refund any unused fare, and You shall have no other claim against us.

  1. Baggage

Hazardous items. Under no circumstances may dangerous articles such as firearms, matches, gun powder, explosives, oxygen or combustible or illegal substances be taken aboard the ship (Hazardous Items). You are also not allowed to bring on board items or articles, the importation or exportation of which may be forbidden, or which do not conform to the customs or police regulations or the laws of any country to which the ship may go in the course of the Cruise. We may dispose of or destroy such Hazardous Items without liability. You will be liable for the full amount of all loss, damage or delay to the ship or her cargo and for all injury to, or death of any of the customers, officers or crew or other persons caused by such hazardous articles brought on board by You.

Prohibited items. In addition to Hazardous Items, you must not bring any prohibited items on board, including but not limited to, drones, other remote-controlled devices and any other devices that may contravene or invalidate our Antarctica Operating Licences including our IATO Licence (Prohibited Items). Such Prohibited Items shall be confiscated for the duration of your Cruise and returned to you upon your disembarkation. We shall not be liable to you in any way in the event that you bring Prohibited Items on board the Cruise.

  1. Third party optional activities

Your use of the services of the ship’s Wellness Centre or other personal service personnel, if carried on board, or athletic or recreational equipment, facilities or supplies, is at Your own risk and expense and may be subject to third party terms and conditions. We are not responsible for the acts and omissions, whether negligent or otherwise, of these third-party suppliers. Any disputes between you and any third party, are to be resolved solely between you and that party.

  1. Watercraft Waiver

You understand and agree that we do not bear any responsibility or liability for any excursion(s) involving watercrafts, including zodiacs, Explorer boats or any other tenders (watercraft) you may take during this Cruise. You release, hold harmless and forever discharge us, your directors, agents and employees from all liability for all damages resulting from the ownership, maintenance, use, operation or control of the watercraft(s).

  1. Liability
  1. 1. Our liability (if any) for death and/or personal injury to you and/ or the loss of or damage to Baggage during your Cruise shall be determined by the provisions of “Athens Convention Relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Baggage by Sea 1974” as amended by 2002 Protocol (“Athens Convention”). The Athens Convention is expressly incorporated into the Conditions of Carriage:
  1. 2. We will not be responsible or liable for loss, damage or robbery of travel documents, baggage or other possessions.
  1. 3. We acknowledge that our services which include the Cruise (“Services”) may come with guarantees that cannot be excluded under Australian Consumer Law or other applicable laws in other jurisdictions. “Australian Consumer Law” means the uniform consumer protection law set out in Schedule 2 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (the CCA).
  1. 4. To the maximum extent permitted by law we exclude all liability whatsoever to you or any other person (whether in contract tort or otherwise) for any loss (whether direct, indirect, consequential) including death or personal injury or damage of any kind that may be suffered as a result of any act or omission whether negligent or otherwise by or on behalf of us in connection with the Services or any other matter or thing relating to these Cruise Booking Conditions except to the extent that such loss or damage is incurred as a direct result of our fraud or wilful misconduct. This clause does not limit or exclude your rights under the CCA.
  1. 5. In addition, we shall have the full benefit of any applicable laws providing for limitation and/or exoneration of liability (including without limitation, law and the global limitation on damages recoverable from us and nothing in these Cruise Booking Conditions is intended to operate to limit or deprive us of any such statutory or otherwise limitation or exoneration of liability. Our servants and/or agents shall have the full benefit of all such provisions relating to the limitation of liability.
  2. 6. Limitation of Liability. Where the law implies a warranty into these Cruise Booking Conditions which may not lawfully be excluded (in particular warranties under the CCA) our liability for breach of such a warranty will be limited to either supplying the Services again or payment of the cost of having the services supplied again.
  1. 7. Indemnity. You indemnify us (and all of our subsidiaries, officers, employees, contractors and agents) against all losses, claims actions, proceedings, damages, costs and expenses (including legal fees) arising from any claim by a third party arising directly or indirectly out of or in connection with:
    21.7.1 your access or use of the Services, this includes your delegate’s access or use of the Services; and
    21.7.2 any breach by you (or your delegate) of: these Cruise Booking Conditions; or additional terms applicable to providing the Services,

except to the extent that such loss or damage as a direct result of our fraud or wilful misconduct.

  1. 8. We are not liable for or in connection with or arising out of any acts or omissions of any kind of any independent sub-contractors on board the ship and/or ashore.
  1. 9. These Cruise Booking Conditions, including any limitation of liability provisions, are applicable to any shore excursions or optional activities purchased from and or provided by us.
  1. 10. Vicarious liability. We shall not be held vicariously liable for the intentional or negligent acts of any persons not employed by us nor for any intentional or negligent acts of our employees committed while off duty or outside the course and scope of their employment.
  1. Severability

In the event that any term or condition contained in these Cruise Booking Conditions is unenforceable or void by operation of law or as being against public policy or for any other reason, then such term or condition shall be deemed to be severed from this contract or amended accordingly only to such extent necessary to allow all remaining terms and conditions to survive and continue as binding.

  1. Privacy policy

Any personal information that we collect about you will be handled in accordance with our Privacy Policy and may be used for any purpose associated with the operation of a Cruise. In making this booking you consent to this information being passed on to the relevant persons such as our agents, service providers or other suppliers to enable us to operate the trip or, if permitted by any relevant Spam laws, to send you marketing material in relation to our events and special offers.

You are responsible for reviewing this Privacy Policy periodically and informing yourself of any changes to this Privacy Policy.

  1. Applicable law

The laws of Victoria, Australia govern these Cruise Booking Conditions to the fullest extent allowable. Any disputes in connection with a trip or these Cruise Booking Conditions must be initiated in the courts of Victoria, Australia.

  1. Booking Entity

Depending on the country or region you are making your booking from, you will be booking through the following Intrepid entity acting as an agent on behalf of Ocean Endeavour Expeditions Pty Ltd (ACN 629 568 467):

  • Australia: Intrepid Travel Australia Pty Ltd (ABN 34 126 440 033)
  • New Zealand: Intrepid Travel New Zealand Limited
  • United States: Intrepid US, Inc
  • Canada:  Intrepid Travel Incorporated (BN 811474477)
  • Germany, Austria and Switzerland Booking Conditions: Intrepid Travel GmbH acting as agent for Intrepid Travel Pty Ltd (ABN 35 007 172 456)
  • South Africa:  Intrepid Travel Group UK Limited (01826936)
  • Rest of the World: bookings are made directly with Intrepid Travel Pty Ltd (ABN 35 007 172 456)

If you are booking through a third party travel agent, the Intrepid entity is Intrepid Travel Pty Ltd (ABN 35 007 172 456).


  1. Assignment and Registered address

We can assign or otherwise transfer any of our rights or obligations under these Cruise Booking Conditions, including novation to a related body corporate (as defined in the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)), at its sole discretion on written notice to You (including notice via the Website).

Level 7, 567 Collins St, Melbourne VIC, 3000, Australia.

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