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SH Diana - 192 Guests

Africa To America Antarctic Epic

Cape Town to Ushuaia or v.v.

Voyage across the southern Atlantic on this epic 21-day Southern Atlantic & Antarctic Islands Discovery cruise on board our boutique ship that takes you places few have been before. Starting in South Africa, you have plenty of time at sea to sit back and relax before visiting some of the world’s most remote islands in Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island. Taking in the sights of Antarctica, as well as South Georgia, you will visit beaches crammed with penguins which will stir the emotions. The exceptional landscape and incredible wildlife encounters make your voyage the ultimate Southern Atlantic trip, leaving you few places left to visit on your bucket list.


 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learn more about the unique islands of the Southern Atlantic from our onboard experts
  • Come ashore Gough Island, one of the most important seabird colonies in the world
  • Pay homage to explore Ernest Shackleton as we discover the island where he spent his last days
  • Get up close to at least five different species of penguin who live on these isolated coasts
  • Keep an eye out for black-browed albatross in the Falklands as we come ashore to these remote communities

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person
Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
Nov 13, 2024Dec 03, 20249,069 9,660
Mar 07, 2025Mar 27, 20256,323 6,735
Nov 15, 2025Dec 05, 20258,900 9,480
Rates are listed per person
Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
Nov 13, 2024Dec 03, 20249,069 9,660
Mar 07, 2025Mar 27, 20256,323 6,735
Nov 15, 2025Dec 05, 20258,900 9,480

ITINERARY

CAPE TOWN
DAY 1
Starting our epic journey with one of the most spectacular city sceneries in Africa . Domiated by Table Mountain , Cape town is a cosmopolitan city with plenty of nearby splendid vineyards , wonderful harbour fronts and surprising restaurants where one can indulge on the delicious seafood


AT SEA
DAY 2 - 5
You can spend your day at sea enjoying the many facilities available. Head to the sauna, get in a workout in the state-of-the-art gym or relax in the jacuzzi whilst taking in incredible views along the way. If you prefer to learn a little more about your surroundings, listen to an informative talk or have a chat with one of our knowledgeable on-board experts.


TRISTAN DA CUNHA
DAY 6
With barely 250 permanent inhabitants, Tristan da Cunha is far from the beaten path. The island teems with wildlife such as Northern rockhopper penguins, the endangered Tristan Albatross and sea lions while the surrounding upwellings attract vast numbers of Whales and Dolphins.


GOUGH ISLAND
DAY 7
Located 1700 Nautical miles from Cape Town, Gough Island is difficult to locate on a map. With just a permanent group of Scientists Gough is definitely one of the most remote inhabited islands on the planet, home also to some of the world’s rarest birds: the Gough Moorhen and the Gough Bunting. We hope to spot some migrating whales and other fascinating wildlife in the vicinity of the atlantic Gem.


AT SEA
DAY 8 - 10
You can spend your day at sea enjoying the many facilities available. Head to the sauna, get in a workout in the state-of-the-art gym or relax in the jacuzzi whilst taking in incredible views along the way. If you prefer to learn a little more about your surroundings, listen to an informative talk or have a chat with one of our knowledgeable on-board experts.


SOUTH GEORGIA
DAY 11 - 12
Often called the “Galapagos of the Poles”, South Georgia has a number of landing sites where you get up close to half a million king penguins or three million breeding pairs of macaroni penguins, making up the largest population in the world. If you are lucky you will also see harrumphing elephant seals - from a distance! We also visit Grytviken, the historic whaling station where legendary British explorer Ernest Shackleton (1874–1922) is buried.


AT SEA
DAY 13
You can spend your day at sea enjoying the many facilities available. Head to the sauna, get in a workout in the state-of-the-art gym or relax in the jacuzzi whilst taking in incredible views along the way. If you prefer to learn a little more about your surroundings, listen to an informative talk or have a chat with one of our knowledgeable on-board experts.


SOUTH ORKNEY ISLANDS
DAY 14
Located east of the South Shetland Islands, the South Orkney Islands are rarely visited. Often shrouded in mist, the archipelago’s four islands are surrounded by icebergs and sea ice that often presents a challenge when landing. Unfortunately, the former sealing and whaling industries decimated the islands' populations of sea mammals, however, seal populations have started to make a return. Those lucky enough to make a shore landing can also observe nesting Adélie penguins, gentoo penguins and downy snow petrels.


SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS
DAY 15
While the South Shetlands’ proximity to Antarctica makes the ice-bound sea impassable during winter (April to October), these are the first islands to see snow melt in spring (November) and the slightly warmer temperature means that the fauna is also different from what you see in Antarctica proper. As we go ashore by Zodiac, notice ferns, grasses, lichens and native flora that have more in common with Patagonia than they do with Antarctica.


ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
DAY 16-17
Among captivating glaciers, majestic icebergs and snowy islands, the Antarctic Peninsula is where most visitors to the White Continent will live out their Antarctica dream. The Antarctic Peninsula, the most accessible area of the continent, hosts several scientific bases and some of the most interesting wildlife scenery, such as the extremely photogenic Lemaire Channel. Shore excursions might include Petermann Island, where among Adelie penguins, blue-eyed shags and skuas, huge, lumbering elephant seals haul out.


SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS
DAY 18
While the South Shetlands’ proximity to Antarctica makes the ice-bound sea impassable during winter (April to October), these are the first islands to see snow melt in spring (November) and the slightly warmer temperature means that the fauna is also different from what you see in Antarctica proper. As we go ashore by Zodiac, notice ferns, grasses, lichens and native flora that have more in common with Patagonia than they do with Antarctica.


AT SEA
DAY 19-20
You can spend your day at sea enjoying the many facilities available. Head to the sauna, get in a workout in the state-of-the-art gym or relax in the jacuzzi whilst taking in incredible views along the way. If you prefer to learn a little more about your surroundings, listen to an informative talk or have a chat with one of our knowledgeable on-board experts.


USHUAIA
DAY 21
Ushuaia is the gateway to the White Continent. Found at the southernmost tip of South America in Argentinian Patagonia, the city is often described as “the End of the World”. The city’s mountain backdrop rises above the harbour and entrance to the Beagle Channel. The town itself is walkable and has a few small museums as well as pubs, restaurants and cafes - a good place to try Patagonian lamb cooked over open fire pits.

ATTENTION!
The itinerary 7 mArch to 27 March 2025 is sailing from Cape Town to Ushuaia!

SH Diana (Luxury Expedition, 192-guests)

The 2023-built SH Diana will be providing elegant and spacious 5-star accommodation for 192 guests in 96 spacious staterooms and suites, the vast majority with large balconies.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED


  • Return regional flights to the port of embarkation and/or disembarkation (where specified)
  • Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
  • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
  • All meals onboard
  • Onboard accommodation in a stateroom selected category
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
  • Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • One selected shore excursion/expedition activities per port of call (Kayak not included, bookable for a fee on board)
  • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions
  • Standard WiFi
  • Onboard gratuities & port taxes

 

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