While summer travel may be on hold for now, it’s never too early to start planning for an Antarctic adventure. The sailing season to Antarctica goes from November to March and spots fill up quickly, with some travelers planning 1+ years in advance.

Esplanade clients Eloise and John P. are lucky enough to have now visited Antarctica twice! After an amazing trip this past season focusing on penguin viewing, Eloise sent along some lovely pictures and notes about her trip. Enjoy reading about their voyage to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctica.

Eloise and John describe their experience with Hurtigruten as wonderful. As Eloise remembers, “We had an awesome trip with Hurtigruten! I got to see my king penguins!” A nice touch with Hurtigruten is that their suite onboard came with complimentary laundry, wine, beer and gifts.

They crossed the Antarctic Circle and went around the Horn. “Seas calm, made all landings possible but I think one or two.”  Of course they also traversed infamously treacherous Drake Passage.  Eloise jokes that for their trip it was the Drake “Lake,” not the Drake “Shake!”

Possibly the best part of the trip? They got to see penguins! In fact the largest colony of penguins is on South Georgia Island. They also saw fur seal pups, elephant seals, albatross chicks, chin straps, and more icebergs.

Are you interested in taking the same voyage? Contact Tess, our Antarctica specialist.


Thank you to Eloise and John P. for their photos.

Call us and book your trip

Call Esplanade Travel and you’ll talk to one of our knowledgeable staff members who can help you book your perfect trip.

Get in Touch

Esplanade arranged a wonderful New Zealand adventure for my wife and myself in 2020…just a couple of months prior to Covid shutting down the world! During this difficult time for the planet, the staff from Esplanade continued to reach out to us on how they recommended we deal with our travel plans and the expenditures we had previously committed to. They continuously updated our travel plans and made all the necessary adjustments to our itineraries. Almost three years to the day later, we were able to enjoy our New Zealand trip. The reservations, excursions, and overall recommendations made by Esplanade were fantastic! We commented several times that their commitment to the smallest of details was very apparent. Our flights were perfectly spaced, our drivers all showed up on time, and our accommodations and excursions were beyond expectations. We now plan on trusting Esplanade for our future travels to Africa and Europe. We cannot recommend them more.

See all of our testimonials

Travel Insurance

We offer comprehensive travel insurance at affordable rates that will give you peace of mind during your travels.

Find out more