Celebrating Out Adventures ten years aboard one very cool cruise. To commemorate a decade of journeys, Out Adventures returns to Antarctica. This was the place that actually inspired the company, so it’s a sentimental journey for us. Though we join a larger expedition aboard the World Explorer, we’ve arranged exclusive excursions and events for you. To begin or end your journey, why not spend a couple nights in Ushuaia? Explore Tierra del Fuego National Park, delicious wines, and Argentina’s famed barbecue fare while there.
Antarctica has been inspiring explorers for centuries. And this expedition offers you the chance to discover why, with an unforgettable journey through the spectacular wilderness of the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll encounter a world where nature creates the rules, her unpredictable temperament making each trip unique, exciting and personal.
Imagine cruising in a Zodiac through crackling sea ice like shattered glass, witnessing penguins building their nests, or navigating through a maze of icebergs, each one uniquely shaped by its journey through the sea. You’ll enjoy iconic Antarctic highlights, exhilarating adventures and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime.
• Spend a night in Ushuaia, Argentina
• Enjoy a perfect intro to Antarctica aboard a cruise
• Explore famous highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula
• Travel safely and comfortably aboard the ice-strengthened World Explorer
• Learn about the environment and local wildlife from onboard lecturers and specialists
• Experience the abundant penguins, seals, whales and other wildlife
• Welcome Dinner
• Hotel room and breakfast on Day 1 in Ushuaia
• Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
• All onboard meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices
• Beer and wine with dinner
• Out Adventures dry bag
• Quark Expeditions parka
• Shore landings per the program
• Experienced Expedition Leader throughout voyage
• Photographic journal of the expedition
• Photography guide on Expedition Team
• All gratuities
• Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
• Land transfer from airport to hotel, group transfer from hotel to ship, and group transfer to airport upon disembarkation
• International airfare
• Passport and visa expenses
• Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
• Excess-baggage fees on international flights
• Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
• Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
• Phone and Internet charges
• Additional overnight accommodation
• Optional adventure activities
Hola! Welcome to Argentina. Surrounded by sea and mountains, Ushuaia is the world’s southernmost city and a perfect departure point for our cruise expedition. Things kick off tonight with a group meeting, followed by a Welcome Dinner.
With a population of more than 63,000, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. Although the city has grown during the past few years, it retains an easygoing and accessible feel. Surrounded by the sea to the south and the mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. If you arrive early, you can spend time in nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy Argentine wines and barbecues in the city, or visit the many boutiques and cafe´s before you leave for your expedition to Antarctica.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before check-out today, then we’ll board the World Explorer this afternoon.
After we pass through the historic Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you’ll see land, you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!
Days 3 & 4
Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing, as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing.
You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates while your Expedition Team provides safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.
Days 5 - 8
Once the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. You will begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every time we visit Antarctica, we witness something new or unexpected, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other—creating a unique, personal experience.
Each day, you will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds, you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.
The majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Danco Island, affords us the opportunity to visit a penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here, you’ll have the choice between hiking to the island’s summit or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach, enjoying the antics of curious penguins. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets!
Amid the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour.
Each day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.
Days 9 & 10
The journey back across the Drake Passage provides final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air.
Spend time on the deck, watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.
We disembark today early in the morning. This leaves you with plenty of time to continue your adventure or catch your flight home.
Distinct and comfortable, refined and roomy—these attributes and more describe World Explorer. Not only will it be among our fastest ships, it will also be one of our finest, with six tiers of deluxe accommodation.
The personal space is exceptional. Every cabin has either a private walk-out or Juliet balcony for direct ocean views. World Explorer also delivers plenty of public areas to unwind in after a day outdoors, including the glass-domed Observation Lounge for quiet contemplation and full skyline views, the Explorer Lounge for a drink and a chat, and the library for more intimate relaxing and reading. Presentations and discussions are facilitated in a dedicated lecture theatre.
Health and wellness facilities feature an outdoor running track, a small gym and a sauna, plus a spa with change rooms, showers and lockers. For the active adventurers, add-ons include kayaking, camping and stand-up paddleboarding.
Blending high design with total functionality, World Explorer is all set to be your home away from home on the seas.
• Chef-prepared meals (all meals and daily snack included)
• One dining room with unreserved seating
• Bar staffed by a professional bartender serving a selection of soft drinks, juices, liquors, spirits, beer and wine, which can be charged to your shipboard account
• Comfortable lounge area for reading or relaxing with a cup of coffee
• Observation decks for spotting wildlife and enjoying the ever-changing polar landscape
• Polar library stocked with a large collection of polar books, and games
• Pool & sauna
• Spa facilities and wellness program
• Lecture theatre
• Polar Boutique
• Ship-to-shore satellite communications with email and wireless Internet access
• All cabins have exterior views and private bathroom facilities
• TV and safe in every cabin
• Individual temperature controls
• Electrical supply: 220v
• Zodiac Cruising (included)
• Kayaking (additional charge)
• Camping (additional charge)
• Standup Paddleboarding (additional charge
How We Travel
OUT Adventures is all about good times with likeminded guys. Whatever's on the itinerary - from fireside camping to five-star decadence - our goal is to make the experience magical. We're also committed to supporting the communities we visit by hiring local guides, staying at locally-owned accommodations when possible, and celebrating local cuisine. It all adds up to a great way to immerse yourself in the culture.
Americans, Australians, and EU citizens do not need a visa for Argentina. Canadians must pay a reciprocity fee online in advance, then travel with a printed copy of their payment receipt.
As no country owns Antarctica, no visa is required.
Ushuaia is a well-developed tourist hub, offering familiar western comforts. The ship is also well-appointed and luxurious. As for Antarctica, with no permanent residents, there really is no culture to speak of.
Local LGBT Scene
With only 60,000 people, Ushuaia doesn't have much of a scene, but Argentina's LGBT rights are among the most progressive in the world. Once aboard the ship, we will be a small group in a mixed/straight crowd, with up to 175 passengers in total aboard. There is definitely no gay scene in Antarctica, but we'll make up our own while there!
Ushuaia's average temperature in January, it's warmest month, is 9.6°C / 49.3°F. Once at the Antarctic Peninsula, the average temperature will be barely above freezing. As the continent's northernmost point the Peninsula has the most moderate climate and increased participation, but also the fiercest winds, with gusts up to 200 mph.
For Argentina, the WHO suggests typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), and influenza vaccines. No vaccines are required for Antarctica. Consult with your doctor or a travel medical clinic for more info, as OUT Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations.
The ship offers 220v power onboard.
Our hotel offers wi-fi. During the cruise, you can purchase ship-to-shore satellite communications Wi-fi access, but it can be unpredictable and expensive.
The cruise itself can be enjoyed without strenuous activity. Depending on how ambitious you feel, excursions include hikes, kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding.
Our Welcome Dinner, breakfast at the hotel, and all meals aboard the cruise are included.
For everybody's peace of mind, all OUT Adventures include comprehensive travel insurance. That's up to $200 you won't have to fret about adding to your budget, unless you want to insure the value of your trip for cancellation. Here's what's covered:
• Unlimited Trip Interruption
• Up to $50,000 Emergency Medical plus up to $300,000 for ambulance transportation, up to $5,000,000 CAD with valid GHIP coverage.
• Baggage Loss or Damage up to $1,500
• Baggage Delay up to $500
• Flight Accident up to $100,000
• Travel Accident up to $50,000
All OUT Adventures are led by a gay (or gay-welcoming) guide. Whenever possible, we hire destination locals. And we can also connect you with the right people if you'd like to delve deeper into the local culture. If you're pleased with your guide, we recommend a tip of US $5-10 per person, per day...they'll certainly appreciate it!
OUT adventures are a great way to meet people from around the world and all walks of life. Bear in mind that everybody's there for a good time, so mutual respect will go a long way. Please be on time for any meet ups, empathetic to the needs of others, and ready to roll with whatever the adventure brings.
Although we can't tell you who your fellow travellers will be for privacy reasons, we can tell you many great friendships began with an OUT Adventure. And just because we're a gay tour operator doesn't mean we're exclusive: friends and family are always welcome to join the fun.
If you've never travelled on your own, it's an amazing way to get to know yourself while making new friends along the way. We can arrange for you to share a room with people in your age range at no charge, or you can pay a supplement for your own room. If there's an odd number of solos, we'll rotate a single room on a random basis.
The itinerary is correct at time of publishing. If anything, it will only improve with feedback from prior travellers and our own research. It's best to reference your final trip documents, rather than our website, in case there have been any changes that affect your departure.
Minimum 10 guests.
Every OUT Adventure offers optional excursions that are not included in price of this trip. Please see the daily itinerary in your final pre-trip packet to learn what's available.
If you are happy with services throughout your trip, a tip is recommended. Details will be provided with your final documents, but budget $150 USD.
Argentina's currency is the Peso (ARS). Some stores take US dollars, with Visa and MasterCard widely accepted, although some restaurants offer a discount if you pay cash. Onboard the ship, settle your tab by cash or credit card.
What to Bring
Most OUT Adventures entail carrying your own luggage on occasion. And while you'll never schlep far, things can quickly get costlier than a celebrity breakup if you don't keep your baggage under 20kg/44lb thanks to costly surcharges on domestic flights. You should also bring something smaller for day trips to carry water, your camera, and any souvenirs you find along the way.
Albatros Hotel, Ushuaia
Featuring a restaurant, Hotel Albatros offers stylish rooms with free WiFi, only 280 m from Ushuaia’s harbour. Spa facilities include a massage room and a sauna. Guests can enjoy a fitness centre as well.
Fully carpeted, rooms at Hotel Albatros are fitted with a minibar, cable TV and seating area. All of them are fitted with classy wooden furniture.
A buffet breakfast is served daily. The restaurant offers a wide variety of international dishes. Drinks can be enjoyed at the bar.
Guests can make use of the spa, which features a Hammam, and a hydromassage.