- Avoid the choppy crossing across the Drake Passage by flying from mainland Chile to King George Island.
- Spot incredible Antarctic wildlife such as whales, leopard seals and vast colonies of penguins.
- Take Zodiac boat trips through channels of dazzling blue icebergs.
CABINS ON MAGELLAN EXPLORER
A wealth of cabin categories range from comfortable, entry-level porthole cabins featuring king sized or twin beds right through to expansive Grand Suites and Penthouse Suites. All feature separate living area and individually controlled heating systems, and – other than porthole cabins – all offer private verandas.
Meals are taken in the vessel’s stylish dining room where you can enjoy fabulous views of the passing landscapes. Dining is an intimate experience where lunch and dinner are served with creative flair. There is even a sheltered outdoor barbecue area to take advantage of dining al fresco on milder summer days in Antarctica. Given the smaller passenger numbers of the Magellan Explorer, the bar is a wonderful spot to share stories with your fellow travellers, and the friendly bar staff will quickly familiarise themselves with your favourite tipple.
Your time on board the Magellan Explorer will be incredibly comfortable, with modern and stylish communal areas designed to maximise views of the passing Polar landscapes. A panoramic lounge and separate observation deck provide perfect places to contemplate the scenery and spot wildlife as you sail, whilst a gym and sauna cater to those who do not wish to neglect their fitness regimes. As well as new and top-of-the-range zodiacs for safaris and landings, sea kayaks and snowshoes are also on offer for those seeking an extra element of adventure and exertion.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The attraction of flying to King George Island to avoid the 2-day crossing of the formidable Drake Passage is an obvious one, but there are many other factors that make a cruise on board the Magellan Explorer a stand-out experience. There are few other operators who can offer a luxury Antarctica cruise departure for less than 100 guests, and this has undeniable advantages when it comes to offering a more personalised experience on-board and at landing sites. Being a newer vessel, every care and attention has been taken to ensure operations are as sustainable as can be; the Magellan Explorer adheres to the most rigorous emission standards in the industry, and a sophisticated waste heat recovery system repurposes excess heat produced by the ship’s engines and minimises fuel consumption. Finally, the team responsible for the Magellan Explorer are true specialists of the Polar regions, in addition to being the longest-established experts in Antarctica fly-cruises. This expertise and passion for this unique part of the world permeates at every level, and will further enhance your experience of the White Continent.
CRUISING SPEED: 14 KNOTS IN OPEN WATER
GUESTS ON BOARD: 73
ICE RATING: PC6