Comfortable Dutch-operated ship offering classic cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula.
A 2019 addition to the growing choice of ships sailing Antarctic waters is European-owned and operated Hondius, an ice-strengthened expedition ship specifically designed for travel to the polar regions.
In a smart blue and white livery, she accommodates 72 crew and expedition staff catering for 174 guests in smart but homely cabins provided with a good range of facilities. All the public areas are welcoming and cosy. One deck has a large observation lounge and separate lecture room, which host a wide variety of interactive workshops and exhibitions.
The atmosphere on board is one of professionalism, friendliness and informality, with qualified guides and presenters inspiring you with their knowledge and enthusiasm for the geography, geology, history and wildlife of the polar region.
The ship’s crew focus on fast, effective access to shore and near-shore activities, offering maximum contact with the wilderness landscapes and wildlife you travel so far to see. They operate a fleet of inflatable Zodiac boats which guarantee swift and safe landings for all, departing at the same time – there’s no queuing for a turn onshore. Another excellent facility is a sheltered indoor Zodiac embarkation platform, saving you from a wobbly jump in and out, which can also be used for special outdoor activities such as kayaking.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
Highlights: “Setting foot on Antarctica and seeing the wildlife in its natural habitat. The first part had always been an ambition of mine”SM, Dennie
This was a trip of a lifetime. The scale of the natural beauty of Antarctica is overwhelming. The icebergs, penguins ,mountains and sunshine which reflected it all in the clear water was breathtaking. I feel privileged to have been able to experience it thank you.AW, Stanmore
Most memorable experience: "The whales in Wilhelmina Bay. Our expedition leader said that this was the best he had seen in his 19 years of leading these trips."RW, Teddington
Most Memorable Experience: “The Awesome Beauty of a Sunny Antarctica!”AW, Nottingham
The whole experience of sailing across Antarctica was amazing, but being able to visit Scott's at Cape Evans was probably the pinnacle of the trip.JW, Bedford
Highlights were South Georgia – amazing king penguin colony, bathing in thermal pool and cooling off in Whalers Bay on deception island, the open air party as we left Paradise Bay, walking f the frozen Weddell seaHG, Surbition
Every bit was memorable from the rough sea crossings to the wonderful remoteness of the destination and the absolutely fantastic wildlife.HD, London
Antarctica “Best holiday we have ever had.”MR, West Malling
Most memorable experience: "A hard question to answer, but probably being able to walk on the continent, and not just strolling along the shore line, but fairly serious walking on snow and ice up onto the local ridges."HW, New Romney
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Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
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Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.
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Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
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