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Tony and Heather Allen

Tony and Heather Allen began travelling with us in 2006. Since then, they’ve enjoyed several unique adventures; one of the favourites being to Antarctica and the South Atlantic.

Their latest adventure, to celebrate their 40th anniversary was an Antarctic expedition on board Akademic Ioffe, one of the very best ships operating in the Antarctic. During 18 days they visited the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the South Orkneys, the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula before ending their holiday at the Drake Passage.

Tony wrote a fascinating account of their holiday – we’ve chosen a few highlights: “Over 3500 miles of sea voyage in an excellently equipped ship around the Southern Ocean – what a memorable experience! The Akademik Ioffe and crew and the One Ocean Expeditions team were terrific, as were the sights. Wandering albatross skimming the waves, thousands of King, Gentoo, rockhopper and chinstrap penguins up close and personal (and rather smelly at times!), leopard seals and minke and humpback whales close to our Zodiacs, amazing huge icebergs, and even getting snarled up in pack ice (and emerging). Plus the history of polar exploration expounded by a hugely experienced polar scientist and archivist. Plus great input from ornithologists, naturalists, photographer and resident artist…. There was always something to see, from the open deck or the bridge (to which we were welcome for almost all the voyage) or our cabin window. Huge albatross and petrels gliding effortlessly between the waves; whales blowing in the distance, and pods of orcas and dolphins examining the Ioffe curiously; massive icebergs – some larger than blocks of flats, some arches bigger than Marble Arch, some longer than airport runways and some a far deeper blue than the sky – and the sea itself, endlessly varied in mood, sometimes calm, sometimes massive and threatening, spume whipping off the crests before the gale……

Days at sea were filled further by lectures on natural history, Antarctic geography, history, ecology, politics and scientific research, with films, photography and art classes, and even Pilates and yoga, all led by the excellent experts on the expedition team. Plus music and fireside talks in the bar lounge every evening. It was never dull….

As we eased out into the Beagle channel in the wake of Darwin at the end of January 2013, we knew we were off on an amazing adventure, and eighteen days later, nosing back into Ushuaia beneath the last mainland peaks of the Andes, again dusted with snow, we returned with wonderful memories of a great all-round holiday.”

A Few of Our Favourite Antarctic Cruise Vessels

Silver Explorer
The purpose built Silversea Silver explorer has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations.
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Akademik Ioffe
Designed and built originally in Finland, for scientific Polar research, the Akademik Ioffe is now one of the best and most environmentally responsible vessels operating in the Antarctic.
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Akademik Sergey Vavilov
The Sergey Vavilov is recognized as one of the finest expedition ships to ever sail the polar seas, and we're delighted to offer you a berth on this exceptional vessel.
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MV Ortelius
The ice-strengthened vessel “Ortelius” is an excellent ship for Polar expedition cruises in both the Arctic and Antarctic, providing us with possibilities to adventure in remote locations such as the South Atlantic islands, South Georgia and the Falklands.
S/V Australis
Sailing onboard the ice-strengthened expedition sailboat S/V Australis is the ultimate polar experience, a true expedition which immerses you completely in earth’s last and most pristine wilderness; with access to even the shallowest waters.
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MV Plancius
M/V "Plancius" is comfortable and nicely decorated, but is not a luxury vessel. Our voyages in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions are and will still be primarily defined by an exploratory educational travel programme, spending as much time ashore as possible.
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Ocean Diamond
Sail aboard the Ocean Diamond, a modern, stable super-yacht and experience Quark's Expeditions Antarctica, leaders in Polar journeys.
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Ocean Nova
Sail aboard the Ocean Nova, a modern, stable Expedition ship and experience Quark's Antarctica, leaders in Polar journeys.
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Sea Adventurer
The Sea Adventurer is the perfect expedition ship for people who enjoy soft adventures and creature comforts.
Sea Spirit
Sail aboard the remarkably comfortable Sea Spirit and experience Quark's Antarctica in grand style with spacious suites.
Ocean Endeavour
The Ocean Endeavour is a bright and modern ship with capacity for 199 people. The ship offers a superb guest experience with a focus on health and fitness.
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