2020 Antarctica

Feb. 4 – 15
Tour Operator: Orbridge (Read additional tour details here.) 
Price: From $9,495 (airfare additional)
Tour Length: 12 days

Join this truly life-changing adventure to experience the boundless beauty and pristine vastness of Antarctica. This remote continent and its precarious waterways have hosted some of the most courageous explorers in history, and have been the scenes of both triumph and tragedy since Captain Cook first sailed the region in 1773.

Embark from Ushuaia, Argentina, and cruise through the Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands amid the Antarctic Peninsula—exploring the dramatic landscapes and remarkable wildlife that call this continent home. Trek through penguin rookeries, observe vast flocks of seabirds, learn about Antarctic ice conditions, and discover the sites of both past and present scientific expeditions.

Your vessel for this amazing journey is the 132-guest Ocean Adventurer, a nimble craft designed specifically for polar cruising—with recently-renovated cabins, exceptional amenities, and a knowledgeable and friendly crew. Her small size provides the ability and agility to maneuver narrow channels, make various landings and access bays that are closed to bigger ships. The ship also features an ice-strengthened hull and fin stabilizers for smoother sailing.

This is an exclusive peak-season sailing for university and college alumni association travelers.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart U.S.
  • Day 2 : Ushaia
  • Day 3 : Ushaia
  • Day 4 : Drake Passage
  • Day 5 : Drake Passage
  • Day 6 : South Shetland Islands/ Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 7 : South Shetland Islands/ Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 8 : South Shetland Islands/ Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 9 : South Shetland Islands/ Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 10 : Drake Passage
  • Day 11 : Drake Passage
  • Day 12 : Depart for U.S.


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a GAA member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or join online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

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All 2020 prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.

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