A Luxury Cruise to South Georgia and Antarctica

Our trip to the Antarctic Peninsula with Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris in 2010 is just about full. Now, we have the opportunity to visit the Peninsula and South Georgia on the recently refurbished Clelia II this November. We couldn’t say no. We love the Van Os trips because they land on less-traveled beaches and Joe always allots maximum time for photographers on land. The voyage on the Clelia is designed with unheard-of comfort in mind, complete with piano bar, dvd player in each suite (every room is a suite), and beds in place of bunks.
As I have often said, South Georgia is my favorite place in world. Mountains two miles high bracket tidal glaciers calving into the South Atlantic. Nesting king penguins blanket beaches patrolled by albatrosses and skuas. Comical macaroni penguins shake off seawater on isolated rocks, and giant Elephant seals belch and quarrel.


South Georgia is where Shackleton made his daring mountain crossing to safety after a year and a half fighting for survival after ice crushed this ship, the Endurance. The more hardy among us may retrace his steps on a multi day crossing with legendary guides Peter Hillary and Dave Hahn, the first Westerner to climb Everest ten times. (There is an additional cost for the traverse). I intend to think about them bivouacking on the glacier as I sip a gin and tonic after a hard day of shooting.


After South Georgia we will cruise past the rugged South Orkney Islands through the wreckage of disintegrating ice shelves. The abundance of icebergs is stunning. We will explore the islands and passages along the west coast of the Peninsula, culminating in the Lemaire Channel, one of the most scenic in the world.

The trip runs from November 21 to December 13, US to US. Prices range from $15,995 to $25,995 for the penthouse suite.

If you want to join us, or just need more information, contact us at info@artwolfe.com or call 206-332-0993.

5 Responses to “A Luxury Cruise to South Georgia and Antarctica”

  1. My husband and I are interested in your Nov 21 cruise..however, we cannot leave until Nov 22nd due to major commitment.. any chance of joining you one day late??
    please reply asap.
    Mabeth Sanderson

    • Avatar photo admin says:

      Hi, Mabeth,

      If you can get to Ushuaia by the morning of the 23rd, you can make it. That’s cutting it close.

      Hope that works with your schedule.

  2. Bill Murr says:

    Is the wildlife photography as good in November as in January?
    Please advise.
    Thank you

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