Frequently Asked Questions

Shackleton Centenary Year Expedition

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates of the expedition?

Voyage from embarkation and disembarkation in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands is 1-15 October 2022.

Who will I be contracting with for this expedition?

Passengers will be contracting with Antarctica21 as the operator and Wild Earth Travel as the booking agent, and are therefore bound by both parties’ terms and conditions. Antarctic Heritage Trust is not operating the expedition, nor is it the booking agent.

How many berths are available on the ship?

There is a maximum of 66 berths for sale so spaces are incredibly limited.

How much does it cost to join the expedition?

Depending on the type of cabin/suite you wish to purchase, berth prices vary from USD $12,590 to USD $25,180 per person. This rate is for a berth on the ship only. It does not include international airfares to/from Chile or the Falkland Islands or accommodation prior to embarkation or following disembarkation.

Do I need to pay the whole amount upfront?

An initial deposit of USD $1,500 per passenger is required immediately to secure a place on the ship. By 01 September 2021, a 35% deposit is due, less the USD $1,500 already paid to secure a place. By 01 June 2022, the remaining 65% balance is due.

Payments are due in the USD value of the berth. If paid in NZD, the NZD amount will be at the applicable exchange rate of the day.

Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge.

What is the difference in the cabin/suite options available?

Grande suite USD $25,180pp – 44m2 – Two-room suite with sitting room, balcony and bedroom.

Triple suite USD $16,787pp – 44m2 – Two-room suite with sitting room, balcony and bedroom.

Penthouse suite USD $14,690pp – 33m2 – Two-room suite with sitting room, balcony and bedroom.

Deluxe Veranda Cabin USD $12,590pp – 22m2 – Cabin with sitting area and balcony.

All cabins/suites, other than the Triple Suite, accommodate two passengers and have two twin beds which can be configured as one king-size bed (10 cabins have queen beds).

What is included in the rate of a berth?

  • Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage material from Wild Earth Travel and Antarctica21
  • Daily buffet breakfast on board the ship
  • Daily dinner on board the ship offering a choice of three main courses each night
  • Wine, beer, juice and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board the ship
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, water and snacks served on board throughout the expedition
  • The loan of waterproof boots for landings from Antarctica21
  • All guided shore excursions
  • Presentations and entertainment on board
  • Landing fees and IAATO passenger fee

What is not included in the rate of a berth?

  • International airfares, including Chile to the Falkland Islands, and accommodation prior to and following embarkation
  • Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar
  • Personal medical and travel insurance
  • Extra expenses on board (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Gratuities
  • Visas for Chile, Argentina and/or the Falkland Islands if required, passport expenses, and any other arrival and/or departure tax if applicable
  • Optional sponsorship of an Inspiring Explorer

How do I book a berth with Wild Earth Travel?

Wild Earth Travel are the specialist booking agent for this expedition. They will reserve a cabin for you on Magellan Explorer, as well as provide in-depth information and advice. Call Wild Earth Travel to make your reservation: NZ Freephone: 0800 945 3327.

What if I am a single traveller wanting to book a berth?

Single travellers have the option of either:

  • Booking a Deluxe Veranda Cabin for single use. A 100% surcharge will be added to the rate per person for this option; or
  • Sharing a cabin with another passenger. Wild Earth Travel will take care of finding a matching companion.

Who are Antarctica21?

Antarctica21 is the operator for this expedition and the owner of the ship, Magellan Explorer. They design and deliver adventurous yet comfortable small-scale expeditions to Antarctica and the Sub-Antarctic Islands. On every journey, the Antarctica21 team includes at least 12 expert polar guides who know the region’s unique geography, natural history, wildlife and ecology. They are a recognised leader in Antarctic travel and are a core member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators.

What will the Inspiring Explorers™ programme involve?

Antarctic Heritage Trust are delighted to be offering up to 22 places for Inspiring Explorers to join the expedition alongside the Trust’s supporters. Permits forthcoming, select group of Inspiring Explorers will attempt to reach the summit of Mount Worsley in South Georgia’s mountainous interior. This will be the first ever attempt by a New Zealand expedition to climb this peak, named after one of the most famous countrymen, Frank Worsley. All Inspiring Explorers apply for the places, demonstrating how they will benefit and inspire others and deliver a dedicated outreach programme following the expedition to share their story and encourage others to explore. Applications for the Inspiring Explorers Expedition™ will open later in 2021.

Click here for more information about Inspiring Explorers Expeditions™.

How do I support an Inspiring Explorer for this expedition?

The Trust’s Inspiring Explorers™ Fund has been created to fund the Inspiring Explorers™ programme to grow the next generation of explorers. By making a gift of any size to the Fund you could give a future leader the life-changing opportunity to join an expedition, including this South Georgia expedition. These explorers will cover a portion of their expedition costs. Your gift of NZD $22,000 will cover the remaining costs of their journey.

To give to the Inspiring Explorers™ Fund or to learn more, please contact Patricia Mackenzie, Philanthropy and Development Manager,, +64 3 357 1827.

The Trust’s core administration costs are funded by the New Zealand Government, so your gift to the Fund will go directly to the programme.

You gift may be tax deductible. Any donation of NZD $5 or more is eligible for a donation tax credit from New Zealand Inland Revenue (NZ individual tax payers only).

What if the expedition is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

To provide peace of mind, should the COVID-19 pandemic situation require the voyage to be cancelled or postponed by Antarctica21, Wild Earth or Antarctic Heritage Trust at any time up until departure, all voyage payments will be refunded to passengers, less an administration fee for Wild Earth Travel. Alternatively, you may choose for your payments to be credited to a deferred voyage if we do not proceed on the scheduled date. In the case of a deferred voyage, berth prices and special guests may be subject to change.

What if I need to cancel my booking prior to the voyage?

If you choose to cancel for any reason, the booking agent’s cancellation fees will apply:

  • Booking date to 31 August 2021 – USD $100
  • 1 September 2021 to 15 March 2022 – 10% of fare
  • 16 March 2022 to 31 May 2022 – 33% of fare
  • 1 June 2022 to departure – 100% of fare

Do I need to arrange international visas?

New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa to enter Argentina or Chile as tourists. Non-New Zealand passport holders should check the entry requirements of both countries.

No visa is required for the Falkland Islands regardless of nationality, provided you land by plane and board the ship that same day without spending the night ashore. Those passengers wanting to stay in the Falkland Islands before or after the voyage may require a visa depending on nationality. You can find a list of nationalities that do not require a pre-arranged visa to enter the Falkland Islands on the official government website.

No visa is required for South Georgia regardless of nationality. Landing fees charged by the government are included in your voyage fare.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance?

Antarctica21 strongly urges passengers to be adequately covered by trip cancellation and interruption insurance as protection against and unforeseen event which may force them to cancel their booking departure or leave the voyage while it is in progress.

Do I need to purchase medical insurance?

Antarctica21 requires participants to be adequately covered by a travel insurance policy that covers aero-medical evacuation from the Falkland Islands and South Georgia Island as a result of medical emergency during the trip, including emergencies related to pre-existing health conditions.

Can my child come on the expedition?

Children from the age of 12 years can join the expedition if accompanied by an adult who must sign a waiver with Antarctica21.

Will the voyage stick to the planned itinerary?

Every effort will be made to adhere to the planned programme. However, with this type of adventurous travel, changes to the itinerary may occur due to severe and changeable weather. We need to emphasise the fact that weather conditions are unpredictable and safety is always the paramount concern. For this reason, Antarctica21 reserves the right to change the itinerary described due to weather conditions or other factors beyond their control without consulting the passengers.

Will I need to have had the COVID-19 vaccination prior to the expedition?

These details will be provided by Antarctica21 in August 2021.

What are the onboard COVID-19 protocols?

These details will be provided by Antarctica21 in August 2021.

How do I get more information about the expedition?

Request the expedition brochure: