Antarctica Private Yacht Charters
Sail through the pristine waters of the rarely visited White Continent, accompanied by mysterious whales, curious penguins and seals and hardy polar birds. You’ll pass by monstrous, glittering icebergs on your way to untouched, wild lands on an unforgettable journey into the unknown.
With a private charter, the choice is yours. Cross the legendary Drake Passage, arriving in Antarctica by boat. Or you can choose to skip the Passage and fly straight into Antarctica to maximise your time spent here. With private jets attached to some of our more luxurious boats, guests can begin and end their voyage in Antarctica. You can choose to focus solely on the dazzling Antarctic Peninsula or extend your trip with a visit to the marvellous Falkland Archipelago and South Georgia Island, ‘the Galapagos of the South’.
From exhilarating Zodiac expeditions to scuba diving, ice trekking and visits to remote research stations, you can choose how you would like to discover Antarctica. A charter voyage on a private yacht will let you explore Antarctica in luxury and on your own terms.
When to go
During Antarctica's summer - November to March, with December to January being the optimal time. Penguin chicks start to hatch between mid to late December; January is a good time to watch them feed. February to early March is the best time to spot whales, and there are generally a good number of fur seals to be seen too.
What to do
- Watch spectacular scenery unfold from the comfort of the ship
- Spot incredible wildlife
- Expert-led expeditions on to the ice
- Get up close with expert guides who will brief you on the natural history of the Antarctica
Antarctica Private Yachts
Here are some of our travel designers' favourite options
M/Y Enigma XKLuxury private charter yacht the M/Y Enigma XK was originally built as a fisheries patrol vessel, providing her with the sturdiness needed for adventurous Antarctica expeditions. The Enigma is equipped with a heli-deck which makes it possible to reach unchartered territory by flying over glaciers and into remote inland areas. Six luxuriously appointed state rooms can accommodate up to 12 guests, and the Owner’s Suite features 180-degree views. The upper salon similarly boasts large windows for dramatic vistas and there’s also a protected al fresco dining area to enjoy as well as a small spa pool. Depending on when you choose to go you’ll see an array of different sights but you can expect to discover a plethora of wildlife, exhilarating activities and otherworldly views of ice and sea throughout the season. The Enigma is managed by the experts from EYOS Expeditions and staffed by a fleet of experienced expedition leaders who are primed to help you uncover the wonders of Antarctica on a fully customized trip.
Hanse ExplorerTough yet filled with comforts, this expedition yacht offers an epic journey with experiences of a lifetime tailored entirely to you. Managed by an expert private expedition crew, the Hanse Explorer has been created with serious adventures in mind. Its six staterooms are dressed in comfort, promising complete relaxation between your glacial encounters. Watch humpback whales from the bar and lounge, photograph glass-like icebergs as they float by, before heading out on close-up zodiac experiences. The knowledgable and experienced crew will take you on exhilarating excursions to walk on glaciers, camp on ice and spot seals and penguins – all customised to your desired pace. Back on board, sink into comfort at the luxurious Finnish sauna, watch movies on the flat-screen TV and share stories over gourmet meals. With an Open Ship Philosophy, you are encouraged to wander wherever you wish, while the warm and friendly staff ensure a safe, private and unforgettable stay.
Nansen ExplorerOriginally designed to carry 60 passengers, the Nansen Explorer now only carries 12 guests in 7 staterooms, with single cabins available to book on scheduled departures. Equipped with an ice-experienced Captain and bridge team the yacht is able to sail further and penetrate deeper into ice than other yachts. Inside the yacht there are modern, spacious cabins with generous floor to ceiling windows. The ship’s lounge is cosy and inviting, creating a relaxed atmosphere for conversation with your fellow travellers at the end of your jam-packed days, and professional chefs offer mouthwatering meals that are guaranteed to delight your palate. An extensive heli-deck, complete with onboard refuelling capabilities, allows exploration inland or heli-skiing the along slopes of Greenland. Kayaks, stand-up paddle-boards, and two Mk V Zodiacs are on hand to offer adventures on a more intimate scale.Down below, a large gym is available, whilst at the very top of the ship the Bridge is always open if you want to have an educational chat with an officer. Bridging the gap between rugged expedition vessel and luxury super yacht, the Nansen Explorer eagerly awaits to take you on your next exploration in the polar regions.