Choosing Antarctica as your next adventure is a once in a lifetime experience for many. After all, the time it can take for the trip and the cost that goes along with it can dictate that you only venture there once. However, if you crave luxury within your Antarctica experience, we suggest you look to a grand vessel named, the Magellan Explorer! Happy to report, our adventure wedding planning and photography team spent 6 glorious days on this ship and are thrilled to walk you through our journey…
As of when this post was written, the Magellan Explorer ship is the most luxurious that discovers Antarctica. Furthermore, it is also the newest built and was launched formally for the 2019-2020 season. Specifically also the vessel is the world’s first expedition ship that is custom designed for Antarctic adventures. Strong, stylish, sleek, and boutique is what you can expect from outside in.
As a matter of fact, the capacity of the ship carries no more than 100 guests and for the air-cruises they do not have more than 73 on board. You can expect 60 staff running the show, catering to you and your unforgettable experience. More information on the technical details can be found on Antarctica 21‘s website.
Meanwhile, the amenities you can expect are quite impressive. First, you can expect to enjoy a forward-facing luxury lounge that has snacks, coffee, and tea 24 hours a day. Second, a gym and sauna is on board that holds at least 15 guests at a time. Thirdly, a beautiful dinning space awaits you with a detailed focused staff ready to serve you! Fourthly, the bow of the vessel offers outdoor dining space and incredible viewpoints. Lastly, there is also a library, a business computer you can check email, and a gift shop on board.
Likely you have been searching for luxury accommodation options for your Antarctica expedition. Choosing the Magellan Explorer is the perfect choice! There are many room choices that all vary in budget depending on the expedition. For example, the fly and fly (air-cruises) are more expensive than the cruise only ($12,995-26,995 USD per person as of when this post was written).
To put it further into perspective, we stayed and our Antarctica wedding clients stayed in (3) Grand Suites and it was $26,995 USD per person (yes per person, not per room). The cost includes 3 meals a day, drinks (including beer and wine at lunch / dinner), 2 expeditions or landings per day, on board classes by scientists, and access to all of the ships amenities.
Which room would you love to wake up in on the luxurious Magellan Explorer while exploring Antarctica?
There is a lot to be said about choosing to go the fly and cruise route (aka air-cruises). Mainly the difference being, not submitting yourself to having to the rough conditions that the Drake Passage often brings. More often than not, you either have a good or bad experience, there isn’t anything in between. Plus, the time that is involved getting to/from. Wouldn’t you rather spend more time in Antarctica versus being stuck on a boat? Timing to do an air-cruise journey would be between December-February. Beyond March conditions are too unpredictable.
To illustrate, the air cruises on the Magellan Explorer are a total of 8 days and 7 nights with having 4 full days centered around exploring Antarctica! Five nights will be on board the Magellan Explorer and typically the itinerary flows as follows…
While aboard the Magellan Explorer expedition ship there will be many different experiences to partake in. For instance things like the following could be activities you opt in or out from:
Most travelers love to delight in local cuisine while experiencing a new country. However, since Antarctica is only inhabited by scientists and researchers, there really isn’t a local flavor to try. On the other hand, the take the Magellan Explorer food and beverage team has taken is more of a 5 star dinning approach. What you can expect for each meal on board…
Antarctica 21 is the owner of the Magellan Explorer luxury ship. Their staff run the vessel and the expeditions. Above all, we found the team in all aspects running at a very high level of attention to details. In short, from the hotel room staff making our cabin amazing several times a day to the restaurant staff remembering our favorite drinks, etc. We felt taken care of aboard.
Moreover our only concern was in regards to the expedition staff. Outside of our clients wedding day (which they were extremely accommodating for) they were not. While on shore, many of them weren’t attentive. For example, some had their own agendas they would push like photographing the wildlife on their own professional cameras versus putting us in a advantageous spot to do ourselves. Or taking us on a boring zodiac ride trying to find an elusive “king penguin” who was around that area weeks ago versus exploring other areas with crazy looking icebergs, etc.
Typically it is best to begin planning such an unforgettable trip at least 8-16 months in advance. Similarly, we have indeed planned Antarctica elopements in less time but you cannot be choosy on dates or accommodation type.
In conclusion, have you found yourself totally inspired and craving to be aboard this amazing Magellan Explorer vessel? Maybe you love the idea of getting married while in Antarctica too… To sum up, feel free to contact us for more information on getting that journey started! Lastly, stay tuned next time when we share you with the most amazing Antarctica wedding expedition!
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