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Antarctica Yacht Expedition Timeline


Exploring Antarctica by yacht, whether charting or cruising there on your own private yacht, requires expert preparation as many restrictions stand in place which work to protect this fascinating corner of the world. Alongside local experts and guides PELORUS will work within the bounds of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) to ensure your experience is truly unique. This timeline details the steps PELORUS will take in the lead up to your yacht expedition, so you are able to leave the work to us and look forward to your incredible experience in Antarctica.

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Begin discussions with PELORUS to plan your bespoke Antarctica yacht charter
Define your vessel requirements


Yacht and rate confirmation
Begin vessel permitting process with IAATO and government agencies
Secure the best ice pilots, expedition leaders and guides
PELORUS to complete full vessel inspection and provide recommendations


Vessel permitting finalised
Your bespoke itinerary refined by PELORUS
Polar code and Antarctic specific training for the yachts’ crew
Kit list and guidance on where to source items provided by PELORUS to your yacht
Should your chosen yacht expedition itinerary be of a more extreme nature, you will complete pre-training and assessments arranged by PELORUS to ensure you are medically fit and able
PELORUS to confirm that all guides and expedition leaders hold up-to-date certification for field operations


Itinerary finalised, taking into account guidelines and legal requirements for expedition vessels
Your private flights and all other travel arrangements booked
PELORUS to meet with the captain and crew of your yacht to ensure all recommended actions have been completed
PELORUS to ensure that all necessary equipment is on board and that submarines and helicopters comply with required standards for Antarctic operations



IAATO travel guidelines provided to you by PELORUS
Vessel to begin its relocation to Antarctica with PELORUS shore-based assistance


PELORUS to assist with the vessel’s dockage, provisioning and refuelling in Ushuaia ready for your arrival


All guides and expedition leaders arrive to meet with captain and crew
Yacht to relocate to King George Island to await your arrival
Your PELORUS driver to collect you from your home to transfer you and your guests to the airport
If on a ski-sail yacht expedition, fly to Ushuaia and spend a day on the glacier with your guides and expedition leaders, practising glacier skills and ensuring you work as a cohesive team


Arrive in Punta Arenas and meet your PELORUS Expedition Leader
Check in for your private flight across the Drake Passage
Explore Punta Arenas with your guide and visit Magdelena Island for your first Penguin experience
Spend one night in Punta Arenas before your morning flight to the Southern Continent



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PELORUS to coordinate site visits via the IAATO Ship Scheduler to ensure your complete privacy and enjoyment of the areas as well as complying with legal limits for number of individuals permitted ashore
Between skiing, touring and climbing, spot whales, visit scientific research stations, penguin rookeries and sea lion colonies. Learn about the nature of the White Desert and take part in citizen science projects. Come face to face with the unique wildlife and gain a new level of understanding about the Antarctic environment


Receive a PELORUS compilation film and/or photo album documenting your once in a lifetime adventure
Follow up on the citizen science projects you engaged in and monitor the animals that you encountered for years to come
Return home as an ambassador for Antarctica, climate awareness and conservation


For more information please contact us at yachts@pelorusx.com or +44 20 3848 5424

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