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Antarctica Yacht Expedition Timeline

Find out how Pelorus plots your course for a once-in-a-lifetime Antarctic yacht expedition.

With many protective regulations in place, exploring Antarctica by yacht, whether chartering or cruising there on your own private yacht, requires expert preparation. 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 sit back, relax and look forward to your incredible Antarctic experience.


Months Plus

Begin discussions with Pelorus to plan your bespoke Antarctic yacht charter

Define your vessel requirements

Explore possible experiences and locations with our experienced team


Months Out

Confirm your yacht

Pelorus to begin permitting process and securing the best ice pilots, expedition leaders and guides

Pelorus to complete full vessel inspection

9 – 8

Months Out

Vessel permitting finalised

Your bespoke concept refined by Pelorus

Polar code and Antarctic specific training for the yacht’s crew

Kit list and guidance on where to source items provided by Pelorus to your yacht

Should your chosen yacht expedition concept be of a more extreme nature, you will complete pre-training and assessments arranged by Pelorus to ensure you are medically fit and able


Months Out

Concept 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 ship any gear and specialist equipment to the yacht ahead of crossing to South America and ensure that submarines and helicopters comply with required standards for Antarctic operations


Months Out

IAATO travel guidelines provided to you by Pelorus

Vessel to begin its relocation to Antarctica with Pelorus shore-based assistance


Weeks Out

Guides and staff meet in South America, yacht relocates to King George Island


Week Out

All guides and expedition leaders arrive to meet with captain and crew

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


Days Out

Arrive in Punta Arenas and meet your Pelorus expedition leader

Receive flight times for your private flight across the Drake Passage

Explore Punta Arenas with your guide and visit Magdelena Island for your first penguin experience

Receive safety briefings


During Your Trip

Check in for your private flight across the Drake Passage and arrive in the Southern Continent

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 Antarctic 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


Month Post Trip

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


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