The ship’s 20-day voyage, which departed Ushuaia on March 5, crossed the Drake Passage, explored the South Shetland Islands the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia before sailing on to South Africa via Gough Island and Tristan da Cunha - last visited by a cruise ship in 2019.
SH Vega’s first Antarctic season has seen it take around 1,200 guests on 11 cruises. Despite some truly challenging weather, the ship’s crew and expedition team managed to complete more than 120 expeditions in almost 5 months. Over 400 guests ventured on exclusive kayaking expeditions during the season.
SH Vega’s Antarctic season saw guests discover several new and never-before-visited locations south of the Lemaire Channel. Unforgettable moments included a 2-hour Orca encounter at Useful Island, and one of the cruises stopped in the middle of a group of over 100 playful humpback whales.
Swan Hellenic CEO Andrea Zito commented: ‘We're extremely proud of our guests’ wholehearted appreciation of SH Vega’s first Antarctic cultural expedition cruises. Even in some truly severe weather conditions, including the notoriously challenging Drake Passage, the exceptional seakeeping characteristics of the ship and expertise of the crew meant the comfort of our guests was never compromised and we could take them safely on nearly every planned expedition to see what others don’t, experiencing an average of two a day.’