G Adventures has been around for more than 25 years, and is still growing. They specialise in providing adventures of a lifetime, whether it is on one of their ‘Marine’ trips aboard the G Expedition, or one of their ‘Local Living’, ‘National Geographic Journeys’, ‘Family’, ‘Yolo’, ‘Classic’ or ‘Active’ travel styles. From January 2017, Travelsphere and Just You have been part of the G Adventures group. For more details of any of their adventures contact GoCruise with Ian on 01455821770 or 08002922850, and I have given more information below about their voyages on the G Expedition. G Adventures have also purchased the Swan Hellenic brand name and intellectual property from All Leisure’s administrators, and aim to start offering Swan hellenic cruises from 2018.
The G Expedition is uniquely equipped for the rigours of extreme environment cruising, and was designed to cater for adventurers of all ages, and carries a maximum of 134 passengers. She has a Zodiac platform to enable you to board the fleet of Zodiacs for going on shore excursions, including hikes, wildlife spotting, and archaeological explorations, and there are also a number of kayaks. There is a large mudroom where you can leave your things while on the excursions and, as it is heated, your boots and outer clothing will dry nicely overnight, ready for your next excursion. There is no need to take boots with you, as you will be given a pair to use for the duration of the voyage. Polar travellers are given a high-performance parka which will be theirs to keep.
The expedition team includes experts in geology, marine biology and polar history, with 1 expert to every 10 passengers. There is also a photography expert onboard, to give advice on how to get the best photographs, as well as hosting lectures and workshops.
Accommodation onboard consists of one category of suite, which have a queen sized bed, three categories of cabins with twin beds, one category with 2 lower and 1 upper berth, and one category with 2 lower and 2 upper berths. All of them are outside, with the suites having a large window and the others having either a small window or porthole. The suites are 30 sq mtr / 323 sq ft in size, and all the other grades are 15 sq mtr / 161 sq ft. All grades have ensuite bathrooms with shower, and all have a daily cabin service. If you are travelling alone, and don’t mind sharing, it is possible to book into a twin, triple or quad share, to save on single supplements.
Facilities onboard include the Expedition Lounge, where you can relax, and it is also where the lectures, briefings and recaps are held, the Lonely Planet Library, which is well stocked with books on the flora and fauna of the arctic regions, as well as a selection of Lonely Planet Guides. You will also find the Polar Bear Pub, where you can have a drink and listen to music from the resident musician. The Albatross Dining Room, which seats everyone at one sitting, where you can enjoy a selection of gourmet fare three times a day. You will also find a sauna and gym where you can work out if you wish. The ship also has a small gift shop, and a medical clinic with an expedition doctor.
Take a look at these short videos, which will give you a flavour of what an amazing adventure you could enjoy onboard the G Expedition, and then take a look at the details of the itineraries which are listed below them.
Antarctica Classic (XVCASX) for 10 nights
You will spend 1 night in a hotel in Ushuaia before boarding the G Expedition for your 9 night voyage. The itinerary will be Ushuaia, Drake Passage, Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, Drake Passage and back to Ushuaia. You should see immense icebergs and magnificent glaciers, and have the opportunity to see albatrosses, orca, humpback and minke whales, Gentoo, chinstrap and Adelie penguins, as well as Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals.
Antarctica Classic in Depth (XVAESX) for 12 nights
This trip follows a similar route to Antarctica Classic above, but gives you more time to explore, as you have 1 night in a hotel in Ushuaia and 11 nights onboard G Expedition
Quest for the Antarctic Circle (XVQCSX) for 13 nights
Your 1 night hotel stay is followed by a 12 night voyage, Ushuaia, Drake Passage, Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctic Circle, South Shetland Islands, Drake Passage and back to Ushuaia. You should have the opportunity to see albatrosses, orca, humpback and minke whales, Gentoo, chinstrap and Adelie penguins, as well as Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals, not to mention the icebergs and glaciers.
Spirit of Shackleton (XVSHSX) for 20 nights
You start with 1 night in Ushuaia followed by 19 nights onboard G Expedition. You will sail from Ushuaia and have the next day at sea, followed by 2 days in the Falkland Islands, a couple of days at sea, 4 days in South Georgia, 2 days at sea, then 5 days in Antarctica, before making your way through Drake Passage and back to Ushuaia. As well as keeping an eye out for all the animals mentioned above, there is also a chance of seeing king penguins on this trip.
Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands (XVGFSX) for 21 nights
Your trip starts with 1 night in a Montevideo hotel, and then 20 nights on G Expedition. You will have 3 days at sea, 2 in the Falkland Islands, 2 at sea, 4 in South Georgia, 2 at sea, 3 in the South Shetland Islands and Antarctica, 2 in Drake Passage and then arrive in Ushuaia. Again you will have excellent opportunities to see all the species mentioned above, during this incredible voyage.
Realm of the Polar Bear (XVRPNX) for 7 nights
You board the G Expedition in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, ready for a 7 night voyage including Spitsbergen, during which you can hope to see polar bears and whales, as you cruise through breath-taking fjords and passive massive glaciers. You can experience the Midnight Sun, and learn all about the Arctic. If you are feeling really adventurous you can brave the arctic waters and take the polar plunge. Your voyage finishes back at Longyearbyen.
Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth (XVRDNX) for 10 nights
With 3 extra nights onboard, you are able to cover a larger area than on the Realm of the Polar Bear above, giving you more opportunity to see and learn more.
Norwegian Fjords (XVNFNX) for 14 nights
Your voyage starts in Edinburgh, and takes you to Kirkwall, Lerwick, Bergen, Flam, Olden, Geiranger, Trondheim, Torghatten, Vega, Svartisen, Sanna, Vikingen, Lofoten Islands, Nordkapp and Tromso. As well as seeing some amazing scenery during the voyage, you also need to keep your eyes open for walruses, seals, reindeer, polar bears, arctic foxes, and many different species of bird.
Arctic Highlights (XVAHNX) for 14 nights
You board the G Expedition in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, and spend 14 nights onboard, as you cruise to Spitsbergen, Greenland Sea, Ittoqqortoomiit, Denmark Strait, and finally to Reykjavik. Keep your eyes peeled for orca, humpback and minke whales, as well as dolphins, as well as many species of bird including fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots, gannets and razorbills.
The price of your voyage doesn’t include your flights, or hotel stays other than those mentioned above, but these can all be included in a quotation if you wish. Drinks and gratuities are also not included in the price.
G Adventure offers 100% guaranteed departures so once you have booked you don’t have to worry that it will be cancelled (beyond harsh weather or safety issues), because they didn’t sell enough places. They also offer Lifetime Deposits, so if you have to cancel for any reason you can leave the deposit with them, and use it for any of their holidays you might want to take at any time in the future.
Other ‘Marine’ holidays offered by G Adventures, include the Galapagos Islands, river cruising on the Amazon, Ganges and Mekong rivers, canal cruising in Burgundy, and also sailing in Croatia, Greek Islands, Turkey, Maldives, Thailand and the Caribbean.
For more information on any of the G Adventures travel styles listed below, call GoCruise with Ian on 01455821770 or 08002922850.
- Local Living – visit some amazing out of the way places, and get access to areas even the locals don’t
- National Geographic Journeys – ‘hands on’ exploration, with insider access and upgraded accommodations
- Marine – small ship cruising or sailing to some of the most amazing places on earth
- Family – take the kids with you on some amazing journeys, and give them memories for life
- Yolo – fun-filled, fast moving adventures designed for young budget-minded travellers aged 18 to 39
- Classic – a great mix of cultural contact, rare experiences and insider access
- Active – how better to see the world than bike, hike, kayak and more
Photos provided by G Adventures
(page amended January 2017)