Meet curious penguins, majestic whales, and southern seal species on this 10-day polar expedition to the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Explore the most remote, unspoiled, and wildest continent in the world aboard the Island Sky, an elegant small expedition vessel. Watch water highways created by melting sea ice and experience abundant Antarctic wildlife as you enjoy all-inclusive advantages such as domestic flights, gratuities, and more aboard your all-suites ship.
Day 1 : Buenos Aires, Argentina | Ushuaia Day 2 : Embarkation Day Days 3-4 : Drake Passage Days 5-7 : South Shetland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula Days 8-9 : Drake Passage to Ushuaia Day 11 : Disembarkation in Ushuaia
Sail through Antarctica´s icebergs, channels, and glaciers
Cross the Drake Passage and enjoy the crisp Antarctic air
Join Zodiac cruise excursions to explore landing sites and local bays
Visit penguin rookeries and look for whales and leopard seals
Your adventure begins in Buenos Aires. Meet your cruise partners and transfer to the included flight to Ushuaia. With a population of more than 63,000, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. Although the city has grown during the past few years, it retains an easygoing and accessible feel. Surrounded by the sea to the south and the mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise.
In the morning spend your time hiking nearby, enjoying Argentine wines and barbecues in the city, or visiting the many boutiques and cafés before you leave for your expedition to Antarctica. Embark on your Antarctic journey in the afternoon! Sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you see land you are in the world’s most southern continent!
Spend your first days at sea getting to know your shipmates, listening to safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead, and watching for wildlife. Prepare yourself for potentially rough waters, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing.
Day 5-7 South Shetland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula
When the Antarctic Convergence is left in your wake, you truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. You can begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike.
Take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore remote bays, channels, and landing sites each day. Wildlife is present all around you as you visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of the southern seal species.
The majesty of the Peninsula’s mountains amaze you as you trek up snowy pathways to vantage points that offer 360° views of your surroundings. One of these incredible sightseeing opportunities, in Orne Harbor, invites you to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here you have a choice between going for a mountain hike or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach to enjoy the antics of the curious penguins.
Every day is different, having been carefully crafted by your expedition team so as to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.
The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with some final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy a few final presentations by your expedition team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.
Day 11 Disembarkation in Ushuaia
Arrive in Ushuaia after breakfast. After you disembark, take some time to explore Ushuaia before taking the included group charter flight back to Buenos Aires.
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Magellan Deck, Suites #254-262. 215 square feet and have two to four portholes.
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Columbus Deck, Suites #331-348. 215 square feet and have a large picture window.
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Marco Polo Deck, Suites #416-430. They range between 225 to 240 square feet and feature large picture windows.
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Marco Polo Deck, Suites #414-415. They range between 225 to 240 square feet and feature large picture windows.
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Erikson Deck, Suites #505-512. 265 square feet and have patio doors leading to private balconies.
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Explorer Deck, Suites #601-604. 312 square feet and also feature private balconies.
- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
- Cabins may be available for single occupancy at 1.6 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a suite is 2 times the shared rate.
Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that everything can be accomplished. A measure of flexibility is something all must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.
• Flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
• Group transfer in Ushuaia from the airport to the pre-expedition hotel on Day 1
• One night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia, with breakfast
• Group transfer from the hotel to the ship on embarkation day
• Group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport
• Flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
• Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
• All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage
• Complimentary house wine, beer and spirits on board
• All shore landings per the daily program
• Leadership throughout the voyage by your experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities
• All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
• Formal and informal presentations by your Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
• Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage
• A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
• An official parka to keep
• Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
• Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
• Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
• All luggage handling aboard ship
• Gratuity for ship's crew, Hospitality or Expedition Team members
• Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person
This expedition excludes:
• International airfare
• Passport and Visa Expenses
• Government arrival and departure taxes
• Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
• Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance
• Excess baggage fees on international flights
• Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
• Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges
• Shipboard or land telecommunication charges
• Additional overnight accommodation
Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!