Antarctic Peninsula Cruise

Franco Banfi
Lemaire channel reflection
Erwin Vermeulen
Surfacing Humback Whales
Leica Akademie
It's a beautiful day in the Arctic
Franco Banfi
An old iceberg
Franco Banfi
A contemplative Chinstrap penguin
Monica Salmang
Bar and observation room
Monica Salmang
Modern and comfortable lounge
The great star-actors of Antarctica are the penguins and in total seven species could appear before your very own eyes on this special 11-day Antarctic cruise. This classic Antarctic route cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula is a popular way to maximize your polar voyage experience.

Day 1

Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina/ Embark Ship

In the afternoon, embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located in the shadow of the Andes and right at the Beagle Channel shore. Sail through this scenic waterway during the afternoon.

Days 2-3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drake Passage

During these two days sail across the Drake Passage. When crosing the Antarctic Convergence, arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area you may see wandering albatrosses, grey headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, Cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, catch a glimpse of the first icebergs.

Days 4-8

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Antarctic Peninsula

A typical itinerary in the South Shetlands and Antarctic Peninsula could be as follows. This is a sample only, the final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. On Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Danco Island, find a large colony of gentoo penguins and breeding pairs of brown skuas. On Danco Island observe chinstrap penguins and possibly Weddell and crabeater seals. In Neko Harbor have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers. Enjoy the landscape surrounded by alpine peaks during zodiac cruises.

When sailing to Paradise Bay, with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic continent again and to zodiac cruise between the icebergs in the inner parts of the fjords. In this area you have good chances to see humpback whales and minke whales.

Sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pleneau and Petermann Island where you can find Adelie penguins and blue-eyed shags. In this area there are good chances to encounter humpback and minke whales. A visit to one of the scientific stations in Antarctica provides insight about the life of modern Antarcticans working on the White Continent. Further south you may visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station, where you receive a warm welcome from the station crew. After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, visit the British research station and post office at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy enjoy a landing on Jougla Point with gentoo penguins and imperial shags.

Sailing north through Neumayer Channel arrive at the Melchior Islands with a very beautiful landscape and again possibilities for zodiac cruising among the icebergs, where you may encounter leopard seals, crabeater seals, and whales. Alternatively, sail through the Gerlache Strait to the South Shetland Islands. Brave the entrance to Deception Island through the spectacular Neptune's Bellow, where a good long walk and kayak trip follows depending on site availability and weather conditions. Deception is a subducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbor for the ship. Here find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape petrels and many kelp gulls, brown and south polar skuas, and Antarctic terns. Wilson’s storm petrels and black-bellied storm petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. Next sail to Half Moon Island and find chinstrap penguins, Weddell seals, a nice variety of flora (mosses, lichens and flowering grasses) and fauna, gentoo penguins, chinstrap penguins, and southern giant petrels.

Days 9-10

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drake Passage

In the Drake Passage again have a chance of seeing many seabirds while taking advantage of the knowledge of your lecture team.

Day 11

  • Breakfast

Ushuaia/ Disembark/ Return home

Arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark after breakfast.

 Quadruple PortholeTriple PortholeTwin with PortholeTwin with WindowTwin DeluxeSuperior
Kayaking Option: $465
Camping Option: $180
- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple 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.
- Single occupancy: All cabins 1.7 times the share twin price
- Due to the extreme nature of itinerary destinations, travel insurance is mandatory for all cruises aboard the Plancius - including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance.

All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

• Camping, kayaking, snowshoe/hiking, mountaineering and a photo workshop are complimentary.
• Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
• All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
• All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by zodiac.
• Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes aboard ‘Plancius’.
• Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
• Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
• Comprehensive pre-departure material.

Not included:
Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post land arrangements; transfers to the vessel; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Please Note: It is agreed that if world fuel prices will reach or exceed US $120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure, the MV Plancius reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US $25 per passenger per night.