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.
Day 2-3 Drake Passage
- 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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.
Day 4-8 Antarctic Peninsula
- 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
A typical itinerary in the South Shetlands and Antarctic Peninsula could be as follows. This is a sample only, the final itinerary is 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.