Day 2-3 Drake Passage
- 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
During these two days sail across the Drake Passage. When you cross 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 4-9 Antarctic Peninsula
- 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Start your first day in Antarctica with a landing at Hannah Point, where you can find a nice variety of gentoo penguins, chinstraps and southern giant petrels, as well as elephant seals hauling out on the beach. At Deception Island, an attempt is made to land. Deception itself is a subducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbor for the ship. Here you can 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. On your way further south sail to Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Rongé Island. It contains a large colony of gentoo penguins and breeding pairs of brown skuas. In Neko Harbour and Paradise Bay with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, you have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent. Aim for a for zodiac cruise between the icebergs in the inner parts of the amazing water way of Paradise Bay.
Navigate through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Petermann Island offering Adelie penguins and blue-eyed shags. Also try to land at Pleneau Island with elephant seals and fair chances to encounter humpback, minke, and fin whales. Head south along the Argentine Islands to Crystal Sound, south of the polar circle, in the morning. The landscape is very impressive with very high mountains and huge glaciers. At the Fish Islands land at one of the southernmost Adelie penguin and blue-eyed shag colonies in the Antarctic Peninsula.
Sailing north again through Neumayer Channel and Gerlache Strait, arrive at the Melchior Islands with a very beautiful landscape with icebergs, where you may encounter leopard seals, crabeater seals, and whales. This area offers excellent opportunities for kayaking and diving in the pristine Antarctic environment.