Enjoy a hearty, late afternoon welcome from your friendly staff and Russian crew. You will have time to settle in to your cabin and explore the ship before your evening departure. Watch for dolphins and albatross as you sail down the Beagle Channel.
Your Drake Passage crossing offers excellent bird-watching from the outer decks or the warmth of the bridge. Learn about Antarctica from your expert naturalist’s informative talks, and about safety and environmental guidelines from expedition staff. Enjoy time to meet fellow travellers, chat, read and prepare for the days ahead.
If the Drake Passage is kind, make your first landing today. Keen eyes watch for icebergs, while sightings of penguins, fur seals and king cormorants announce your approach to the South Shetlands Islands.
An overnight passage along Gerlache Strait delivers you to the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. Aboard robust Zodiacs, explore penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific stations. Zodiac cruising brings you close to intricately shaped icebergs and seals basking on ice floes whilst kayakers glide into secluded bays.
The focus will be on immersing yourselves in nature, spontaneity and flexibility enhancing your enjoyment. Bubble-netting humpbacks demand a wakeup call, even at midnight! A curious leopard seal cruising amongst spectacular icebergs may mean postponing lunch. Make the most of every day.
Arrive at King George Island, time and weather permitting explore Fildes Bay and the remote Bellinghausen Church before meeting your mandatory charter flight back to Punta Arenas in Chile.