Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition Cruise

Claudio Suter
Expedition Staff
Claudio Suter
Sea Kayaking
An ocean of icebergs.
Magellanic penguins
Claudio Suter
Antarctic Sunrise
Ken Kaminesky
Relax in the lounge aboard the Sea Spirit.
Ken Kaminesky
Relax and enjoy a book in the library.

Day 1

    Ushuaia, Argentina

    Antarctica is everything south of the Antarctic convergence, a biological boundary that fluctuates between 50° and 60° South. For some, an expedition to the Southern Continent is not complete unless the Antarctic Circle is crossed. South of that invisible boundary, daylight lasts for 24 hours from mid-December to late February. Overnight at a hotel in Ushuaia.

    Day 2

      Embarkation Day

      Crossing the Circle is the goal of this expedition. So, on some departures, the ship will push south rapidly, from Ushuaia.

      Days 3-4

        The Drake Passage

        The Drake is legendary for its high winds and rolling seas, but you may be lucky and get calm weather. If so, you’ll be kept busy on deck, on the Bridge and in the presentation room. You will be prepared for boarding Zodiacs, shore landings and, if you dare, polar dips.

        Days 5-8

          Exploring the Peninsula

          The Expedition Team launches the Zodiacs to skim across the water to go ashore, or drift silently while you watch whales feed or penguins jump aboard ice floes.

          Days 9-10

            The Antarctic Circle

            Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach 66° 33’S. Celebrate with a well -earned glass of champagne. Toast to the intrepid explorers who have gone before.

            Days 11-12

              Northbound Along the Peninsula

              There’s a story behind every name on the map of Antarctica. Many of the French names that appear are the legacy of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, physician, yachtsman, and explorer. He, like you, lived for adventure.

              Days 13-15

                Drake Passage to Ushuaia

                As you cross the Drake once again, you’ll have time to adjust to a world where day and night are distinct. You will be transferred to the airport from the ship when you disembark in Ushuaia.

                - 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 are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a suite is 2 times the shared rate.
                -Emergency medical evacuation coverage for a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person is included. Contact us for details on arranging additional travel insurance.

                Rates include:
                • One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation at a four-star hotel with breakfast, as indicated in the itinerary.
                • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
                • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage.
                • Fine dining and an “open bar” offering unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
                • A 10MB card providing internet access via the ship’s wireless connection.
                • Leadership throughout the voyage by experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities.
                • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled.
                • Formal and informal presentations by a digital photography expert
                • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program.
                • 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.
                • Group transfers in Ushuaia from the airport to any local hotel.
                • Group transfers from a designated location in Ushuaia to the ship on embarkation day.
                • Group transfers from the ship to the local airport on disembarkation.
                • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
                • All luggage handling aboard ship.

                Rates specifically do not include:
                • Any airfare.
                • Passport and visa expenses.
                • Government arrival and departure taxes.
                • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation.
                • Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance.
                • Excess baggage charges.
                • Laundry and other personal charges.
                • Telecommunications charges.
                • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew.