Crossing the Antarctic Circle Cruise

Eric Lindberg
Cruising the polar waters in a zodiac
Eric Lindberg
Cruise Antarctica aboard the Sea Spirit
Claudio Suter
A humpback whale dives beneath the Antarctic waters
Claudio Suter
Birds resting on an iceburg
Claudio Suter
Mountains of ice
Ken Kaminesky
Relax in the lounge aboard the Sea Spirit.
Ken Kaminesky
Relax and enjoy a book in the library.

Day 1

    Ushuaia, Argentina

    You will begin your journey in Ushuaia, a small, but bustling port town at the tip of South America. This Argentinean town is an ideal gateway for you to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. Get active in the mountains or enjoy some hand crafted chocolate in town. Overnight at a hotel in Ushuaia.

    Day 2

      Embarkation Day

      The Beagle Channel sets you on your way as the ship sails in the late afternoon. The channel opens up to the vastness of the southern ocean, where your next land sighting will be along the Antarctic Peninsula. Named after the famed ship in which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents many great photo opportunities to capture sea birds hovering overhead.

      Days 3-4

        The Drake Passage

        The waters of the Drake Passage are unpredictable, so hope for clear skies and a calm ocean. You’ll have plenty of time to stare out at the sea, get to know your fellow shipmates and chat with your Expedition Team.

        Time over these two days will be spent preparing for the exciting days ahead, with numerous educational and informative lectures from your Expedition Team. You’ll learn about everything from safety procedures to the history of whaling in Antarctica.

        Days 5-7

          Exploring the Peninsula

          With the Drake Passage left in your wake, make a final approach to Antarctica. Get your cameras ready, as the continent’s coastline will make its first appearance, signaling the start of your adventure in the realm of the Antarctic. You’ll see plentiful icebergs floating by and be fixated on the surface of the ocean as curious whales spout and breach before your eyes.

          As exciting as it can be from onboard the ship, your true exploration occurs when you disembark and set foot on the great continent. There are several potential landing sites we may visit, including Neko Harbor, Petermann Island, or Pleneau Island. While weather dictates which specific landing sites you may visit, each one presents a new collection of wildlife and natural attractions.

          Your days will be busy spotting wildlife and being mesmerized by the beauty of Antarctica. Watching penguins waddling on the beach and listening to the crackling and crumbling sounds of icebergs and glaciers will become your daily entertainment, while kayaking with whales and camping in Antarctica are a couple of extra activities you’ll want to book ahead of time and experience at least once.

          Days 8-9

            The Antarctic Circle

            Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach 66° 33’ S. You and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne!

            With a toast to the first explorers who ventured this far south, you can take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world still visited by very few people. This is raw Antarctica, a special area that you’ll experience during the midnight sun.

            Days 10-11

              Northbound Along the Peninsula

              If you haven’t had your fill of Antarctic wildlife and icebergs by now, you’ll surely be satisfied by the time you return to the Drake Passage. Continue to journey onto land and out by Zodiac twice daily as you travel north along the western Peninsula. Your Expedition Team will also be on the lookout for any species of penguins, seals and whales that may have eluded you on the journey south.

              Days 12-13

                Drake Passage to Ushuaia

                Re-crossing the Drake, Antarctica fades away and you’ll be left with a collection of memories to last a lifetime. Excited conversations with your newfound friends will make the time passing the Drake Passage fly by, independent of weather and sea conditions. Your Expedition Team will round up their series of lectures as well, perhaps with a slideshow of some of the great landing sites and wildlife you’ve visited over the course of your voyage.

                Day 14

                  Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

                  Today you’ll say goodbye to your Expedition Team and your fellow travelers. You’ll disembark in the morning so that you may catch your homeward bound flights.

                  - 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.

                  Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that everything can be achieved that was set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

                  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.