Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the Peninsula Cruise

Claudio Suter
Seal relaxing on the shore
Claudio Suter
Birds resting on an iceburg
Claudio Suter
A humpback whale dives beneath the Antarctic waters
Gerald Cubitt
Cruising in the Zodiac
Gerald Cubitt
Massive Iceberg
Sun deck
Sea Adventurer's Dining Room.

Day 1

    Ushuaia, Argentina

    Arrive to Ushuaia, Argentina and transfer to your hotel. Overnight.

    Day 2

      Embarkation Day

      After embarkation in the late afternoon, you will sail down the Beagle Channel. Keep watch on deck for seabirds, penguins and rainbows.

      Days 3-4

        Crossing the Drake Passage

        Prepare for rough water, but do not be disappointed if your crossing is smooth sailing. The Drake is always changing.

        Days 5-8

          Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

          Many factors play a role in shaping the expedition’s progress. You will attempt to leave the ship to explore in a range of activity levels at least twice a day. Perhaps, you’ll feel salt spray on your face as the Zodiac weaves in and around grounded icebergs in Pleneau Bay. You could scramble to the top of a craggy hill for an unforgettable view of an icy chasm near Port Lockroy. You could sit quietly on a pebbled beach and wait for a curious penguin chick to approach or plunge into the frigid Antarctic waters.

          Explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula with other adventurers! Over the course of the austral spring and summer, the sun lingers longer and longer, melting snow and ice. Wildlife abounds: chicks hatch and fledge, and pods of whales breach in a deep bay where a calving iceberg has churned up krill, the local delicacy.

          The natural cycle of life ensures that every expedition is different. And that every expedition is full of surprises! In Antarctica, silence is so complete that interruptions become indelible memories: noisy penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, the boom and crack of a calving glacier near Petermann Island. As you sail from island to shore to bay during four days in the Peninsula, the Expedition Team provides opportunities for contemplation, to test your endurance and engage your curiosity.

          Days 9-11

            Drake Passage to Ushuaia

            Activities during the return voyage depend on the conditions of the Drake. A smooth crossing is a busy crossing. 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 minimum of US$100,000 per person required. Contact us for details on arranging travel insurance.

            This expedition includes
            * 1 night of pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia with breakfast.
            * Group transfer on Day 2 from a designated location in Ushuaia to the ship.
            * Shipboard accommodation with housekeeping.
            * Shipboard breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
            * Shore landings per the program delivered on the ship each day.
            * Professional Expedition Leadership.
            * All Zodiac excursions and transfers.
            * Formal and informal educational presentations by the Expedition Team.
            * Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage.
            * An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep.
            * The loan of a pair of waterproof boots for the duration of the voyage.
            * Coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock.
            * Hair dryer and bathrobes in each cabin.
            * Comprehensive pre-departure package including a map and Reader.
            * All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
            * All shipboard luggage handling.
            * Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person.
            * Group transfer from the ship to the Ushuaia airport.
            * Transfer from Ushuaia airport to the hotel on Day 1.

            This expedition excludes
            * Any airfare.
            * Passport and Visa Expenses.
            * Adventure options - kayaking, mountaineering, camping or cross-country skiing
            * Any meals ashore, with the exception of breakfast at the hotel.
            * Government arrival and departure taxes.
            * Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance.
            * Excess baggage charges.
            * Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges.
            * Shipboard and land telecommunication charges.
            * Gratuity for ship's crew, Hospitality or Expedition Team members.