The shortest of the Antarctic cruises offers travelers to discover the Sixth continent and sub-Antarctic islands. The route includes the northern part of the Antarctic continent – Antarctic Peninsula – and nearby islands. Every expedition day offers intense exploration of Antarctica and use all the opportunities, performing as many landings and Zodiac-cruising as possible. In the 24-hour-daylight at the peak of Antarctic mid-summer try to offer travelers maximum outdoor activities to explore all the highlights of this program: huge penguin colonies – Adelie, gentoo, chinstrap; awesome scenery; visits to operational research stations; incredible icebergs; 5 species of seals – crabeater, Weddell, leopard, fur and southern elephant; whales – humpback, minke, orca.
Day 1 : Arrive in Ushuaia Day 2 : Embark Days 3-4 : Crossing the Drake Passage Days 5-9 : South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula Days 10-11 : At Sea Day 12 : Disembark in Ushuaia
Arrive at Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Make your way to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. You can visit the Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous as you explore the southernmost town in the world. Highlights of Ushuaia include an award-winning museum and trips to nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park and its popular “Train at the End of the World.”
Day 2 Embark
Arrive at the ship in the afternoon, where you are greeted by your Expedition Team and ship's officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the mountainous scenery on your early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies. Your Antarctic cruise has begun!
Day 3-4 Crossing the Drake Passage
As your ship sails south, wildlife spotting opportunities include Albatrosses, Prions, and Petrels that frequently follow the ship. Your Expedition Team is out on deck as well, looking for the whales and dolphins that may also be seen in the area. Ship experts hold informative and entertaining presentations on the wildlife, history, and geology of Antarctica. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety are also held in the ship's comfortable lounge. The length of this journey depends on sea conditions but you can expect to approach the South Shetland Islands in the evening of Day 4.
Day 5-9 South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula
The land of superlatives: Antarctica! Your Expedition Leader and Captain create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. The route you take highlights the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas as well as sites of historic and scientific interest. The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. You may make a stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as an historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.
All the while, Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins abound, and Weddell, Crabeater and Elephant Seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory Leopard Seals and the aggressive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback Whales are frequent visitors in the late season and Orca sightings are also common.
Day 10-11 At Sea
The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with final opportunities for spotting seabirds and looking for whales. The Expedition Team run their last lectures and presentations, recapping the great Antarctic adventure that you have gone through.
Day 12 Disembark in Ushuaia
Arrive in Ushuaia early this morning to disembark for your continued journey home.
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This Add-on is available only for our travelers extending or customizing their itinerary.
Included in your cruise fare:
- 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia
- Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
- Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation in Ushuaia
- Shipboard accommodations
- All scheduled landings/excursions
- All lectures and briefings onboard
- All meals
- Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
- Welcome and farewell cocktails
- A pair of rubber boots on loan for shore landings
- Expeditions jacket (yours to keep)
- All port fees
- Pre-departure materials
- Digital Voyage Log
Excluded in cruise fare:
- Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
- Luggage and trip cancellation insurance
- Meals, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service and gratuities to shipboard personnel
- Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings
- Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of USD 150,000
- Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!