Emblematic Antarctica Cruise

Jonathan Brunger
Icebergs and sunshine during Antarctic cruise
Jonathan Brunger
Chinstrap Penguins during wildlife tour
Jonathan Brunger
Travelers among penguins during Antarctica tour
Jenny Fiebig
Antarctic tour, travelers with penguins
Albatross cruising the Drake Passage to Antarctica
Restaurant aboard the Le Soleal.
Bar and lounge with a view.
Tabletop icebergs, growlers, drift or pack ice... the Antarctic has a language unto itself. After this 11-day voyage, you too will understand the slight variations that make this southernmost landscape so unique. Join Le Soleal for a chance to sail through the Heart of the Antarctic Peninsula to an enchanting polar desert, a final frontier surrounded by a gigantic ice sheet. This is a fascinating journey to the heart of this remote land, where penguins live in their thousands, waddling on the shores, while humpback whales come and swim alongside ships.

Day 1

Embark in Ushuaia, Argentina

Regarded as the world’s southern-most city, Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego in the extreme South of Argentina at the end of Beagle Bay. This amazing little town of over 45,000 people is surrounded by mountains and fertile plains. The first inhabitants here were nomadic hunters and gatherers who arrived on foot to the Isla Grande over 10,000 years ago.

Choose to embark Le Soleal or partake in an excursion to Arakur Resort, located inside Cerro Alarken Natural Reserve. Enjoy time at leisure, lunch and/or an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Your ship departs South America this evening.

Days 2-3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drake Passage

To reach the mythical White Continent, your ship must cross the notorious Drake Passage, named after the famous explorer Sir Frances Drake who sailed these waters way back in 1578. Then traverse the Polar Front which marks the area where waters from the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans meet.

Day 4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Port Lockroy

On the small island of Goudier, you have the opportunity to visit Port Lockroy, discovered by the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot in 1903. Initially it served as a relief and repair base for whalers, but in 1944 Port Lockroy became a British base. It owes its name to Edouard Lockroy, a French politician and the partner of Jean-Baptiste Charcot during his expedition. You may be able to visit the small museum that retraces the life of the base in the 1950s. Since 1996, it has been open to the public during the short Southern Summer and is used for carrying out research on gentoo penguins. Nowadays, this base is the most visited site of the White Continent and, thanks to its little store and post office, it is the only place to offer you the opportunity to write to your friends and family and share this unique moment.

Day 5

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Pleneau Island / Port Charcot

Continue your exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula as you venture to Pleneau Island and Port Charcot. Details of your visit to this port are forthcoming.

Day 6

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Neko / Paradise Bay

Deep in Andvord Bay, we find this little corner of paradise at the foot of an immense glacier. Neko Bay is without doubt one of the most beautiful sights of the Antarctic Peninsula. Wildlife is as abundant as it is exceptional: sea birds such as gulls, Cape petrels and cormorants, as well as marine mammals like seals, orcas and whales. Excursions aboard Zodiac dinghies allow you to sail close to blue-tinged icebergs or disembark near colonies of penguins, observe leopard seals basking on the shore or watch the Antarctic terns flying overhead.

Day 7

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Weddell Sea

A lengthy sail in the Weddell Sea allows you to experience true silence, an extraordinary and enchanting atmosphere, and unrivalled calm. Discover a secret reserve of preserved treasure: fur seals, penguin colonies, wandering albatross, and other giant petrels. Here the huge icebergs and the endless ice cap sculpt a landscape beyond compare. The lord of the manor is known as the Weddell seal. It is a record breaker, able to remain submerged for more than an hour. Its pelage is dark grey and it has a spotted belly. To maintain its access to the sea and be able to fish, the Weddell seal has special teeth allowing it to make a hole in the thick ice.

Day 8

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Deception Island / Half Moon

Nestled at the heart of the South Shetland Islands, in the north of the Antarctic Peninsula, Deception Island is easy to recognize for its horseshoe shape. On the black sand of the volcanic beaches, there are remains of abandoned huts that have been overrun by the extraordinary wildlife, part of the treasure that Nature offers us there. It is on these beaches of ash that the largest colony of chinstrap penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula has taken up residence. Excursions aboard our Zodiac dinghies allow you to set foot on this expanse of land where more than 100,000 pairs of penguins, elephant seals and fur seals live side by side.

Days 9-10

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drake Passage

As you sail northward, take time to reflect on your extraordinary adventures. Share memories and photos with your fellow passengers or simply relax and take advantage of your ship's amenities as you prepare to return.

Day 11

  • Breakfast

Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia in the morning and disembark. Transfer to the airport for your onward flights.

 Superior StateroomDeluxe StateroomPrestige Stateroom Deck 4Prestige Stateroom Deck 5Prestige Stateroom Deck 6Deluxe SuitePrestige Suite Deck 5Prestige Suite Deck 6Owner Suite
Airport taxes: $50
Please note:
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

Discounts are available for children sharing a cabin with two adults and third adult passengers in select cabin categories. Please contact us for details.

Single travelers can opt for a solo cabin, supplements start at 50%.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
• A polar water-resistant parka is offered on board for all departures
• English speaking lecturer
• All meals while on board the ship
• Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
• Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals; afternoon tea
• Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
• Evening entertainment and events
• Luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa
• 24h room service (special selection)
• Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team.
• Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
• Park entry fees into protected areas

Cruise fares do not include:
• Airport taxes (subject to modification)
• Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
• Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure; please ask for more information
• Optional shore excursions
• Beverages other than the ones mentioned
• Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
• Personal expenses, on board medical consultations, and drug prescriptions
• Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
• Visa, disembarkation taxes, environmental taxes and/or national park fees if applicable

Cruise, Flights & Transfers program rates are per person and also include the following:
• Direct flight Buenos-Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos-Aires in Economy class
• Meet and Greet by representatives in Ushuaia and luggage direct transfer from the airport to the ship for port clearance
• Choice between one full day in Arakur Resort located inside Cerro Alarken Natural Reserve, time at leisure, lunch and/or optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park OR direct transfer to the port for embarkation, buffet lunch and access to the Main Lounge (cabins/suites will not be accessible before 5pm)
• On disembarkation days in Ushuaia: direct transfer from the ship to the airport

These voyages include activities such as Zodiac® landings (sometimes wet landings), Zodiac® outings, moderate walks, to more active hikes accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Considering the nature of the programs, a reasonable level of mobility is required to enjoy these expeditions.

Due to the exceptional nature of this itinerary, the calls/sites listed are only a guide. The final route will be confirmed by the ship’s Captain with priority being given to passenger safety. Pack ice may also force the Captain to change course at the last minute. Zodiac® landings or outings accompanied by your expedition team offer plenty of opportunities to discover and experience what Antarctica and/or South Georgia have to offer at close range. These will of course depend on the weather conditions, the ice, the wind and the sea state.