Cruising the Polar Circle Cruise

Embark on this 13-day cruise that includes the northern part of the Antarctic continent – Antarctic Peninsula – and nearby islands as well as the polar circle! Every expedition day offers intense exploration of Antarctica and uses all the opportunities, performing as many landings and Zodiac-cruising as possible. In the 24-hour-daylight at the peak of Antarctic's mid-summer, travelers may be able 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, and; whales – humpback, minke, orca.

Day 1

Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive at Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Make your way to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. 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

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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!

Days 3-4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Crossing the Drake Passage

As your ship sails south, wildlife spotting opportunities include albatrosses, prions, and petrels that frequently follow the ship. The 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.

Days 5-7

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula

The land of superlatives: Antarctica! The 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.

Day 8

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Polar Circle

Spend the day exploring the Southernmost area of the Earth, the polar circle!

Days 9-10

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

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.

Days 11-12

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with final opportunities for spotting seabirds and looking for whales. The Expedition Team runs their last lectures and presentations, recapping the great Antarctic adventure that you have gone through.

Day 13

  • Breakfast

Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia early this morning to disembark for your continued journey home.

Travel Insurance:
All passengers are covered by a medical travel insurance policy to the value of 100,000 EURO which includes medical emergency evacuation and reparation for the cruise portion of the tour only. Additional insurance is strongly recommended.

Solo Travelers:
All rates posted are per person based on double occupancy. Solo travelers can obtain the Twin Standard Cabin for 1.7 the posted rate. All additional categories can be reserved at twice the posted fare.

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:
- Airfare
- 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