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Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

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This expedition transports you to a land that has risen from its winter slumber. Curious penguins are nesting, and majestic whales are returning. Melting sea ice creates highways of water, inviting travelers with a sense of adventure to step off the beaten track and explore the world’s most remote, unspoiled and wildest continent. Sail through landscapes of blue and white hues peppered with icebergs. You might experience an overwhelming silence broken only by the splash of a breaching humpback whale, approach an ice floe as a resting leopard seal raises its head in curiosity, or become surrounded by a bounty of penguins on snow-capped islands. The highlights are endless, the adventure exhilarating, and the memories eternal.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 : Embarkation Day
Days 3-4 : Drake Passage
Days 5-9 : South Shetland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula
Days 10-11 : Drake Passage to Ushuaia
Day 12 : Disembarkation in Ushuaia


  • Explore bays, channels, and landing sites
  • Watch glaciers calve giant icebergs into the sea below
  • Zodiac ashore each day and explore the polar landscape
  • Trek up snowy pathways for panoramic views


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Trip Type

  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Cruising the chilly waters in the Zodiac A humpback whale dives beneath the Antarctic waters A majestic view from the kayak Group of King Penguins Kayaking in antarctica

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina

With a population of more than 63,000 people, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. The city has grown over the past few years, yet has retained an easy going and accessible feel. With the sea to the south and mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. If you arrive early, you can spend time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy Argentinean wines and barbecues in the city, or visit the many boutiques and cafés before you leave for your expedition to Antarctica.

Day 2 Embarkation Day

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Embarkation occurs in the late afternoon, after which your vessel sails down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you see land you are in the world’s most southern continent!

Day 3-4 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend your first days at sea getting to know your shipmates, listening to safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead, and watching for wildlife. Prepare yourself for potentially rough waters, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing.

Day 5-9 South Shetland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
When the Antarctic Convergence is left in your wake, you truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. You can begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike.

Take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore remote bays, channels and landing sites each day. Wildlife is present all around you as you visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of the southern seal species.

The majesty of the Peninsula’s mountains amaze you as you trek up snowy pathways to vantage points that offer 360° views of your surroundings. One of these incredible sightseeing opportunities, in Orne Harbor, invites you to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here you have a choice between going for a mountain hike or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach to enjoy the antics of the curious penguins. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets! 

Amidst the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour. 

Every day is different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team so as to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

Day 10-11 Drake Passage to Ushuaia

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with some final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy a few final presentations by your Expedition Team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Day 12 Disembarkation in Ushuaia

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Ushuaia after breakfast. After you disembark, take some time to explore Ushuaia before taking the group charter flight back to Buenos Aires (price of flight is part of the additional Buenos Aires flight and transfer package).

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Ushuaia - Hotels

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Ocean Diamond's Triple Cabin.
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Lower Deck, 200 sq feet. Two twin beds and an upper bed, two portholes and private bath with tub and shower.
Ocean Diamond's Twin Cabin.
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Twin Obstructed View
Captains & Upper Decks, 200 sq feet, one double bed, partially obstructed view. Private bathroom with tub and shower.
Ocean Diamond's Twin Cabin.
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Twin Window
Upper & Main Decks, 183-200 sq feet. One double bed or two twin beds, picture window, private bathroom with tub and shower.
Ocean Diamond's Single Porthole Cabin.
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Single with Porthole
Lower Deck, 200 sq feet, one double bed or two twin beds. Porthole and private bathroom with tub and shower.
Ocean Diamond's Single Cabin.
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Single Obstructed View
Captain's Deck, 200 sq feet, one double bed, partially obstructed view. Private bathroom with tub and shower.
Ocean Diamond's Suite.
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Main Deck, 400 sq feet, one double bed or two twin beds, two picture windows and separate sitting area. Private bathroom with tub and shower.
Ocean Diamond's Balcony Suite.
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Balcony Suite
Observation Deck, 226 sq feet, one double bed or two twin beds, window and sliding glass door, private 96 sq ft deck. Private bathroom with tub and shower.


- 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 accomplished. 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.

Rate Includes:
• Group transfer in Ushuaia from airport to pre-expedition hotel on Day 1
• One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia with breakfast
• Group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day
• Group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport
• Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
• All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on board
• All shore landings per the daily program
• Leadership throughout the voyage by your experienced Expedition Leader
• All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
• Formal and informal presentations by your Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled
• Photographic journal documenting the expedition
• Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
• An official parka to keep
• Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
• Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
• Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
• All luggage handling aboard ship
• Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person

Rate Excludes:
• International airfare
• Passport and visa expenses
• Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
• Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
• Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance
• Excess baggage charges
• Waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
• Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
• Phone and internet charges
• Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
• Additional overnight accommodation
• Optional kayaking activities


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This was our first trip to South America and we were a little nervous. But Adventure Life made things so easy! All our questions were answered before we left, and our guide, Vidal, was amazing! He gave us enough space to explore without rushing us along. He also knew where the best picture taking opportunities were, which was great.
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