Antarctica: Expedition to an Ethereal World Cruise

Day 1

    Ushuaia, Argentina

    Arrive in Ushuaia, located on the Beagle Channel and surrounded by the Darwin Cordillera, glaciers, and forests of southern beech. Transfer to Las Hayas Resort Hotel, beautifully situated amidst beech forests below the mountain of the Martial Glacier. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with fellow travelers.

    Day 2

      Tierra del Fuego National Park / Embarkation

      Explore the Tierra del Fuego National Park. The southernmost protected region of Argentina, this splendid wilderness is celebrated for its stunning scenery. Ride to Ensenada Bay and take a short walk to view Redonda and Estorbo Islands, backed by the snow-white mountains of Chile’s Sampaio Chain. Continue to Lake Roca, the Green and Black Lagoon, and Lapataia Bay. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to the pier to embark on Corinthian II and sail. As the ship navigates the Beagle Channel, enjoy a spectacular vista of glaciers and misted mountains.

      Days 3-4

        At Sea

        Attend lectures by naturalists and study leaders as Corinthian II sails through the Drake Passage and crosses the Antarctic Convergence, where the cold waters of the Southern Ocean override the warmer waters to the north. Albatross and cape petrels are among the birds that accompany the ship on its passage.

        Days 5-9

          Antarctic Peninsula

          Explore the pristine wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula, a narrow finger of land that separates the ice-choked waters of the Weddell and Bellingshausen Seas, and surrounding islands. As Corinthian II sails through scenic waterways, witness a breathtaking panorama of icebergs, blue glaciers, and jagged, snow-capped mountains. Aboard the ship’s fleet of Zodiacs cruise among ice floes; explore penguin rookeries; and, if conditions permit, visit with scientists at research stations. Although the itinerary varies according to local ice and wind conditions, we plan to land at such places as Paradise Harbour, where humpback and minke whales are often sighted offshore; Petermann Island, the habitat of Gentoo and Adelie Penguins; and Deception Island, known for its volcanically-heated hot springs. Voyages through the magnificent Lemaire, Errera, Neumeyer, and other protected channels are also planned.

          Days 10-11

            At Sea

            Enjoy on-board lectures and the amenities of the ship as Corinthian II makes the 600-mile return trip to Ushuaia.

            Day 12

              Ushuaia, Argentina / Disembarkation

              Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for flights home.

              Single travelers can opt to pay a single supplement for a private cabin or opt for a willing to share on select departures

              Please note: Cruise fare does not include fuel surcharges.

              Program Includes:
              * Ten-night cruise aboard the all-suite, 114-guest Corinthian II
              * 1 night stay in Ushuaia at Las Hayas Resort Hotel, with welcome dinner and breakfast
              * Full program of excursions as described in the accompanying itinerary
              * Welcome and farewell receptions aboard ship, hosted by the captain
              * All meals aboard ship with house wine, beer, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner
              * Physician aboard ship
              * Educational program of lectures and discussions with accompanying study leaders and onboard naturalist guides
              * Expedition parka, complete pre-departure materials, and detailed cruise log
              * Expedition leader, cruise staff, and trip directors
              * Baggage handling and transfers aboard on the designated program departure and arrival dates
              * Embarkation taxes and port dues
              * Gratuities to porters, guides, and drivers

              Not included in cruise fare:
              Airfare; visas; passports; luggage, cancellation, and accident insurance; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail/Internet service; and gratuities to shipboard personnel