The Antarctic Peninsula Cruise

Franco Banfi
The sun sets over polar mountains
Jonathan Brunger
Zodiacs during Antarctic tour in Paradise Bay
Goran Ehlme
A humpback whale lifts its fluke
Jayne Hope
Penguins
Peyton McCollum
Elephant Seals and King Penguins in Gold Harbour
Curl up in the comfortable lounge of Le Lyrial
The dining room on Le Lyrial
Tabletop icebergs, growlers, drift and pack ice... Antarctica has its own langauge, which you are sure to be speaking fluently soon! Join Le Lyrial for an opportunity to sail through the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula on this 11-day voyage. Experience this enchanting polar desert - a true final frontier surrounded by ice!

Day 1

Embark in Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia. Before embarking, choose to join an optional excursion to see the remarkable Tierra del Fuego National Park, where you can also enjoy lunch on site. Embark your ship between 5 and 6 PM this evening and settle in to your cabin.

*Please note that cruise fare includes interior economy flights Buenos-Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos-Aires

Days 2-3

Drake Passage

To reach the mythical White Continent, you must first cross the notorious Drake Passage, named after the famous explorer, Sir Frances Drake, who sailed in 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. As your ships sails, familiarize yourself with her amenities and her crew.

Day 4

Neko / Paradise Bay, Antarctica

Deep in Andvord Bay, you can 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 our 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 5

Pleneau Island / Port Charcot

Pleneau Island lies in the Wilhelm Archipelago off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. The island was named for Paul Pleneau, who photographed the French Antarctic Expedition of 1903. Port Charcot, another possible stop today, was named for the French team leader, Jean-Baptiste Charcot. If a landing is possible, you may see a historic cairn here, a wooden pillar and plaque inscribed with the French expedition members' names.

Day 6

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 are 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 7

Deception Island

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 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 the Zodiacs 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.

Day 8

Cruising in the Weddell Sea

A lengthy sail in the Weddell Sea allows you to experience true silence - an extraordinary and enchanting atmosphere! 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.

Days 9-10

At Sea in the Drake Passage

Your ship turns north, heading back across the Drake Passage toward South America. As you sail, spend time reflecting on your adventure at the end of the world.

Day 11

  • Breakfast

Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

Disembark this morning in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your continued journey home.

*Please note that cruise fare includes interior economy flights Buenos-Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos-Aires

 Superior StateroomDeluxe StateroomPrestige Stateroom - Deck 4Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6Deluxe SuitePrestige Suite - Deck 5Privilege SuiteGrand Deluxe SuiteGrand Privilege SuiteOwner Suite
2015-Nov-29$9,600$11,270$12,570$13,080$13,630$17,800$21,030$21,970$25,140$26,730$28,320
Safety and port taxes: $830
Airport Taxes: $55
2015-Dec-09
2016-Jan-14
$10,520$12,100$13,410$13,980$14,560$19,090$22,580$23,600$27,030$28,750$30,470
Safety and port taxes: $830
Airport Taxes: $55
Fares include:
• 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
• 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
• Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request),

Cruise rates don’t include:
• Airport taxes (subject to modification)
• Port and safety taxes, environmental charges, landing and access fees to National Parks, special and/or Protected zones or sites subject to specific permits from National authorities and/or local communities (included only in cruise package sold in US/Canada)
• 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
• Gratuities (included only in cruise package sold in US/Canada)
• Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
• Visa fees, if applicable

Cruise, Flights & Transfers program rates are per person and also include the following:
• Direct flight Buenos-Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos-Aires in Economyclass on chartered flight (based on availability)
• 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 tour to Tierra del Fuego National Park with lunch included and escort of English Speaking local guide (detailed description available upon request) OR direct transfer to the port for embarkation, buffet lunch and access to the Main Lounge (cabins/ suites will not be accessible before 5pm)
• Complimentary boot rental (except for guarantee deposit)
• Complimentary polar parka for you to keep