Antarctic Peninsula Cruise

Adventure Life
A group of travellers sail around a penguin colony off the shores of Antarctica
Franco Banfi
Lemaire channel reflection
Franco Banfi
An old iceberg
Goran Ehlme
A humpback whale lifts its fluke
Franco Banfi
The sun sets over polar mountains
Monica Salmang
Bar and observation room
Monica Salmang
Modern and comfortable lounge
The great actors of Antarctica are the penguins and in total seven species could appear before your very own eyes on this special 10-day Antarctic cruise. In addition, this departure is specially timed to maximize the whale watching opportunity. Voyage these polar waters in search of the massive and elusive whales who roam these waters. This classic Antarctic route cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula is a popular way to make the most of your polar voyage experience.

Day 1

    Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina/ Embark Ship

    In the afternoon, embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located in the shadow of the Andes and right at the Beagle Channel shore. Sail through this scenic waterway during the afternoon.

    Days 2-3

      Drake Passage

      During these two days sail across the Drake Passage. When crossing the Antarctic Convergence, arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area you may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black- browed Albatrosses, Light- mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, catch a glimpse of the first icebergs.

      Days 4-7

        Antarctic Peninsula

        A typical itinerary in the South Shetlands and Antarctic Peninsula could be as follows. This is a sample only, the final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board.

        Sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. On Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Danco Island, find a large colony of Gentoo Penguins and breeding pairs of Brown Skuas. On Danco Island observe Chinstrap Penguins and possibly Weddell and Crabeater Seals. In Neko Harbour have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers, other continent landings are for example possible on Portal Point. During the cruise enjoy zodiac cruises such as near Foyn Harbour on Nansen Island and Neko Harbour.

        When sailing to Paradise Bay, with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, you will have the opportunity for zodiac cruising between the icebergs in the inner parts of the fjords. In this area have good chances to see Humpback Whales and Minke Whales.

        After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, visit the British research station and post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we can also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Imperial Shags.

        Sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pleneau and Petermann Island where you can find Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. In this area there are good chances to encounter Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Fin Whales. A visit to one of the scientific stations in Antarctica will give you an insight about the life of modern Antarcticans working on the White Continent. Further south visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station, where you will receive a warm welcome from the station crew.

        Sailing north through Neumayer Channel arrive at the Melchior Islands with a very beautiful landscape and again possibilities for zodiac cruising among the icebergs, where you may encounter Leopard Seals, Crabeater Seals and whales.

        Days 8-9

          Drake Passage

          In the Drake Passage again have a chance of seeing many seabirds and to take advantage of the knowledge of your lecture team.

          Day 10

            Ushuaia/ Disembark/ Return home

            Arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.
             Quadruple PortholeTriple PortholeTwin with PortholeTwin with WindowTwin DeluxeSuperior
            2015-Mar-14$5,500$6,100$7,050$7,300$7,650$8,450
            2015-Jan-07$6,950$7,750$8,450$8,850$9,250$10,150
            Kayaking Option: $450
            Camping Option: $180
            2016-Jan-07$7,050$7,950$8,650$9,150$9,650$10,550
            Kayaking Option: $465
            Camping Option: $180
            2016-Mar-17$5,550$6,150$7,050$7,450$7,850$8,600
            *Whale Watching Voyage
            - Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple 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.
            - Single occupancy: All cabins 1.7 times the share twin price
            - Due to the extreme nature of itinerary destinations, travel insurance is mandatory for all cruises aboard the Plancius - including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance.
            Please Note: It is agreed that if world fuel prices will reach or exceed US Dollar $120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure, the MV Plancius reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US Dollar 25 per passenger per night.

            Deposit & Payment

            Initial deposit is 25% cruise cost, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/register

            Final payment is due 70 days prior to departure.

            Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover or AmEx, cards subject to a credit card fee.

            Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 70 days prior to departure.

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            Cancellation Policy

            Days Prior to departureFee
            90 days or more25% cruise cost
            89-60 Days55% cruise cost
            59-0 Days100% cruise cost