Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Plancius Cruise

Erik Swanbom
Stunning views from your zodiac cruise
Franco Banfi
A young seal warms itself on the ice
Sea kayaking in Antarctica
Polar News-Oceanwide Expeditions
Penguins in the arctic.
Rinie van Meurs
Spot the Minke whale
Heiner Kubny-Oceanwide Expeditions
Dining area aboard the Plancius.
Heiner Kubny-Oceanwide Expeditions
Dining aboard the Plancius.
Expedition is the passion of this unique Antarctic voyage. The ship becomes a base camp for these polar expeditions voyages. “Base camp” is by definition a temporary storing and starting place, from which an activity starts. "Activity modules” are offered which go beyond normal shore program. The vessel will stay for two or three days at specific locations to serve active passengers as a comfortable hub to allow more time than usual for wide ranging activities on these exciting Antarctic expedition cruises.

Day 1

    Embark in Ushuaia

    In the afternoon, embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

    Days 2-3

      Across the 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 meet 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. If the winds are favourable you might do your first landing in Antarctic waters in the evening of the third day at Aitcho Island or Penguin Island at the South Shetlands.These volcanic islands are windswept and often shrouded in mist and fog, but do offer subtle pleasures. There is a nice variety of flora (mosses, lichens and flowering grasses) and fauna, such as Gentoo Penguins, Chinstrap Penguins and southern Giant Petrels.

      Days 4-8

        Antarctic Peninsula

        Sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. Sail to the Neumayer Channel, where your ship is positioned for the multi activity base camp. The protected waters around Wiencke Island will become your playground for all activities. In this alpine environment there great opportunities to scout the region on foot, per zodiac and during kayak trips. Walkers will find opportunities to use snowshoes on hikes near the shore lines and the mountaineers will find their challenge by climbing hills and view points further inland, ie. Jabet Peak (540 m). All climbs and excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions.

        Plan to stay two overnights at anchor in order to implement two camp nights and two full activity days. Visit the British research station and post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy possibly land 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. Your second Basecamp night will be erected near the continent, choose a camp site which is suitable and close to next days activity. The mountaineers hope to reach the summit of Mt Demaria (640 m) at Waddington Bay. 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 you may have time to visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station, where you will receive a warm welcome from the station crew.

        When sailing to Paradise Bay, with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, have the opportunity for zodiac cruising and kayaking between the icebergs in the inner parts of the fjords. In this area there are good chances to see Humpback Whales and Minke Whales. Hikers, mountaineers and photographers will spend time ashore.

        In afternoon at Neko Harbour have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glacier and enjoy the landscape during zodiac cruises, hikes and kayak excursions. A small group of mountaineers may climb up on higher grounds of the glacier. Spend the night at Neko or near Paradise Bay with a camp erected ashore. Leave Neko Harbour in the early morning after breaking your last camp. Sail via Melchior Islands towards the open sea of the Drake Passage. Again have a chance of seeing many seabirds.

        Days 9-10

          At Sea

          On your way north, be again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

          Day 11

            Ushuaia / Disembark

            Arrive in the morning and disembark in Ushuaia.
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            Camping, kayaking, snowshoeing, mountaineering and photo workshop are complimentary on this departure.
            Diving Option: $520 per person
            Camping, kayaking, snowshoeing, mountaineering and photo workshop are complimentary on this departure.
            Diving Option: $530 per person
            Camping, kayaking, snowshoeing, mountaineering and photo workshop are complimentary on this departure.
            Diving Option: $530 per person
            - 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 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.
            Fares include:
            * Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
            * All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
            * Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
            * Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
            * All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
            * Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
            * All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
            * Comprehensive pre-departure material.

            Not included:
            Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post land arrangements; transfers to the vessel; passport and visa expenses; Government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

            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:

            Final payment is due 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