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
Monica Salmang
Bar and observation room
Monica Salmang
Modern and comfortable lounge
Take part on this unique 11 day Antarctic expedition cruise, where the ship becomes a base camp throughout your voyage. “Base camp” by definition is a temporary storing and starting place, from which an activity starts. "Activity modules,” which go beyond normal shore program, are provided throughout the duration of your voyage.

Day 1

    Embark in Ushuaia

    In the afternoon, embark in Ushuaia, Argentina the southernmost city in the world. Sail through this scenic waterway of the Beagle Channel during 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, where you may 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.

      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 the ship is positioned for the multi activity base camp. The protected waters around Wiencke Island become your playground for all activities. In this alpine environment there great opportunities to scout the region on foot, 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, i.e. Jabet Peak (540 m). All climbs and excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions.

        Two overnights are spent 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, there the ship may land on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags.

        Depending on weather conditions, sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pleneau and Petermann Islands 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.

        At Neko Harbor, take the opportunity to explore the magnificent glaciers and ice fields of the Antarctic Continent. Enjoy the spectacular landscape by foot, zodiac, and kayak. The mountaineers may climb up to higher grounds of the glacier. Spend the night, camping at Neko Harbor. After breaking camp in the morning, sail towards the Drake Passage via the Melchior Islands.

        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.
             Quadruple PortholeTriple PortholeTwin with PortholeTwin with WindowTwin DeluxeSuperior
            2015-Nov-21$7,050$7,950$8,650$9,150$9,650$10,550
            2015-Dec-28$7,950$8,950$9,650$10,250$10,850$11,850
            - 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.
            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.