Atlantic Odyssey: Ushuaia to Ascension Island Cruise

Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
A settlement on the island of Saint Helena.
Goran Ehlme
A humpback whale lifts its fluke
Jan Veen
Photographing Penguins in South Georgia.
Franco Banfi
Lemaire channel reflection
Rob Tully-Oceanwide Expeditions
Penguins gather by the ocean.
Monica Salmang
Bar and observation room
Monica Salmang
Modern and comfortable lounge
The Atlantic Odyssey offers a unique possibility to visit several of the most remote islands in the world. Besides the Antarctic Peninsula, the South Shetland Islands, South Georgia, and the South Orkney Islands, the Atlantic Odyssey visits Tristan da Cunha, St. Helena, Ascension Island. Beautiful and often rare species live on these islands, many of them not found anywhere else in the world. Isolated local communities can also be visited on this unique Atlantic voyage.

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

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, you may spot your first icebergs.

Day 4

Deception Island

At Deception Island, you will try to land at Baily Head, home to a colony of ten thousand Chinstrap Penguins (please note this landing is not always guaranteed and is only possible in good weather conditions). Good walkers may hike from Baily Head over the ridge of the crater into Whalers Bay, while your ship braves its entrance into the crater through the spectacular Neptune’s Bellow into the ring of Deception Island. Deception itself is a subducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbor for the ship. Here you will find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, many Dominican Gulls, Brown Skuas and Antarctic Terns. Wilson’s Storm Petrels and Black-bellied Storm Petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay.

Day 5


If the sea ice conditions allow, your expedition team will try to reach Hope Bay or Brown Bluff at the Northern tip of the Antarctic Continent. In this area chances are good for encounters with Adelie Penguins, Weddell Seals, Leopard Seals and Orcas.

Day 6

Paulet Island

If ice conditions allow, sail to Paulet Island where you will observe the last individuals of a large Adelie Penguin colony near the ruins of the Nordenskjold Expedition from the beginning of the 20th century. Depending on the sea ice sail east or west of the Danger Islands to the north.

Day 7

At Sea

Sail towards the South Orkney Islands. Your exact navigational course will be determined by the prevailing ice conditions, in terms of both extent of sea ice and density of icebergs, which vary from year to year.

Day 8

South Orkney Islands

Your team is planning on a visit to Orcadas station, an Argentinean base located in the South Orkney Islands. The friendly base personnel will show you their facilities and you can enjoy the wonderful views of the surrounding glaciers.

Day 9

At Sea

On your way to South Georgia, witness a multitude of Albatrosses, Petrels and Fulmars.

Days 10-12

South Georgia

In South Georgia you will begin your visit with zodiac excursions in the magnificent Drygalski Fjord and Larsen Harbour. In Cooper Bay observe Chinstrap Penguins and Macaroni Penguins and breeding Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses. On Salisbury Plain, see a huge King Penguin colony, elephant seals and fur seals. On Prion Island in the Bay of Isles see breeding Wandering Albatrosses. At the end of your time in South Georgia visit the abandoned whaling settlement in Grytviken, where now the penguins walk through the streets, and King Edwards Point where the grave of Shackleton lies.

Days 13-17

At Sea

In the Westerlies enjoy a pleasant tailwind. On both sides of the Antarctic Convergence, observe many species and great numbers of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic seabirds.

Day 18

Gough Island

Today plan to approach the unique Gough Island for zodiac cruising around the island, as always weather permitting. Previous expeditions have managed to circumnavigate all but four miles of the 33 mile circumference of the island in the ship, along with spectacular scenery and an unprecedented abundance of wildlife spottings. You should feel very privileged to be among the few visitors who have been able to experience Gough and in particular, to see it at such close quarters and in such favorable conditions.

Days 19-21

Tristan da Cunha

In the Tristan da Cunha archipelago your captain plans to call on the settlement at the west side of the main island. Landings at Nightingale Island and Inaccessible Island will also be attempted, with millions of seabirds ranging from Yellow-nosed Albatrosses to Brown Noddies. One day in reserve is allowed for bad weather, as due to the weather conditions landings are not always possible. 30% of previous sailings have been unable to make landings in the Tristan da Cunha archipelago due to adverse weather.

Days 22-25

At Sea

Enter sub-tropical waters with their own species of seabirds and dolphins.

Days 26-28

St Helena

St. Helena has a good anchorage and landing site. On this island, have ample opportunities to enjoy local culture, pleasant climate, and endemic plants and birds. Visit the place where Napoleon lived in exile. There will be opportunities to explore the Island on your own and for snorkeling; stroll by the shallow surf and spot a variety of fish.

Days 29-30

At Sea

Enjoy a last few days at sea while drawing near Ascension Island. Your expedition team will offer ample opportunities to recap your adventures.

Days 31-32

  • Breakfast

Ascension Island

Ascension Island is a dry volcanic island with a moist and richly vegetated top. The Sooty Tern (wide-awake) colony sometimes consists of more than 1 million breeding pairs. You may try to climb the moist summit of Ascension Island and make a zodiac-cruise around Boatswain Bird Island, offering great opportunities for snorkeling. You may be fortunate to witness egg-laying sea turtles coming ashore at night.

Some passengers may disembark and fly with the scheduled RAF (Royal Air Force) flight to Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, UK. Others may proceed with the voyage to the Cape Verdes. In the evening the vessel will depart from Ascension Island.

- 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 designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
• All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
• Free use of rubber boots while in polar waters
• 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 USD $120 per Barrel Brent
90 days prior to departure Plancius reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US $25 per passenger per night.