Antarctic Peninsula Cruise

Leica Akademie
A polar landscape
Polar News-Oceanwide Expeditions
Penguins in the arctic.
Adventure Life
Walk acoss the pristine Antarctic landscape
Andrey Volkov - Oceanwide Expeditions
Seal in the arctic.
A humpback whale breaches the polar waters
Monica Salmang-Oceanwide Expeditions
Ortelius' dining area.
Monica Salmang-Oceanwide Expeditions
The bar and observation lounge aboard the Ortelius.
Experience the isolated beauty of the planet's frozen continent aboard the Ortelius on this 10-day Antarctic cruise! View stunning wildlife and learn about the history of Antarctica as your sail across the Drake Passage and onto land.

Day 1

    Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina/ Embark Ship

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

    Days 2-3

      Drake Passage

      Sail across the Drake Passage. When crosing the Antarctic Convergence, arrive in the circum-Antarctic 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 your first icebergs.

      Days 4-8

        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 take 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 zodiac cruises will be offered such as near Foyn Harbour on Nansen Island and Neko Harbour.

        When sailing to Paradise Bay, with its myriad of icebergs and deep cut fjords, take the opportunity to cruise in a zodiac between the icebergs in the inner parts of the fjords. In this area you 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, enjoy 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 you may 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 9-10

          Drake Passage

          In the Drake Passage, you'll have another chance to spot seabirds and to take advantage of the knowledge of your lecture team.

          Day 11

            Ushuaia/ Disembark/ Return home

            In the morning, arrive in Ushuaia and disembark. Transfer to the airport for your connecting flight home.
             Quadruple PortholeTriple PortholeTwin PortholeTwin WindowTwin DeluxeSuperior
            Camping Option: $180
            Kayaking Option: $465
            - Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy.
            - Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate.
            - Due to the extreme nature of itinerary destinations, travel insurance is mandatory for all cruises aboard the Ortelius - including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance.
            A Basecamp itinerary to the Antarctic Peninsula is illustrated above. All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

            Fares include:
            • Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
            • Complementary Field camping, Hiking, Kayaking, Mountaineering, and Photo Workshop.
            • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
            • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes aboard ‘Ortelius’.
            • 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:
            If world fuel prices will reach or exceed US Dollar $120/Barrel 90 days prior to departure the Ortelius reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US Dollar 25 per passenger per night.