Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina/ Embark ShipIn 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.
Drake PassageSail 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.
Antarctic PeninsulaWe will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island with a very beautiful landscape with icebergs, where we may encounter Leopard Seals, Crabeater Seals and whales. After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, we hope to get permission to visit the British research station and post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Imperial Shags. In Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glacier and enjoy the landscape during zodiac cruises. We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pleneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. In this area, there are good chances to encounter Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Fin Whales. On Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Danco Island, we will find a large colony of Gentoo Penguins and breeding pairs of Brown Skuas. We possibly see Weddell and Crabeater Seals. We leave Antarctica with a final continental landing.
Drake PassageSail into the Drake Passage again to have a chance of seeing many seabirds. Take advantage of the knowledge of your lecture team while on board, catch up on some reading, or enjoy sharing your photographs with fellow travelers.
Ushuaia/ Disembark/ Return homeIn the morning, arrive in Ushuaia and disembark. Transfer to the airport for your connecting flight home.