Ushuaia, ArgentinaIn the afternoon, embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel. After settling in, spend the rest of the evening sailing through this scenic waterway.
Crossing the Drake PassageDuring these two days sail across the Drake Passage. When you have crossed the Antarctic Convergence, arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area 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.
Weddell SeaA typical itinerary in the Weddell Sea could be as follows. This is a sample only, the final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board.
Sail into the Weddell Sea, and if the Antarctic Sound is accessible and the ice does not allow to sail further, you might see the huge tabular icebergs that announce your arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Plan to experience an Antarctic Continent landing at Brown Bluff.
The use of helicopters has a great advantage and will support the goal to reach the Emperor penguin colony, but the itinerary is ruled by the forces of nature, ice and weather conditions. If the conditions are favorable, you may be able to see the emperor penguins from the helicopter.
Examples of other possible helicopter landing sites in the Weddell Sea area include the incredibly beautiful and wildlife filled Brown Bluff, the interesting Duse Bay, Devil Island, Vega Island, and Hope Bay.
On the way north through the Antarctic Sound, the crew may stop at the Argentinian station, Esperanza. Here, you may look for emperor penguins and visit Gourdin Island to search for three other penguin species; chinstraps, gentoo, and adelies.
Keep in mind that you will be in the world’s most remote area and there are no guarantees, including a specific amount of helicopter time. Conditions may change rapidly, having its impact on the helicopter operation and passengers should understand and accept this. Safety is of greatest concern and no compromises can be made.
Half Moon Island & Deception IslandIn the morning plan to visit Half Moon Island where you can see Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins, various other bird-species and Southern Elephant Seals and Weddell seals. Early in the afternoon sail to Deception where you will enjoy the last landing of your voyage at Pendulum cove.
Antarctic ContinentIf conditions were favorable on both day 5 and 6 and you have successfully visited the Emperor Penguins, your captain may decide to visit Devil Island, Vega Island or Hope Bay. If we have not reached the Emperor Penguin colony on one or two of the previous days, ship-to-shore helicopter flights to Snow Hill Island will again be offered.
Drake PassageIn the Drake Passage have again a chance of seeing many seabirds and to take advantage of the knowledge of your lecture team.
Ushuaia / DisembarkArrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.