Embark in Ushuaia, ArgentinaEnjoy a hearty, late afternoon welcome from your friendly staff and crew. Settle in to your cabin and explore the ship before setting sail in the evening. Excitement lifts as the ship sails down the Beagle Channel. Be sure to keep watch for Magellenic penguins, dolphins and albatross.
Crossing the Drake PassageThe Drake Passage crossing offers excellent bird watching from the outer decks or the warmth of the bridge. Learn about Antarctica from the on-board naturalist’s informative talks, and about safety and environmental guidelines from expedition staff. Meet fellow travelers, chat, read, and prepare for the days ahead. Keen eyes watch for icebergs, while king cormorants fly by, and the appearance of penguins and fur seals heralds the ship's approach to the South Shetlands.
An overnight passage along Gerlache Strait delivers you to the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. Aboard robust Zodiacs, explore penguin rookeries, historic sites, and scientific stations. Celebrate Christmas enthusiastically; the atmosphere among fellow travelers is like that of an extended family.
Zodiac cruising brings you close to intricately-shaped icebergs and to seals basking on ice floes, whilst kayakers glide into secluded bays. Focus on immersing yourself in nature, even camping out one night if conditions allow. Thanks to the small number of expeditioners on the voyage, spontaneity and flexibility enhance enjoyment. After all, bubble netting humpbacks demand a wakeup call, even at midnight!
King George Island / Fly to Puna Arenas, ChileArrive at mountainous King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands. Time and weather permitting, explore Fildes Bay and visit the Russian Orthodox Trinity Church at Bellingshausen Station, before catching a charter flight back to Punta Arenas in Chile and being transferred to your overnight accommodation.
Punta Arenas, Chile / DepartAfter breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow travelers before continuing on with your own arrangements.