Across the Antarctic Circle Cruise

Sail for the legendary seventh continent on this 10-day Antarctica cruise and Ushuaia tour. Beginning and ending in Ushuaia, Argentina, this cruise takes you across the Drake Passage and onto the world's southernmost continent. The cold waters are rich with wildlife - keep your eyes peeled on the horizon for whales, seals, and the ever-present penguins. The landscape is vast, pristine, and guaranteed to take your breath away. Explore the shores at the far end of the Earth and experience the quiet majesty of hundreds of towering icebergs.

Day 1


    Arrive in Ushuaia and transfer to your hotel for brunch. The day is yours to explore Ushuaia at your leisure. Gather in the evening for a welcome dinner before overnighting in the city.

    Day 2

      Ushuaia / Embark

      Enjoy a boat trip on the Beagle Channel and disembark in Tierra del Fuego National Park for nature hikes surrounded by dramatic scenery. Or, visit Martial Glacier, followed by a city tour and lunch in Ushuaia. Board the Sea Spirit in the afternoon and set sail for the Antarctic Peninsula.

      Days 3-4

        Drake Passage

        Named for the 16th-century English seaman, the Drake Passage is a deep waterway which spans 600 miles from the southern tip of South America to the South Shetland Islands. Join naturalists on deck to watch for wandering and black-browed albatross, pintado and white-chinned petrels. Attend informative lectures on the history, geology, and wildlife of the Antarctic realm.

        Days 5-9

          Antarctic Peninsula and Polar Circle

          As you cruise the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula and its adjacent islands, landings are dependent upon weather and ice conditions. The following list serves as a guideline of the places you may experience.

          Brown Bluff – Located on the Antarctic continent, Brown Bluff rises 2,450 feet above an ashen beach which is littered with bizarrely shaped boulders. Adelie and gentoo penguins make their home here, as do skuas and pintado petrels, which nest near the top of the cliff. Kelp gulls fill the air with perpetual sound and motion.

          Deception Island – As you approach Deception Island through Neptune's Bellows, a channel just wide enough for the ship to navigate, southern fulmars and pintado petrels soar overhead. Weigh anchor inside a volcano whose collapsed cone was filled by rushing seawater.

          Lemaire Channel and Pleneau Island – Cruising the beautiful Lemaire Channel, keep watch for the humpback and minke whales which frequently spotted in the area. This narrow channel is one of the most visually impressive areas of the Antarctic Peninsula. Steep mountain peaks jut out of the sea on both sides, and the waters are often choked with icebergs and frequented by crabeater seals. A stunning labyrinth of grounded icebergs lies in the shallow waters west of Pleneau Island, presenting a superb Zodiac cruising experience. Crabeater and leopard seals haul out on the ice, and elephant seals and gentoo penguins occupy the island itself.

          Days 10-11

            Drake Passage

            Enjoy two days at sea to relax, sort through your photos, and attend lectures which recap your Antarctic adventures. On deck, keep watch for seabirds and the whales which are frequently seen in these waters.

            Day 12

              Ushuaia / Disembark

              Enjoy one last breakfast on board before disembarking the ship in Ushuaia. Transfer to the airport for your continued journeys.
              *All gratuities
              *Accommodations in hotel in Ushuaia as outlined in the itinerary
              *Onboard meals
              *Soft drinks
              *Wine and beer with lunch and dinner
              *All group meals on land
              *Arrival and departure transfers on group dates *Services of the expedition staff (including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows)
              *All group activities and excursions
              *Kayaking (Kayaking is available to a limited number of experienced kayakers. Please contact us to pre-register for this activity.)
              *Landing and port fees
              *$50,000 of medical expense coverage
              *$75,000 in emergency evacuation insurance.

              *All air transportation
              *Excess baggage charges
              *Airport arrival and departure taxes
              *Transfers for independent arrivals and departures
              *Passport and/or visa fees
              *Travel insurance
              *Items of a personal nature (such as laundry)
              *Bar charges
              *E-mail/Internet/fax/telephone charges