- 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
As the Antarctic Peninsula and its offshore islands appear on the horizon, a sense of excitement begins to build. While day-to-day itineraries depend on weather, ice and wildlife conditions, twice-daily excursions carefully planned by your Captain and Expedition Team may include exploration of the following areas:
Antarctic Sound: At the northernmost tip of the Antarctic mainland, this body of water features some of the best sightseeing on the peninsula and a proliferation of giant icebergs. Noted for its vast numbers of bird species, the sound is home to the largest breeding colonies of Adélie penguins in Antarctica. Landings here may include Paulet, Vortex, or Terror islands. You may also make your first continental landing at sites such as Brown Bluff or Esperanza Station at Hope Bay.
South Shetland Islands: Antarctic research stations, remarkable history, amazing geological features and abundant wildlife define these islands off shore of the Antarctic Peninsula. Island visits may include Penguin, Half-Moon, and Deception, where you may cruise into this flooded caldera to explore geothermal black sand beaches and abandoned whaling stations.
Danco Coast: Separating the South Shetland Islands from the Antarctic continent, the Danco Coast is famed for its scenic, jaw-dropping waterways. From the comfort of ‘Le Lyrial,’ you may sail through the Gerlache strait, Paradise Bay, and photogenic Lemaire Channel. Landings may include Neko Harbor, Cuverville Island, and Wilhelmina Bay.
Each cruise day begins with an early breakfast followed by a morning excursion on swift Zodiacs. Guided by expert drivers, each Zodiac excursion is accompanied by lecturers and joined by groups of no more than 10 guests. After mornings discovering native species and striking terrain, return to ‘Le Lyrial’ for lunch, and time to relax and observe the wildlife-rich waters that surround you, searching for everything from fin whales, humpback whales, and orcas, to imperial shags and the southern giant petrel. By afternoon, set out for the day’s second excursion, which may include visiting a working scientific research station, hiking on a sheltered beach packed with basking southern elephant seals, or circumnavigating colossal icebergs that serve as floating homes to seals and penguins. After full days of adventure, evenings aboard your luxury cruiser invite you to unwind over cocktails in the cozy lounge before a beautiful dinner in the elegant dining room. At night, choose to recap the day’s discoveries with your naturalist guides, chat on deck with fellow guests, or seize the opportunity to capture photos in the stunning low light characteristic of Antarctica’s long, ethereal twilight.