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Atlantic Odyssey, including Antarctic Peninsula

Example 34 Day Cruise aboard MV Plancius
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Begin your 34-day polar voyage experience in Ushuaia and visit the most remote islands in the world. Cross the Drake Passage and head towards the Antarctic Peninsula. Explore the South Shetland Islands, South Georgia, South Orkney Islands, Tristan da Cunha, and St. Helena. Sail through the scenic waterway while you search for rare species, many of them not found anywhere else in the world. Isolated local communities can also be visited.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia | Embark
Days 2-3 : Drake Passage
Days 4-7 : Antarctica
Days 8-9 : At Sea
Day 10 : Ushuaia
Days 11-14 : At Sea
Days 15-17 : South Georgia
Days 18-22 : At Sea
Day 23 : Gough Island
Days 24-27 : Tristan da Cunha
Days 28-31 : At Sea
Days 32-33 : St. Helena
Day 34 : St. Helena | Disembark


  • Sail across the Drake Passage and spot your first icebergs
  • Meet gentoo penguins and breeding pairs of brown skuas
  • Set foot on the Antarctic Continent and visit the old British research station
  • Explore the Lemaire Channel and view humpback, minke, and fin whales
  • Visit the Grytviken Museum and the grave of Sir Ernest Shackelton
  • View the Longwood House, the place where Napoleon lived and died in exile


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Trip Type

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Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Penguins gather by the ocean. A humpback whale lifts its fluke Photographing Penguins in South Georgia. A settlement on the island of Saint Helena. Lemaire channel reflection

Day 1 Ushuaia | Embark

In the afternoon, embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

Day 2-3 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend two days sailing across the Drake Passage. When crossing the Antarctic Convergence, arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. Hope to view whales, wandering albatrosses, grey headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, Cape petrels, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels and Antarctic petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, spot your first icebergs.

Day 4-7 Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. On Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Danco Island, find a large colony of gentoo penguins and breeding pairs of brown skuas. On Danco Island observe gentoo penguins and possibly Weddell and crabeater seals. In Neko Harbor have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers. Enjoy the landscape surrounded by alpine peaks during zodiac cruises.

When sailing to Paradise Bay, with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic continent again and to zodiac cruise between the icebergs in the inner parts of the fjords. In this area you have good chances to see humpback whales and minke whales. After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, hope to get the chance to visit the old British research station, now a living museum and post office at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy there may be a landing on Jougla Point with gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags.

Sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pléneau and Petermann Island where you can find Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. In this area, there are good chances to encounter humpback whales, minke whales, and fin whales. Sailing north through Gerlache Strait arrive at the Melchior Islands with a very beautiful landscape with icebergs, where you may encounter leopard seals, crabeater seals, and whales.

Embark on a Zodiac cruise if the conditions allow, ending at the wreck of Guvernøren, an old whaling vessel that burned here in 1915. Around Melchior Islands, amidst a beautiful landscape with icebergs, you may encounter more whales but also leopard seal and crabeater seals. This area offers excellent opportunities for kayaking and camping in the pristine Antarctic environment. Depart for the Drake Passage around noon.

Day 8-9 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
On the way north the ship is again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 10 Ushuaia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the afternoon, new passengers embark in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, located at the Beagle Channel. Sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening

Day 11-14 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Spend these days sailing eastwards toward South Georgia. When crossing the Antarctic Convergence, arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. Hope to view whales, wandering albatrosses, grey headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, Cape petrels, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels. 

Day 15-17 South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Arrive in South Georgia and aim to visit some of the major king penguin rookeries in the world. The late season offers an outstanding chance to see the king penguins on eggs and with small chicks. The rookeries are packed at this time of year, and the traffic to and from the beach is astounding. At Salisbury Plain, view elephant seals and endless numbers of fur seal pups playing in the surf. On Prion Island in the Bay of Isles, search for breeding wandering albatross, then sail for the old whaling settlement in Grytviken, where penguins now walk through the streets. Grytviken is home to a small but highly informative museum and offers a chance to visit the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton, who is buried alongside his trusted friend and companion Frank Wild. Attempt to land at Gold Harbor and St Andrews Bay to view king penguins, with stunningly beautiful scenery and a wildlife density second to none.

Day 18-22 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Observe many species and great numbers of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic seabirds as you sail through the Antarctic Convergence.

Day 23 Gough Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Approach Gough Island for a zodiac cruise around Quest Bay, weather permitting. Gough Island is a strictly-protected nature reserve and landings are not allowed, but zodiac cruises in the area have proven to offer spectacular scenery and a great abundance of wildlife not easily seen elsewhere in the world. Hope to circumnavigate the entire 33-mile island by ship and see the northern rockhopper penguins and sub-Antarctic fur seals.

Day 24-27 Tristan da Cunha

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
In the Tristan da Cunha Archipelago, plan to call on the settlement at the west side of the main island. Landings at Nightingale Island and Inaccessible Island are attempted to view millions of seabirds including yellow-nosed albatrosses and brown noddies. An extra day is built in to allow for possible bad weather, as 35% of previous sailings have been unable to make landings in the Tristan da Cunha for this reason.

Day 28-31 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Enter sub-tropical waters which feature their own species of seabirds and dolphins.

Day 32-33 St. Helena

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
St. Helena has a good anchorage and landing site at Jamestown. Enjoy the local culture, pleasant climate, and endemic plants and birds, then visit Longwood House, where Napoleon lived and died in exile. Take the opportunity to explore the island on your own and snorkel in its clear waters. Or, stroll by the shallow surf and spot a variety of tropical and sub-tropical fish species.

Day 34 St. Helena | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
The newly-built airport in St Helena accommodates your flights to Europe and beyond.

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- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
- Single occupancy: All cabins 1.7 times the share twin price
-Children between the ages of 3-15 will be discounted 40% in triple or quad cabins, one child per cabin.
- Due to the extreme nature of itinerary destinations, travel insurance is mandatory for all cruises aboard the Plancius - including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance.

All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites, and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.
Fares include:
- Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee, and tea
- All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
- Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
- Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes 
- Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
- Comprehensive pre-departure material
Not included:
- Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights
- Pre- and post land arrangements
- Passport and visa expenses
- Government arrival and departure taxes
- Meals ashore
- Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory)
- Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
- The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)
Please note:
It is agreed that if world fuel prices will reach or exceed US $120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure MV Plancius reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US $400 per passenger.
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