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The Frozen Land of the Penguins

Example 13 Day Cruise aboard MS Fram
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Embark MS Fram in Ushuaia, the world's southernmost town. Set a course through the scenic Beagle Channel toward the notorious Drake Passage, accompanied by wandering albatross and other seabirds. An expert lecture series focusing on the history, environment, and wildlife of Antarctica prepares you for the adventure ahead as the ship heads south into the open sea.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia | Embark
Days 2-3 : Drake Passage
Days 4-10 : Antarctica
Days 11-12 : Drake Passage
Day 13 : Ushuaia | Disembark


  • Sail the Drake Passage, known for some of the planet's roughest waters
  • See the penguin colonies of Deception Island and Half Moon Island
  • Take optional excursions including kayaking, camping, and hiking
  • Enjoy lectures on Antarctica's history, wildlife, and environment


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  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

A penguin skims the surface of Antarctic waters Camp on the Antarctic peninsula as you sail on the MS Fram Stunning blue hues of Antarctica Penguins at play in front of the MS Fram Port Lockroy icebergs

Day 1 Ushuaia | Embark

You have a few hours to explore Ushuaia or join an optional excursion before departing in the evening. Your adventure begins as MS Fram sets her course through the scenic Beagle Channel for the Drake Passage and Antarctica.

Day 2-3 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
In addition to spotting the wandering albatross and other seabirds, the crossing of the Drake Passage features a lecture series, which focuses on the history, environment, and wildlife of Antarctica. The series also includes a thorough introduction to the Antarctic visitor guidelines from the Antarctic Treaty and International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO).

During these two days at sea, you have time to get prepared for Antarctica and the close encounters with Antarctica's wildlife, particularly the penguins. These amazing birds in their large, dense ‘rookeries’, some with 180,000 or more birds, are astounding.

Day 4-10 Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
Antarctica is different from anywhere else you will ever experience! Once you have crossed the Antarctic Convergence you can start feeling the air getting crisper and colder. Begin to see Antarctic penguins in the water, and don’t forget to be on the lookout for the first iceberg. There are no permanent human inhabitants in Antarctica, but it is home to millions of penguins and the feeding area for thousands of whales. The penguins are fearless when encountering humans – although they might be just as curious about you as you are about them. Some of the highlights you can experience while you are here include Deception Island and Half Moon Island, because of the resident colonies of chinstrap penguins. Enjoy beautiful vistas and the gentoo penguin colonies on Yankee Harbour, Cuverville Island, Neko Harbour, and Paradise Harbour. On Petermann Island, see thousands of Adélie penguins.

The British base in Port Lockroy is one of the most popular sites in Antarctica, and offers a peek into life on an Antarctic base in the 1950s. The nesting gentoo penguins surrounding the main building have become accustomed to the frequent human visitors. The huge ice shelves of the Antarctic Sound are home to an estimated half million Adélie penguins as well as gentoo penguins, leopard seals, and killer whales. The best way to experience Adélie penguins at Brown Bluff is to sit quietly and watch nature’s cutest comedians at work. When opportunities arise, launch your kayaks, pitch tents ashore, and take unforgettable hikes to explore one the most beautiful, untouched places on the planet.

Day 11-12 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula to Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina is roughly 600 miles or 40 hours of sailing time in good weather.

Day 13 Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive back in Ushuaia in the morning, where you have the opportunity to join an optional excursion.

MS Fram

Per person starting at
Cabin I MS Fram
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113-140 square feet. Inside cabin: One bed, one sofa bed, TV, refrigerator, shower/wc
Cabin FJ MS Fram
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172-226 square feet. Outside cabin: Double bed, seating area, TV, refrigerator, shower/wc, limited or no view. (FJ 503 with twin beds).
A comfortable twin cabin on the MS Fram
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113-140 square feet. Outside cabin: One bed, one sofa bed, table, TV, refrigerator, shower/wc. (N-352 with upper/lower berths).
Cabin U MS Fram
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118-252 square feet. Outside cabin: One bed, one sofa bed, table, TV, refrigerator, kettle, shower/wc. (U-526 with upper/lower berths).
Cabin F MS Fram
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183-248 square feet. Double bed, seating area, TV, refrigerator, kettle, shower/wc.
Cabin M MS Fram
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172-215 square feet. One room with seating area, TV, mini-bar, kettle, double bed, shower/wc.
Cabin MG MS Fram
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260-420 square feet. One room with private balcony, seating area, TV, mini-bar, kettle, double bed, shower/wc.


This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine your schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage.

Your voyage price includes:
  • Expedition voyage in cabin category of your choice on a full board basis (daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner)
  • Wind-and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary use of Muck Boot rubber boots
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
Not included:
  • ​Flights from US
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities 
  • Argentinian reciprocity fee from $160 for US citizens


  • 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 Dinners
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