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Emperor & Adelie Penguins

Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Ortelius
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Experience some of the most dramatic landscapes on earth on an exceptional 11-day voyage aboard the Ortelius. Sail across the Antarctic Convergence and observe its magical wildlife such as wandering albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, gentoo penguins, and chinstrap penguins. Explore the volcanic islands of the South Shetlands and cruise through the Neumayer Channel, with a chance to visit the old British research station and post office at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy you may land on Jougla Point with gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. This area offers excellent opportunities for kayaking and camping. When the snow conditions allow snowshoes are used on regular landings which vastly improves mobility and safety in heavy snow conditions.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia | Embark
Days 2-3 : At Sea, Drake Passage
Days 4-7 : Antarctica
Day 8 : South Shetland Islands
Days 9-10 : At sea, towards Ushuaia
Day 11 : Ushuaia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore the hot springs & abandoned whaling station on the South Shetlands
  • Experience magical sites on unforgettable snowshoeing & kayaking excursions
  • Visit Neko Harbour, a landscape of huge glaciers calving at sea level
  • Discover Cuverville Island and find a large colony of gentoo penguins

Ship

Ortelius

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Kayak quiet waters as you sail to remote polar regions Zodiac excursion in Antarctica Zodiac divers getting ready Albatross cruising the Drake Passage to Antarctica Emperor & Adelie Penguins

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 At Sea, Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
During these two days, sail across the Drake Passage. Then cross the Antarctic Convergence, arriving in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area you may see wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled albatrosses, Cape petrels, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, spot the 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. If the ship lands on Danco Island, observe gentoo penguins and possibly Weddell and crabeater seals. In Neko Harbour, have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers calving at sea level. Enjoy the landscape surrounded by alpine peaks during zodiac cruises. In Paradise Bay again with its myriad icebergs, have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent again. Have the opportunity for a zodiac cruise in the inner parts of this amazing water way. In this area you have good chances to see humpback whales and minke whales. After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, get a 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 land on Jougla Point with gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. This area offers excellent opportunities for kayaking and camping. When the snow conditions allow, use snowshoes on regular landings which vastly improves mobility and safety in heavy snow conditions.

Day 8 South Shetland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The volcanic islands of the South Shetlands are windswept and often shrouded in mist, but do offer subtle pleasures. There is a nice variety of flora (mosses, lichens and flowering grasses) and fauna, such as gentoo penguins, chinstrap penguins and southern giant petrels. In Deception Island the ship braves into the entrance of the crater through the spectacular Neptune’s Bellows. Deception itself is a sub-ducted crater which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbor for the ship. Here, find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape petrels and many kelp gulls, brown and south polar skuas, and Antarctic terns. Wilson’s storm petrels and black-bellied storm petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. Alternatively you may land at Hannah Point at Livingston Island. The area is closed off to visitors for part of the season as it is a high density wildlife area with species such as chinstrap penguins, gentoo penguins, and southern elephant seals. Around noon, depart for the Drake Passage.

Day 9-10 At sea, towards Ushuaia

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
On your way north enjoy again a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 11 Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark after breakfast.

Ortelius

Per person starting at
$7,200
Twin porthole cabin
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Quadruple Porthole
4 quadruple cabins with bunk beds and private facilities (these can also be used as triple or twin cabins). Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin
Triple Porthole Cabin
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Triple Porthole
2 triple cabins with bunk beds and private facilities. These cabins are spacious with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin.
Twin Porthole on the Ortelius
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Twin Porthole
23 twin cabins with portholes, private toilet and shower and 2 single lower berths. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin.
Twin Window on the Ortelius
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Twin Window
10 twin cabins with windows, private toilet and shower and 2 single lower berths. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin
Twin Deluxe on the Ortelius
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Twin Deluxe
6 superior cabins with double beds, private toilet and shower and a separate day room. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin
Superior Suite on the Ortelius
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Superior
1 suite with a double bed, private toilet and shower and a separate day room. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin.

Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy.
- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate.
- Due to the extreme nature of itinerary destinations, travel insurance is mandatory for all cruises aboard the Ortelius - including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance.

PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary is 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.

Rates Include:
  • Voyage aboard the indicated 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
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material
Rates Exclude:
  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
  • Pre- and post- land arrangements
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Meals ashore
  • Optional Activities (Camping, Kayaking). Contact us for details.
  • 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 voyage for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).
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