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Antarctica – Whale watching discovery and learning voyage

Example 10 Day Cruise aboard MV Hondius
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Embark on a 10-day Antarctic whale-watching discovery and learning cruise aboard the MV Hondius. Experience the Drake Passage's cool breezes and potential whale sightings. Encounter albatrosses and petrels as you cross the Antarctic Convergence. Visit Danco Island for penguins and seals, Neko Harbour for epic glaciers, and Paradise Bay for humpback and minke whales. Sail through the Lemaire Channel to Pleneau & Petermann Islands for penguins and seals. Explore Port Lockroy's historic station and engage in kayaking at Wilhelmina Bay. Marvel at humpback whales around Guvernoren and visit a ghostly whaling vessel. Conditions on the Drake Passage shape this extraordinary adventure. Don't miss the chance to create lasting memories in the pristine beauty of Antarctica.
Albatross cruising the Drake Passage to AntarcticaThe End of the WorldGentoo penguinEmperor & Adelie PenguinsIcebergs reflected in Antarctica's Paradise Bay
Highlights
  • Sail across the Drake Passage - enjoy bird watching and spotting icebergs
  • Explore Antarctica's majestic glaciers, setting foot on its icy expanse
  • Zodiac cruise by alpine peaks and a myriad of icebergs
  • Voyage polar waters in search of massive and elusive whales
Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Ushuaia | Embark

The voyage begins in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Starting this afternoon, embark from Tierra del Fuego and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening. 

Day 2-3: Drake Passage

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, and maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too. Wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels are a few of the birds you might see.

Day 4-7: Entering Antarctica

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  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Graystone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically different wildlife below and above. You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands.

The intended route for this Antarctic adventure includes:

Danco Island– Activities here may focus on the gentoo penguins nesting on the island, in addition to the Weddell and crabeater seals that can be found nearby. 

Neko Harbour – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow, Neko Harbour offers opportunities for a Zodiac cruise and landing that afford the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks.

Paradise Bay – You could take a Zodiac cruise in these sprawling, ice-flecked waters, where there's a good chance to encounter humpback and minke whales. 

Pleneau & Petermann Islands - If the ice allows it, sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adelie penguins and blue-eyed shags. There is also a possibility to encounter humpback and minke whales, as well as leopard seals. 

Port Lockroy - After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, possibly get the chance to visit the former British research station- now a museum and post office- of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Also, be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. There are great opportunities also for kayaking and camping here, and when conditions are right, even snowshoe around the shore. 

Wilhelmina Bay & Guvernoren - This is a great place to spot humpback whales. Also, embark on a zodiac cruise ending at the ghostly wreck on Guvernoren, a whaling vessel that caught fire here in 1915. Around the Melchoir Islands, amid a frozen landscape peopled with icebergs, encounter more whales, leopard seals and crabeater seals. 

Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.

Day 8-9: Drake Passage

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, be greeted again by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But the animals seem a little more familiar to you now and you to them. 

Day 10: Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

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MV Hondius

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Quadruple Porthole
Located on deck 3. Approximately 129 to 194 sq. ft. 2 portholes, 2 upper & lower berths, Small sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Triple Porthole
Located on deck 3. Approximately 129 to 194 sq. ft. 2 portholes, 1 upper berth & 2 lower berths, Small sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Twin Porthole
Located on deck 3. Approximately 129 to 194 sq. ft. 2 portholes, 2 single beds, Small sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Twin Window
Located on deck 4. Approximately 129 to 151 sq. ft. 1 window, 2 single beds, Small sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Twin deluxe
Located on deck 6. Approximately 205 to 226 sq. ft. 2 windows, 2 single beds, Sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Refrigerator, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Superior
Located on deck 6. Approximately 215 to 226 sq. ft. 2 windows, 1 double bed, Sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Refrigerator, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Junior Suite
Located on deck 7. Approximately 205 to 215 sq. ft. 1 double window, 1 double bed, Sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Refrigerator, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Grand Suite with balcony
Located on deck 7. Approximately 291 sq. ft. 1 double window, 1 double bed, Sofa, Private balcony, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Refrigerator, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.

Notes

Single supplement - Single occupancy of a twin cabin is available at 1.7 times the twin occupancy rate.
Child discount: Children aged 3-15 will be discounted 40% in triple or quad cabins, one child per cabin.
Included
  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • All Miscellaneous Service Taxes and Port Charges Throughout the Program
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
  •  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)
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Pre- and Post Land Arrangements
  • Fuel Surcharge - to be invoiced separately
  • Meals ashore
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
  • Medical travel insurance, including emergency medical attention and evacuation coverage with a minimum of $100,000 of evacuation coverage is required.
  • Parkas are not provided on your cruise. Please bring your own windproof, waterproof, insulated parka with you. You will want to make sure it is roomy enough to fit warm layers underneath. Click here for information about parka rental.

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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