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Antarctic Peninsula - The Antarctic Pioneering voyage

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard MV Plancius
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Join MV Plancius on this 11-day sailing expedition that sails roundtrip from Ushuaia. Sail across the infamous Drake Passage to reach the Antarctic Peninsula.  Experience close encounters with Weddell seals, gentoo penguins, crabeater seals and other mammals. Enjoy trips ashore each day to explore the varied Antarctic landscape.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia | Embark
Days 2-3 : Across the Drake Passage | At Sea
Day 4 : Icescapes of the Antarctic Sound
Day 5 : Sailing the Wright Ice Piedmont
Day 6 : Valdivia Point views
Day 7 : Brabant Island
Day 8 : Anvers Island adventure
Days 9-10 : At Sea
Day 11 : Ushuaia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Have a close encounter with fur seals and elephant seals in the Antarctic Sound
  • Sail across the infamous Drake Passage to reach the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Observe wildlife such as penguins, albatross, whales, and seals
  • Enjoy trips ashore each day to explore the Antarctic landscape

Ship

MV Plancius

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Gentoo penguin sighting in Antarctica A humpback whale lifts its fluke Albatross cruising the Drake Passage to Antarctica Scenery Weddell seal taking a rest Elephant seal on the coast

Day 1 Ushuaia | Embark

In the afternoon, embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located in the shadow of the Andes and right at the Beagle Channel shore. Sail through this scenic waterway during the afternoon.

Day 2-3 Across the Drake Passage | At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
During these two days sail across the Drake Passage. When crossing the Antarctic Convergence, arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area you may see 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. Near the South Shetland Islands, catch a glimpse of the first icebergs.

Day 4 Icescapes of the Antarctic Sound

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Glaciers, icebergs, and pack ice extend into the horizon. On the northern side of the Antarctic Sound is Dundee Island, where you have the chance to land at Petrel Cove. The Argentinean Base Petrel is located here, and its massive airplane hangar hints at the base’s heritage: It was from this stretch of flat land that Lincoln Elsworth and Herbert Hollick-Kenyon completed the first flight across the Antarctic Continent in 1935.
 
In the Antarctic autumn, a large number of Antarctic fur seals and southern elephant seals haul up on the beaches here. Alternatively, you may explore Active Sound if ice conditions allow.

Day 5 Sailing the Wright Ice Piedmont

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Next, you sail along the Wright Ice Piedmont at Graham Land, which was mapped based on photographs taken between 1955—57. Piedmont was named after the brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright, who in December 1903 were the first people to fly an airplane.

Day 6 Valdivia Point views

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Keeping to the west coast of Graham Land, you reach Valdivia Point, named after the German ship Valdivia by Otto Nordenskjöld’s Swedish Antarctic Expedition. Further west you may also see Challenger Island and Bluff Island. 

Day 7 Brabant Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You then continue sailing to the western side of Brabant Island, exploring Avicenna Bay, Buls Bay, and the analysis-inspiring Freud Passage. 

Day 8 Anvers Island adventure

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the northeast coast of Anvers Island, you next visit Fournier Bay. This location was probably first sighted by a German expedition under the command of Eduard Dallmann in 1873—74, chartered by the French Antarctic Expedition of Jean-Baptiste Charcot (1903—5). It was named after the French admiral Ernest Fournier. You might also make a landing at Inverleith Harbour (also on the northeast coast of Anvers), possibly spotting an Antarctic tern colony as well as Weddell seals.

Day 9-10 At Sea

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

Day 11 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. 

MV Plancius

Per person starting at
$7,950
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4 cabins with private facilities, 2 bunk beds. (ca. 15 m2)
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2 cabins with private facilities, 1 bunk bed and 1 lower berth. (ca. 15 m2)
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9 twin private cabins with porthole. Two Lower berths. (ca. 15 m2)
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26 twin private cabins with window. Two Lower berths (ca. 15 m2)
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Twin Deluxe
2 twin private deluxe cabins. Lower berths - two single beds.(ca. 15 m2)
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Superior
10 twin superior cabins. Lower berth - double bed. (ca. 21 m2)

Notes

- 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.

PLEASE NOTE: During this voyage, landings will be attempted that have rarely if ever been offered on the m/v Plancius – or any other Antarctic cruise operator. Flexibility is key during these thrilling expeditions. Since information about most of the landing sites is limited or unknown, this target itinerary can only mention scheduled landings and general information. All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The on-board expedition leader will determine the final itinerary. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. 

Included in this voyage
  • 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 programme.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
Excluded from this voyage
  • 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).
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