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Antarctic Peninsula - Whale Watching Voyage

Example 12 Day Cruise aboard MV Plancius
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Explore the Antarctic Peninsula and enjoy the most dramatic scenery and biggest variety of wildlife in Antarctica on this special 12-day cruise. In addition, this departure is specially timed to maximize the whale watching opportunity. Voyage polar waters in search of massive and elusive whales. This classic Antarctic route to the Antarctic Peninsula is a popular way to make the most of your polar voyage experience.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia | Embark
Days 2-3 : Drake Passage
Days 4-8 : Antarctic Peninsula
Day 9 : South Shetland
Days 10-11 : Drake Passage
Day 12 : Ushuaia | Disembark


  • Sail across the Drake Passage - enjoy bird watching and spot icebergs
  • Set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of glaciers
  • Zodiac cruise by alpine peaks and a myriad of icebergs
  • Observe humpback whales and minke whales on your way to Neumayer Channel


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  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

A group of travellers sail around a penguin colony off the shores of Antarctica Lemaire channel reflection An old iceberg A humpback whale lifts its fluke The sun sets over polar mountains

Day 1 Ushuaia | Embark

The voyage begins in the southernmost point in the world, Ushuaia, Argentina. Starting this afternoon, embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego, nicknamed "The End of the World" and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening. 

Day 2-3 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
During these two days, sail across the Drake Passage. Experience cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin wale spouting up sea spray. 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 4-8 Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Grey stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice and dramatically different wildlife below and above. First pass the snow-capped Melchoir Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands. 

Sites to be visited include:
Danco Island- Activities here may focus on the gentoo penguins nesting on the island, in addition to the Wedell 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- Be able to take a zodiac cruise in these sprawling, ice-flecked waters, where there's a good change to encounter humpback adn minke whales. 

Port Lockroy- After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, get a 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. When conditions are right, have the chance to snowshoe around the shore. 

Day 9 South Shetland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The volcanic islands of the South Shetlands are windswept and often cloaked in mist, but they do offer subtle pleasures. There's a wide variety of flora such as mosses, lichens and flowering grasses. There's also no small amount of fauna such as gentoo penguins, chinstrap penguins and southern giant petrels. 

In Deception Island, the ship plunges through Neptune's Bellows and into the flooded caldera. Here, find hot springs, and abandoned whaling station and thousands of cape petrels- along with kelp gulls, brown and south polar skuas and Antarctic terns. A good hike is a possibility in this fascinating and desolate volcanic landscape. 

Day 10-11 Drake Passage

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

Day 12 Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Ushuaia this morning and disembark the ship. 

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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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2 twin private deluxe cabins. Lower berths - two single beds.(ca. 15 m2)
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10 twin superior cabins. Lower berth - double bed. (ca. 21 m2)


- 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
• 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

Not included:
• Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
• Pre- and post land arrangements
• Transfers to the vessel in Ushuaia and Ascension and from the vessel in Ascension and Praia
• 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 Dollar $120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure, the MV Plancius reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US $25 per passenger per night.
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