Take part on this unique 11-day Antarctic expedition cruise, where the ship becomes a base camp throughout your voyage. “Base camp” by definition is a temporary storing and starting place, from which an activity starts. "Activity modules,” which go beyond normal shore programs, are provided throughout the duration of your voyage.
Day 1 : Embark in Ushuaia Days 2-3 : Across the Drake Passage Days 4-8 : Antarctic Peninsula Days 9-10 : At Sea Day 11 : Ushuaia | Disembark
During these two days, sail across the Drake Passage. When crossing the Antarctic Convergence, arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone, where you may meet 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 Island, spot your first iceburgs.
Sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. Sail to the Neumayer Channel, where the ship is positioned for the multi-activity base camp. The protected waters around Wiencke Island become your playground for all activities. In this alpine environment there are great opportunities to scout the region on foot, zodiac and during kayak trips. Walkers find opportunities to use snowshoes on hikes near the shore lines and the mountaineers find their challenge by climbing hills and viewpoints further inland, i.e. Jabet Peak (540 m). All climbs and excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions.
Two overnights are spent at anchor in order to implement two camp nights and two full activity days. Visit the British research station and post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy, there the ship may land on Jougla Point with gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. Look out for leopard seals, crabeater seals, and whales.
Depending on weather conditions, sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth, Pleneau and Petermann Islands where you can find Adelie penguins and blue-eyed shags. In this area there are good chances to encounter humpback whales and minke whales.
At Neko Harbor, take the opportunity to explore the magnificent glaciers and ice fields of the Antarctic Continent. Enjoy the spectacular landscape by foot, zodiac, and kayak. The mountaineers may climb up to higher grounds of the glacier. Spend the night, camping at Neko Harbor or near Paradise Bay with a camp erected ashore. After breaking camp in the morning, sail towards the Drake Passage via the Melchior Islands.
- 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
- 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.
* Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
* All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
* 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 shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
* Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
* All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
* Comprehensive pre-departure material.
* Camping, kayaking, snowshoe/hiking, mountaineering, shore excursions, and zodiac cruises.
Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post land arrangements; transfers to the vessel; 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; and 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 Dollar 25 per passenger per night.
This was our first trip to South America and we were a little nervous. But Adventure Life made things so easy! All our questions were answered before we left, and our guide, Vidal, was amazing! He gave us enough space to explore without rushing us along. He also knew where the best picture taking opportunities were, which was great.