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South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

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Embark on an Antarctic adventure aboard the strong, ice-classed expedition vessel, Ocean Atlantic. Depart from Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, to cross the infamous Drake Passage on your journey. Stop in the South Shetland Islands, where, weather permitting, you can explore a dormant volcanic caldera at Deception Island, or hike alongside curious penguins at Half Moon Island. Continue to the Antarctic Peninsula to set foot on the White Continent; here make landfall and view the area's amazing wildlife: penguins, whales, and leopard seals abound. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark
Days 2-3 : At Sea | Crossing the Drake Passage
Days 4-5 : South Shetland Islands
Days 6-7 : Antarctic Peninsula
Days 8-9 : Antarctica | At Sea
Day 10 : Ushuaia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore the city of Ushuaia, nicknamed as the End of the World
  • Hike on the snowy mountains of Tierra del Fuego
  • Explore the South Shetland and be captivated by its marvelous landscapes
  • Look out for wildlife while sailing through the Antarctic Peninsula

Ship

Ocean Atlantic

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Fur seal paradise in Antarctica Elephant seal on the coast Zodiac cruising among icebergs Ushuaia Beauty Observing penguins from the zodiacs. The End of the World Ushuaia in the evening Ushuaia by night

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark

Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina, the world’s southernmost town. Explore the quaint city or local countryside. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path to the raw, natural archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. It's a hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows and boggy quagmires. In the afternoon, board your ship, the Ocean Atlantic.

The journey begins as the ships navigate through the calms of Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.

Day 2-3 At Sea | Crossing the Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Sailing onward, crossing the famed Drake Passage - a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The Drake Passage is known for rolling conditions and strong westerly winds. While this passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard the expedition vessel, Ocean Atlantic, which is purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines, and a highly-qualified crew. The most spirited sailors consider the Drake Passage a lifetime achievement, and you'll complete the crossing twice!

In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view. Weather permitting, you can catch the first sight of seals and penguins! The area is also well-known for its abundance of birds.

Day 4-5 South Shetland Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Over the next two days, explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain and marvel at the captivating landscapes you encounter along the way.

Weather permitting, the projected landfalls are in:

•King George Island
•Deception Island, an extinct volcano with waters warm enough for a polar swim
•Half Moon Island, with nesting Wilson's storm petrels and chinstrap penguins.

The itinerary and activities over the next few days will depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings are determined by the captain and expedition leader and communicated to guests through regularly scheduled briefings.

Day 6-7 Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As the white shimmer of Antarctica looms on the horizon, the presence of wildlife multiplies by tens of thousands with many species of lively penguins, inquisitive seals, nesting birds and the spray of marine mammals.

Wildlife abounds along the projected route along the Antarctic Peninsula: leopard, fur and Weddell seals of Cuverville Island; humpback whales of Gerlache Strait; Paradise Bay; the dramatic Lemaire Channel's orcas and much more.

The itinerary and activities over the next few days will depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings are determined by the captain and expedition leader and communicated to guests through regularly scheduled briefings.

Please note that all the outings and landings rely on weather, sea and ice conditions being favorable both for the ship to access the areas, as for the zodiacs and kayaks to maneuver under adequate conditions, ensuring the safety of all the passengers and staff.

For this reason, during moments of harsh weather and throughout the entire trip, Ocean Atlantic has excellent public areas such as wellness/sauna, restaurant, bar and a library for the passengers to spend their spare time. The ship is staffed by experts in the field who are also sharing great lectures along the way, ranging from exploration history to biology, geology, ice, and wildlife. 

Day 8-9 Antarctica | At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Today, the ship departs Antarctica and spend two days at sea on the way back to the calms of Beagle Channel and Ushuaia, Argentina. En-route, cross the Drake Passage and cruise past Cape Horn, a legendary maritime landmark and the southern tip of South America.

During your time at sea, a variety of activities are arrange on board which provides the perfect opportunity to socialize with fellow travelers equally passionate for discovering the world, enjoy the lectures by the expedition on board, visit the shop or relax at leisure on the ship’s facilities, designed to provide a comfortable, relaxing time. 

Day 10 Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning, the ships arrive back in Ushuaia for the conclusion of the tour, where you can continue your adventures or begin your return home. 

 

Ocean Atlantic

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$4,990
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Size 9-10 m². Cabins feature a single bed, private bathroom, and a porthole. Located on Columbus Deck (Deck 4).
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Category F
Size 18-21 m². Large Inside Triple Cabin, featuring a double or two single beds, and a fold-out single bed, a relaxing sitting area, and a bathroom with a bathtub, and a porthole. Located on Marco Polo Deck (Deck 5).
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Size 18-21 m². Large Inside Cabin, featuring a double or two single beds, a relaxing sitting area, and a bathroom with a bathtub. Located on Marco Polo Deck (Deck 5).
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Size 11-12 m². Featuring two single beds, private bathroom, and a porthole. Located on the Columbus Deck (Deck 4).
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Size 12-13 m². This Standard Cabin has two single beds, private bathroom, and a window. Located on the Marco Polo Deck (Deck 5).
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Size 20-23 m² Featuring a double bed or two single beds, a sofa bed that enables triple accommodation, a relaxing sitting area, private bathroom and windows. Partly obstructed view. Located on the Magellan and Hudson Deck (Deck 7 & 8).
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Size 19-24 m². Featuring a double bed or two single beds, a relaxing sitting area, a private bathroom, and windows. Located on the Marco Polo Deck (Deck 5).
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Size 35 m². These 2-room suites are designed with a large double bed or two twin beds, an elegant living room, a large private bathroom, and windows. Located on the Marco Polo Deck (Deck 5).

Notes

INCLUSIONS:

10-day cruise with accommodation 
All Zodiac landings and excursions as per itinerary
Expedition parka
Rubber boot rentals
Guiding and lectures by our expedition leader and team
English-speaking expedition team
Full board on the ship - breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks
Free tea and coffee 24 hours daily
Taxes


EXCLUSIONS:

Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
Single room supplement and cabin upgrades
Meals not on board the ship
Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 13.5 per person per day)
Personal expenses
Transfers to/from the ship
Anything not mentioned under ’Inclusions’
Payment & Cancellation Policies
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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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