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South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Victory
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Explore the Great White Continent on this classic 10-day voyage aboard Ocean Victory. Experience the incredible wildlife, stunning mountain scenery and gigantic icebergs. Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina, cross the mighty Drake Passage en-route for the South Shetland Islands, making landings at penguin rookeries, research stations, and fascinating lookouts along the way. Continuing southward, deep into the inlets of Antarctica, pass the famous Gerlache Strait, where 3000-ft ice cliffs rise straight out of the still water. On no other journey, you can experience so much pristine nature and varied wildlife in so few days!

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 : Depart Antarctica - At Sea
Day 10 : Ushuaia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Cross the famed Drake Passage - the intersection of Antarctic with Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
  • Admire the unique Antarctic wildlife
  • Explore the captivating landscapes of South Shetland Islands
  • Discover the dramatic Lemaire Channel

Ship

Ocean Victory

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Hauling kayaks out for a paddle Travel to Antarctica's icebergs A whale plays near the surface at dusk. Hiking to a summit with views of the glaciers below

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, Ocean Victory.

Your journey begins as we 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, cross 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 rollicking conditions and strong westerly winds, called the Roaring Fifties. While this passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard the expedition vessel, 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 will complete the crossing twice!

In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view. Weather permitting, 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, begin the exciting Antarctic experience the early explorers only dreamed of. During these 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 include King George Island; Deception Island, an extinct volcano with waters warm enough for a polar swim; and Half Moon Island with nesting Wilson's storm petrels and chinstrap penguins.

The itinerary and activities over the next few days are dependent on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be 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 multiples by tens of thousands with many species of lively penguins, inquisitive seals, nesting birds and the spray of marine mammals. Wildlife abounds along your 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.

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

Day 8-9 Depart Antarctica - At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Depart 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 the time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged onboard which will provide 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, arrive back in Ushuaia for the conclusion of your voyage, where you can continue your adventures or begin your return home.

Ocean Victory

Per person starting at
$7,150
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Category G Single
Five single cabins located on deck 3. 16 m², cabins have porthole window.
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Category F Triple
Four triple cabins located on deck 3. 22 m², cabins have porthole windows.
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Category E
Nine cabins located on deck 7. 16 m², cabins have a french balcony.
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Category D
Seven cabins located on deck 3 or 4. 22 m², cabins have porthole windows.
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Category C
57 cabins located on deck 4 or 6. 24 m², cabins include a balcony.
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Category B Triple
Four triple/family cabins located on deck 4 or 5. 28 m², cabins include a balcony.
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Category B
Two cabins located on deck 4. 35 m², cabins include a balcony.
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Category A
Four cabins located on deck 7. 42 m², cabins include a balcony.
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Premium Suite
One two-bedroom cabin located on deck 4. 45 m², the cabin includes a balcony.

Notes

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h Room service (special selection)
  • English speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned 
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon, and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
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