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South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Victory
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Enjoy this classic 10-day voyage to the great white continent aboard Ocean Victory. Depart Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world, to cross the infamous Drake Passage to reach Antarctica. Spend two days exploring the sub-Antarctic South Shetland islands, which abound with volcanic landscapes, massive glaciers, towering icebergs, and abundant wildlife. Look for multiple species of seals, countless penguin rookeries, and the blows of whales. Continue further south to the Antarctic peninsula, and set foot on this remote, pristine continent. Marvel at the soaring icy cliffs, gigantic icebergs, and powerful glaciers that form the breathtaking landscape of Antarctica, and keep your eyes open for the ever-present wildlife.
Hiking in the South Shetland islands
Highlights
  • Safely sail across the infamous Drake Passage - twice!
  • Look for seals, whales, penguins, and more wildlife
  • Explore the volcanic landscape of the South Shetland Islands
  • Set foot on the Antarctic continent with landings on the peninsula
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Ushuaia | Embark

Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board Ocean Victory and enjoy a welcome dinner. 

Day 2-3: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Sail two days across the Drake Passage, a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Drake Passage is known for rollicking conditions and strong westerly winds, called the Roaring Fifties. While this passage may be challenging, rest confidently aboard the expedition vessel, which is purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines and a highly-qualified crew. The most spirited sailors consider 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, you'll catch your first sight of seals and penguins! The area is also well-know 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 and explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain and marvel at the captivating landscapes along the way. Weather permitting, 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 depend 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 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, Antarctic fur, and Weddell seals off Cuverville Island; humpback whales in Gerlache Strait and Paradise Bay; orcas in the dramatic Lemaire Channel, and much more.

The itinerary and activities over the next few days depend 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.

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.

Day 8-9: 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 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 will be arranged on board which will provide the perfect opportunity to socialize with fellow travelers equally passionate for discovering the world, enjoy the lectures by the expedition team on board, visit the shop or relax at leisure in ship’s facilities, designed to provide a comfortable, relaxing time.

Day 10: Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Return to Ushuaia and disembark after breakfast. Transfer to the airport to continue your independent travels or return home.

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Ocean Victory

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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. Include VIP services
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Category B
Two cabins located on deck 4. 35 m², cabins include a balcony. Include VIP services
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Category A
Four cabins located on deck 7. 42 m², cabins include a balcony. Include VIP services
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Premium Suite
One two-bedroom cabin located on deck 4. 45 m², the cabin includes a balcony. Include VIP services

Notes

INCLUSIONS
  • 10-day cruise with accommodation in a shared double cabin featuring ensuite facilities
  • 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
  • Guiding and lectures by our experienced expedition leader and team
  • Special photo workshop
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails
  • Digital visual journal link after voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list and more!

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 15 per person per day)
  • Personal expenses
  • Transfers to/from the ship
  • Anything not mentioned under "Inclusions"
  • Required Emergency Evacuation Insurance of at least $200,000. Please let us know if you need help arranging this.

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