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Expedition and exploration are the focus of these voyages aboard the MV Plancius. The ship becomes a basecamp for these polar voyages. “Base camp” is by definition a temporary storing and starting place, from which an activity starts. "Activity modules” are offered which go beyond normal shore programs. The vessel stays for two or three days at specific locations to serve active passengers as a comfortable hub, allowing more time than usual for wide-ranging activities on this exciting Antarctic cruise, including complimentary camping, kayaking, snowshoe/hiking, mountaineering and a photo workshop. Polar diving (additional fee) is available on select departures.
Icebergs in the harbor of Port Lockroy
Highlights
  • Encounter humpback and minke whales near Lemaire Channel
  • Hike near the shore or trek to hilltops for panoramic views
  • View Adelie and gentoo penguin colonies
  • Kayak between icebergs in the polar waters while searching for wildlife
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Day 1: Ushuaia | Embark

The voyage beings where "The End of the World" starts, Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city in the world. This afternoon, embark from Tierra del Fuego and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening. 

Day 2-3: Drake Passage

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend two days sailing across the Drake Passage. When crossing the Antarctic Convergence, arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area, 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 are a list of some of the wildlife to be possibly seen. 

Day 4-9: Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Plancius

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  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Gray 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. 

Places to visit include: 

Neumayer Channel - The vessel may position itself here, launching its multiple basecamp activities from the protected waters around Wiencke Island. Enjoy the splendors of this alpine environment at sea with Zodiac and kayaking trips, or if in the mood for a walk, there are possible snowshoe hikes and soft-climb mountaineering options farther inland. Naturally, favorable weather conditions determine the possible activities. 

Port Lockroy - After sailing through the Neumayer Channel- get a chance to visit the former British research station, now a museum and a 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, showshoe around the shore. 

Pleneau & Petermann Islands - If the ice allow it, sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adelie penguins and blue-eyed shags. There's also a good change to encounter humpback and minke whales here, as well as leopard seals. Kayaking, glacier walks and more ambitious mountaineering trips are the potential activities of tis location. 

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 - Have the chance to make camp here like a true polar explorer, enjoying supreme overnight Antarctic adventure. 

Errera Channel - Possible sites in this area include Danco Island and Cuverville Island, but also the lesser known )though equally picturesque) Orne Island and Georges Point on Ronge Island. 

On the last day of near-shore activities, pass the Melchoir Islands toward the open sea. Keep a sharp lookout for humpback whales in Dallmann Bay. Also, shoot for Half Moon Island, in the South Shetlands, with further chances for activities. 

Day 10-11: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
On the way north, a great selection of seabirds may follow the ship while crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 12: Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in the morning and disembark in Ushuaia after breakfast.

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MV Plancius

MV Plancius
MV Plancius
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4 cabins with private facilities, 2 bunk beds. (ca. 15 m2)
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4 cabins with private facilities, 2 bunk beds. (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)
Included
  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Loan of Waterproof Boots for Landings
  • Comprehensive Pre- and Post-voyage Information Materials
     
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • All Miscellaneous Service Taxes and Port Charges Throughout the Program
     
  • Snowshoes Available on Loan for Shore Excursions on Designated Voyages
  •  Luggage Transfer from Pick-up Point to the Vessel on the Day of Embarkation in Ushuaia
  • During “Basecamp” departures, all offered activities (including camping, kayaking, snowshoe/hiking, mountaineering, photo workshop), as well as standard included shore excursions and zodiac cruises, are free of charge.
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Pre- and Post Land Arrangements
  • Fuel Surcharge - to be invoiced separately

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