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Antarctica: The White Continent – with Smithsonian Journeys

Ushuaia Rountrip - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard L'Austral
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In alliance with Smithsonian Journeys. This cruise is part of a collection of PONANT voyages that are specially tailored for English-speaking travelers who want to engage with the world. PONANT invites you on a polar expedition cruise to the heart of the icy realm that is the Antarctic Peninsula. The start of your cruise will be marked by the crossing of the mythical Drake Passage, during which you will probably be escorted by several albatrosses and Cape petrels, the sentinels of these often-choppy waters. Your ship will then reach the White Continent, the realm of the unexpected. Each day, whether on land, aboard your ship, or during a Zodiac® outing, you will be surrounded by a grandiose decor ranging from icebergs to ice floe and ancient glaciers.
The sun sets over polar mountainsA humpback whale lifts its fluke PenguinsThe End of the WorldBeautiful Ushuaiadolphins playing hide and seek in Drake Passage on way to UshuaiaSpotting the continent of Antarctica Touring the icy water of Antarctica on an expedition cruisePhotographing Gentoo Penguin on the beach during Antarctic travelZodiacs during Antarctic tour in Paradise Bay
Highlights
  • Explore the magic of Antarctica with a sea kayak adventure
  • Visiting research stations and former whaling stations
  • See humpback whales, Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins and chinstrap penguins
  • Hop on Zodiacs for outings and shore visits
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Buenos Aires

  • 1 Breakfast
Meet and greet at the hotel and hospitality desk. Check-in from late morning.Lunch and dinner on your own, and time at leisure in the afternoon and overnight at the hotel.




 

Day 2: Ushuaia | Embark

Early morning breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport. Flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia selected by PONANT in economy class. Approximate flight duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes. Meet and greet at the airport in Ushuaia and immediately upon arrival at Ushuaia airport, you will depart for Tierra del Fuego National Park. At the end of your visit, you will return to the port in Ushuaia to embark the ship.

Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seems to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible

Day 3-4: Crossing the Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Use your days spent in the Drake Passage to familiarise yourself with your ship and deepen your knowledge of the Antarctic. The Expedition Leader will first present the IAATO rules of conduct that must be observed during landings in the region and will explain everything you need to know about the Zodiac® outings. Lectures about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic will be an opportunity for you to learn more about this magical region, where every cruise is a unique experience. From the ship’s bridge, you will experience exceptional sailing moments before joining the naturalist guides on your ship’s exterior decks to look out for albatrosses, cape petrels, and other seabirds flying over the Drake Passage.

Day 5-8: Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals, and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Depending on which sites you will be lucky enough to visit, you may get the chance to observe them and share with them the beauty of these extreme parts.

Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac® outings or landings discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula.  Glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. You will sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache, and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.

Day 9-10: Crossing the Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers, and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly the Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to connect Antarctica to South America. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbors a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.

Day 11: Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark this morning in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your continued journey home.

*Please note that cruise fare includes interior economy flights Buenos-Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos-Aires

Ship/Hotel

L'Austral

Enjoy a gourmet meal at the Gastronomic Restaurant.
Stunning views from the bar and lounge
Relax on the sun deck.

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Notes

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
• Interior economy flights Buenos-Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos-Aires
• Port and safety charges
• House beer and wine
• Gratuities
• Your cruise including all meals from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation
• Welcome aboard and captain’s cocktail parties, gala dinner
• Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, white, red and rosé wines served with meals
• 24 hour room service (selected menu)
• Evening entertainments and events, and/or organized shows
• Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
• English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)

Cruise fares do not include:
• International flights and airport taxes
• Transfers, day rooms and other services at arrival & departure, before embarkation and after disembarkation
• Optional shore excursions (sold on board)
• Insurances
• Personal expenses
• Other drinks not included in open bar

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