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Crossing the Antarctic Circle

Wildest Antarctica - Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Sea Spirit
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Sail south in quest of the fabled Antarctic Circle on this 15-day Sea Spirit expedition. After crossing the circle proceed inshore to visit some of most breathtaking sites this far south. Work your way north along the peninsula, and navigate the waterways and bays, exploring and looking for wildlife. A voyage this far south encompasses adventure, wildlife, and history and your onboard team helps unravel the tales of these regions.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 : Ushuaia | Embark
Days 3-4 : Crossing the Drake Passage
Days 5-12 : South Shetland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula
Days 13-14 : Back across the Drake Passage
Day 15 : Ushuaia, Argentina | Disembark

Highlights

  • See pelagic seabirds including the majestic albatross in the Drake Passage
  • Admire some of the world’s most impressive scenery and wildlife
  • Discover waters rich with krill, home to a variety of whale & seal species
  • Visit the famous Lemaire Channel, also known as “Kodak Gap”

Ship

Sea Spirit

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Nature at its finest Rolly polly fatty....so comfy right now Kayak quiet waters as you sail to remote polar regions A specatular iceberg off the coast of Antarctica A humpback

Day 1 Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina

Welcome to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city and starting point of your expedition. Upon your arrival at the airport get transferred to your hotel, which has been arranged and is included in the price of the voyage. For the rest of the day you are free to explore the city. Take advantage of souvenir shopping and a variety of dining options in the city center.

Day 2 Ushuaia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the afternoon be transferred to the pier and welcomed aboard the luxury expedition ship Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Antarctic dreams coming true as you slip your moorings and sail toward a true wilderness where wildlife abounds. The scenery as you sail through the Beagle Channel on your first evening is wonderful and there is already the possibility of marine mammal encounters.

Day 3-4 Crossing the Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
After transiting the Beagle Channel and passing the islands of Tierra del Fuego, head south across the Drake Passage. Pelagic seabirds including the majestic albatross are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks or from exterior stateroom windows and balconies. On the way you cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough seas. Briefings, orientations, and lectures from the expert staff prepare you for your arrival in Antarctica.

Day 5-12 South Shetland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners
This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. The route and exploration opportunities in Antarctica are heavily dependent on weather and ice conditions. The experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. Take advantage of long daylight hours to exploit every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing, amazing scenery, and excursions via Zodiac.

The Antarctic Peninsula region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and some of Antarctica’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Protected bays and narrow channels are surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to a variety of whale and seal species. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large nesting colonies at special places on land. The area is also home to Antarctic research stations of various nationalities. Some stations have a gift shop and post office.

The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and are likely to be the first sighting of land. This wild and beautiful island chain contains numerous landing sites with abundant wildlife and historical significance. Among them is Deception Island, where the flooded caldera of an active volcano harbors an abandoned whaling station.

Farther south, on the Antarctic Peninsula, the vast Gerlache Strait area contains sheltered bays, accessible wildlife, and stunning scenery. Places with names like Paradise Bay are the epitome of everything Antarctic: glaciated mountains, towering icebergs, feeding whales, seals on ice floes, and bustling penguin colonies. At the southern end of Gerlache Strait is the famous Lemaire Channel, also known as “Kodak Gap” because of the photogenic way the mountainous sides of the narrow channel are reflected in calm waters strewn with icebergs.

On this special voyage have additional days set aside to push even farther south in your attempt to cross the Antarctic Circle. The landscape down here is especially desolate, the weather is particularly wild, and the waters are full of constantly shifting ice. This is real expedition cruising. Your days in Antarctica are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by experts, and enough incredible scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.

Day 13-14 Back across the Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
After your amazing time in Antarctica cross back north through the bountiful waters of the Drake Passage. Presentations and workshops by the expert staff, as well as a range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. This is also the time for End of Voyage ceremonies including a slideshow and farewell dinner.

Day 15 Ushuaia, Argentina | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast say farewell in the city of Ushuaia, where you started. Be transferred to the airport or to the town center if you wish to spend more time here. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next incredible adventure to the ice!

Sea Spirit

Port of Ushuaia

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Notes

Travel Insurance:
All passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance coverage with a minimum $200,000 (Antarctica) and $150,000 (Arctic) emergency medical coverage. Additional insurance is strongly recommended.

Solo Travelers:
All rates posted are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement: 1.7 for Main Deck and Classic, Superior Suite; twice the posted price for Deluxe, Premium and Owner's Suite.

Included in your cruise fare:
  • 1 pre-voyage hotel night
  • Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on a day prior to departure
  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions)
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails
  • All port fees
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Digital Voyage Log
Excluded in cruise fare:
  • Airfare
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service)
  • Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$200,000
  • Staff gratuities
  • Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses
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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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