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Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 : Tierra del Fuego National Park / Embarkation
Days 3-4 : At Sea
Days 5-9 : Antarctic Peninsula
Days 10-11 : At Sea
Day 12 : Ushuaia, Argentina / Disembarkation


Corinthian II

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  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Great Views Swimming Seal Observing the penguins A small penguin family Lone Iceberg

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia, located on the Beagle Channel and surrounded by the Darwin Cordillera, glaciers, and forests of southern beech. Transfer to Las Hayas Resort Hotel, beautifully situated amidst beech forests below the mountain of the Martial Glacier. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with fellow travelers.

Day 2 Tierra del Fuego National Park / Embarkation

Explore the Tierra del Fuego National Park. The southernmost protected region of Argentina, this splendid wilderness is celebrated for its stunning scenery. Ride to Ensenada Bay and take a short walk to view Redonda and Estorbo Islands, backed by the snow-white mountains of Chile’s Sampaio Chain. Continue to Lake Roca, the Green and Black Lagoon, and Lapataia Bay. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to the pier to embark on Corinthian II and sail. As the ship navigates the Beagle Channel, enjoy a spectacular vista of glaciers and misted mountains.

Day 3-4 At Sea

Attend lectures by naturalists and study leaders as Corinthian II sails through the Drake Passage and crosses the Antarctic Convergence, where the cold waters of the Southern Ocean override the warmer waters to the north. Albatross and cape petrels are among the birds that accompany the ship on its passage.

Day 5-9 Antarctic Peninsula

Explore the pristine wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula, a narrow finger of land that separates the ice-choked waters of the Weddell and Bellingshausen Seas, and surrounding islands. As Corinthian II sails through scenic waterways, witness a breathtaking panorama of icebergs, blue glaciers, and jagged, snow-capped mountains. Aboard the ship’s fleet of Zodiacs cruise among ice floes; explore penguin rookeries; and, if conditions permit, visit with scientists at research stations. Although the itinerary varies according to local ice and wind conditions, we plan to land at such places as Paradise Harbour, where humpback and minke whales are often sighted offshore; Petermann Island, the habitat of Gentoo and Adelie Penguins; and Deception Island, known for its volcanically-heated hot springs. Voyages through the magnificent Lemaire, Errera, Neumeyer, and other protected channels are also planned.

Day 10-11 At Sea

Enjoy on-board lectures and the amenities of the ship as Corinthian II makes the 600-mile return trip to Ushuaia.

Day 12 Ushuaia, Argentina / Disembarkation

Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for flights home.

Corinthian II

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Cabin D-E
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Cat E
Deluxe suites on Magellan Deck with portholes and sitting area. 225 sq. ft. Suites 250 - 252
Cabin D-E
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Cat D
Deluxe suites on Columbus Deck with window and sitting area. 225 sq. ft. Suites 329-332
Cabin C
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Cat C
Deluxe suites on Magellan Deck with portholes and sitting area. 235 sq. ft. Suites 254 - 262
Cabin B
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Cat B
Deluxe suites on Columbus Deck with window and sitting area. 235 sq. ft. Suites 333 - 348
The all-suite Corinthian II
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Cat A
Deluxe suites on Marco Polo Deck with window and sitting area. 235 sq. ft. Suites 416 - 428
Cabin AA
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Cat AA
Deluxe suites on Marco Polo Deck with forward and side windows and sitting area. 265 sq. ft. Suites 414 - 415
Suite VS
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Cat VS
Deluxe Veranda Suites on Erickson Deck with private balcony and sitting area. 300 sq. ft. (including balcony) Suites 505 - 512
Cabin PHS
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Deluxe Penthouse Suites on Explorer Deck with private balcony and sitting area. 400 sq. ft. (including balcony) Suites 601 - 604


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Single travelers can opt to pay a single supplement for a private cabin or opt for a willing to share on select departures

Please note: Cruise fare does not include fuel surcharges.

Program Includes:
* Ten-night cruise aboard the all-suite, 114-guest Corinthian II
* 1 night stay in Ushuaia at Las Hayas Resort Hotel, with welcome dinner and breakfast
* Full program of excursions as described in the accompanying itinerary
* Welcome and farewell receptions aboard ship, hosted by the captain
* All meals aboard ship with house wine, beer, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner
* Physician aboard ship
* Educational program of lectures and discussions with accompanying study leaders and onboard naturalist guides
* Expedition parka, complete pre-departure materials, and detailed cruise log
* Expedition leader, cruise staff, and trip directors
* Baggage handling and transfers aboard on the designated program departure and arrival dates
* Embarkation taxes and port dues
* Gratuities to porters, guides, and drivers

Not included in cruise fare:
Airfare; visas; passports; luggage, cancellation, and accident insurance; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail/Internet service; and gratuities to shipboard personnel
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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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