13 Day/12 Night Expedition Cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
"It's virtually impossible to describe the beauty of the midnight Antarctic sunset followed by the twilight moon rise literally minutes later."
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The Antarctic, land of extremes, a destination that
enthralls all who participate in this exciting voyage
to one of the most remote and fascinating natural
reserves in the world!
This expedition offers the ideal introduction to the
Great White Continent. Departing from and finishing
in the port of Ushuaia, Argentina, we take in the
most exciting sights of the South Shetland Islands
and the Antarctic Peninsula with an emphasis on
the viewing of wildlife.
The Antarctic, with its spectacular beauty, amazing
colors of light reflected on the ice, wild life in full
splendor and magnificent sites for visiting promises
to be an unforgettable experience for travelers in
search of unique destinations.
Prices from $8727.00* Per Person in Double.
Includes Land Arrangements and Cruise Only.
Ask for our Airline Specials, too!
*Based on Suite Accommodations (Outside Cabins with windows on the upper deck, private facilities, two lower berths, lounge, television, video, VHS, DVD, and fridge) aboard the M/V Ushuaia. Important savings can be realized in lesser category accommodations. Please consult with our Reservations Department.
Dates of Departure: January 9, 18*, March 6*, 16, 25, 2013
* These departure dates include one additional night aboard the M/V Ushuaia. Prices from $11,548.00 Per Person in Double Occupancy.
Day 1 HOME CITY - USHUAIA
Meet and Greet upon arrival and Transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day free to relax, stroll, shop and explore on your won.
Day 2 USHUAIA
Embark the M/V Ushuaia in the afternoon and meet your expedition and lecture staff. After you have settled into your cabin, wecsail along the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass.
Day 3 & 4 DRAKE PASSAGE
Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters. This creates a great up-swelling of nutrients which sustain the biodiversity of this region. The Drake Passage also marks the northern limit of many Antarctic seabirds. As we sail across the passage the Antarpply Expeditions' expert lecturers will be with you on deck to help in the identification of an amazing variety of seabirds, including albatross which follow your wake. The M/V Ushuaia's open bridge policy allows you to join the officers on the bridge to learn about navigation, watch for whales, and enjoy the spectacular views. A full program of lectures is offered as well. The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate you have reached the South Shetland Islands, a group of twenty islands and islets first sighted in February 1819 by Captain William Smith of the brig Williams. If conditions permit, lecturers and naturalists take you ashore for your first encounter with penguins and seals.
Day 5 to 9 SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS AND ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
The South Shetland Islands are a haven for wildlife. Vast penguin rookeries, beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and southern elephant seals make every day spent in this amazing island group unforgettable. Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island for a swim in the hot springs of Pendulum Cove is truly amazing. King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands, is home to colonies of nesting Adelie and Chinstrap Penguins, Kelp Gulls, Blue-Eyed Cormorants, Antarctic Terns and Southern Giant Petrels. Several countries maintain year round scientific bases here. Macaroni, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins and Elephant Seals await you on Livingston Island. The Antarctic Peninsula's remarkable history gives you a heightened sense of discovery and pioneering adventure reminiscent of the early explorers. You will have plenty of time to explore the amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways enjoying the incredible variety of wildlife, penguins, seabirds, Weddell, crabeater, leopard seals, Minke, humpback and killer (Orca) whales at close range. If conditions allow, we navigate beautiful waterwys, the Gerlache Starit, the Neumayer Channel and the Lemaire Channel, narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. Landings are planned for daily and may include Paradise Bay, perhaps the most aptly named place on the planet. After negotiating the iceberg strewn waters of the Antarctic Sound, we hope to visit the bustling Adelie Penguin (over 100,000 pairs breed here) and Blue-Eyed Cormorant colonies on Paulet Island. The Nordenskjold expedition built a stone survival hut here in 1903. Today it has been taken over by nesting penguins. Further exploration may take us to Melchior Island, Cuverville Island, Portal Point Neko Harbour, Pleneau Island. If ice conditions permit, Peterman Island, the southernmost colony of Gentoo Penguins is also visited.
Day 10 & 11 DRAKE PASSAGE
Today, we will leave the Antarctic and head north back across the Drake Passage. Join your lecturers and naturalists on deck to search for seabirds and whales. Relax and savor the memories of the past few days, your adventure to this amazing continent as you sail back to Ushuaia.
Day 12 USHUAIA
After an early breakfast, disembark for a final time chock-full
of magnificent memories and rich with new found friends.
Meet and Greet upon arrival and Transfer to your hotel.
Day 13 USHUAIA - HOME CITY
At scheduled hour, Transfer to the Airport for flight homeward or next destination.
The M/V Ushuaia, originally a United States research vessel, accommodates a maximum of 84 passengers in 41 twin cabins and suites. An ice-strengthened polar vessel, the M/V Ushuaia offers a full range of inflatable landing crafts for excursions and breathtaking wildlife viewing opportunities.
Onboard facilities include:
- Large Dining Areas
- Observation Lounge and Bar
- Conference Room with Multi Media Equipment
- Well stocked Library
- Changing Room Facility
- Lectures from specialist Expedition Leaders
- Crew experienced with Antarctic navigation
- Quality Cuisine and well stocked Bar
- Bridge Deck for open viewing
Important: Please note that you should regard this
itinerary as a guide only. The exact route and program
varies according to the weather conditions that are
- Meet and Greet upon arrival to Ushuaia, and Transfer to your Hotel.
- Two (2) Nights Hotel Accommodations in Ushuaia including Tax
- Voyage aboard the M/V Ushuaia as indicated in the itinerary.
- All meals throughout your voyage aboard the M/V Ushuaia.
- All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by zodiac.
- Program of Lectures by noted Naturalists and experienced expedition staff.
- Miscellaneous Service Taxes and Port Charges throughout the voyage.
- Comprehensive Pre-Departure material given on board.
- Detailed post-expedition Log.
Deposit: 30% per person required immediately to confirm reservations.
Final Payment: Due in full 95 days prior to departure.
Cancellations: All requests for cancellation must be
received in writing. Cancellations received 95 days
prior to departure will be charged a $550.00 per
person administrative fee. Cancellations within
95 days of departure are completely non-refundable.
No refunds will be made for any part of the program
in which you choose not to participate, or for any
part of the program that is not given due to the
Captain's discretion. Trip Cancellation Insurance
is strongly recommended.
Important: Antarpply Expeditions reserves the right to cancel any voyage prior to departure in which case payment will be refunded for the cruise portion of your program without further obligation.
Clothing: We strongly suggest you bring appropiate
clothing for the region's extreme temperature. For
disembarking, crew members will give passengers
special clothing whcih must be worn (jackets and
boots). Casual clothing can be worn aboard the
vessel. Thermal clothing, not synthetic is recommended.
Sun block, swimming suit, and comfortable walking
shoes are also recommended.