Antarctic Peninsula

 

Overview

Location: Antarctica
Destination: Antarctic Peninsula Cruises
Starting at: $5,500

 

Description

Several species of penguins, whales, seals and seabirds await you as we go ashore on the Antarctic Peninsula. This cruise offers an extraordinary experience to one of the world's more pristine locations—Antarctica!

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Ship

Plancius Plancius
Expedition Ships
Capacity: 114

Cabin description & deck plan

 
 
 

Rates & Dates Prices are per person and shown in USD.

QUADTRIPLETWIN PORTHOLETWIN WINDOWTWIN DELUXESUPERIOR
Nov 1, 2014 - Nov 11, 2014$6,900
 
$7,800
 
$8,450
 
$8,800
 
$9,200
 
$10,150
 
Jan 7, 2015 - Jan 16, 2015$6,950
 
$7,750
 
$8,450
 
$8,850
 
$9,250
 
$10,150
 
Feb 3, 2015 - Feb 13, 2015$7,900
 
$8,800
 
$9,500
 
$9,950
 
$10,350
 
$11,500
 
Mar 14, 2015 - Mar 23, 2015$5,500
 
$6,100
 
$7,050
 
$7,300
 
$7,650
 
$8,450
 
 

Itinerary

PLEASE NOTE: The itinerary shown below is for the 10-night departures. The Jan 7–16, 2015 and March 14–23, 2015 departures are 9-nights with one fewer day spent exploring the peninsula.

Day 1

In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located in the shadow of the Andes and right at the Beagle Channel shore. We'll sail through this scenic waterway during the afternoon.

Days 2–3

During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may 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. Near the South Shetland Islands, we glimpse at the first icebergs.

Days 4–8

A typical itinerary in the South Shetlands and Antarctic Peninsula could be as follows. This is a sample only, the final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board.

We will sail directly to "High Antarctica", passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. On Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Danco Island, we will find a large colony of Gentoo Penguins and breeding pairs of Brown Skuas. On Danco Island we can observe Chinstrap Penguins and possibly Weddell and Crabeater Seals. In Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers, other continent landings are for example possible on Portal Point.

During the cruise we will also offer zodiac cruises such as near Foyn Harbour on Nansen Island and Neko Harbour.

When sailing to Paradise Bay, with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, we will have the opportunity for zodiac cruising between the icebergs in the inner parts of the fjords. In this area we have good chances to see Humpback Whales and Minke Whales.

After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, we visit the British research station and post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we can also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Imperial Shags.

We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pleneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. In this area there are good chances to encounter Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Fin Whales. A visit to one of the scientific stations in Antarctica will give you an insight about the life of modern Antarcticans working on the White Continent.

Further south we may visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station, where we will receive a warm welcome from the station crew.

Sailing north through Neumayer Channel we arrive at the Melchior Islands with a very beautiful landscape and again possibilities for zodiac cruising among the icebergs, where we may encounter Leopard Seals, Crabeater Seals and whales.

Days 9–10

In the Drake Passage we have again a chance of seeing many seabirds and to take advantage of the knowledge of our lecture team.

Day 11 

We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.

Included

  • Voyage as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
  • All shore excursions by Zodiac and activities throughout the voyage
  • Lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material

Adventure Options

  • Kayaking: $430 per person
  • Field Camping: $170 per person

Highlights

  • Explore the spectacular Antarctic wilderness in a casual atmosphere of like-minded travelers
  • Experience abundant wildlife including immense penguin colonies and other seabirds, seals and even some of the great whales at close range
  • Cruise in comfort along towering icebergs, serrated maritime mountains and luminous glaciers
  • Zodiac landing craft allow visitation on remote shorelines and otherwise inaccessible areas
  • Ship allows an "open bridge policy" to observe its sophisticated navigation equipment and provides an excellent location to view wildlife and the landscape (subject to weather and critical navigation maneuvers)
  • Expert naturalist guides

 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of expedition cruising, itineraries are subject to change due to weather, ice conditions, natural and cultural events, wildlife viewing opportunities and other logistical considerations. In general, a ship's crew will endeavor to complete the itinerary provided, but the ultimate decision lies with the ship's captain and expedition leaders.

 
 
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