Classic Antarctica

 

Overview

Location: Antarctica
Destination: Antarctic Peninsula Cruises
Starting at: $4,950

 

Description

One of the most affordable trips to Antarctica! Choose from 9- and 10-day cruises that visit the Antarctic Peninsula where you'll marvel at the continent's scenery and plentiful penguins, seals, whales, seabirds and more.

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Ship

Ushuaia Ushuaia
Expedition Ships
Capacity: 84

Cabin description & deck plan

 
 
 

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

TWIN Semi-private, InsideTWIN Semi-private, OutsideTWIN PrivateSUPERIOR PrivateSUITE Private
Nov 7, 2014 - Nov 17, 2014$5,130
 
$6,650
 
$8,300
 
$8,790
 
$9,240
 
Nov 17, 2014 - Nov 27, 2014$5,500
 
$7,130
 
$8,900
 
$9,430
 
$9,910
 
Nov 27, 2014 - Dec 7, 2014$5,500
 
$7,130
 
$8,900
 
$9,430
 
$9,910
 
Dec 18, 2014 - Dec 28, 2014$6,640
 
$8,250
 
$10,340
 
$10,930
 
$11,490
 
Dec 28, 2014 - Jan 7, 2015$6,920
 
$8,530
 
$10,700
 
$11,300
 
$11,880
 
Jan 23, 2015 - Feb 1, 2015$6,230
 
$7,680
 
$9,630
 
$10,170
 
$10,690
 
Feb 1, 2015 - Feb 11, 2015$6,920
 
$8,530
 
$10,700
 
$11,300
 
$11,880
 
Mar 15, 2015 - Mar 25, 2015$5,500
 
$7,130
 
$8,900
 
$9,430
 
$9,910
 
Mar 25, 2015 - Apr 3, 2015$4,950
 
$6,420
 
$8,010
 
$8,490
 
$8,920
 
 

Itinerary

PLEASE NOTE: The itinerary below is for 10-day cruises. On the 9-day cruises, one fewer day will be spent exploring the Antarctic Peninsula

Day 1 : Depart from Ushuaia

Embark the Ushuaia in the afternoon and meet your expedition and lecture staff. After you have settled into your cabins we sail along the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass.

Days 2–3: Crossing the 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 upwelling of nutrients, which sustains the biodiversity of this region. The Drake Passage also marks the northern limit of many Antarctic seabirds. As we sail across the passage, Antarpply Expeditions' lecturers will be out with you on deck to help in the identification of an amazing variety of seabirds, including many albatrosses, which follow in our wake. The Ushuaia's open bridge policy allows you to join our officers on the bridge and learn about navigation, watch for whales, and enjoy the view. A full program of lectures will be offered as well.

The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands, a group of twenty islands and islets first sighted in February 1819 by Capt. William Smith of the brig Williams. With favorable conditions in the Drake Passage our lecturers and naturalists will accompany you ashore as you experience your first encounter with the penguins and seals on Day 3.

Days 4–8: Exploring South Shetland Islands and the 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 is truly amazing. King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands, features colonies of nesting Adélie and Chinstrap Penguins, Kelp Gulls, Blue-eyed Cormorants, Antarctic Terns and Southern Giant Petrels and is home to scientific bases of many different countries. Macaroni, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins as well as elephant seals await you at Livingston Island.

The Antarctic Peninsula's remarkable history will provide you with a type of excitement often only associated with the early explorers. You will have plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways, and an incredible wide variety of wildlife. Apart from penguins and seabirds you are very likely to see Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals as well as Minke, killer (orca) and humpback whales at close range. We hope to navigate some of the most beautiful waterways (depending on the ice conditions): the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel, and the Lemaire Channel, the latter are narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. We plan to make at least two landings per day. Possible landing sites may include:

Paradise Bay is perhaps the most aptly named place in the world and we attempt a landing on the continent proper. After negotiating the iceberg-strewn waters of the Antarctic Sound, we hope to visit the bustling Adélie Penguin (over 100,000 pairs breed here) and Blue-eyed Cormorant colonies on Paulet Island. The Nordenskjöld expedition built a stone survival hut here in 1903. Today its ruins have been taken over by nesting penguins.

Further exploration may take you to Melchior Island, Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbour, Pléneau Island and if ice conditions permit, to Petermann Island for a visit to the southernmost colony of Gentoo Penguins.

Days 9–10: At Sea crossing the Drake Passage, northbound

We leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Join our lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for seabirds and whales and enjoy some final lectures. Take the chance to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures of the past days on the way back to Ushuaia.

Day 11 : Arrival at Ushuaia

We arrive at Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark the Ushuaia after breakfast.

Included

  • Voyage as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the voyage
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by zodiac
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material
  • Detailed post-expedition log

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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