Antarctic Peninsula

 

Overview

Location: Antarctica
Destination: Antarctic Peninsula Cruises
Starting at: $5,500
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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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March 14 - 23, 2015 departure

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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
Mar 14, 2015 - Mar 23, 2015$5,500
$4,400
$6,100
$4,880
$7,050
$5,640
$7,300
$5,840
$7,650
$6,120
$8,450
$6,760
Jan 7, 2016 - Jan 16, 2016$7,050
 
$7,950
 
$8,650
 
$9,150
 
$9,650
 
$10,550
 
Feb 3, 2016 - Feb 13, 2016$7,950
 
$8,950
 
$9,650
 
$10,250
 
$10,850
 
$11,850
 
 

Itinerary

PLEASE NOTE: The itinerary shown below is for the 10-night departures. Some departure dates are for the 9-night tours, which spend one less day in Antarctica.

Day 1: Ushuaia
In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.
Days 2 and 3: At sea
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-hHeaded albatrosses, Black-browed albatrosses, Light-mantled Sooty albatrosses, Cape petrels, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm petrels, Blue petrels and Antarctic petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs.
Days 4 – 8: Antarctica
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 Ronge Island, we will find a large colony of Gentoo penguins and breeding pairs of Brown skuas. If we land on Orne 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 glacier and enjoy the landscape during zodiac cruises.
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 bay. In this area we have good chances to see Humpback whales and Minke whales.
Sailing north through Neumayer Channel, we hope to visit the former British research station and post office, now living museum, Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags.
We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pléneau Island 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. Further south we may visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station, where we will receive a warm welcome from the station crew. Sailing north through Gerlache Strait we arrive at the Melchior Islands with a very beautiful landscape with icebergs, where we may encounter Leopard seals, Crabeater seals and whales.
Days 9 and 10: At sea
On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.
Day 11: Ushuaia
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 in 2014
$450 per person in 2015
$465 per person in 2016
Field Camping:
$170 per person in 2014
$180 per person in 2015 and 2016

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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