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Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctic Peninsula Cruises

Starting from $10,650

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Home to so much diverse wildlife, the heart-stopping landscape of Antarctica is made up of frigid waters and huge rivers of ice. A team of passionate and expert professionals will accompany you throughout this unforgettable adventure. Zodiac cruises take you to see icebergs, glaciers and wildlife; with walks and hikes ashore to see huge penguin colonies and seals.

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Starting from $10,650

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ADVENTURER CLASSEXPLORER CLASSVIEW SUITEVISTA SUITEVERANDA SUITEEXPEDITION SUITEMEDALLION SUITESILVER SUITEGRAND SUITEOWNER'S SUITE
Feb 15, 2018 - Feb 25, 2018$10,650
 
$11,350
 
$12,350
 
$12,950
 
$16,150
 
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$22,250
 
$23,850
 
$26,950
 
$30,050
 

Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia

At 55 degrees latitude south, Ushuaia (pronounced oo-swy-ah) is closer to the South Pole than to Argentina's northern border with Bolivia. It is the capital and tourism base for Tierra del Fuego, the island at the southernmost tip of Argentina.Although its stark physical beauty is striking, Tierra del Fuego's historical allure is based more on its mythical past than on rugged reality. The island was inhabited for 6,000 years by Yámana, Haush, Selk'nam, and Alakaluf Indians. But in 1902 Argentina, eager to populate Patagonia to bolster its territorial claims, moved to initiate an Ushuaian penal colony, establishing the permanent settlement of its most southern territories and, by implication, everything in between.

Day 2 and 3: Drake Passage

The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the westerly winds and the funneling effect of the passage. The Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward, is within the Drake Passage. When these two currents meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Black-browed Albatross, Sooty Shearwaters and White-chinned Petrels glide in the air currents alongside and in the wake of the ship.

Day 4: Antarctic Sound

The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the westerly winds and the funneling effect of the passage. The Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward, is within the Drake Passage. When these two currents meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Black-browed Albatross, Sooty Shearwaters and White-chinned Petrels glide in the air currents alongside and in the wake of the ship.

Day 5 – 7: Antarctic Peninsula

Remote and otherworldly, Antarctica is irresistible for its spectacular iceberg sculptures and calving glaciers, and for the possibility of up-close encounters with marine mammals and the iconic penguins. The Antarctic Peninsula – the main peninsula closest to South America – has a human history of almost 200 years, with explorers, sealers, whalers, and scientists who have come to work, and eventually intrepid visitors coming to enjoy this pristine and remote wilderness. It is a region of protected bays, unscaled snow-capped mountains, vast glaciers and a few places where whalers or scientists have worked.

Day 8: Antarctica South Shetland Islands

Some 770 kilometers (478 miles) south of Cape Horn, the South Shetland Islands are usually the first land seen in Antarctica. Separated from the Antarctic Peninsula by the Bransfield Strait, nine major islands make up the group. The region was the first to be exploited by sealers in the early 19th century, and because of its proximity to South America, it still is the most visited by scientists and tourists. Chinstrap, Adelie, Gentoo and Macaroni Penguins all breed here. In addition, because it is the warmest part of the continent, large moss beds as well as orange, black, grey and green lichens grow –even hair grass and pearlwort manage to survive.

Day 9 and 10: Drake Passage

The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the westerly winds and the funneling effect of the passage. The Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward, is within the Drake Passage. When these two currents meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Black-browed Albatross, Sooty Shearwaters and White-chinned Petrels glide in the air currents alongside and in the wake of the ship.

Day 11: Ushuaia

Arrival in Ushuaia at 8:00 AM.

Silver Explorer

Silver Explorer

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Highlights

  • Cruise past spectacularly-sculpted icebergs and calving glaciers
  • Watch for chinstrap Adélie and gentoo penguins
  • Travel to the Seventh Continent aboard a luxurious expedition ship, the Silver Explorer
  • Spot numerous species of seals including leopard, crabeater, elephant, Antarctic fur and Weddell seals
  • Marvel at the whales of Antarctica—orca, pilot, humpback, Minke and beaked
  • Encounter a wide variety of seabirds—blue eyed shags, southern giant petrels, skuas, snowy sheathbill, Wilson's storm-petrels, sooty shearwaters, wandering albatrosses, southern fulmars, kelp gull, Antarctic tern, cape petrels, black-browed albatrosses, and more!

Included

  • Highly qualified expedition team with experts in their field (marine biologists, ornithologists, historians and more)
  • Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac
  • Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage, Haglöfs parka for polar expeditions
  • Personalised service with a butler for all suites and the highest crew to guest ratio in the industry
  • Comfortable amenities with the largest expedition suites at sea
  • Inclusive room-service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
  • Free WIFI throughout the ship
  • Onboard Gratuities
 

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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