Visit Antarctica's "wild side" as we cruise the Weddell Sea where massive tabular icebergs await us and also land on the peninsula where we are treated to extraordinary wildlife and scenery.
|TRIPLE SHARED||TWIN SHARED||TWIN PRIVATE||MINI SUITE||SUITE|
|Feb 7, 2017 - Feb 18, 2017||$8,725||$10,200||$12,340||$13,250||$14,650|
Today you make your own way to our joining hotel where you will meet your fellow expeditioners and enjoy your first group dinner.
Fly from Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island, Antarctica to be warmly welcomed aboard Polar Pioneer. We settle in for safety and environmental briefings to prepare us for landings as we set off across Bransfield Strait.
Access to the Weddell Sea is totally ice-dependent. Calved from massive ice shelves, the tabular icebergs of Antarctic Sound create a memorable sight. Our ice-strengthened Polar Pioneer, helmed by a highly-experienced Russian Captain give us the best chance to thread our way through waters alive with penguins against a backdrop of breathtaking volcanic scenery.
Weather systems and shifting pack ice dictate our schedule. We may visit the vast Adélie and gentoo penguin colonies of Brown Bluff or Paulet Island, fossil-rich Seymour Island and historic Snow Hill Island. We may hike to spectacular vantage points on Beak and Devil islands. We may even reach the islands of Prince Gustav Channel. Wherever we go, wildlife, Heroic Age relics and haunting landscapes await.
We head for the Peninsula's beautiful western flanks to make full use of the late summer daylight hours and relatively ice-free waters. We make wildlife offshore islands, a continental landing, visit historic huts and Zodiac cruise amidst bergs. Whales are abundant as they prepare to migrate north. We'll also listen carefully for the otherworldly courtship song of the leopard seal.
Petrels, prions and albatross accompany us across Drake Passage. Final talks help polish our Antarctic education before making a ceremonial rounding of Cape Horn, time and weather permitting. We gather for a celebratory dinner as we enter the Beagle Channel.
A pre-dawn sail along the Beagle Channel and an early breakfast prepare us to dock in Puerto Williams at dawn. Enjoy a tour of the rustic port and surrounds before boarding your flight to Punta Arenas, Chile.
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.