Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 6 or 8 full days in Antarctica, depending on which departure date you choose
- February and March voyage dates only when conditions are optimal for reaching the Polar Circle
- Optional scuba diving on most departures, kayaking and camping on selected departures (additional cost)
Day 1: Departure from 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 2-3: 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 Headed 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. The Master of the vessel may decide to sail the narrow English Strait between Robert Island and Greenwich Island or McFarlane Strait between Greenwich Island and Livingston Island if the conditions are favourable. Then we might be able to enter Antarctic waters in the late evening of the third day and see Aitcho Island at the South Shetlands.
If the conditions do not allow us to manoeuvre through the English Strait then we continue sailing South of Livingston. These volcanic islands or the South Shetlands are windswept and often shrouded in mist and fog, but do offer subtle pleasures. There is a nice variety of flora (mosses, lichens, and flowering grasses) and fauna, such as Gentoo Penguins, Chinstrap Penguins and southern Giant Petrels.
Days 4-9: Antarctic Peninsula
We may start our first day in Antarctica with a landing at Hannah Point, where we will find a nice variety of Gentoo Penguins, Chinstraps and southern Giant Petrels, as well as Elephant Seals hauling out on the beach. At Deception Island, we will try to land. Here we find warm sand, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Petrels and many Dominican Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns. Wilson's Storm Petrels and Black-bellied Storm Petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. Good walkers may hike from Baily Head over the ridge of the crater into Whalers Bay while our ship braves its entrance into the crater through the spectacular Neptune's Bellow into the ring of Deception Island.
On our way further South, we will sail to Orne Islands with large colonies of Chinstrap Penguins and a beautiful view across the Gerlache Strait or to Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Danco Island. It contains a large colony of Gentoo Penguins and breeding pairs of Brown Skuas. In Neko Harbour and Paradise Bay with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, we have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent. We shall have the opportunity for zodiac cruising between the icebergs in the inner parts of the fjords.
We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Petermann Island offering Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. We also try to land at Pleneau Island with Elephant Seals and fair chances to encounter Humpback, Minke and Fin whales. We head south along the Argentine Islands to Crystal Sound, south of the polar circle. At the Fish Islands, we land at one of the southernmost Adelie Penguin and Blue-eyed Shag colonies in the Antarctic Peninsula. At Detaille Island, south of the Polar Circle, in Crystal Sound we reach probably our farthest south. Sailing north again through Neumayer Channel and 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 10-11: At sea
On our way north, we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.
Day 12: Arrival in Ushuaia
We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.
- The 28-Feb-2019 and the 16-Feb-2020 departures are 12 days long.
- The 18-Mar-2019, 17-Mar-2020 and the 18-Mar-2020 departures are 14 days long.
Please get in touch with us for more information.
NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is key and all part of the adventure of an expeditionary cruise.
About The Ship
- A 3-4* expedition vessel for 116 guests
- All cabins have been recently updated
- A broad, heavy design = great stability
- High 1A ice class rating
- Kayaking, camping, mountaineering, hiking
- Rubber boots are provided on loan
With its original working ship roots, this vessel feels like being on a real expedition, but without the discomfort.
Alex Mudd Polar Specialist
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.
* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in EUR (€) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost €6950
- The 28-Feb-2019 and the 16-Feb-2020 departures are 12 days long.
- The 18-Mar-2019, 17-Mar-2020 and the18-Mar-2020 departures are 14 days long.
Single Supplement And Child Policy
For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.7 times the cost of a single berth, please contact us for details. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.
Children aged 10 years old or over are welcome. On selected departures, children under 16 may receive a 40 % discount, please contact us for details
Optional Adventure Activities
Enhance your trip with the following add ons. Limited places per activity.
Get in contact to check availability.
|Kayaking||$429||$375 in 2018-2019. only on 28-Feb-2019 and 16-Feb-2020 departures, basic competency required.|
|Polar diving||$701||425-620 EUR depending on departure. all departures except 17-Mar-2020, Cold water and dry suit experience required. Camping (EUR 160) - only on the 16-Feb-2020 departure.|
|Camping||$181||Only on the 16-Feb-2020 departure|
- Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- Accommodation & meals during the voyage on full board
- All shore excursions and zodiac activities
- Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
- Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
- Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- Port taxes & any entry fees to landing sites
- Flights to & from points of embarkation/disembarkation
- Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
- Transfers not specified in the itinerary
- Optional adventure activities (e.g. kayaking)
- Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Personal Travel insurance
- Items of a personal nature - laundry, beverages, etc
- Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
- Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)