Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 5 or 6 full days in Antarctica (depending on voyage date) = 10 or 12 planned ‘off ship’ excursions
- This ship’s spacious cabins are double the Antarctic average
- Good choice of departure dates from which to choose
- Camping & kayaking (additional cost)
- Complimentary 5* Ushuaia hotel stay + parka jacket
Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
Despite its small size, the city of Ushuaia is the world's southernmost city, the capital of Tierra del Fuego and the main starting point for voyages to Antarctica. Admire the surrounded views of Beagle Channel and the Andes Mountains. If you arrive early, you may want to visit Tierra del Fuego National Park, the southernmost on the planet. Stroll along the main street of Avenue San Martin, and pause at one of the many cafes, shops or restaurants. Our guests will overnight at a local five-star lodge.
Day 2: Ushuaia, embarkation
This afternoon, embark the expedition vessel and set sail down the picturesque Beagle Channel as the sun sets and dinner is served.
Days 3-4: At sea towards Antarctica
The Drake Passage spans 600 miles from the top of South America to the South Shetland Islands. The ship's stabiliser fins will help to make the crossing comfortable. Lectures and presentations by our friendly team of Antarctic experts prepare us for what lies ahead. At the Antarctic Convergence, watch for sea mammals, albatrosses and petrels in these krill-rich waters. If the Drake has behaved, we will approach the sub-Antarctic South Shetlands during the afternoon of Day 4.
Days 5-9: The Antarctic Continent and the South Shetlands
The Antarctic Peninsula and nearby islands provide exceptional opportunities to discover the unique wildlife and awesome landscapes. Depending on weather and ice conditions, the captain and expedition team will take you to a variety of secluded bays and harbours to optimise Zodiac landings and wildlife viewing. While we have a plan, flexibility is the key to successful expedition cruising. With the help of our expedition team, look for the four penguin, six seal and several whale species on your Antarctic checklist.
As we head south along the Antarctic Peninsula, you'ill understand why the imposing, snow-covered Lemaire Channel is called "Kodak Alley". We'll also try to visit a research station during the voyage, although the work schedules of the scientists may not always permit this. At the Ukrainian base of Academician Vernadskiy, you might want to sample the throat-burning gorilka, or Ukrainian pepper vodka, distilled on location. A zodiac cruise of Paradise Bay, with its many glaciers, offers an experience like no other on the globe. Cruise by massive icebergs, with cracks and crevices reflecting an amazing spectrum of blue colors. Conditions permitting, we'll set foot on the actual Antarctic Continent at Hope Bay or perhaps another site. We'll also find a time for our most adventurous travellers to take a polar plunge, perhaps in Neko Harbor or the relatively warm waters of volcanic Deception Island.
Days 10-11: Drake Passage
As you head back to Ushuaia, there are some final opportunities to ask questions of our Antarctic experts, to share photos and experiences with newfound friends, and to enjoy our festive farewell dinner. Wave goodbye to the birds and whales, until you meet again on your next voyage to the White Continent!
Day 12: Ushuaia, disembarkation
Disembark after breakfast, and transfer to the airport or the city centre.
- The 26-Nov-2018 and 29-Nov-2019 departures are 11 days long and spend 1 day less on the Peninsula.
- The 15-Dec-2018 departure is 13 days long and spends an additional day on the Peninsula.
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
- An elegant 4* vessel for 114 guests
- Very spacious cabins, double the average
- 1D ice class rating
- Optional kayaking & camping available
- Complimentary jacket & loan of rubber boots
- Includes a 5* hotel stay in Ushuaia
I was really wowed by this ship’s large cabins and an enthusiastic expedition team rounded off a terrific voyage.
John Newby 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 USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $6595
Optional Adventure Activities
Enhance your trip with the following add-on's. Limited places per activity, get in contact to check availability.
Camping ($285) - all departures. Equipment provided.
Kayaking ($795) - all departures, basic competency required.
Single Supplement and Child Policy
For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.7 to 2 times the cost of a single berth, depending on cabin category, please contact us for details. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.
Children 8 years old or over are welcome. Children 8-12 years old are only charged 150 USD per cruise night. Please contact us for details.
Please note small itinerary variations on the following departure dates below:
- The 26-Nov-2018 and 29-Nov-2019 departures are 11 days long and spend one day less on the Peninsula.
- The 15-Dec-18 departure is 13 days long and spends an additional day on the Peninsula.
- One 5* hotel night in Ushuaia with breakfast
- Transfers as indicated
- Complimentary parka jacket
- Digital voyage log
- 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)