Onto the Antarctic Ice

With three medium-sized expedition ships and regular departure dates throughout the season, this well priced voyage is a popular option. Across striking landscapes and icy seas your company will include penguins, seals, whales and skuas. For the adventurous, optional kayaking or camping come highly recommended by past customers.

10-13 Days

$5,595

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Onto the Antarctic Ice - 10-13 - $5,595

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 4-5 full days in Antarctica = 8-10 planned ‘off ship’ excursions depending on your preferred departure
  • Wide selection of well priced voyages to choose from
  • Kayaking & camping. Diving on limited departures (additional cost for each)
  • Complimentary snowshoeing on early season departures when snow conditions allow

Start from Ushuaia and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks visited on Onto the Antarctic Ice

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia

Your voyage begins where the world drops off, Ushuaia, Argentina. Embark in the afternoon, sailing through the scenic waterway of the Beagle Channel for the rest of the evening.


Days 2-3: At sea towards Antarctic Peninsula

During these two days you will sail across the Drake Passage. After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, you'll arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area, you may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black-browed Albatrosses, Light-mantled Albatrosses, Cape Petrels, Southern Fulmars, Wilson's Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels.

You'll experience the same salty breezes and rolling seas as those encountered by the great polar explorers, spotting the first icebergs as you near the South Shetland Islands.


Days 4-8: Antarctic Peninsula

Sail directly to High Antartica, witnessing grey stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically diverse wildlife both below and above. You'll pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island.

The intended route for your adventure includes: 

Cuverville Island – A small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Danco Island. Here you will find a large colony of Gentoo Penguins, breeding pairs of Brown Skuas, and possibly Weddell and Crabeater seals.

Neko Harbour and Paradise Bay – Where you will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in the magnificent landscape of alpine peaks and huge glaciers calving at sea level. Enjoy the landscape taking a zodiac cruise through the inner parts of this amazing waterway and look out for Humpback and Minke whales.

Pleneau and Petermann Island – As you sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel you'll find Adelie penguins and Blue-eyed Shags, as well as more Humpback and Minke Whales. Further south, you may visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station, receiving a warm welcome from the station crew.

After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, there will hopefully be the chance to visit the old British research station, now a living museum and post office at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy, a time-dependent landing on Jougla Point, home to Gentoo Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags, may also take place.

South Shetland Islands – Continuing north through the Gerlache Strait, you will arrive at these volcanic, windswept islands. They are often cloaked in mist but offer subtle beauties: there's a wide variety of flora and no small amount of fauna.

Sailing onwards, the ship braves its entrance into the crater through the spectacular Neptune's Bellow into the ring of Deception Island. Deception is a sub-ducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbour for the ship. Here you will find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Petrels and many Kelp Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas, and Antarctic Terns. Explore the fascinating landscape with a long hike and, if conditions and site availability allows, a kayak trip. 

Half moon Island – Leaving Deception sail to Half Moon Island where you will be met with Chinstrap Penguins and Weddell Seals out on the beach near Camara Base, an Argentine scientific research station. The voyage then travels through a narrow Strait to the open sea, headed back to Ushuaia.


Days 9-10: At sea towards Ushuaia

As you make your way north you are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage – making for a far from lonely return voyage.


Day 11: Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia in the morning and disembark after breakfast.


Additional Notes:

  • The 9-Jan-2020, 20-Mar-2020, 07-Jan-2021, 04-Feb-2021 and 19-Mar-21 departures are on board the Plancius ship.
  • The 2-Dec-2019, 11-Dec-2019, 2-Dec-2020, 11-Dec-2020, 20-Dec-2020, 29-Dec-2020, 15-Feb-2020, 20-Mar-2020, 7-Jan-2021 and 18-Mar-2021 departures are 10 days long.
  • The 21-Nov-2021 and 19-Mar-21 departures are 12 days long.
  • The 19-Mar-2020 departure is 13 days long.
  • The 20-Nov-2019 and 6-Feb-2020 departures are focused on exploring the shores of the Antarctic Peninsula and landing in new places. No additional activities are available for those departures.

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.

What our customers think

About The Ship

  • One of the only Polar Class 6 vessels in the world, the most advanced rating
  • Lecture room for a wide variety of interactive workshops and exhibitions
  • Exceeds the latest green requirements
  • Modern in décor with a cosy and informal atmosphere
  • Sheltered Zodiac boarding zone for easier entry into the boats
  • Camping, kayaking, hiking

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 €4950

Additional Notes

  • The 2-Dec-2019, 11-Dec-2019, 2-Dec-2020, 11-Dec-2020, 20-Dec-2020, 29-Dec-2020, 15-Feb-2020, 20-Mar-2020, 7-Jan-2021 and 18-Mar-2021 departures are 10 days long.
  • The 21-Nov-2021 and 19-Mar-21 departures are 12 days long.
  • The 19-Mar-2020 departure is 13 days long.
  • The 20-Nov-2019 and 6-Feb-2020 departures are focused on exploring the shores of the Antarctic Peninsula and landing in new places. No additional activities are available for those departures.

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 3 years old or over are welcome. On select departures, children under 16 may receive a 40% discount, please contact us for details.

Includes

  • 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
  • 100Mb internet 

Excludes

  • 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)

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