Onto the Antarctic Ice

With three medium-sized expedition ships and regular departure dates throughout the season to choose from, this well priced voyage is a popular option. For the adventurous, optional kayaking or camping come highly recommended by past customers.

10-11 Days

$5,767

Onto the Antarctic Ice - 10-11 - $5,767

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 5 full days in Antarctica = 10 planned ‘off ship’ excursions
  • 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

In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Argentina. It is 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 towards Antarctic Peninsula

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 Albatrosses, Cape Petrels, Southern Fulmars, Wilson's Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs.


Days 4-8: Antarctic Peninsula

We will sail directly to High Antarctica, passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. On Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Danco Island, we will find a large colony of Gentoo Penguins, breeding pairs of Brown Skuas, and possibly Weddell and Crabeater seals. In Neko Harbour, we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers calving at sea level. We enjoy the landscape surrounded by alpine peaks during zodiac cruises. In Paradise Bay again with its myriad icebergs, we have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent again. We shall have the opportunity for a zodiac cruise in the inner parts of this amazing waterway. In this area, we have good chances to see Humpback and Minke whales. We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pleneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adelie penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. In this area, there are good chances to encounter Humpback Whales and Minke Whales. Further south, we may visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station, where we will receive a warm welcome from the station crew. After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, we hope to get a chance to visit the old British research station, now living museum and post office at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags.

On our way North through the Gerlache Strait, we finally arrive at the South Shetland Islands. We will sail to Deception Island. Our ship braves its entrance into the crater through the spectacular Neptune's Bellow into the ring of Deception Island. We hope for a good long walk and kayak trip which will depend on site availability and weather conditions.

Deception is a sub-ducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbour for the ship. Here we find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Petrels and many Kelp 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.

We leave from here and sail to Half Moon Island where we will find Chinstrap penguins. Weddell seals often haul out on the beach. These volcanic islands of 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. Our voyage continues through a narrow Strait to the open sea with direction Ushuaia.


Days 9-10: At sea towards Ushuaia

On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.


Day 11: Ushuaia

We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark after breakfast.


Additional notes:

  • The 9-Dec-201822-Mar-20192-Dec-201911-Dec-201920-Dec-202029-Dec-202015-Feb-2020 and 20-Mar-2020 departures are 10 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

  • 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
Alex Mudd

With its original working ship roots, this vessel feels like being on a real expedition, but without the discomfort.

Alex Mudd General Manager

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.

Triple Porthole
Twin Deluxe
Quadruple Porthole
Quad
Triple
Twin Porthole
Twin Window
Deluxe
Superior
Grand Suite
November 2018
23-Nov-2018 Full Full Full Full Full Full $8,709 Full Full Full
December 2018
9-Dec-2018 Full Full Full Full Full Full $7,944 $8,415 $9,004 Full
January 2019
9-Jan-2019 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full
28-Jan-2019 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full
February 2019
6-Feb-2019 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full
7-Feb-2019 Full Full Full $7,474 Full Full Full Full Full Full
March 2019
22-Mar-2019 Full Full Full Full Full $6,709 Full $7,591 $8,121 Full
November 2019
10-Nov-2019 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full
20-Nov-2019 Full Full Full $7,003 $7,886 $8,592 $8,945 $9,592 $10,298 Full
December 2019
2-Dec-2019 Full Full Full $6,297 $7,121 $7,768 $8,062 $8,651 $9,298 Full
11-Dec-2019 Full Full Full $6,297 $7,121 $7,768 $8,062 Full Full Full
20-Dec-2019 Full Full Full $6,944 $7,886 $8,592 Full $9,474 Full Full
29-Dec-2019 Full Full Full Full $7,886 $8,592 $8,886 $9,474 $10,239 Full
January 2020
3-Jan-2020 Full Full Full $7,709 $8,651 $9,533 $9,886 $10,534 $11,358 Full
9-Jan-2020 Full Full Full $7,709 $8,709 Full Full Full $11,358 Full
February 2020
5-Feb-2020 Full Full Full $7,709 $8,709 $9,533 $9,886 $10,534 $11,358 Full
6-Feb-2020 Full Full Full $7,709 $8,709 $9,533 $9,886 Full $11,358 Full
15-Feb-2020 Full Full Full $6,944 $7,886 $8,592 $8,886 $9,474 $10,239 Full
March 2020
20-Mar-2020 Full Full Full $5,767* Full $6,885 $7,297 $7,886 $8,474 Full

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in EUR (€) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost €4900

Additional Notes

  • The 22-Mar-2019, 2-Dec-2019, 20-Dec-2020, 29-Dec-2020, 15-Feb-2020 and 20 Mar-2020 departures are 10 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 10 years old or over are welcome. On select 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.

Activity Cost Additional Information
Add on icon Camping Camping $188 Departures from Nov - Feb. Equipment provided.
Add on icon Kayaking Kayaking $447 Basic competency required
Add on icon Polar diving Polar diving $500 only on 6-Feb-2019 (EUR425), 22-Mar-2019 (EUR425) and 20-Mar-2020 (EUR435). Cold water and dry suit experience required
Add on icon Snowshoeing Snowshoeing Complimentary Select departures. As long as snow conditions allow. Snowshoes provided.

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

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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