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

$6,612

Onto the Antarctic Ice - 10-13 - $6,612

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; The End of the World:

Where the world drops off, in Ushuaia, your voyage begins. Located on the far southern tip of South America, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. Starting in the afternoon, we embark our vessel and sail from “The End of the World,” into the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.


Days 2 & 3 - Drake Passage:

Over the next two days, you’ll enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions:rolling seas, cool salt breezes maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray. After passing through the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, where north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Both marine life and avian life changes here. Wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels are a few of the birds you might see.


Days 4 to 7: Entering Antarctica

Towers of broken blue-white ice and grey stone peaks sketched with snow welcome you to Antarctica. You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, before sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands.

Sites you may visit include:  

Danco Island – There are gentoo penguins nesting on the island, and Weddell and crabeater seals to be found nearby.

Neko Harbour – With mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow, Neko Harbour offers opportunities for a zodiac cruise and a landing that affords the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks.

Paradise Bay – You may be able to take a zodiac cruise in the ice-flecked waters, with a good chance that you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales. 

Pléneau & Petermann Islands – If the ice allows, you could sail through the Lemaire Channel, searching for Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. You may also encounter humpback and minke whales here, as well as leopard seals.

Port Lockroy – We sail through the Neumayer Channel, onto Port Lockroy. A former British research station, Port Lockroy is now a museum and post office, found on Goudier Island. Around Jougla Point, you’ll be meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags and there are also great opportunities for kayaking and camping here, and when conditions are right, you can even snowshoe around the shore.

Wilhelmina Bay & Guvernøren  – A great place to spot humpback whales, you also may embark on a zodiac trip ending at the ghostly wreck of the Guvernøren, a whaling vessel that caught fire here in 1915. Amid a frozen landscape, around the Melchior Islands, you may encounter more whales, leopard and crabeater seals. Conditions on the Drake Passage will determine the exact time of our departure.


Days 8 & 9 - Return to Ushuaia:

Our return voyage is far from lonely; while crossing the Drake, the vast array of seabirds from the passage south will greet us again, but this time, they will seem a little more familiar to you.


Day 10 - Ushuaia:

Our adventure must eventually come to an end, and it’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia. You will depart with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

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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.

Triple Porthole
Quad
Triple
Twin Porthole
Twin Window
Deluxe
Superior
Junior Suite
Grand Suite
December 2019
2-Dec-2019 Full Full $6,838 Full Full Full $8,929 Full $10,963
11-Dec-2019 Full $6,047 Full $7,460 Full Full Full Full Full
20-Dec-2019 Full Full Full Full Full $8,307 $8,929 Full Full
29-Dec-2019 Full Full Full $8,251 Full Full Full Full Full
January 2020
3-Jan-2020 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full
7-Jan-2020 Full $7,403 $8,364 $9,155 $9,494 Full Full Full Full
9-Jan-2020 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full
February 2020
5-Feb-2020 Full Full Full $9,155 Full Full Full $11,642 Full
6-Feb-2020 Full $7,403 $8,364 $9,155 $9,494 Full $10,907 Full Full
15-Feb-2020 Full Full $7,573 $8,251 $8,533 $9,098 Full Full Full
March 2020
17-Mar-2020 Full $7,855 Full $9,664 $10,116 $10,850 $11,585 $12,376 $14,241
20-Mar-2020 Full Full Full $6,612* $7,008 Full $8,138 Full Full
November 2020
21-Nov-2020 Full $7,686 $8,703 $9,494 $9,890 $10,511 $11,246 $12,037 $13,845
December 2020
2-Dec-2020 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full
11-Dec-2020 Full $6,273 Full $7,742 $8,081 $8,646 $9,268 $9,946 $11,246
20-Dec-2020 Full $6,951 Full $8,590 $8,929 $9,438 $10,116 $10,850 $12,546
29-Dec-2020 Full $6,951 $7,855 $8,590 $8,929 $9,438 $10,116 $10,850 $12,546
January 2021
3-Jan-2021 Full $7,686 Full $9,494 $9,890 $10,511 $11,246 Full Full
7-Jan-2021 Full $7,686 Full $9,494 $9,890 $10,511 $11,246 Full Full
7-Jan-2021 Full $6,951 $7,855 $8,590 $8,929 $9,438 $10,116 $10,850 $12,546
16-Jan-2021 Full $7,686 $8,703 $9,494 $9,890 $10,511 $11,246 $12,037 $13,845
26-Jan-2021 Full $7,686 $8,703 $9,494 $9,890 $10,511 $11,246 $12,037 $13,845
February 2021
4-Feb-2021 Full $7,686 Full $9,494 $9,890 $10,511 $11,246 Full Full
5-Feb-2021 Full $7,686 Full $9,494 $9,890 $10,511 $11,246 $12,037 $13,845
March 2021
18-Mar-2021 Full $5,595 $6,329 $6,894 $7,177 $7,629 $8,194 $8,759 $10,059
19-Mar-2021 Full $7,686 Full $9,494 $9,890 $10,511 $11,246 Full Full

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in EUR (€) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost €5850

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.

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 $186 Departures from Nov - Feb. Equipment provided. Select departures.
Add on icon Kayaking Kayaking $441 Basic competency required. Select departures.
Add on icon Polar diving Polar diving $492 Limited spaces available for 6-Feb-2020 (€435), 20-Mar-2020 (€435), 18-Mar-2020 (€620), 4-Feb-2021 (€450) and 19-Mar-2021 (€450). 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 and 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 and snowshoes for the voyage's duration
  • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Port taxes and any entry fees to landing sites

Excludes

  • Flights to and 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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