Heart of Antarctica

Trave​l​ling on board a modern, state-of-the-art 5* ship with only 200 people, this voyage combines the best of both traditional and expedition cruising. ​Spend 5 days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula in comfort. All-inclusive pricing means luxury at an affordable price.

11 Days

$8,990

Heart of Antarctica - 11 - $8,990

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 5 full days in Antarctica = 10 planned ‘off ship’ excursions
  • Includes Paradise Bay, Port Lockroy & Deception Island
  • Capable of 15 knots this ship cuts down sailing time
  • No adventure activities are offered on this trip
  • Complimentary domestic flights, parka jacket & open bar

Start from Ushuaia and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks visited on Heart of Antarctica

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Embarkation in Ushuaia

Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.


Day 2-3 : At sea

If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to Antarctica. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship


Day 4: Neko Harbour and Paradise Harbour

A little corner of paradise in the shadow of a towering glacier, Neko Harbour is without a doubt one of the most beautiful sites on the Antarctic Peninsula. It was discovered by Belgian navigator Adrien de Gerlache during his 1897-1899 expedition. Mountains, ice and wildlife combine to form a truly unique landscape.

Animals are as abundant as they are exotic: among others, you'll encounter seabirds (gulls, Cape petrels, cormorants) and marine mammals (seals, orcas and other whale species). Head out on a Zodiac excursion to get up close to the icebergs, stop over near a penguin colony, watch a leopard seal sunbathe between dives and enjoy an impromptu aerial show from passing Antarctic terns.

With its spectacular landscapes composed of towering glacial peaks plunging down into the icy waters of the Antarctic, Paradise Bay is true to its name. Discovered and named by whalers in the early 20th century, this protected natural site is currently home to a wide variety of fauna, from Antarctic cormorants and leopard seals to sheathbills and gentoo penguins, who mingle on the long stretch of rocky beaches.

With some luck, you'll even be privy to an unforgettable underwater dance between passing humpback whales. During your excursion, head off to discover the old Argentine base Almirante Brown, which is only occupied for a few weeks each year, during the austral summer.


Day 5: Pleneau Island and Port Charcot

Named after talented photographer Paul Pleneau, who accompanied Jean-Baptiste Charcot on his 1903 expedition, Pleneau Island has become a refuge for gentoo penguins, elephant seals and fur seals. A 'fleet' of imposing ice formations sit like anchored ships along its shores. Like works of art, these unusually-sculpted icebergs range in colour from white to blue and every shade in between. On land, red algae provides a striking contrast against empty swathes of snow that alternate with gentoo penguin nesting sites, strewn all across the island. Port Charcot cove, a natural harbour located in Salpetriere Bay, was discovered by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot.

Named for the explorer's father, famed neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, this tip of Booth Island still holds vestiges of Charcot's 1903-1905 anchoring aboard his ship, Le Francais. A brisk walk through the snow will take you to the remains of Charcot's stone cabin where he conducted studies on magnetism. Right nearby, you'll notice a colony of gentoo penguins. If you continue on to the summit, you'll pass by the remnants of a cairn and enjoy an unobstructed view of the vast field of icebergs scattered over the bay like white tombstones--an eerie, mystical site like none other.


Day 6: Port Lockroy

During your cruise, you'll have the opportunity to stop over at Port Lockroy, a spectacular natural harbour nestled in the very heart of the Antarctic Peninsula on Goudier Island. Discovered by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot in 1903, the site has served over the years as a stopover for whaling ships, a British military base and later a research station.

The port is currently one of the most visited sites in the Antarctic, thanks to its tiny museum which allows visitors to experience the base as it was in the 1950s and to take home a souvenir from its gift shop. While you're here, don't miss the chance to send your loved ones a post card from the southernmost post office in the world!


Day 7: Deception Island

Situated just above the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, Deception Island is easily recognisable thanks to its distinctive horseshoe shape. The crater of this former volcano caved in 10,000 years ago and the resulting caldera was flooded, creating a natural harbour. Deception Island still bears traces of its past as a longtime hub of the whaling industry. The vestiges of abandoned sheds that line the black sand of its volcanic beaches share space with the island's spectacular fauna: it is home to the Antarctic Peninsula's largest colony of chinstrap penguins, as well as numerous elephant seals and fur seals.


Day 8: Weddell Sea

Amidst the eerie stillness of the Weddell Sea, you'll wend your way through a veritable labyrinth of majestic table icebergs. Sweeping ice platforms sculpt a landscape unlike any other, populated by fur seals, penguins, wandering albatross and other imposing seabirds.

The Weddell seal, king of this realm, will welcome you to his territory with a haunting cry that pierces the surrounding silence. You'll recognise him by his dark grey coat and spotted belly. Weddell seals have the impressive distinction of being able to stay underwater for more than an hour.


Day 9-10: At sea, Drake Passage


Day 11: Disembarkation in Ushuaia

Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.


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 modern luxury ship for 200 guests
  • 5* experience without the high price tag
  • 95% of the suites have a private balcony
  • 1C ice class + advanced stabilizing system
  • Only zodiac landings & excursions
  • Rubber boots are provided on loan
John Newby

Modern, custom-built, beautifully appointed and capped to just 200 people, this ship is a classy act.

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.

Superior
Deluxe
Prestige Deck 4
Prestige Deck 5
Prestige Deck 6
Deluxe Suite
Deck 5 Suite
Deck 6 Suite
Owner's Suite
November 2018
20-Nov-2018 Full Full $10,930 $11,409 $11,911 Full Full Full $29,025
December 2018
4-Dec-2018 $11,774 Full $13,976 $14,615 $15,288 Full $24,245 $25,397 $29,025
29-Dec-2018 $12,288 Full $14,604 $15,266 $15,973 Full Full Full Full
30-Dec-2018 Full Full $13,976 $14,615 $15,288 Full Full Full Full
January 2019
5-Jan-2019 Full Full Full $14,615 $15,288 $20,902 Full Full Full
9-Jan-2019 Full Full Full $14,615 $15,288 $20,902 $24,245 $25,397 Full
15-Jan-2019 Full Full $12,755 $13,326 $13,931 Full $21,997 $23,035 $29,025
17-Jan-2019 Full Full $13,976 $14,615 $15,288 Full $24,245 Full $29,025
19-Jan-2019 Full Full $13,360 $13,965 $14,604 $19,943 Full $24,210 $29,025
25-Jan-2019 Full Full $12,755 $13,326 $13,931 $18,985 $21,997 $23,035 $29,025
February 2019
7-Feb-2019 Full Full $13,976 $14,615 $15,288 $20,902 $24,245 $25,397 $29,025
14-Feb-2019 Full Full $12,151 $12,687 $13,258 $18,038 $20,879 $21,849 $29,025
17-Feb-2019 Full Full $11,535 $12,048 $12,584 $17,080 $19,749 $20,673 $29,025
21-Feb-2019 Full Full $10,930 $11,409 Full $16,121 $18,631 Full $38,871
22-Feb-2019 Full Full $10,930 $11,409 $11,911 $16,121 $18,631 $19,498 $29,025
November 2019
24-Nov-2019 $10,006 $10,690 $11,797 $12,311 $12,858 $17,433 $20,160 $21,096 $29,595
December 2019
9-Dec-2019 Full $9,584 $10,554 $11,010 $11,489 $15,482 $17,878 $18,688 $29,595
29-Dec-2019 Full $11,820 $13,064 $13,645 $14,262 $19,407 $22,476 $23,526 Full
January 2020
4-Jan-2020 $9,492 $10,131 $11,181 $11,660 $12,174 $16,463 $19,019 $19,886 $29,595
5-Jan-2020 Full $10,131 $11,181 $11,660 $12,174 $16,463 $19,019 $19,886 Full
8-Jan-2020 Full Full $11,797 $12,311 $12,858 Full $20,160 $21,096 $29,595
14-Jan-2020 Full $10,690 $11,797 $12,311 $12,858 Full $20,160 $21,096 Full
27-Jan-2020 Full $9,584 $10,554 $11,010 $11,489 $15,482 $17,878 $18,688 $29,595
February 2020
6-Feb-2020 Full $9,584 $10,554 $11,010 $11,489 $15,482 $17,878 $18,688 $29,595
18-Feb-2020 $8,990* $9,584 $10,554 $11,010 $11,489 $15,482 $17,878 $18,688 $29,595
19-Feb-2020 Full $10,690 $11,797 $12,311 $12,858 $17,433 $20,160 $21,096 $29,595
26-Feb-2020 $8,990* $9,584 $10,554 $11,010 $11,489 $15,482 $17,878 $18,688 $29,595

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in EUR (€) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost €7880

Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, this ship has a good number of dedicated single cabins, please contact us for details. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.

Children are very much welcome. In terms of concessions, one child, aged between 3-11 years, sharing his parent's cabin travels free of charge. A teenager, aged between 12-17 years, receives a 50% discount. However, please note that not every cabin category can accommodate 3 people. Please contact us for details.

Includes

  • Domestic flights Buenos Aires/ Ushuaia return
  • Open Bar for duration of voyage
  • 24 hour room service
  • Pre and post voyage transfers
  • 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 & waterproof parka jacket
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Port taxes & 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 non-complimentary 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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