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This Antarctica Voyage includes 11 days and the main goal is to reach the Emperor Penguin rokery situated south of Snow Hill Island, on the Weddell Sea. This Antarctica voyage begins and ends in Ushuaia, and includes fascinating helicopter transfers.

Voyage to Antarctica: Emperor Penguin

An Emperor Penguin rookery is situated south of Snow Hill Island. The captain of the vessel will do his utmost to position the vessel close enough to Snow Hill Island in order to enable us to offer ship-to-shore helicopter transfers to approx. 45 minutes walking distance from the Emperor Penguin Rookeries. If we succeed, this will be a fascinating and a once-in-a lifetime experience.

 

An Emperor Penguin rookery is situated south of Snow Hill Island. The captain of the vessel will do his utmost to position the vessel close enough to Snow Hill Island in order to enable us to offer ship-to-shore helicopter transfers to approx. 45 minutes walking distance from the Emperor Penguin Rookeries. If we succeed, this will be a fascinating and a once-in-a lifetime experience.

 

During this voyage we will reserve three days to visit the Emperor Rookeries by helicopters. If we succeed the first two days, we may decide to offer an alternative landing in the Weddell Sea on the third day, such as Paulet Island where we can visit a fantastic Adelie penguin colony with approximately 1 million breeding pairs.

 

Day 1 Emperor penguin - Voyage to Antarctica.

In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

 

Day 2 & 3 Emperor penguin - Voyage to Antarctica.

During these two days we will 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 meet 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.

 

Day 4 Emperor penguin - Voyage to Antarctica.

A typical itinerary in the Weddell Sea could be as follows. This is a sample only, the final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board.

We will sail into the Weddell Sea and if the Antarctic Sound is accessible and the ice does not prevent us to sail further, we might see the huge tabular icebergs that announce our arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. We plan to offer an Antarctic Continent landing at Brown Bluff.

 

Day 5 - 6 Emperor penguin - Voyage to Antarctica.

The use of helicopters has a great advantage and can support us in our goal to reach the Emperor penguin colony, but the itinerary is ruled by the forces of nature, ice and weather conditions. If the conditions are favourable, we intend to spend the first two days in the Emperor Penguin rookery. The helicopter operation will take a full day and the flight duration takes approximately 15 minutes. The helicopter can accommodate 6 passengers per helicopter flight. The landing point of the helicopters will be carefully chosen and we will make sure that the Emperors are not disturbed or stressed by helicopter noise. Therefore, after arrival, the passengers continue their expedition on foot. After a walk of approx. 45 minutes, passengers will experience one of the greatest moments in their life, a rendezvous with the magnificent Emperor Penguins. Keep in mind that we are in the world’s most remote area and there are no guarantees, including a specific amount of helicopter time. Conditions may change rapidly, having its impact on the helicopter operation and passengers should understand and accept this. Safety is our greatest concern and no compromises can be made.

 

Day 7 Emperor penguin - Voyage to Antarctica.

If conditions were favourable on both day 5 and 6 and we have successfully visited the Emperor Penguins, we may decide to visit Devil Island, Vega Island or Hope Bay. If we have not reached the Emperor Penguin colony on one or two of the previous days, we will try again offering ship-to-shore helicopter flights to Snow Hill Island.

 

Day 8 Emperor penguin - Voyage to Antarctica.

In the morning we plan to visit Half Moon Island where we can see Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins, various other bird-species and Southern Elephant Seals and Weddell seals. Early in the afternoon we will sail to Deception where we have the last landing of our voyage at Pendulum cove.

 

Day 9 & 10 Emperor penguin - Voyage to Antarctica.

In the Drake Passage we have again a chance of seeing many seabirds and to take advantage of the knowledge of our lecture team.

 

Day 11 Emperor penguin - Voyage to Antarctica.

We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.

 

 

Dates and Rates Emperor penguin - Voyage to Antarctica 2017:

 

Code

Dates

Quadruple

Triple

Doble

Doble window

Superior

Suite

OTL22 15/11 - 25/11/17
9.100 € 9.800 € 10.350 € 10.800 € 11.300 € 11.900 €

 

7% off for all bookings confirmed before February 28th, 2017.

 

All rates are quoted per person in EURO, based on twin occupancy.

 

Single occupancy: All cabins 1.7 times the share price.

 

 

Included:

Voyage aboard the designated vesse as indicated in the itinerary.

All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.

Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes aboard Plancius.

All shore excursions and activities throughhout the voyage by Zodiac.

Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.

All miscelaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.

Comprehensive pre-departure material.

 

Not included:

Any airfare.

Pre and post land arrangements.

Transfers airport – hotel – pier.

Passport and visa expenses.

Government arrival and departure taxes.

Meals ashore.

Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (mandatory).

Excess baggage charges and telecommunication charges.

Customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Fuel surcharge.

Any other not detailled in the paragraph "included".

Please note that you should regard this itinerary as a guide only; our exact route and program varies according to the weather conditions we encounter. Flexibility is the key to success for all polar expeditions.

Good weather conditions and wildlife are not guarantee.

Departure dates:

2017 - 15/11

Tour duration:

11 days, 10 nights

Official spoken language:

English.

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