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This Antarctica Cruise includes 10 or 11 days aboard the Ushuaia. It starts and ends in Ushuaia. We'll sail along the Antarctica Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.

Classic Antarctica Cruise.

Day 1 Antarctica cruise on board Ushuaia - Classic Antarctica Expedition.
Embark the Ushuaia in the afternoon and meet your expedition and lecture staff. After you have settled into your cabins we sail along the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass.

  

Days 2 & 3 Antarctica cruise on board Ushuaia - Classic Antarctica Expedition.

Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters. This creates a great upwelling of nutrients, which sustains the biodiversity of this region. The Drake Passage also marks the northern limit of many Antarctic seabirds. As we sail across the passage, Antarpply Expeditions' lecturers will be out with you on deck to help in the identification of an amazing variety of seabirds, including many albatrosses, which follow in our wake. The Ushuaia's open bridge policy allows you to join our officers on the bridge and learn about navigation, watch for whales, and enjoy the view. A full program of lectures will be offered as well.

 

The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands, a group of twenty islands and islets first sighted in February 1819 by Capt. William Smith of the brig Williams.

 

With favorable conditions in the Drake Passage our lecturers and naturalists will accompany you ashore as you experience your first encounter with the penguins and seals on Day 3. If conditions are favourable you will make your first landing either in the afternoon or evening of Day 3.

 

Days 4 to 8 Antarctica cruise on board Ushuaia - Classic Antarctica Expedition.
The South Shetland Islands are a haven for wildlife. Vast penguin rookeries, beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and Southern elephant seals make every day spent in this amazing island group unforgettable. Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island is truly amazing. King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands, features colonies of nesting Adélie and Chinstrap Penguins, Kelp Gulls, Blue-eyed Cormorants, Antarctic Terns and Southern Giant Petrels and is home to scientific bases of many different countries. Macaroni, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins as well as elephant seals await you at Livingston Island.

 

The Antarctic Peninsula's remarkable history will provide you with a type of excitement often only associated with the early explorers. You will have plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways, and an incredible wide variety of wildlife. Apart from penguins and seabirds you are very likely to see Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals as well as Minke, killer (orca) and humpback whales at close range.

 

We hope to navigate some of the most beautiful waterways (depending on the ice conditions): the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel, and the Lemaire Channel, the latter are narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. We plan to make at least two landings per day and possible landing sites may include:


Paradise Bay is perhaps the most aptly named place in the world and we attempt a landing on the continent proper. After negotiating the iceberg-strewn waters of the Antarctic Sound, we hope to visit the bustling Adélie Penguin (over 100,000 pairs breed here) and Blue-eyed Cormorant colonies on Paulet Island. The Nordenskjöld expedition built a stone survival hut here in 1903. Today its ruins have been taken over by nesting penguins.

 

Further exploration may take you to Melchior Island, Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbour, Pléneau Island and if ice conditions permit, to Petermann Island for a visit to the southernmost colony of Gentoo Penguins.

 

Days 9 & 10 Antarctica cruise on board Ushuaia - Classic Antarctica Expedition.
We leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Join our lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for seabirds and whales and enjoy some final lectures. Take the chance to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures of the past days on the way back to Ushuaia.

  

Day 11 Antarctica cruise on board Ushuaia - Classic Antarctica Expedition.
We arrive at the port of Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark the Ushuaia after breakfast.

 

 

Dates and Rates Antarctica cruise on board Ushuaia - Classic Antarctica Expedition 2017 - 2018:

 

Codi

Stard

End

Nights

Triple

Twin

Plus

Premier

Superior

Suite

A221217 22/12/17
31/12/17
9 6.540 $ 6.990 $ 8.470 $ 10.110 $ 10.680 $ 11.220 $
A311217
31/12/17
10/01/18
10
7.270 $
7.770 $
9.410 $
11.230 $
11.870 $
12.470 $

A210118

21/01/18

30/01/18

9

6.540 $

6.990 $

8.470 $

10.110 $

10.680 $

11.220 $

A300118

30/01/18

09/02/18

10

7.270 $

7.770 $

9.410 $

11.230 $

11.870 $

12.470 $

A010318
01/03/18
11/03/18 10 5.780 $
6.180 $
7.870 $
9.350 $ 9.900 $ 10.410 $
A110318 11/03/18 21/03/18 10 5.780 $
6.180 $
7.870 $
9.350 $
9.900 $ 10.410 $

A210318

21/03/18

31/03/18

10

5.780 $

6.180 $

7.870 $

9.350 $

9.900 $

10.410 $

 

Rates are quoted per person in US Dollars, based on twin occupancy and subject to availability.

 

 

Included in the Antarctica cruise on board Ushuaia - Classic Antarctica Expedition price:

2 nights accommodation at Ushuaia.

Voyage aboard the Ushuaia as indicated in the itinerary.

All meals throughout the voyage aboard the Ushuaia.

All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by zodiac.

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

All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.

Comprehensive pre-departure material.

Detailed post-expedition log.

 

Not included in the Antarctica cruise on board Ushuaia - Classic Antarctica Expedition price:

Any airfare.

Pre and post land arrangements.

Transfer to / from the vessel.

Passport and visa expenses.

Government arrival and departure taxes.

Meals ashore.

Personal insurance (mandatory).

Baggage and cancellation insurance (strongly recommended).

Excess baggage charges.

All items of a personal natura such as bar and beverage charges and telecommunication charges.

Gratuity.

Fuel surcharge.

Any other service or concept not specified in the paragraph "services included in the Antarctica cruise on board Ushuaia - Classic Antarctica Expedition rate".

The above itinerary is a guide only. Our exact route and program will vary to take best advantage of local weather and ice conditions and opportunities to view wildlife. Changes will be made by the Captain and/or Expedition Leader to facilitate the best results from the prevailing conditions. A daily program sheet will be issued on board. Flexibility is the key to success.

Departure dates:

2017 - 22/12, 31/12

2018 - 21/01, 30/01, 01/03, 11/03, 21/03

Tour duration:

11 days, 10 nights / 10 days, 9 nights

Official spoken language:

English and Spanish.

Group size:

Min. 50, max. 84 passengers.

Tour leader

Sebastian Arrebola

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