antarctic adventure

11-Night Cruise to Antarctica

Jagged, snow-crusted peaks, towering icebergs, mammoth glaciers, regal penguins, humpback whales…these are all sights that the lucky few visitors to the seventh continent might see. You’ll be among an elite group of humans to cross the Drake Passage to explore Antarctica and see its wonders in person. Zodiac and kayak excursions allow the best opportunities to get up close and personal with the region’s incredible marine life, and for those that are certified, a SCUBA dive is the ultimate marine adventure. Your cruise begins and ends in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city located on the southern coastline of Tierra del Fuego Island.

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Highlights

Perfect for:

  • Perfect for Adventure Seekers
  • Perfect for Active Travelers
  • Duration 11 Nights
  • Departures Jan - Mar & Oct - Dec
  • Fitness Rating Moderate
  • Safari Type Adventure
  • Style Deluxe
  • Land-Only Price* $10,000+
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*All pricing per person based on double occupancy. Pricing varies based on travel dates, call for a customized quotation matching your travel needs. Changes to itinerary and pricing may apply. Price includes all accommodations, meals, some drinks, transfers, vehicles, park fees, guides and activities as indicated, and a $25 donation to a worthy African charity. Price excludes international flights, visas, tips, inoculations, travel insurance, and anything not specified above. We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover & AMEX. No refunds—see Terms and Conditions for details.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Ushuaia: You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel for the night.

Day 2 – M/V Plancius: You will be transferred to the port this morning for your Oceanwide Expeditions Antarctica Cruise!

Antarctic Peninsula Itinerary

End of the World, Start of a Journey

Your voyage begins where the world drops off: Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, located on the far southern tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego – nicknamed “The End of the World” – and sail the scenic, mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the rest of the evening.

Days 3 & 4 – Drake Passage:

Path of the Polar Explorers

Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you catch a taste of life from the perspective of the polar explorers who first braved these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling waves, maybe even a fin whale blasting up a column of sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer subantarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. Not only does the marine life change, but the avian life changes as well: A variety of albatrosses and petrels show up, along with Cape pigeons and southern fulmars. Then, near the South Shetlands Islands, the first icebergs flash into sight.

Day 5 – M/V Plancius:

Enter the Antarctic

Gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically different wildlife below and above. You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands.

Days 6, 7, 8, & 9 – Palmer Archipelago, Gerlache Strait, Lemaire Channel

Sites you may be able to visit include: Cuverville Island – Stabbing up between Rongé Island and the Antarctic Peninsula, Cuverville houses a colony of several thousand gentoo penguins as well as pairs of breeding brown skuas. Danco Island – Activities here may focus on the gentoo penguins nesting on the island, in addition to the Weddell and crabeater seals that may be found nearby. Neko Harbour – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow. You have the chance to set foot on the Continent here, and also to go for a Zodiac cruise with a view of the ice-crusted alpine peaks. Paradise Bay – You may be able to walk on the Continent again at this location, or to take a Zodiac cruise in the sprawling, ice-flecked waters. Here you have a good chance of seeing humpback and minke whales. Port Lockroy – After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you may visit the former British research station – now a museum and post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. You might also be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. There are great opportunities for kayaking and camping here. When conditions are right, you can even snowshoe around the shore. Booth, Pléneau & Petermann Islands – If the ice allows it, you may sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. There’s also a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales as well as leopard seals. You may also visit Booth Island’s Port Charcot. Wilhelmina Bay & Guvernøren – This is a great place to spot humpback whales, and you also may embark on a Zodiac cruise – and scuba dive, if you’re certified – around the ghostly wreck of Guvernøren, a whaling vessel that caught fire here in 1915. Around the Melchior Islands, amid a frozen landscape peopled with icebergs, you may encounter even more whales, leopard seals, and crabeater seals. You depart at noon, depending on conditions on the Drake Passage.

Day 10 – M/V Plancius:

Familiar Seas, Familiar Friends

Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, and you to them.

Day 11 – M/V Plancius: Continue your return voyage.

Day 12 – End Of Itinerary: Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Note: After disembarkation, we arrange a bus transfer from the pier to the airport between 8:30 and 9:00 am. Passengers return flight should depart out of Ushuaia after 12:00 pm

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