Whether sealed in ice most of the year, untouched by human activity or just a speck in the ocean on the world map, this far-flung destination is only accessible by boat. If you’re tempted by a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in Antarctica, This expedition cruising provides one of the best packages for Antarctica tour.
Explore Ushuaia before boarding your ship
Sail through the Beagle Channel
Spot whales and identify seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage
Get a glimpse of South Shetland Islands
Sail through the Antarctic Peninsula
Enjoy animal sightings including: leopard, seals, whales and several species of penguin
This extraordinary eleven-day expedition into the Antarctic places passengers onboard one of our incredible Antarctica cruise ships - the Ocean Adventurer, the Ocean Diamond, the Akademik Ioffe, or the Akademik Sergey Vavilov - with a catalogue of lifelong memories to inspire and enthral for a generation of adventurous travellers to follow.
There's just something about watching icebergs at dawn that really helps to start each and every day off in style and as this Antarctica cruise leads across Drake Passage towards Deception Island and the South Shetlands you'll be offered every opportunity to do just that, and much more besides.
Join a small group on an expedition ship that's designed to go where larger vessels simply can't reach. This eleven day cruise has been created to appeal to the adventurer within us all, and if you're keen on wildlife watching, natural photography or ornithology then Antarctica is all set to send your passion into overdrive as you zip by Zodiac or observe on deck, one of the most immaculate wilderness regions on the planet.
The morning is free to explore Ushuaia and the surrounding area, to do some last minute shopping, stroll around Ushuaia and down to the port or maybe go for a walk in the nearby National Park. The transfer to the ship takes place in the afternoon. Once on board there is a get together for introductions to the expedition team, to learn about the ship and its layout, talk about the itinerary for the next 10 days and participate in the obligatory lifeboat drill. Departure from Ushuaia is normally around 6:00 p.m, and we set sail through the Beagle Channel in the early evening. The long days mean plenty of evening light in which to experience the beauty of the channel, and to perhaps enjoy your first wildlife sightings.
Sea conditions in the Drake Passage can vary from dead calm (known as 'Drake Lake'), to rough and stormy (known as 'Drake Shake'). As you cross the Drake Passage our team of experts is out on deck to help you spot whales and identify seabirds. There is also a programme of talks, covering the wildlife, the ice, and polar history to prepare you for your adventure to the 'White Continent'. The excitement intensifies as you cross the Antarctic Convergence, where the cold waters of the Antarctic Ocean meet the warmer waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. You feel the change as the air gets cooler. Huge icebergs loom up against the horizon in increasing numbers, and Wandering albatrosses, petrels and other birds which thrive in this cold, remote ocean are frequently seen.
When the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake, we will truly begin our Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. We can finally begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travellers alike. We will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore bays, channels and landing sites each day. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds we will visit penguin rookeries, scout for Humpback and Minke whales and search for a number of the southern seal species, including the cunning Leopard seal. The majesty of the Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as we scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering 360° views of our surroundings. One of these in particular, in Orne Harbour, gives the opportunity to visit a Chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Amidst the peaceful silence of Antarctica, noisy interruptions become indelible memories such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour. As we sail from island to shore to bay during our four days in the Peninsula, the Expedition Team will educate and entertain. We’ll provide opportunities for quiet contemplation, activities for testing endurance and more than enough wildlife interactions to satisfy all curiosity.
Leaving the Antarctic Peninsula behind, our ship heads back across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage. The crossing is completed with the rounding of Cape Horn, weather permitting.
In the early morning we arrive back in Ushuaia where your voyage ends. You will be transferred either to town on to the airport for your onward flight to Buenos Aires.
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