Antarctica – Discovery and learning voyage

This Antarctic Peninsula cruise is known as the “Classic Antarctic” route. Meet the great stars of the Antarctic, the penguins, found in the thousands in a variety of curious species. Investigate one of the most pristine regions left on Earth with the chance to have live encounters with spouting whales, resting seals, and the penguins who may very well decide to investigate you. Anchoring in various spots around the region, the expedition offers the chance to hike, kayak, and camp under the Antarctic sky.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Your voyage begins where the world drops off. Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, is 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 mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.

Day 2 – 3

Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too. 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 are a few of the birds you might see.

Day 4 – 7

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.

Sites you may visit include:  

 

Danco Island – Activities here may focus on the gentoo penguins nesting on the island, in addition to the Weddell and crabeater seals that can be found nearby.

Neko Harbour – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow, Neko Harbour offers opportunities for a Zodiac cruise and landing that afford the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks.

 

Paradise Bay – You may be able to take a Zodiac cruise in these sprawling, ice-flecked waters, where there’s a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales.

Pléneau & Petermann Islands – If the ice allows it, you could sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. There is also a possibility you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales here, as well as leopard seals.

Port Lockroy – After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you may get a chance to visit the former British research station – now a museum and post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. You may also be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags.

 

At the nearby sites, such as Damoy Point there may be the opportunity for snowshoeing to the old ski-way, this is also one of our favourite camping sites.

Wilhelmina Bay & Guvernøren  – This is a great place to spot humpback whales. You also may embark on a Zodiac cruise ending at the ghostly wreck of the 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.

Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.

Day 8 - 9

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 10

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.

Please Note...

All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. Landings are subject to site availabilities, permissions, and environmental concerns per IAATO regulations. Official sailing plans and landing slots are scheduled with IAATO prior to the start of the season, but the expedition leader determines the final plan. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. The average cruising speed of our vessel is 10.5 knots.

Cabin Information

Ship name Cabin Name Price Sale Price Departs on Returns on
m/v Hondius Quadruple Porthole $6,900 NA Dec 4th, 2022 Dec 13th, 2022
m/v Hondius Triple Porthole $7,800 NA Dec 4th, 2022 Dec 13th, 2022
m/v Hondius Twin Porthole $8,500 NA Dec 4th, 2022 Dec 13th, 2022
m/v Hondius Twin Window $8,850 NA Dec 4th, 2022 Dec 13th, 2022
m/v Hondius Twin Deluxe $9,450 NA Dec 4th, 2022 Dec 13th, 2022
m/v Hondius Superior $10,200 NA Dec 4th, 2022 Dec 13th, 2022
m/v Hondius Junior Suite $10,850 NA Dec 4th, 2022 Dec 13th, 2022
m/v Hondius Grand Suite with private balcony $12,200 NA Dec 4th, 2022 Dec 13th, 2022
m/v Hondius Quadruple Porthole $7,650 NA Dec 13th, 2022 Dec 23rd, 2022
m/v Hondius Triple Porthole $8,700 NA Dec 13th, 2022 Dec 23rd, 2022
m/v Hondius Twin Porthole $9,450 NA Dec 13th, 2022 Dec 23rd, 2022
m/v Hondius Twin Window $9,850 NA Dec 13th, 2022 Dec 23rd, 2022
m/v Hondius Twin Deluxe $10,450 NA Dec 13th, 2022 Dec 23rd, 2022
m/v Hondius Superior $11,300 NA Dec 13th, 2022 Dec 23rd, 2022
m/v Hondius Junior Suite $12,100 NA Dec 13th, 2022 Dec 23rd, 2022
m/v Hondius Grand Suite with private balcony $13,500 NA Dec 13th, 2022 Dec 23rd, 2022
m/v Ortelius Quadruple Porthole $8,400 NA Jan 4th, 2023 Jan 14th, 2023
m/v Ortelius Triple Porthole $10,350 NA Jan 4th, 2023 Jan 14th, 2023
m/v Ortelius Twin Porthole $10,350 NA Jan 4th, 2023 Jan 14th, 2023
m/v Ortelius Twin Window $10,800 NA Jan 4th, 2023 Jan 14th, 2023
m/v Ortelius Twin Deluxe $11,450 NA Jan 4th, 2023 Jan 14th, 2023
m/v Ortelius Superior $12,350 NA Jan 4th, 2023 Jan 14th, 2023
m/v Hondius Quadruple Porthole $7,900 NA Dec 7th, 2023 Dec 17th, 2023
m/v Hondius Triple Porthole $8,950 NA Dec 7th, 2023 Dec 17th, 2023
m/v Hondius Twin Porthole $9,700 NA Dec 7th, 2023 Dec 17th, 2023
m/v Hondius Twin Window $10,100 NA Dec 7th, 2023 Dec 17th, 2023
m/v Hondius Twin Deluxe $10,750 NA Dec 7th, 2023 Dec 17th, 2023
m/v Hondius Superior $11,550 NA Dec 7th, 2023 Dec 17th, 2023
m/v Hondius Junior Suite $12,400 NA Dec 7th, 2023 Dec 17th, 2023
m/v Hondius Grand Suite with private balcony $13,900 NA Dec 7th, 2023 Dec 17th, 2023
m/v Janssonius Quadruple Porthole $8,650 NA Jan 4th, 2024 Jan 14th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Triple Porthole $9,700 NA Jan 4th, 2024 Jan 14th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Twin Porthole $10,700 NA Jan 4th, 2024 Jan 14th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Twin Window $11,150 NA Jan 4th, 2024 Jan 14th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Twin Deluxe $11,800 NA Jan 4th, 2024 Jan 14th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Superior $12,650 NA Jan 4th, 2024 Jan 14th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Junior Suite $13,450 NA Jan 4th, 2024 Jan 14th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Grand Suite with private balcony $15,400 NA Jan 4th, 2024 Jan 14th, 2024
m/v Ortelius Quadruple Porthole $8,650 NA Jan 5th, 2024 Jan 15th, 2024
m/v Ortelius Triple Porthole $10,700 NA Jan 5th, 2024 Jan 15th, 2024
m/v Ortelius Twin Porthole $10,700 NA Jan 5th, 2024 Jan 15th, 2024
m/v Ortelius Twin Window $11,150 NA Jan 5th, 2024 Jan 15th, 2024
m/v Ortelius Twin Deluxe $11,800 NA Jan 5th, 2024 Jan 15th, 2024
m/v Ortelius Superior $12,650 NA Jan 5th, 2024 Jan 15th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Quadruple Porthole $8,650 NA Jan 14th, 2024 Jan 24th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Triple Porthole $9,700 NA Jan 14th, 2024 Jan 24th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Twin Porthole $10,700 NA Jan 14th, 2024 Jan 24th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Twin Window $11,150 NA Jan 14th, 2024 Jan 24th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Twin Deluxe $11,800 NA Jan 14th, 2024 Jan 24th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Superior $12,650 NA Jan 14th, 2024 Jan 24th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Junior Suite $13,450 NA Jan 14th, 2024 Jan 24th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Grand Suite with private balcony $15,400 NA Jan 14th, 2024 Jan 24th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Quadruple Porthole $8,650 NA Jan 24th, 2024 Feb 3rd, 2024
m/v Janssonius Triple Porthole $9,700 NA Jan 24th, 2024 Feb 3rd, 2024
m/v Janssonius Twin Porthole $10,700 NA Jan 24th, 2024 Feb 3rd, 2024
m/v Janssonius Twin Window $11,150 NA Jan 24th, 2024 Feb 3rd, 2024
m/v Janssonius Twin Deluxe $11,800 NA Jan 24th, 2024 Feb 3rd, 2024
m/v Janssonius Superior $12,650 NA Jan 24th, 2024 Feb 3rd, 2024
m/v Janssonius Junior Suite $13,450 NA Jan 24th, 2024 Feb 3rd, 2024
m/v Janssonius Grand Suite with private balcony $15,400 NA Jan 24th, 2024 Feb 3rd, 2024
m/v Janssonius Quadruple Porthole $8,650 NA Feb 3rd, 2024 Feb 13th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Triple Porthole $9,700 NA Feb 3rd, 2024 Feb 13th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Twin Porthole $10,700 NA Feb 3rd, 2024 Feb 13th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Twin Window $11,150 NA Feb 3rd, 2024 Feb 13th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Twin Deluxe $11,800 NA Feb 3rd, 2024 Feb 13th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Superior $12,650 NA Feb 3rd, 2024 Feb 13th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Junior Suite $13,450 NA Feb 3rd, 2024 Feb 13th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Grand Suite with private balcony $15,400 NA Feb 3rd, 2024 Feb 13th, 2024

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