Antarctica – Whale watching discovery and learning voyage

Cruise south to the frozen southern continent. Watch as the clearing mist reveals some of the most dramatic landscapes on Earth. Experience one of the most pristine regions in the world first-hand and enjoy the possible close encounters with spouting whales, lounging seals, and the penguins that may very well be just as curious about you as you are about them. 

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 Janssonius Quadruple Porthole $6,300 NA Mar 11th, 2024 Mar 20th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Triple Porthole $7,150 NA Mar 11th, 2024 Mar 20th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Twin Porthole $7,800 NA Mar 11th, 2024 Mar 20th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Twin Window $8,000 NA Mar 11th, 2024 Mar 20th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Twin Deluxe $8,650 NA Mar 11th, 2024 Mar 20th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Superior $9,250 NA Mar 11th, 2024 Mar 20th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Junior Suite $9,700 NA Mar 11th, 2024 Mar 20th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Grand Suite with private balcony $11,200 NA Mar 11th, 2024 Mar 20th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Quadruple Porthole $6,300 NA Mar 20th, 2024 Mar 29th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Triple Porthole $7,150 NA Mar 20th, 2024 Mar 29th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Twin Porthole $7,800 NA Mar 20th, 2024 Mar 29th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Twin Window $8,000 NA Mar 20th, 2024 Mar 29th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Twin Deluxe $8,650 NA Mar 20th, 2024 Mar 29th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Superior $9,250 NA Mar 20th, 2024 Mar 29th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Junior Suite $9,700 NA Mar 20th, 2024 Mar 29th, 2024
m/v Janssonius Grand Suite with private balcony $11,200 NA Mar 20th, 2024 Mar 29th, 2024

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