» Jan 3 2018 – Jan 13 2018 (11 DAYS)
» EMBARKATION: Ushuaia
» DISEMBARKATION: Ushuaia
EXPEDITION IN BRIEF
PLEASE NOTE: A typical itinerary to the Antarctic Peninsula is illustrated below. This itinerary is for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Average cruising speed for m/v Ortelius is 10,5 knots.
- Day 1 – Embarkation in Ushuaia
- Days 2 and 3 – At sea
- Days 4 to 8 – Antarctica
- Days 9 and 10 – At sea
- Day 11 – Disembarkation in Ushuaia
ITINERARY DAY BY DAY
Day 1 – Embarkation and departure from Ushuaia
In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.
Days 2 and 3 – At sea
During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Blackbrowed Albatrosses, Light-mantled Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs.
Days 4 to 8 – Antarctica
We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. On Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Rongé Island, we will find a large colony of Gentoo Penguins and breeding pairs of Brown Skuas. If we land on Danco Island we can observe Gentoo Penguins and possibly Weddell and Crabeater Seals. Overnight we set sail for the Antarctic Circle in an attempt to reach this iconic position in Crystal Sound. If the sea ice allows we may attempt a landing in this area. Heading north once again overnight we hope to visit the old British research station Port Lockroy on the following day. It is now a living museum and post office. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. In Paradise Bay, with its myriad icebergs, we have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent again. We shall have the opportunity for a Zodiac cruise in the inner parts of this amazing water way. In this area we have good chances to see Humpback Whales and Minke Whales. Sailing north through Gerlache Strait we arrive at Wilhelmina Bay where we often are fortunate to see feeding Humpback whales. We may embark on a Zodiac cruise if the conditions allow ending at the wreck of Guvernøren an old whaling vessel that burned here in 1915. We head to the South Shetland Islands and aim for a landing at the Chinese Great Wall Station at King George Island. In this area is also other scientific stations from Russia, Argentina and Uruguay.
Days 9 and 10 – At sea
On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.
Day 11 – Arrival in Ushuaia and disembark
We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.
CABINS & PRICES
|Quadruple Porthole||From USD 7,950|
|Triple Porthole||USD 8,950|
|Twin Porthole Deck 4||USD 9,650|
|Twin Porthole Deck 3||USD 9,650|
|Twin Window||USD 10,250|
|Twin Deluxe||USD 10,850|
All rates per person in USD
*Price per person when booking the complete cabin for two people
- Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
- All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
- Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
- Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes
- Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia
- Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme
- Comprehensive pre-departure material
- Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
- Pre- and post- land arrangements
- Passport and visa expenses
- Government arrival and departure taxes
- Meals ashore
- Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory).
- Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
- The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)