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Atlantic Odyssey, excluding Antarctic Peninsula

Atlantic Odyssey, excluding Antarctic Peninsula

» Antarctica

» Mar 28 2018Apr 24 2018 (28 DAYS)

» EMBARKATION: Ushuaia

» DISEMBARKATION: Ascension Island

EXPEDITION IN BRIEF

PLEASE NOTE: 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. Since we began our Atlantic Odyssey’s (1998) we failed during 30% of the voyages to make landings in the Tristan da Cunha archipelago, due to adverse weather. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Average cruising speed for m/v Plancius is 10,5 knots. Recently, all flights to and from Ascension have been cancelled. Therefore, you should also book PLA36-18 in order to catch your outbound flight from Praia, Cape Verde. Cruise fares of voyage PLA36-18 are offered with 20% discount.

ITINERARY OVERVIEW

  • Day 1 – Ushuaia
  • Days 2 to 5 – At sea
  • Days 6 to 8 – South Georgia
  • Days 9 to 13 – At sea
  • Day 14 – Gough Island
  • Days 11 to 14 – At sea
  • Days 15 to 17 – Tristan da Cunha
  • Days 18 to 21 – At sea
  • Day 22 to 24 – St. Helena
  • Days 25 to 26 – At sea
  • Days 27 to 28 – Ascension Island

SHIP

Plancius

ADVENTURE OPTIONS

ACTIVITIES

PLEASE NOTE: 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. Since we began our Atlantic Odyssey’s (1998) we failed during 30% of the voyages to make landings in the Tristan da Cunha archipelago, due to adverse weather. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Average cruising speed for m/v Plancius is 10,5 knots. Recently, all flights to and from Ascension have been cancelled. Therefore, you should also book PLA36-18 in order to catch your outbound flight from Praia, Cape Verde. Cruise fares of voyage PLA36-18 are offered with 20% discount.

ITINERARY DAY BY DAY

Day 1 – 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 to 5 – 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 Petrels, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels.

Days 6 to 8 – South Georgia
We aim to visit some of the major King penguin rookeries in the World. The late season offers an outstanding chance to see the King penguins on eggs and with small chicks. The rookeries are packed at this time of year and the traffic to and from the beach is astounding. Salisbury Plain offers this scenario in mind boggling quantity. We will see the huge King penguin colony along with Elephant seals and endless numbers of fur seal pups playing in the surf. On Prion Island in the Bay of Isles we can see breeding Wandering Albatrosses. We will also find time to visit the old whaling settlement in Grytviken, where now the penguins walk through the streets. Grytviken is home to a small, but highly informative museum and also offers a chance to visit the graves of Sir Ernest Shackleton who is buried here alongside his trusted friend and second in command Frank Wild. We will attempt to land Gold Harbour and St Andrews Bay with stunningly beautiful scenery and a wildlife density second to none. King penguins are truly Kings here!

Days 9 to 13 – At sea
In the Westerlies we have often have a pleasant tailwind. On both sides of the Antarctic Convergence, we observe many species and great numbers of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic seabirds.

Day 14 – Gough Island
Today we plan to approach the unique Gough Island for zodiac cruising in Quest Bay. As always weather permitting. Here we can see the Northern Rockhopper Penguins, and Sub-Antarctic Fur Seals. In previous years we managed to circumnavigate all but four miles of the 33 mile circumference of the island in the ship, saw spectacular scenery and an unprecedented abundance of wildlife. We felt very privileged to be among the few visitors who have been able to experience Gough Island and in particular, to see it at such close quarters. We hope to be lucky to repeat this unique experience with you.

Days 15 to 17 – Tristan da Cunha
In the Tristan da Cunha archipelago we plan to call on the settlement at the west side of the main island. We will also try to make landings at Nightingale Island and Inaccessible Island with millions of seabirds ranging from Yellownosed Albatrosses to Brown Noddies. We allow one day in reserve for bad weather. Please note that we will try and approach for landings, however due to the weather conditions this is not always possible.Since we began our Atlantic Odyssey’s (1998) we failed during 35% of the voyages to make landings in the Tristan da Cunha archipelago, due to adverse weather.

Days 18 to 21 – At sea
We now enter sub-tropical waters with their own species of seabirds and dolphins.

Days 22 to 24 – St. Helena
St. Helena has a good anchorage and landing site at Jamestown. On this island, we will have opportunity to enjoy local culture, pleasant climate, and endemic plants and birds. We will visit Longwood House, the place where Napoleon lived and died in exile. There will be opportunities to explore the Island on your own and for snorkelling in the shallow surf where we can find a multitude of tropical and sub-tropical fish species.

Day 25 and 26 – At sea
At sea along the mid-Atlantic Ridge.

Days 27 and 28– Ascension Island
(April 23 & 24) – Here we encounter a dry volcanic island with a moist and richly vegetated top. The Sooty Tern (wide-awake) colony sometimes consists of more than 1 million breeding pairs. We will try to make a trip to the moist summit of Ascension Island and make visit the Wide-awake colony. In the evening we hope to go ashore to see the egg laying Green turtles on the beach. In the evening the vessel will depart from Ascension Island.

CABINS & PRICES

Quadruple Porthole USD 7,250
Triple Porthole USD 8,050
Twin Porthole USD 8,850
Twin Window USD 9,250
Twin Deluxe USD 9,650
Superior USD 10,400*

All rates per person in USD

*Price per person when booking the complete cabin for two people

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INCLUDES

  • 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
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material

EXCLUDES

  • 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)

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