The Ultimate Experience; Antarctic Peninsula, Weddell Sea and Crossing the Circle Quest
» Feb 18 2024 – Feb 29 2024 (12 DAYS)
» EMBARKATION: Ushuaia
» DISEMBARKATION: Ushuaia
EXPEDITION IN BRIEF
- Day 1 – Arrival and Embarkation in Ushuaia
- Days 2 and 3 – At Sea. Crossing the Drake Passage
- Days 4 to 9 – Exploring Antarctic Peninsula
- Days 10 and 11 – Depart Antarctica. At Sea
- Day 12 – Back to Ushuaia and Disembarkation
As our voyage begins, we pilot through the calm, gunmetal grey waters and sloping glaciers of Beagle Channel. Turning southward, our journey begins in earnest, and we enter Drake Passage. A body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Drake Passage is known for rollicking conditions and strong westerly winds, called the Roaring Fifties. While this passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard our expedition vessel, Ocean Victory/Albatros, which is purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines, and the patented reclining bow, which ensures stability and comfort in rough sea as well as having very low fuel consumption. The most spirited sailors consider Drake Passage a lifetime achievement, and you will complete the crossing twice!
In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view. These nutrient rich waters lure a wealth of seabirds, albatrosses, and several species of whales. Weather permitting, we catch our first sight of seals and penguins!
With wide eyes, we will weave through the South Shetland Islands, a shimmering necklace of glistering, ice-covered islands and dormant volcanoes. Numerous Zodiac excursions are landfalls are likely. We are constantly on the lookout for whales, sea lions, elephant seals and an unbelievable amount of sea birds and penguins.
Continuing onward, we enjoy the calming silence and alluring beauty of the Antarctic mainland during hikes and Zodiac excursions. From here there is no set plan, our captain and expedition leader will look at ice charts and weather reports and explore our options. This could be the mighty tabular icebergs of the Weddell Sea, the seldomly visited lands south of the Antarctic circle or manned research stations in the most isolated places on earth. One thing is for sure we will see fantastic wildlife and real adventure.
Dense pack ice forbids many ordinary vessels from reach the far south, but with a high ice-class rating, Ocean Victory/Albatros moves swiftly carrying us on an adventure for life.
CABINS & PRICES
|CAT G Single cabin||USD 16,090|
|CAT F Porthole Triple||USD 10,290|
|CAT E French Balcony Twin||USD 13,190|
|CAT D Stateroom Porthole twin||USD 12,990|
|CAT C Stateroom Balcony twin||USD 14,690|
|CAT B Balcony Suite||USD 16,590|
|CAT A Junior Suite||USD 22,390|
|Polar Premium Suite||
|Family Suite||USD 27,990|
All rates per person in USD – Due the dynamic policies applied on pricing by operators, rates may be slightly different from the ones displayed. Please always reconfirm with us before booking
Shuttle transfer to ship from city centre from Ushuaia city centre to embarkation
Shuttle transfer after disembarkation from the ship to Ushuaia city centre or airport in the morning
All Zodiac landings and excursions as per itinerary
Rubber boot on loan
Guiding and lectures by our expedition leader and team
English-speaking expedition team
Full board on the ship – breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks
Free tea and coffee 24 hours daily
Guiding and lectures by our experienced expedition leader and team
Special photo workshop
Welcome and farewell cocktails
Digital visual journal link after voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list and more!
Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
Single room supplement and stateroom upgrades
Meals not on board the ship
Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 14 per person per day)
Anything not mentioned under ’Inclusions’