Land of Penguins & Icebergs

This classic voyage to Antarctica departs from Ushuaia, Argentina.


Antarctic Peninsula
© Sebastian Arrebola

The Antarctic Peninsula is a pristine polar wilderness featuring abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery.
The air gets colder and daylight grows longer as we head south across the infamous Drake Passage, accompanied by albatross. Our first sighting of the White Continent is the South Shetland Islands, historically significant and rich with iconic Antarctic wildlife.

Duration: 11 days
Embarks: Ushuaia, Argentina
Disembarks: Ushuaia, Argentina
Language: English


*Includes a Hotel night Pre-Departure

Itinerary


Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.


Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
Welcome to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city and starting point of our expedition. Your hotel accommodation has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the voyage. For the rest of the day you are free to explore the city. Take advantage of souvenir shopping and a variety of dining options in the city center.

Day 2: Embarkation in Ushuaia
In the afternoon we provide a group transfer to the pier and welcome you aboard the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Antarctic dreams coming true as we slip our moorings and sail toward a true wilderness where wildlife abounds. The scenery as we sail through the Beagle Channel on our first evening is wonderful and there is already the possibility of marine mammal encounters.

Day 3-4: Across the Drake Passage
After transiting the Beagle Channel and passing the islands of Tierra del Fuego, we head south across the Drake Passage. Pelagic seabirds including the majestic albatross are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks or from exterior stateroom windows and balconies. On the way we cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough seas. Briefings, orientations, and lectures from our expert staff prepare you for our arrival in Antarctica.

Day 5-8: South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula
This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Our route and exploration opportunities in Antarctica are heavily dependent on weather and ice conditions. Our experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. We take advantage of long daylight hours to exploit every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing, amazing scenery, and excursions via Zodiac. The Antarctic Peninsula region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and some of Antarctica’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Protected bays and narrow channels are surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to a variety of whale and seal species. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large nesting colonies at special places on land. The area is also home to Antarctic research stations of various nationalities. Some stations have a gift shop and post office. The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will likely be our first sighting of land. This wild and beautiful island chain contains numerous landing sites with abundant wildlife and historical significance. Among them is Deception Island, where the flooded caldera of an active volcano harbors an abandoned whaling station. Farther south, on the Antarctic Peninsula, the vast Gerlache Strait area contains sheltered bays, accessible wildlife, and stunning scenery. Places with names like Paradise Bay are the epitome of everything Antarctic: glaciated mountains, towering icebergs, feeding whales, seals on ice floes, and bustling penguin colonies. At the southern end of Gerlache Strait is the famous Lemaire Channel, also known as “Kodak Gap” because of the photogenic way the mountainous sides of the narrow channel are reflected in calm waters strewn with icebergs. Our days in Antarctica are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by our experts, and enough incredible scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.

Day 9-10: Back across the Drake Passage
After our amazing time in Antarctica we cross back north through the bountiful waters of the Drake Passage. Presentations and workshops by our expert staff, as well as our range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. This is also the time for our End of Voyage ceremonies including slideshow and farewell dinner.

Day 11: Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina
After breakfast we say farewell in the city of Ushuaia, where we started. We provide a group transfer to the airport or to the town center if you wish to spend more time here. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next incredible adventure to the ice!

Rates Include:


  • 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia;

  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation;

  • Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on a day prior to departure;
    Shipboard accommodation;

  • All meals on board throughout the voyage;

  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;

  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);

  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader and Expedition Team;

  • Expedition parka;

  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;

  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails;

  • All port fees;

  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation;

  • Pre-departure materials;

  • Digital Voyage Log;


Rates Do Not Include

  • Airfare;

  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable);

  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;

  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;

  • Personal expenses such as laundry and onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service);

  • Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings;

  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of USD 200,000;

  • Staff gratuities;

  • Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.





* The prices are per person expressed in US Dollars.
NOTE: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

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© Sebastian Arrebola
© Sebastian Arrebola
© Sebastian Arrebola



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