Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetlands
Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetlands– Antarctica –11 days / 10 nights, Ushuaia - Drake Passage - Antarctica - Cuverville Island - Lemaire Channel - Petermann Island - Gerlache Strait - South Shetland Islands - Half Moon Island - UshuaiaCruise on the m/v Ortelius; explore the Antarctic Peninsula, the South Shetlands, Deception and Half Moon Island. The Peninsula offers the most dramatic scenery and biggest variety of wildlife in Antarctica. Visitors are easily overcome by the huge amount of ice-bergs, glaciers, high mountains, abundant and tame wildlife. On these volcanic islands of the South Shetlands we find Gentoo Penguins, Chinstrap Penguins and Southern Giant Petrels.
|Quadruple Porthole||Triple Porthole||Twin Porthole||Twin Window||Twin Deluxe||Superior|
OTL24 CKS, discounted rates in USD, per person
|Operation||December 6 - December 16, 2017|
|Departure||OTL24 C K S, December 6 - 16, 2017, 10 nights|
|Price||from $5,750 per person, Quadruple Porthole cabin
|Included||Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
Free use of rubber boots aboard Plancius & Ortelius and snowshoes aboard 'Plancius'
Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)
All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
Comprehensive pre-departure material
|Not Included||Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
Pre- and post land arrangements
Transfers to the vessel
Passport and visa expenses
Government arrival and departure taxes
Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended)
Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
Customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)
Service fee $25
|Please Note||A typical itinerary to the Antarctic Peninsula is illustrated below. All itineraries are 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.
All rates are quoted per person in US Dollar, based on twin occupancy. US Dollar rates apply for all sales outside Europe. 5% discount will be granted for bookings for one or more consecutive voyages (except on legs within the Atlantic Odyssey). Please note that all dates & rates are subject to change. All voyages will operate subject to a minimum of 70 participants on Plancius and 60 participants on Ortelius.
Single occupancy: All cabins 1.7 times the share price.
It is agreed that if fuel prices will exceed US Dollar 120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure Oceanwide Expeditions reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US Dollar 25 per passenger per night, to be paid by the contracting party of Oceanwide Expeditions.
|Tour Options||C = Camping, Supplement: US $180 per person
Group size: minimum 8, maximum 30 campers
K = Kayaking, Supplement: US $450 per person
Group size: minimum 4, maximum 14 kayakers
S = Snowshoeing. No surcharge, free use of snowshoes
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Day 1 EMBARKATION USHUAIA / ARGENTINA 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.
Day 2 & 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, Black- browed Albatrosses, Light- mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson's Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs.
Day 4 - 7 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. In Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers calving at sea level. We enjoy the landscape surrounded by alpine peaks during zodiac cruises.
In Paradise Bay again 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. After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, we hope to get a chance to visit the old British research station, now living museum and post office at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. This area offers excellent opportunities for kayaking and camping. When the snow conditions allow we use snowshoes on regular landings which vastly improves mobility and safety in heavy snow conditions.
Day 8 SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS The volcanic islands of the South Shetlands are windswept and often shrouded in mist, but do offer subtle pleasures. There is a nice variety of flora (mosses, lichens and flowering grasses) and fauna, such as Gentoo Penguins, Chinstrap Penguins and Southern Giant Petrels.
In Deception Island our ship braves into the entrance of the crater through the spectacular Neptune's Bellows. Deception itself is a sub-ducted crater which opens into the sea creating a natural harbour for the ship. Here we find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Petrels and many Kelp Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns. Wilson's Storm Petrels and Black-bellied Storm Petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. Alternatively we may try to land at Hannah Point at Livingston Island. The area is closed off to visitors for part of the season as it is a high density wildlife area with species such as Chinstrap penguins, Gentoo penguins, and Southern Elephant seals. Around noon we depart for the Drake Passage.
Day - 10 AT SEA On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.
Day 11 USHUAIA DISEMBARKATION We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.
A typical itinerary to the Antarctic Peninsula is illustrated below. All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The Expedition Leader on board will determine the final itinerary. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Average cruising speed of m/v Ortelius is 10,5 knots.