Antarctic Peninsula

Explorer CruiseAntarctica

From $5,550 USD
January 9 - March 19, 2018
11 Days / 10 Nights

Antarctic Peninsula expedition voyage on m/v Plancius, from Ushuaia across Drake Passage, through Lemaire Channel, encounter Whales and Gentoo Penguins.


The Antarctic Peninsula offers the most dramatic scenery and biggest variety of wildlife in Antarctica. From King George Island we sail to beautiful Paradise Bay, where we go ashore on the Antarctic mainland. The narrow Lemaire Channel, surrounded by mountains and glaciers, is a popular passage for several species of whales. Tens of thousands of Adelie Penguins nest on Paulet Island; on Danco Island we can observe Chinstrap Penguins, Weddell and Crabeater Seals.


January 9 - March 19, 2018


PLA26 C K, January 9 - January 19, 2018, from $7,950, (10 nights) OTL27 C K, January 13 - January 23, 2018, from $7,950, (10 nights) PLA28 C K, February 7 - February 17, 2018, from $7,950, (10 nights) OTL30 C D K, February 20 - March 3, 2018, from $7,950, (11 nights) PLA31 D, March 19 - March 28, 2018, from $5,550, (9 nights) Whale watching


  • from $5,550 per person, Quadruple Porthole, PLA31 Whale watching
  • from $7,950 per person, Quadruple Porthole, PLA26, PLA28 & OTL27, OTL30
  • Quadruple Porthole
  • $7,950
  • Quadruple Porthole
  • $5,550
  • Triple Porthole
  • $8,950
  • Triple Porthole
  • $6,150
  • Twin Porthole
  • $9,650
  • Twin Porthole
  • $7,050
  • Twin Window
  • $10,250
  • Twin Window
  • $7,450
  • Twin Deluxe
  • $10,850
  • Twin Deluxe
  • $7,850
  • Superior
  • $11,850
  • Superior
  • $8,600

PLA26 C K, PLA28 C K & OTL 27 C K, OTL30 C D K, rates in USD per person PLA31 D, rates in USD per person.


  • 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 on Plancius and Ortelius, and snowshoes on Plancius
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)
  • 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
  • Meals ashore
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Camping: Group size: min. 8, max. 30 campers, USD 180 pp
  • Kayaking: Group size: min. 4, max. 14 kayakers, USD 465 pp
  • Diving: Group size: min. 8, max.24 divers, USD 530 pp on voyages PLA30, PLA31 and OTL28


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 - 9 on OTL30 & Day 4 - 7 on PLA31)
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 Ronge Island, we will find a large colony of Gentoo penguins and breeding pairs of Brown skuas. If we land on Orne Island we can observe Chinstrap 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.

We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pleneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adelie penguins and Blue-eyed shags. In this area, there are good chances to encounter Humpback whales, Minke whales and Fin whales. Sailing north through Gerlache Strait we arrive at the 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 Guvernoren an old whaling vessel that burned here in 1915. Around Melchior Islands amidst a beautiful landscape with icebergs, where we may encounter more whales but also Leopard seal and Crabeater seals. This area offers excellent opportunities for kayaking and camping in the pristine Antarctic environment. We depart to the Drake Passage around noon.

Day 9 - 10 (9) AT SEA - DRAKE PASSAGE

(Day 10 - 11 on OTL30 & Day 8 - 9 on PLA31)
On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.


(Day 12 on OTL30 & Day 10 on PLA31)
We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.