Antarctic Peninsula

Explorer CruiseAntarctica

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From $7,950 USD
November 7, 2018  - March 18, 2019
12 Days / 11 Nights

Antarctic Peninsula expedition voyage on MV Plancius and Ortelius, from Ushuaia across Drake Passage, to Antarctic Peninsula, through the Lemaire Channel.

Overview

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.

Operation

November 7, 2018  - March 18, 2019

Departure

OTL22 CKMPS, Nov 7 - Nov 18, 2018, from $7,950, (11 nights) Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp
OTL24 CKMPS, Nov 28 - Dec 9, 2018, from $7,950, (11 nights) Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp
OTL26 CKMPS, Dec 18 - Dec 29, 2018, from $8,250 (11 nights) Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp
OTL27 CKMPS, Dec 29, 2018 - Jan 9, 2019, from $8,250 (11 nights) Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp

OTL30 CKD, Feb 6 - Feb 16, 2019,  from $7,950, (10 nights) Antarctic Peninsula
OTL32 CKMPS, Mar 7 - Mar 18, 2019, from $7,950, (11 nights) Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp
PLA26 CK, Jan 28 - Feb 7, 2019, from $7,950, (10 nights) Antarctic Peninsula
PLA27 CK, Feb 7 - Feb 17, 2019, from $7,950, (10 nights) Antarctic Peninsula
PLA28 CKMPS, Feb 17 - Feb 28, 2019, from $7,950, (11 nights) Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp
PLA29 DK, Feb 28 - Mar 11, 2019, from $7,950, (11 nights) Polar Circle - Antarctic Peninsula

Price

from $7,950 per person, Quadruple Porthole

$7,950 Quadruple Porthole
$8,950 Triple Porthole
$9,650 Twin Porthole
$10,100 Twin Window
$10,850 Twin Deluxe
$11,700 Superior

All rates are quoted per person in US Dollars, based on twin occupancy

Included

  • 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
  • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation in Ushuaia
  • 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 and Ortelius.
  • Single occupancy: All cabins 1.7 times the share price.

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, voyages PLA29, PLA30, PLA 31, OTL30, USD 900 pp on OTL31, USD 700 pp on OTL33
Photo Workshop is free of charge during “Basecamp” voyages, everyone can participate
Snowshoeing is free of charge including snowshoes

Day 1 EMBARK USHUAIA

End of the World, Start of a Journey
Your voyage begins where the world drops off: Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, located on the far southern tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego – nicknamed "The End of the World" – and sail the scenic, mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the rest of the evening.

Day 2 & 3 AT SEA

Path of the Polar Explorers
Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you catch a taste of life from the perspective of the polar explorers who first braved these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale blasting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-antarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too: A variety of albatrosses and petrels show up, along with Cape pigeons and southern fulmars . Then, near the South Shetlands Islands, the first icebergs flash into sight.

Day 4 - 8 ANTARCTICA

Enter the Antarctic
Gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically different wildlife below and above. You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands. Sites you may visit include: Cuverville Island – Stabbing up between Rongé Island and the Antarctic Peninsula, Cuverville houses a massive colony of gentoo penguins as well as pairs of breeding brown skuas. Danco Island – Activities here may focus on the gentoo penguins nesting on the island, in addition to the Weddell and crabeater seals that can be found nearby. Neko Harbour – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow. Opportunities for Zodiac cruising and kayaking provide you the closest possible view of the ice-crusted alpine peaks. Paradise Bay – You may be able to take a Zodiac cruise in these sprawling, ice-flecked waters, where you have a good chance of seeing humpback and minke whales.

Port Lockroy – After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you get a chance to visit the former British research station – now a museum and post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. You may also be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. There are great opportunities for kayaking and camping here.

Pleneau & Petermann Islands – If the ice allows it, you may sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adelie penguins and blue-eyed shags. There’s also a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales here, as well as leopard seals.

Wilhelmina Bay & Guvernøren – This is a great place to spot humpback whales. You also may embark on a Zodiac cruise ending at the ghostly wreck of the Guvernøren, a whaling vessel that caught fire here in 1915. Around the Melchior Islands, amid a frozen landscape peopled with icebergs, you may encounter even more whales, leopard seals, and crabeater seals. Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.

Day 9 - 10 AT SEA - DRAKE PASSAGE

Familiar Seas, Familiar Friends
Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you're again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, and you to them.

Day 11 USHUAIA / ARGENTINA DISEMBARKATION

There and Back Again
Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

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