The Frozen Land of the Penguins

Explorer CruiseAntarctica


From $6,569 USD
November 14, 2017 - January 14, 2018
13 Days / 12 Nights

Sail from Ushuaia, South America to Antarctica and the South Atlantic islands on board MS Fram, our original expedition ship, built for polar expeditions.

Overview

Join our voyage on the MS Fram as we take birdwatching to a new level! Cruise to Antarctica for close encounters with its wildlife, especially the penguins. Be amazed by the large, dense 'rookeries', with 180,000 or more birds. The sights and sounds of these huge colonies are unforgettable. When opportunities arise, we will launch our kayaks, pitch tents ashore, and take you on unforgettable hikes to explore the last untouched places on the planet.

Operation

November 14, 2017 - January 14, 2018

Departure

November 14, 2017 January 1 & 13, 2018

Price

  • from $6569 per person, Polar Inside cabin, double occupancy
  • Polar Inside
  • $6,569
  • I
  • $5,690
  • Polar Outside
  • $7,979
  • F/J
  • $6,284
  • Arctic Superior
  • $8,977
  • N
  • $6,284
  • Expedition Suite
  • $11,314
  • U
  • $6,938

MinF$um fares, in USD per person, double occupancy.

  • M
  • $8,605
  • MG
  • $9,933

Jan 2 and Jan 14, 2017 voyages. EEarly booking rates, in USD per person, double occupancy, subject to withdrawal.

Included

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage
  • Cabin grade of your choice
  • Full board, breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Wind and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats
  • Activities onboard and ashore
  • Professional English speaking Expedition team
  • Lectures as well as accompany landings and activities
  • USANT1602A ONLY: Hotel night + breakfast in Ushuaia and transfers from hotel to ship.

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions and gratuities
  • Luggage handling
  • Gratuities
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions.
  • All itineraries are subject to change.
  • Prices may change at any time before departure date, the applicable price will be quoted at the time of booking.

Tour Options

  • Pre and Post Programs

Day 1 ARRIVAL USHUAIA

You will have a few hours to explore Ushuaia or join an optional excursion before departing in the evening. Your adventure begins as MS Fram sets her course through the scenic Beagle Channel for Drake Passage and Antarctica.

Day 2 DRAKE PASSAGE (B, L, D)

Relax at Sea
In addition to spotting the wandering albatross and other seabirds, the crossing of the Drake Passage features our lecture series, which focuses on the history, environment, and wildlife of Antarctica. Our series also includes a thorough introduction to the Antarctic visitor guidelines from the Antarctic Treaty and International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO).

Day 3 DRAKE PASSAGE (B, L, D)

Prepare for Close Encounters
During this day at sea, you have time to get prepared for Antarctica and the close encounters with Antarctica's wildlife, particularly the penguins. These amazing birds in their large, dense 'rookeries', some with 180,000 or more birds, will astound you.

Day 4 - 10 ANTARCTICA (B, L, D)

On the Lookout for Icebergs
Antarctica is different from anywhere else you will ever experience! Once we have crossed the Antarctic Convergence you will start feeling the air getting crisper and colder. You will begin to see Antarctic penguins in the water, and don't forget to be on the lookout for the first iceberg. There are no permanent human inhabitants in Antarctica, but it is home to millions of penguins and the feeding area for thousands of whales. The penguins are fearless when encountering humans and they might be just as curious about you as you are about them.

Some of the highlights during our time here are Deception Island and Half Moon Island because of the resident colonies of chinstrap penguins. You'll enjoy beautiful vistas and the gentoo penguin colonies on Yankee Harbour, Cuverville Island, Neko Harbour, and Paradise Harbour. On Petermann Island you will see thousands of Adélie penguins. The British base in Port Lockroy is one of the most popular sites in Antarctica, and offers a peek into life on an Antarctic base in the 1950s. The nesting gentoo penguins surrounding the main building have become accustomed to the frequent human visitors.

The huge ice shelves of the Antarctic Sound are home to an estimated half million Adélie penguins as well as gentoo penguins, leopard seals, and killer whales. The best way to experience Adélie penguins in Brown Bluff is to sit quietly and watch nature's cutest comedians at work. When opportunities arise we will launch our kayaks, pitch tents ashore, and take you on unforgettable hikes to explore one the most beautiful, untouched places on the planet.

Day 11 - 12 DRAKE PASSAGE (B, L, D)

Bow Pointed North
The voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula to Ushuaia, at the very southern tip of Argentina, 600 miles and about 40 hours of sailing time in good weather.

On our way back to civilization, we will continue our lecture series and recap our experiences of Antarctica.

Day 13 USHUAIA (B)

The End of the Adventure
We arrive back in Ushuaia in the morning, where you have the opportunity to join an optional excursion.

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