Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius - 12 Day

Ortelius Cruise Ship
Ortelius
120 Passengers

During this trip we will offer a true Basecamp for activities, all activities (field camping, kayaking, glacier walking, snowshoe, hiking, zodiac cruising, shore excursions) packed in one departure and those are included in the ship’s price. The ship will stay for two or three days at these specific locations to serve our active passengers as a comfortable hub to allow more time as usual for wide ranging activities.

- Activities for everyone
- Camp near the penguin colonies
- Observe wildlife from your kayak

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Embarkation and departure from Ushuaia
Days 2 & 3 At Sea
Days 4 to 9 Antarctica
Days 10 & 11 At Sea
Day 12 Arrival in Ushuaia and disembark

Day 1 — Embarkation and departure from Ushuaia

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.

Days 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 petrels, Southern fulmars, Wilson’s Storm petrels, Blue petrels and Antarctic petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs.

Days 4 to 9 — Antarctica

We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. We will sail to the Neumayer Channel, where we position our ship for the multi-activity base camp. The protected waters around Wiencke Island will become our playground for all activities. In this alpine environment there are great opportunities to scout the region on foot, per zodiac and during kayak trips. Walkers will find opportunities to use snowshoes on hikes near the shore lines and the mountaineers will find their challenge by climbing hills and viewpoints further inland, i.e. Jabet Peak (1,800 ft / 540 m). All climbs and excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions.

We plan to stay two overnights at anchor in order to implement two camp nights and two full activity days. We will visit the former British research station and the post office, now a living museum, 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 look out for Leopard seals, Crabeater seals and whales.

In good conditions and time allowing we sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth Island, Pléneau Island 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.

At Neko Harbor we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers and permanent ice fields and enjoy the spectacle on zodiac cruises, hikes and kayak excursions. A small group of mountaineers may climb up on higher grounds of the glacier. We will spend the night at Neko Harbor or in nearby Paradise Bay with a camp erected ashore. We will leave early morning after breaking our last camp. We sail via Melchior Islands towards the open sea of the Drake Passage.

Days 10 & 11 — At Sea

On our way north, we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 12 — Arrival in Ushuaia and disembark

We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Quad
Porthole
Triple
Porthole
Twin
Porthole
Twin
Window
Twin Deluxe
Superior
Helicopter
Fee
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25% Twin Porthole (Prices in Red)
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$12,150$9,700$13,250$9,700Full$14,550$10,900Limited$15,350Full$16,200Full$17,950Full 
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$11,550$8,650$12,800$8,650$13,550$9,485$14,150$9,900Limited$14,800Full$16,150Limited 
Camp, Kayak, Snowshoe
$6,500 $7,300Full$7,900Full$8,400Full$8,900Full$9,650Full 
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Camp, Kayak
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Photography, Kayak
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Rates are per person, based on twin-share. Single Supplement for twin cabins is 1.7 times the twin rate.

Mandatory Emergency Evacuation insurance is required on all trips.

Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.

Activities fees:
  Kayaking - $465 (min 4, max 14 kayakers)
  Camping - $180 (min 8, max 30 campers)
  Snowshoe - No charge but sign up required
  Photography workshop - $500 (min 4, max 14)

Nov 27th, Jan 13th & Feb 15th voyages include helicopters.

There is always a possibility of an added fuel surcharge if marine oil prices raise significantly.

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Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
All Activities Free on Basecamp Trips
$7,950 $8,950 $9,650 $10,250 $10,850 $11,850  
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
All Activities Free on Basecamp Trips
$7,950 $8,950 $9,650 $10,250 $10,850 $11,850  
$11,550 $12,800 $13,550 $14,150 $14,800 $15,600  
Camp, Kayak, Snowshoe
$7,200 $8,100 $8,800 $9,350 $9,900 $10,700  
$13,200 $14,600 $15,950 $16,950 $17,800 $19,400  
Camp, Kayak
$7,950 $8,950 $9,650 $10,250 $10,850 $11,850  
Camp, Kayak
$7,950 $8,950 $9,650 $10,250 $10,850 $11,850  
Camp, Kayak
$7,950 $8,950Full$9,650 $10,250 $10,850 $11,850  
$14,250 $15,650 $16,900 $17,900 $18,900 $20,800  
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
All Activities Free on Basecamp Trips
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$7,950Limited$8,950Limited$9,650Limited$10,250Limited$10,850Limited$11,850Limited 
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
All Activities Free on Basecamp Trips
$7,950 $8,950 $9,650 $10,250 $10,850Full$11,850  
Whale Watching Voyage
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Single Supplement is 1.7 times the standard rate. We can pair you with another person of the same gender in Twin Deluxe and below cabins without the Single Supplement pricing.  Mandatory Emergency Evacuation insurance is required. Airfare is not included in these prices.

Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.

Camping - $180 per night, max 30 people
Kayaking - $465 per trip, max 14 people
Snowshoe - No charge but sign up required

Activities are Free for the “Basecamp Plancius” voyages (incl. Camping, Kayaking, Snowshoeing/Hiking, Mountaineering & Photography Workshop)

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

DeckPlan_Ortelius

   Superior
2 windows (minimum) • 1 double bed • 1 single (sofa) bed • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Flatscreen TV • Refrigerator • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Ample storage space
   Twin Deluxe
3 windows • 2 lower berths • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Small sofa • Flatscreen TV • Refrigerator • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Ample storage space
   Twin Window
2 windows • 2 lower berths • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Small sofa • Hair dryer • Ample storage space
   Twin Porthole
2 portholes • 2 lower berths • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Hair dryer • Ample storage space
   Triple Porthole
2 portholes • 1 upper / lower berth + 1 single lower berth • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Hair dryer • Ample storage space
   Quadruple Porthole
2 portholes • 2 upper / lower berths • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Hair dryer • Ample storage space