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 1Embarkation and departure from Ushuaia
Days 2 & 3At Sea
Days 4 to 9Antarctica
Days 10 & 11At Sea
Day 12Arrival 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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Embark Puerto Madryn, Disembark Ushuaia
$11,850
 
$13,150
 
$14,250
 
$14,850
 
$15,600
 
$17,550
 
  
Three days reserved to visit the Emperor Rookeries by helicopters!

30% Discount for Single Travelers in Twin Porthole Cabins ($6,825 Value)!
$11,300
 
$12,500
 
$13,250
 
$13,550
 
$14,250
 
$15,700
 
  
$11,300
 
$12,500
 
$13,250
 
$13,550
 
$14,250
 
$15,700
 
  
Embark Ushuaia, Argentina
Disembark Bluff, New Zealand
$19,150
 
$21,400
 
$26,000
 
$27,050
 
$28,700
 
$30,400
 
 $5,800
 
Embark Bluff, New Zealand
Disembark Ushuaia, Argentina

30% Discount for Single Travelers in Twin Porthole Cabins ($16,220 Value)!
$19,150
 
$21,400
 
$26,000
 
$27,050
 
$28,700
 
$30,400
 
 $5,800
 
Kayak
$7,800
 
$8,650
 
$9,300
 
$9,800
 
$10,200
 
$11,300
 
  
Photography
$10,490
 
$11,670
 
$12,500
 
$13,250
 
$13,500
 
$15,250
 
  
$810
 
$890
 
$1,000
 
$1,050
 
$1,080
 
$1,140
 
  
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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.

Helicopter cost is Mandatory on the Ross Sea trips.

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

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$7,050
 
$7,950
 
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$19,400
 
  
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$7,950
 
$8,650
 
$9,150
 
$9,650
 
$10,550
 
  
Camp, Kayak
$7,950
 
$8,950
 
$9,650
 
$10,250
 
$10,850
 
$11,850
 
  
Camp, Kayak
$7,050
 
$7,950
 
$8,650
 
$9,150
 
$9,650
 
$10,550
 
  
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$7,950
 
$8,950
 
$9,650
 
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$11,850
 
  
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
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$8,950
 
$9,650
 
$10,250
 
$10,850
 
$11,850
 
  
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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.

All activities are free of charge for Basecamp Ortelius voyages (Camping, Kayaking, Snowshoeing/Hiking, Mountaineering & Photography Workshop).
On other voyages:
  Kayaking - $465
  Camping - $180

Weddell Sea voyages include helicopters.

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


2013-2014 Ortelius Deck Plan


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2014-2015 Ortelius Deck Plan


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