Antarctica and the Polar Circle

Ortelius Cruise Ship
Ortelius
120 Passengers

Antarctica and the Polar Circle Tour is a 12 day cruise that takes us through the Drake Passage and South Shetland Islands on our way to the Antarctic Peninsula. Board the Ortelius in Ushuaia, Argentina where we head through the beagle channel and Drake Passage.

Day 1: 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 Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs. The Master of the vessel may decide to sail the narrow English Strait between Robert Island and Greenwich Island or Mc Farlane Strait between Greenwich Island and Livingston Island if the conditions are favorable. Then we might be able to enter Antarctic waters in the late evening of the third day and see Aitcho Island at the South Shetlands. If the conditions do not allow us to maneuver through the English Strait then we continue sailing South of Livingston. These volcanic islands or the South Shetlands are windswept and often shrouded in mist and fog, but do offer subtle pleasures. There is a nice variety of flora (mosses, lichens and flowering grasses) and fauna, such as Gentoo Penguins, Chinstrap Penguins and southern Giant Petrels.

Days 4 - 9: Antarctica

We may start our first day in Antarctica with a landing at Hannah Point, where we will find a nice variety of Gentoo Penguins, Chinstraps and southern Giant Petrels, as well as Elephant Seals hauling out on the beach. At Deception Island, we will try to land. Deception itself is a sub ducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbor for the ship. Here we find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Pigeons and many Dominican Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns.

Wilson’s Storm Petrels and Black-bellied Storm Petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. Good walkers may hike from Baily Head over the ridge of the crater into Whalers Bay, while our ship braves its entrance into the crater through the spectacular Neptune’s Bellow into the ring of Deception Island. On our way further South we will sail to Orne Islands with large colonies of Chinstrap Penguins and a beautiful view across the Gerlache Strait or to Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Danco Island. It contains a large colony of Gentoo Penguins and breeding pairs of Brown Skuas. In Neko Harbor and Paradise Bay with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, we have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent. We shall have the opportunity for zodiac cruising between the icebergs in the inner parts of the fjords.

We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Petermann Island offering Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. We also try to land at Pleneau Island with Elephant Seals and fair chances to encounter Humpback, Minke and Fin Whales. We head south along the Argentine Islands to Crystal Sound, south of the polar circle. The landscape is very impressive with very high mountains and huge glaciers. At the Fish Islands we land at one of the southernmost Adelie Penguin and Blue-eyed Shag colonies in the Antarctic Peninsula. At Detaille Island, south of the Polar Circle, in Crystal Sound we reach probably our farthest south. Sailing north again through Neumayer Channel and Gerlache Strait, we arrive at the Melchior Islands with a very beautiful landscape with icebergs, where we may encounter Leopard Seals, Crabeater Seals and whales.

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: Ushuaia

We arrive in the morning and disembark in Ushuaia.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Porthole
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Window
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Helicopter
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Embark Puerto Madryn, Disembark Ushuaia

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$11,850
$9,480
$13,150
$10,520
$14,250
$11,400
$14,850
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$15,600
 
$17,550
Full
 
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Three days reserved to visit the Emperor Rookeries by helicopters!

Discounts: Superior - 20%, Twin Window - 20%, Twin Porthole (shared) - 32%
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Twin Porthole (single) = $10,600 (Savings of $11,925!)
  $13,250
$8,950
$13,550
$10,840
 $15,700
$12,560
 
$11,300
 
$12,500
 
$13,250
 
$13,550
 
$14,250
Full
$15,700
 
 
Embark Ushuaia, Argentina
Disembark Bluff, New Zealand
$19,150
 
$21,400
Full
$26,000
 
$27,050
Full
$28,700
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$30,400
Full
$5,800
Full
Embark Bluff, New Zealand
Disembark Ushuaia, Argentina

No Single Surcharge for Twin Porthole Cabins ($18,200 Value)!
$19,150
 
$21,400
 
$26,000
 
$27,050
 
$28,700
 
$30,400
 
$5,800
 
Kayak
$7,800
Full
$8,650
 
$9,300
 
$9,800
 
$10,200
Full
$11,300
 
 
Photography
$10,490
 
$11,670
 
$12,500
 
$13,250
Full
$13,500
Full
$15,250
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$810
 
$890
 
$1,000
 
$1,050
 
$1,080
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$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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Porthole
Triple
Porthole
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Porthole
Twin
Window
Twin Deluxe
Superior
Helicopter
Fee
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$7,050
 
$7,950
 
$8,650
 
$9,150
 
$9,650
 
$10,550
 
 
$11,550
 
$12,800
 
$13,550
 
$14,150
 
$14,800
Full
$16,150
Full
 
$13,200
 
$14,600
 
$15,950
 
$16,950
 
$17,800
 
$19,400
 
 
Camp, Kayak
$7,050
 
$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
 
$10,250
 
$10,850
 
$11,850
 
 
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$7,950
 
$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.


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