Weddell Sea - Emperor Penguin Voyage

Ortelius Cruise Ship
Ortelius
120 Passengers

An Emperor Penguin rookery is situated south of Snow Hill Island. The captain of the vessel will do his utmost to position the vessel close enough to Snow Hill Island in order to enable us to offer ship-to-shore helicopter transfers to approx. 45 minutes walking distance from the Emperor Penguin Rookeries. If we succeed, this will be a fascinating and a once-in-a lifetime experience.

During this voyage we will reserve three days to visit the Emperor Rookeries by helicopters. If we succeed the first two days, we may decide to offer an alternative landing in the Weddell Sea on the third day, such as Paulet Island where we can visit a fantastic Adelie penguin colony with approximately 1 million breeding pairs.

- Chances to observe Emperor Penguins
- Snow Hill Island
- Helicopter landings
- Deception Island

Brief Itinerary

Day 1Embarkation and departure from Ushuaia
Days 2 & 3At Sea
Day 4Weddell Sea
Days 5 & 6Snow Hill Island
Day 7Devil Island or Snow Hill Island
Day 8Half Moon Island
Days 9 & 10At Sea
Day 11Arrival 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 will 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 meet 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.

Day 4 — Weddell Sea

A typical itinerary in the Weddell Sea could be as follows. This is a sample only, the final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board.

We will sail into the Weddell Sea and if the Antarctic Sound is accessible and the ice does not prevent us to sail further, we might see the huge tabular icebergs that announce our arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Days 5 & 6 — Snow Hill Island

The use of helicopters has a great advantage and can support us in our goal to reach the Emperor penguin colony, but the itinerary is ruled by the forces of nature, ice and weather conditions. If the conditions are favorable, we intend to spend the first two days in the Emperor penguin rookery. The helicopter operation will take a full day and the flight duration takes approximately 15 minutes. The helicopter can accommodate 6 passengers per helicopter flight. The landing point of the helicopters will be carefully chosen and we will make sure that the Emperors penguins are not disturbed or stressed by helicopter noise. Therefore, after arrival, the passengers continue their expedition on foot. After a walk of approx. 45 minutes, passengers will experience an amazing rendezvous with the magnificent Emperor penguins. Keep in mind that we are in the world’s most remote area and there are no guarantees, including a specific amount of helicopter time. Conditions may change rapidly, having its impact on the helicopter operation and passengers should understand and accept this. Safety is our greatest concern and no compromises can be made.

Day 7 — Devil Island or Snow Hill Island

If conditions were favorable on both day 5 and 6 and we have successfully visited the Emperor penguins, we may decide to visit Devil Island, Vega Island, Brown Bluff or Hope Bay. If we have not reached the Emperor penguin colony on one or two of the previous days, we will try again offering ship-to-shore helicopter flights to Snow Hill Island.

Day 8 — Half Moon Island

In the morning we plan to visit Half Moon Island where we can see Chinstrap- and Gentoo penguins, various other bird-species, Southern Elephant seals and Weddell seals.

Early in the afternoon we will sail to Deception Island where we have the last landing of our voyage at Pendulum Cove or Whalers Bay.

Days 9 & 10 — At Sea

In the Drake Passage we have again a chance of seeing many seabirds and to take advantage of the knowledge of our lecture team.

Day 11 — 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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Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$7,050
 
$7,950
 
$8,650
 
$9,150
 
$9,650
 
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$12,800
 
$13,550
 
$14,150
 
$14,800
 
$16,150
 
  
$13,200
 
$14,600
 
$15,950
 
$16,950
 
$17,800
 
$19,400
 
  
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$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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