Antarctic Peninsula with S. Shetlands

Plancius Cruise Ship
Plancius
114 Passengers
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Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetlands tour, is a 10 (2015) or 11 (2014) day adventure that is a comprehensive introduction to Antarctica. Board the Plancius in Ushuaia and cruise along the Beagle Channel. Then travel through the Drake passage on your way to the Antarctic Peninsula.

- Sail through Neptune's Bellow
- Deception Island
- Hiking & Kayaking

Note: This itinerary ia a 11-day voyage for the 2014-15 season & a 10-Day voyage for the 2015-16 season, spending Days 4 to 7 in Antarctica.

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 8 / Days 4 to 7 — Antarctica

We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. On Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Ronge Island, we will find a large colony of Gentoo penguins and breeding pairs of Brown skuas. If we land on Orne Island we can observe Gentoo penguins and possibly Weddell and Crabeater seals. In Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers calving at sea level. We enjoy the landscape surrounded by alpine peaks during zodiac cruises. In Paradise Bay ,with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, we have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent again. We shall have the opportunity for zodiac cruising between the icebergs in the inner parts of the bay. In this area we have good chances to see Humpback whales and Minke whales. We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to 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. Sailing north through Neumayer Channel, we hope to visit the former British research station and post office, now 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.

On our way North through the Gerlache Strait we finally arrive at the South Shetland Islands. We will sail to Deception Island. Our ship braves its entrance into the crater through the spectacular Neptune’s Bellows into the caldera of Deception Island. We hope for a good long walk and kayak trip which will depend on site availability and weather conditions.
Deception is a sub-ducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbour for the ship. Here we find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape petrels 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. We leave from here and sail to Half Moon Island, where we will visit a Chinstrap penguin rookery.

Often Weddell seals haul out on the beaches here. These volcanic islands of 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 9 & 10 / Days 8 & 9 — At Sea

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

Day 11 / Day 10 — Arrival and disembark in Ushuaia

We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Single Supplement is 1.7 times the standard rate. 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 - $450 per trip, max 14 people
Activities are Free for the “Basecamp Plancius” voyages (incl. Camping, Kayaking, Snowshoeing/Hiking, Mountaineering & Photography Workshop)

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

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Quadruple Private
Triple Porthole
Twin Porthole
Twin Window
Twin Deluxe
Superior
Snowshoe
$12,150
 
$13,250
 
$14,550
 
$15,350
 
$16,200
 
$17,950
 
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
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$9,150
 
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$10,550
 
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Camp, Kayak, Snowshoe
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$19,150
 
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$23,200
 
Kayak
$7,950
 
$8,950
 
$9,650
 
$10,250
 
$10,850
 
$11,850
 
Whale Watching Voyage
$5,550
 
$6,150
 
$7,050
 
$7,450
 
$7,850
 
$8,600
 
$7,250
 
$8,050
 
$8,850
 
$9,250
 
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$1,350
 
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$1,550
 
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Single Supplement is 1.7 times the standard rate. 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 - $450 per trip, max 14 people
Activities are Free for the “Basecamp Plancius” voyages (incl. Camping, Kayaking, Snowshoeing/Hiking, Mountaineering & Photography Workshop)

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

Note: 10% Discount when booking back-to-back voyages Antarctic Peninsula Whale Watching (Mar 17-26, 2016) & Atlantic Odyssey (Mar 26 - Apr 22, 2016).

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