Journey to the Antarctic Peninsula

Expedition Cruise Ship
Expedition
134 Passengers
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Fierce, cold and stunningly beautiful – explorers since Shackleton have grappled with the contrasts of the Weddell Sea. Experience this ultimate Antarctic landscape on a 15-day adventure that defines "once in a lifetime." Cross the Drake Passage to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula, the Weddell Sea – this less-visited region of Antarctica is the planet's clearest sea and the birthing ground of incredible tabular icebergs. Two attempted shore landings each day means more potential sightings of leopard seals, whales and thriving colonies of roosting penguins. Be a part of history as you embrace Shackleton's spirit. This isn't a polar cruise – it's an adventure.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1Ushuaia
Day 2Ushuaia/Drake Passage
Days 3 & 4Drake Passage/South Shetland Islands
Days 5 to 12The Antarctic Peninsula & the Weddell Sea
Days 13 & 14Drake Passage/Ushuaia
Day 15Ushuaia

Day 1 — Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia at any time. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the world's most southerly city.

Arrival transfer is included.

Tonight, the adventure begins. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip.

Day 2 — Ushuaia/Drake Passage

Enjoy a free morning in the world's most southerly city, Ushuaia. Do any last minute shopping or explore the town or the surrounding countryside. Embarkation on the M/S Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia. Enjoy the evening sailing through the Beagle Channel.

Expedition travel can be full of surprises! While it is our intention of adhere to the itinerary described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.

Days 3 & 4 — Drake Passage/South Shetland Islands

The adventure begins with an 500 mi (800km) crossing of the passage named in honor of 16th-century English sea captain and privateer Sir Francis Drake. The ship is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean. Take in daily lectures from the expedition team, and keep an eye out for your first sightings of icebergs, whales, and albatross following in the Expedition's wake.

The M/S Expedition is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean, known for the unimpeded never ending fetch of the winds that encircle the Antarctic.

As the Expedition travels the passage, get acquainted with the ship and frequent the common areas that include the lounge, dining hall, library and lecture hall where we meet the guides, ship’s crew and expedition staff.

Attend lectures hosted throughout the day on everything from local wildlife to geology to history. The M/S Expedition team is comprised of professional and highly skilled historians, marine biologists, and naturalists who offer keen insight and a unique personal perspective to each and every adventure.

Spend time out on deck keep an eye out for sea birds and whales that live in these fertile waters. Wandering, Black-browed and Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Prion's and Cap Petrels are among some of the species of seabirds that may join the Expedition on the journey to Antarctica.

Day 5 to 12 - The Antarctic Peninsula & the Weddell Sea

Spend eight full days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands and navigating into the lesser visited eastern side of the peninsula known as the Weddell Sea. The less-visited eastern side, is as stunning as it is remote; this is where Ernest Shackleton's ship Endurance came to her end (and where your polar adventure begins).

Ice and weather conditions permitting, head south and explore the ice edge from the safety of our ice class expedition vessel, encountering truly astounding tabular icebergs and numerous species of penguin, seal and whale along the way.

Finally a chance to step foot on the Great White Continent! Our goal is to attempt two excursions per day while navigating through the area but the itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions that we encounter.

There is plenty of time to enjoy the sheer beauty and the breathtaking scenery of ice-choked waterways, blue and white icebergs, impressive glaciers and rugged snow-capped mountains.

The Peninsula also has a remarkable history and, during the voyage, learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world.

Hop into one of the Expedition’s 14 Zodiacs and take the quick, safe trip from the ship to the shore to encounter the awe-inspiring wilderness of Antarctica. Thanks to the performance of these boats in remote conditions, quick trips to shore are easily accomplished. Get up close to towering icebergs, glaciers and amazing wildlife. Depending on weather conditions these excursions will hopefully happen daily.

Attend lectures hosted throughout the day on everything from local wildlife to geology to history.

Days 13 & 14 — Drake Passage/Ushuaia

Begin the northbound journey to the home port of Ushuaia. Review the highlights of the Antarctic experience with the lecturers and staff, and keep your eyes open on the observation deck for some last-minute whale sightings.

Leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. In between bird watching, whale watching and enjoying some final lectures by our expedition staff, this is a chance to relax and review the adventures of the past week before returning to Ushuaia.

Remember, the best way to experience the wildlife of the Drake Passage is to be on deck keeping a look out for Albatross, Prions and Whales!

Day 15 — Ushuaia

Disembark the Expedition after breakfast.

Note: Expedition travel can be full of surprises! While it is our intention of adhere to the itinerary described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Single Supplement is 1.6 times the regular price. Please note that evacuation insurance is mandatory on all cruises.

Camping Excursion - $299 per person. Kayaking Excursion - $899 per person.  Restricted to participants 18 and older.  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 is limited to 60 people, kayaking to 20.

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Single Supplement is 1.6 times the regular price. Please note that evacuation insurance is mandatory on all cruises.

Camping Excursion - $349 per person. Kayaking Excursion - $999 per person. Restricted to participants 18 and older. 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 is limited to 60 people, kayaking to 20.

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

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