Antarctica Classic in Depth

Expedition Cruise Ship
Expedition
134 Passengers
Adventure Options

Like the ‘Antarctica Classic’, this 13-day expedition will introduce you to the magic of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula—but allows for two additional days to explore its majesty. Part of the reward of arriving in Antarctica is the challenge of negotiating the Drake Passage—and the M/S Expedition will bring you there safely. Encounter leopard seals lazing on ice floes and immense rookeries of penguins surrounded by towering glaciers. The Expedition’s expert guides and lecturers offer knowledge and insights that really bring the nature and history of the region to life and serve to create an adventure of a lifetime.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1Ushuaia
Day 2Ushuaia/Drake Passage
Days 3 & 4Drake Passage/South Shetland Islands
Days 5 to 10South Shetland Islands/Antarctic Peninsula
Days 11 & 12Drake Passage/Ushuaia
Day 13Ushuaia

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 Ushuaia. Do any last minute shopping, 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.

Days 3 & 4 — Drake Passage/South Shetland Islands

The adventure begins with a 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 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 crosses the passage there will be time to become acquainted with the ship and frequent the common areas that include the lounge, dining hall, library and lecture hall where we meet our 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 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.

Days 5 to 10 — South Shetland Islands/Antarctic Peninsula

With a total of six days to explore the worlds most southerly ecosystem, there's more time to encounter the unique wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery of the Antarctic. Our goal is to get ashore twice per day to encounter penguin rookeries, get a good look at the variety of seal species, and keep an eye out for the whales that feed in the peninsula's cold, fertile waters.

Navigate southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait and to the Antarctic Peninsula.

During the voyage, learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world. Take an optional polar plunge, visit an abandoned whaling station or a working scientific research station and gain a new perspective on this part of 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 11 & 12 — Drake Passage/Ushuaia

Begin the journey north to the home port of Ushuaia. Review the highlights of the Antarctic experience with the lecturers and staff. 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 and whale watching and enjoying some final lectures by the 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 13 — 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.

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

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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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