Antarctica and the Polar Circle

Plancius Cruise Ship
Plancius
114 Passengers
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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 Plancius in Ushuaia, Argentina where we head through the beagle channel and Drake Passage. Once we arrive at the Antarctic Peninsula it is highly recommended to take a kayak and explore some of the massive icebergs up close.

(Note: This itinerary is tentative at this point for the 2015-16 season.)

Day 1

In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia and sail through the Beagle Channel.

Days 2 - 3

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 Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels.

If the winds are favorable we might do our first landing in Antarctic waters in the evening of the third day at Aitcho Island or Penguin Island at the South Shetlands.

These volcanic islands 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

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.

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.

A base visit will also be provided, to give you an insight about the life of modern Antarcticans working on the White Continent.

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 and again possibilities for zodiac cruising among the icebergs, where we may encounter Leopard Seals, Crabeater Seals and whales.

Days 10 - 11

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 12

We arrive in the morning and disembark in Ushuaia.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Quadruple Private
Triple Porthole
Twin Porthole
Twin Window
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Superior
Camp, Kayak
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 $10,150
 
Kayak
Superior Cabin for Twin Window Rate
30% Discount for Quad Porthole
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$12,100
$8,470
$13,250
Full
$14,500
Full
$15,150
Full
$15,950
Full
$17,550
Full
Camp, Kayak, Snowshoe
$7,900
Full
$8,800
 
$9,500
 
$9,950
 
$10,350
Full
$11,500
 
Camp, Kayak
$6,950
 
$7,750
Full
$8,450
 
$8,850
 
$9,250
Full
$10,150
 
- Very Limited Availability -
$13,950
 
$15,300
 
$16,600
Full
$17,400
Full
$18,200
Full
$20,300
Full
Camp, Kayak
- Very Limited Availability -
$7,900
Full
$8,800
 
$9,500
Full
$9,950
 
$10,350
Full
$11,500
Full
- Limited Availability -
$12,950
 
$14,250
Full
$15,550
 
$16,250
 
$17,300
Full
$19,200
Full
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
- Limited Availability -
$7,800
Full
$8,650
 
$9,300
Full
$9,800
 
$10,200
Full
$11,300
Full
Whale Watching Voyage
$5,500
 
$6,100
Full
$7,050
 
$7,300
 
$7,650
 
$8,450
 
$8,450
Full
$9,400
 
$10,300
 
$10,700
 
$10,900
Full
$11,650
Full
$1,000
 
$1,150
 
$1,250
 
$1,300
 
$1,400
 
$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.

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Rates 2015-2016
Quadruple Private
Triple Porthole
Twin Porthole
Twin Window
Twin Deluxe
Superior
Snowshoe
$12,150
 
$13,250
 
$14,550
Full
$15,350
 
$16,200
Full
$17,950
Full
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$7,050
 
$7,950
 
$8,650
 
$9,150
 
$9,650
 
$10,550
 
$12,400
 
$13,550
 
$14,900
Full
$15,650
 
$16,600
Full
$18,150
 
Camp, Kayak, Snowshoe
$7,050
Full
$7,950
Full
$8,650
Full
$9,150
 
$9,650
 
$10,550
 
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$7,950
 
$8,950
 
$9,650
Full
$10,250
 
$10,850
 
$11,850
 
Camp, Kayak
$7,050
 
$7,950
 
$8,650
 
$9,150
 
$9,650
 
$10,550
 
$14,250
 
$15,650
 
$17,000
 
$18,000
 
$19,000
Full
$20,800
Full
Camp, Kayak
$7,950
 
$8,950
 
$9,650
 
$10,250
 
$10,850
 
$11,850
 
$15,900
 
$17,800
Full
$19,150
 
$19,900
 
$20,900
Full
$23,200
 
Kayak
$7,950
Full
$8,950
 
$9,650
 
$10,250
 
$10,850
 
$11,850
 
Whale Watching Voyage
$5,550
 
$6,150
Full
$7,050
 
$7,450
 
$7,850
 
$8,600
 
$7,250
 
$8,050
 
$8,850
 
$9,250
 
$9,650
 
$10,400
 
$1,050
 
$1,200
 
$1,350
 
$1,450
 
$1,550
 
$1,650
 
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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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