Antarctica Peninsula with S. Shetlands - 12 Day

Plancius Cruise Ship
Plancius
114 Passengers
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Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetlands tour, is a 12 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.

 

 

Day 1

In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located in the shadow of the Andes and right at the Beagle Channel shore. We’ll sail through this scenic waterway during the afternoon.

Days 2-3

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 Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we glimpse at the first icebergs.

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

A typical itinerary in the South Shetlands and Antarctic Peninsula could be as follows. This is a sample only, the final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board.

We will sail to Deception Island first and hope for a good long walk and kayak trip which will depend on site availability and weather conditions. We then sail through the Gerlache Strait to “High Antarctica”, passing Brabant Islands. In Orne Harbor we hope to make a landing in order to walk the spectacular Spigot Peak. The surroundings are very alpine, the walk as such brings us up to approx 300 m above sea level. The views from the summit are fantastic. The kayakers have much time to do their near shore exploratory trips. On Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Danco Island, we will find a large colony of Gentoo Penguins and breeding pairs of Brown Skuas. On Danco Island we can observe Chinstrap Penguins and possibly Weddell and Crabeater Seals. In Neko Harbor we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers, other continent landings are for example possible on Portal Point . During the cruise we will also offer zodiac cruises such as near Foyn Harbor on Nansen Island and Neko Harbor.

When sailing to Paradise Bay, with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, we will have the opportunity for zodiac cruising between the icebergs in the inner parts of the fjords. In this area we have good chances to see Humpback Whales and Minke Whales. After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, we visit the British research station and post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we can also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Imperial Shags.

In Neko Harbor we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers. When sailing to Paradise Bay, with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, we will have the opportunity for zodiac cruising between the icebergs in the inner parts of the fjords. In this area we have good chances to see Humpback Whales and Minke Whales.

We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pleneau 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. A visit to one of the scientific stations in Antarctica will give you an insight about the life of modern Antarcticans working on the White Continent. Further south we may visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station, where we will receive a warm welcome from the station crew. Sailing north through Neumayer Channel 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.

A visit to one of the scientific stations in Antarctica will give you an insight about the life of modern Antarcticans working on the White Continent. Sailing north through Neumayer Channel 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: Ushuaia

We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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$6,900
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$7,800
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$8,450
Full
$8,800
Full
$9,200
Full
$10,150
Full
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Full
$7,800
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$8,450
Full
$8,800
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$10,150
 
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 $10,150
 
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$13,250
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$14,500
 
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$15,950
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$15,150
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$7,900
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$8,800
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$9,500
 
$9,950
 
$10,350
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$11,500
 
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$6,950
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$7,750
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$8,850
 
$9,250
Full
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$13,950
 
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$17,400
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$18,200
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$20,300
Full
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$7,900
Full
$8,800
 
$9,500
Full
$9,950
Full
$10,350
Full
$11,500
Full
$12,950
 
$14,250
Full
$15,550
Full
$16,250
 
$17,300
 
$19,200
 
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
Very 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
Full
$7,300
 
$7,650
 
$8,450
 
$8,450
 
$9,400
 
$10,300
 
$10,700
 
$10,900
Full
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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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Please note that availability is updated about once a week.
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Quadruple Private
Triple Porthole
Twin Porthole
Twin Window
Twin Deluxe
Superior
Snowshoe
$12,150
 
$13,250
Full
$14,550
 
$15,350
 
$16,200
 
$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
 
$15,650
 
$16,600
Full
$18,150
 
Camp, Kayak, Snowshoe
$7,050
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$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
Full
$7,950
 
$8,650
 
$9,150
 
$9,650
 
$10,550
 
$14,250
 
$15,650
 
$17,000
 
$18,000
 
$19,000
Full
$20,800
 
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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