Antarctica - Weddell Sea Explorer

Plancius Cruise Ship
Plancius
108 Passengers
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The great Weddell Sea not only features massive tabular icebergs, wildly dramatic landscapes, and fascinating historical sites, but it is also one of the best places in Antarctica for viewing iconic wildlife like whales, seals, juvenile emperor penguins, and many other rarely seen seabirds.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Embarkation and departure from Ushuaia
Days 2 & 3 At Sea
Day 4 Brown Bluff, Madder Cliffs and nesting penguins
Day 5 Antarctic sound islands and history
Day 6 Panorama from Devil Island
Day 7 The marvels of James Ross Island
Day 8 Exploring remote islands
Day 9 Craters, hot springs, and abandoned whaling stations
Days 10 & 11 At Sea
Day 12 Arrival in Ushuaia and disembark

Day 1 — Embarkation and departure from Ushuaia

Your voyage begins where the world drops off. Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, is located on the far southern tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego, nicknamed “The End of the World,” and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.

Days 2 & 3 — At Sea

Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too. 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 are a few of the birds you might see.

Day 4 — Brown Bluff, Madder Cliffs and nesting penguins

This morning we hope to land at Brown Bluff with its impressive scenery and nesting Adelie penguins. In the afternoon, we head across the Antarctic Sound to Kinnes Cove for a landing, where you can see the nearby Madder Cliffs with their subtle red coloration as well as nearby gentoo penguins.

Day 5 — Antarctic sound islands and history

Today we explore the southern end of the Antarctic Sound, including the islands of Jonassen, Andersson, and Rosamel, depending on conditions. In the afternoon, we head to Paulet Island, where an historic hut remains from the 1903 Swedish Antarctic Expedition of Otto Nordenskiöld. This hut enabled the team, whose ship had been crushed in sea ice, to survive until they were rescued.

Day 6 — Panorama from Devil Island

The aim is to spend the day on and around Devil Island, an impressive landing site that gives us the chance to ascend the summit and take in breathtaking views of Erebus and Terror Gulf, as well as our ship anchored in the bay below.

Day 7 — The marvels of James Ross Island

Today you can explore the area of Herbert Sound, named after the great explorer Sir Wally Herbert. We will focus our attention on the area of the Naze Peninsula and Comb Ridge on James Ross Island.

Day 8 — Exploring remote islands

We sail as close as the ice allows to the northwest area of Erebus and Terror Gulf, where the Beak and Eagle islands await us. As with other islands in this group, they are volcanic. Beak island has two freshwater lakes that are home to unique ecosystems, and Eagle Island offers spectacular scenery. It is most famous for being the hottest place in Antarctica during a heatwave that melted 20% of the island’s snow and ice in 2020.

Day 9 — Craters, hot springs, and abandoned whaling stations

The next plan is to visit Deception Island. Actually a sub-ducted crater, this island opens into the sea and creates a natural harbor for the ship. Hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, and multiple bird species – cape petrels, kelp gulls, brown and south polar skuas, and Antarctic terns – can be seen here. Wilson’s storm petrels and black-bellied storm petrels also nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay.

Days 10 & 11 — At Sea

Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, we are again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, and you to them.

Day 12: Arrival in Ushuaia and disembark

Every adventure, no matter how great, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia with memories that will accompany you wherever your next journey leads.

NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. Landings are subject to site availabilities, permissions, and environmental concerns per IAATO regulations. Official sailing plans and landing slots are scheduled with IAATO prior to the start of the season, but the expedition leader determines the final plan. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Rates Antarctica 2021-22
Quadruple Private
Twin Porthole
Twin Window
Twin Deluxe
Superior
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$8,5001 Berth$10,450Full$10,950Full$11,600 $12,300 
$16,400Limited$19,800Full$20,6001 Berth$22,100Full$23,700Full
Camp, Kayak, Snowshoe
$7,300Full$8,950Limited$9,400 $9,950Full$10,700 
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$9,100Full$11,200Full$11,650 $12,300Full$13,100 
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$9,1001 Berth$11,200Full$11,650 $12,300 $13,100 
$15,500 $18,700Full$19,500 $20,800 $22,400 
Camp, Kayak
$8,050 $9,950Full$10,400 $11,000 $11,900 
Camp, Kayak
$8,050 $9,950 $10,400 $11,000 $11,900 
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$8,500Limited$10,450 $10,950 $11,600 $12,300 
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$8,500Full$10,450 $10,950 $11,600 $12,300 
Whale Watching Departure

$7,250 $8,900 $9,200 $9,800 $10,450 
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Single travelers can chose between "single occupancy" at a supplement of 1,7 x the Twin or Superior cabin rate , or "sharing basis" in Twin or Quadruple category at no additional cost.

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 - $195 per night, max 30 people
Kayaking - $450 per trip, max 14 people
Snowshoe - No charge but sign up required

Activities are Free for the “Basecamp” voyages (incl. Camping, Kayaking, Snowshoeing/Hiking, Mountaineering & Photography Workshop)

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

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Rates Antarctica 2022-23
Quadruple Private
Twin Porthole
Twin Window
Twin Deluxe
Superior
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$8,850Full$10,850Full$11,400Full$12,100Full$12,800Full
$13,200 $16,000 $16,800 $17,900 $19,150 
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$8,850 $10,850 $11,400 $12,100 $12,800 
Camp, Mountaineering, Kayak, Snowshoe, Photography
$9,600 $11,850 $12,300 $13,000 $13,850 
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$9,050 $11,150 $11,600 $12,350 $13,250 
$15,350 $18,500 $19,250 $20,500 $22,150 
Camp, Kayak
$8,400 $10,350 $10,800 $11,450 $12,350 
Camp, Kayak
$8,400 $10,350 $10,800 $11,450 $12,350 
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$8,850 $10,850 $11,400 $12,100 $12,800 
$7,550 $9,250 $9,700 $10,250 $10,900 
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Click on the tour dates in the left column to view a trip itinerary. Point MOUSE at Cabin Category to view DETAILED description.

Single travelers can chose between "single occupancy" at a supplement of 1,7 x the Twin or Superior cabin rate , or "sharing basis" in Twin or Quadruple category at no additional cost.

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 - $210 per night, max 30 people
Kayaking - $475 per trip, max 14 people
Snowshoe - No charge but sign up required

Activities are Free for the “Basecamp” voyages (incl. Camping, Kayaking, Snowshoeing/Hiking, Mountaineering & Photography Workshop)

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

DeckPlan_Plancius

   Superior
2 windows • 1 double bed • 1 sofa bed • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Flatscreen TV • Telephone & WiFi (supplemented) • Refrigerator • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Ample storage space
   Twin Deluxe
2 windows • 2 lower berths • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Flatscreen TV • Telephone & WiFi (supplemented) • Hair dryer • Ample storage space • These are corner cabins and slightly more spacious than normal twin porthole/window cabins
   Twin Window
1 window • 2 lower berths • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Flatscreen TV • Telephone & WiFi (supplemented) • Hair dryer • Ample storage space
   Twin Porthole
1 porthole • 2 lower berths • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Flatscreen TV • Telephone & WiFi (supplemented) • Hair dryer • Ample storage space • Cabins 201 & 202 have an additional third bed
   Quadruple Porthole
1 porthole • 2 upper / lower berths • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Flatscreen TV • Telephone & WiFi (supplemented) • Hair dryer • Ample storage space • This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin