Weddell Sea and Larsen Ice Shelf

Le Commandant Charcot
Le Commandant Charcot
250 Passengers
Starting 2021-22 Season — Icebreaker

Insurmountable, extreme and captivating: this is the best way to describe the Weddell Sea, mostly frozen by a thick and compressed ice floe. It is a challenge and a privilege to sail on it, with its promise of exceptional landscapes and original encounters.

As you advance across this immense polar expanse, you will enter an infinite ice desert, a world of silence where there is nothing but calm and serenity.

To the northwest of the Weddell Sea, stretching along the eastern coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, stands an imposing ice shelf known as the Larsen Ice Shelf. An extension of the ice sheet onto the sea, this white giant is equally disturbing and fascinating, if only due to its colossal dimensions and the impressive table top icebergs - among the largest ever seen - that it generates.

This voyage will be an opportunity to come as close as possible to the Weddell Sea, a real refuge for wildlife.

Highlights
• Sail into the heart of the ice of the Weddell Sea, discovering the impressive Larsen Ice Shelf and its immense table top icebergs.
• Outings and shore visits in Zodiac inflatables.
• Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides.
• Landscapes: alpine landscapes, table top icebergs, glaciers, ice floes.
• Wildlife: Weddell seals, crabeater seals and leopard seals, Adelie penguins, humpback whales, sea birds.
• Many included activities: Hovercraft, hot air balloon, participative science, polar diving, outings and shore visits in Zodiac inflatables, kayaking, hiking, snowmobiles.

Includes pre-departure overnight in Santiago, Chile and round-trip flights between Santiago and Ushuaia, Argentina.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina
Days 2 & 3 Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 4 South Shetland Islands
Day 5 North Antarctic Peninsula
Day 6 The Weddell Sea
Days 7 & 8 Sailing toward Larsen Ice Shelf
Day 9 The Weddell Sea
Days 10 & 11 Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 12 Ushuaia

Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina

Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evokes journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible.

Days 2 & 3 — Crossing the Drake Passage

Use your days spent in the Drake Passage to familiarize yourself with your ship and deepen your knowledge of the Antarctic. Lectures about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic will be an opportunity for you to learn more about this magical region, where every cruise is a unique experience. From the ship’s bridge, you will experience exceptional sailing moments before joining the naturalist-guides on your ship’s exterior decks to look out for albatrosses, cape petrels, and other seabirds flying over the Drake Passage.

Day 5 — North Antarctic Peninsula

Throughout your time in the north of the Antarctic Peninsula, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. You will sail through the Antarctic Sound, named after Swedish explorer Otto Nordenskjöld’s ship, which was trapped by the ice during an important scientific expedition in 1902. The gateway to the Weddell Sea, this sound is filled with gigantic tabular icebergs and plates of sea ice drifting northward from the coastal areas of this vast sea. It is home to Adelie penguins and a great many leopard seals.

Day 6 — The Weddell Sea

Amidst the eerie stillness of the Weddell Sea, you'll wend your way through a veritable labyrinth of dense ice floes and majestic table icebergs. Sweeping ice platforms sculpt a landscape unlike any other, populated by fur seals, penguins, wandering albatross and other imposing seabirds. The Weddell seal, king of this realm, will welcome you to his territory with a haunting cry that pierces the surrounding silence. You'll recognize him by his dark grey coat and spotted belly. Weddell seals have the impressive distinction of being able to stay underwater for more than an hour.

Days 7 & 8 — Sailing toward Larsen Ice Shelf

On the Weddell Sea, you will sail close to the gigantic Larsen ice shelves. These floating ice shelves help to prevent the erosion of the Antarctic ice sheet. Over the last fifty years, scientists have however observed regular collapses of these shelves, along giant cracks that can be several hundred miles long and deep. In 2017, a portion measuring more than 2,300 sq mi, so barely smaller than Corsica, had broken off the Larsen C ice shelf, forming one of the largest tabular icebergs in the world. This disintegration is believed to be due in part to global warming and melting sea ice.

Days 10 & 11 — Crossing the Drake Passage

If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to connect Antarctica to South America. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbors a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.

Day 12 — Ushuaia

Disembark.

Important note: We are privileged guests in these remote lands where we are at the mercy of weather, ice, tidal and current conditions. Landings on certain sites and the observation of certain wildlife cannot be guaranteed. They vary from day to day, making each cruise a unique experience. The captain and the expedition leader will make every effort to ensure that your experience is as rich as possible, while complying with the safety rules and instructions imposed by the IAATO.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Rates Antarctica 2021-22
Prestige
Stateroom
Deck 6
Prestige
Stateroom
Deck 7
Prestige
Stateroom
Deck 8
Privilege
Stateroom
Deck 6
Privilege
Stateroom
Deck 7
Privilege
Stateroom
Deck 8
Prestige
Suite
Deck 7
Prestige
Suite
Deck 8
Privilege
Suite
Duplex
Suite
Kayak
The Owner's Suite is ̶a̶v̶a̶i̶l̶a̶b̶l̶e̶ ̶for $96,190
$25,370Full$25,830 $26,280 $31,040 $32,170 $33,310 $42,380Full$43,510 $45,780Limited$63,930 
Kayak
The Owner's Suite is ̶a̶v̶a̶i̶l̶a̶b̶l̶e̶ ̶for $64,410
$16,480 $16,760 $17,040 $19,990 $20,690 $21,390 $27,010 $27,720 $29,120 $40,360 
Kayak
The Owner's Suite is available for $53,700
$13,960 $14,190 $14,420 $16,860 $17,450 $18,030 $22,690 $23,270 $24,440 $33,750 
Kayak
The Owner's Suite is ̶a̶v̶a̶i̶l̶a̶b̶l̶e̶ ̶for $64,410
$16,480 $16,760 $17,040 $19,990 $20,690 $21,390 $27,010 $27,720 $29,120 $40,360 
Kayak
The Owner's Suite is ̶a̶v̶a̶i̶l̶a̶b̶l̶e̶ ̶for $58,850
$15,120 $15,370 $15,630 $18,320 $18,960 $19,600 $24,730 $25,360 $26,650 $36,890 
Kayak
The Owner's Suite is ̶a̶v̶a̶i̶l̶a̶b̶l̶e̶ ̶for $64,410
$16,480 $16,760 $17,040 $19,990 $20,690 $21,390 $27,010 $27,720 $29,120 $40,360 
Kayak
The Owner's Suite is ̶a̶v̶a̶i̶l̶a̶b̶l̶e̶ ̶for $119,090
$40,060Full$40,810 $41,560 $49,470 $51,350 $53,230 $68,280 $70,160 $73,930 $104,030 
Kayak
The Owner's Suite is available for $53,700
$13,960 $14,190 $14,420 $16,860 $17,450 $18,030 $22,690 $23,270 $24,440 $33,750 
Kayak
The Owner's Suite is available for $53,700
$13,960 $14,190 $14,420 $16,860 $17,450 $18,030 $22,690 $23,270 $24,440 $33,750 
Kayak
The Owner's Suite is ̶a̶v̶a̶i̶l̶a̶b̶l̶e̶ ̶for $77,200
$18,990 $19,330 $19,670 $23,250 $24,110 $24,960 $31,780 $32,640 $34,340 $47,990 
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Prices are per person based on Double occupancy.
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   Owner's Suite
Deck 8 • Area: 1230ft² / 114m² • Capacity: up to 2 guests per stateroom
2000ft²/186m² private balcony with jacuzzi • Shower & Balneo bathtub • Butler service • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds • Minibar - 24hr room service • Flat screen satellite TV • Video on demand • IPod™ docks • Safe • French bath products • Dressing table with hairdryer • Direct line telephone • 110V American/220V European • Internet access Wifi.
   Duplex Suite
Decks: 6 & 7 • Area: 515ft² / 48m² • Capacity: up to 4 guests per stateroom
280ft²/12.5 m² private balcony with jacuzzi • Shower & Balneo bathtub • Butler service • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds • Minibar - 24hr room service • Flat screen satellite TV • Video on demand • IPod™ docks • Safe • French bath products • Dressing table with hairdryer • Direct line telephone • 110V American/220V European • Internet access Wifi.
   Privilege Suite
Decks: 6 & 8 • Area: 515ft² / 48m² • Capacity: up to 4 guests per stateroom
135ft²/12.5m² private balcony • Shower & Balneo bathtub • Butler service • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds • Minibar - 24hr room service • Flat screen satellite TV • Video on demand • IPod™ docks • Safe • French bath products • Dressing table with hairdryer • Direct line telephone • 110V American/220V European • Internet access Wifi.
   Prestige Suite
Decks: 7 & 8 • Area: 430ft² / 40m² • Capacity: up to 4 guests per stateroom
Composed of two interconnected Prestige Staterooms as indicated by double arrow on Deck Plan ⟷
110ft²/10m² private balcony • 2 Showers • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds • Minibar - 24hr room service • Flat screen satellite TV • Video on demand • IPod™ docks • Safe • French bath products • Dressing table with hairdryer • Direct line telephone • 110V American/220V European • Internet access Wifi.
   Privilege Stateroom
Decks 6, 7 & 8 • Area: 300ft² / 28m² • Capacity: up to 3 guests per stateroom
55ft²/5m² private balcony • Shower • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available • Minibar - 24hr room service • Flat screen satellite TV • Video on demand • IPod™ docks • Safe • French bath products • Dressing table with hairdryer • Direct line telephone • 110V American/220V European • Internet access Wifi.
   Prestige Stateroom
Decks: 6, 7 & 8 • Area: 215ft² / 20m² • Capacity: up to 2 guests per stateroom
55ft²/5m² private balcony • Shower • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available • Minibar - 24hr room service • Flat screen satellite TV • Video on demand • IPod™ docks • Safe • French bath products • Dressing table with hairdryer • Direct line telephone • 110V American/220V European • Internet access Wifi.