Classic Antarctica

Le Lerial Cruise Ship
Le Lyrial — A
199 Passengers

Join a world-renowned expedition team on new Le Lyrial for a voyage to the unparalleled White Continent, which you explore for five days during the very best of the Antarctic spring and summer seasons.

• Cruise for 10 nights aboard luxury all-balcony expedition ship Le Lyrial
• Travel with a renowned expedition team, featuring passionate scientists that include an ornithologist, marine biologist and geologist, all deeply familiar with Antarctica
• Discover some of the world's rarest wildlife and terrain on exciting excursions led by the region's most experienced guides
• Learn about Antarctica's environment - and efforts to conserve it - on a visit to a scientific research station
• Gain a deep understanding of the region with enriching lectures by award-winning experts, including leading scientists, authors, historians and professional photographers
• Leave the details to us - this all-inclusive journey includes onboard gratuities, unlimited house drinks and all port charges on Le Lyrial
• Enjoy the convenience of charter flights to and from Ushuaia

Special Departures:
December departure will be a Family New Year departure with dedicated children's programming.
January departure will be a dedicated Understanding Climate Change departure, lead by noted climate expert, Dr. James McClintock.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2 Ushuaia | Gateway to Antarctica
Days 3 & 4 Cruising the Drake Passage | Epic Passage
Days 5 to 9 Antarctica | The White Continent
Days 10 & 11 Cruising the Drake Passage | Memorable Return
Day 12 Depart Ushuaia

Day 1 — Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive this morning in Argentina’s capital and transfer to your hotel, where immediate check-in has been arranged. As complex as it is energetic, this port city has been the gateway to Argentina for centuries, bringing many porteños (locals) into its boundaries. Although reminiscent of a European city, the spirit of Buenos Aires is evident in its diverse local neighborhoods. Experience it firsthand during an afternoon tour of the city that includes the Plaza de Mayo, the Cabildo and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Tonight, meet your fellow adventurers for a welcome cocktail reception.

Day 2 — Ushuaia | Gateway to Antarctica

Fly to the charming port of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. On arrival, enjoy lunch at the Arakur resort and — time and weather permitting — the opportunity to take a guided trek in the Cerro Alarken Nature Reserve or simply relax with a cappuccino and enjoy the scenic views of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. This afternoon, arrive at your ship and settle in for your first night on board. Stylish and comfortable, Le Lyrial features all-balcony staterooms and suites. Wander the decks to become acquainted with the ship, relax in the lounge and mingle with fellow guests in anticipation of your voyage. On departure, enjoy cruising through the beautiful Beagle Channel before heading out to sea.

Days 3 & 4 — Cruising the Drake Passage | Epic Passage

The southward journey toward Antarctica is an exciting one. An important trade route in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Drake Passage is a 600-mile-wide swath of water where the Southern Ocean currents are squeezed between South America’s southern tip and Antarctica’s northernmost reaches. Its stormy waters and icy conditions often made the journey a difficult one, though the stabilizer-equipped Le Lyrial handles it with ease. As you travel in the comfort of your luxury cruiser, enjoy enriching lectures from members of the expedition team on topics ranging from bird life and geology, to photography and history. After lunch, join your naturalists on the deck to look for various species of whales and abundant seabirds, which join other mammals in feasting on the krill-rich waters of the Drake Passage; it’s all just a taste of the wildlife you will encounter in the days to come. Later in the evening, chat with experts about the wildlife spotted today and discuss the next day’s itinerary.

Days 5 to 9 — Antarctica | The White Continent

As the Antarctic Peninsula and its offshore islands appear on the horizon, a sense of excitement begins to build. While day-to-day itineraries depend on weather, water and wildlife conditions, two excursions are carefully planned for each day by the captain and expedition leader. Each cruise day begins with an early breakfast. Afterward, venture out to a number of sites in swift Zodiacs (sturdy inflatable boats). You’ll be guided by expert drivers and accompanied by lecturers, in groups of no more than 10 guests. These sites may include the penguin-filled islands in the South Shetlands of Half Moon, Penguin or Deception; islands off the continental coastline such as Cuverville, Paulet or Vortex; and, weather permitting, the fabled Antarctic Peninsula. You may also sail through Paradise Bay and the Lemaire Channel, referred to as “Kodak Alley” for its stunning, camera-ready vistas of towering icebergs and deep blue waters. After a morning exploring native species and striking terrain, return to Le Lyrial for lunch and perhaps some time to relax and scan the wildlife-rich waters that surround you, where you may spot everything from fin whales, humpback whales and orcas, to imperial shags and the southern giant petrel. In the afternoon, set out for the day’s second excursion, which may include a visit to a working scientific research station, the remains of a turn-of-the-century whaling and sealing station, a sheltered beach teeming with basking elephant seals, or simply circumnavigating colossal icebergs that serve as floating homes to seals and penguins. Return to your cruiser to relax and chat over cocktails in the cozy, comfortable lounge and enjoy dinner in the dining room. Afterward, you may choose to recap the day’s discoveries with your naturalist guides, enjoy time on deck with fellow guests or seize the opportunity to capture photos in the stunning low light characteristic of Antarctica’s long, ethereal twilight.

Days 10 & 11 — Cruising the Drake Passage | Memorable Return

Bid farewell to wondrous Antarctica and begin your cruise back to Ushuaia at the southernmost tip of Argentina. The ship’s return through the Drake Passage is an interlude for recap and reflection, with time to compare notes with your expert lecturers on the wildlife, history and geology of the White Continent. Spend time on board with newfound friends in the comfortable common spaces of Le Lyrial, enjoy quiet relaxation on the private balcony of your cabin or absorb more fascinating lectures by your captivating expedition team. While cruising through this historic passage, you may spot various species of whales and seabirds, including the elusive albatross and the giant petrel, an opportunistic predator and scavenger nicknamed the “stinker.” The immense albatross is an especially stunning sight to behold. These wandering birds boast a wingspan of 11.5 feet on average and use their powerful wings to glide through the air for hours at a time in search of food.

Day 12 — Depart Ushuaia

Le Lyrial docks at Ushuaia this morning. Enjoy breakfast, and then say goodbye to your expedition team and ship’s crew before disembarking. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires, where you may extend your stay or connect for your international flight home.

Please note: This itinerary is provisional and subject to change due to ice, weather, wildlife and other conditions beyond our control. The final itinerary will be determined at the sole discretion of the Captain and Expedition Leader.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Butler service is offered in all Suite categories.

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

Single cabin prices are: Cat 1-3 = 1.5 times the cost of prices listed above; Cat 4-7 = 1.9 times standard cost; Cat 8&9 = 1.95 times standard cost.

There is no share option available on this ship.

Cat 4 (Premier Two-Room Suite), Cat 6 (Privilege Two-Room Suite) and Cat 8 (Grand Privilege Suite) are available for 3 or 4 people. Triple and Quad rates upon request.

Charter Air Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos Aires RT $850 per person.


   Owner's Suite — Deck 6
581 sq.ft. + 129 sq.ft. private balcony
Includes Butler Service
   Grand Privilege Suite (3-room) — Deck 6
581 sq.ft. + 129 sq.ft. private balcony
Includes Butler Service
   Grand Deluxe Suite — Deck 6
484 sq.ft. + 108 sq.ft. private balcony
Includes Butler Service
   Privilege Suites (2-room) — Deck 6
388 sq.ft. + 86 sq.ft. private balcony
King-size sofa bed, and the option to convert into a 2-room cabin - perfect for families.
Includes Butler Service
   Premier Two-Room Suites — Deck 5
388 sq.ft. + 86 sq.ft. private balcony
Includes Butler Service
King-size sofa bed, and the option to convert into a 2-room cabin - perfect for families.
   Prestige Suites — Deck 6
291 sq.ft. + 65 sq.ft. private balcony
Includes Butler Service
   Premier Staterooms — Deck 5
200 sq.ft. + 43 sq.ft. private balcony
   Deluxe Staterooms — Deck 4
200 sq.ft. + 43 sq.ft. private balcony
   Classic Staterooms — Deck 3
200 sq.ft. + 43 sq.ft. private balcony