Emblematic Antarctica

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Le Lyrial — P
200 Passengers

Discover the essential features of the White Continent. Sailing from Ushuaia, you will journey to the heart of this land at the end of the world.

In Neko Harbor, a magnificent bay surrounded by mountains and ice, you will perhaps be lucky enough to see seals, whales, leopard seals and gentoo penguins.  

On Pleneau Island, you’ll be amused by the original gait of the gentoo penguins going about their daily lives with a backdrop of magnificent icebergs. Next up is a visit to nearby Port Charcot. Jean-Baptiste Charcot, the famous French explorer who led many polar expeditions at the beginning of the 20th century, gave this name to the island as a tribute to his father.

Heading north before arrive on the volcanic Deception Island, which was long an emblematic whaling site. Its sheltered bay also served as a refuge for sailors during heavy storms.

Before you return to Ushuaia, we will clear a path through the impressive tabletop icebergs of the Weddell Sea, leaving you with an unforgettable memory of your Antarctic crossing.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Ushuaia - Embarkation
Days 2 & 3 Drake Passage
Day 4 Neko Harbor / Paradise Bay
Day 5 Pleneau Island / Port Charcot
Day 6 Port Lockroy
Day 7 Deception Island
Days 8 to 10 Weddell Sea / Drake Passage
Day 11 Ushuaia - Disembarkation

 

Day 1 — Ushuaia - Embarkation

Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colorful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.

Days 2 & 3 — Drake Passage

If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly the 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 Antarctica. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As a convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbors a very diverse marine fauna. Look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.

Day 4 — Neko Harbor / Paradise Bay

A little corner of paradise in the shadow of a towering glacier, Neko Harbor is without a doubt one of the most beautiful sites on the Antarctic Peninsula. It was discovered by Belgian navigator Adrien de Gerlache during his 1897-1899 expedition. Mountains, ice and wildlife combine to form a truly unique landscape. Animals are as abundant as they are exotic: among others, you'll encounter seabirds (gulls, Cape petrels, cormorants) and marine mammals (seals, orcas and other whale species). Head out on a Zodiac excursion to get up close to the icebergs, stop over near a penguin colony, watch a leopard seal sunbathe between dives and enjoy an impromptu aerial show from passing Antarctic terns.

With its spectacular landscapes composed of towering glacial peaks plunging down into the icy waters of the Antarctic, Paradise Bay is true to its name. Discovered and named by whalers in the early 20th century, this protected natural site is currently home to a wide variety of fauna, from Antarctic cormorants and leopard seals to sheathbills and gentoo penguins, who mingle on the long stretch of rocky beaches. With some luck, you'll even be privy to an unforgettable underwater dance between passing humpback whales. During your excursion, head off to discover the old Argentine base Almirante Brown, which is only occupied for a few weeks each year, during the austral summer.

Day 5 — Pleneau Island / Port Charcot

Named after talented photographer Paul Pléneau, who accompanied Jean-Baptiste Charcot on his 1903 expedition, Pleneau Island has become a refuge for gentoo penguins, elephant seals and fur seals. A ‘fleet’ of imposing ice formations sit like anchored ships along its shores. Like works of art, these unusually-sculpted icebergs range in color from white to blue and every shade in between. On land, red algae provides a striking contrast against empty swathes of snow that alternate with gentoo penguin nesting sites, strewn all across the island.

Port Charcot, a natural harbor located in Salpêtrière Bay, was discovered by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot. Named for the explorer's father, famed neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, this tip of Booth Island still holds vestiges of Charcot's 1903-1905 anchoring aboard his ship, Le Français. A brisk walk through the snow will take you to the remains of Charcot's stone cabin where he conducted studies on magnetism. Right nearby, you'll notice a colony of gentoo penguins. If you continue on to the summit, you'll pass by the remnants of a cairn and enjoy an unobstructed view of the vast field of icebergs scattered over the bay like white tombstones—an eerie, mystical site like none other.

Day 6 — Port Lockroy

During your cruise, you'll have the opportunity to stop over at Port Lockroy, a spectacular natural harbor nestled in the very heart of the Antarctic Peninsula on Goudier Island. Discovered by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot in 1903, the site has served over the years as a stopover for whaling ships, a British military base and later a research station. The port is currently one of the most visited sites in the Antarctic, thanks to its tiny museum which allows visitors to experience the base as it was in the 1950s and to take home a souvenir from its gift shop. While you're here, don't miss the chance to send your loved ones a post card from the southernmost post office in the world!

Day 7 — Deception Island

Situated just above the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, Deception Island is easily recognizable thanks to its distinctive horseshoe shape. The crater of this former volcano caved in 10,000 years ago and the resulting caldera was flooded, creating a natural harbor. Deception Island still bears traces of its past as a longtime hub of the whaling industry. The vestiges of abandoned sheds that line the black sand of its volcanic beaches share space with the island's spectacular fauna: it is home to the Antarctic Peninsula’s largest colony of chinstrap penguins, as well as numerous elephant seals and fur seals.

Days 8 to 10 — Weddell Sea / Drake Passage

Amidst the eerie stillness of the Weddell Sea, you'll wend your way through a veritable labyrinth of 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.

Day 11 — Ushuaia - Disembarkation

Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colorful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Rates Antarctica 2018-19
Superior
Deluxe
Prestige
Deck 4
Prestige
Deck 5
Deluxe Suite
Prestige Suite
Deck 5
Privilege Suite
Deck 6
Grand Deluxe Suite
Grand Privilege Suite
Owner's Suite
Flight included: Ushuaia/Buenos Aires
$10,830Full$11,610Full$12,880Full$13,470Full$19,310Full$22,410Full$23,480Full$26,840Full$35,760Full$44,690Full
Flights included: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos Aires
$11,300Full$12,090Full$13,360Full$13,950Full$19,800Full$22,920Full$23,990Full$27,360Full$36,540Full$43,040Full
Flights included: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos Aires
$10,750Full$11,500Full$12,690Full$13,250Full$18,750Full$21,690Full$22,700Full$25,870Full$34,510Full$43,040Full
Flight included: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia
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   Owner's Suite — Deck 6
580 Sq. Ft. with 130 Sq. Ft. Private Balcony
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed
Includes Butler Service
   Grand Privilege Suite — Deck 6
580 Sq. Ft. with 130 Sq. Ft. Private Balcony
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed. Two toilets, two wardrobes.
Includes Butler Service
Note: May be sold separately as a Prestige Stateroom (615) & a Privilege Suite (611)
   Grand Deluxe Suite — Deck 6
485 Sq. Ft. with 110 Sq. Ft. Private Balcony
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed
Includes Butler Service
   Privilege Suite — Deck 6
390 Sq. Ft. with 85 Sq. Ft. Private Balcony
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed
Includes Butler Service
   Prestige Suite — Deck 5
390 Sq. Ft. with 85 Sq. Ft. Private Balcony
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed. Two toilets, two wardrobes.
   Deluxe Suite — Deck 6
290 Sq. Ft. with 65 Sq. Ft. Private Balcony
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed. Two wardrobes.
Includes Butler Service
   Prestige Stateroom — Deck 5
200 Sq. Ft. with 45 Sq. Ft. Private Balcony
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed
   Prestige Stateroom — Deck 4
200 Sq. Ft. with 45 Sq. Ft. Private Balcony
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed
   Deluxe Stateroom — Deck 3
200 Sq. Ft. with 45 Sq. Ft. Private Balcony
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed
   Superior Stateroom — Deck 3
225 Sq. Ft.
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed
Can accommodate 3 persons
  NOTE: Twin beds are NOT available in the following cabin numbers
Deck 5: 512,515,516,519,520,523,524,527,528,531,535

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