South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Arctic Premium Expedition Cruise Ship
Ocean Atlantic
200 Passengers
Adventure Options

This is a classic 10-day voyage to the Great White Continent. Experience the incredible wildlife, stunning mountain scenery and gigantic icebergs in 10 action-packed days.

Onboard Ocean Atlantic, we are sure to get close to the dramatic coastlines. Zodiac cruising and shore landings are an important and considerable part of the planned itinerary, enabling all expedition guests to set foot several times on the Antarctic continent, as well as the many surrounding sub-antarctic islands.

Departing Ushuaia, Argentina, we cross the mighty Drake Passage en-route for the South Shetland Islands, making Zodiac landings at penguin rookeries, research stations and fascinating lookouts along the way. Continuing southward, deep into the inlets of Antarctica, we pass the famous Gerlache Strait, where 3000-ft ice cliffs rise straight out of the still water. On no other journey can you experience so much pristine nature and varied wildlife in so few days!

When we to Tierra del Fuego and Ushuaia, depending on weather conditions, we might pass close to the mythical Cape Horn - the southernmost point on South America; a celebrated maritime landmark.

A voyage to Antarctica is an adventure and shore landings, excursions, lectures and whale safaris are easily accommodated to help you enjoy a matchless expedition experience.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Ushuaia, Argentina
Days 2 & 3 At Sea - Cross Drake Passage
Days 4 & 5 South Shetland Islands
Days 6 & 7 Antarctic Peninsula
Days 8 & 9 Depart Antarctica - At Sea
Day 10 Ushuaia and Disembarkation

Day 1 — Arrival Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world’s southernmost town. Explore the quaint city or local countryside. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path to the raw, natural archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. It's a hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows and boggy quagmires. In the afternoon, we board our ship, Ocean Atlantic.

Our journey begins as we navigate through the calms of Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.

Days 2 & 3 — At Sea - Cross Drake Passage

Sailing onward, we cross the famed Drake Passage - a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Drake Passage is known for rollicking conditions and strong westerly winds, called the Roaring Fifties. While this passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard our expedition vessel, Ocean Atlantic, which is purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines and a highly-qualified crew. The most spirited sailors consider Drake Passage a lifetime achievement, and you will complete the crossing twice!

In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view. Weather permitting, we will catch our first sight of seals and penguins! The area is also well-know for its abundance of birds.

Days 4 & 5 — South Shetland Islands

Over the next two days, we will begin the exciting Antarctic experience our ancestors only dreamed of. During these days we will explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain and be marveled by the captivating landscapes we will encounter along the way.

Weather permitting, our projected landfalls include: King George Island; Deception Island, an extinct volcano with waters warm enough for a polar swim; and Half Moon Island with nesting Wilson's storm petrels and chinstrap penguins.

The itinerary and activities over the next few days depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the captain and expedition leader and communicated to guests through regularly scheduled briefings.

Days 6 & 7 — Antarctic Peninsula

As the white shimmer of Antarctica looms on our horizon, the presence of wildlife multiples by tens of thousands with many species of lively penguins, inquisitive seals, nesting birds and the spray of marine mammals.

Wildlife abounds along our projected route along the Antarctic Peninsula: leopard, fur and Weddell seals of Cuverville Island; humpback whales of Gerlache Strait; Paradise Bay; the dramatic Lemaire Channel's orcas and much more.

The itinerary and activities over the next few days depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the captain and expedition leader and communicated to guests through regularly scheduled briefings.

Please note that all the outings and landings rely on weather, sea and ice conditions being favorable both for the ship to access the areas, as for the Zodiacs and kayaks to maneuver under adequate conditions, ensuring the safety of all our passengers and staff.

Days 8 & 9 — Depart Antarctica - At Sea

We depart Antarctica and spend two days at sea on our way back to the calms of Beagle Channel and Ushuaia. En-route, we will cross Drake Passage and cruise past Cape Horn, a legendary maritime landmark and the southern tip of South America.

During our time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged on board which will provide the perfect opportunity to socialize with fellow travelers equally passionate for discovering the world, enjoy the lectures by our expedition team on board, visit our shop or relax at leisure on our ship’s facilities, designed to provide a comfortable, relaxing time.

Day 10 — Ushuaia and Disembarkation

This morning, we arrive back in Ushuaia for the conclusion of our tour, where you can continue your adventures or begin your return home.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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   Premium Two-Room Suite
These 2-room suites are designed with a large double bed or two twin beds, an elegant living room, large private bathroom and windows. (Deck 5)
Approximately 375 sq ft/35 m²
   Panorama Window Suite A
Featuring a double bed or two single beds, a relaxing sitting area, private bathroom and windows. (Deck 5)
Approximately 200-260 sq ft/19-24 m²
   Panorama Window Suite B
Featuring a double bed or two single beds, a relaxing sitting area, private bathroom and windows. Partly obstructed view. (Decks 7 & 8)
Approximately 215-250 sq ft/20-23 m²
   Category C Twin Window
This Standard Cabin has two single beds, private bathroom, and a window. (Decks 4 & 5)
Approximately 130-140 sq ft/12-13 m²
   Category D Twin Porthole
Featuring two single beds, private bathroom, and a porthole. (Deck 4)
Approximately 120-130 sq ft/11-12 m²
   Category E Inside Twin
Large inside cabin, featuring a double or two single beds, a relaxing sitting area, and a bathroom with a bathtub. (Deck 5)
Approximately 190-225 sq ft/18-21 m²
  Category F Inside Triple
Large inside triple cabin, featuring a double or two single beds, and a fold-out single bed, a relaxing sitting area and a bathroom with a bathtub, and a porthole. (Deck 5)
Approximately 190-225 sq ft/18-21 m²
  Category G Single Porthole
Cabin features a single bed, private bathroom, and a porthole. (Deck 4)
Approximately 95-105 sq ft/9-10 m²