Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition

World Explorer Luxury Expedition Cruise Ship
World Explorer
176 Passengers
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Not only does this expedition include the most in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula, but it also offers the opportunity to venture farther south across the Antarctic Circle. As you head toward a milestone that few travelers reach, you’ll feel as if you’re in a world without borders, sailing across an endless stretch of sea dotted with ice.

Dramatic ice formations will ignite your imagination as you search the landscape for the wildlife that calls it home. Whether it’s humpback whales alongside the ship, a leopard seal diving beneath your Zodiac, penguins sliding off an iceberg into crystal waters, or a giant petrel soaring above cracking sea ice, you’ll experience a sensory overload in Antarctica like you’ve never felt before.

Expedition in Brief
• Be one of the few travelers to venture to 66°33 ́ S
• Visit historic research stations in Marguerite Bay
• Witness abundant Antarctic wildlife, including penguins, seals, whales and more
• Experience western Peninsula highlights and visit iconic landing sites
• Learn about Antarctica’s geology and wildlife from on-board lecturers and specialists

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 Embarkation Day
Days 3 & 4 Crossing the Drake Passage
Days 5 to 7 Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
Days 8 & 9 The Antarctic Circle
Days 10 & 11 Northbound Along the Peninsula
Days 12 & 13 Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 14 Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

Includes one pre-expedition hotel night accommodation in Ushuaia.

Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina

You will begin your journey in Ushuaia, a small but bustling port town at the tip of South America. This Argentine town is an ideal gateway for you to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. Get active in the mountains or enjoy handcrafted chocolate at a café in town.

Day 2 — Embarkation Day

As the ship sets sail in the late afternoon, you will begin your Antarctic journey, passing through the Beagle Channel. Named after the famed ship on which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents great photo opportunities of landscapes and seabirds. Eventually the channel opens up to the Southern Ocean, and onwards to Antarctica.

Days 3 & 4 — Crossing the Drake Passage

Your days at sea are filled with presentations and lectures led by your expedition team, who will prepare you for the wildlife that will greet you upon your arrival. In between presentations, spend time chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar, or enjoy the fresh air and views on the outer decks.

Days 5 to 7 — The Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is beyond words, since few places are as untouched and enduring as Antarctica. You will begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every visit to Antarctica, we witness something new or unexpected, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other—creating a unique, personal experience.

Each day, you will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds, you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.

Your expedition team will take care of you at each landing, whether you are exploring the Antarctic terrain, visiting a research station or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins are found here, along with four different species of seals. Zodiac cruising can offer opportunities to view some of the larger local marine mammals more intimately, such as Antarctic minke and humpback whales. Each day and each excursion will present a new collection of creatures to delight you and keep your camera busy.

Your days will be busy spotting wildlife and being mesmerized by the astounding beauty of Antarctica. Listening to the crackling and crumbling of icebergs and glaciers and watching penguins waddling on the beach will become your daily entertainment, while sea kayaking, paddle excursions, or camping are optional activities available on select voyages (at an extra cost).

Days 8 & 9 — The Antarctic Circle

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula do not reach this far south — 66°33’ S. If conditions allow us to cross this famed line, you and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of sparkling wine!

Make a toast and take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world visited by very few people. This is raw Antarctica, home of the midnight sun, Adélie penguins and some of the most awe-inspiring ice formations you’ll see anywhere on the planet.

Days 10 & 11 — Northbound Along the Peninsula

By now, your knowledge of Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins will be matched by your ability to differentiate between a leopard, fur and Weddell seal. Terms like ‘bergy bits’ and ‘pancake ice’ will become part of your vocabulary, yet there are still many tales to be told. As you head north, Zodiac excursions will fill your days, and your expedition team will continue looking out for species of seabirds, seals and whales that may have eluded you on your journey south.

Days 12 & 13 — Crossing the Drake Passage

As you recross the Drake, Antarctica fades away, leaving you with a collection of memories to last a lifetime. Excited conversations with your newfound friends will make the crossing fly by, regardless of weather and sea conditions. Your expedition team will round up its series of presentations as well, with a slideshow of the great landing sites and wildlife you’ve witnessed over the course of your voyage. Be sure to take some time to reflect on everything you’ve experienced so far.

Day 14 — Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

Today, you’ll say goodbye to your expedition team and fellow travelers, disembarking in the morning to catch your homeward flights or continue your travels on your own.

IMPORTANT REMINDER
Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition team must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed. By the same token, wildlife encounters as described are expected, but not guaranteed. Your expedition team will use their considerable experience to seek out wildlife in known habitats, but the presence of any particular species of bird or marine wildlife is not a guarantee.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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    Owner's Suite
Located on Decks 5 and 6, these suites have one double or two single beds, and a 110 Sq. ft. (10 m²) walk-out balcony with access from sitting room and bedroom. A separate sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower, dual-sink vanity, and bathtub is also featured in each cabin.
355 Sq.ft. (33 m²)
    Deluxe Suite
Located on Deck 5, these suites have one double or two single beds, and a 110 Sq. ft. (10 m²) walk-out balcony with access from sitting room and bedroom. A separate sitting area with sofa, double closet, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom is also featured in each cabin.
334 Sq.ft. (31 m²)
  Superior Suite
Located on Decks 5 and 6, these suites have one double or two single beds, and a 110 Sq. ft. (10 m²) walk-out balcony with access from sitting room and bedroom. A separate sitting area with sofa, walk-in closet, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.
278 Sq.ft. (26 m²)
  Veranda Cabin
Located on Decks 5 and 6, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 55 Sq. ft. (5 m²) walk-out balcony. A sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.
215 Sq.ft. (20 m²)
  Infinity Cabin
Located on Decks 5 and 6, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a floor-to-ceiling glass Juliet balcony. A sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.
270 Sq.ft. (25 m²)
  Triple Cabin
Located on Deck 6, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 55 Sq. ft. (5 m²) walk-out balcony. A separate combo sitting area/bedroom with a sofa bed and additional closet, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.
242 Sq.ft. (22.5 m²)