Antarctic Peninsula Aboard Plancius: Adventure Cruise

   
 

Antarctic Peninsula Aboard Plancius: Adventure Cruise

BY ADVENTURESMITH EXPLORATIONS

UPDATED

2 months ago

DURATION

10 Days

SEASON

November & December

RATES

USD 6,500.00 per person

EXPIRES

Dec 15, 2016
Antarctic Peninsula Aboard Plancius: Adventure Cruise
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DESCRIPTION

The Antarctic Peninsula Cruise is a comprehensive introduction to the White Continent over 10 or 11 days. Your home base for the expedition is the 104-guest Plancius or 116-guest Ortelius, from where you'll set foot on glaciers and discover the land that gentoo penguins and imperial shags call home.

The Antarctic Peninsula is part of the Antarctic Continent and is the southern continuation of the mountain chain that runs from North America through South America into the Scotia Sea. Here it continues as a mainly sub-marine ridge, the Scotia Ridge, until it comes above sea-level at the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. The peninsula consists of a 500-mile-long mountain chain, the highest peaks rising to approximately 9,186 feet, and numerous off-lying islands. The Peninsula offers the most dramatic scenery and biggest variety of wildlife in Antarctica. Visitors are easily overcome by sensory overload by the huge amount of icebergs, glaciers, high mountains and the abundant and tame wildlife.

The history of Antarctica's discovery runs parallel to that of the South Shetland Islands. Here, exploitation was again the major force behind the early explorations. Today, the Antarctic Peninsula is protected by the Antarctic Treaty, which has been signed by 46 countries. The signatory parties have agreed to abstain for 50 years from recognizing, disputing or establishing territorial sovereignty claims. The parties also agreed to set aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve, established freedom of scientific investigation and banned military activity on the continent.

On this Antarctica expedition, you'll experience the continent's rich wildlife and learn its history from experienced naturalists and guide on board. The Antarctic Peninsula Cruise is the quintessential Antarctica voyage - experience the wonder!

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

Rates vary by season and cabin starting at $6500 per person. Please see website for full details on rates.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Embark In Ushuaia
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

In the afternoon, embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world. Sail through the scenic Beagle Channel for the rest of the evening.

ACCOMMODATIONS: M/V Plancius or M/V Ortelius

MEALS: dinner

Days 2-3: Drake Passage
Drake Passage, Antarctica

During these two days sail across the Drake Passage. After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area meet wandering albatrosses, grey headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson's storm petrels, blue petrels and Antarctic petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, spot your first icebergs.

ACCOMMODATIONS: M/V Plancius or M/V Ortelius

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 4-8: Antarctic Peninsula
Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica

A typical itinerary in the Antarctic Peninsula could be as follows. This is a sample only, the final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board.

Cruise directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. On Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Ronge Island, find a large colony of gentoo penguins and breeding pairs of brown skuas. If you are able to land on Orne Island, you can observe chinstrap penguins and possibly Weddell and crabeater seals. In Neko Harbour, have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers and enjoy the landscape by zodiac cruising.

When sailing to Paradise Bay, with its myriad icebergs and deep-cut fjords, you will cruise by zodiac between the icebergs in the inner parts of the bay. In this area you will have good chances to see humpback whales and minke whales. Continue sailing north through Neumayer Channel and attempt to visit the former British research station and post office, now living museum, Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy, you may also land on Jougla Point with gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags.

Sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pléneau Island and Petermann Island where we can find Adelie penguins and Blue-eyed shags. In this area, there are good chances to encounter humpback whales, minke whales and fin whales. Further south you may visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station, where you will receive a warm welcome from the station crew. Sailing north through Gerlache Strait, arrive at the Melchior Islands with a very beautiful landscape with icebergs and encounter leopard seals, crabeater seals and whales.

ACCOMMODATIONS: M/V Plancius or M/V Ortelius

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 9-10: Drake Passage
Drake Passage, Antarctica

In the Drake Passage again have the chance of seeing many seabirds.

ACCOMMODATIONS: M/V Plancius or M/V Ortelius

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11: Disembark In Ushuaia
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Arrive in the morning and disembark in Ushuaia.

ACCOMMODATIONS: n/a

MEALS: breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
  • Free use of rubber boots aboard Plancius & Ortelius and snowshoes aboard Plancius
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material

NOTES

Alternative Itinerary: In addition to the 11-day itinerary, shorter 10-day routes are available. Click on the link above to visit AdventureSmith's website for more details.

Day 1 - Embark Ushuaia

Days 2-3 - At Sea

Days 4-7 - Antarctica Exploration

Days 8-9 - At Sea

Day 10 - Disembark Ushuaia

Itinerary Notes: Read this itinerary as a guide only; our exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife we encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.


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