Antarctic Peninsula Including South Shetland Islands: Adventure Cruise

   
 

Antarctic Peninsula Including South Shetland Islands: Adventure Cruise

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3 months ago

DURATION

11 Days

SEASON

November & December

RATES

USD 7,200.00 per person

EXPIRES

Dec 31, 2019
Antarctic Peninsula Including South Shetland Islands: Adventure Cruise
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This 11-day Antarctic Peninsula Including South Shetland Islands cruise is designed to optimize time in Antarctica, to experience the best of everything. Time at sea provides ample opportunities for bird-watching while searching for wandering, grey-headed, black-browed and light-mantled albatrosses; southern fulmars; and Wilson's, cape, blue and Antarctic petrels. Visit worthwhile sites like Cuverville Island, Danco Island in the Errera Channel, Neko Harbour and Paradise Bay. Enjoy the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent.

In the South Shetland volcanic archipelago brave new worlds like Deception Island, Neptune's Bellows and possibly Half Moon Island. Opportunities exist to see the flooded caldera's hot springs and visit an abandoned whaling station or active Argentine scientific research station. Zodiac cruises and kayaking expose the icy beauty of polar seas. When conditions allow, snowshoe on shore to experience quiet moments of solace in a place few humans go.

The main Antarctic Peninsula Including South Shetland Islands itinerary cruises over 11 days and there is also a 10-day itinerary, spending one fewer day exploring Antarctica. Three small research vessels operate the itinerary: 116-passenger M/V Plancius, 116-guest M/V Ortelius and 176-guest M/V Hondius. Optional activities include camping and kayaking (additional cost) with advanced reservations required as space is limited. Enjoy included activities such as hiking, snowshoeing and Zodiac rides, and become one of the fortunate few to have set foot on the White Continent!

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

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Rates vary by season and cabin starting at $7200 per person. Please see website for full details on rates.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Embark In Ushuaia
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
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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: Hondius, Plancius or Ortelius

MEALS: dinner

Days 2-3: At Sea
Drake Passage, Antarctica
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During these two days, sail across the Drake Passage. When you cross the Antarctic Convergence, arrive in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone, where you may see wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled albatrosses, cape petrels, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels and Antarctic petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, spot your first icebergs.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Hondius, Plancius or Ortelius

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 4-7: Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
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Sail directly to “High Antarctica,” passing the Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. The Antarctic Peninsula is famed for its icy beauty and bountiful wildlife. Sites that may be visited include the following: Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Rongé Island, where you may find a large colony of gentoo penguins and breeding pairs of brown skuas. On nearby Danco Island in the Errera Channel, activities may be focused around the gentoo penguins nesting high on the island as well as Weddell and crabeater seals that may be on and around the island. In Neko Harbour, you may have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers calving at sea level. Zodiac cruising and kayaking offers a spectacular ways of enjoying the landscape surrounded by ice-encrusted alpine peaks.

In Paradise Bay with its myriad icebergs, you may have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent and again enjoy an opportunity for a zodiac cruise in the inner parts of this amazing waterway, with a good chance to see humpback whales and minke whales. After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, hope for a chance to visit the old British research station, now living museum and post office at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy, there may be the chance for more activities on Jougla Point with gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. This area offers excellent opportunities for kayaking and camping. When the snow conditions allow, you may use snowshoes on shore, which vastly improves mobility and safety in the expected heavy snow conditions.

Day 7: The volcanic islands of the South Shetlands are windswept and often shrouded in mist, offering subtle pleasures. There is a nice variety of flora such as mosses, lichens and flowering grasses, and fauna, such as gentoo penguins, chinstrap penguins and southern giant petrels. Near Deception Island the ship braves through the spectacular Neptune’s Bellows and into the flooded caldera. Here you may find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of cape petrels and many kelp gulls, brown and south polar skuas and Antarctic terns. Wilson’s storm petrels and black-bellied storm petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. Alternatively, the crew may try to conduct activities near Half Moon Island. Here you may find chinstrap penguins, and Weddell seals often haul out on the beach near the Argentinean station Camara. From here, depart around noon when weather and sea conditions on the Drake Passage are predicted as unfavorable.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Hondius, Plancius or Ortelius

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8: South Shetland Islands
South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
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The volcanic islands of the South Shetlands are windswept and often cloaked in mist, offering subtle pleasures. There is a nice variety of flora such as mosses, lichens and flowering grasses and fauna, such as gentoo penguins, chinstrap penguins and southern giant petrels. Near Deception Island the ship braves through the spectacular Neptune’s Bellows and into the flooded caldera. This site provides opportunities to find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of cape petrels and many kelp gulls, brown and south polar skuas and Antarctic terns. Alternatively, the crew may try to conduct activities near Half Moon Island, where it's possible to find chinstrap penguins, and Weddell seals often haul out on the beach near the Argentinean research station Camara. Depart for the Drake Passage when weather and sea conditions are predicted as favorable.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Hondius, Plancius or Ortelius

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 9-10: Disembark In Ushuaia
Drake Passage, Argentina
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On the way north, a vast array of seabirds follow the ship while crossing the Drake Passage. Enjoy time looking through photos and talking with the naturalists about all the wildlife and history of Antarctica.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Hondius, Plancius or Ortelius

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11:
Ushuaia, Argentina
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Arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark after breakfast.

ACCOMMODATIONS: n/a

MEALS: breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes
  • 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
  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation in Ushuaia

NOTES

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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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