Antarctic Peninsula Including South Shetland Islands Adventure Cruise

   
 

Antarctic Peninsula Including South Shetland Islands Adventure Cruise

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1 month ago

DURATION

11 Days

SEASON

November - February

RATES

USD 7,200.00 per person

EXPIRES

Nov 05, 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, snowshowing 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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From: $7200 per person. Rates vary by season and cabin. Please see website for full details on rates.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
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In the afternoon, embark in the small resort town of Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world, nicknamed "The End of the World." Sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Hondius, Plancius or Ortelius

MEALS: dinner

Days 2-3: The Drake Passage
Drake Passage, Antarctica
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During these two days on the Drake Passage, enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first chartered these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence—Antarctica's natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas—the ship is in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Watch for changing marine and avian life, including possible sighting of 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.

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 past gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice and dramatically different wildlife below and above. Then pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. While here, time will be optimized to experience the best of everything. Sites that may be visited include Danco Island in the Errera Channel, where 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. Neko Harbour, an epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow, offers opportunities for a Zodiac cruise and landing to afford the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks. Paradise Bay with its myriad icebergs, provides chances to see humpback and minke whales from the Zodiac.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Hondius, Plancius or Ortelius

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8: The Drake Passage
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: Drake Passage
Drake Passage, Antarctica
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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
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, 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
  • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation in Ushuaia

NOTES

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

Activities: Daily excursions from the boat will be made in zodiacs. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours roundtrip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Snowshoes are free of charge. Various optional activities may be available on your Antarctic Peninsula Including South Shetland Islands cruise at the following per-person costs: kayaking for $465 (14 persons max), camping for $180 (2018-19) or $190 (2019-20) (30 persons max). Snowshoeing and hiking are included (2-3 hours or longer). Please contact AdventureSmith for details on which activities are available on your specific departure date and to reserve space with your booking.


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