Unique ExperiencesExpedition Cruising to Antarctica
“For us, Antarctica isn’t a place you cruise to, or through… it’s far too special, and far too powerful, to simply pass through.”
There’s a reason we refer to our trips as voyages, and not cruises.
A voyage, as we see it, is a transformative journey of mind, body and spirit. You engage in a voyage. You immerse yourself in the experience. On a cruise, as the word suggests, you cruise. For us, Antarctica isn’t a place you cruise to, or through. It’s the only place we go to, and it’s far too special, and far too powerful, to simply pass through. Come voyage to Antarctica, with Polar Latitudes. And prepare to be changed forever.
“There are many ways to encounter the Antarctic: From the deck of a small expeditionary ship, in a Zodiac or a kayak, or camping overnight along the shore.”John McKeon
Tour Itinerary (click here for other itinerary options)
Day 1, Ushuaia:
Today is all yours: explore some of the sights that Ushuaia has to offer, from museums to Argentinean leather markets, or continue relaxing at the lovely Arakur. Our optional evening briefing is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and to meet some of your fellow travelers.
Day 2, Embarkation:
After a complimentary buffet breakfast, you’re free to explore Ushuaia or unwind at the resort until our mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. On board, you’ll be greeted by our Expedition Team and the Ship’s Officers. A concise safety and orientation briefing will be followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the scenery on our early evening sail through the Beagle Channel, past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.
Day 3-4, Drake Passage:
As we make our way ever closer to the white continent, numerous Polar Experts will prepare us with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history. Eventually, we’ll cross the Antarctic Convergence where we’ll notice a distinct drop in temperature as we enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean.
Those interested in Citizen Science can take part in Sea Bird sighting surveys, or help collect salinity samples and weather data along the way. We’re likely to witness some spectacular sights, from icebergs to an array of seabirds and whale species. If we’re lucky, we may see some of them fully breach from the sea.
Day 5, South Shetland Islands:
In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we will hope to make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature’s glory. Our Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. We will aim for the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.
Our first sight of land will likely be that of the South Shetland Islands. These highly volcanic islands offer amazing abundance and beauty. We may visit Half Moon Island nestled inside Livingston’s eastern shore, or conditions permitting visit historic Deception Island. Being further north, sub-Antarctic species are more commonly found here, including Chinstrap penguins and Southern Elephant seals.
Day 6-8, Antarctica:
As we head south across the Bransfield Strait, we enter the Trinity Coast and Gerlache Strait. Here we may explore picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. We may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as a historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.
Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins abound, and Weddell and Crabeater seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory Leopard seals and the assertive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback whales are frequent visitors in the late season and Orca sightings are also common.
Day 9-10, Drake Passage:
As we leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage, we will continue our presentation series and wildlife spotting. Sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow.
Day 11, Ushuaia disembarkation:
Morning disembarkation lets you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.
International flights can be co-ordinated to suit your requirements and are additional to the package cost. Voyages start and finish in Ushuaia, Argentina.
When is the best time to go? Cruises operate from October through to March, and are divided up into Early, High and Late season. Each season has it’s own benefits so it’s best to talk to us about what your priorities for the trip are before you decide when to go.
Do I need to pay upfront? No, you can secure your booking with a $1500 per person deposit paid within 7 days.
Are there any discounts available? Yes – Early Booking Discounts of up to $2500 per person are available for 2019-20 season cruises booked and deposited prior to 31 October (conditions apply).
from $9995 pp
- Pre-cruise accommodation at Arakur Resort in Ushuaia
- Suite cabin on expedition ship
- Expedition team includes experts in Antarctic history, marine mammals, ornithology, & geology
- Photography coach onboard
- Option to participate in Citizen Science program
- Limited kayaking excursions are available for passengers over 16 years. These need to be booked prior to departure and secure you a spot on all kayaking throughout the voyage. Dry suits, PFDs, gloves & booties provided.
- Exclusive overnight camping option is available on all Antarctic Peninsula voyages. All equipment is provided and the excursion is available for guests over 12 years of age. As camping is limited to one night per voyage it is essential to prebook!
Want to know more? Contact me for a copy of the brochure, or read all about a Day in Antarctica here.