Antarctica Explorer Cruise Cabin C

From AUD 8,580.00
Trip Length 11 Trip Code UU - 11 - C - ANT
Tour Group 2 - 66 Age Range Open

Antarctica Explorer Cruise Cabin C: Tour Information

Antarctica - all aboard, the MV USHUAIA, a comfortable and well appointed Antarctic ice-strengthened polar vessel. We will sail to Antarctica and the Islands of the Southern Seas, passing gigantic icebergs, magnificent glaciers and along the way view amazing wildlife. This affordable Antarctic Cruise will take your breath away as you explore one of the coldest, windiest and remote parts of the world in the comfort of this amazing ship. The cruise departs Ushuaia and sails across the Drake Passage towards the Shetland Islands exploring King George Island, Livingstone Island and Deception Island along the passage. (You will make one or two Zodiac landings a day). You’re Antarctic Cruise of a lifetime ventures through the Gerlache Strait where you may see whales swimming alongside your ship. (Landings along the Antarctic Peninsula will be made at designated sites.) Leave the Antarctic ice behind you return to Ushuaia, Argentina, sailing via the Beagle Channel and Mackinley Pass bringing this eleven day Antarctica tour to the End of the World to its final destination.

Day 1: Depart from Ushuaia in the afternoon and meet your expedition and lecture staff. Beagle Channel and Mackinlay Pass.

Day 2 & 3: Crossing the Drake Passage, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence a great upwelling of nutrients, which sustains the biodiversity of this region. Watch for whales, and enjoy the view. South Shetland Islands.

Day 4 to 8: Exploring South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula Vast penguin rookeries, beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and southern elephant seals. The Antarctic Peninsula’s remarkable history will provide you with a type of excitement often only associated with the early explorers. We plan to make at least two landings per day. Possible landing sites may include: Paradise Bay, the Antarctic Sound, Paulet Island, Melchior Island, Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbour, Pléneau Island and if ice conditions permit, to Petermann Island.

Day 9 & 10: At Sea crossing the Drake Passage, northbound We leave Antarctica and make our way back to Ushuaia.

Day 11: Arrival Ushuaia early morning and disembark the USHUAIA after breakfast.

Please note: The above Antarctica itinerary is a guide only. Our exact route and program will vary to take best advantage of local weather and ice conditions and opportunities to view wildlife. Changes will be made by the Captain and/or Expedition Leader to facilitate the best results from the prevailing conditions. A daily program sheet will be issued on board. Flexibility is the key to success.

Antarctica Cruise

Day 1: Depart from Ushuaia Embark the USHUAIA in the afternoon and meet your expedition and lecture staff. After you have settled into your cabins we sail along the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass.

Day 2 & 3: Crossing the Drake Passage Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Frances Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters. This creates a great upwelling of nutrients, which sustains the biodiversity of this region. The Drake Passage also marks the northern limit of many Antarctic seabirds. As we sail across the passage, Antarpply Expeditions’ lecturers will be out with you on deck to help in the identification of an amazing variety of seabirds, including many albatrosses, which follow in our wake. The USHUAIA’s open bridge policy allows you to join our officers on the bridge and learn about navigation, watch for whales, and enjoy the view. A full program of lectures will be offered as well. The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands, a group of twenty islands and islets first sighted in February 1819 by Capt. William Smith of the brig Williams. With favorable conditions in the Drake Passage our lecturers and naturalists will accompany you ashore as you experience your first encounter with the penguins and seals on Day 3.

Day 4 to 8: Exploring South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula The South Shetland Islands are a haven for wildlife. Vast penguin rookeries, beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and southern elephant seals make every day spent in this amazing island group unforgettable. Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island and the chance to swim in the hot springs of Pendulum Cove is truly amazing. King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands, features colonies of nesting Adélie and Chinstrap Penguins, Kelp Gulls, Blue-eyed Cormorants, Antarctic Terns and Southern Giant Petrels and is home to scientific bases of many different countries. Macaroni, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins as well as elephant seals await you at Livingston Island. The Antarctic Peninsula’s remarkable history will provide you with a type of excitement often only associated with the early explorers. You will have plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways, and an incredible wide variety of wildlife. Apart from penguins and seabirds you are very likely to see Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals as well as Minke, killer (orca) and humpback whales at close range. We hope to navigate some of the most beautiful waterways (depending on the ice conditions): the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel, and the Lemaire Channel, the latter are narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. We plan to make at least two landings per day. Possible landing sites may include: Paradise Bay is perhaps the most aptly named place in the world and we attempt a landing on the continent proper. After negotiating the iceberg-strewn waters of the Antarctic Sound, we hope to visit the bustling Adélie Penguin (over 100,000 pairs breed here) and Blue-eyed Cormorant colonies on Paulet Island. The Nordenskjöld expedition built a stone survival hut here in 1903. Today its ruins have been taken over by nesting penguins. Further exploration may take you to Melchior Island, Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbour, Pléneau Island and if ice conditions permit, to Petermann Island for a visit to the southernmost colony of Gentoo Penguins.

Day 9 & 10: At Sea crossing the Drake Passage, northbound We leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Join our lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for seabirds and whales and enjoy some final lectures. Take the chance to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures of the past days on the way back to Ushuaia.

Day 11: Arrival at Ushuaia We arrive at Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark the USHUAIA after breakfast.

Please note: The above itinerary is a guide only. Our exact route and program will vary to take best advantage of local weather and ice conditions and opportunities to view wildlife. Changes will be made by the Captain and/or Expedition Leader to facilitate the best results from the prevailing conditions. A daily program sheet will be issued on board. Flexibility is the key to success.

Rates All rates are based on twin occupancy. Twin cabins (except suites) are available for single occupancy at 1.5 times the share rate. Suites may be reserved at 2 times the share rate. A third berth in two of the suites maybe occupied at 50% of the published twin share rate. Shared accommodation may be arranged on request. All rates are subject to change and we reserves the right to modify the published rates without prior notice.

Local Tour Payments (LTP) or a Kitty payment, if stated is paid direct to your tour leader / crew on day 1.

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