Home » Ocean Endeavour – Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition
This expedition offers you the most in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula. Extended time in the region allows you to go beyond the Antarctic Peninsula and venture south of the Antarctic Circle, home to fantastic ice formations and wildlife including the Weddell seal. You'll enjoy more time for communing with penguins and visits to less-frequented landing sites.
Duration: 14 Days
Buenos Aires, Argentina. You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of the itinerary. Upon your arrival in Buenos Aires, you will independently transfer to the group hotel (pre-night hotel included).
After breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Upon arrival, we'll take a short city tour of this quaint port town before heading to the pier.
Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you’ll see land you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!
The waters of the Drake Passage are unpredictable, so hope for clear skies and a calm ocean. You'll have plenty of time to gaze out at the sea, get to know your fellow shipmates and chat with your Expedition Team.
Time over these two days will be spent preparing for the exciting days ahead, with numerous educational and informative lectures from your Expedition Team. You'll learn about everything from safety procedures to the history of whaling in Antarctica.
With the Drake Passage left in our wake, we make our approach to Antarctica. Get your cameras ready as the continent's coastline will make its first appearance, signaling the start of your adventure in the realm of the Antarctic.
You'll see plentiful icebergs floating by and be fixated on the surface of the ocean as curious whales spout and breach before your eyes. As exciting as it can be from onboard the ship, your true exploration occurs when you disembark and set foot on the great continent. There are several potential landing sites we may visit, including Neko Harbour, Orne Harbour or Paradise Harbour.
Your days will be busy spotting wildlife and being mesmerized by the beauty of Antarctica. Watching penguins waddling on the beach and listening to the crackling and crumbling sounds of icebergs and glaciers will become your daily entertainment, while kayaking with whales and camping in Antarctica are a couple of optional activities available on selected voyages (at an extra cost).
Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach this far south, which is officially noted at 66° 33' S. You and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne!
Make a toast and take pride in knowing you've made it to a part of the world still visited by very few people.
By now, your knowledge of Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins will be matched by your ability to differentiate between a leopard, fur or Weddell seal. Terms like ‘bergy bits' and pancake ice will seem normal too, yet there are still many tales to be told. As you head north, Zodiac excursions will continue to fill your days, while the Expedition team will continue to offer presentations, while giving you time to reflect on everything you've experienced.
As you recross the Drake, Antarctica fades away, leaving you with a collection of memories to last a lifetime. Excited conversations with your newfound friends will make the crossing fly by, regardless of weather and sea conditions. Your Expedition Team will round up its series of lectures as well, perhaps with a slideshow of the great landing sites and wildlife you’ve witnessed over the course of your voyage.
We will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, after breakfast. After disembarking, you will get a little taste of Patagonia, touring Tierra del Fuego National Park before transferring to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.
20m², interior-facing cabin, 3 lower berths, private bathroom, TV.
(cabin 4100 has 4 lower single beds)
9-10m², interior-facing cabin, 2 lower berths or 1 lower and 1 upper berth, private bathroom, porthole, TV.
9-10m², interior-facing cabin, 2 lower berths, private bathroom, window, TV.
13m²-14m², with 2 lower berths or one double bed, private bathroom, window, TV.
18-20m², 2 single beds, private bathroom, separate living area, sofa bed, 2 portholes, TV.
21m², with 2 single beds or 1 double bed, sofa bed, private bathroom, large window, TV.
(Cabins 7000 and 7018 have bathtubs; other Superior Doubles have showers.)
9-10m², single bed, private bathroom, TV.
14.5m², double bed, private bathroom, window, TV.
18-20m², 2 single beds, separate living area, sofa bed, private bathroom, window, TV.
15-30m², double bed, private bathroom, forward facing windows, TV.
30m², double bed, separate living area, private bathroom, large bow-facing windows, TV.
Approximately 155 sq. ft. (14 sq. m), an Upper Deck Double on Deck 8 features a window (obstructed view), one double bed and a private bathroom.
*Buenos Aires Flight & Transfer Package - US$950 per person, includes: