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If the importance of science in Antarctica is of your interest then look no further than this amazing 11 days voyage. On this journey we plan to visit several known locations along the Antarctic Peninsula that are focused of long term research projects. We are joined by world-renowned experts as they share with us unqiue footage, scientific data and interet of behaviour, feeding pattern of adult whales and their calves will provide you a fascinating glimpse into world of Antarctic science.
Duration: 11 Days
We arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina, the world’s most southerly city, where you board our expedition ship. In the early evening we set sail, bound for Antarctica and the adventure of a lifetime.
We cross the Drake Passage, excitedly making our way closer to the white continent. Our expedition crew prepares us for our adventure with a series of presentations on everything Antarctic, but with a particular focus on the marine mammals we hope to encounter. We will see our first icebergs, a huge variety of seabirds, and, with luck, several whale species. Watching wales fully breach out of the sea is a sight you'll remember forever.
In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula we take every opportunity to explore our surroundings in inflatable Zodiac boats. Planned excursions might include Wilhelmina Bay and the southerly Petermann Island, where we observe Weddell, Crabeater and Elephant seals, skuas and other seabirds, as well as a variety of penguins - including several colonies of the comical Adélie penguin. We also hope to see the gentle humpback whale dining on krill in its feeding grounds and may be lucky to observe Orcas and Minke whales along the way.
This is the optimal time of the season for whale encounters and we visit several well known whale ‘hot-spots’. If ice conditions allow we attempt a transit of the dramatic Lemaire Channel. In addition to our whale encounters, we enjoy a regular program of exploration on and off the ship. Popular activities include guided hikes on shore and visits to wildlife colonies with our expert naturalist guides, while the historic huts and science stations provide a fascinating glimpse into the past and the present. Zodiac cruising among the ice is a memorable activity and our sea kayakers may range several miles from the ship. Our photography guide will be on hand to help you with your camera handling, image composition and the unique light found in Antarctica. All around us there are oddly-shaped icebergs that look like sculptures and the size of the colossal ‘tabular’ icebergs that break away from the continent’s ice shelf defy belief. After several busy days of exploration along the Peninsula, we head north across the Bransfield Strait, bound for the South Shetland Islands. This is an important whale migration corridor and frequent sightings can be expected of humpbacks and even the fast moving orca.
The adventure is not over and, if the weather conditions allow, we sail the ship into the flooded volcanic caldera at Deception Island. This is a very dramatic location. History is all around us as we explore the old whaling station, with the rusted old boilers, aircraft hangar and dilapidated wooden structures. There are several other nearby landing sites to tempt us including Half Moon Island, or the broad pebbly beach at Yankee Harbour, where we often encounter Weddell seals sunning themselves. This is a great spot for a hike or a Zodiac cruise.
In the evening, we navigate north through the McFarlane Strait and into the Drake Passage, charting a course for South America.
We leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence. If weather conditions allow, we hope to make a rounding of Cape Horn. This fabled stretch of water is home to legendary tales of exploration and early navigation. It’s a fitting place to reflect on a wonderful expedition. We celebrate the conclusion of our Polar expedition with a special dinner.
In the early morning we arrive back in Ushuaia. After disembarkation you are transferred to your Ushuaia hotel or the airport for your onward journey.
|05 Mar 2020 - 15 Mar 2020||$13575 AUD||US$1200 travel credit!|
|Triple Share Cabin||$13575 AUD||US$1200 travel credit!|
|Twin Semi Private Cabin||$16858 AUD||US$1200 travel credit!|
|Twin Private Cabin||$18351 AUD||US$1200 travel credit!|
|Superior Cabin||$19993 AUD||US$1200 travel credit!|
|Shackleton Suite||$21784 AUD||US$1200 travel credit!|
|One Ocean Suite||$24769 AUD||US$1200 travel credit!|
Located on deck 3, 1 upper berth and two lower berths (one of the lower beds can be converted to a sofa), a washbasin, writing desk, chair, storage space, two portholes, shared washroom facilities.
Located on deck 4, 2 lower berths (one which can be converted to a sofa), a writing desk, storage space, wardrobes, semi-private facilities — a shared washroom with the adjacent cabin.
Located on deck 3, 4 and 5, two lower berths, writing desk, chair, in-room clock radio with iPod connector kit, storage space, wardrobe, window (cabins on deck 3 have portholes instead of windows), private bathroom, shower.
Located on deck 3 these cabins have two lower berths, sofa, writing desk, chair, storage space, private bathroom, shower, porthole, access to the outer decks, the dining room and gangway.
Located on deck 4 and 5, 1 double bed in separate sleeping area, sofa bed, sitting area, writing desk, iPad with polar literature, documentaries and movies and webmail access, mini bar, private bathroom, capsule coffee maker, mini stereo, window.
Located on deck 5, 1 double bed in separate sleeping area, sofa bed, large forward facing windows, large table, sitting area, writing desk, iPad with polar literature, documentaries and movies and webmail access, mini bar, private bathroom, shower, bathtub,, capsule coffee maker, mini stereo.
*Expedition gear package
Included in the expedition, you will have free use of essential gears needed for the trip. This package includes quality waterproof/windproof jacket, bib-pants, insulated rubber boots, and a set of binoculars.
Please note, polar exploration can be unpredictable, which regularly causes variations to our itineraries. Specific sites visited will depend on prevailing weather and ice conditions at the time of sailing. This itinerary should be read as a 'guide only' and may change.