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Spend 13 unforgettable days exploring the Antarctic on the modern RCGS Resolute expedition vessel. Cruising through the Drake Passage and along the Antarctic Peninsula, you will hope to encounter pods of whales, penguins and seals! Surrounded by dramatic landscapes and mighty icebergs, you can choose from a range of activities such as hiking ashore, zodiac cruising and sea kayaking to explore the area. Learn about the environment, wildlife and ecology from Polar experts throughout your journey.
Duration: 13 Days
Upon arriving in Ushuaia, the world’s most southerly city, your expedition team and fellow travellers will gather at a central meeting point and transfer to the pier in time to board the RCGS Resolute.
Settle in to your cabin and explore the ship while the expedition crew prepares to set sail towards Antarctica.
Over these two days, the ship will chart a southerly course for Antarctica. The Drake Passage is iconic for its rich bio-diversity and great abundance of wildlife. Observe hundreds of seabirds including the wandering albatross, giant petrels and smaller cape petrels. Join the Captain on the ship's bridge and learn about the operations of this modern expedition vessel.There will be lectures and presentations by naturalist staff highlighting the environment, wildlife and history of the locations that you will visit during this trip.
Take a deep breath – you have arrived. Welcome to Antarctica! This morning the magnificent snowy peaks are laid out before us. It’s a a truly awesome sight. The waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula are home to deep bays, pristine coves and inlets and numerous small islands. The Gerlache coastline features heavily glaciated mountains permanently covered in ice and snow. Rocky outcrops are home to gentoo, adelie and chinstrap penguin rookeries and the waters are rich in marine life. You will frequently encounter seals, including the powerful leopard seal. Curious humpback whales and the smaller minke whales are present much of the time as they feed on the vast schools of krill. Sightings of orca are not uncommon.
The expedition team will have plans for each day to include an exciting range of activities such as guided hikes on shore and visits to wildlife colonies with our expert naturalist guides. The historic huts and science stations located along the peninsula provide a fascinating glimpse into the past and potential future. Zodiac cruising among the ice searching for seals and whales is a memorable activity.
Planned excursions along the Antarctic Peninsula could include Cierva Cove or Mikklesen Harbour, Danco Island, the Melchior Islands and Fournier Bay - or a cruise through the Errera Channel to visit the gentoo penguin rookeries at Cuverville Island. Wilhelmina Bay is another favourite location and one where we frequently encounter playful humpback whales. Nearby Paradise Harbour is a particular highlight and offers an excellent hiking route to a viewpoint providing expansive views. Weather permitting, you will have the opportunity for ice-camping!
After several busy days of exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula, you will arrive in South Shetland Islands. If the weather conditions allow, the ship will sail into the flooded volcanic caldera at Deception Island, a very dramatic location. History is all around you as you explore the old whaling station, with its rusted relics and dilapidated wooden buildings.
After leaving Deception Island, you will cruise along the coast of Livingston Island which in a sunny day is a memorable experience. There are several other landing sites in the South Shetland's including Half Moon Island, or the broad pebbly beach at Yankee Harbour, where you can sometimes encounter Weddell seals sunning themselves. This is another great spot for a hike or a zodiac cruise. Hannah Point, with it's elephant seal colony and nesting Antarctic petrels - is another possibility. In the evening, the ship will begin navigating north through the McFarlane Strait and into the Drake Passage.
As you leave behind this magical place and return across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage, there will be lectures and presentations to recap your journey in Antarctica.
If weather permits, the expedition team will 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. Approaching the entrance to the Beagle Channel in early evening light, enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship.
In the early morning, you will arrive into Ushuaia. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travellers before transferring to the airport for your outbound flight home. Should you wish to make further trip extensions, feel free to ask our consultants to assist!
Located on Deck 3, two single beds, sofa lounge (that can convert into an additional single bed), writing desk and chair, ample storage, private washroom facilities and flat screen entertainment system.
Located on Deck 4, two single beds or a queen bed, comfortable lounge adjacent to a large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample storage, private washroom facilities with shower and flat screen entertainment.
Located on Deck 5, two single beds or a queen bed, comfortable lounge adjacent to a large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample storage, private washroom facilities with shower and flat screen entertainment.
Located on Deck 5, two single beds or a queen bed, comfortable lounge, large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample floor to ceiling cabinet storage, private washroom facilities with shower and flat screen entertainment system.
Located on Deck 6, two single beds or queen bed, sectional lounge, writing desk, substantial floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, washroom facilities with shower, flat screen entertainment system, upgraded linens and pillows.
Situated on Deck 6, queen size bed, upgraded linens and pillows, comfortable sectional lounge with club chairs, large desk, expansive floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, spacious washroom facilities with shower and bathtub and flat screen entertainment system.
*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, insulated rubber boots, and a set of binoculars.
Camping in Antarctica is included in the price of your voyage (subject to weather conditions and availability). Please contact us for more information.