From $ 5520.00 /
£ 3520.00 per person
In summary: Experience the Great White Continent; Antarctica on this very special expedition. This Antarctic cruise combines comfort, adventure and fine dining with breathtaking scenery and nature. Departing from and finishing in the port of Ushuaia, this cruise takes in the most exciting sights of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula and is geared towards the viewing of wildlife.
Our cruise ship is the M/V Antarctic Dream - an expedition vessel with ice strengthened hull, built specifically for Antarctica exploration and totally refurbished to add to the comfort of a small cruise ship (private bathroom in each cabin).
Contact our experts for a detailed Antarctica itinerary.
Day 1. Ushuaia
This afternoon you will board your comfortable vessel and settle into your cabin. Then in the early evening the adventure begins as you set sail for the Drake passage.
Day 2. Drake Passage
Wandering albatrosses, storm petrels and other seabirds will escort the vessel as you sail south across this famous passage named after Sir Francis Drake, the 16th-century English navigator.
Day 3. Drake Passage
Today as we pass through Drake Passage, we'll start seeing the first glimpse of icebergs and penguins swimming in the frigid waters.
Day 4. Potter Bay and Aitcho Island
Aitcho Island gives a taster of what the Antarctic really is like. It is the biggest island of the South
Shetlands. You will disembark here in the afternoon. Later in the day your ship continues with the crossing of the Bransfield and Gerlache Straits to enter Andvord Bay and Neko Bay.
Day 5. Antarctic Peninsula and Neko Bay
Today you experience your first landing on the White Continent (Neko Bay) and another on Port Lockroy (Gaudier Island). Neko Bay was discovered by Adrian de Gerlache, a Belgian explorer. Port Lockroy is close to Wiencke Island in the Antarctic Peninsula and was the principle base of the 1944 Tabarin Operation - the scientific research included the Antarctic’s first ionosphere measurements and also the first recording of an atmospheric whistle.
Day 6. Paradise Bay and Cuverville Island
During the morning and, if weather permits, we will disembark or use our zodiacs in Paradise Bay. In the evening we will visit Cuverville Island. Beside its dramatic scenery it is home to one of the largest colony of Gentoo penguins and skuas. This rocky Robert Islands.
Day 7. Pleneau and Petermann Island
We sail south through the narrow Lemaire Channel whose high, sheer cliffs make it appear that passage would be impossible. Once through the channel, provided climate and ice conditions permit, we will be able to visit Petermann Island which is the most southern land point of our expedition. Here we will disembark to see the most southern colony of Gentoo penguins which nest near our landing spot. On this island we will also be able to see a colony of beautiful Adelie penguins, skuas and blue-eyed shags. At Pleneau we should have the opportunity to take our zodiacs and visit impressive ice formations.
Day 8. Deception Island, Whaler’s Bay and Pendulum Cove
We continue sailing to Deception Island which is the largest active volcano in the area at the northwest side of the Peninsula. During the morning we hope to disembark in Whaler’s Bay and Pendulum Cove where you can swim in the water, warmed by the volcanic activity. In the afternoon we will disembark at Hannah Point (Livingstone Island). This is one of the best places in the Antarctic to see Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins, giant petrels, Wilson petrels, skuas and blue-eyed shags. With luck, we should also see sea elephants.
Day 9. Drake Passage
Today, we will leave the Antarctic and head north back across the Drake Passage. Now is the chance to compare and revise notes and dwell on the adventures of the past week, to take in the final lectures and to enjoy the delicious gastronomy on board as you return to Ushuaia.
Day 10. Drake Passage
We continue north, now is the chance to compare and revise notes and dwell on the adventures of the past week, to take in the final lectures and to enjoy the delicious gastronomy on board as you return to Ushuaia.
Day 11. Disembark in Ushuaia
After breakfast we disembark and set foot on the southern most tip of the continent of South America.
- Airport transfers
- All tours with professional English speaking guides
- Entrance fees
- Accommodation with breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner and welcome cocktail upon arrival
- Use of Library, gym and sauna on board
- On board lectures and exhibits
- Excursions as described (please note that while we do our utmost to adhere to the itinerary as stated, the activities will depend on local weather conditions at the time)
- International and domestic flights (plus taxes where applicable). Ask us for a quote including flights