Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctica Cruise

  • Ocean Nova (charter)
  • Expedition Ship
  • 84 Capacity
  • 10 Days
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  • Price from
  • $999,999,999

Summary : Spring is an extraordinary time in Antarctica. This 10-day voyage features the abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula. Discover picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. Explore the classic sites of historic and scientific interest, such as visits to Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy, as well as the historic base of U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House. Along the voyage, enjoy expertise from world-class leaders and lecturers onboard the expedition vessel and exploring from Zodiacs. Complimentary kayaking provides an opportunity to get out on the water for up-close experiences with nature.

Activities : Birding, Hiking, Kayaking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Ushuaia, Argentina / Embark

Prior to embarkation, enjoy the Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous as you explore the southernmost town in the world. Upon arrival at the ship, you will be greeted by the Expedition Team and ship's officers. A safety and orientation briefing will be followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. Take in the mountainous scenery during an early evening sail down the Beagle Channel, past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.

Day 2 – 3
Drake Passage

Begin the educational series with optional lectures on the wildlife, history, and geology of Antarctica. Important presentations with regard to Zodiac and landing safety, as well as environmental regulations will be mandatory. Among the wildlife spotting opportunities on the sail south are Albatrosses and Petrels who frequently follow the ship. Whales and dolphins may also be seen in the area. The length of the journey depends on sea conditions, but you should approach the South Shetland Islands of the Antarctic Peninsula in the evening of Day 3.

Day 4 – 7
Antarctica Peninsula

The land of superlatives, Antarctica! Your Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. The course will stress the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas as well as sites of historic and scientific interest. The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel.

There may be stops in an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy, as well as a historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House. Adelie, Chinstrap, and Gentoo Penguins abound with rare opportunities to see other species such as King, Macaroni, and the elusive Emperor. Weddell, Crabeater, and Elephant Seals are often found hauled out to rest along with the predatory Leopard Seal and the aggressive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback Whales are frequent visitors in the late season and Orca sightings are also common.

Day 8 – 9
Drake Passage

Continue the lecture series and wildlife spotting on the sail back to Ushuaia. Depending on sea conditions, you may have an opportunity to sail past the legendary Cape Horn.

Day 10
Ushuaia, Argentina / Disembark

Arrive to the pier in Ushuaia in the early hours. Disembark the Ocean Nova.

Notes

Kayaking: No additional cost
Open to any passenger in good health with basic paddling experience (max. 30 participants per voyage). Participants will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be organized onboard into groups based on sign-up date and experience.

Photography: 11/11/2012
A professional photographer joins this voyage to provide expertise and instruction on capturing Antarctic landscapes and wildlife. Contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Included:
Shipboard accommodations; all scheduled landings and excursions; all meals; coffee, tea, cocoa, and espresso 24-hours daily; welcome and farewell cocktail; a pair of boots for use during the voyage; daily international news service; all port fees; transport from central location to ship for embarkation; transport from ship to central location upon disembarkation; digital voyage log.

Not Included:
Any airfare or travel expenses associated with arrival in Ushuaia; pre- or post-voyage expenses in Ushuaia; laundry, bar and personal expenses incurred on board; onboard communication charges; staff gratuities.