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Antarctic Peninsula with Polar Circle Crossing

Antarctica Cruise

Summary : Cross the Polar Circle during this Antarctic Peninsula trip of a lifetime. Observe several species of penguins and watch for whales on this expedition with kayaking and knowledgeable guides. Sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Petermann Island offering Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. Enjoy impressive landscapes with high mountains and huge glaciers!

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
Ushuaia, Argentina

Embark the vessel in the afternoon and sail through the scenic Beagle Channel.

Day 2 – 3
Drake Passage

Sail across the Drake Passage and cross the Antarctic Convergence. Arrive in the Antarctic upwelling zone. You may encounter Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black-browed Albatrosses, Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels.

Day 4 – 9
Antarctica Peninsula

The following itinerary is a rough guide only. Your actual itinerary will depend on the ice and weather conditions at the time.

Land at Hannah Point to observe Gentoo Penguins, Chinstraps and southern Giant Petrels, as well as Elephant Seals hauling out on the beach. Deception Island is a sub-ducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbor for the ship. Encounter hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Pigeons and many Dominican Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns.

Wilson’s Storm Petrels and Black-bellied Storm Petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. Good walkers may hike from Baily Head over the ridge of the crater into Whalers Bay, while the ship enters the crater through the spectacular Neptune’s Bellow into the ring of Deception Island. Heading south, sail to Orne Islands with large colonies of Chinstrap Penguins and a beautiful view across the Gerlache Strait. In Neko Harbour and Paradise Bay with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, set foot on the Antarctic Continent. Take a zodiac ride between the icebergs in the inner parts of the fjords.

Sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Petermann Island offering Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. Attempt to land at Pleneau Island with Elephant Seals and fair chances to encounter Humpback, Minke and Fin Whales on the way. Head south along the Argentine Islands to Crystal Sound, south of the Polar Circle. The landscape is impressive with very high mountains and huge glaciers. At Detaille Island, marks your farthest point south. Sailing north again through Neumayer Channel and Gerlache Strait, arrive at the Melchior Islands with a very beautiful landscape of icebergs. Watch for Leopard Seals, Crabeater Seals and whales.

Day 10 – 11
Drake Passage

Heading north, you’ll again be followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the infamous Drake Passage.

Day 12
Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in the morning in Ushuaia, disembark and transfer to the airport.

Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase insurance including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for Antarctic trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Kayaking:
Polar cruise kayaking is an amazing way to slip into the white and blue beauty of the quiet oceans around you. Space is limited; request at time of booking. Kayaking excursions are limited to 14 passengers. Participants will have up to four scheduled kayaking sessions during the expedition. Kayaking groups will be accompanied by two guides, one leading in a kayak and one trailing nearby in a Zodiac. Kayaking is subject to weather and prevailing ice conditions. Basic kayaking experience is required and physical fitness is essential. Kayaks, neoprene wet suits, booties and gloves are provided. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Polar Diving:
Dive under shallow water, down along walls, from the beach, or from a Zodiac. You will reach a maximum of 60 feet. Unlike no other dive – the combination of water, sunlight, and ice formations creates an ever-shifting spectacle of colors. Space is limited; request at time of booking. Participants will dive in group of eight divers per guide, with a maximum of 24 divers per excursion. Compressors and weights are provided. Participants must bring their own dry suit with hood and additional equipment. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for a complete list. This activity is available for experienced divers. Participants are required to present their internationally accepted diver certificate, diver's logbook, and a statement from their doctor (not older than two years) that demonstrates they are in a good state of physical health allowing them to scuba dive. Experience with both cold water diving and dry suit diving (at least 30 dives) is required. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Included:

Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary; cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea; free use of rubber boots on loan; group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation); program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:

Airfare; pre- and post-land arrangements; transfers to the vessel; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; kayaking; travel insurance; excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for the ship's crew; fuel surcharge may apply.

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