Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Cruise

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Highlights of Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Cruise

During our Basecamp cruises, the ship navigates to carefully chosen areas in the Antarctic, staying in fewer locations than it does during our regular trips so that it can serve as a comfortable hub for additional outdoor activities. Mountaineers can climb the alpine terrain, hikers can embark on vigorous walks among the glaciers, photographers can capture the dramatic surroundings in pictures, campers can sleep overnight at rugged shoreline camps, and kayakers can explore waterways through which the ship cannot always sail. 

Passengers who do not wish to engage in these activities will enjoy our Zodiac excursions and easy to moderate shoreline walks that focus on wildlife. All activities are free of additional charge.
Ushuaia - Day 1 - Confirmed departures:
November 07, 2018
November 28, 2018
December 18, 2018
December 29, 2018
March 07, 2019
November 03, 2019
November 24, 2019
December 05, 2019
Ushuaia - Day 12
12 Days
- Voyage Aboard The Indicated Vessel As Indicated In The Itinerary.
- All Meals Throughout The Voyage Aboard The Ship Including Snacks, Coffee And Tea.
- All Shore Excursions And Activities Throughout The Voyage By Zodiac.
- Program Of Lectures By Noted Naturalists And Leadership By Experienced Expedition Staff.
- Free Use Of Rubber Boots
- Luggage Transfer From Pick-Up Point To The Vessel On The Day Of Embarkation In Ushuaia.
- Pre-Scheduled Group Transfer From The Vessel To The Airport In Ushuaia (Directly After
- All Miscellaneous Service Taxes And Port Charges Throughout The Program.
- Comprehensive Pre-Departure Material.
Not Included
- Any Airfare Whether On Scheduled Or Charter Flights
- Pre- And Post-Land Arrangements
- Passport And Visa Expenses
- Meals Ashore
- Extra Baggage, Cancellation And Personal Insurance (Which Is Strongly Recommended)
- Charges And All Items Of A Personal Nature Such As Laundry, Bar, Beverage Charges And Telecommunication Charges
- Customary Gratuity At The End Of The Voyages For Stewards And Other Service Personnel Aboard (Guidelines Will Be Provided).
Physical Reqs.
You Must Be In Good General Health And Be Physically Fit To Perform Normal Activities On Board And On Excursions, Which May Require Moderate Effort.

Details of Cruises

Day 1: Ushuaia
Your voyage begins at Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet - nicknamed The End of the World. Embark on the afternoon and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.

Day 2 – 3: Path of the Polar Explorers
Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you will experience what the first polar explorers felt: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale blasting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary - You`ll notice the variations on the landscape and lifeforms, not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too: A variety of albatrosses and petrels show up, along with Cape pigeons and southern fulmars. Then, near the South Shetlands Islands, the first icebergs flash into sight.

Day 4 – 9: Entering Antarctica
Gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically different wildlife below and above.  You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands. Places you might visit includes:

* Neumayer Channel – The vessel may position itself here, launching its multiple basecamp activities from the protected waters around Wiencke Island. You can enjoy the splendors of this alpine environment at sea with Zodiac and kayaking trips, or if you’re in the mood for a walk, there are possible snowshoe hikes and soft-climb mountaineering options farther inland
* Port Lockroy – Settlement of a former British research station – now a museum and post office. You may also be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. There are great opportunities also for kayaking and camping here, and when conditions are right, you can even snowshoe around the shore.
* Pléneau & Petermann Islands – If the ice allows it, you can sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. There’s also a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales here, as well as leopard seals. Kayaking, glacier walks, and more ambitious mountaineering trips are the potential activities of this location.
* Neko Harbour – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow. Opportunities for Zodiac cruising and kayaking provide you the closest possible views
* Paradise Bay – You may be able to take a Zodiac cruise in these sprawling, ice-flecked waters. Chances of seeing humpback and minke whales. 
* Errera Channel – Possible sites in this area include Danco Island and Cuverville Island, but also the lesser known Orne Island and Georges Point on Rongé Island.

On your last day of near-shore activities, you pass the Melchior Islands toward the open sea. Keep a sharp lookout for humpback whales in Dallmann Bay. You might also shoot for Half Moon Island, in the South Shetlands, with further chances for activities.
Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.

Day 10 – 11: Familiar Seas, Familiar Friends
Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now.

Day 12: Back in Ushuaia
We arrive in Ushuaia early in the morning, where you will disembark after breakfast.

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