Antarctic Peninsula Whale Watching Cruise

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USD $7,700

Highlights of Antarctic Peninsula Cruise - Whale Watching

Our 13-day adventure to the Antarctic Peninsula will be carried out aboard the Hondius Cruise, it is Oceanwide`s newest and most advanced ship that meets the most modern and high demands for passenger ships (Polar Class 6) in full compliance with the requirements established by the Polar Code.
 
On this expedition of discovery and learning, you will spend the greatest Part of your time observing the landscapes and wildlife, but you will also have the option to participate in a wide range of interactive activities on board. These workshops are as engaging as they are informative, covering a kaleidoscope of topics such as navigation, astronomy, geology, botany, cooking and cocktail mixing along with in-depth presentations exploring the fascinating lives of polar whales, mammals terrestrials, birds and other animals.

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STARTS
USHUAIA (AR)
Ushuaia - Day 1 - Confirmed departures:
* March 17, 2020
ENDS
Ushuaia - Day 14
DURATION
14 Days
FREQUENCY
Everyday
INCLUDED
*The Journey Aboard The Vessel Mentioned As Indicated In The Itinerary.
* All Meals During the Trip Aboard the Vessel Including Snacks, Coffee and Tea.
* All Excursions And Activities On Zodiac During The Trip.
* Program of Talks by Notable Naturalists and Leadership by Experienced Expedition Team.
* Free Use of Rubber Boots and Snowshoes.
* Luggage transfer from the pick-up point to the ship on boarding day, in Ushuaia.
* Group Transfer With Prior Notice From The Ship To The Airport In Ushuaia (Directly After Disembarkation).
* All Miscellaneous Service and Port Taxes During the Program.
* Pre-Departure Comprehension Material.
NOT INCLUDED
*No Airfare Anymore On Regular Or Charter Flights.
* Previous or subsequent procedures on land.
* Passport and Visa Expenses
* Government Taxes of Arrival and Departure
* Meals On Land.
* Luggage, Cancellation and Personal Insurance (Highly Recommended).
* Charges for excess baggage and all personal items such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunications charges.
* Tip at the end of the trip for waiters and other service personnel on board (Guidelines will be provided).
PHYSICAL REQS.
It is a requirement to have a good general state of health and to be physically fit to self-sufficiently carry out normal activities on board and on excursions, which may require moderate effort.
DIFFICULTY
Low
OTHER
THE ITINERARY MAY BE CHANGED DEPENDING ON WEATHER CONDITIONS OR DECISIONS OF THE TEAM. THE ITINERARY IS FOR REFERENCE

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Day 1 - Departure from the city of Ushuaia 
The Cruise begins from the city of Ushuaia, Argentina , famous for being the southernmost city in the world - nicknamed "The City at the End of the World". We board in the afternoon and sail through the famous Beagle Channel. 

Days 2 and 3 - Crossing the Drake Passage 
During the next few days, we will navigate the same route taken by the first polar explorers who ventured into the region. The Drake Passage is the framework of the Antarctic Convergence, a natural biological barrier, which generates notable changes in the composition of the landscapes, fauna and flora, as we advance. You will be able to identify, with the help of the staff, the enormous variety of seabirds.
The first icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that we have arrived at the South Shetland Islands, an archipelago of 20 islands and islets discovered in 1819 . 

Days 4 to 5: Entering Antarctica
The South Shetland Islands are full of wildlife, snow-capped peaks of gray stone, towers of blue and white ice. Sites you can visit include: 

* Cuverville Island - The island is home to a huge colony of gentoo penguins, as well as pairs of brown skuas.
* Neko Harbor - An epic landscape of gigantic glaciers carved by the wind. There will be opportunities for Zodiac rides and kayaking, to get the best views.
* Paradise Bay - You can take a Zodiac adventure in these ice-covered waters. There are chances of seeing humpback and minke whales. 

Day 6 - 8: Through the gorge
After a comfortable night of sailing, you will wake up among the many islands south of the Lemaire Channel. They are now close to the Antarctic Circle. At this point, a trip through the "gorge" - a narrow but picturesque channel between Adelaide Island and the Antarctic Continent - is possible if the ice is not too thick. They will be able to explore the area, either from the bow of the ship or aboard a Zodiac, getting the closest possible contact with the polar terrain as they venture south. Along the way, you can enjoy the following visits:

* Pourquoi Pas Island - It is known for its narrow fjords and high mountains full of glaciers.
* Island  Horseshoe - Location of the former British Base Y, a remnant from the 1950s that is now unmanned although still equipped with almost all of the technology it had while in service.
* Stonington Island - Headquarters of The former US Base East and British E Base, which was occupied until 1975, this island marks the southernmost landing site of the voyage - 68° south.
* Hanusse Bay - Enjoy the scattered icebergs of this scenic bay, which offers a good opportunity for whale watching.

Day 9 - 11: The Whales of Crystal Arm
Again near the Antarctic Circle, we will travel north through the countless ice floes of the Crystal Arm. Sightings of humpback whales are probable, and their approach to the Fish Islands offers the possibility of a Zodiac ride or even a landing. Petermann and Pléneau Islands offer a wide variety of bird life, along with the possibility of taking Zodiac cruises among icebergs that are popular with leopard and crabeater seals. Minke and humpback whales and gentoo penguins can also be found here. 
 
Conditions in the Drake Passage determine the exact departure time.

Days 12 - 13: Crossing the Drake Passage
We will leave the Antarctic Peninsula and head north, crossing the Passage Drake. Join our lecturers and naturalists on deck in search of seabirds and whales. Take time to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures of the past few days on the way back to Ushuaia.
 
Day 14: Arrival at the port of Ushuaia  ;
We arrived in Ushuaia early in the morning, where we disembarked after breakfast.
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07/09/2016
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If you are looking for what to do in Ushuaia, you should consider booking the tour Antarctic Peninsula Cruise-whale Watching. It´ll be an experience you won´t forget!

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if you are traveling to Ushuaia you shouldn´t miss the tour Antarctic Peninsula Cruise-whale Watching. It is a unique experience!

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