Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetlands Islands Cruise

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Our cruise will take you on a 10 day adventure to the famous South Shetland Islands. Of volcanic origin, mainly mountainous and 80% covered by glaciers, a trip to these islands will give visitors the opportunity to see penguins and seals. Deception Island is always a prominent place, and is uninhabited, except for the Spanish and Argentinean scientific bases. The glaciers and steep peaks of the eastern part of the island provide a challenging environment for hiking. Kayaking is also an exciting way to explore Port Foster.

We will travel aboard the ice-hulled Ortelius, an excellent ship for polar expedition cruises in Antarctica.

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Ushuaia - Day 1
Ushuaia - Day 10
10 Days
November - April
- 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.
- 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).
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: End of the World, Start of a Journey
Your voyage begins at Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, and nicknamed “The End of the World”. Starting in the afternoon, you embark and sail the scenic, mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the rest 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 – 6: Enter the Antarctic
Gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically different wildlife below and above. Sites you may visit include: 
* Cuverville Island – The island houses a massive colony of gentoo penguins as well as pairs of breeding brown skuas. 
* Danco Island – Activities here may focus on the gentoo penguins nesting on the island, in addition to the Weddell and crabeater seals that can be found nearby.
* 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. 
* 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.

Day 7: Scenes of South Shetland
The volcanic islands of the South Shetlands are windswept and often cloaked in mist, but they do offer subtle pleasures: There’s a wide variety of flora (mosses, lichens, flowering grasses) and no small amount of fauna (gentoo penguins, chinstrap penguins, southern giant petrels). In Deception Island, the ship plunges through Neptune’s Bellows and into the flooded caldera. Here you find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, and many birds species. . Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.

Day 8 – 9: 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 10: Back in Ushuaia
We arrive in Ushuaia early in the morning, where you will disembark after breakfast.

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