Weddell Sea Cruise Including Helicopters

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A true expedition, our 10-day Weddell Sea cruise sets out to explore the range of the Emperor Penguins near Snow Hill Island. We will visit the area and see a variety of other birds and penguins including Adélies and Gentoos. 

One of the highlights of the tour is the possibility of performing an helicopter tour, flying above the ice of the Weddell Sea, to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Antarctic wilderness, allowing to set foot onto some of the world`s most remote landscapes.

We`ll travel on the ice-strengthened Ortelius, thoroughly outfitted to provide you an up-close experience of the Antarctic. 
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Ushuaia - Day 1 - Confirmed departures:
* November 18th, 2018
* November 14th, 2019
Ushuaia - Day 11
11 Days
December - March
* 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 and snowshoes.
* Ship-to-shore helicopter transfers (with no specific amount of helicopter time guaranteed)
* 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 disembarkation).
* All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
* Comprehensive pre-departure material.
* Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
* Pre- and post- land arrangements.
* Passport and visa expenses.
* Government arrival and departure taxes.
* Meals ashore.
* Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory).
* Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
* The 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.
PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The on-board expedition leader will determine the final itinerary. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Average cruising speed of m/v Ortelius is 10.5 knots. If ice conditions are favorable and the route to Snow Hill Island is free of multi-year pack ice, you have the chance for ship-to-shore helicopter transfers to Snow Hill Island – roughly 45 minutes walking distance from the emperor penguin rookery. If successful, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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. 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`ll follow the path of the polar explorers who first travelled these regions. After passing the Antarctic Convergence, you`ll notice how does the marine and avian life change. Then, near the South Shetlands Islands, the first icebergs flash into sight.

Day 4 - 7: Enter the Antarctic
You may sail into the Weddell Sea via the Antarctic Sound, surrounded by hug tabular icebergs. During this part of the cruise, the search is on for emperor penguins. Using both the vessel and helicopters, there’s a good chance you’ll find them. You might also enjoy scenic flights and – if conditions allow – helicopter landings in locations otherwise out of reach this time of year. Visits may include:
* Antarctic Sound – The western side of this area is rarely seen from the air, though the landscape is truly worth the flight: Layered sandstones, lava flows, glaciers and icebergs can be spoted. There are often individual emperor penguins and Adélie penguins on the ice floes, as well as kelp gulls, skuas, and various breeds of petrel. 
* Duse Bay – An overflight may take you to a rocky hillock close to an old refuge hut overlooking the bay. There is still a lot of snow and ice, but much of the walk on the Antarctic is over frost-shattered rock covered with lichen of all shapes and colors.
* Seymour Island – Here’s where the Swedish Antarctic Expedition of 1901 to 19044 wintered under harrowing circumstances. Sedimentary rock, fossils, and great views define this location.

If conditions allow for deeper ventures into the Weddell Sea, Zodiac trips may include:
* Devil Island – Home to a large colony of Adélie penguins, this island offers a magnificent view for hikers willing to make it to the top of the hill. Melting ice sometimes forms a waterfall dropping from the cliffs.
* Brown Bluff – Maybe the most scenic location of the Antarctic Continent: sheer canyon walls, fallen boulders, beautiful volcanic creations capped with ice. A large Adélie penguin rookery lives here.
* Gourdin Island – Chinstrap, gentoo, and Adélie penguins like this place, yet another option for your continuing Antarctic adventure.
* Esperanza Base – This Argentine research station may be another landing site.

Day 8: Last Landing
In the morning, you sail to Deception Island for the last landing of the voyage – at Pendulum Cove or Whalers Bay. Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.

Day 9 - 10: 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.

Day 11: There and Back Again
On the morning, disembark in Ushuaia


* Scuba Diving: If you’re searching for a way to expand your diving experience, join us on one of our diving cruises. Experienced divers will have the chance to glide through the amazing blue waters of the Antarctic.

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