Cruise To The Antarctic Peninsula And South Shetlands Islands

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Highlights of Classic Antarctica and South Shetland Islands

Our cruise will take you on an 11-day adventure to the famous South Shetland Islands.   Of volcanic origin, mainly mountainous and 80% covered by glaciers, a trip to these islands will be unforgettable and will give you the opportunity to see a large number of native birds and seals.

We will travel aboard the Ortelius Cruise which with a reinforced hull for the ice, is an excellent boat for polar expedition trips in Antarctica. 

< b> Decepción Island s will be another of the expedition's highlights as it is uninhabited, except for the Spanish and Argentine scientific bases that operate there. The glaciers and steep peaks of the eastern part of the island provide a challenging environment for snowshoeing, guided by expert staff. 

Doing Kayak too  will be  a shape Exciting to explore other areas such as Port Foster. We will also have the possibility of observing thousands of penguins in their colonies while we enjoy a landscape of dark steep rock and purely white snow. 


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03/01/2022 - 13/01/2022


11 Days


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Details of Classic Antarctica And South Shetland Islands

Day 1: End of the world begins a journey
Your journey begins where the world ends. Ushuaia, Argentina, known as the southernmost city in the world, is located at the southern tip of South America.  During the afternoon you will embark in this small city of Tierra del Fuego - called “Del Fin del Mundo” - and you will sail  the rest of the day along the scenic Beagle Channel flanked by mountains.

Days 2 - 3: The Way of the Polar Explorers
During the next two days in the Drake Passage, you will be able to experience the life from the perspective of the polar explorers who first challenged these regions: cool salty breezes, rough seas, perhaps even a fin whale snorting marine spray.

Crossing the Antarctic Convergence - the biological boundary of Antarctica formed from the meeting of the warmest waters of the sub-Antarctic seas with the cold Antarctic waters - you will find yourself in the circumantarctic rising water zone.

No there is only a change in the marine fauna but also in the avifauna. Wandering Albatross, Gray-headed Albatross, Black-browed Albatross, Light-mantled Albatross, Checkerboard Petrels, Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels, and Antarctic Petrels are some of the bird species that can be spotted.

Days 4 - 7: Enter Antarctica
Rocky gray peaks dotted with snow, whitish-blue cracked ice towers, and completely different fauna above and below. You will first pass the snow-capped peaks of the Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel, sailing between the Brabant Islands and Antwerp.

Some of the sites you can visit include:

Danco Island - The activity here will focus on the Gentoo penguins that nest on the island, in addition to the Weddell seals and crabeater seals that can be found in the surroundings.

Neko port - An epic landscape of gigantic glaciers and endless snow carved by the wind, Neko Harbor offers opportunities for a Zodiac cruise and disembarkation that will allow you to see up close the alpine peaks that surround you.

Paradise Bay - It's possible take a Zodiac cruise in this expanse of water full of icebergs where there are good chances of seeing Humpback and Minke whales.

Port Lockroy - After navigating the Neumayer canal you may be able to visit the former British base - now museum and post office - from Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. It is also possible to carry out activities in the  neighboring Jougla Point, where you will find Gentoo penguins and blue-eyed cormorants. There is also excellent kayaking and camping here, and when conditions are right you can even snowshoe along the coast.

Day 8: Scenes from the South Shetland Islands
The volcanic islands of South Shetland are windswept and often shrouded in mist but nonetheless offer subtle pleasures. A great variety of flora (mosses, lichens, flowering grasses) and fauna (Gentoo penguins, chinstrap and Southern giant petrel) inhabit the islands.

On Deception Island the ship passes through Neptune's bellows to enter the flooded caldera of the volcano. Here it is possible to find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station and thousands of checkerboard petrels - in addition to kelp gulls, common and polar skua and Antarctic terns can also be seen. It is possible to take a good walk in this desolate volcanic landscape.

Alternatively It is possible to carry out activities on the neighboring island Medialuna. Here chinstrap penguins and Weddell seals are often found near the Argentine base Cámara. The meteorology for the Drake Passage will determine the exact time of departure.

Days 9 - 10: Known Seas, Known Friends
The return journey is far from lonely. During the crossing of the Drake he is once again greeted by the seabirds that accompanied him during the journey south. But this time they will be more familiar to you, and you to them.

Day 11: Round Trip
Every adventure, no matter how great, must eventually come to an end. It is time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories to accompany you wherever your next adventure may be.
* The trip on board the ship mentioned as indicated in the itinerary.
* All meals during the trip on board the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
* All excursions and activities in Zodiac during the trip.
* Program of talks by notable naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition team.
* Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
* Transfer of luggage from the collection 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.
* Comprehension material prior to departure.
* No airfare is already on scheduled or charter flights.
* Prior or subsequent arrangements on the ground.
* Passport and visa expenses
* Government arrival and departure taxes
* Meals on land.
* Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance
* Charges for excess baggage and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunications charges.
* Tips at the end of the trip for waiters and other service personnel on board (guidelines will be provided).
Please keep in mind:

* The itinerary is an orientation, activities and programs may vary according to local weather conditions and the state of the ice in order to take advantage of opportunities for wildlife watching. The expedition leader on board will determine the final itinerary.

* The itinerary may include places that require permission to board, which must be granted by the relevant national authorities. Such permission is not granted prior to the publication of these itineraries.

* Flexibility is crucial on expedition cruises.

* Average cruising speed for m/v Ortelius is 10.5 knots.

* Tips: The usual tip for the ship's crew and expedition leader is made as a blank contribution at the end of the voyage. You will receive detailed guidelines on board. Tipping is a very personal matter and the amount is at the discretion of each passenger. As a generally accepted guidance, we suggest USD 8.00 to USD 10.00 per person per day. It is better for the team if we hand over the money in dollars and in cash.
* Insurance: It is recommended that all passengers have personal travel insurance.

* Recommendations for clothing: In keeping with the atmosphere of our expeditions, it is recommended to wear informal clothing on board. Wear casual and comfortable clothing for all activities. Note that much of the spectacular scenery can be seen from the deck, and it can be slippery there. Wear sturdy shoes with non-slip soles and make sure your jacket is always close at hand. Wear several layers of clothing, as it is warm on board, but it is cold on deck.

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Best cruise in Ushuaia

If you are looking for a cruise in Ushuaia, you should consider booking the expedition Classic Antarctica And South Shetland Islands. It´ll be an experience you won´t forget!

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Great experience in Ushuaia

If you are visiting Ushuaia for some days, consider the cruise Classic Antarctica And South Shetland Islands. We had a really great time!

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