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 give visitors the opportunity to see penguins and seals. 
The Island Decepción is always a prominent place, and is uninhabited, except for the Spanish and Argentine 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 Ortelius ship, with a reinforced ice hull, it is an excellent ship for polar expedition cruises in Antarctica.


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28/11/2020 - 01/12/2020

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4 Days

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

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$3,410 $5,115
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Details of Classic Antarctica And South Shetland Islands

This trip to the Antarctic Peninsula and The South Shetland Islands takes you to a landscape of rugged dark rock, pure white snow and a fantastic array of wildlife. Come say hello to the whales, seals and thousands of penguins.
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 sail  the rest of the day through the scenic Beagle Channel flanked by mountains.

Days 2 - 3: The path of the polar explorers
During the next two days in the Drake Passage, you will be able to experience life from the perspective of the polar explorers who first braved 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 upwelling zone.

There is not only a change in marine fauna but also in avifauna. Wandering albatross, gray-headed albatross, black-browed albatross, light-mantled albatrosses, 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 wildlife completely different up and down. 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 be focused on the Papuan penguins that nest on the island, in addition to the nearby Weddell seals and crabeater seals.

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

Bahía Paraíso - It is possible to take a Zodiac cruise in this expanse of water full of icebergs where there are good chances of seeing Humpback and Minke whales.

Puerto Lockroy - After navigating through the Neumay channel er you may be able to visit the former British base - now museum and post office - of 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 are also excellent kayaking and camping facilities here, and when conditions are right you can even snowshoe along the coast.

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

In the 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 - as well as 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. 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 better known to you, and you to them.

Day 11: Round trip
Every adventure, regardless of its greatness, must eventually come to an end. It's 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 voyage on board the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
All excursions and activities in Zodiac during the trip.
Lecture program 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 land.
Passport and visa expenses
Government arrival and departure taxes
Meals on land.
Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is highly recommended).
Charges for excess baggage and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunications charges.
Nor the tip at the end of the trip for the waiters and other service personnel on board (guidelines will be provided).
PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for orientation only. Programs may vary based on local weather conditions and ice conditions to take advantage of wildlife-watching opportunities. The expedition leader on board determines the final itinerary. Itineraries may mention places that require permission to land, 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.
- 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 close at hand in case "whales!" through the loudspeaker and have to run for cover Wear several layers of clothing, as it is a pleasant temperature on board and it is often cold on deck.

- 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.

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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!

Reviewed by Hellen
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!

Reviewed by Hellen