Antarctica is hypnotically beautiful, with its towering blue-white icebergs, mountains sheering from the sea, and spectacular pageant of wildlife. This small-ship expedition brings you all the glories of the Antarctic Peninsula, the most wildlife-rich part of the continent. You’ll walk among rookeries thronged with penguins and their fuzzy chicks, look for spouting whales in iceberg-filled bays, spot incredible Antarctic birds including the fabled wandering albatross, explore by Zodiac, and marvel at the nearly 24-hour daylight. There are even options to sea kayak or camp on some journeys! Expert naturalists bring the Antarctic world to life for you as they share their in-depth knowledge and passion for this miraculous realm.
Where do we start to retell our adventure and odyssey? This experience was history, adventure, picture—perfect images every moment, cuisine extraordinary, service unequaled, nature and geology breathtaking.
— Gus and Christine H., Meeker, CO
Ushuaia / Embark / Drake Passage
From Ushuaia, navigate the historic Beagle Channel, traveled by Charles Darwin aboard the HMS Beagle in 1835. Huge albatross and Cape petrels soar above the wake of the ship as you cross the Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula.
Antarctic Peninsula / Drake Passage / Ushuaia
You’ll have five exciting days to absorb the pristine beauty and extraordinary wildlife of the Peninsula. Set out for guided walks among thousands of clamorous penguins, explore historic outposts, look for humpback whales, and take Zodiac excursions to towering icebergs and ice floes where seals laze. Destinations include Paulet Island, home to some 200,000 Adélie penguins, Paradise Bay, a spectacularly scenic setting of glaciated mountains, ice cliffs, and icebergs, and the narrow Lemaire Channel, where the ship navigates a smooth-as-glass waterway between sheer 3,000-foot peaks. Some departures have options for camping or sea kayaking, weather permitting. The ship will also sail into the sea-flooded crater of Deception Island, the largest active volcano in Antarctica, where hardy souls have a chance to take a dip in a small natural hot spring on the rocky shoreline. In the true spirit of expedition cruising, the expedition leader and captain will determine the best course for the weather and ice conditions and for maximizing your wildlife encounters. On Days 10-11, keep an eye out for whales and seabirds as the ship returns across the famed Drake Passage to Ushuaia. Disembark on Day 12 and depart.