Expedition Cruise to the White Continent

Overview

Antarctica is like no other place on the planet, an otherworldly fantasy of enormous icebergs, snow-capped mountains, and an absolutely spectacular pageant of wildlife. This thrilling cruise aboard a small expedition ship brings you into the heart of the wildlife-rich realm of the Antarctic Peninsula, where you’ll walk through colonies of seals, sea lions, and nesting penguins, head out on Zodiac adventures among iceberg-filled bays, cruise through glacier-lined fjords, and have the option to sea kayak—all in nearly 24-hour daylight! Throughout your voyage, an expert team of naturalists enhances your experience as they share their in-depth knowledge of this miraculous continent.

Itinerary

Days 1-4
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.

Days 5-12
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.

Highlights

Highlights

Active expedition cruise to the Antarctica Peninsula, a breathtaking wildlife paradise
Cruise past icebergs of the South Shetland Islands and Paradise Bay, swim in thermal waters at Deception Island, see the stunning Lemaire Channel
With expert naturalists, hike amid colonies of penguins and explore ice-strewn bays by Zodiac

Details

Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Small Ship Cruising
Trip Level:

12-day expedition cruise, nature walks on uneven ground, Zodiac cruising with wet landings, possibility of rough seas and cold weather
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