HIGHLIGHTSFrom pole to pole on an
epic expedition of discovery
This expedition cruise is unlike any cruise you’ve taken
before. We begin our 94-day journey in Vancouver, Canada.
We’ll sail north along the Alaskan coast and cross into the
Arctic Circle as we make our way through the fabled Northwest Passage
to Greenland and Baffin Island.
Then, we’ll head southward along the Eastern Seaboard of the
United States to tropical, colorful Central America. We’ll
pass through the architectural wonder of the Panama Canal to reach
South America. Prepare to experience a tantalizing mix of culture and
nature as we explore ancient sites in Ecuador, Peru, and Chile. Then,
we’ll move on to witness the ethereal splendor of the Chilean
fjords and Patagonia before our expedition crescendos at the
otherworldly beauty of pristine Antarctica.
Culture, nature, and
This Grand Expedition Cruise will showcase an amazing blend of
cultures, nature, and wildlife across the Americas and Antarctica. Your
knowledgeable and passionate onboard Expedition Team will guide and
inspire you throughout your cruise and ensure that it’s as
adventurous, educational, and ecologically sustainable as possible.
DATES / RATES
Rates are listed per person
|Start Date||End Date||From EUR||From USD|
|Aug 02, 2023||Nov 03, 2023||39,690
Rates are listed per person
|Start Date||End Date||From EUR||From USD|
|Aug 02, 2023||Nov 03, 2023||39,690
Day 1 - Vancouver, Canada
Day 2 - Vancouver, Canada
Day 3-18 - Vancouver to Nome, Alaska
Day 19-22 - At Sea
Day 23-33 - Canada and Greenland
Day 34-41 - Greenland & Atlantic Canada
Day 42-49 - Halifax to Boston
Day 50-53 - At Sea
Day 54-63 - Miami, U.S., to Colón, Panama
Day 64-77 - Panama Canal to Valparaíso, Chile
Day 78-87 - Patagonia
Day 88-91 - Antarctica
Day 92-94 - Ushuaia/Buenos Aires
Day 1 Overnight in
Your pole-to-pole expedition cruise begins in Vancouver. Set amid
gorgeous mountain scenery and beside the waters of English Bay,
Vancouver is both a bustling seaport and cosmopolitan city. Arrive a
few days ahead of your cruise and find out why people rave about
British Colombia’s largest city.
Your base in Vancouver will be a centrally located hotel. Take it easy
and enjoy the hotel’s amenities or pursue the
city’s famed museums, galleries, and nightlife.
Vancouver’s various neighborhoods buzz with world-class
farm-to-table cuisine. Chinatown and Punjabi Market have arguably the
best Asian food in North America, while Commercial Drive is the home of
Little Italy.Don’t miss Vancouver’s oldest
neighborhood! Gastown’s Victorian buildings house some of the
city’s hottest restaurants and Vancouver Lookout offers a
great view of the city. Take in the neon lights and nightlife along the
Granville Street strip or just relax on one of the beaches in the West
End. The West End is also the gateway to the towering red cedars of
Stanley Park, which is filled with wide-open spaces to explore.
Why not pack additional experiences onto your epic expedition cruise?
Book our optional Pre-Program and take a trip through the Canadian
Rockies aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train journey. The scenery is
nothing short of spectacular.
Day 2 Start of the Grand
After breakfast, we’ll take you on a half-day bus tour of
Vancouver. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sights of this beautiful,
cosmopolitan city. After the tour, MS Roald Amundsen, the
world’s first hybrid electric–powered expedition
ship, will be waiting for you at the pier. On board, you’ll
meet the Expedition Team and crew members who will take you through a
mandatory health and safety meeting, for your safety as well as the
safety of others. Then, you can settle in and familiarize yourself with
this state-of-the-art vessel that was specially designed with
sustainable exploration in mind. After a welcome meal, your epic
journey from pole to pole will be underway.
Day 3-18 Alaska
– Inside Passage, bears, and Aleutian Islands
Sailing north, we’ll make our way toward the narrow channels
of Canada’s Inside Passage. Feel the thrill of a great
adventure as we navigate among thousands of islands in the Pacific
Northwest aboard the stylish and comfortable MS Roald Amundsen.
The first area you’ll explore is the spectacular Misty Fjords
National Monument. It forms part of the two-million-acre Tongass
National Forest, a pristine coastal wilderness of evergreen trees, deep
fjords, and majestic snow-capped peaks.
Feel like you’re truly stepping back in time at Wrangell, one
of Alaska’s oldest and most historic island towns. Reconnect
with nature on one of the local trails leading to the edge of the
rainforest, surrounded by alluring scenery at the mouth of Stikine
River and at the foot of Mount Dewey.
Situated on Baranof Island on the outer coast of the Inside Passage,
Sitka can only be reached by sea or by air. Tongass National Forest
surrounds the town. This is the largest temperate rainforest in the
world and a local highlight is the 107-acre Sitka National Historic
Park. Settlements here date back over 10,000 years, and Sitka is a
place where ancient culture can still be felt. Tlingit traditions
remain strong, existing alongside Russian and American influences.
Three prominent glaciers - Guyot, Yahtse, and Tyndall - feed vast
chunks of floating ice into the bay’s waters. Our aim will be
to visit the 34-mile-long and 8-mile-wide Guyot Glacier, although this
depends on local weather conditions. We hope to land as close to the
glacier as it is safe to do so, or explore the waters by kayak as part
of an optional excursion. Like always, we’ll be on the
lookout for the awesome wildlife that abounds in the Gulf of Alaska,
including humpback whales, orcas, Stellar sea lions, sea otters, harbor
seals, and other marine life.
The bustling fishing port of Kodiak, which is Alaska’s
largest, sits on the eastern shore of Kodiak Island. The surrounding
spruce forest and grassland here have earned it the nickname the
‘Emerald Isle’. This is Alaska’s largest
island, at over 3,670 square miles and over 100 miles in length. It is
the second-largest island in the U.S. after Hawaii.
The best-known park here is the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, which
covers two-thirds of the island. There are a wide range of habitats
here, from mountains to meadows. It is also home to the
island’s most famous residents: around 3,500 Kodiak brown
Katmai National Park
Witness a park that spread over four million acres, with over a dozen
active volcanoes and which hosts the dramatic Valley of Ten Thousand
Smokes. In 1912, this was the site of one of the most devastating
volcanic eruptions ever recorded in modern times.
Today, we’ll cruise around looking for bears from the deck or
from our small boats (RIBs) at one of three possible sites in the park,
each one known for its brown bear community. Katmai National Park
offers excellent bear watching and has a population of protected
grizzlies numbering more than 2,000.
The small village of Chignik is a prime example of a typical Alaskan
fishing settlement. Red salmon fishing has been the core of the
community’s economy for over a century. Stop in for a look at
the fish processing factory, meet the welcoming locals, or step into
the scenic surroundings to explore the salmon streams. Around 20
waterfowl species inhabit the area, so keep an eye out for them, and
don’t forget to look up to the skies to spot Bald Eagles.
Located on the southern end of the uninhabited Unga Island in the
remote Aleutian Islands. the abandoned Unga Village is eerily
picturesque, Settled by Aleuts in 1833, subsistence fishing proved
insufficient to support the community, who had almost completely moved
out by 1969. Today, only a few wooden buildings remain, surrounded by a
carpet of pink louseworts and fireweed flowers.
The small town of Dutch Harbor is one of the most important fishing
ports in the U.S., famous for appearing on the TV show The Deadliest
Catch. Steeped in history, the port is home to the Museum of the
Aleutians and the Aleutian World War II National Historic Area, as well
as the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, which dates back to 1896.
Approximately 600 Bald Eagles, along with some 40 - 50 million seabirds
- such as puffins, cormorants, and kittiwakes - inhabit the region
around Dutch Harbor.
St. Paul and St. Matthew
St. Paul Island is the largest of the Pribilof Islands, an important
bird area that is also home to as many as 500,000 northern fur seals.
You’ll pay a visit to deserted St. Matthew Island, said to be
the most isolated place in Alaska.
Leftovers from the Gold Rush era are everywhere in the small town of
Nome, from abandoned dredges to turn-of-the-century steam engines and
old railroad tracks. Cries of “Gold!”
“Gold!” You might still spot people prospecting
along the banks of the Snake River.
Day 19-22 Crossing the
As we sail through the Bering Strait, look to the sky to spot a range
of seabirds. There are over 30 species here, including Black-legged
Kittiwakes and different species of auklet and murrelet. More than 10
million of these winged wonders visit the region in late summer, so
you’ll get plenty of use from your binoculars. As we pass
through the Bering Strait, you’ll have Russia to the west and
the U.S. to the east. This is also the international date line, where
‘tomorrow’ rests to your left and
‘today’ to the right. At this point, we cross into
the Arctic Circle. After crossing the Chukchi Sea, we reach the
northernmost point of the U.S. at Point Barrow and enter the Beaufort
Sea. Keep an eye on the waters here to spot bowhead and gray whales -
we might also start seeing sea ice.
Day 23-33 Heading Through
the Northwest Passage
Continuing into the Amundsen Gulf, we hope to observe the amazing sight
of the colorful Smoking Hills. Smoke billows from the cliffs on the
east coast of Cape Bathurst. This unusual and photogenic phenomenon is
due to lignite (a combination of eroded shale and pyrite) spontaneously
igniting when exposed to air. Explorer Roald Amundsen - after whom our
ship is named - was the first to conquer the Northwest Passage on an
expedition that lasted from 1903 to 1906. Before him, many others had
tried without success, with the earliest known attempt being as far
back as 1497.Fast-forward to today, as we enter the Northwest Passage
on our own adventure, aboard a state-of-the-art expedition ship,
setting sail for Greenland and Eastern Canada. During our passage,
we’ll land at sites linked to early exploration history,
visit Inuit communities, and keep a keen eye out for Arctic wildlife
such as polar bears, whales, seals, and a variety of seabirds. There
may be opportunities for small-boat (RIB) cruising between ice floes.
In true expedition style, we’ll go ashore and experience the
pristine wilderness of the Canadian Arctic firsthand. The
ship’s Captain the Expedition Team Leader will continuously
assess the weather and sea conditions and will adapt the activities
accordingly, adjusting the itinerary to take the sea ice into account.
Like all good explorers, we must respect and work with nature, never
Here are some of the places in this wild and untamed region that we
hope to explore during landings and short walks - wind, waves, and sea
Many in this 500-people-strong community are involved in the local
artists’ co-op, producing prints, tapestries, and other
handicrafts. This is also home to the world’s northernmost
golf course, which hosts a tournament in the summer.
Located on Victoria Island, this is a common stop for vessels
traversing the Northwest Passage. It’s also called
‘Iqaluktuuttiaq’ (‘A Good Fishing
Place’) due to the Ekalluk River, which attracts Arctic char,
a type of cold-water salmon.
Roald Amundsen spent the winter at this village in 1903. During his
time there, he learnt crucial survival skills from the local Netsilik
Inuit people. This knowledge would give him the upper hand later in his
famous race to the South Pole in 1911. There is an informative walking
tour and a Heritage Center dedicated to the history and culture of the
Here, we’ll investigate an abandoned Hudson’s Bay
trading post located at the southern end of Somerset Island. The
storehouse there is still occasionally used as a shelter by travelers,
with bunk beds and shelves of canned goods.
This is the final resting place for three members of the infamous
Franklin expedition, which sailed into the Northwest Passage in 1845,
never to return. It is customary for explorers in the region to stop
and pay their respects at their graves, as Roald Amundsen did in 1903.
Welcome to the largest uninhabited island on Earth. The only signs of
human life here are at the long-abandoned settlement of Dundas Harbour,
along with several archeological sites from the Thule period.
Called ‘Mittimatalik' in Inuktitut, it means ‘A
good landing place’. This is a traditional Baffin Island
Inuit community, with incredible views of the Eclipse Sound and the
mountains of Bylot Island. I’’s also a great place
to see narwhal - the ‘unicorn of the sea’.
Day 34-41 Baffin Bay to
Greenland and Atlantic Canada
As we emerge from the Northwest Passage, we’ll leave Canadian
territory behind us for now and set course for Greenland. The
informative lectures in the Science Center continue while we sail
across Baffin Bay and the Davis Strait. The topics may include the
wildlife you might see, Greenlandic culture, expedition history,
geology, photography, and lectures on famous historic explorers.
Ilulissat (translated simply as ‘Icebergs’) is set
in the stunning scenery of the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World
Heritage Site. This place is picture-perfect. It’s also a
vibrant hub for adventure seekers who head out onto the polar ice
sheet. There are almost as many sled dogs living here as people.
Just outside the town, you can often see enormous icebergs floating in
the deep blue waters. They originate from the Jakobshavn Glacier, which
calves some 35 billion tons of icebergs each year. These bergs make
their way down the 12-mile fjord before entering Disko Bay. Their
shimmering forms and delicate hues are a nature
Greenland’s second-largest settlement sits 25 miles north of
the Arctic Circle in the central coastal area of the Davis Strait. Its
name translates into ‘The People at the Fox Holes’,
a reference to the many Arctic fox burrows found nearby. Another local
animal is the musk ox, whose wool is used to make a local fabric called
qiviut - said to be 10 times warmer than sheep’s wool.
After Sisimiut, we’ll set out across the Labrador Sea. Relax,
get to know your fellow travelers, and make full use of the onboard
facilities. In the Science Center, the Expedition Team’s
fascinating lecture program focuses on the wildlife and ecosystems of
the Arctic region.
Red Bay, Canada, is a former Basque whaling settlement on the coast of
southern Labrador in the Strait of Belle Isle. Keep your eyes peeled
for humpback and minke whales as we sail through these waters.
A fair share of whaling vessels met their doom before reaching the
shores of Red Bay. Wrecked galleons and chalupas - small boats used by
whalers in the 16th century - are just some of the ships that have been
found preserved in these icy waters. These discoveries make Red Bay one
of the most important underwater archeological sites in the world.
Corner Brook, Canada, As we sail into the Bay of Islands, surrounded by
the jagged slopes and dense forests of the Long Range Mountains,
we’ll chart the same course as Captain James Cook over 250
Just like the famed British explorer, we´ll head to Corner
Brook, at the mouth of the Humber River. This is the second-largest
city in the Newfoundland and Labrador province, after St.
John´s. While St. John´s is trendy and
international, Corner Brook is more traditional and local.
Day 42-49 History,
seafood, and nature
The next leg of your journey begins in Halifax, the cosmopolitan
capital of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. This well-situated
seaport looks out over one of the world's largest natural harbors.
Sable Island, Canada
Our first stop after Halifax is the long, crescent-shaped Sable Island,
some 185 miles to the east. The name comes from the French word for
sand, as this unusual sandbar island cannot support any natural trees.
People come here to see the wild horses, as more than 550 are thought
to live here.
Due to frequent heavy fog and strong currents, even our modern
navigation equipment can struggle with the unpredictable waters close
to the island, making landing a challenge. Should the weather not
cooperate, the captain will maneuver close enough to see the horses
from the observation deck. If conditions are more favorable and we can
go ashore, we’ll see the Sable Island horses up close and
keep our eyes peeled for harbor seals and gray seals on the shoreline.
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
The colorful buildings along the waterfront will mark your first sight
of Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its brightly painted houses
and square gardens are almost unchanged since the 1700s, when it was a
British colonial settlement.
As we exit Canadian waters and cross into the U.S., the next stop on
our expedition cruise is Eastport City, on Moose Island. Archeologists
believe the indigenous Passamaquoddy people lived here for at least
10,000 years before the first Europeans appeared in 1604. While
we’re in Passamaquoddy Bay, check out Old Sow, believed to be
the biggest whirlpool in the western hemisphere and named after the
‘squealing’ noise it supposedly makes as it spins.
If you’ve ever been served a Maine lobster, chances are it
passed through Rockland. Art lovers should check out the Center for
Maine Contemporary Art and the Farnsworth Art Museum, which contain
works by Andrew Wyeth and other New England painters. The real magic
happens when night falls. We’ll drop anchor in Castine
Harbor, where the unique aquatic ecosystem creates the perfect
environment for bioluminescent phytoplankton to thrive. Subject to
availability, we’ll have a number of kayaks for guests to see
this natural phenomenon up close, gliding between the starlit sky and
the shimmering waters.
Bar Harbor, Maine
Perched in Frenchman’s Bay on Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor
sits at the entrance to Acadia National Park and provides views over
Cadillac Mountain and the Cranberry Islands. Its seafood restaurants
are said to be among the finest in New England.
Provincetown is something of an artistic hub. Painters such as Jackson
Pollock have drawn inspiration here since the 1940s. The protected
dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore are within walking distance of
town, which you can explore on foot or as a possible optional excursion
by dune buggy. For whale-watching opportunities, the offshore
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary attracts 17 species of
cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), so make sure to bring your
Home to Harvard and the Red Sox, there’s something for
everyone to love about Boston. It’s one of the most
European-looking American cities and is packed with history. Its
cobbled streets, Tea Party attractions, and the fascinating Freedom
Trail make it the perfect place to explore on foot.
Day 50-53 East Coast
sights at sea
With several days at sea, enjoy the onboard facilities such as the
infinity pool, hot tubs, sauna, indoor gym, and outdoor running track.
Indulge yourself with a treatment in our Wellness Center or participate
in an art workshop. Eat in style in one of our three restaurants, and
spend time on deck looking for seabirds and other marine wildlife. Use
these days at sea to get to know the Expedition Team members better.
They’re an impressive bunch! They’ll continue to
deliver in-depth lectures on a wide range of subjects relating to our
upcoming destinations. If you haven’t done so already,
consider participating in one of our Citizen Science projects. Citizen
Science projects gather real data to help scientists better understand
the environment. Perhaps this information will even help combat some of
the problems that threaten our planet.
Day 54-63 Caribbean vibes
& ocean exploration
The ‘City of Neon’ has a well-earned reputation as
one of the world's most popular vacation destinations, and
you’ll see why. Year-round sunshine? Check. White-sand
beaches? Check. Clear teal waters? Check. These are just a few reasons
why visitors come here in droves. While the glitz you’ve seen
in the movies does exist, there’s a lot more to Miami than
cocktails and luxury yachts. Delve deeper and you’ll find a
thriving metropolis with vibrant doses of Latin American, Caribbean,
Asian, and European influences.
Belize City, Belize
Charming, low-rise Belize City is a laid-back Caribbean coastal gem.
Here, you’ll find colorful British Colonial architecture and
monuments, which serve as a reminder of the city’s past as
the country’s former capital. Our main focus for the day lies
301 miles north of the city: the well-preserved Maya ruins of Altun Ha.
This evocative site is surrounded by a jungle rich in wildlife and
features two main plazas surrounded by numerous ancient temples and
Lighthouse Reef, Belize
Belize’s famed barrier reef is one of the country’s
main attractions. It is considered to be one of the best marine sites
in the entire Caribbean. It hosts an extraordinary variety of sealife,
lush keys, and opportunities for active activities. We anchor for the
day at the uninhabited Half Moon Cay Island, in the Lighthouse Reef,
the most remote of the atolls. The island is best known as a sanctuary
for the rare Red-footed Booby.
Isla de Providencia,
This remote and mountainous island in the Caribbean was once used as a
base by 17th-century pirate Henry Morgan to plunder passing imperial
galleons loaded with gold doubloons. Legend has it that much of the
gold remains hidden on the island. But the real treasures to be found
here are gorgeous sandy beaches, friendly locals, and pristine waters.
Sadly, Hurricane Iona hit the island in 2020. Rebuilding works are
underway and our visits are vitally important in helping local
businesses, and the community as a whole, to recover.
Corn Islands, Nicaragua
One of the best things about our expedition cruises is our ability to
bring you to smaller, hard-to-reach destinations that are often missed
by the bigger cruise ships. We plan to land on Big Corn Island, located
roughly 50 miles off the coast of Nicaragua. You’ll find none
of the usual tourist traps here, just a slow island vibe with beautiful
beaches and genuinely friendly locals. You’ll get the feeling
that everybody knows everyone in this place and you’ll be
welcome wherever you go. Feast on juicy lobster, then allow the
tropical island bliss to wash over you as you swing in a beach hammock.
Bocas del Toro, Panama
Bocas del Toro is a dreamy tropical archipelago made up of nine main
islands and hundreds of smaller ones. This is what people imagine when
they dream of paradise. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this National
Marine Park is one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth.
Its many islands support an exotic mix of wildlife, including sloths,
red frogs, and leaf-cutter ants. We’ll hop on a local water
taxi to one of the surrounding islands and take a guided walk. One
place we might visit is Red Frog Beach, where you can try and spot
those aptly named frogs. Or we could venture to Solarte Island, which
features several great hiking trails for nature walks.
This bustling Caribbean seaport is a popular stop for ships preparing
to transit the Panama Canal. Its population is diverse population for
such a small size. As you might expect, there are many of great
restaurants here, as well as excellent shopping opportunities.
Day 64-77 Inca history,
Colonial architecture, and the Panama Canal
We’ll pass through the Panama Canal, the man-made marvel of
engineering engineering featuring channels and open water that was
opened to traffic in 1914. The canal links the Atlantic to the Pacific
Ocean, and roughly halfway through the 12-hour transit, we’ll
enter the Gatun Lake section. If you’re lucky, you may spot a
crocodile or alligator on shore. Watch the trees and you may catch a
glimpse of a monkey or even a sloth or two.
MS Roald Amundsen will bring us across the Equator early in the
morning. Join a traditional ceremony on board in which we seek King
Neptune’s blessing. Setting foot on South America, our first
port of call is Montecristi, located five miles inland from the
tuna-fishing port city of Manta. This town was established in the 16th
century by the Indigenous Manteños people seeking respite
from the frequent pirate raids on the coast. Montecristi is the actual
birthplace of the Panama hat, despite its name.
Machala’s main claim to fame is Puerto Bolívar, an
important Ecuadorian port, where coffee, cocoa, shrimp, and bananas
(which the locals call ’oro verde–, or
‘green gold’, given their abundance) leave for
export. The nearby Puyango Petrified Forest has one of the largest
collections of fossilized trees in the world, thought to be about 100
million years old.
Pummeled by the Pacific Ocean’s wind and waves, Salaverry can
be a tricky port to access. If we are able to land there,
it’s a good starting point to explore Trujillo,
Peru’s third-largest city, along with the array of
pre-Colombian archaeological sites scattered throughout the region.
Set on a strip of desert between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes
Mountains, you’ll find the Peruvian capital city of Lima.
Served by the seaport of Callao, Lima is the largest city in the
country. It’s a modern, sprawling metropolis where traditions
and modernity mix to create a heady cocktail of culture and cuisine. In
contrast to this modern metropolis, the fascinating and enigmatic adobe
clay ruins of the Huaca Pucllana and Huaca Huallamarca ceremonial
pyramids are all that remain of a long-lost ancient culture.
Nestled on a bay behind a peninsula, the humble and sleepy resort town
of Paracas is surrounded by brown sugar–colored cliffs and
lovely beaches. Opposite the Paracas harbor is a mysterious local
geoglyph carved into the landscape of a candelabra-like
symbol—the origin and meaning of which remain a mystery. It
could be related to the famous Nazca Lines, which you have an
opportunity to visit in the Pisco Valley on an optional excursion.
Unusual for a city by the sea, Arica is bathed in glorious sunshine
almost every day of the year. Residents proudly describe the place as
being immersed in a never-ending spring. Don’t miss the San
Marcos Cathedral, designed by Gustave Eiffel (of Parisian fame) and
inaugurated in 1876.
Welcome to a slice of paradise by the Pacific Ocean, complete with palm
trees and beachside promenades. Our plan here is to visit the nearby
abandoned saltpeter mining town of Humberstone in the Atacama Desert.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a slice of history that you can
literally walk through.
La Serena, Chile
Perched beside the ocean, La Serena is blessed with beautiful sandy
beaches all along Avenida del Mar and beyond. You’ll find
Chile’s second-oldest city to have a distinct Neo-Colonial
look and feel to it. Its modern buildings meld with classic
architecture, such as the 30 or so carefully restored stone churches,
some of which are up to 350 years old.
Known as UNESCO’s ‘Jewel of the Pacific’,
this UNESO World Heritage listed city is a maze of monuments, churches,
historical funiculars (cable cars), trendy neighborhoods, cobblestone
alleys, colorful houses, and charming plazas.
Day 78-87 Cruising toward
We’ve made it to Patagonia. In Castro, bring your camera to
snap the brightly painted palafitos. These are traditional wooden
houses on stilts, which line the edges of the fjord at Gamboa Wharf.
The nearby UNESCO-listed Church of San Francisco is a masterpiece of
carpentry, made entirely of wood in a Neo-Gothic style.
The tiny hamlet of Puerto Edén sits on a bay in a remote
peninsula jutting into a fjord in the province of Última
Esperanza (which means ‘Last Hope’). This is a good
place to access the exceptional landscapes of Bernardo O'Higgins
National Park, Chile’s largest protected area. This features
a stunning network of peaceful fjords and gorgeous forest-mantled
There are no roads leading to or from this isolated
village—and not even within it! There are simply boardwalks
and footpaths connecting the homes of its fewer than 200 residents.
Take in the breathtaking views of the southern Andes as we arrive at
Puerto Natales. The city is an entry point to Torres del Paine National
Park, which attracts hikers and climbers from all over the world. Aside
from a full-day optional excursion to the national park, you can also
spend some time leisurely exploring Puerto Natales on foot. This sleepy
city is a mix of Bohemian bars, outdoor gear retailers, corrugated tin
houses, and restaurants serving international cuisine.
We’ll cruise among the fabled fjords and a multitude of
islands found within Chile’s rugged Magallanes Province,
where jagged mountains reach for the sky. We will pass through the
western part of the Strait of Magellan, named after the famous
16th-century Portuguese explorer who first traversed it. The scenery is
so fantastic that you’ll feel an innate sense of wonder and
Cape Horn & the
After looping around the glacier-carved Alberto de Agostini National
Park, we’ll enter Beagle Channel. Take in breathtaking
landscapes as we pass between the national park and Isla Gordon, which
belongs to the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago. At the tip of South
America lies the legendary Cape Horn. It was a major milestone in the
old clipper routes that connected Europe with the Far East and Oceania.
This is where the open waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
collide, creating powerful waves made even stronger by swirling
westerly winds. For yachters, rounding Cape Horn is a maritime feat,
comparable, for them, to summiting Mount Everest. Given the notoriety
of these turbulent waters, we can’t guarantee a landing.
However, if fortune plays in our favor that day and the weather is
stable enough to dock on the island, you’ll be among a select
few in the world to set foot here. From Cape Horn, it’s a
clear shot to Antarctica across the Drake Passage.
Day 88-91 The fabled
frozen continent of Antarctica
Nowhere else on Earth can we find anywhere that compares to this
otherworldly landscape of snow and ice. The wind and waves mix with the
late-spring sun to sculpt icebergs into massive white and white-blue
gems, some as tall as buildings. Immense ice shelves and crumpled
glaciers creak and rumble while chunks of ice crash into the waters
below. Mighty mountains hibernate beneath blankets of soft snow.
Welcome to the unmatched Seventh Continent. Welcome to Antarctica.
Your next four days will consist in an exploration of several landing
sites (there are more than 20 possible sites on and around the
Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands). It doesn’t
matter where we go and what we do, every day in this immense and
pristine region will be thrilling, unlike anything you’ve
ever experienced before. How about sailing into a flooded volcanic
caldera? Or landing at a dramatic bay harboring relics of the whaling
era? You can also ashore and stand among thousands of penguins. Of
course, we must keep a good distance from the inquisitive ones who come
to inspect you. Late spring in the Antarctic means that the Gentoo and
Chinstrap Penguins will be at the start of their courting season, while
the Adélie penguins may have already laid their eggs and be
nesting. There are plenty of other birds in Antarctica, such as the
skuas, jaegers, petrels, and terns. Unlike penguins, these birds
actually have functioning wings, so remember to look up to the sky now
and again. The Expedition Team will guide you each step of the way,
leading you on landings and leading ice cruises aboard our small boats
(RIBs). Depending on local snow, ice, and wind conditions, you could be
among the select few to participate in optional activities such as
kayaking and snowshoeing and you may even be able to spend a night
camping on land.
There are also fun and interesting Citizen Science projects to do, such
as cloud observation, or whale and leopard seal spotting. Or look at
phytoplankton in a whole new way under a microscope in the Science
Center! It is satisfying to know that the data you help collect as part
of Citizen Science projects feeds into current scientific studies at
key institutes all over the world. The resident photographer will also
have handy tips on how to best capture these spectacular landscapes and
the photogenic wildlife. Don’t forget to come out from behind
your camera lens now and again to take it all in and relish the moment!
Day 92-94 To the bottom
of the world and back again.
After the magic of Antarctica, we’ll set off on a two-day
journey back across the Drake Passage to South America. This is the
perfect time to wind down and reflect on your experiences in the frozen
continent. Pamper yourself in the Wellness Center with a soothing
treatment and chat with your newfound friends about your shared
memories from the trip in the Explorer bar and lounge. Swap photos and
stories about your different adventures and experiences. Or join the
Expedition Team in the Science Center to recap everything
you’ve seen and learned along the way.
Your pole-to-pole journey has reached its triumphant end. Once we
arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina, you’ll be transferred to the
airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. You can choose whether to fly
home directly or spend a few extra days exploring the birthplace of the
tango. Before you disembark, bid a bittersweet goodbye to the ship, the
crew, and the amazing Expedition Team. Each of them has worked very
hard to make your adventure a joyful and unforgettable one.
We share an overall goal: Showing you - and all our guests - that
expedition cruises can and should be as sustainable as possible, and
inspiring each of us to do more to protect and cherish the delicate
balance of life on our planet. This is the appreciation we want you to
take home with you and share with your friends and family.
Here’s to seeing you on your next adventure!
Not ready for your adventure to end? Since you’re in the
area, sign up for our Post-Program to the magnificent Iguazú
Falls on the Brazilian border. Visit Iguaz´s cascades and
viewpoints, seeing them from both the Argentinian and Brazilian side.
The trip includes a scenic train ride to the upper falls.
MS Roald Amundsen
Named after the first man to cross Antarctica and reach the South Pole, MS Roald Amundsen leads the way towards an even more sustainable way of traveling. The ship is specially constructed for voyages in polar waters. It serves as a comfortable base camp at sea - bringing adventurers from all over the world to the most spectacular destinations in the most sustainable way.
(Click image to view Ship details)
- Overnight hotel stay in Vancouver, including breakfast
- Flight in economy class between Ushuaia and Buenos Aires
- City tour in Vancouver ending at the pier, including a
- Transfer between the ship and Ushuaia airport
- Expedition cruise in the cabin of your choice
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages (house
beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and
- Fine-dining in À la carte restaurant
Lindstrøm is included for suite guests
- Complimentary tea and coffee
- Laundry service
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in
remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
- Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard
water refill stations
- English-speaking Expedition Team who organizes and guides
activities, both on board and ashore
- Range of included activities
- Experts from the Expedition Team present detailed lectures
on a variety of topics
- Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an
extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
- The Citizen Science program, which allows guests to
contribute to current scientific research projects
- The onboard professional photographer will give tips and
tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
- The ship has hot tubs, an infinity pool, a sauna, an
outdoor and indoor gym, and an outdoor running track
- Participate in informal gatherings with the crew, such as
daily recaps and the next day’s preparations
- Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for
- Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
- Expedition photographers help you configure your camera
- International flights
- Travel protection
- Baggage handling
- Optional shore excursions with our local partners
- Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
- Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area
- All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
- Excursions and activities are subject to change
- Please ensure you can meet all entry and boarding
- No gratuities are expected