dramatically different wildlife as you pass the snow-capped Melchior
Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers
the Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island nestled between the
mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Rongé Island.
Cuverville houses a large colony of gentoo penguins and breeding pairs
of brown skuas
to the Neko Harbor, an epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless
Neko Harbor, get an opportunity for a Zodiac cruise and landing with
the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks
Paradise Bay, take a Zodiac cruise in the sprawling, ice-flecked waters
before sailing to the Lemaire Channel
Horseshoe Island, the location of the former British Base Y, a remnant
of the 1950s that is now unmanned though still equipped with almost all
the technology it had while in service
to Stonington Island, home to the former US East Base and British Base
E, which was occupied until 1975. This island marks the southernmost
landing site of the trip – 68° south
the scattered icebergs of Hanusse Baywhich offers a good chance of
the Antarctic Circle again, at Crystal Sound, Humpback whale sightings
are likely, and your approach to the Fish Islands offers the
possibility of a Zodiac cruise or even a landing
& Pléneau Islands provide a great variety of
birdlife, along with possibilities for Zodiac cruises among icebergs
that are highly popular among leopard and crabeater seals. Sight
Adélie penguins congregating among the bergs nearby, Minke
whales, humpbacks, and gentoo penguins can also be found here
DATES / RATES
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||Quad Porthole||Twin Porthole Deck 3||Twin Porthole Deck 4||Twin Window||Twin Deluxe||Superior|
|Mar 20, 2023||Apr 02, 2023||8,850||10,850||10,850||11,400||12,100||12,800|
|Mar 16, 2024||Mar 29, 2024||9,100||11,200||11,200||11,750||12,450||13,250|
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||(Starting from)|
|Mar 20, 2023||Apr 02, 2023||8,850||11,400||12,800|
|Mar 16, 2024||Mar 29, 2024||9,100||11,750||13,250|
1: End of the world, start of a journey
voyage begins where the world drops off. Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to
be the southernmost city on the planet, is located on the far southern
tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this
small resort town on Tierra del Fuego, nicknamed “The End of
the World,” and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for
the remainder of the evening.
2-3: Path of the polar explorers
the next two days on the Drake Passage, you enjoy some of the same
experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted
these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale
spouting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence
– Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when
north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas
– you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only
does the marine life change, the avian life changes too. Wandering
albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses,
light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars,
Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels
are a few of the birds you might see.
4-5: Entering Antarctica
stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and
dramatically different wildlife below and above. You first pass the
snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between
Brabant and Anvers Islands.
intended route for you Antarctic adventure includes:
– A small precipitous island nestled between the mountains of
the Antarctic Peninsula and Rongé Island, Cuverville houses
a large colony of gentoo penguins and breeding pairs of brown skuas.
– An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless
wind-carved snow, Neko Harbor offers opportunities for a Zodiac cruise
and landing that afford the closest views of the surrounding alpine
– You could take a Zodiac cruise in these sprawling,
ice-flecked waters before sailing to the Lemaire Channel.
6-8: Through the Gullet
a comfortable night of sailing, you wake among the many islands south
of Lemaire Channel. You are now near the Antarctic Circle. At this
point, a voyage through the aptly named Gullet – a narrow but
picturesque channel between Adelaide Island and the Antarctic Continent
is possible if the ice isn’t too dense. You can explore this
area from the prow of the ship getting the closest possible contact
with the polar terrain as you venture southward.
the way, you may enjoy the following visits:
Pourquoi Pas Island
– You might circumnavigate this island, named after the ship
of the famous French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot. This location is
known for its tight fjords and lofty, glacier-crowded mountains.
– This is the location of the former British Base Y, a
remnant of the 1950s that is now unmanned though still equipped with
almost all the technology it had while in service.
– Home to the former US East Base and British Base E, which
was occupied until 1975, this island marks the southernmost landing
site of the trip – 68° south. If a landing here is
possible, your road turns north again afterward, through the Gunnel
– Enjoy the scattered icebergs of this scenic bay, which
offers a good chance of spotting whales.
9-11: The whales of Crystal Sound
are near the Antarctic Circle again, cutting north through the
countless ice floes of Crystal Sound. Humpback whale sightings are
likely, and your approach to the Fish Islands offers the possibility of
a Zodiac cruise or even a landing. Whatever the case, the views beyond
comparison in this area. There may also be more Adélie
penguins congregating among the bergs nearby. Petermann &
Pléneau Islands provide a great variety of birdlife, along
with possibilities for Zodiac cruises among icebergs that are highly
popular among leopard and crabeater seals. Minke whales, humpbacks, and
gentoo penguins can also be found here.
on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.
12-13: Familiar seas, familiar friends
return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake,
you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered
from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you
now, and you to them.
14: There and back again
adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end.
It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that
will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.
6-8: (Alternate program if the route to the south of Crystal
Sound/Hanusse Bay is blocked by ice)
may take a course around the western side of Adelaide Island to reach
Marguerite Bay. Should ice conditions also not allow for this approach,
you could continue the program by exploring the Antarctic Peninsula in
and around the Penola and Gerlache Straits.
Ortelius (Expedition, 108-guests)
Ortelius offers a comfortable hotel standard, with a u-shaped, a bar and a lecture room. Our voyages are primarily developed to offer our passengers a quality exploratory wildlife program, trying to spend as much time ashore as possible. As the number of passengers is limited to approximately 116 on the Ortelius, flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities. Ortelius carries 10 zodiacs
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aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee
shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced
use of rubber boots and snowshoes
transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in
group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly
miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program