HIGHLIGHTSThe great Weddell Sea not only features massive tabular icebergs, wildly dramatic landscapes, and fascinating historical sites, but it is also one of the best places in Antarctica for viewing iconic wildlife like whales, seals, juvenile emperor penguins, and many other rarely seen seabirds.
DATES / RATES
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||QUAD||TRIPLE PORTHOLE||TWIN PORTHOLE||TWIN WINDOW||TWIN DELUXE||SUPERIOR|
|Feb 11, 2023||Feb 22, 2023||8,400||10,350||10,350||10,800||11,450||12,350|
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||(Starting from)|
|Feb 11, 2023||Feb 22, 2023||8,400||10,800||12,350|
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: Brown Bluff, Madder Cliffs and nesting penguins
morning we hope to land at Brown Bluff with its impressive scenery and
nesting Adelie penguins. In the afternoon, we head across the Antarctic
Sound to Kinnes Cove for a landing, where you can see the nearby Madder
Cliffs with their subtle red coloration as well as nearby gentoo
5: Antarctic sound islands and history
we explore the southern end of the Antarctic Sound, including the
islands of Jonassen, Andersson, and Rosamel, depending on conditions.
In the afternoon, we head to Paulet Island, where an historic hut
remains from the 1903 Swedish Antarctic Expedition of Otto
Nordenskiöld. This hut enabled the team, whose ship had been
crushed in sea ice, to survive until they were rescued.
6: Panorama from Devil Island
aim is to spend the day on and around Devil Island, an impressive
landing site that gives us the chance to ascend the summit and take in
breathtaking views of Erebus and Terror Gulf, as well as our ship
anchored in the bay below.
7: The marvels of James Ross Island
you can explore the area of Herbert Sound, named after the great
explorer Sir Wally Herbert. We will focus our attention on the area of
the Naze Peninsula and Comb Ridge on James Ross Island.
8: Exploring remote islands
sail as close as the ice allows to the northwest area of Erebus and
Terror Gulf, where the Beak and Eagle islands await us. As with other
islands in this group, they are volcanic in origin. Beak island has two
freshwater lakes that are home to unique ecosystems, and Eagle Island
offers spectacular scenery. It is most famous for being the hottest
place in Antarctica during a heatwave that melted 20% of the
island’s snow and ice in 2020.
9: Craters, hot springs, and abandoned whaling stations
next plan is to visit Deception Island. Actually a subducted crater,
this island opens into the sea and creates a natural harbor for the
ship. Hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, and multiple bird
species – cape petrels, kelp gulls, brown and south polar
skuas, and Antarctic terns – can be seen here.
Wilson’s storm petrels and black-bellied storm petrels also
nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay.
10 – 11: Familiar seas, familiar friends
return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, we are
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.
12: There and back again
adventure, no matter how great, must eventually come to an end.
It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia with memories that will
accompany you wherever your next journey leads.
Plancius (Expedition, 108-guests)
MV Plancius offers a restaurant/lecture room on deck 3 and a spacious observation lounge (with bar) on deck 5 with large windows, offering full panorama view. The vessel has large open deck spaces (with full walk-around possibilities on deck 4), giving excellent opportunities to enjoy the scenery and wildlife. She is furthermore equipped with 10 Mark V zodiacs.
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from this voyage
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.
group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly
miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
and post- land arrangements.
and visa expenses.
arrival and departure taxes.
cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry,
bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other
service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).
- Kayaking: USD 450
- Camping: USD 195
- Polar Diving: USD 535 (Offered only on the February departure)