Exploring below the Antarctic Circle offers more than bragging rights; it's an opportunity to enter a rarely seen, isolated, and colder world. Navigate through pack ice and narrow channels, encountering ice-clad mountains, feeding whales, and vibrant penguin colonies, creating lasting memories.
This morning, have breakfast and check-out, ensuring your cabin luggage has clear tags with your name and cabin number. Take it to the hotel reception for storage and transfer to the port. Keep valuables with you.
You have the morning at leisure to explore Ushuaia.
For those joining the catamaran cruise, meet at the hotel lobby at 12.15 pm for a 12.30 pm transfer to the port. The cruise explores the Beagle Channel, passing the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse and watching sea lions and imperial cormorants.
Alternatively, enjoy leisure time and meet at the hotel lobby at 3.00 pm or 3.30 pm at the pier parking lot for embarkation.
Once onboard, settle into your cabin before mandatory briefings. As the ship departs, gather on the deck for views over Ushuaia. The evening features a welcome dinner to celebrate the Antarctic adventure with fellow expeditioners, the expedition team, and crew.
Embarking on the Drake Passage, we acclimate to the sea's movements. The expedition team provides wildlife guidelines, biosecurity procedures, and initiates the lecture program on Antarctica's history, wildlife, and environment.
Wildlife encounters start with seabird watching, including albatrosses and giant petrels. On sea days, enjoy onboard facilities like the gym, sauna, jacuzzis, or relax in observation lounges.
Approaching the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, anticipation grows for the first iceberg sighting. Crossing the Antarctic Convergence, we enter a realm of floating ice sculptures. If conditions permit, the first landing in Antarctica may occur by late afternoon.
Conclude your Antarctic adventure with a final morning landing in the South Shetland Islands before heading back through the Drake Passage. Enjoy lectures, film presentations, and the Southern Ocean's magic, reflecting on the journey. Become an Antarctic ambassador, sharing your experiences and advocating for its conservation. Weather permitting, sail close to legendary Cape Horn on the return to South America.
Disembark in Ushuaia early in the morning, bidding farewell to your expedition team and fellow travelers. Passengers with flights before 12:30 pm will be transferred to Ushuaia Airport directly, while those continuing their journey can explore Ushuaia before an afternoon airport transfer. Flights after 12:30 pm allow for additional exploration. Note that flights departing before 12:00 pm on disembarkation day are not recommended to account for potential delays.