Christmas in Antarctica

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Celebrate the most magical time of the year in the most extraordinary destination on Earth with our exclusive Christmas in Antarctica cruise! Experience the wonder and awe of the White Continent as you sail through pristine icy waters, surrounded by towering glaciers and majestic icebergs. From the stunning landscapes of the South Shetland Islands to the breathtaking beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula, every moment of this journey will be filled with unparalleled adventure and discovery. Imagine waking up on Christmas morning to the sight of penguins waddling on ice floes and seals basking in the sunlight, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Our experienced crew and expert guides will ensure that your holiday is nothing short of magical, with festive celebrations, gourmet dining experiences, and thrilling excursions that showcase the best of Antarctica's wildlife and natural wonders. Join us for an unforgettable Christmas voyage to the end of the Earth, where dreams truly do come true.

12 Day Antarctica Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia

Ushuaia is the southernmost town in the world and our starting point for an Antarctic adventure. Our staff will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel that we have arranged and included in your itinerary. You are then free to spend the remainder of the day exploring this exciting port and adventure center.

Museo del Fin del Mundo offers a fascinating introduction to the local wildlife and history. You can arrange a range of activities to fit your interests and level of fitness, including hiking through the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park or wildlife watching in Beagle Channel. Ushuaia has a variety of restaurants that serve Patagonian Lamb and delicious Fuegian Seafood.

Day 2: Beagle Channel

You can spend the day in Ushuaia after breakfasting at your hotel. Enjoy the beautiful waterfront while admiring the views of the Martial Range - the southernmost peak of the Andes. You can shop for last-minute items such as winter gear or souvenirs. Remember that you'll soon be receiving your own parka and boots for borrowing on the ship. Avenida San Martin is home to many cafés, gelato stores, and parrillas that will satisfy your appetite for lunch.

You will then be transported to a deluxe expedition ship. Explore the spacious ship and settle into your suite. This will be the home for your extraordinary journey. Your expedition team will provide you with an informative introduction and briefing after we get underway. Step out on the decks after the first delicious dinner to enjoy the beautiful evening light and scenery as we sail through the Beagle Channel.

Day 3 & 4: Drake Passage

We turn south after passing Tierra del Fuego to start our Drake Passage crossing. On the way, we keep an eye out for fin and humpback whales. These waters are home to the majestic Wandering Albatross, as well as other subantarctic birds. They can be easily viewed on open balconies and decks. The Antarctic Convergence is also crossed, which marks the boundary between the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic Ocean. Stabilizing fins on the ship provide extra comfort during rough seas. Our lecture staff will prepare you with briefings on bio-security and other procedures, as well as presentations. On the second night of our voyage, we hope to reach the South Shetland Islands.

Day 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9: South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

In the coming days we will explore highlights from the South Shetland Islands as well as the Antarctic Peninsula. The scenery in this region is some of the most beautiful and best for wildlife viewing. The sheltered bays, channels and mountains are ablaze with ice. They reflect the peaks of towering mountains covered in snow or encrusted by glaciers. The beauty of the icebergs is unmatched. Marine mammals and seabirds are attracted to the waters rich in krill. This area is full of penguins, which are active at sea foraging and also rookeries on special land areas. We also see research stations of different nationalities here, with some gift shops and postal offices.

South Shetland Islands is the first place we will explore in Antarctica. The South Shetland Islands are a beautiful, untouched island chain with many historic landings and abundant wildlife. The Gerlache Strait region of the Antarctic Peninsula is a stunning wilderness with spectacular white landscapes and colossal glaciers, as well as obliging sea mammals, bustling colonies of penguins, and hospitable marine mammal. The famous Lemaire Channel is also called "Kodak Gap", because it reflects the picture of snow-capped mountains.

On the island and the mainland we can find colonies nesting gentoo penguins and chinstraps and Adelie, often side-by-side. In the nests, chicks of penguins are beginning to emerge. A high concentration of ice on the sea surface also allows seals and penguins congregate, which attracts killer whales. Leopard seals are patrolling near colonies of penguins and minke whales. In this first month of summer, photographers will enjoy the unaltered appearance of snow on the landscape.

Active adventure is the best way to enjoy this wild yet accessible area. For a deeper understanding of the polar wilderness, our guides offer hiking or hill climbing. The wildlife-rich waters in Antarctica provide kayakers with many opportunities to paddle alongside seals and penguins on some of the most picturesque waterways. Spend a night camping ashore to make the most out of your trip on the White Continent.

It is authentic expedition cruising. The weather and the ice will determine our exact route and explore opportunities. The experienced expedition leader and captain will constantly adjust the plans in order to maximize their potential within this difficult polar environment. We take advantage of the nearly 20 hours per day that are available to enjoy wildlife and stunning scenery during our Zodiac and shore excursion cruises.

Day 10 & 11: Drake Passage

Christmas Day is a day of fun and festivities for all! Christmas is celebrated with special food and celebrations in accordance to the diverse traditions of our passengers. Santa Claus is going to be there and you will have the opportunity to take a photo with him. Dress in holiday attire to enjoy the music, dancing and singing of Christmas. Your Antarctica Christmas will be a memory you'll cherish forever! As we sail through the Beagle Channel we will enjoy an evening of calm sailing to Ushuaia.

Day 12: Ushuaia

We bid you farewell to Ushuaia after another tasty breakfast aboard. If you want to stay longer, we can arrange a transfer for the group to either the airport or the center of the city. You may be already looking forward to the next adventure in the polar regions as you reflect on your Antarctica experience.

Itinerary Map

Christmas in Antarctica

12 Day Antarctica Itinerary Includes

  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All scheduled landings/excursions
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • WiFi on board
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails
  • All port fees
  • Predeparture materials
  • Digital Voyage Log

12 Day Antarctica Itinerary Does not Include

  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$ 200,000 per person
  • Staff gratuities

12 Day Antarctica Itinerary Highlights

  • Experience the thrill of sailing across the Drake Passage, where you can spot fin and humpback whales, as well as the majestic Wandering Albatross.
  • Explore the stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife of the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Marvel at the beauty of icebergs and towering glaciers, and observe marine mammals and seabirds attracted to the rich waters.
  • Traverse the Gerlache Strait region, renowned for its spectacular white landscapes and breathtaking scenery.
  • Engage in active adventures such as hiking, hill climbing, kayaking alongside seals and penguins

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 11 Dinners
  • 12 Lunches
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 | Cierva Cove |  Antarctica
Beagle Channel | Ushuaia | Fur Seal

12 Day Antarctica cruise activities

Sea Kayaking
Under full instruction from your sea kayaking guide, experience true tranquillity as you paddle through clinking ice floes and realise the enormity of the surrounding scenery. Look out for breaching whales, lounging seals and penguins zipping alongside your kayak. Some experience is required.
Ice Camping
Camp out on the ice and experience the silence which blankets the continent by night. This is your chance to completely connect with this ethereal ice world – wrap up warm and embrace the Antarctic elements.
Get a spring in your step when you slip on a pair of snowshoes in Antarctica. Enabling you to easily scale gentle slopes, this unique activity allows you to access hard to reach places and seek out the most impressive views.
Learn to capture wildlife and landscape shots in a small group photography program, including critiquing sessions and editing classes. Plus, Explorer Boat excursions with a dedicated photography expert on landings.
Explorer Boats
Achieve the best views and photographs from a forward facing Explorer Boats. They allow you to sit comfortably and securely while crackling through the ice-strewn waters. Look out for wildlife such as penguins, seals and whales as you cruise.
It doesn’t get more serene than complimentary yoga classes to the tune of glacial scenery. Join the most unique exercise setting in the world after a day of exploration. Classes are regular but are dependent on weather conditions and swell.
Christmas in Antarctica
12 Days
From $5,395.00 per person

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