Realm of Penguins & Icebergs - Antarctic Cruise

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Embark on a unique adventure to the realm of penguins and icebergs aboard our exclusive cruise! Discover the astounding beauty and majesty of Antarctica as you explore dreamlike landscapes teeming with an incredible variety of wildlife. From the thrilling start in the Falkland Islands to the fascinating excursion through South Georgia, you'll witness thousands of king penguins in their natural habitat and capture unforgettable moments. Get ready to experience an extraordinary journey that will leave you amazed and will be remembered forever!

12 Day Antartida 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 informative presentations and briefings as soon as the ship sets sail. 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 home to many penguins, which are active at sea foraging and also forming large colonies on the land. We also have a number of research stations from different countries.

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 plenty of wildlife. The Gerlache Strait region of the Antarctic Peninsula is a stunning wilderness with spectacular white landscapes and colossal glaciers, as well as hospitable marine mammals, bustling colonies of penguins, and obliging sea mammal. The famous Lemaire Channel is also called "Kodak Gap", because it reflects the picture of snow-capped mountains.

On the various islands you can find impressive colonies of Adelie, Adelie, and gentoo penguins, often side-by-side.

Active adventure is the best way to enjoy this wild yet accessible area. For a deeper understanding of the untouched 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 in the wild, untamed nature of Antarctica while camping 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 their plans in order to maximize the benefits of this difficult polar environment.

Day 10 & 11: Drake Passage

The adventure has not yet ended. We are always accompanied by seabirds, and in the wild waters there's a possibility that we may encounter whales. The Captain's Farewell Cocktail, and the final slideshow are also part of the festivities. As we sail through the Beagle Channel we will enjoy an evening of calm sailing towards 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

Realm of Penguins & Icebergs

12 Day Antartida 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 Antartida 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 Antartida Itinerary Highlights

  • Explore local wildlife and history at the Museo del Fin del Mundo in Ushuaia
  • Experience the thrill of crossing the Drake Passage, keeping an eye out for fin and humpback whales and majestic
  • Explore the breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife of the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Take part in active adventures such as hiking, hill climbing, kayaking alongside seals and penguins
  • Marvel at towering glaciers, majestic icebergs, and bustling penguin colonies

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 11 Dinners
  • 12 Lunches
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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.
Realm of Penguins & Icebergs
12 Days
From $5,395.00 per person

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