The Ultimate Antarctica Experience

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This 12-day Antarctica cruise is an exploratory adventure to the Great White Continent. The cruise starts in Ushuaia, Argentina, and sails through the Beagle Channel. You will then cross the Drake Passage and arrive in Antarctica. There is no set itinerary for the cruise, so your adventure will be truly unique. You could visit the tabular icebergs in the Weddell Sea, explore rarely visited land south of the Antarctic Circle, or visit research stations located in the most remote places on Earth. No matter where you go, you are sure to see amazing wildlife and have a real adventure.

12 Day Antarctica Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Ushuaia, embarkation

Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. You can explore this lively Patagonian town or take a walk in the nearby forests. Consider a trip into Tierra del Fuego's raw, natural landscape. Tierra del Fuego, the island, is an ideal hiking destination with its rugged mountains and glaciers. It also has flower-filled fields, boggy wetlands, and meadows. We board the vessel that is waiting for us to arrive in port.

Our expedition starts after our safety drill. We navigate the Beagle Channel, named for Charles Darwin’s ship. The steeply-sided Strait that divides Tierra del Fuego in southern Argentina and Chile has served as the starting point of thousands of explorations. As we enter the Drake Passage, keep an eye out for dolphins and whales.

Day 2 & 3: At sea - crossing the Drake Passage southbound

We continue sailing and cross the famous Drake Passage, the waterway that separates Patagonia from the Antarctic Peninsula. Drake Passage, also known as the Roaring Fifties for its strong winds and rolly conditions is a place of excitement. Although this is a challenging passage, our expedition ships are equipped with powerful engines, stabilizers and highly qualified crew members. Drake Passage is a life-long achievement for the most adventurous sailors. You will make it twice.

We will use our days on the Drake Passage to prepare for our trip to Antarctica. Your Expedition Leader will give you a comprehensive briefing on safety and how to minimize your impact in this wilderness. He will also provide you with tips and hints for wildlife viewing, and our exploration plans. The Expedition Team is dedicated to helping you bioseal your clothes and equipment, which helps to preserve Antarctica's fragile ecology. They will also share tailored lectures about Antarctic exploration history and wildlife.

On the third day, we will enter the Antarctic Convergence. Watch the temperature plummet while sailing south into Antarctic waters. This abrupt cooling marks the intersection between the cold waters of Antarctica and the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean. The sea will cool, bringing with it a plethora of wildlife. This is some of the biologically most productive waters on Earth. Expect to see penguins as well as albatrosses, and possibly seals and even whales. We may land on South Shetland Islands, a beautiful archipelago north of Antarctic Peninsula, weather permitting. This will mark the beginning of our journey on The Last Continent.

 

Day 4 to 9: The Antarctic Peninsula

This voyage allows adventurous travelers to explore Antarctica in its natural state - allowing Mother Nature to provide the most opportunities. The first half of Antarctica's brief summer is when the sea ice is the thickest. This gives us plenty of time to explore the frozen wilderness on the continent. The Expedition Leader and the Captain will carefully plan our exact itinerary. We will however aim to see a variety of sights that showcase this stunningly beautiful area.

On a Zodiac Cruise in Paradise Bay, marvel at massive icebergs. On Cuverville Island, be moved as penguins fiercely defend their nests and tenderly care for their eggs. Hike over active glaciers in Neko Harbour to see ice waterfalls into the clear, blue water. Visit the historic Damoy Point huts, which have been lovingly renovated and are open to everyone. On a Zodiac Safari in Wilhelmina Bay, you can feel the water spray from a humpback's blow. On a cruise along the Lemaire Channel, you can marvel at breathtaking scenery. In the Antarctic Sound, you can watch tabular icebergs the size of a city drifting silently by the ship. On the Antarctic Peninsula we will find endemic wildlife and fascinating history, as well as breathtaking natural beauty.

Expect to see penguins building their nests with pebbles, and then fiercely protecting their eggs against hungry Giant Petrels and skuas. As the Antarctic summer begins, humpbacks will also be returning to Antarctica. These giant sea creatures are here to feed off the abundance of krill. We may be lucky enough to see their young.

This trip has no fixed itinerary, allowing our crew to make the most of everyone's experience. While our suggested routes and landings are only possible options, we know that the Antarctic will be an unforgettable experience.

Day 10 & 11: At sea - crossing the Drake Passage northbound

Eventually, we leave Antarctica and travel north along the Drake Passage, returning to the Beagle Channel, then onwards towards Ushuaia in Argentina. Our guests will have the opportunity to reflect upon their journey during our time at Sea. Enjoy a cocktail at the Nordic Bar with new friends. Learn from our Expedition Team's passion and knowledge during the lectures held in the Shackleton lounge. Or simply watch the flight of albatrosses that accompany us to the north.

Join the captain and officers for a Farewell Cocktail Party. Then, our onboard camera will show you photos and videos of your Antarctic experience.

Day 12: Arrival in Ushuaia and disembarkation

We will return to the Ushuaia pier in the early morning on the last day of our journey. After the stark whiteness of Antarctica, trees, grass and an active city might seem odd to you. It's time to say goodbye to your crew and the Albatros Expedition Team after a delicious breakfast. Descend the gangway to return to land and cherish the memories from the trip of a life-time.

Itinerary Map

The Ultimate Antarctica Experience

12 Day Antarctica Itinerary Includes

  • Embarkation shuttle transfer to the vessel from Ushuaia city centre
  • Shuttle transfer after disembarkation from the ship to Ushuaia city centre or airport
  • All Zodiac landings and excursions, as per itinerary, guided by our Expedition Team
  • Expedition parka
  • Rubber boots loan scheme
  • Briefings and lectures by our Expedition Leader and Team
  • English-speaking Expedition Team
  • Full board on the ship - breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
  • Complimentary house wine, beer and soda at dinner (selected labels and brands, served at our a-la-carte dinners)
  • Free tea and coffee available 24 hours
  • Taxes and landing fees
  • Special photo workshops
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Parties

12 Day Antarctica Itinerary Does not Include

  • Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Single room supplement and stateroom upgrades
  • Meals not on board the ship
  • Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
  • Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 14 per person per day)
  • Personal expenses (e.g. Albatros Polar Spa services, Albatros Ocean Boutique purchases)

12 Day Antarctica Itinerary Highlights

  • Exploring the Beagle Channel
  • Crossing the Drake Passage
  • Visiting the South Shetland Islands
  • Hiking and zodiac tours in Antarctica
  • Seeing penguins, whales, and sea lions

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.
Snowshoeing
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.
Photography
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.
Yoga
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.
The Ultimate Antarctica Experience
12 Days
From $7,495.00 per person


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