Antarctic Classic in Depth

From Ushuaia to Ushuaia
  • All Antarctic Cruises
  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

Antarctica is a unique world of its own and this trip gives an extra two days for those that think our 11 day trip is not quite enough to explore Antarctica's wonders. Encounter leopard seals and immense rookeries of several varieties of penguins. From the open deck you can witness dramatic glaciers and gaze at icebergs. The M/S Expedition will guide you safely and comfortably through the marvels of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula while its expert tour leaders and lecturers offer knowledge and insights that will really bring the natural history to life and create an adventure you will never forget.

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Discover the wilderness of the Great White Continent

Learn about the history of the Antarctic region

View abundant wildlife on the South Shetland Islands

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Ushuaia

Check-in at your pre-departure hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Day 2
Embark on the ship

Today we will embark on the cruise vessel. Embarkation time is set for 4:00 pm. The morning is yours to do anything you want such as last minute shopping, an optional trip to Tierra Del Fuego National Park or to hike up to the stunning Marshall Glacier. Relax in the evening on board the ship and enjoy the sunset over the Beagle Channel. On the first day on board, your expedition leader will give you an overview of the expedition ahead.

Day 3-4
Drake Passage

Crossing the 400 mile passage that bears the name of the 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake heralds the beginning of our adventure. During the second day we cross the Antarctic Convergence, a point where cold polar water flowing north and warmer equatorial water moving in the opposite direction meets. This mixing of currents pushes nutrient rich waters to the surface attracting wonderful wildlife such as a variety of seabirds, whales and other species. As we continue along the passage you can take your time to become acquainted with the ship and its common areas such as the dining hall, lounge, library and lecture hall and become familiar with our guides, ship crew and expedition staff. During the crossing we also begin the lecture and information sessions detailing the remarkable human and natural history of the Antarctic region.

Day 5-10
Antarctic Peninsula & the South Shetland Islands

The next four days will be spent navigating southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait and on to the Antarctic Peninsula. The goal of the voyage is to attempt two excursions per day while we travel through the area, however local weather and ice conditions that we encounter will determine our itinerary and daily schedule. The Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands are abundant with wildlife. Penguins flock with their fast-growing chicks, whales are seen in great numbers; seals bask on ice floes and beaches, and numerous albatrosses and other seabirds trail in our wake.There is plenty of time to enjoy the amazing scenery of ice-choked waterways, vivid blue and white icebergs, breathtaking glaciers and rugged snow-capped mountains.

Day 11-12
Drake Passage

Today we begin our journey back to our home port of Ushuaia. Over the final two days at sea you can spend this time reflecting on our memorable experience and our lecturers and guides will be on hand to review the highlights of our Antarctic adventure.

Day 13
Ushuaia

And so our adventure draws to a close. Farewells are exchanged as we disembark in Ushuaia in the morning. Transfer to the airport or your hotel is included.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Cabin on ship
  • Included Copy 20 Pre night accommodation in Ushuaia
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals onboard the ship
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Use of the library, gym and sauna
  • Included Copy 20 On board lectures and exhibits
  • Included Copy 20 Information on the region
  • Included Copy 20 Emergency medical attention on board
Transportation
M/S Expedition | Antarctic Cruise Ship

134 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Expeditions on Zodiac boats
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Duration

13 days

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$7,599 USD

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