Antarctica Whale Watching Discovery & Learning

From Ushuaia to Ushuaia
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  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

The 'Classic Antarctic' route. This cruise delivers you to wondrous landscapes found in one of the harshest environments on Earth. Explore both the Antarctic Peninsula in 10 days.

Some highlights that you might experience include: Neko Harbour, Deception Island, Port Lockroy and Paradise Bay. We will encounter rugged landscapes, pure white snow, and a wonderful variety of wildlife; penguins, birds, seals and whales!

One of the greatest sources of joy and wonder found on our cruises is when we make contact with the gentle giants of the seas, the whales, and the late season Antarctica is the perfect time for whales!

This voyage allows you to explore the frozen continent and observe wildlife in their own habitat with a very small number of other passengers.  Hondius is the world’s first-registered Polar Class 6 vessel and was built from the ground up for expedition cruising. Truly a once in a lifetime experience that is not to be missed.

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You may be able to take a Zodiac cruise in the sprawling, ice-flecked waters of Paradise Bay, where there’s a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales.

Set foot on one of the last untouched places on Earth. Witness large colonies of penguins, wandering albatrosses and seal resting on ice. Plus this time of year is a great time for whale watching!

"Watch the Chinstrap penguins fight over nesting space, these guys have a reputation for being quarrelsome!" Tara, Team Viva

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Ushuaia

Your voyage begins where the world drops off. Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, is located on the far southern tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego, nicknamed “The End of the World,” and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.

Day 2-3
Drake Passage

Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too. Wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels are a few of the birds you might see.

Day 4-7
Antarctica

Gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically different wildlife below and above. You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands.

Sites you may visit include:

Danco Island – Activities here may focus on the gentoo penguins nesting on the island, in addition to the Weddell and crabeater seals that can be found nearby.

Neko Harbour – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow, Neko Harbour offers opportunities for a Zodiac cruise and landing that afford the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks.

Paradise Bay – You may be able to take a Zodiac cruise in these sprawling, ice-flecked waters, where there’s a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales.

Pléneau & Petermann Islands – If the ice allows it, you could sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. There is also a possibility you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales here, as well as leopard seals.

Port Lockroy – After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you may get a chance to visit the former British research station – now a museum and post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. You may also be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags.

At the nearby sites, such as Damoy Point there may be the opportunity for snowshoeing to the old ski-way, this is also one of our favourite camping sites.

Wilhelmina Bay & Guvernøren – This is a great place to spot humpback whales. You also may embark on a Zodiac cruise ending at the ghostly wreck of the Guvernøren, a whaling vessel that caught fire here in 1915. Around the Melchior Islands, amid a frozen landscape peopled with icebergs, you may encounter even more whales, leopard seals, and crabeater seals.

Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure

Day 8-9
Drake Passage

Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, and you to them.

Day 11
Ushuaia Depart

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 9 nights Accommodation onboard
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Included Copy 20 Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • Included Copy 20 Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
  • Included Copy 20 Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia.
  • Included Copy 20 Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia ( after disembarkation)
  • Included Copy 20 All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
  • Included Copy 20 Comprehensive pre-departure material.
  • Included Copy 7 Airfares & travel insurance
  • Included Copy 7 Gratuities, laundry, additional drinks, telecommunication charges.
Transportation

MV Hondius | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

176 + 72 Staff & Crew Passengers

Activities

  • Included Wildlife viewing and shore landings
  • Included Zodiac exploration
  • Included Visit Penguin colonies: chinstrap, gentoo
  • Included Enjoy classic views of colossal ice formations and iconic Antarctic wildlife
  • Included Go on a whale safari! This is a great time of year to see whales!
  • Included Program of lectures by noted naturalists
  • Included Guided by experienced expedition staff.
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Duration

10 days

Price from

$6,300 USD

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