Classic Antarctica

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

On this fantastic Antarctica cruise, the small cruise ship "Ushuaia" provides an intimate setting for your Antarctic expedition. It is a steel hulled, ice-strengthened vessel built originally for oceanographic research and converted to accommodate a maximum of 84 passengers in 41 comfortable twin cabins and suites. 

On this expedition cruise you will cross the infamous Drake Passage to arrive at the South Shetland Islands and witness the abundant wildlife of this remote wilderness. Fur seals, elephant seals, a landscape teeming with penguins and sea birds are all awaiting the keen explorer. A few days can be spent cruising around the islands and on the Antarctic Peninsula following in the footsteps of the pioneering adventurers and taking in the stunning scenery. Revel in the unique animal encounters on sea and land, before cruising back to Ushuaia. 

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Sail among magnificent icebergs and snow-capped mountains

Discover South Shetland Islands, a paradise for wildlife

Guided hikes and walks ashore

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Embark on the USHUAIA in the afternoon and sail along the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass.

Day 2-3
Drake Passage

Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578. Observe an amazing variety of seabirds, including many albatrosses, which follow in our wake.

Day 4-8
Antarctic Peninsula & the South Shetland Islands

The South Shetland Islands are a haven for wildlife. Vast penguin rookeries, beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and southern elephant seals make every day spent in this amazing island group unforgettable. The Antarctic Peninsula’s remarkable history will provide you with a level of excitement only experienced by the early explorers. You will have plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways, together with an incredibly diverse array of wildlife.

Day 9-10
Drake Passage

We leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Join our lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for seabirds and whales, and enjoy some final lectures.

Day 11

Disembarkation this morning.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 Standard Triple Cabin Plus
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
  • Included Copy 20 Continental and American Breakfast buffet
  • Included Copy 20 Buffet or seated served lunch
  • Included Copy 20 Afternoon tea
  • Included Copy 20 Three-course dinner
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 All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • Included Copy 20 Comprehensive pre-departure material
  • Included Copy 20 Bilingual crew
  • Included Copy 20 Open bridge
  • Included Copy 7 Excludes pre and post tour accommodation
  • Included Copy 7 Flights not included
M/V Ushuaia

88 passengers and 38 staff Passengers

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11 days

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$5,460 USD

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