Prime Season Antarctica

From Ushuaia to Ushuaia
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  • Antarctic Peninsula
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Tour Description

Embark on an extraordinary journey to the majestic White Continent, a destination steeped in allure. Join fellow modern-day adventurers from across the globe to witness unparalleled wildlife, breathtaking scenery, and colossal icebergs on Antarctic Peninsula in the height of the southern summer!

Step aboard our purpose-built, ice-class expedition vessels, designed to bring you up close and personal with Earth's final frontier. Our cutting-edge vessels, equipped with Zodiac landing craft and led by experienced expedition guides, navigate the pristine Antarctic Peninsula, ensuring an immersive encounter with nature. Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina's southernmost city, we conquer the formidable Drake Passage en route to the enchanting South Shetland Islands. The unique X-Bow design of our vessels guarantees exceptional stability at sea, providing a seamless journey through some of the planet's most challenging waters.

Embark on this expedition during the pinnacle of the brief southern summer, arriving in Antarctica amidst heightened wildlife activity. Witness adorable newly hatched penguin chicks under the watchful eyes of their parents, as countless penguins traverse the landscape with nourishment for their young. Observe these captivating birds fiercely defend their territories, while vigilant skuas patrol the skies. In the frigid yet thriving sea, humpback whales indulge in summer krill feasts after their long migration south, while orcas elegantly navigate the waters on an endless quest for prey.

Explore both the South Shetland Islands and the rugged and wildlife-rich Antarctic Peninsula. Venturing into the Gerlache Strait, surrounded by glittering ice cliffs and towering peaks emerging from icy waters, you'll be immersed in a surreal landscape of icebergs, glaciers, mountains, and snowfields. While our exact locations depend on prevailing conditions, Zodiac landings enable you to set foot on land, explore penguin rookeries, encounter historical sites, and cruise amidst giant icebergs, whales, and seals.

While wildlife sightings depend on Mother Nature's whims, our commitment is to showcase the best of the White Continent. With an average occupancy of just 175 guests, our Antarctic cruises offer a distinctive and adventurous experience. Dare to join us on this unparalleled adventure!

Viva's Best Bits...

Voyage to Antarctica in comfort, on the newest sister ships Ocean Albatros and Ocean Victory with their special X-Bows, providing high stability in rough weather and allowing for a smooth cruise.

"I felt so privileged to be able to sit and safely watch Antarctica wildlife in their natural habit, penguins building their nests, seals sunbathing on the ice and whales feeding" Tara, Team Viva

Make unforgettable memories, Zodiac excursions, shore landings in Antarctica, visits to penguin colonies to see baby chicks, perhaps some kayaking and dare to take a polar plunge!

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Embarkation in Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world’s southernmost city. Explore this vibrant Patagonian city, or stretch your legs in the surrounding forests. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path into the raw nature of Tierra del Fuego. The island of Tierra del Fuego is a hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows and rich boggy wetlands. In the afternoon, we board our vessel, waiting to welcome us in port.

After our mandatory safety drill, our expedition begins as we navigate through the calm waters of the famous Beagle Channel (named for Charles Darwin's legendary ship). This steep-sided strait divides southern Tierra del Fuego between Chile and Argentina, and has been the jumping-off point for thousands of expeditions into the unknown of the deep South. Watch out for whales and dolphins as we sail off the edge of the map into the tempestuous Drake Passage.

Day 2-3
At Sea Cross Drake Passage

Sailing onward, we cross the famed Drake Passage - the body of water separating Patagonia and the Antarctic Peninsula. The Drake Passage is known for rollicking conditions and strong westerly winds, nicknamed the Roaring Fifties. While this passage may be challenging, you can rest comfortably aboard our expedition vessels, which are purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines and manned by a highly-qualified crew. The most spirited sailors consider Drake Passage a lifetime achievement - and you will complete the crossing twice!

Our days in the Drake Passage will be put to good use preparing for our arrival in Antarctica - your Expedition Leader will brief you comprehensively on how to stay safe and minimise your impact on this precious wilderness, as well as briefing you thoroughly on our plans for our time spent exploring, including hints and tips for wildlife watching. Our dedicated Expedition Team will assist you to biosecure your clothing and equipment (a vital process to protect Antarctica's delicate ecology), as well as sharing tailored lectures on Antarctic exploration history, wildlife, geology, glaciology and more!

We will cross into the Antarctic Convergence on the third day of our voyage - watch the mercury plummet as we sail southwards into Antarctic waters, an abrupt cooling that marks the intersection of Antarctic waters with the warmer waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. As the sea cools, wildlife multiplies; these are some of the most biologically productive water on Earth, so expect to see petrels, albatrosses and potentially penguins, seals and whales in abundance. Weather permitting, we may be able to make landfall in the South Shetland Islands (a small but spectacular archipelago to the north of the Antarctic Peninsula) on the afternoon of our second day in the Drake Passage, marking the start of our exploration on the Last Continent.

Day 4-6
South Shetland Islands & Antarctica

Arrviving in Antarctica in the height of summer is an unparallelled experience. Enter a world where the mountains themselves are bright glittering white, and wildlife has no fear of humans.

We will begin out time on Antarctica in the South Shetland Islands. This chain of rugged rocks marks the northernmost point of Antarctica, and the most exposed to the fury of the Southern Ocean. Because of this, it is also one of the richest in terms of wildlife, with large Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguin colonies, and an abundance of large seabirds such as predatory Giant Petrels. The ice-clad mountains of Livingstone, Greenwich and King George Islands give us a glimpse of what is to come as we venture further south.

The following days will be spent exploring further south on the Antarctic Peninsula in the Gerlache Strait region. This region is typically icy, so our exact route will be subject to careful planning by the Expedition Leader and Captain - however we will aim to visit a range of sites which showcase the best of this staggeringly beautiful region. Consisting of the 'spine' of the Antarctic Peninsula and a large number of glaciated and mountainous islands, the Gerlache Strait is what comes to mind when most people think of Antarctica.

Arriving at the peak of the brief southern summer, wildlife activity is at its most frenetic. Watch gentoo penguins squabble over the tiny pebbles used to build their nests, scamper up snowy hills to their partners and feeding their tiny freshly hatched chicks. Marvel at the tender care these birds take over their offspring, carefully guarding them against frigid Antarctic winds and the perdatory skuas which patrol overhead.

As the ocean warms during the fleeting summer, gentle giants arrive from warmer climes. Pods of elegant humpback whales frolic in the crystalline waters of the Antarctic peninsula, feasting on the krill which blooms in these waters each summer. And where there are whales, hunters are not far behind - pods of orcas, intelligent and cunning, patrol these waters on their never-ending search for prey.

These krill-rich waters also attract throngs of seals. Weddell seals can often be seen hauled out on the snow, snoozing after diving deep in search of prey. Groups of crabeater seals gambol in the shallows, gorging on krill, while serpentine leopard seals patrol the shoreline of penguin colonies, waiting for prey to venture nearby.

At this point in the summer, there is no true night; spectacular sunsets merge into breathtaking sunrises, and the weather is as kind as it gets in Antarctica, offering superlative opportunities to explore. While wind, ice and sea conditions will dictate our precise destinations and timings, our plans will be explained to guests during regularly scheduled evening briefings with your Expedition Leader; these nightly sessions are also an excellent opportunity to hear from your knowledgeable Expedition Team, who will explain and expand on our experiences to ensure guests get the most from their voyage.

Day 7-8
At Sea Crossing the Drake

We eventually depart Antarctica, and spend two days at sea on our way northwards back across the infamous Drake Passage towards the more welcoming shores of the Beagle Channel and Ushuaia, Argentina. During our time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged on board to provide our guests with the chance to reflect on their voyage. Relax with an expertly crafted cocktail in the Nordic Bar in the company of new friends, soak up the knowledge and passion of our Expedition Team during lectures in the Shackleton Lounge, or simply enjoy the flight of the albatross which accompany us northwards.

During your last evening onboard, join the Captain and Officers for the Farewell Cocktail Party, followed by a presentation of photos and video by our onboard photographer - the ideal opportunity to re-live your Antarctic adventure. Skål!

Day 9
Back to Ushuaia and Disembarkation

On the morning of the final day of our voyage, we will arrive back at the pier of Ushuaia, Argentina. Trees, grass and a busy city may seem strange to you after the white wilderness of Antarctica! After a hearty breakfast, it is time to bid a fond farewell to the Crew and Albatros Expedition Team, and descend the gangway back to dry land with memories of the voyage of a lifetime.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 8 nights accommodation in select cabin featuring ensuite facilities
  • Included Copy 31 Single room supplement and cabin upgrades
  • Included Copy 20 Full board on the ship - breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon snacks
  • Included Copy 20 Free tea and coffee 24 hours daily
  • Included Copy 20 Welcome and farewell cocktails
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All Zodiac landings and excursions as per itinerary
  • Included Copy 20 Expedition parka
  • Included Copy 20 Rubber boot rentals
  • Included Copy 20 Guiding and lectures by our expedition leader and team
  • Included Copy 20 Special Photo Workshop
  • Included Copy 20 English-speaking expedition team
  • Included Copy 20 Visual Journal link after voyage including voyage log, gallery, maps, species list and more!
  • Included Copy 20 Port and authority fees and taxes
  • Included Copy 31 Optional kayaking , snowshoeing, camping (Nov-Jan only)
  • Included Copy 7 Gratuities for the crew (recommended US$16pp per day), personal expenses eg laundry
  • Included Copy 7 Domestic and International Airfares & Travel insurance
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary house wine, beer and soda at dinner

Ocean Victory

175 Passengers


  • Included Zodiac expeditions - witness Icebergs and glaciated mountains
  • Included Onboard activities while at sea - lectures, photo workshops and wildlife spotting
  • Included Top wildlife destination in the world with penguins, seals, whales and albatrosses
  • Included Explore the Antarctic Islands and Peninsula in the active summer season!
  • Included Shore landings in Antarctica - set foot on the white continent!
  • Included Strong expedition ship that enables access to remote areas
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9 days

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$7,895 USD

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Based on a triple cabin

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