Emperor Penguin’s, incl. Helicopter

From Ushuaia to Ushuaia
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  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • South Georgia & The Falkland Islands
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

Embark on a one of a kind Antarctic expedition by sea and air in quest of the majestic Emperor penguins. Departing from Ushuaia your Antarctica cruise crosses the Drake Passage and sails into the Weddell Sea. This is the domain of breathtaking tabular icebergs and vast expanses of sheet ice, stark white presented against every hue of blue. In this remote area, exploration in search of the Emperor Penguins is by helicopter and they are often spotted in great numbers as well as Adelie & Gentoo penguins. The scenery in this remote part of Antarctica is breathtaking - lava flows, stunning glaciers and immense mountains.

Trips to shore by Zodiac are also frequent on this Antarctic cruise, all the while guided by our expert crew who can educate you on all areas of this fascinating environment. Wildlife in this region is abundant and there are opportunities to photograph and get up close to several species of penguin, seals, humpback whales, albatrosses and many species of sea bird who weave in the wake of our cruise ship. As our Antarctic cruise returns to Ushuaia you will be left with a lifetime of memories of this remarkable continent and it's unique inhabitants.



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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Ushuaia At Sea

This afternoon you will board your ship & set sail for Antarctica through the Beagle Channel.

Day 2-3
At Sea

Over the next two days we will sail through the Drake Passage as we make our way to Antarctica. We cross the Antarctica Convergence. It may be possible to see many varieties of albatrosses and other birds. It won’t be long before your first Iceberg will be seen.

Day 4-7
The Weddell Sea

An example of your time in the Weddell Sea could be as follows (will be confirmed by your expedition crew depending on weather conditions):
- Sail in to the Weddell Sea via the Antarctic Sound. Huge tabular Icebergs can be seen. During the next few days we will use the ship & helicopters in search for the Emperor Penguins. Past voyages have had a high success rate in spotting these amazing penguins. The western area of the Antarctic Sounds, can only be seen by helicopter. With stunning scenery and landscapes, lava flows, glaciers tumbling in to the sea, it will be a truly wonderful experience.
We can observe Emperor penguins, & Adelie penguins on the ice floes; Cape -, snow & giant petrels fly high in the sky while kelp gulls, skuas & Wilson’s storm petrels scavenge below us.
We will also use our Zodiacs for exploring the icebergs & wildlife around us. It may also be possible to visit the Argentina station Esperanza on the continent.

Day 8
Deception Island

This morning we travel to Deception Island for our last landing at Pendulum Cover or Whalers Bay. Our afternoon departure will take us to the Drake Passage (weather permitting).

Day 9-10
At sea en-route to Ushuaia

Heading north we will spot a great selection of seabirds, which will no doubt follow us while crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 11

Disembark in Ushuaia.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • Included Copy 7 Meals ashore.
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • 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 Ship-to-shore helicopter transfers (with no specific amount of helicopter time guaranteed)
  • 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 (directly after disembarkatio
  • Included Copy 20 All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
  • Included Copy 20 Comprehensive pre-departure material.
  • Included Copy 7 Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
  • Included Copy 7 Pre- and post- land arrangements.
  • Included Copy 7 Passport and visa expenses.
  • Included Copy 7 Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Included Copy 7 Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory).
  • Included Copy 7 Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and
  • Included Copy 7 The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (gu
M/V Ortelius | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

106 Passengers


  • Included Ashore excursions
  • Included Zodiac cruises
  • Included Onboard educational lectures
  • Included Helicopter flight over Duse Bay
  • Included Explore Seymour Island
  • Included Hiking in the Devil Island
  • Included walking in the Browns Bluff
  • Included Visit Argentine research station Esperanza Base
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