Weddell Sea Quest

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

On this Antarctic cruise experience the Weddell Sea - the location of Ernest Shackleton's famous "Endurance" expedition - one of the most notorious survival stories in modern human history.

Departing from the rugged and beautiful southern tip of South America your expedition cruise will take you across the notorious Drake Passage where whale and sea bird encounters are plentiful. Our expert team of lecturers and guides will educate you on the area throughout the journey. Our first sighting of the Great White Continent will be the South Shetland Islands, and here you will be able to meet the local penguins and seals. Navigating the Weddell Sea is an exciting and spectacular experience. Your Antarctic cruise will nimbly maneuver among towering icebergs, which are becoming more abundant in this region.  Following this you will cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula and it's many spectacular inlets, coves and calm bays where landfall is possible. The beauty here is staggering. Glaciers, mountains, islands, icebergs and all along the way you will be greeted by the diverse numbers of local fauna such as several species of penguin, seals, sea birds and whales. This Antarctica cruise will be a trip of a lifetime.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Ushuaia

Board the MV Ushuaia this afternoon. Settle into your cabin, meet your expedition and lecture crew as we set sail through the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass on our way to Antarctica.

Day 2-3
Drake Passage

The Drake Passage was named after the intrepid explorer, Sir Francis Drake who sailed these waters in 1578. It also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a natural barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters. Lecturers will help you to identify a wide variety of sea birds as we sail across the passage. As our journey continues you can learn how to navigate the ship, watch for whales and enjoy the spectacular view. A full programme of lectures will also be offered. The first sightings of snow-capped mountains and icebergs indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands, a group of twenty islands and islets first sighted by Capt. William Smith in February 1819. Weather permitting you can go ashore to encounter your first penguins and seals.

Day 4-6
Weddell Sea

Over the years the Erebus & Terror Gulf and Weddell Sea have become increasingly full of icebergs, which makes for exciting ice navigation. The sun rises early in this part of the world and is unlike anything you will have seen before; it can be as early as 3.30am but the early morning is worth it. Hope Bay and the Argentine Station Esperanza, are situated on the western side of the Sound. Brown Bluff, a promontory on the Tabarin Peninsula, is located south of Hope Bay. Both of them may be possible landing sites. You will see plenty of adelie penguins and sometimes juvenile emperor penguins have been seen riding ice floes. You will get to explore the islands and the seas, witnessing fascinating wildlife and spectacular sights.

Day 7-8
Antarctic Peninsula

You will have plenty of time to explore this pristine wilderness of ice, snow, mountains and waterways and see an abundant variety of wildlife. You will encounter plenty of Gentoo and chinstrap penguins, crabeater, wedell and leopard seals. Minke whalesand orcas may also be in close proximity. If weather permits; we plan to visit the Gerlache Strait, Errera Channel and Neumayer Channel. Possible landing sites may include: Paradise Bay, which is perhaps the most appropriately named place in the world with its breathtaking glacial fronts and mountains, Cuverville Island, home of the largest gentoo penguin colony in the Peninsula which is surrounded by glaciers and castellated icebergs, as well as the Post office and British Museum at Port Lockroy. Continued exploration will lead us to the volcanic haven of the South Shetland Islands, penguin rookeries and seals basking on the shorelines make every day spent here an adventure. You will sail through the flooded caldera of Deception Island, visit Half Moon Island which is shaped like a crescent moon and if the weather is kind to us we will visit Elephant Island.

Day 9-10
Drake Passage

We leave Antarctica and return north across the Drake Passage. Join our lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for whales and seabirds and enjoy some final lectures. Take this time to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures of the past days on your way back to Ushuaia.

Day 11
Ushuaia

We arrive at the port of Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark after breakfast.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Standard Triple Cabin Plus
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
Food
  • 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 Bilingual crew
  • Included Copy 20 All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by zodiac
  • Included Copy 20 Open bridge
  • 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 7 Excludes pre and post tour accommodation
  • Included Copy 7 Flights not included
Transportation
M/V Ushuaia | Antarctic Cruise Ship

88 passengers and 38 staff Passengers

Activities

  • Included Drake Passage crossing
  • Included Explore the city of Ushuaia
  • Included Weddell Sea & Antarctic Peninsula
  • Included Lectures of Antarctic history, geology and biology
  • Included Discover the wide variety of Antarctic wildlife
  • Included Photograph penguins colonies, seabirds and whales in Antarctica
  • Included Explore Paradise Bay & Deception Island
  • Included Navigate through the icebergs
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Duration

11 days

Price from

$7,990 USD

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