Discover Antarctica cruise | 11 days

From Ushuaia to Ushuaia
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  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Expedition
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Tour Description

A fantastic introduction to the wild frontier that is Antarctica, our 11-day expedition cruise aboard the Ocean Endeavour is one of the most comprehensive and best value-for-money Antarctica tours available. Chock-full of exciting optional activities like Zodiac outings, ice-trekking, kayaking, snow-shoeing and ice camping (yes, really!) this unique Antarctica travel experience is for the explorer who wants to have it all – waddle with penguins, sunbake with seals and gently kayak alongside a pod of whales.

Aboard the Ocean Endeavour, you’ll find a wealth of indulgences: yoga classes, pool, Jacuzzi, gym, spa facilities and sauna. For more leisurely R&R, a well-stocked library, two restaurants, bar and outdoor sundeck will keep you busy and entertained in-between on-land explorations and daily presentations by experts will enlighten and inform you on the wilderness and wildlife you’ll see on your visit to Antarctica. Recently renovated an boasting a 1:8 crew to guest ratio (about the best in the business) the Ocean Endeavour is a fantastic choice for your Antarctica travels and this 11-day itinerary about as good as a visit to the White Continent could ever be.

*This itinerary is also available in 10 days, please click here*

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One of the most affordable Antarctica cruises available that still includes all the comforts like a wellness centre, two restaurants and inclusion of all meals.

Visit the South Shetland Islands, cruise on zodiacs exploring remote coves, channels and walk to some of the most dramatic vistas you have ever seen.

Wander through colonies of curious penguins, encounter basking seals, watch a frenzy of feeding birdlife and maybe see a whale breach the surface.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina

Explore the Southernmost city in the world set in dramatic scenery surrounded by mountains and connected to the ocean via the Beagle Channel. This is the most famous and must-do departure ports to reach Antarctica on your cruise.

Representatives will be waiting for you at the airport to transfer you to your accommodation where you will stay overnight in Ushuaia. If you plan your trip right, you'll have some free time to explore the museums, shops and restaurants. A Viva recommendation, check out the Museo Marítimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia. It's well worth the visit. Alternatively, if you have even more time and prefer the outdoors, you can explore the dramatic scenery of waterfalls, mountains, glaciers and lakes of Tierra del Fuego National Park. You may also choose to take a tour on the Fin del Mundo Train (End of the World Train); a steam train that takes you to Tierra del Fuego.

Day 2
Embarkation in Ushuaia

Today you will be transferred to the pier to start your Antarctica cruise in the late afternoon. Here you will be welcomed aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

This evening you will enjoy a cruise through the Beagle Channel as you depart for Antarctica. Here you could spot Magellanic penguins, rock cormorants, petrels and black-browed albatross. Heading towards the Drake Passage, the next continent to be sighted will be Antarctica.

Day 3-4
At sea crossing the Drake Passage

It's time to prepare for some potentially rough but exciting seas as your cruise crosses the Drake Passage, named after the explorer Sir Francis Drake.

This is a great time to really settle in, relax, enjoy the cruise, get to know your shipmates and expedition team. There will be many presentations about Antarctica including the history, geology and wildlife.

As the cruise enters Antarctic waters, the temperatures will drop, and the excitement starts to build. At the Antarctic Convergence lookout for a variety of seabirds, whales and other species attracted by the nutrient-rich waters.

There is a chance your Antarctica cruise will reach landfall early evening of day 4 and the true beginning of your Antarctic expedition.

Day 5-8
South Shetland Islands Antarctic Peninsula

These next four days your cruise will explore the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Enjoy majestic mountains, glaciers, imposing icebergs, ice-strewn waters and abundance of wildlife.

The core of your adventure will be on the Antarctic Peninsula. Each day will be different filled with zodiac cruises amongst icebergs, snowshoeing trips (please note there is an extra cost for snowshoeing) and photography workshops with experts. There's plenty of wildlife here with thousands of penguins, seals and the chance to see whales cruising past your zodiac or kayak.

Spend your time exploring local bays, channels and landing sites. We will visit penguin rookeries, seal and bird colonies, whale feeding areas, sites of historical and scientific interest and climb to some of the best vantage points. Please be aware; the itinerary will need to be flexible due to unpredictable weather conditions.

The cruise continues through the Antarctica Peninsula providing spectacular views on the ships outer decks.

Day 9-10
Cruising back across the Drake Passage

Hopefully, there will be time and suitable weather conditions to make one final shore landing on Antarctica before we depart, heading out across the Drake Passage. Enjoy your time on deck spotting whales and seabirds with the help of your expedition team. On the evening of day 10, we will hopefully reach the calmer waters of the Beagle Channel.

Day 11
Disembarkation in Ushuaia

Your Antarctica cruise is scheduled to arrive in port at Ushuaia in the early hours of the morning. You will have a final breakfast aboard the Ocean Endeavour before your transfer back to the airport. Alternatively, explore Patagonia on one of our extended packages. Visit the mighty Torres del Paine, the Perito Moreno Glacier and hike some of the best trails in El Chaltén.

Please Note: You are advised not to book a flight out of Ushuaia before midday on disembarkation day, in case of delays caused by unfavourable weather conditions. Cruise itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions, ice conditions and other factors.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia
  • Included Copy 20 9 nights accommodation aboard the Ocean Endeavor
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals including snacks whilst aboard the Ocean Endeavor
  • Included Copy 7 Beverages (other than water, coffee and tea)
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Group transfer from hotel to pier
  • Included Copy 20 All shore excursions excluding the specially designed forward facing zodiacs
  • Included Copy 20 Guiding and lectures
  • Included Copy 20 English-speaking expedition team
  • Included Copy 20 Rubber boots whilst exploring Antarctica
  • Included Copy 20 Use of the sauna, gym and the jacuzzi
  • Included Copy 20 Yoga
  • Included Copy 20 Clients will be provided with a wind and water resistant jacket, provided for the voyage
  • Included Copy 20 All port taxes
  • Included Copy 20 Transfer airport to hotel on day 1 and pier to airport on day of disembarkation
  • Included Copy 7 Airfares to/from embarkation and disembarkation city
  • Included Copy 7 Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Included Copy 7 Travel Insurance
  • Included Copy 7 Personal expenses such as laundry, on-board communication (telephone calls, faxes, email service)
  • Included Copy 7 Gratuities for the crew (recommended US$15.00 per person per day)
  • Included Copy 7 Optional Activities whilst on-board
Transportation
Ocean Endeavour | Antarctic Cruise Ship

199 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Wildlife viewing
  • Included Zodiac expeditions
  • Included Explore the South Shetland Islands
  • Included Optional hiking
  • Included Optional kayaking
  • Included Optional snowshoeing
  • Included Optional photography workshops
  • Included Relax or workout in the wellness center
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Duration

11 days

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$5,590 USD

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