The Ultimate Antarctica Experience
On this 12-day ultimate Antarctica cruise, we explore the Great White Continent's magnificent landscapes, glacial mountains, and incredible wildlife. This adventure is unique since we have NO SET ITINERARY, which makes this a true exploration voyage.
As our voyage begins, we pilot through the calm, gunmetal grey waters and sloping glaciers of the Beagle Channel. Turning southward, our journey begins in earnest, and we enter the Drake Passage. A body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Drake Passage is known for rollicking conditions and strong westerly winds, called the Roaring Fifties. While this passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard our expedition vessel, Ocean Victory/Albatros, which is purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines, and the patented reclining bow, which ensures stability and comfort in the rough sea as well as having very low fuel consumption. The most spirited sailors consider the Drake Passage a lifetime achievement, and you will complete the crossing twice!
With wide eyes, we will weave through the South Shetland Islands, a shimmering necklace of glistering, ice-covered islands, and dormant volcanoes. Numerous Zodiac excursions are landfalls are likely. We are constantly on the lookout for whales, sea lions, elephant seals, and an unbelievable amount of sea birds and penguins.
Continuing onward, we enjoy the calming silence and alluring beauty of the Antarctic mainland during hikes and Zodiac excursions. From here there is no set plan, our captain and expedition leader will look at ice charts and weather reports and explore our options. This could be the mighty tabular icebergs of the Weddell Sea, the seldom visited lands south of the Antarctic circle or manned research stations in the most isolated places on earth. One thing is for sure we will see fantastic wildlife and real adventure.
For the trips beginning in November, it is Peninsula in-depth, as we will explore the snowy landscapes and witness the penguins mating, nest building, and courtships. Unbelievable ice formations and huge ice blocks dot the scenery. The last sunsets of the season occur, which are truly majestic. The trips that begin in DEC-FEB are called: Quest for the Circle, as we intend to go more south and if possible cross the Antarctic Circle at 66°33′, enjoy longer days with sunlight and even more active penguin rookeries and explore exciting places made possible as the breaking sea ice opens up new avenues.
Please note the 28th November 2024 is a variation of the itinerary - The Ultimate Antarctica experience - the peninsula in depth, please ask us for more details
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This expeditionary escapade promises to be one-of-a-kind, as we will have no predetermined schedule, rendering it a genuine exploration expedition....with plenty of time to explore Antarctica, its wildlife, landscapes and beauty!
Enjoy the comfort & stability of our state-of-the-art expedition vessel specifically designed to provide the best expedition experience & highest degree of comfort. Attend lectures, workshops, & photo re-caps in the ship's comfortable lounge.
"I felt so privileged to be able to watch Antarctica wildlife in their natural habit, penguins building their nests, seals sunbathing on the ice and whales feeding" Tara, Team Viva