SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS AND ANTARTIC PENINSULA

SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS AND ANTARTIC PENINSULA

Start: Ushuaia Finish: Ushuaia

Visiting: Ushuaia, Drake Passage, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica


Duration: 9 Nights

Physical rating: Low

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans, Meat

Tour code: 10DEC21

Tour operator: Albatros Expeditions

Age range: 12-99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

This is our classic 10-day voyage to the Great White Continent. Experience the incredible wildlife, stunning mountain scenery and gigantic icebergs in 10 action-packed days. Onboard our strong, ice-classed expedition vessels, we are sure to get close to the dramatic coastlines. Zodiac cruising and shore landings are an important and considerable part of the planned itinerary, enabling all expedition guests to set foot several times on the Antarctic continent, as well as the many surrounding sub-antarctic islands. Departing Ushuaia in Argentina, we cross the mighty Drake Passage en-route for the South Shetland Islands, making Zodiac landings at penguin rookeries, research stations and fascinating lookouts along the way. Continuing southward, deep into the inlets of Antarctica, we pass the famous Gerlache Strait, where 3000-ft ice cliffs rise straight out of the still water. On no other journey can you experience so much pristine nature and varied wildlife in so few days! When Ocean Atlantic returns to Tierra del Fuego and Ushuaia, depending on weather conditions, we might pass close to the mythical Cape Horn - the southernmost point on South America; a celebrated maritime landmark. Any voyage to Antarctica is an adventure, but with a maximum capacity of 198 guests aboard Ocean Atlantic or 186 guests aboard Ocean Victory/Ocean Albatros, these cruises offers a unique experience for the few. Shore landings, excursions, lectures and whale safaris are easily accommodated to help you enjoy a matchless expedition experience.

Highlights

  • iconUshuaia
  • iconTierra del Fuego
  • icon Beagle Channel
  • iconDrake Passage
  • icon Seals and penguins
  • iconAbundance of birds
  • iconSub-Antarctic islands
  • icon South Shetland chain
  • iconKing George Island
  • icon Deception Island
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Itinerary

icon Day 1 : ARRIVAL USHUAIA

Location: Ushuaia, Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world’s southernmost town. Explore the quaint city or local countryside. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path to the raw, natural archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. It's a hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows and boggy quagmires. In the afternoon, we board our ship.

icon Day 2 -3 : AT SEA - CROSS DRAKE PASSAGE

Location: Drake Passage, Drake Passage

Sailing onward, we cross the famed 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, which is purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines and a highly-qualified crew. The most spirited sailors consider Drake Passage a lifetime achievement, and you will complete the crossing twice!

In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view. Weather permitting, we will catch our first sight of seals and penguins! The area is also well-know for its abundance of birds.

icon Day 4 -5 : SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS

Location: South Shetland Islands, South Shetland Islands

Over the next two days, we will begin the exciting Antarctic experience our ancestors only dreamed of. During these days we will explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain and be marveled by the captivating landscapes we will encounter along the way.

Weather permitting, our projected landfalls include: King George Island; Deception Island, an extinct volcano with waters warm enough for a polar swim; and Half Moon Island with nesting Wilson's storm petrels and chinstrap penguins.

The itinerary and activities over the next few days depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the captain and expedition leader and communicated to guests through regularly scheduled briefings.

icon Day 6 -7 : ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

Location: Antarctica, Antarctica

As the white shimmer of Antarctica looms on our horizon, the presence of wildlife multiples by tens of thousands with many species of lively penguins, inquisitive seals, nesting birds and the spray of marine mammals.

Wildlife abounds along our projected route along the Antarctic Peninsula: leopard, fur and Weddell seals of Cuverville Island; humpback whales of Gerlache Strait; Paradise Bay; the dramatic Lemaire Channel's orcas and much more.

The itinerary and activities over the next few days depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the captain and expedition leader and communicated to guests through regularly scheduled briefings.
Please note that all the outings and landings rely on weather, sea and ice conditions being favorable both for the ship to access the areas, as for the zodiacs and kayaks to maneuver under adequate conditions, ensuring the safety of all our passengers and staff.

For this reason, during moments of harsh weather and throughout the entire trip, our ships offer excellent public areas such as wellness/sauna, restaurant, bar and a library for our passengers to spend their spare time. Our ships are staffed by experts in the field who will also share great lectures along the way, ranging from exploration history to biology, geology, ice and wildlife.

icon Day 8 -9 : DEPART ANTARCTICA - AT SEA

Location: Antarctica, Antarctica, Drake Passage, Drake Passage

We depart Antarctica and spend two days at sea on our way back to the calms of Beagle Channel and Ushuaia, Argentina. En-route, we will cross Drake Passage and cruise past Cape Horn, a legendary maritime landmark and the southern tip of South America.
During our time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged on board which will provide the perfect opportunity to socialize with fellow travelers equally passionate for discovering the world, enjoy the lectures by our expedition on board, visit our shop or relax at leisure on our ship’s facilities, designed to provide a comfortable, relaxing time.

icon Day 10 : BACK TO USHUAIA AND DISEMBARKATION

Location: Ushuaia, Ushuaia

This morning, we arrive back in Ushuaia for the conclusion of our tour, where you can continue your adventures or begin your return home.

Ship Details

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Ocean Victory

This stylish cruise ship, ideally suited for our business model of small ship expeditions, will be deployed and dedicated to varied Antarctic region voyages, with sales launching from November 2021. With a total of 93 comfortable staterooms for our guests, all with a view of the ocean, (and 90% with their own balcony), several restaurants, a wellness area, an Albatros Nordic Bar, an open deck dining facility, a modern lecture lounge, and other amenities, the vessel will also be environmentally-friendly onboard, with an implementation of the Green Initiative Program, ensuring both absolute comfort and sustainability for our guests.

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What's Included

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    Accommodation

    Onboard Ocean Albatros.

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    Meals – Full Board

    Whilst onboard Ocean Albatros

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    Digital visual journal link after voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list and more!

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    Information briefings and lectures by expedition team.

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    Tea and coffee included 24 hours a day

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    Welcome and farewell cocktails

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    All Zodiac landings and excursions as per itinerary

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    Rubber boot rentals

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    Expedition parka

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    Guiding and lectures by our expedition leader and team

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    Special Photo Workshop

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    Visual Journal link after voyage including voyage log, gallery, maps, species list and more!

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    Full board on the ship - breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon snacks

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    Free tea and coffee 24 hours a day

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    Taxes

What's Not Included

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

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    Country Entry Visas

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    Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary

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    Meals not on board the ship

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    Beverages (other than coffee and tea)

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    Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 14 per person per day)

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    Personal expenses

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    Transfer to/from the ship

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    Anything not mentioned under ’Inclusions’

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Dates & Availability

Dec 10, 2021

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