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Antarctica Adventure Options

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M/V Plancius M/V Plancius

Priced from $7,950   Days: 10 to 12

For travelers who want an Antarctica cruise with lots of activities and adventure options - camping, kayaking, polar diving -  we have a full selection of trips aboard M/V Plancius and M/V Ortelius, both ice-strenghtened expedition class ships with comfortable accomodations and excellent food.

Antarctic Peninsula: Camping and kayaking offered on most departures.

Whale Watching: Late season departure features whale watching.

Crossing the Polar Circle: A "bucket list" voyage across the Polar Circle. Diving and kayaking are available.

For an in-depth experience of one of our Antarctic voyages, read Randy and Susie Green's account of our Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica cruise.




 

 

 

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Itinerary:

Antarctica Cruise with Adventure Options

Voyages range from 10 to 12 days.  

10 Day Voyages (includes Whale Watching departure)

11 Day Voyages

12 Day Voyage - Crossing the Polar Circle

Note:  All itineraries are subject to change depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by your Expedition Leader.  Also see adventure activities offered on each departure date on Dates and Rates tab. 


Antarctic Peninsula 10 day voyage itinerary (includes Whale Watching departures)

Day 1: Ushuaia

All departures originate in Ushuaia, Argentina and set sail headed for Drake Passage in the evening, sailing through scenic Beagle Channel.

Days 2 - 3: At sea

We navigate the Drake Passage, approaching the Antarctic Convergence.  This area is rich in seabirds: albatrosses, Cape pigeons, southern fulmars, and petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs.

Days 4 - 7: Antarctica

Our ship sails into “High Antarctica”, past the Melchior islands and through the Schollaert Channel. On Cuverville Island we will find a large colony of gentoo penguins as well as breeding pairs of brown skuas. Conditions permitting, we will land on Danco Island where we will be able to see chinstrap penguins, and possibly Weddell and crabeater seals. As we sail to Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on glacial landscape of the Antarctic Continent itself, and we will explore the unusual landscape by Zodiac excursions.

As we sail to Paradise Bay, we will have opportunities for cruising by Zodiac among the many icebergs in its deep cut fjords.  In this area, we may see humpback whales and Minke whales. We plan to visit the British research station and post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island, and we may also be able to offer a landing on Jougla Point, where we will see gentoo penguins and imperial shags.

We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pleneau and Petermann Island where we should see Adelie penguins and blue-eyed shags, as well as humpback, minke, and fin whales.

Sailing north through Neumayer Channel we arrive at the Melchior Islands.  Here, among the beautiful landscape of icebergs, we may encounter leopard seals, crabeater seals and more whales.

Days 8 - 9: At sea

Day 10 : Ushuaia

We arrive in Ushuaia and disembark.


Antarctic Peninsula 11 day voyage itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia

All departures originate in Ushuaia, Argentina and set sail headed for Drake Passage in the evening, sailing through scenic Beagle Channel.

Days 2 - 3: At sea

We navigate the Drake Passage, approaching the Antarctic Convergence.  This area is rich in seabirds: albatrosses, Cape pigeons, southern fulmars, and petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs.

Days 4 - 8: Antarctica

Our ship sails into “High Antarctica”, past the Melchior islands and through the Schollaert Channel. On Cuverville Island we will find a large colony of gentoo penguins as well as breeding pairs of brown skuas. Conditions permitting, we will land on Danco Island where we will be able to see chinstrap penguins, and possibly Weddell and crabeater seals. As we sail to Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on glacial landscape of the Antarctic Continent itself, and we will explore the unusual landscape by Zodiac excursions.

As we sail to Paradise Bay, we will have opportunities for cruising by Zodiac among the many icebergs in its deep cut fjords.  In this area, we may see humpback whales and Minke whales. We plan to visit the British research station and post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island, and we may also be able to offer a landing on Jougla Point, where we will see gentoo penguins and imperial shags.

We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pleneau and Petermann Island where we should see Adelie penguins and blue-eyed shags, as well as humpback, minke, and fin whales.

Sailing north through Neumayer Channel we arrive at the Melchior Islands.  Here, among the beautiful landscape of icebergs, we may encounter leopard seals, crabeater seals and more whales.

Days 8 - 9: At sea

Day 10 : Ushuaia

We arrive in Ushuaia and disembark.

 


 

 12 Day Voyage: Crossing the Polar Circle itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia

We embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world. In the evening, we sail through the scenic Beagle Channel, headed for Drake Passage.

Days 2 - 3: At sea

We sail through the famous Drake Passage, crossing the Antarctic Convergence.  As we approach, we will spot our first icebergs. Here we see many species of seabirds including albatrosses, fulmars, and Cape pigeons.

Depending on conditions, we may sail the narrow English Strait between Robert Island and Greenwich Island or Mc Farlane Strait between Greenwich Island and Livingston Island. This will allow us to enter Antarctic waters in the late evening of the third day and see Aitcho Island at the South Shetlands. If the conditions do not allow us to sail through the English Strait then we continue sailing south of Livingston. The volcanic South Shetlands provide opportunities to see a wide variety of mosses, lichens and flowering grasses and fauna such as chinstrap and gentoo penguins as well as southern giant petrels.

Days 4 – 9: Antarctica and Polar Circle

As we sail into Antarctica we may land at Hannah Point, where we will find gentoos and chinstraps as well as elephant seals hauling out on the beach.

At Deception Island, we will try to land. Deception itself is a subducted crater that opens into the sea, creating a natural harbor for our ship. Here we find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Pigeons and many dominican gulls, brown and south polar skuas and antarctic terns.

At the abandoned whaling station in Whalers Bay, we will find nesting Wilson’s storm petrels and black-bellied storm petrels. We will have the opportunity to hike from Baily Head over the ridge of the crater into Whalers Bay, while our ship sails into the natural harbor of the crater through the spectacular Neptune’s Bellow. As we sail further south we will sail to Orne Islands where we will see large colonies of chinstrap penguins and beautiful views across the strait. In Neko Harbour and Paradise Bay, we will attempt to set foot on the Antarctic Continent. We will also be able to cruise among the icebergs by Zodiac in the inner parts of the he fjords.

We sail through stunningly beautiful Lemaire Channel to Petermann Island, where we should see Adelie Penguins and blue-eyed shags. We also try to land at Pleneau Island with its elephant seals.  Here, we may see humpback, minke and fin whales. We head south along the Argentine Islands and cross the Polar Circle to Crystal Sound.  Here, the landscape is stunning, full of huge glaciers and tall mountains. At the Fish Islands we land at one of the southernmost Adelie penguin and blue-eyed shag colonies on the Antarctic Peninsula. We reach our southernmost point at Detaille Island in Crystal Sound.  From here, we head north again through Neumayer Channel and Gerlache Strait, we arrive at the Melchior Islands, keeping an eye out for leopard seals, crabeater seals and whales.

Days 10 - 11: At sea

At sea, headed north

Day 12: Ushuaia

We arrive in the morning and disembark

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Date & Rates:

Antarctica Cruises with Adventure Options aboard M/V Plancius or M/V Ortelius

 2017 Rates

 M/V Plancius

Dates

Embarkation/

Disembarkation

N/D

Quad

Triple

Twin Porthole

Twin Window

Twin Deluxe

Superior

Antarctic Peninsula

PLA26-17
C,K

Jan 8 - Jan 18, 2017

Ushuaia/

Ushuaia

10/11 $7,950 $8,950 $9,650 $10,250 on request

$11,850

Antarctic Peninsula

PLA28-17
C,K

Feb 5 - Feb 15, 2017

Ushuaia/

Ushuaia

10/11  $7,950  $8,950  $9,650  $10,250  $10,850  $11,850 
 Whale Watching

PLA31-17

 Mar 17 - Mar 26, 2017

Ushuaia/

Ushuaia

9/10   on request on request on request $7,450 $7,850  $8,600

M/V Ortelius

 
 
 

Quad 

 Triple

Twin Porthole 

 Twin Window

 Superior

Suite

Antarctic Peninsula

OTL26-17

C,K

Jan 3 - Jan 13, 2017

Ushuaia/

Ushuaia

 10/11  $7,950 on request $9,650 $10,250 $10,850 $11,850
Crossing the Polar Circle

OTL29-17

D,K

Mar 17 - 28, 2017

Ushuaia/

Ushuaia

11/12 $7,950  $8,950 $9,650   $10,250    $,850 $11,850 

Prices are per person based on double, triple or quad occupancy depending on category room purchased. 

C:  Camping: group size minimum 8, maximum 30 campers.  $180 USD per person

D: Diving: minimum of 8, maximum of 24 divers. $530 per person. Must be dry suit certified

K: Kayaking: Group size, minimum 4, maximum of 14. Supplement rate is $465 per person

Single supplement: 1.7 times share price.

Registration: To confirm your space on these tours, please contact our office. 1.800.808.4492 or 206.463.1943

Deposit: 30% of trip cost

Cancellation Policy: In the event you must cancel your reservation, refunds will be made according to the following schedule: Deposit is nonrefundable. 90 to 61 days prior to departure, 50% of total is nonrefundable; less than 60 days prior to departure, 100% nonrefundable.

Fuel surcharge: If world fuel prices reach or exceed US Dollar $120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure then the boat operator reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of $25 USD per night per passenger to be paid prior to travel.

Insurance: Because many advance logistical arrangements have been made prior to the running of this trip, we must adhere to the above policy. Cancellation/medical evacuation is required up to $100,000 per person. An application form will be sent to you upon request, or you may purchase it on your own. Because of the remote location, emergency medical evacuation insurance is required. Please check your personal insurance coverage and make sure it is applicable in foreign countries. Emergency medical evacuation insurance is a component of the insurance program IWA offers.

 

 

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Vessel:

Antarctica adventure voyages are offered on two ships

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Plancius in the ice

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Antarctic Peninsula

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Crossing the Polar Circle

 

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