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Prime Season Antarctica

A peak southern summer wildlife safari exploring the South Shetland Islands and the awe-inspiring Antarctic Peninsula.
Starting at:
Per Person
 6,937
Length
9 Days
Embark
Ushuaia
Disembark
Ushuaia
Starting at:
Per Person
 6,937

Highlights

  • Witness the remarkable wildlife spectacle of Antarctica during the peak of the brief southern summer.
  • Set foot on the White Continent and explore penguin rookeries, witness spectacular landscapes, and visit historical sites.
  • Embark on intimate Zodiac cruises in breathtaking areas for the closest of encounters with giant icebergs, whales, and seals.

Join us onboard our purpose-built, ice-class expedition vessel to experience the majesty and wonder of Earth’s last frontier up close and personal. Our state-of-the-art vessel enable us to get closer to nature, with a fleet of Zodiac landing craft, a team of experienced expedition guides, and the Antarctic Peninsula as our spectacular destination.

Departing Argentina’s southernmost city of Ushuaia, we cross the mighty Drake Passage en-route to the South Shetland Islands. The ship’s unique X-Bow design offers exceptional stability at sea, giving you a smoother ride across some of Earth’s most challenging waters.

This voyage departs at the peak of the brief southern summer, arriving in Antarctica while wildlife activity is at its peak. Expect to see adorable freshly hatched penguin chicks being carefully guarded by a parent, while hundreds of other penguins come and go with bellyfuls of food for their offspring. Watch these fascinating birds vigorously defend their territories, while keeping watch for predatory skuas overhead. Meanwhile in the frigid yet productive sea, humpback whales feast on the bountiful summer krill, gorging after their long migration southward, while orca patrol the waters on their never-ending hunt for prey.

Our first destination is the South Shetland Islands, a rugged chain of spectacular wildlife-rich islands off the northernmost tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. From here we will delve deeper into the inlets and bays of the Antarctic Peninsula, entering the famous Gerlache Strait, where glittering ice cliffs and precipitous peaks rise straight out of the icy water. Icebergs, glaciers, mountains and rugged snowfields characterise this wildly beautiful alien landscape. While wind, sea and ice conditions will dictate the exact locations we will visit, we will make Zodiac landings to allow guests to set foot on land and experience penguin rookeries, spectacular landscapes and historical sites, and ai...

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Ocean Victory

Environmentally-friendly expedition ship combining luxury, adventure and responsible tourism.

Standard Activities

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Zodiac Cruises
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Itinerary Day to Day

Day 1

Arrival in Ushuaia, Embarkation

Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina – the world’s southernmost city. Explore this vibrant Patagonian city, or stretch your legs in the surrounding forests. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path into the raw nature of Tierra del Fuego. The island of Tierra del Fuego is a hiker’s paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows and rich boggy wetlands. In the afternoon, we board our vessel, waiting to welcome us in port.

After our mandatory safety drill, our expedition begins as we navigate through the calm waters of the famous Beagle Channel (named for Charles Darwin’s legendary ship). This steep-sided strait divides southern Tierra del Fuego between Chile and Argentina, and has been the jumping-off point for thousands of expeditions into the unknown of the deep South. Watch out for whales and dolphins as we sail off the edge of the map into the tempestuous Drake Passage.

Ushuaia
Embarkation Point
Days 2-3

At Sea - Crossing the Drake Passage Southbound

Days 4-6

South Shetland Islands & The Antarctic Peninsula

Days 7-8

At Sea - Crossing the Drake Passage Northbound

Day 9

Back to Ushuaia and Disembarkation

Route Map

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January 12 - Jan 20, 2025
Ushuaia, Argentina
 6,937 -  18,690

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What's Included

  • 9-day cruise with accommodation in a shared double stateroom featuring ensuite facilities
  • Embarkation shuttle transfer to the vessel from Ushuaia city centre
  • Shuttle transfer after disembarkation from the ship to Ushuaia city centre or airport
  • All Zodiac landings and excursions, as per itinerary, guided by our Expedition Team
  • Expedition parka
  • Rubber boots loan scheme
  • Briefings and lectures by our Expedition Leader and Team
  • English-speaking Expedition Team
  • Full board on the ship - breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
  • Complimentary house wine, beer and soda at dinner (selected labels and brands, served at our a-la-carte dinners)
  • Free tea and coffee available 24 hours
  • Taxes and landing fees
  • Special photo workshops
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Parties
  • Digital visual journal link distributed after the voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list and more!

What's Excluded

  • Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Single room supplement and stateroom upgrades
  • Meals not on board the ship
  • Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
  • Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 16 per person per day)
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned under 'Inclusions'