Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius

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Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius
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Title: Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius
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Tripcode: OTL21-17
Duration: 11 nights
Ship: m/v Ortelius
Embarkation: Ushuaia
Disembarkation: Ushuaia
Language: English speaking voyage
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Itinerary

PLEASE NOTE: A Basecamp itinerary to the Antarctic Peninsula is illustrated below. This itinerary is for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. During our “Basecamp” departures, all offered activities are free of charge. Average cruising speed for m/v Ortelius is 10,5 knots.

Day 1: We embark our vessel in Ushuaia

In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

Day 2 - 3: En-route to the Antarctic Peninsula where we cross the Antarctic Convergence

During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black- browed Albatrosses, Light- mantled Albatrosses, Cape Petrels, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs.

Day 4 - 9: Antarctica!

We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. We will sail to the Neumayer Channel, where we position our ship for the multi activity basecamp. The protected waters around Wiencke Island will become our playground for all activities. In this alpine environment there are great opportunities to scout the region on foot, per zodiac and during kayak trips. Walkers will find opportunities to use snowshoes on hikes near the shore lines and the mountaineers will find their challenge by climbing hills and viewpoints further inland. All climbs and excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions.We plan to stay two overnights at anchor in order to implement two camp nights and two full activity days. We will visit the old British research station, now working museum and post office at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. We look out for leopard seals, Crabeater seals and whales.In good conditions and time allowing we sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth Island, Pléneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adélie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. In this area there are good chances to encounter Humpback Whales and Minke Whales. We choose another camp site which is suitable and close to next day’s activity. The opportunities for kayaking, glacier walks or more ambitious mountaineering are excellent in this area. At Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of a huge glacier and enjoy the landscape during zodiac cruises, walks and kayak excursions. A small group of glacier walkers may climb up on higher grounds of the glacier. We will spend the night in Paradise Bay with a camp erected ashore. We will leave early morning after breaking our last camp. We will depart from the Peninsula around noon when conditions on the Drake Passage (weather and sea-conditions) are predicted as unfavorable.

Day 10 - 11: At sea en-route to Ushuaia

On our way north, we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 12: We disembark in Ushuaia

We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark after breakfast.

m/v Ortelius

Fit for both ends of the planet, the ice-strengthened Ortelius is thoroughly outfitted to provide you an up-close experience of the Arctic and Antarctic. Full ship info >>

ACTIVITIES YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN

Camping

FREE
Camping

Kayaking

FREE
Kayaking

Mountaineering

FREE
Mountaineering

Photo Workshop

FREE
Photo Workshop

Snowshoeing

FREE
Snowshoeing

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Quadruple Porthole

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  • 2 portholes
  • 2 upper / lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
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6350 USD

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7950 USD
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25400 USD

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31800 USD

Triple Porthole

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  • 2 portholes
  • 1 upper / lower berth + 1 single lower berth
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
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7150 USD

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8950 USD
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Complete cabin
21450 USD

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26850 USD

Twin Porthole deck 4

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  • 2 portholes
  • 2 lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
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Sharing berth
7700 USD

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9650 USD
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Single cabin
13090 USD

Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

16405 USD
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Complete cabin
15400 USD

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19300 USD

Twin Porthole deck 3

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  • 2 portholes
  • 2 lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
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Sharing berth
7700 USD

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9650 USD
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Single cabin
13090 USD

Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

16405 USD
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Complete cabin
15400 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

19300 USD

Twin Window

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  • 2 windows
  • 2 lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
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Sharing berth
8200 USD

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10250 USD
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13940 USD

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17425 USD
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16400 USD

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20500 USD

Twin Deluxe

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  • 3 windows
  • 2 lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Small sofa
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee & tea maker
  • Flatscreen TV, Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
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Sharing berth
8700 USD

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10850 USD
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Single cabin
14790 USD

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18445 USD
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Complete cabin
17400 USD

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21700 USD

Superior

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  • 2 windows (minimum)
  • 1 double bed
  • 1 single (sofa) bed
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV, Telephone
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee & tea maker
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
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Single cabin
16150 USD

Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

20145 USD
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Complete cabin
19000 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

23700 USD