Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands

Classic Antarctica including Deception Island

Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands
Cruise route
Title: Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands
Dates:
Tripcode: OTL24-17
Duration: 10 nights
Ship: m/v Ortelius
Embarkation: Ushuaia
Disembarkation: Ushuaia
Language: English speaking voyage
Important: Camping and kayaking are optional activities
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Itinerary

PLEASE NOTE: A typical itinerary to the Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands 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. Average cruising speed for m/v Ortelius is 10,5 knots.

Day 1: In the afternoon 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: At sea, 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 - 7: Antarctica! On Cuverville Island, we will find a large colony of Gentoo Penguins

We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. On Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Danco Island, we will find a large colony of Gentoo Penguins and breeding pairs of Brown Skuas. If we land on Danco Island we can observe Gentoo Penguins and possibly Weddell and Crabeater Seals. In Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers calving at sea level. We enjoy the landscape surrounded by alpine peaks during zodiac cruises. In Paradise Bay again with its myriad icebergs, we have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent again. We shall have the opportunity for a zodiac cruise in the inner parts of this amazing water way. In this area we have good chances to see Humpback Whales and Minke Whales. After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, we hope to get a chance to visit the old British research station, now living 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. This area offers excellent opportunities for kayaking and camping. When the snow conditions allow we use snowshoes on regular landings which vastly improves mobility and safety in heavy snow conditions.

Day 8: South Shetland Islands

The volcanic islands of the South Shetlands are windswept and often shrouded in mist, but do offer subtle pleasures. There is a nice variety of flora (mosses, lichens and flowering grasses) and fauna, such as Gentoo Penguins, Chinstrap Penguins and Southern Giant Petrels. In Deception Island our ship braves into the entrance of the crater through the spectacular Neptune’s Bellows. Deception itself is a sub-ducted crater which opens into the sea creating a natural harbour for the ship. Here we find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Petrels and many Kelp Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns. Wilson’s Storm Petrels and Black-bellied Storm Petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. Alternatively we may try to land at Hannah Point at Livingston Island. The area is closed off to visitors for part of the season as it is a high density wildlife area with species such as Chinstrap penguins, Gentoo penguins, and Southern Elephant seals. Around noon we depart for the Drake Passage.

Day 9 - 10: At sea, towards Ushuaia

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

Day 11: The end of our voyage. We disembark in the morning in Ushuaia

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

m/v Ortelius

The ice-strengthened vessel Ortelius is an excellent vessel for Polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica. Full ship info >>

ACTIVITIES YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN

Camping

180 USD
Camping

Kayaking

on request
Kayaking

Snowshoeing

FREE
Snowshoeing

Cabins & Prices

Quadruple Porthole

Windows Windows Info Info
  • 2 portholes
  • 2 upper / lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
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Sharing berth
5750 USD

Share your cabin with others for the best price

7200 USD
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Complete cabin
23000 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

28800 USD

Triple Porthole

Windows Windows Info Info
  • 2 portholes
  • 1 upper / lower berth + 1 single lower berth
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
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Sharing berth
6500 USD

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8100 USD
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Complete cabin
19500 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

24300 USD

Twin Porthole deck 4

Windows Windows Info Info
  • 2 portholes
  • 2 lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
Info Info
Sharing berth
7050 USD

Share your cabin with others for the best price

8800 USD
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Single cabin
11985 USD

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

14960 USD
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Complete cabin
14100 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

17600 USD

Twin Porthole deck 3

Windows Windows Info Info
  • 2 portholes
  • 2 lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
Info Info
Sharing berth
7050 USD

Share your cabin with others for the best price

8800 USD
Info
Single cabin
11985 USD

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

14960 USD
Info Info
Complete cabin
14100 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

17600 USD

Twin Window

Windows Windows Info Info
  • 2 windows
  • 2 lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Small sofa
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
Info Info
Sharing berth
7500 USD

Share your cabin with others for the best price

9350 USD
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Single cabin
12750 USD

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

15895 USD
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Complete cabin
15000 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

18700 USD

Twin Deluxe

Windows Windows Windows Info Info
  • 3 windows
  • 2 lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Small sofa
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee & tea maker
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
Info Info
Sharing berth
7900 USD

Share your cabin with others for the best price

9900 USD
Info
Single cabin
13430 USD

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

16830 USD
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Complete cabin
15800 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

19800 USD

Superior

Windows Windows Info
  • 2 windows (minimum)
  • 1 double bed
  • 1 single (sofa) bed
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee & tea maker
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
Info
Single cabin
14535 USD

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

18190 USD
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Complete cabin
17100 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

21400 USD