Antarctica

Classic Antarctica including Deception Island

Antarctica
Cruise route
Titel: Antarctica
Reisdatum:
Reiscode: PLA22-19
Duur: 10 nachten
Schip: m/v Plancius
Inscheping: Ushuaia
Ontscheping: Ushuaia
Taal: Engelstalige reisleiding
Meer over: Antarctica reizen
Antarctisch Schiereiland reizen
Zuidelijke Shetlandeilanden reizen
 
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LET OP: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The on-board expedition leader will determine the final itinerary. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Average cruising speed of m/v Plancius is 10.5 knots.

This Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands cruise delivers you into a landscape of dark rugged rock, pure white snow, and a fantastic variety of wildlife. Come say hello to whales, seals, and thousands of penguins.

Day 1: End of the world, start of a journey

Your voyage begins where the world drops off. Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, is located on the far southern tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego, nicknamed “The End of the World,” and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening. 

Day 2 - 3: Path of the polar explorers

Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too. Wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels are a few of the birds you might see.

Day 4 - 7: Enter the Antarctic

Gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically different wildlife below and above. You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands. 
 
Sites you may visit include: 
 
Danco Island – Activities here may focus on the gentoo penguins nesting on the island, in addition to the Weddell and crabeater seals that can be found nearby.
 
Neko Harbour – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow, Neko Harbour offers opportunities for a Zodiac cruise and landing that afford the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks.
 
Paradise Bay – You may be able to take a Zodiac cruise in these sprawling, ice-flecked waters, where there’s a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales.

Port Lockroy – After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you may get a chance to visit the former British research station – now a museum and post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. You may also be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. There are great opportunities also for camping here, and when conditions are right, you can even snowshoe around the shore.

Day 8: Scenes of South Shetland

The volcanic islands of the South Shetlands are windswept and often cloaked in mist, but they do offer subtle pleasures: There’s a wide variety of flora (mosses, lichens, flowering grasses) and no small amount of fauna (gentoo penguins, chinstrap penguins, southern giant petrels). In Deception Island, the ship plunges through Neptune’s Bellows and into the flooded caldera. Here you find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, and thousands of cape petrels – along with kelp gulls, brown and south polar skuas, and Antarctic terns. A good hike is a possibility in this fascinating and desolate volcanic landscape.
 
As an alternative, you may be able to engage in activities near Half Moon Island. Here chinstrap penguins and Weddell seals often haul out onto the beach near Cámara Base, an Argentine scientific research station. Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.

Day 9 - 10: Familiar seas, familiar friends

Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, and you to them.

Day 11: There and back again

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

m/v Plancius

Ons ijsversterkte schip m/v Plancius is een uitstekend schip voor expeditie reizen in het noordpoolgebied en Antarctica. Naar schip >>

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4-persoons hut met patrijspoort

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  • 2 stapelbedden
  • Privé douche & toilet
  • Bureau & stoel
  • Haardroger
  • Flatscreen TV
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  • Voldoende bergruimte
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23200 USD

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5800 USD

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7250 USD

3-persoons hut met patrijspoort

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  • 1 patrijspoort
  • 1 stapelbed & 2 aparte bedden
  • Privé douche & toilet
  • Bureau & stoel
  • Haardroger
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telefoon & WiFi (extra)
  • Voldoende bergruimte
  • Deze hut is geschikt voor families met kinderen, of passagiers die geen aparte hut of meer luxueuze hutten vereisen.
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Complete cabin
19560 USD

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24450 USD
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6520 USD

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8150 USD

2-persoons hut met patrijspoort

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  • 2 bedden
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  • Bureau & stoel
  • Haardroger
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telefoon & WiFi (extra)
  • Voldoende bergruimte
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14240 USD

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17800 USD
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12104 USD

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15130 USD
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7120 USD

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8900 USD

2-persoons hut met raam

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  • 1 raam
  • 2 bedden
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  • Bureau & stoel
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  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telefoon & WiFi (extra)
  • Voldoende bergruimte
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Complete cabin
14880 USD

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18600 USD
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12648 USD

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15810 USD
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7440 USD

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9300 USD

2-persoons deluxe hut

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  • 2 ramen
  • 2 bedden
  • Privé douche & toilet
  • Bureau & stoel
  • Haardroger
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telefoon & WiFi (extra)
  • Voldoende bergruimte
  • Deze cabines zijn hoek hutten en zijn iets ruimer dan de normale Twin Window hutten.
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19900 USD

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16915 USD

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9950 USD

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Superior

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  • 2 ramen
  • 1 2-persoons bed
  • 1 bank bed
  • Privé douche & toilet
  • Bureau & stoel
  • Haardroger
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Koelkast
  • Koffie en thee zetter
  • Telefoon & WiFi (extra)
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Complete cabin
17120 USD

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21400 USD
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14552 USD

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18190 USD