Witness the quintessential Antarctic wildlife, including penguins, seals, whales and more on this expedition cruise offering you the most in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Extended time in the region allows you to go beyond the Antarctic Peninsula and venture south of the Antarctic Circle, home to fantastic ice formations and wildlife including the Weddell seal. You’ll enjoy more time for communing with penguins and visits to less-frequented landing sites. Visit historic research stations in the area of Marguerite Bay. Experience the Western Peninsula highlights and visit iconic landing sites; and learn about Antarctica’s geology and wildlife from onboard lecturers and specialists.
Special Offer: Book now and save up to 30% of the expedition cost, plus FREE Half day tour of Ushuaia or Tierra del Fuego National Park with expert guide. This offer is subject to availability and can expire at any time.
At world’s end, a dream begins, as unique as the nature that surrounds it. Fueguino Hotel Patagónico has privileged views of Martial Glaciar and mountain range, Beagle Channel, cruise ship dock and Ushuaia center. This new, modern hotel in located in Ushuaia's city center. The hotel has 53 warmly appointed guest rooms, each with panoramic views, Italian wood furnishings, with elements in stainless steel. Guest beds in same wood, with leather head boards. Large closets and mirror doors.
You'll receive a group transfer to the port for embarkation of your expedition vessel.
Welcome aboard! This is a day for introductions and getting acquainted with your ship. Meet your fellow shipmates, be introduced to your Expedition Team and snap a few photographs of Ushuaia as you head to sea.
Sail aboard the Ocean Diamond, a modern, stable super-yacht and experience the incredible Antarctica. Carrying a maximum of 189 passengers, this outstanding vessel features numerous adventure options plus onboard amenities such as a massage and wellness program and a well-stocked polar library. The Ocean Diamond is staffed with legendary captains, officers, expedition leaders, and guides.
There are many activities to keep you engaged while you’re at sea. Learn to identify seabirds that glide alongside the ship or attend illustrated presentations by your Expedition Team. You will be prepped on procedures for your Zodiac cruises and shore landings. You’ll also be given instructions for getting the most out of your Antarctic experience.
The waters of the Drake Passage are unpredictable, so hope for clear skies and a calm ocean. You’ll have plenty of time to stare out at the sea, get to know your fellow shipmates and chat with your Expedition Team. Time over these two days will be spent preparing for the exciting days ahead, with numerous educational and informative lectures from your Expedition Team. You’ll learn about everything from safety procedures to the history of whaling in Antarctica.
Arriving in Antarctica is often a surprisingly emotional moment. Who knows how you’ll react, but the general reaction is a sense of reverence and awe. No other place on earth is like Antarctica, which is a land of extremes.
Complete silence in the middle of the day is something we’re unaccustomed to in our busy lives, so Antarctica puts many people into a contemplative mood. But not for too long, as a calving glacier may break the silence or a penguin comes waddling by to inspect your footwear.
In between presentations on the wildlife, history and geology of Antarctica, you can spend time chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar. If conditions allow, your expedition may attempt landfall on the South Orkney Islands, which are officially in Antarctica.
Trekking up a glacier, visiting a research station or going on a Zodiac cruise amongst massive icebergs will become daily activities. It won’t take you long to tell the difference between Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals either, which are all found in this part of Antarctica.
Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not come close to reaching this far south. With a toast to the first explorers who ventured here, you can raise a glass of champagne and take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world still visited by very few people.
Within the Antarctic Circle, this is raw Antarctica, home to the midnight sun, with potential for some fantastic iceberg sightings.
Curious whales, such as Minkes, are often attracted to Zodiacs as well, giving you a chance to get close to these majestic animals. Every journey is full of surprises, even for the experienced Expedition Team, which means your journey will be unlike any before, or after it. This is untamed, unscripted nature at its best!
Wave goodbye to the penguins as the ship turns northward towards home. Crossing the Drake Passage is considered your unofficial rite of passage, completing your Antarctic adventure.
Enjoy some final moments mingling with your fellow travelers or listening to the expedition recaps from your Expedition Team. Tomorrow you will arrive back to Argentina.
Arriving back in Ushuaia this morning, you'll bid farwell to your expedition team and disembark from your ship.
Join your shared transfer to the airport with your fellow cruisemates.
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