Antarctic Peninsula (Ortelius)

Antarctic Peninsula (Ortelius)

From USD $7,950

Description

An Antarctic Peninsula voyage is also known as the ‘Classic Antarctic’ route. The great star-actors of Antarctica are the penguins and in total seven species could appear before your very own eyes.

Trip Name
Antarctic Peninsula (Ortelius)
Days
11
Overview
Vessel Type: Expediton Length: 91m Passenger Capacity: 108-123 Built / Refurbished : 1989 / 2015 The vessel has the highest ice-class notation (UL1, equivalent to 1A) and is therefor suitable to navigate in solid one-year sea ice as well as loose multi-year pack ice. Ortelius can accommodate up to 116-123 passengers (108 passengers as of season Arctic 2020) and has an abundance of open-deck spaces. It is manned by 22 highly experienced nautical crew members, 19 hotel staff, eight expedition specialists (one expedition leader, one assistant, and six lecturer-guides), and one doctor. Though our voyages are primarily meant to offer our passengers an exploratory wildlife program with as much time ashore as possible, Ortelius offers all the comforts of a standard hotel ― along with a bar and lecture room. Flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities. As such, Ortelius carries 10 Zodiacs with 60hp Yamaha engines.

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1: Embarkation and departure from 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 - Day 2 - 3: At sea
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 Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs.
Day 3 - Day 4 - 8: Antarctica
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. We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to 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, Minke whales and Fin whales. Sailing north through Gerlache Strait we arrive at Wilhelmina Bay where we often are fortunate to see feeding Humpback whales. We may embark on a Zodiac cruise if the conditions allow ending at the wreck of Guvernøren an old whaling vessel that burned here in 1915. Around Melchior Islands amidst a beautiful landscape with icebergs, where we may encounter more whales but also Leopard seal and Crabeater seals. This area offers excellent opportunities for kayaking and camping in the pristine Antarctic environment. We depart to the Drake Passage around noon.
Day 4 - Day 9 - 10: At sea
On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.
Day 5 - Day 11: Arrival in Ushuaia and disembark
We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.
Day 6 - Please Note:
A typical itinerary to the Antarctic Peninsula is illustrated above. 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.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
03-01-202013-01-2020USD $7,950Quadruple Porthole
03-01-202013-01-2020USD $8,950Triple Porthole
03-01-202013-01-2020USD $9,850Twin Porthole
03-01-202013-01-2020USD $10,250Twin Window
03-01-202013-01-2020USD $10,900Twin Deluxe
03-01-202013-01-2020USD $11,800Superior
18-03-202031-03-2020USD $11,700Twin Deluxe
18-03-202031-03-2020USD $12,500Superior
18-03-202031-03-2020USD $8,500Quadruple Porthole
18-03-202031-03-2020USD $9,550Triple Porthole
18-03-202031-03-2020USD $10,450Twin Porthole
18-03-202031-03-2020USD $10,950Twin Window

Inclusions

    • Encounter Wandering Albatross, Grey-headed Albatross, Blue Petrel, Adelie Penguin
    • Enjoy Camping or Kayaking
    • Visit Ushuaia

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