Antarctic Peninsula 2020 (Plancius)

Antarctic Peninsula 2020 (Plancius)

From USD $7,250

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 2020 (Plancius)
Days
11
Overview
Vessel Type: Expedition Length: 89 metres Passenger Capacity: 108 - 116 Built / refurbished: 1976 / 2009 M/v “Plancius” accommodates 116 passengers in 53 passenger cabins (108 passengers as of season Arctic 2020) with private toilet and shower in 4 quadruple porthole cabins, 2 triple porthole cabins, 9 twin porthole cabins, 26 twin cabins with window and 2 twin deluxe cabins, all (ca. 12,5 square meters) and 10 twin superior cabins (ca. 21 square meters). All cabins offer lower berths (one queen-size bed in the superior cabins and two single beds in the twin cabins), except for the 4 quadruple cabins (for 4 persons in 2x upper and lower beds), and 2 triple cabins (1 bunk bed plus 1 lower bed). The vessel offers a restaurant/lecture room on deck 3 and a spacious observation lounge (with bar) on deck 5 with large windows, offering full panorama view. M/v “Plancius” has large open deck spaces (with full walk-around possibilities on deck 4), giving excellent opportunities to enjoy the scenery and wildlife. She is furthermore equipped with 10 Mark V zodiacs, including 40 HP 4-stroke outboard engines and 2 gangways on the starboard side, guaranteeing a swift zodiac operation. M/v “Plancius” is comfortable and nicely decorated, but is not a luxury vessel. Our voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic regions are primarily defined by an exploratory educational travel programme, spending as much time ashore as possible. Plancius fully meets our demands to achieve this. The vessel is equipped with a diesel-electric propulsion system which reduces the noise and vibration of the vessel considerably. The 3 diesel engines generate 1.230 horse-power each, giving the vessel a speed of 10 - 12 knots. The vessel is ice-strengthened and was specially built for oceanographic voyages. M/v “Plancius” is manned by an international crew of 37 (18 nautical crew and 19 hotel crew), 8 expedition staff (1 expedition leader, 1 assistant expedition leader and 6 guides/lecturers), and 1 doctor.

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1: 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 - Days 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 Petrels, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs.
Day 3 - Days 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 - Days 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: Disembarkation in Ushuaia
We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark after breakfast.
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
20-11-201930-11-2019USD $7,250Quadruple Porthole
20-11-201930-11-2019USD $8,150Triple Porthole
20-11-201930-11-2019USD $8,900Twin Porthole
20-11-201930-11-2019USD $9,300Twin Window
20-11-201930-11-2019USD $9,950Twin Deluxe
20-11-201930-11-2019USD $10,700Superior
09-01-202019-01-2020USD $10,900Twin Deluxe
09-01-202019-01-2020USD $11,800Superior
09-01-202019-01-2020USD $7,950Quadruple Porthole
09-01-202019-01-2020USD $8,950Triple Porthole
09-01-202019-01-2020USD $9,850Twin Porthole
09-01-202019-01-2020USD $10,250Twin Window
06-02-202016-02-2020USD $7,950Quadruple Porthole
06-02-202016-02-2020USD $8,950Triple Porthole
06-02-202016-02-2020USD $9,850Twin Porthole
06-02-202016-02-2020USD $10,250Twin Window
06-02-202016-02-2020USD $10,900Twin Deluxe
06-02-202016-02-2020USD $11,800Superior

Inclusions

    • Discover the true emotions of Antarctic wilderness
    • Observe the wildlife in its natural habitat
    • Learn about Antarctic whaling history

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