Get ready for a rare adventure! From Ushuaia you cross the Drake Passage and sail on to an unforgettable exploration of Antarctica. Meet penguins up close and touch icebergs with your bare hands. On board there is so much to do: visit our Activity Centre for exciting lectures and more, all designed to enhance your trip.
This adventure starts with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. We offer an optional city tour in the afternoon. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover `Paris of South America´ for yourself.
Fly early in the morning to Ushuaia, where your ship awaits. Once on board, we kick off our journey with a Welcome dinner.
Prepare yourself for Antarctica as we cross the infamous Drake Passage, and trust us - it will overwhelm you! There will be lectures on the environment, films about Antarctica, and the Activity Centre will provide the latest technology for preserving your memories. The Centre provides a great gathering place for our on board community, to come together for talks, recaps and spontaneous events, and to mingle and share stories.
You are now in one of the most remote areas on earth! Come ashore to explore the breathtaking Antarctic scenery and come close to penguins and seals. You will feel like a real explorer from the moment you set foot on the endless expanse of snow and ice. From the deck, there will be ample opportunities to sight whales. Enjoy close encounters with wildlife and glaciers, old whaling stations and relics. Every second of this journey has something new to offer. One of the highlights of the South Shetlands is Deception Island. When we sail into the natural harbour of this volcanic island, you will see an abandoned whaling station known as Hektor and a derelict British base. We are certain you will enjoy a visit to Half Moon Island, a staggeringly photogenic island blessed with some of the most beautiful Antarctic scenery imaginable, or Yankee Harbour, with its large colony of gentoo penguins, estimated to be 4,000 breeding pairs. Cuverville Island is home to another of the largest known colonies of gentoo penguins. Neko Harbour is beautifully located in the innermost part of Andvord Bay. Paradise Harbour got its descriptive name from the whalers during the last century. Wilhelmina Bay has stunning scenery and is often called “Whale-mina Bay”, because of the large number of humpback whales spotted here in December.
Our activities are exciting and varied. One day you will go shore to see penguins and hear the crackling sounds of glaciers. The next day, you may get to feel the salt and wind as you cruise amid the sea ice, looking for leopard seals taking a snooze on the floes. Another day may involve kayaking, a hike or a walk. Our onboard photographer will be on hand to show you the basics of expedition photography to capture these amazing experiences. On the ship, you can join gatherings where members of the Expedition team recount the day’s activities, make presentations, and discuss the next day’s plan. These meet ups are great for sharing memories and mingling with the expedition community.
After exploring this exhilarating continent, we set course back to civilisation. Spend the day at sea recapping your experiences, having fun in the Activity Centre or just relaxing on deck.
Sadly, every adventure must come to an end. It is time to say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends when we reach Ushuaia. We transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires. If you haven't had enough, you can extend your stay and enjoy our optional post expedition programmes.
- Planned landings will depend on weather and ice conditions.
- The crew reserve the right to change the scheduled program and itinerary.
- It is recommended to book a post night, as the timings of the charter flights included in the cruise are unknown at the time of booking. For final flight times and your boarding pass, please contact the Hurtigruten hospitality desk one day prior to departure. We are unable to accept responsibility if you miss your return flight in the event of a delay.
2019 - 10, 21 Nov | 2, 13, 28 Dec
2020 - 08, 19, 30 Jan | 10, 21 Feb | 03 Mar
B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner *Terms and conditions apply. From prices are per person, twin share, based on lead in grades and/or seasons unless specified. When available, optional upgrades can be applied at time of booking. See bentours.com for more information