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Ortelius

Antarctic Peninsula 11 Day Cruise

The ice-strengthened 'Ortelius' vessel has been cleverly refurbished to provide Polar expedition cruises in the Artic and Antarctica. Travellers have the opportunity to explore remote locations including Franz Josef Land and the Ross Sea, and observe an abundance of wildlife. The vessel can accommodate up to 100 passengers offering comfortable cabins, two restaurants, a bar/lecture room and sauna. Voyages on the Ortelius provide quality exploratory wildlife programs, spending as much time as possible ashore.

 

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Embark

Embark in Ushuaia.

Day 1: Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia and embark the Ortelius this afternoon. Ushuaia is within the Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, and is the most southerly city in the world, located in the shadow of the Andes and right at the Beagle Channel shore. Set sail and cruise through this scenic waterway during the afternoon.

Days 2-3: Cruising the Drake Passage

Today you set sail across the Drake Passage. When you cross the Antarctic Convergence you will arrive in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. In this area you may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Head Albatrosses, Black-browed Albatrosses, Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. As you approach the South Shetland Islands, you will catch a glimpse of the first icebergs.

Day 4: Antarctic Peninsula

Today you sail directly to "High Antarctica", passing the Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. On Cuverville Island, a small island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Danco Island, you will find a large colony of Gentoo Penguins and breeding pairs of Brown Skuas.

Day 5: Danco Island

On Danco Island you may observe Chinstrap Penguins and possibly Weddell and Crabeater Seals. In Neko Harbour you will have the opportunity to step onto the Antarctic Continent, set against a backdrop of huge glaciers. You will also be able to take a cruise on a zodiac to Foyn Harbour or Nansen Island.

Day 6: Paradise Bay

When sailing to Paradise Bay, with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, you will have the opportunity to try some zodiac cruising between the icebergs in the inner parts of the fjords. In this area there is a good chance that you will see Humpback Whales and Minke Whales. After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you will visit the British research station and post office on Goudier Island. It may be possible to land at Jougla Point, close to Port Lockroy, where you might see Gentoo Penguins and Imperial Shags.

Days 7-8: Pleneau and Petermann Island

Sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pleneau and Petermann Island where you will encounter Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. In this area it is likely that you will see some Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Fin Whales. Continue north through Gerlache Strait arriving at Wilhelmina Bay where you might be fortunate to see Humpback Whales. Around Melchoir Islands amidst beautiful landscapes you may observe Leopard seal and Crabeater seals.

Days 9-10: Drake Passage

As you cruise along the Drake Passage watch out for the seabirds and absorb the information provided by your on-board guides.

Disembark

Disembark in Ushuaia.

Includes

  • 10 Nights' accommodation on board the Ortelius
  • Full Board including snacks, coffee and tea
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes aboard the vessel
  • All shore excursions and activities through the voyage by Zodiac
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material
  • Fuel surcharges, where applicable, are shown separately on the website and will be charged at the time of reservation

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Transfers to the vessel
  • Visa’s where required
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Meals ashore
  • Cancellation and personal insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Gratuities
  • Beverages
  • Laundry
  • Camping,Kayaking and Diving activities
 

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