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Plancius

Antarctic Peninsula 11 Day Roundtrip Cruise

First built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy and named "Hr. Ms. Tydeman", the Plancius has now been fully reconstructed as a 110-passenger vessel suitable for Polar expeditions. The vessel offers a restaurant/lecture room and a spacious observation lounge (with bar) with large windows, offering a full panorama view. All cabins are generously proportioned and are outside facing, mostly equipped with two bunk beds and a comfortable private bathroom.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship in Ushuaia.

Day 1: Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia and embark the Plancius 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: At Sea

Today you set sail across the Drake Passage. When you cross the Antarctic Convergence you will arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling 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.

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.

Day 7: Pleneau and Petermann Island - Vernadsky Station

Today you 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. A visit to one of the scientific stations in Antarctica will give you an insight into the life of modern Antarcticans working on the White Continent. Further south you may visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station, where you are sure to receive a warm welcome from the station crew.

Day 8: Neumayer Channel

Sailing north through Neumayer Channel you arrive at the beautiful Melchior Islands and will have another chance to take the zodiacs out among the icebergs. Here, you may encounter Leopard Seals, Crabeater Seals and Whales.

Day 9: Cruising Drake Passage

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

Day 10: Cruising Drake Passage

Continue your cruise along the Drake Passage, observe the wildlife and enjoy the passing scenery.

Day 11: Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia this morning and disembark the Plancius.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Ushuaia.

Includes

  • 10 Nights' accommodation on board the Plancius
  • 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 and Kayaking activities
 

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