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Outline itinerary

Day 1Ushuaia
Day 2At sea
Day 3At sea
Day 4Weddell Sea
Day 5Emperor Penguin colony
Day 6Emperor Penguin colony
Day 7Devil & Vega Island
Day 8Half Moon Island
Day 9At sea
Day 10At sea
Day 11Ushuaia

Included

Cruise, all nights, all meals on board including snacks, helicopter use, coffee en tea, zodiac cruises, experienced expedition crew, lectures from the staff on board

Not included

(Inter)national air fare to / from Ushuaia, drinks, tips and personal expenses

Extra

PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are 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. For single room supplement, please contact us for possibilities and prices.

Price

Quadruple
EUR 9100,-

Triple
EUR 9800,-

Twin deluxe
EUR 11300,-

Twin Porthole
EUR 10450,-

Twin Window
EUR 10800,-

Superior
EUR 11900,-

Tour leader

Nederlands- of Engelstalige expeditieleider

English speaking expedition leader

Number of participants

Minimum 1, no maximum if spaces available

Accommodation

Two- or four-person cabin with private toilet and bathroom

Difficulty level of the tour

Good physical condition is required regarding walking on slippery and accentuated surfaces after landing ashore.

Climate

The weather during the cruise is difficult to predict but take into account that weather conditions are be changeable. Around Antarctica it can be very cold, especially in combination with windy conditions. Appropriate clothing is required.

Weddel Sea and Antarctic Peninsula: Emperor Penguin voyage

Duration:11 days
Departure:18-11-2018
Price: from EUR 9100,-
Tour leader:Nederlands- of Engelstalige expeditieleider
Code: C1863

This is a “once in a lifetime” voyage: a visit to the remote Emperor Penguin colony in the Weddell Sea. During this voyage we will reserve three days to visit the Emperor Rookeries by helicopters. If we succeed the first two days, we may offer an alternative landing in the Weddell Sea on the third day. An Emperor Penguin rookery is situated south of Snow Hill Island. The captain of the vessel will do his utmost to position the vessel close enough to Snow Hill Island in order to enable us to offer ship-to-shore helicopter transfers to approx. 45 minutes walking distance from the Emperor Penguin Rookeries. If we succeed, this will be a fascinating and a once-in-a lifetime experience. During this voyage we will reserve three days to visit the Emperor Rookeries by helicopters. Besides the Emperor Penguins we will see many species of penguins, seabirds and marine mammals, windswept ancient landscapes with towering icebergs in seemingly tranquil bays and hear about mythical stories of heroic survival expeditions and tours. During this eleven-day expedition cruise we will be living our dream while visiting the magic continent of Antarctica. Join us on the trip of your life!

 

Day 1: Departure from Ushuaia

In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia and set sail to Antarctica.

Day 2-3: At sea

On our way to the Weddell Sea, the ship is followed by several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels. 

Day 4: Weddell Sea

We will sail into the Weddell Sea and if the Antarctic Sound is accessible and the ice does not prevent us to sail further, we might see the huge tabular icebergs that announce our arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. We plan to offer an Antarctic Continent landing at Brown Bluff.

Day 5-6: Emperor Penguin colony

The use of helicopters has a great advantage and can support us in our goal to reach the Emperor penguin colony, but the itinerary is ruled by the forces of nature, ice and weather conditions. If the conditions are favourable, we intend to spend the first two days in the Emperor Penguin rookery. The helicopter operation will take a full day and the flight duration takes approximately 15 minutes. The helicopter can accommodate 6 passengers per helicopter flight. The landing point of the helicopters will be carefully chosen and we will make sure that the Emperors are not disturbed or stressed by helicopter noise. Therefore, after arrival, the passengers continue their expedition on foot. After a walk of approx. 45 minutes, passengers will experience one of the greatest moments in their life, a rendezvous with the magnificent Emperor Penguins. Keep in mind that we are in the world’s most remote area and there are no guarantees, including a specific amount of helicopter time. Conditions may change rapidly, having its impact on the helicopter operation and passengers should understand and accept this. Safety is our greatest concern and no compromises can be made.

Day 7: Devil & Vega Island

If conditions were favourable on both day 5 and 6 and we have successfully visited the Emperor Penguins, we may decide to visit Devil Island, Vega Island or Hope Bay. If we have not reached the Emperor Penguin colony on one or two of the previous days, we will try again offering ship-to-shore helicopter flights to Snow Hill Island.

Day 8: Half Moon Island

In the morning we plan to visit Half Moon Island where we can see Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins, various other bird-species and Southern Elephant Seals and Weddell seals. Early in the afternoon we will sail to Deception where we have the last landing of our voyage at Pendulum cove.  

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 11: Arrival in Ushuaia

We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark. 

 

 

 

 

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