Classic Antarctica & South Shetland Islands,11 daysAboard: MV Ushuaia
A classic expedition cruise to the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. See spectacular ice, glacier and mountain scenery along with myriad wildlife such as whales, seals penguins and other birdlife.
Family Special - One child under the age of 16 travels FREE when sharing a triple superior or triple suite with two adults.
- New Year in Antarctica
- Amazing wildlife
- Myriad birds
- Beautiful ice and snow scenery
- Historical associations
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- Guided Zodiac excursions and landings
- Programme of expert lectures
- Service taxes and port charges
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Embark in the afternoon and meet your expedition and lecture staff. After you have settled into your cabins we sail along the famous Beagle Channel.
At Sea - Drake Passage
Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters. This creates a great upwelling of nutrients, which sustains the biodiversity of this region. The Drake Passage also marks the northern limit of many Antarctic seabirds. As we sail across the passage, lecturers will be out with you on deck to help in the identification of an amazing variety of seabirds, including many albatrosses, which follow in our wake.
Exploring South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula
The South Shetland Islands are a haven for wildlife. Vast penguin rookeries, beaches ruled by Antarctic fur and elephant seals and myriad birdlife. Scenic islands of Deception, Livingston and King George are, amongst them, home to colonies of nesting Adélie and chinstrap penguins, kelp gulls, blue-eyed shags, Antarctic Terns and southern giant petrels.
As we sail down the Peninsula, we will take Zodiac excursions and landings and marvel at the magnificent scenery and wildlife. Our route is dependent on weather and sea conditions, but we hope to sail the Lemaire and Neumayer Channells, Gerlache Strait and Paradise Bay with possible landings at Melchior Island, Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbour, Pléneau Island and if ice conditions permit, to Petermann Island for a visit to the southernmost colony of Gentoo Penguins.
At Sea - Drake Passage
We leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Look for seabirds and whales and take the chance to relax exchange images with fellow travellers.
Arrive and disembark
A view from Above
Originally built for the United States agency NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration), the USHUAIA has been refurbished to accommodate a maximum of 88 passengers in 46 comfortable outside cabins and suites with windows or portholes.
This ice-strengthened polar vessel is very well appointed and provides ample deck space and an open bridge policy. The full complement of inflatable landing craft ensures superb landings and wildlife viewing opportunities on the otherwise inaccessible coastline.
All cabins include ample storage space. Public areas feature a large dining room (one sitting), an open-plan observation lounge / lecture room with modern multimedia equipment, bar and a well-stocked library. There is also a gift shop and small infirmary.
Onboard chefs prepare excellent cuisine including many local specialties and the bar is well-stocked with carefully selected wines and spirits.
we work hard to earn passionate reviews from our clients.
Now that I am back from my odyssey voyage, I thought I would let you know that after all that planning it really did exceed my expectations – we managed landings everywhere even on Tristan da Cuhna and had great bird sightings. The guides all knew what they were talking about too and made sure I got some great photos – still sorting them all out! Thanks for everything and see you at Birdfair!Dave Martin
I want to thank you for all you did to make my recent Falklands trip run so smoothly and comfortably. Thank you for all your help over the diet too.Dr Lorna Mairs
Just a quick note to express my sincere thanks to you and all your staff for making this an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. Truly a mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken.Mr J Borg, Malta
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