Quest for the Antarctic Circle 14 daysAboard: MS Expedition
This classic Antarctic expedition not only introduces you to the magic of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula with daily opportunities for exploration and wildlife encounters, but also heads south seeking to cross the polar circle itself.
See leopard seals lazing on ice floes and immense rookeries of penguins surrounded by towering glaciers. Try optional kayaking or camping on ice. The Expedition’s expert guides and lecturers offer knowledge and insight that really bring the nature and history of the region to life, creating the adventure of a lifetime.
- Amazing avian and marine wildlife
- Cross the Antarctic Circle
- Spectacular land and icescape scenery
- Follow in the footsteps of great explorers
- Kayaking & camping options available
- One night's accommodation pre cruise
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- Photo workshops with photography expert
- Shore and Zodiac excursions
- Programme of expert lectures
So much to experience
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Arrive at any time. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the world's most southerly city.With a population of over 63,000 people, Ushuaia has grown over the past few years, yet has retained an easy going, accessible feel, with dramatic mountain surroundings it is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. Prior to your trip, you can spend some time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy some Argentinean wines and barbeques in the city or visit the many boutique shops and cafes while preparing for your upcoming adventure. Overnight in hotel.
Embarkation on the M/S Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia. We enjoy the evening sailing through the scenic Beagle Channel.
The Drake Passage
Our adventure begins with the crossing of this famous stretch of water named after the 16th-century English explorer, Sir Francis Drake. Take in daily lectures from your expedition team and keep an eye out for your first sightings of icebergs, whales and albatross following in the ship's wake.
Antarctic Peninsula & the South Shetland Islands
We have lots of time to explore the world’s most southerly ecosystem and encounter the unique wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery of the Antarctic. Our goal is to get you ashore or on Zodiac cruises twice per day to encounter penguin rookeries, get a good look at the variety of seal species, and keep an eye out for the whales that feed in the peninsula's cold, fertile waters. During the voyage, you'll learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world. Take an optional polar plunge, visit an abandoned whaling station or a working scientific research station and gain a new perspective on this part of world.
The Polar Circle Crossing
Set off southward along the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, passing colossal icebergs and countless colonies of penguins.
The Antarctic Peninsula & the South Shetland Islands
We will turn north for the first time and head back through the 'inside passage' (depending on weather conditions) to continue our exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula.
The Drake Passage
Begin our northbound journey to our home port of Ushuaia. Review the highlights of our Antarctic experience with our lecturers and staff, and keep our eyes open on the observation deck for some final whale sightings.
Disembark in the morning.
A view from Above
The MS Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, all cabins have ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Common areas include 360 degree observation deck, lounge, dining room, library, bar, gift shop, clinic, computer room, gym, sauna, gift shop and mud room. Passengers also have access to rubber boots. The ship has ice-strengthened hull, forward looking sonar and stabilisers.
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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
Overall I think that it was an excellent trip that was well worth the price paid and I would have no hesitation recommending your company to others.Steve Sutton
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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