Luxury Antarctic Peninsula & Weddell Sea at Christmas 13 DaysAboard: MS Seaventure
Enjoy a holiday season like no other on this magical Christmas in Antarctica itinerary. There is no compromise of expedition experience on this classic voyage on board a luxury small ship from Ushuaia to the South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula and the majestic Antarctic Sound and Weddell Sea area. With an abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities, spectacular scenery, visits to historic and scientific bases, as well as exciting camping and kayaking options, this voyage provides the chance to experience all that the Antarctica Peninsula has to offer whilst travelling in supreme comfort. What's more, with a two night stay in a beautiful hotel in Ushuaia before your voyage included, you will have ample time to discover the wonders of this city at the bottom of the world.
- Savour the festive spirit on board and a guaranteed "White Christmas"!
- Discover the rarely explored Weddell Sea area
- Spectacular scenery
- Amazing avian and marine wildlife
- Historical associations & scientific base visits
- Exciting camping on ice and kayaking options
- Sail in ultimate comfort
- Enjoy an included two night stay in Ushuaia before your voyage
- Onboard photography coach
- Two nights pre-expedition hotel accommodation
- Transfers to and from ship
- All-inclusive accommodation on board ship including beverages and world class cuisine
- Complimentary expedition parka
- Use of rubber boots
- Zodiac excursions and shore landings
- Programme of expert lectures
- Onboard photography coach
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Arrive independently to Ushuaia, Argentina’s southernmost city, and spend some time enjoying the sights of the city. Ushuaia is the gateway to Tierra del Fuego National Park and is famed for its Argentinean leather markets.
A two-night hotel stay in the beautiful Arakur hotel in Ushuaia is included in the price of your package, allowing you to enjoy some time at leisure before departure and to see as much of the city as possible. On the evening of day 2 you can attend an optional briefing to meet your fellow travellers and ask any questions you may have about the adventures ahead.
In the morning you will have further time to explore more of this unique Argentinean city before embarkation begins in the afternoon. Your expedition team and ship's officers will welcome you on board and after a safety and orientation briefing you can enjoy the Captain's welcome dinner with your new shipmates. As you settle into your comfortable cabin, in the early evening your ship will sail through the Beagle Channel, past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.
As your ship sails through the famous Drake Passage towards the white continent you can enjoy entertaining presentations and talks from your onboard Polar experts who will give you some fascinating insights into the wildlife, history and geology of Antarctica, as well as safety and bi-environmental briefings for your time on the Peninsula. During these days at sea you will want to have your camera ready for some spectacular sights, from the first spottings of icebergs to an array of seabirds and whale species that may follow the ship. For those interested in Citizen Science projects you can take part in Sea Bird sighting surveys, or help collect salinity samples and weather data along the way.
As your ship crosses the Antarctic Convergence you will notice a distinct drop in temperature as we enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean and prepare to fully explore this magnificent region.
Antarctic Sound & Weddell Sea
Welcome to Antarctica, where towering icebergs and spectacular scenery combines with a flurry of wildlife activity to create one of nature’s most impressive spectacles. Your time in Antarctica will include a relaxed itinerary, with your Captain and Expedition Leaders choosing each day the best places to visit and explore dependent on ice, weather and opportunity. Exploring by Zodiac you will visit some of the most scenic bays and channels, making stops at penguin colonies, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.
On this special Christmas itinerary we plan to make our way through the amazing channels and wildlife rich waters of the Antarctic Sound and Weddell Sea for our first adventures. In this majestic area you will witness huge tabular icebergs and an abundance of wildlife such as Adélie penguins and seals as we explore around and truly get to know Antarctica. With unique geography unlike anywhere else on earth, the photo opportunities here are endless, and we may even be lucky enough to spot hunting orca which are often seen here.
Heading west across the Bransfield Strait your ship will enter the Trinity Coast and Gerlache Strait into true Peninsula territory. Your days will be spent exploring by Zodiac in search of unique scenic experiences and wildlife encounters. You can expect to witness an abundance of penguins including Adelies, Chinstraps and Gentoos, as well as Weddell, Crabeater, Antarctic Fur and predatory Leopard seals. In the waterways you are likely to see Minke and Humpback whales, and if lucky you may even catch sight of the elusive Orcas that frequent the region in the late season.
Your itinerary here will be flexible but places you may explore include the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel, picturesque Neko Harbour, the Humpback whale favoured Wilhelmina Bay, the stunning Lemaire Channel and sheltered Paradise Harbour. There may also be opportunity to stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as an historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.
For the more adventurous there will be ample opportunities for optional kayaking excursions and thrilling camping on ice experiences. These activities are subject to availability and must be booked in advance.
On our last day in the Peninsula area we will find the perfect spot in which to celebrate Christmas! The atmosphere on board throughout, and particularly on Christmas Day, will be sure to be festive and fun. We will spend Christmas Day exploring on land as much as possible, as well as celebrating in style on board!
South Shetland Islands
Your last stops in Antarctica are likely to be in the South Shetland Islands where you will find breathtaking scenery and beauty, as well as numerous Chinstrap penguins and Southern Elephant seals. Places we may visit here include historic Deception Island and Half Moon Island.
As you leave the magic of Antarctica behind it’s time to head back towards Ushuaia as your ship sails back through the Drake Passage, followed by an abundance of seabirds. Take the time to reflect on what will have been an unforgettable journey and join your fellow shipmates at a special slideshow presentation to commemorate the expedition.
After sailing through the scenic Beagle Channel your ship will reach Ushuaia in the early hours of the morning, allowing for disembarkation in time to catch onward or homeward flights. If you wish to spend more time in Ushuaia there are numerous options for excursions including trips to the beautiful Tierra del Fuego National Park.
A view from Above
Offering a world-class small ship experience, the newly totally-refurbished MS Seaventure features a 1-A Super ice class rating - the highest ice class awarded to passenger vessels - allowing it to reach previously inaccessible areas in the most remote parts of the world. Featuring a heated saltwater swimming pool, a sauna, fitness centre and citizen science lab, guests aboard the MS Seaventure can enjoy their time at sea in Antarctica like never before. Beautifully appointed common areas including indoor and outdoor dining areas, a library and club bar will make your time on board a truly relaxing experience, whilst the first-class staterooms are perfect for some quiet time after a long day of exploration. There are five categories of stateroom available, from porthole rooms to the owner’s suite, with each stateroom featuring sitting areas with sofa and table, complimentary mini-bars, flat screen TVs, luxury toiletries, safes and exterior views. The higher category staterooms also feature private balconies. What’s more, the ship has been designed to optimise storage space for activity equipment, allowing even more guests the chance to partake in camping, snowshoeing and kayaking activities.
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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
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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