For Jan 9 2022 and Mar 3 2022 Departures on Ocean Ultramarine -
Day 1 - Arrive In Buenos Aires, Argentina
You May Arrive In Buenos Aires At Any Time During Day 1 Of Your Itinerary. Upon Arriving In This Splendid City, Known For Its Rich Architecture And European Heritage, You Will Independently Transfer To Your Group Hotel (Pre-night Hotel Included In Mandatory Transfer Package).
Day 2 - Fly To Ushuaia And Embark
After An Early Breakfast At The Hotel, The Group Will Transfer To The Airport And Board Our Private Charter Flight To Ushuaia, Argentina.
Upon Arrival, You Will Be Transferred From The Airport To A Central Downtown Location To Have Some Time On Your Own To Explore This Quaint Port Town Before Making Your Way To The Pier.
As The Ship Sets Sail In The Late Afternoon, You Will Begin Your Antarctic Journey, Passing Through The Beagle Channel. Named After The Famed Ship On Which Charles Darwin Voyaged, The Channel Presents Great Photo Opportunities Of Landscapes And Seabirds. Eventually The Channel Opens Up To The Southern Ocean, And Onwards To Antarctica.
Days 3 & 4 - Crossing The Drake Passage
Your Days At Sea Are Filled With Presentations And Lectures Led By Your Expedition Team, Who Will Prepare You For The Wildlife That Will Greet You Upon Your Arrival. In Between Presentations, Spend Time Chatting With Your Shipmates Over A Drink At The Bar, Or Enjoy The Fresh Air And Views On The Outer Decks.
Days 5–7 - South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula
The Most Common Reaction Upon Reaching The White Continent Is A Sense Of Reverence And Awe. The Experience Is Beyond Words, Since Few Places Are As Untouched And Enduring As Antarctica. You Will Begin To Appreciate Why This Region Has Long Captivated The Attention Of Explorers And Travelers Alike. Every Visit To Antarctica, We Witness Something New Or Unexpected, Which Means That Your Expedition Will Be Unlike Any Other—creating A Unique, Personal Experience.
Each Day, You Will Take Zodiac Excursions From The Ship To Explore Local Bays, Channels And Landing Sites. With Wildlife Always At The Forefront Of Our Minds, You Will Visit Penguin Rookeries, Scout For Humpback And Minke Whales, And Search For A Number Of Southern Seal Species, Including The Cunning Leopard Seal.
Your Expedition Team Will Take Care Of You At Each Landing, Whether You Are Exploring The Antarctic Terrain, Visiting A Research Station Or Consorting With Penguin Colonies. Chinstrap, Adélie And Gentoo Penguins Are Found Here, Along With Five Different Species Of Seals. Zodiac Cruising Can Offer Opportunities To View Some Of The Larger Local Marine Mammals More Intimately, Such As Antarctic Minke And Humpback Whales. Each Day And Each Excursion Will Present A New Collection Of Creatures To Delight You And Keep Your Camera Busy.
Your Days Will Be Busy Spotting Wildlife And Being Mesmerized By The Astounding Beauty Of Antarctica. Listening To The Crackling And Crumbling Of Icebergs And Glaciers And Watching Penguins Waddling On The Beach Will Become Your Daily Entertainment, While Sea Kayaking, Paddle Excursions, Or Camping Are Optional Activities Available On Select Voyages (At An Extra Cost).
Days 8 & 9 - Antarctic Circle
Crossing The Antarctic Circle Is Both A Memorable Experience And Impressive Achievement, As Few Travelers Reach So Far South. If Conditions Allow Us To Cross This Famed Line At 66°33´ S, We’ll Toast The First Explorers Who Ventured Here, And You Can Raise A Glass And Take Pride In Knowing You’ve Made It To A Part Of The World Visited By Very Few People. This Is Raw Antarctica, Home Of The Midnight Sun, Weddell Seals, And Your Best Chances Of Encountering Sea Ice – The Foundation Of The Antarctic Marine Ecosystem.
Days 10 & 11 - Northbound Along The Peninsula
By Now, Your Knowledge Of Adélie, Chinstrap And Gentoo Penguins Will Be Matched By Your Ability To Differentiate Between A Leopard, Fur And Weddell Seal. Terms Like ‘bergy Bits’ And ‘pancake Ice’ Will Become Part Of Your Vocabulary, Yet There Are Still Many Tales To Be Told. As You Head North, Zodiac Excursions Will Fill Your Days, And Your Expedition Team Will Continue Looking Out For Species Of Seabirds, Seals And Whales That May Have Eluded You On Your Journey South.
Days 12 & 13 - Crossing The Drake Passage
As You Recross The Drake, Antarctica Fades Away, Leaving You With A Collection Of Memories To Last A Lifetime. Excited Conversations With Your Newfound Friends Will Make The Crossing Fly By, Regardless Of Weather And Sea Conditions. Your Expedition Team Will Round Up Its Series Of Presentations As Well, With A Slideshow Of The Great Landing Sites And Wildlife You’ve Witnessed Over The Course Of Your Voyage. Be Sure To Take Some Time To Reflect On Everything You’ve Experienced So Far.
Day 11 - Disembark In Ushuaia & Fly To Buenos Aires
You Will Arrive In Ushuaia In The Morning And Disembark After Breakfast. The Mandatory Transfer Package Includes A Little Taste Of Patagonia With A Tierra Del Fuego National Park Tour Before Transferring To The Airport For The Return Group Charter Flight To Buenos Aires.
For all other departures -
Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina
You will begin your journey in Ushuaia, a small but bustling port town at the tip of South America. This Argentine town is an ideal gateway for you to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. Get active in the mountains or enjoy handcrafted chocolate at a café in town.
Day 2 — Embarkation Day
As the ship sets sail in the late afternoon, you will begin your Antarctic journey, passing through the Beagle Channel. The channel opens up to the vastness of the Southern Ocean, where your next land sighting will be along the Antarctic Peninsula. Named after the famed ship on which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents great photo opportunities to capture seabirds hovering overhead.
Days 3 and 4 — Crossing the Drake Passage
The waters of the Drake Passage are unpredictable, so hope for clear skies and a calm ocean. You’ll have plenty of time to gaze out at the sea, get to know your fellow shipmates and chat with your Expedition Team.
You will spend this time preparing for the exciting days ahead, with numerous educational and informative lectures presented by your Expedition Team. You’ll learn about everything from safety procedures to the history of whaling in Antarctica.
Days 5 to 7 — Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
With the Drake Passage left in our wake, we make our approach to Antarctica. Get your cameras ready as the continent’s coastline makes its first appearance, signaling the start of your adventure in the realm of the Antarctic. You’ll see plentiful floating icebergs and be fixated on the ocean surface as curious whales spout and breach before your eyes.
As exciting as it can be from on board the ship, your true exploration occurs when you disembark and set foot on the White Continent. There are several potential landing sites that we may visit, including Neko Harbor, Orne Harbour or Paradise Harbour. Although weather dictates which specific landing sites we can visit, each one presents a new collection of wildlife and natural attractions.
Your days will be busy spotting wildlife and being mesmerized by the beauty of Antarctica. Watching penguins waddling on the beach and listening to the crackling and crumbling sounds of icebergs and glaciers will become your daily entertainment, while kayaking with whales and polar camping are optional activities available on select voyages (at an extra cost).
Days 8 and 9 — Antarctic Circle
Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula do not reach this far south, which is officially noted at 66°33' S. You and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne! Make a toast and take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world visited by very few people.
Days 10 and 11 — Northbound Along the Peninsula
By now, your knowledge of Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins will be matched by your ability to differentiate between a leopard, fur or Weddell seal. Terms like bergy bits and pancake ice will seem normal, yet there are still many tales to be told. As you head north, Zodiac excursions will fill your days, and your Expedition Team will continue offering presentations while giving you time to reflect on everything you’ve experienced.
Days 12 and 13 — Crossing the Drake Passage
As you recross the Drake, Antarctica fades away, leaving you with a collection of memories to last a lifetime. Excited conversations with your newfound friends will make the crossing fly by, regardless of weather and sea conditions. Your Expedition Team will round up its series of lectures as well, perhaps with a slideshow of the great landing sites and wildlife you’ve witnessed over the course of your voyage.
Day 14 — Disembark in Ushuaia
Today you’ll say goodbye to your Expedition Team and fellow travelers, disembarking in the morning to catch your homeward flights.
Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.