10 Nights Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

10 Nights Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

$11,360.00Price

As Admunsen and Shackleton before you, be amongst the lucky few to set foot on the great white continent of Antarctica. This is where penguin colonies, seals, sea lions and a huge amount of wildlife thrive. Expect to be amazed as you experience Antarctic wildlife as never before. This is a singular journey that will never be forgotten.

  • Early Bird Specials -

     


    * Antarctica All Inclusive

    * Early bird 10% Off if paid in full

    * Venetian Society Sailing 5% Off on Mar 8 2022, Nov 27 2022, Dec 2 2022, Dec 12 2022, Feb 18 2023 and Mar 4 2023 departures

    * Single Supplement for 25% on Jan 19 2022 and Jan 29 2022 departures

    * Exclusive $500 Onboard credit per suite ($250 for single occupancy) on Jan 5 2022, Jan 9 2022, Jan 29 2022, Feb 20 2022, Nov 27 2022, Dec 02 2022, Feb 18 2023, Feb 25 2023, Mar 4 2023

     


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    Day 1 Ushuaia

    At 55 degrees latitude south, Ushuaia (pronounced oo-swy-ah) is closer to the South Pole than to Argentina's northern border with Bolivia. It is the capital and tourism base for Tierra del Fuego, the island at the southernmost tip of Argentina.Although its stark physical beauty is striking, Tierra del Fuego's historical allure is based more on its mythical past than on rugged reality. The island was inhabited for 6,000 years by Yámana, Haush, Selk'nam, and Alakaluf Indians.

     

    Day 2-3 Drake Passage

    The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the westerly winds and the funneling effect of the passage. The Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward, is within the Drake Passage. When these two currents meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Black-browed Albatross, Sooty Shearwaters and White-chinned Petrels glide in the air currents alongside and in the wake of the ship.

     

    Day 4 Antarctic Sound

    The Antarctic Sound is a stretch of water named after the first ship to have passed through this body of water from the Bransfield Strait to the Weddell Sea in 1902. The Antarctic eventually sank and crew and scientists had to spend quite some time in this area before they could be rescued. Sites that have to do with this story - like Hope Bay or Paulet Island - are sometimes visited. At Paulet, Hope Bay and Brown Bluff Adelie and Gentoo Penguins breed, as do Kelp Gulls and Cape Petrels, Snow Petrels and Skuas.

     

    Day 5-7 Antarctic Peninsula

    Remote and otherworldly, Antarctica is irresistible for its spectacular iceberg sculptures and calving glaciers, and for the possibility of up-close encounters with marine mammals and the iconic penguins. The Antarctic Peninsula – the main peninsula closest to South America – has a human history of almost 200 years, with explorers, sealers, whalers, and scientists who have come to work, and eventually intrepid visitors coming to enjoy this pristine and remote wilderness.

     

    Day 8 South Shetland Islands

    Some 770 kilometers (478 miles) south of Cape Horn, the South Shetland Islands are usually the first land seen in Antarctica. Separated from the Antarctic Peninsula by the Bransfield Strait, nine major islands make up the group. The region was the first to be exploited by sealers in the early 19th century, and because of its proximity to South America, it still is the most visited by scientists and tourists. Chinstrap, Adelie, Gentoo and Macaroni Penguins all breed here.

     

    Day 9-10 The Drake Passage

    The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the westerly winds and the funneling effect of the passage. The Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward, is within the Drake Passage. When these two currents meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Black-browed Albatross, Sooty Shearwaters and White-chinned Petrels glide in the air currents alongside and in the wake of the ship.

     

    Day 11 Ushuaia

    At 55 degrees latitude south, Ushuaia (pronounced oo-swy-ah) is closer to the South Pole than to Argentina's northern border with Bolivia. It is the capital and tourism base for Tierra del Fuego, the island at the southernmost tip of Argentina.Although its stark physical beauty is striking, Tierra del Fuego's historical allure is based more on its mythical past than on rugged reality. The island was inhabited for 6,000 years by Yámana, Haush, Selk'nam, and Alakaluf Indians.

     

    Note: For Jan 5 2022 (Silver Cloud), Jan 9 2022 (Silver Wind), Jan 15 2022 (Silver Cloud), Jan 19 2022 (Silver Wind), Jan 29 2022 (Silver Wind) and Feb 20, 2022 (Silver Wind) departures, Day 4 will be at South Shetland Island instead.