Day 1 – Ushuaia, Argentina
Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board Ocean Nova and sail along the BeagleChannel towards Antarctica.
Important notes: 1) Due to port operations, boarding in Ushuaia is exclusively between 15:00 hr and 16:00 hr.At 16:00 hr. boarding will close. Please be on time. Keep your passport at hand and allowenough time to clear port security and to reach the vessel.
2) This trip visits Argentinean and Chilean territories. Please obtain any required entry visas.
Day 2 to 3 – Cross the legendary Drake Passage
Sail towards Antarctica across the famous passage named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer. As you sail en route to the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for
wildlife from the glass-enclosed lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent sea birds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica.
After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes
noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for the first icebergs and the first sight of Antarctic land.
Day 4 to 7 – South Shetland Islands and Antarctica Pennisula
Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of Antarctica’s wildlife such as; seabirds, penguins, seals and whales. Our Antarctic expedition cruise will be very active and engaging, with lectures, several daily landings and cruises in Zodiac boats. Each day, disembark by Zodiac boat and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. From the ship enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.
No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Teamsets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerarychanges with each expedition, you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places. Our adventure will be very active, with several daily landings and cruises in Zodiac boats, lectures and a very enjoyable time on board. Departure from Antarctica will be in the afternoon or evening of Day 7, depending on weather conditions.
Day 8 and 9 – On the Sea
Return to South America with a northbound crossing of the Drake Passage. Relax and take the time to watch for wildlife from the bridge or outside decks, and take part in our program of presentations on Antarctic topics in the lounge.
Day 10 – Arrive back in Ushuaia and disembark.