Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
Due to the size of the continent, Antarctica’s diversity is best appreciated on longer voyages, where greater distances can be covered. This extended expedition encompasses the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, the remote Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) as well as the extraordinary beauty of the Peninsula. Overnight at a hotel in Ushuaia.
Day 2: Embarkation Day
Afternoon embarkation in Ushuaia and sail along the Beagle Channel to start your Antarctic adventure.
Day 3: At Sea
There are many activities to keep you engaged while you are at sea. You could learn to identify the seabirds that glide alongside the ship, or attend the illustrated presentations by the Expedition Team. They will prepare you for the shore landings and Zodiac cruising to come.
Days 4-5: Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
En route, the shipboard education program introduces the flora and fauna that you will encounter. Properly prepared, Zodiacs zip you from ship to shore to hike where Kelp Geese graze and Magellanic Penguins guard their burrows. You’ll comb beaches and socialize with local residents.
Days 6-7: At Sea
Sailing south you will enter Antarctic waters by crossing the Antarctic convergence, an invisible ring around the globe where the cold Southern Ocean meets the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
Days 8-11: South Georgia
After crossing the Southern Ocean, a series of landings are planned around SOuth Georgia, taking in King Penguin rookeries, abandoned whaling stations and the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton. There are also plenty of opportunities for hiking.
Days 12-13: At Sea
Your journey continues with the voyage south to the Antarctic Peninsula.
Days 14-17 South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Deception Island, Lemaire Channel, Neko Harbour, and Paradise Harbour… these are the names that conjure iconic images of the Antarctic Peninsula, where you will encounter towering, glacier-capped mountains rising from a brilliant blue sea, dotted with ice floes. You’ll visit penguin colonies, listen for calving glaciers, visit historic sites and research stations.
Days 18-19: The Drake Passage to Ushuaia
The Drake Passage crossing is a fitting end to your visit to Antarctica - there may be a final chance to see a variety of seabirds on this final stretch of your journey.
Day 20: Ushuaia
You will be transferred to the airport from the ship when you disembark in Ushuaia.
Please note: The 19 day itinerary on the Ocean Diamond and Sea Adventurer spends one less day exploring South Georgia (days 8-10)
The 22-day Sea Spirit & Sea Explorer voyages embark in Buenos Aires - outline itinerary as follows:
Day 1: Buenos Aires city tour & tango show, overnight stay
Day 2: embarkation
Days 3-5: At sea
Days 6-7: Falkland Islands
Days 8-9: At sea
Days 10-13: South Georgia
Days 14-15: At sea
Days 16-19: Antarctic Peninsula
Days 20-21: At sea
Day 22: Ushuaia disembarkation
This itinerary also operates in reverse on the Sea Explorer.
Please note that all voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the polar regions!
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