Antarctica – Discovery and learning voyage

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The ‘Classic Antarctic’ route. This cruise delivers you to wondrous landscapes found in one of the harshest environments on Earth. The great star-actors of Antarctica are the penguins and in total seven species could appear before your very own eyes.

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All about the Antarctica – Discovery and learning voyage.

The ‘Classic Antarctic’ route. This cruise delivers you to wondrous landscapes found in one of the harshest environments on Earth. The great star-actors of Antarctica are the penguins and in total seven species could appear before your very own eyes.

The Hondius

Hondius is the first-registered Polar Class 6 vessel in the world, meeting the latest and highest Lloyd’s Register demands for ice-strengthened cruise vessels. Hondius also exceeds the requirements of the Polar Code as adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), allowing you to enjoy the polar regions as much as possible while impacting them as little as possible. Upon completion, Hondius will be the most flexible, advanced, innovative ice-strengthened vessel in the polar regions. It is optimized for exploratory voyages that provide you the utmost first-hand contact with the Arctic and Antarctica.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • El viaje a bordo del buque mencionado como indicado en el itinerario.
  • Todas las comidas durante el viaje a bordo del buque incluyendo bocadillos, café y té.
  • Todas las excursiones y actividades en Zodiac durante el viaje.
  • Programa de charlas por notables naturalistas y liderazgo a cargo de equipo de expedición experimentado.
  • Uso gratuito de botas de goma y de raquetas de nieve.
  • Traslado de equipaje desde el punto de recogida hasta el barco el día de embarque, en Ushuaia.
  • Traslado grupal con previo aviso desde el barco al aeropuerto en Ushuaia (directamente después del desembarco).
  • Todos los impuesto misceláneos de servicios y portuarios durante el programa.
  • Material de comprensión previo a la partida.
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Ninguna tarifa aérea ya se en vuelos regulares o chárter.
  • Gestiones previas o posteriores en tierra.
  • Gastos de pasaporte y visa
  • Impuestos gubernamentales de arribo y partida
  • Comidas en tierra.
  • Equipaje, cancelación y seguro personal (muy recomendado).
  • Cargos por exceso de equipaje y todos los ítems de índole personal como lavandería, bar, cargos de bebidas y cargos de telecomunicaciones.
  • Ni la propina al final del viaje para los camareros y demás personal de servicio abordo (se proveerán directrices).
  1. Day 1 End of the world, start of a journey

    Your voyage begins where the world drops off. Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, is located on the far southern tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego, nicknamed “The End of the World,” and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.

  2. Day 2-3 Path of the polar explorers

    Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too. Wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels are a few of the birds you might see.

  3. Day 4-7 Entering Antarctica

    Gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically different wildlife below and above. You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands.

    Sites you may visit include:

    Danco Island – Activities here may focus on the gentoo penguins nesting on the island, in addition to the Weddell and crabeater seals that can be found nearby.

    Neko Harbour – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow, Neko Harbour offers opportunities for a Zodiac cruise and landing that afford the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks.

    Paradise Bay – You may be able to take a Zodiac cruise in these sprawling, ice-flecked waters, where there’s a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales.

    Pléneau & Petermann Islands – If the ice allows it, you could sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. There is also a possibility you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales here, as well as leopard seals.

    Port Lockroy – After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you may get a chance to visit the former British research station – now a museum and post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. You may also be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. There are great opportunities also for kayaking and camping here, and when conditions are right, you can even snowshoe around the shore.

    Wilhelmina Bay & Guvernøren  – This is a great place to spot humpback whales. You also may embark on a Zodiac cruise ending at the ghostly wreck of the Guvernøren, a whaling vessel that caught fire here in 1915. Around the Melchior Islands, amid a frozen landscape peopled with icebergs, you may encounter even more whales, leopard seals, and crabeater seals.

    Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.

  4. Day 8-9 Familiar seas, familiar friends

    Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, and you to them.

  5. Day 10 There and back again

    Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Overall Rating
Reviewed On 20/03/2019

Good expedition and the cruise is new!