Classic Antarctica including Deception Island.
All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary
depending on ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The
on-board expedition leader determines the final
itinerary. Average cruising speed for m/v Ortelius is
Fortified for both poles of the planet, the
ice-strengthened Ortelius is thoroughly outfitted to
provide you an up-close experience of the Arctic and
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, 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 scenic, mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for
the rest of the evening.
Day 2 - 3: Path of the
Over the next two days on
the Drake Passage, you catch a taste of life from the
perspective of the polar explorers who first braved
these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe
even a fin whale blasting up sea spray. After passing
the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural
boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide
with warmer subantarctic seas – you are in the
circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the
marine life change, the avian life changes too: A
variety of albatrosses and petrels show up, along with
Cape pigeons and southern fulmars . Then, near the South
Shetlands Islands, the first icebergs flash into sight.
Day 4 - 6: Enter the
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
Sites you may visit include:
Cuverville Island – Stabbing
up between Rongé Island and the Antarctic Peninsula,
Cuverville houses a massive colony of gentoo penguins as
well as pairs of breeding brown skuas.
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.
© Martin van
Neko Harbour – An epic
landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved
snow. Opportunities for Zodiac cruising and kayaking
provide you the closest possible view of the ice-crusted
Paradise Bay – You may be
able to take a Zodiac cruise in these sprawling,
ice-flecked waters, where you have a good chance of
seeing humpback and minke whales.
© Dietmar Denger
Port Lockroy – After sailing
through the Neumayer Channel, you 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.
Day 7: Scenes of South
The volcanic islands of the
South Shetlands are windswept and often cloaked in mist,
but they do offer subtle pleasures: There’s a wide
variety of flora (mosses, lichens, flowering grasses)
and no small amount of fauna (gentoo penguins, chinstrap
penguins, southern giant petrels). In Deception Island,
the ship plunges through Neptune’s Bellows and into the
© Dietmar Denger
Here you find hot springs,
an abandoned whaling station, and thousands of cape
petrels – along with a number of kelp gulls, brown and
south polar skuas, and Antarctic terns. Wilson’s storm
petrels and black-bellied storm petrels also nest in the
ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. As an
alternative, you may be able to engage in activities
near Half Moon Island. Here chinstrap penguins and
Weddell seals often haul out onto the beach near Cámara
Base, an Argentine scientific research station.
Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time
© Dietmar Denger
Day 8 - 9: Familiar Seas,
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.
Day 10: There and Back
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.
Included in this voyage
Voyage aboard the indicated
vessel as indicated in the itinerary
throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks,
coffee and tea.
All shore excursions and activities
throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
Program of lectures
by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced
Free use of rubber boots and
Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the
vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia.
Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the
airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
throughout the programme.
Excluded from this voyage
Any airfare, whether on
scheduled or charter flights
Pre- and post- land
Passport and visa expenses.
Government arrival and departure taxes.
Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is
Excess baggage charges and all items of a
personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges
and telecommunication charges.
The customary gratuity
at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service
personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).
Price:- From $6,500 per person. Please contact
us for departure dates and availability