Antarctica - The Circle Quest
Most amazing trip ever - even Drakes Passage...
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Transport - Minibus, ship, Zodiac inflatable, on foot.
Accommodation - Hotel in Ushuaia (1nt), en suite cabin onboard ship (10nts).
Meals - All meals whilst on cruise, breakfast only in hotels.
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Ship Only Itinerary; Arrive in Ushuaia
Your journey begins in Ushuaia . You spend the first night of your trip overnight here in the town at the end of the world. The evening and next morning are free to relax and recover from your journey. You will then be met at your hotel and transferred to the dock to join the cruise.
Embark Ship - Ushuaia
You will board your ship in the afternoon in the town of Ushuaia. Located on the Beagle Passage in Tierra del Fuego, this charming town has a spectacular setting. Once on board you will have time to settle in before you set sail along the Beagle Channel
Cabin on board ship – 10 nights (BD)
Settle in on board as you head south across the Drake Passage. You will soon leave Cape Horn behind and head out into the open sea, escorted perhaps by petrels and albatrosses. Take your time to find your way about the ship and go onto the bridge, which is fully open for passenger access, where you can see the experienced crew at work. There will be plenty of opportunities to listen to the talks and lectures given by the specialist expedition team and discuss their experiences in the Polar region with them. Once you cross the Antarctic Convergence there will be the possibility of passing icebergs and, conditions permitting, late on day three the Captain may well try to make a landing in the South Shetlands at Aitcho. (Bx2, Lx2, Dx2)
On day five you will arrive off the Antarctic Peninsula and its surrounding islands. With a backdrop of high ice-capped mountains, crevassed glaciers and ice-filled fjords this is Antarctica in all its majesty.
You will explore the region taking advantage of the crew and expedition team’s experience. The route will be dependent on weather or sea conditions and information passed from other ships in the area or polar stations. You are likely to be able to join two Zodiac expeditions a day, in the company of the ship’s specialists, exploring the ice floes or stepping ashore onto Antarctica itself!
The itinerary will vary but there are a number of places that are particular favourites. You take beautiful transits through the channels and straits such as Lemaire, Gerlache and Neumayer with their towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers – possibly the highlight of the cruise. Bring your swimming gear for a dip in the hot springs of Pendulum Cove and you can post your letters at the historic research station of Port Lockroy. Here, as well as enjoying the thriving penguin colonies, the former British scientific station has been renovated to serve as one of the most isolated and intriguing museums in the world. We also hope to visit Paradise Bay, Petermann Island, Cuverville Island, Vernadsky Station and Neko Harbour.
There are many sites with an abundance of wildlife and with the expedition team in attendance you really can understand this incredible environment. The penguin rookeries are a lively highlight with large numbers of adelie, gentoo and chinstrap noisily grouped together and as you cruise among the icebergs you will hopefully see seals both in the water and on the ice. The most common are the fur, leopard, crabeater, weddel and mighty elephant seals. At all times the ship will be on the lookout for mammals at the top of the food-chain and with the wealth of krill around the Peninsula there is a likelihood of seeing minke and humpback whales.
There is so much to see and the excitement of a Zodiac expedition, with perhaps a chance encounter with an orca pod. This will be followed by a discussion on board with one of the expedition team while clutching a hot chocolate - or something stronger! The experiences are unpredictable but many will no doubt be unforgettable.
You visit Whaler's Bay on Deception Island, an active volcanic island with thermal waters welling up under the black sand. You also visit Half Moon Island, part of a dormant volcanic caldera where chinstrap penguins abound and the views can be spectacular. (Bx5,Lx5,Dx5)
After five days in and around the Antarctic Peninsula it’s time to head north to ‘civilisation’. Experiences will no doubt be relived and discussed with new friends and the expedition team will recap on some of the wonders seen. The icebergs will be left behind and soon Tierra del Fuego will loom ahead. (Bx2,Lx2,Dx2)
Morning disembarkation from your ship in Ushuaia.(B)