One Of Our Best Value Antarctic Cruises

The Budget Antarctic Classic is one of the most popular itineraries in the Antarpply calender. Departing from Ushuaia you will embark on a magical 11 day voyage that will take you to the very heart of the Antarctic Peninsula and offer some of the best sights the region has to offer.

The Antarctic Peninsula is home to some amazing sights, and a huge array of wildlife including colonies of penguins, leopard seals, whales, seals,  killer whales and many different species of birdlife. Along with your expedition leaders, you will embark the ships zodiac boats as often as possible to spend your days exploring everything there is to offer. With a mazimum of just 84 passengers the whole ship can disembark onto the continent at the same time which will really maximise your time.

This is a journey that appeals to many: photographers, wildlife enthusiasts, ornithologists or those who simply want to marvel at the peaks of Deception Island or the striking colours of Iceberg Alley in the most immaculate wilderness anywhere.

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Day 1: Ushuaia

Embark the MV Ushuaia in the afternoon and meet your expedition and lecture staff. After you have settled into your cabins we sail along the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass.

Day 2 – 3: Drake Passage

Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters. This creates a great upwelling of nutrients, which sustains the biodiversity of this region. The Drake Passage also marks the northern limit of many Antarctic seabirds. As we sail across the passage, Antarpply Expeditions’ lecturers will be out with you on deck to help in the identification of an amazing variety of seabirds, including many albatrosses, which follow in our wake. The USHUAIA’s open bridge policy allows you to join our officers on the bridge and learn about navigation, watch for whales, and enjoy the view. A full program of lectures will be offered as well. The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands, a group of twenty islands and islets first sighted in February 1819 by Capt. William Smith of the brig Williams. With favourable conditions in the Drake Passage our lecturers and naturalists will accompany you ashore as you experience your first encounter with the penguins and seals on Day 3.

Day 4 – 8: Antarctic Peninsula,

The South Shetland Islands are a haven for wildlife. Vast penguin rookeries, beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and Southern elephant seals make every day spent in this amazing island group unforgettable. Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island is truly amazing. King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands, features colonies of nesting Adélie and Chinstrap Penguins, Kelp Gulls, Blue-eyed Cormorants, Antarctic Terns and Southern Giant Petrels and is home to scientific bases of many different countries. Macaroni, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins as well as elephant seals await you at Livingston Island. The Antarctic Peninsula’s remarkable history will provide you with a type of excitement often only associated with the early explorers. You will have plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways, and an incredible wide variety of wildlife. Apart from penguins and seabirds you are very likely to see Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals as well as Minke, killer (orca) and humpback whales at close range. We hope to navigate some of the most beautiful waterways (depending on the ice conditions): the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel, and the Lemaire Channel, the latter are narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. We plan to make at least two landings per day and possible landing sites may include: Paradise Bay is perhaps the most aptly named place in the world and we attempt a landing on the continent proper. After negotiating the iceberg-strewn waters of the Antarctic Sound, we hope to visit the bustling Adélie Penguin (over 100,000 pairs breed here) and Blue-eyed Cormorant colonies on Paulet Island. The Nordenskjöld expedition built a stone survival hut here in 1903. Today its ruins have been taken over by nesting penguins.Further exploration may take you to Melchior Island, Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbour, Pléneau Island and if ice conditions permit, to Petermann Island for a visit to the southernmost colony of Gentoo Penguins.

Day 9 – 10: Drake Passage

We leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Join our lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for seabirds and whales and enjoy some final lectures. Take the chance to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures of the past days on the way back to Ushuaia.

Day 11: Ushuaia, Antarctic

We arrive at the port of Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark the MV Ushuaia after breakfast.

10 day cruises have 1 less day in the Antarctic Peninsula

2017 – 2018 Season

22 December 2017 – 31 December 2017 (10 Days)
• Triple Cabins from PLEASE ENQUIRE
• Standard Cabins from PLEASE ENQUIRE
• Premier Cabins from £8,425 per person
• Suites from £9,350 per person

31 December 2017 – 10 January 2018 (11 Days)
• Triple Cabins from £6,058 per person
• Standard Cabins from £6,475 per person
• Premier Cabins from £9,358 per person
• Suites from £10,390 per person

21 January 2018 – 30 January 2018 (10 Days)
• Triple Cabins from £5,450 per person
• Standard Cabins from £5,825 per person
• Premier Cabins from £8,425 per person
• Suites from £9,350 per person

30 January 2018 – 9 February 2018 (11 Days)
• Triple Cabins from £6,059 per person
• Standard Cabins from £6,475 per person
• Premier Cabins from £9,358 per person
• Suites from £10,299 per person

11 March 2018 – 21 March 2018 (10 Days)
• Triple Cabins from £4,699 per person
• Standard Cabins from PLEASE ENQUIRE
• Premier Cabins from £7,799 per person
• Suites from £8,675 per person

21 March 2018 – 31 March 2018 (10 Days)
• Triple Cabins from £4,699 per person
• Standard Cabins from £5,150 per person
• Premier Cabins from £7,799 per person
• Suites from £8,675 per person

10 day cruises have 1 less day in the Antarctic Peninsula


Inclusions

  • Voyage aboard the USHUAIA as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the USHUAIA.
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by zodiac.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and expedition staff.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
  • Detailed post-expedition log.

Exclusions

  • Any airfare,
  • Pre- and post land arrangements;
  • Transfers to / from the vessel;
  • Passport and visa expenses;
  • Government arrival and departure taxes;
  • Meals ashore;
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuity (approx US$10 - US$15 pp per day)

MV Ushuaia

Originally built for the United States agency NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration), the USHUAIA has been refurbished to accommodate a maximum of 84 passengers in 41 comfortable twin cabins and suites.

The ice-strengthened polar vessel USHUAIA is very well appointed and provides ample deck space and an open bridge policy. The full complement of inflatable landing craft ensures superb landings and wildlife viewing opportunities on the otherwise inaccessible coastline.

All cabins include ample storage space. Public areas feature a large dining room (one sitting), an observation lounge and bar, a conference room with modern multimedia equipment, a well-stocked library, a changing room and a small infirmary.

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