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Antarctic Peninsula – Polar Circle, Deep South Discovery and whale watching voyage

Holiday for 13 days (12 nights) aboard the ship m/v Ortelius departing on Mon 18 Mar 2019 and returning on Sun 31 Mar 2019. You will embark the ship at Ushuaia visit the Antarctic Peninsula – Polar Circle, Deep South Discovery and whale watching voyage and then disembark at Ushuaia.

  • Other dates are available
  • OTL33-19 (12 nights) on board m/v Ortelius
  • For Cabin Prices Scroll to the bottom of the page

This Polar Circle and Antarctic Peninsula cruise will take you further south of Antarctica, crossing the Polar Circle. This expedition cruise passes through waters travelled by Humpback, Minke and Fin whales. Anchoring in various spots around the region, the expedition offers the chance to hike and dive in the iceberg-heavy waters.

Itinerary

PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The on-board expedition leader will determine the final itinerary. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Average cruising speed of m/v Ortelius is 10.5 knots.

Day 1

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

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 – 5

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. Then on to Cuverville Island, stabbing up between Rongé Island and the Antarctic Peninsula. On Cuverville lives a massive colony of gentoo penguins as well as pairs of breeding brown skuas. Neko Harbour, the next stop, affords you the first chance to step onto the Antarctic Continent itself – an epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow. During the following stop at Paradise Bay, you may be able to take a Zodiac cruise in its sprawling, ice-flecked water before sailing on to the Lemaire Channel.

Day 6 – 8

After a comfortable night of sailing, you wake among the many islands south of Lemaire Channel. You are now near the Antarctic Circle. At this point a voyage through the aptly named Gullet – a narrow but picturesque channel between Adelaide Island and the Continent – is possible if the ice isn’t too thick. You can explore this area either from the prow of the ship or the edge of a Zodiac, getting the closest possible contact with the terrain as you venture southward.

You might also circumnavigate Pourquoi Pas Island, named after the ship of the famous French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot. This location is known for its tight fjords and lofty, glacier-crowded mountains. On Horseshoe Island is the former British Base Y, a remnant of the 1950s that is now unmanned, though still equipped with almost all the technology it had while in service.

Stonington Island is home to the former US East Base and British Base E, which was occupied until 1975. If a stop here is possible, it marks the southernmost landing site of the trip – 68° south. From there your road turns north again, through the Gunnel Channel into Hanusse Bay, with its countless icebergs – and a good chance of spotting whales.

Day 9 – 11

You are near the Antarctic Circle again, cutting north through the countless ice floes of Crystal Sound. Humpback whale sightings are likely, and your approach to the Fish Islands offers the possibility of a Zodiac cruise or even a landing. Whatever the case, the scenery is beyond compare in this area. There may also be more Adélie penguins congregating among the icebergs nearby.

If you’re a bird lover, Petermann and Pléneau Islands provide a great variety of avian life as well as Zodiac cruises among icebergs that are popular leopard seal and crabeater seal hangouts. Minke whales, humpbacks, and gentoo penguins also love to frequent this “hot spot” of Antarctic activity.

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

Day 12 – 13

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 14

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.

Day 6 – 8

You may take a course around the western side of Adelaide Island to reach Marguerite Bay. Should ice conditions also not allow this approach, you may continue the program by exploring the Antarctic Peninsula in and around the Penola and Gerlache Straits.

  • Other dates are available
  • OTL33-19 (12 nights) on board m/v Ortelius
  • Duration 13 days, 12 nights
  • Location Antarctic Peninsula – Polar Circle, Deep South Discovery and whale watching voyage
  • Included
    • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
    • All meals 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 expedition staff.
    • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
    • 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.
    • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
  • Excluded
    • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights.
    • Pre- and post- land arrangements.
    • Passport and visa expenses.
    • Government arrival and departure taxes.
    • Meals ashore.
    • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory).
    • 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).
  • Fitness Level
    • Easy. Easy walking for the most part.
  • KAYAK Search flights
  • The best Antarctica books to buy:
    The Complete Guide to Antarctic Wildlife
    Lonely Planet Antarctica Travel Guide
    Antarctica books at the Book Depository

Activities You Can Participate In

Scuba Ice Diving

Polar Diving £538.99

Limited placements available on any cruise. (Can only be booked prior to departure).

If you’re searching for a way to expand your diving experience, join us on one of our diving cruises. Experienced divers will have the chance to glide through the amazing blue waters of the Arctic or Antarctic.

There are currently 12 places left on this cruise.

Cabins & Prices

The prices offered here are the lowest available anywhere and are updated directly from the shipping company. Updates happen live as the new discount prices become available. Discounted berths sell out quickly and may disappear from this page at any time. 'Requests' require the shipping company's confirmation. Those labelled 'Book now' are instantly available. You pay later when invoiced. Invoices are charged in British Pounds Sterling (GBP). Other dates are available at the top of this page. EUR and USD prices are based on today's exchange rates and provided only as a guide for your convenience.

Quadruple Porthole

Quadruple Porthole Cabin
Windows Windows Info Info
  • 2 portholes
  • 2 upper & lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone and Internet connection
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
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Sharing berth

Share your cabin with others for the best price

£5,983
(USD $8,129)
(EUR €6,660)
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Complete cabin

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

£23,931
(USD $32,516)
(EUR €26,640)

Twin Porthole, deck 4

Twin Porthole deck 3

Twin Porthole deck 3 Cabin
Windows Windows Info Info
  • 2 portholes
  • 2 lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone and Internet connection
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
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Sharing berth

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£7,302
(USD $9,922)
(EUR €8,129)
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Single cabin

Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

£12,414
(USD $16,868)
(EUR €13,819)
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Complete cabin

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

£14,605
(USD $19,844)
(EUR €16,258)

Twin Window

Twin Window Cabin
Windows Windows Info Info
  • 2 windows
  • 2 lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone and Internet connection
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
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Sharing berth

Share your cabin with others for the best price

£7,654
(USD $10,400)
(EUR €8,521)
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Single cabin

Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

£13,012
(USD $17,681)
(EUR €14,485)
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Complete cabin

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

£15,309
(USD $20,801)
(EUR €17,042)

Superior

Superior Cabin
Windows Windows Info
  • 2 windows (minimum)
  • 1 double bed
  • 1 single (sofa) bed
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone and Internet connection
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee & tea maker
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
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Single cabin

Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

£14,882
(USD $20,221)
(EUR €16,567)
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Complete cabin

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

£17,508
(USD $23,789)
(EUR €19,490)

Triple Porthole

Triple Porthole Cabin
Windows Windows Info Info
  • 2 portholes
  • 1 upper berth & 2 lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone and Internet connection
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
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Sharing berth

Share your cabin with others for the best price

£6,687
(USD $9,085)
(EUR €7,443)
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Complete cabin

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

£20,060
(USD $27,256)
(EUR €22,330)

Twin Deluxe

Twin Deluxe Cabin
Windows Windows Windows Info Info
  • 3 windows
  • 2 lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Small sofa
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone and Internet connection
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
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Sharing berth

Share your cabin with others for the best price

£8,182
(USD $11,118)
(EUR €9,108)
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Single cabin

Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

£13,910
(USD $18,900)
(EUR €15,484)
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Complete cabin

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

£16,364
(USD $22,235)
(EUR €18,217)