Originally built for the US Navy as an arctic survey vessel this was recently refitted to carry 80 passengers. An expeditionary cruiser, the Ushuaia also has some facilities, including a bar, restaurant and a library. We follow strict environmental regulations to operate in Antarctica, and all crew are highly trained a well equipped in the event of an emergency. We offer some of the best value rates on this vessel, and also on trips to Antarctica as a whole. We look forward to welcoming you to this very special trip.
Nov 07,17,27; Dec 18,28
Feb 01; Mar 15
Day 1 : Ushuaia, Embark the Expedition vessel 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.
Days 2-3: Crossing the Drake Passage. 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 boat’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, With favorable 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.
Days 4-8: Exploring South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island and the chance to swim in the hot springs of Pendulum Cove 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. 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. 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.
Days 9-10: At Sea crossing the Drake Passage, northbound. 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: We arrive at Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark the Vessel after breakfast.
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