Day 1: Ushuaia.
Get ready to embark the expedition vessel in the afternoon and meet your friendly 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: 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 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: Explore the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island you will have the chance to swim in the hot springs of Pendulum Cove. 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 world's most beautiful waterways (depending on the ice conditions) including 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 which is perhaps the most aptly named place in the world. We will also 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. You are welcome to 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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