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Antartic Cruices

Deluxe liners and expedition polar icebreakers offer different voyages to this amazing kingdom of wildlife close to the end of the world. Antarctica is said to be the coldest, driest and windiest place on earth, though it is indeed a virtually pristine awe inspiring paradise for wildlife with an incomparable scenery of mountains, snow and ice.
The majestic continent that has lured explorers and scientists for decades is at hand from Ushuaia, the gateway to the White Continent. These voyages are accompanied by a dedicated and experienced staff of expedition leaders, naturalists and lecturers who will share with you their enthusiasm and knowledge of the region. All these voyages are carefully planned and conducted so as to minimize any impact or disturbance to the fragile environment and its fauna. The Classic Antarctic adventure cruises on board the USHUAIA offer the ultimate introduction to the White Continent. Embarking and disembarking in the port of Ushuaia, they include many of the wildlife and scenic highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. You will often make two landings a day via our fleet of zodiac craft.

ITINERARY

CLASIC ANTARCTICA :: Ushuaia - South Shetland Islands - Antarctic Peninsula - Ushuaia :: Duration: 10 nights / 11 days.

Day 1: Depart from Ushuaia Embark the 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.

Days 2 to 6 3: Crossing the Drake Passage The Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters. The Drake Passage also marks the northern limit of many Antarctic seabirds. 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. 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 7 & 8: Exploring South Shetland Islands and the 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. 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. 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.

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: Arrival at Ushuaia We arrive at Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark the USHUAIA after breakfast.

N.B.:Please note: The above itinerary is a guide only. Our exact route and program will vary to take best advantage of local weather and ice conditions and opportunities to view wildlife. Changes will be made by the Captain and/or Expedition Leader to facilitate the best results from the prevailing conditions. A daily program sheet will be issued on board. Flexibility is the key to success.

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