Cruise through the world's last great wilderness, viewing spectacular landscapes, rare wildlife and towering icebergs. On this Antarctica cruise, there will be plenty of opportunities for zodiac expeditions, explore icy hiking routes that wind up to the best Antarctic views, visit penguin rookeries or sit in a remote cove watching seals and curious penguins as they go about their day. Experience true winter silence that is disturbed only by the creaking of ice and the calls of penguins.
Your cruise ship, the Ocean Endeavour, has been recently renovated with plenty of class and comfort for you to be able to enjoy your journey. The ship has the best guide to passenger ratio in Antarctica (1:8) and has specially designed zodiacs with forward facing seats for the best photo opportunities. Onboard, you can enjoy amenities that include expedition lounge, two restaurants, bar, pool, Jacuzzi, library, gym, sundeck, spa facilities and sauna. Optional activities include kayaking, snowshoeing, camping, private photography workshops, hiking and yoga.
From Ushuaia to Ushuaia
Day 1 Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina
Explore the Southernmost city in the world set in dramatic scenery surrounded by mountains and connected to the ocean via the Beagle Channel. This is the most famous and must-do departure ports to reach Antarctica on your cruise.
Representatives will be waiting for you at the airport to transfer you to your accommodation where you will stay overnight in Ushuaia. If you plan your trip right, you'll have some free time to explore the museums, shops and restaurants. A Viva recommendation, check out the Museo Marítimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia. It's well worth the visit. Alternatively, if you have even more time and prefer the outdoors, you can explore the dramatic scenery of waterfalls, mountains, glaciers and lakes of Tierra del Fuego National Park. You may also choose to take a tour on the Fin del Mundo Train (End of the World Train); a steam train that takes you to Tierra del Fuego.
Day 2 Embarkation in Ushuaia
Today you will be transferred to the pier to start your Antarctica cruise in the late afternoon. Here you will be welcomed aboard the Ocean Endeavour.
This evening you will enjoy a cruise through the Beagle Channel as you depart for Antarctica. Here you could spot Magellanic penguins, rock cormorants, petrels and black-browed albatross. Heading towards the Drake Passage, the next continent to be sighted will be Antarctica.
Day 3-4 At sea crossing the Drake Passage
It's time to prepare for some potentially rough but exciting seas as your cruise crosses the Drake Passage, named after the explorer Sir Frances Drake.
This is a great time to really settle in, relax, enjoy the cruise, get to know your shipmates and expedition team. There will be many presentations about Antarctica including the history, geology and wildlife.
As the cruise enters Antarctic waters, the temperatures will drop, and the excitement starts to build. At the Antarctic Convergence lookout for a variety of seabirds, whales and other species attracted by the nutrient-rich waters.
There is a chance your Antarctica cruise will reach landfall early evening of day 4 and the true beginning of your Antarctic expedition.
Day 5-8 South Shetland Islands -> Antarctic Peninsula
These next four days your cruise will explore the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Enjoy majestic mountains, glaciers, imposing icebergs, ice-strewn waters and abundance of wildlife.
The core of your adventure will be on the Antarctic Peninsula. Each day will be different filled with zodiac cruises amongst icebergs, snowshoeing trips (please note there is an extra cost for snowshoeing) and photography workshops with experts. There's plenty of wildlife here with thousands of penguins, seals and the chance to see whales cruising past your zodiac or kayak.
Spend your time exploring local bays, channels and landing sites. We will visit penguin rookeries, seal and bird colonies, whale feeding areas, sites of historical and scientific interest and climb to some of the best vantage points. Please be aware; the itinerary will need to be flexible due to unpredictable weather conditions.
The cruise continues through the Antarctica Peninsula providing spectacular views on the ships outer decks.
Day 9-10 Cruising back across the Drake Passage
Hopefully, there will be time and suitable weather conditions to make one final shore landing on Antarctica before we depart, heading out across the Drake Passage. Enjoy your time on deck spotting whales and seabirds with the help of your expedition team. On the evening of day 10, we will hopefully reach the calmer waters of the Beagle Channel.
Day 11 Disembarkation in Ushuaia
Your Antarctica cruise is scheduled to arrive in port at Ushuaia in the early hours of the morning. You will have a final breakfast aboard the Ocean Endeavour before your transfer back to the airport. Alternatively, explore Patagonia on one of our extended packages. Visit the mighty Torres del Paine, the Perito Moreno Glacier and hike some of the best trails in El Chaltén.
Please Note: You are advised not to book a flight out of Ushuaia before midday on disembarkation day, in case of delays caused by unfavourable weather conditions. Cruise itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions, ice conditions and other factors.
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|From Ushuaia to Ushuaia|
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04 Nov 20 - 14 Nov 20, 13 Nov 20 - 23 Nov 20, 22 Nov 20 - 02 Dec 20, 01 Dec 20 - 11 Dec 20, 18 Dec 20 - 28 Dec 20, 27 Dec 20 - 06 Jan 21, 05 Feb 21 - 15 Feb 21, 14 Feb 21 - 24 Feb 21