Antarctica Basecamp Cruise

This 11/12 night Cruise aboard either the m/v Ortelius or Plancius, is the leading activity cruise in the Antarctic and includes the full range of adventure activities as standard. In addition the Zodiak cruises and shore excursions, that you have on a regular cruise. You can also choose from: camping, kayaking, hiking, mountaineering and photogaphy workshops. This extremely popular itinerary is a brilliant choice for lovers of adventure, wildlife and more!


  • Walk among vast colonies of Adelie penguins in their natural habitat
  • Camp on the Antarctic ice
  • See the incredible landscapes of the Antarctic peninsula  
  • Take part in Mountaineering expeditions.
  • Kayak along the rugged shores of the peninsula



Day 1: Arrival

Your itinerary begins in Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world. After checking in to your hotel, your evening is normally free to enjoy a quiet stroll around this historic port town. Some itineraries begin with this day in Buenos Aires.

Day 2: Embarking for Antarctica

Your voyage begins in the afternoon, as you depart Ushuaia be sure to make your way up on the deck as you sail past the icy blue peaks of the Beagle channel.

Day 3 - 4: En-route to the Antarctic Peninsula crossing the Drake Passage

Spend two days sailing across the Drake Passage, these waters are among the planet’s most temperamental, but nothing your ship a UL1 (1A rated) vessel isn’t perfectly equipped to handle.  Keep an eye out for the phenomenal wildlife as you cross the Antarctic Convergence these cool fresh up-welling waters are home to some of the world’s most diverse marine life. Seabirds and whales feast on the rich produce of these fertile waters. Performing unique spectacles in front of your very eyes.

Day 5 - 10: Antarctica

The ship sails through the eclectic islands at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. Finally reaching the calm waters around Wiencke Island. It is here that the ship begins its base camp excursions and activities. You will have the opportunity to try everything including Kayaking, hiking and mountaineering but make sure you pick your activities well in advance of sailing. Neko Harbour provides the opportunity to set foot on the continent itself and take in the view of a vast glacier, a lucky few may even get to climb up to the higher ground of the Glacier.

Day 11 - 12: Returning across the Drake Passage

Having enjoyed your time in Antarctica It is now time to return across the Drake Passage on the way back to Ushuaia.

Day 12: We disembark in Ushuaia

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning and disembark after breakfast. Most itineraries finish with a transfer to the airport and some finish with a charter flight back to Buenos Aires.

Prices from:

Quad / Triple share cabins - £4762 pp

Twin share cabins - £5823pp

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MV Ortelius

A great all rounder with a relaxed atmosphere and large open deck spaces for observation. Capacity 116 Standard Mid-Range Ice Class 1A

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Almost 24 hours of sunlight during the summer months means that Antarctica is wildlife is kicked into action. An Expedition Cruise is the best way to see this incredible display.

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