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Discover the highlights of the Great White Continent on this classic Antarctic expedition. Zodiac cruise through a myriad of ice sculptures in search of penguin colonies and seals hauled out on rocky shorelines. Spot minke and humpback whales feeding in the nutrient-rich waters, against a pristine backdrop of giant calving glaciers and white mountainous peaks. Kayak around shimmering icebergs and experience camping out under the Antarctic night sky.
Day 1: Ushuaia
Days 2 & 3: Drake Passage
Days 4 - 8: Antarctic Peninsula
Days 9 & 10: Drake Passage
Day 11: Ushuaia
Your adventure begins on the very tip of South America, at Ushuaia. Known as the City at the End of the World, it makes for an exciting start to your expedition. In the afternoon, you will board the ship and it sets sail through the picturesque Beagle Channel.
The expedition heads south through the Drake Passage, following the path of historical polar explorers. Keep watch for wildlife sightings, with the potential to spot fin whale and various species of albatross and petrels. As the Captain navigates the ship close to the South Shetland Islands, you will catch your first glimpse of spectacular icebergs.
Over the coming days, the Captain and Expedition Leader will create a bespoke itinerary based on current local weather and ice conditions. You may visit the largest colony of gentoo penguins on the Antarctic Peninsula tucked away at Cuverville Island, also home to many stunning icebergs and sculptures making it ideal for Zodiac boat exploration. You may explore Danco Island, known for the many crabeater and Weddell seals found in the area, and Neko Harbour, where minke and humpbacks often frequent the bay. Neko Harbour is one of the locations where you may make a continental landing - surrounded by towering mountains, enormous glaciers calving ice into the sea and a pebbly shore thriving with gentoo penguins, it is classic picture-postcard Antarctic scenery, and also very popular with kayakers. You may explore the waters around Paradise Bay, or visit the historic Port Lockroy where you can visit the famous museum and post office – with even the chance to send relatives a post card from Antarctica.
Other possible landing points include, Jougla Point, where kayaking and camping are popular exploration activities. Or you sail around the Pléneau & Petermann Islands and up through the beautiful Lemarie Channel, ice conditions allowing. This region is stunningly beautiful, with the channel being appropriately nicknamed ‘kodak gap’ – it is a photographer’s paradise. Keep watch for minke and humpback whales, Adélie penguins, blue-eyed shags and leopard seals around these waters. You may sail around Wilhelmina Bay spotting whales and other marine mammals, and Zodiac cruise to the eerie wreck of the Guvernøren, which is an old whaling vessel which caught fire in the early 1900’s.
Crossing over the Drake Passage, you keep watch for the impressive numbers of seabirds which grace these fabled waters. There is plenty of opportunity to relax and enjoy talks about the highlights of the expedition, sharing photos and stories with your fellow explorers.
All great things must sadly come to an end. This trip of a lifetime will leave you with an endless array of wonderful memories, as you disembark the ship ready for your onwards voyage.
The M/V Hondius is due to undertake its first polar voyages in 2019. When finished the ship will accommodate a total of 176 passengers, the vessel has been custom built for Polar Cruising. Like its sister ships the m/v Plancius and the m/v Ortelius it is named after a celebrated Dutch/Flemish Cartographer, in this case, Jodocus Hondius.
The M/V Janssonius from Oceanwide Expeditions meets the latest and highest standards for ice-strengthened cruise ships. Janssonius represents the most flexible, advanced, innovative touring vessel in the polar regions, thoroughly optimized for exploratory voyages that provide you with the utmost first-hand contact with the Arctic and Antarctica.
The numerous amenities on-board M/V Janssonius help to make your voyage to the polar regions truly memorable. This ship also gives you the peace of mind that comes with choosing one of the most environmentally friendly vessel on the polar seas. Janssonius uses LED lighting, steam heating, bio-degradable paints and lubricants, and state-of-the-art power management systems that keep fuel consumption and CO2 levels minimal. This means that when you sail aboard Janssonius, you get to enjoy the exotic landscapes and wildlife as much as possible while impacting them as little as possible.
Janssonius offers high-quality accommodation for 176 passengers in six grand suites with balconies, eight junior suites, eight superior cabins, 11 twin deluxe cabins, 14 twin window cabins, as well as 27 twin porthole cabins, two triple porthole cabins, and four quadruple porthole cabins that vary in size. One deck consists of a large observation lounge and separate lecture room. Though elegantly designed in stylish mid-century modern décor, this vessel holds true to Oceanwide’s distinctive cozy and informal atmosphere.
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