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A 10-day itinerary to explore the pristine wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. The Expedition team will take you to many islands where you will observe remarkable wildlife like rookeries of Gentoo penguins waddling on the snow-covered landscapes, in the most remote region on Earth.

Highlights

  • Begin the adventure of your life in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world and getaway to Antarctica
  • Admire majestic glaciers and icebergs in all shapes and sizes
  • Observe fascinating wildlife like penguins, whales and seals
  • Receive lectures and expand your knowledge with an experienced team

Quick Itinerary

Day 1: Depart from Ushuaia
Day 2-3: Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 4-7: Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
Day 8-9: At Sea
Day 10: Arrival in Ushuaia

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Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000 

Day 1: Depart from Ushuaia

You will embark the ship, the “Ushuaia”, in the afternoon and be welcomed by the Expedition team. You will settle in your cabin; the ship will then set sail and navigate through the Beagle Channel.

Day 2-3: Crossing the Drake Passage

You will cross the iconic Drake Passage named after the renowned explorer, Sir Francis Drake, where cold polar water meets the warmer water coming from the north and create rich nutrients, essential for the biodiversity of the region. Go on the deck and admire the marine and bird life, including albatrosses flying over the ship. The open bridge policy allows you to join officers and learn navigation and simply enjoy the view from the bridge. A full program of lectures will be offered onboard.

Day 4-7: Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

As the ship approaches the South Shetland Islands, it will reveal icebergs drifting along the coast and snow-capped mountains dotting the area. The South Shetland Islands regroup twenty islands and islets, if conditions are favourable you could even land ashore accompanied by lecturers and naturalists. You can see vast rookeries of penguins as well as Antarctic fur seals and Southern elephant seals on the shore. After navigating through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island, you will cruise to King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands. You will admire Adélie and Chinstrap Penguins, Kelp Gulls, Blue-eyed Cormorants, Antarctic Terns and Southern Giant Petrels. The island is also home to scientific bases of many different countries. Macaroni, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins, as well as elephant seals, will await you at Livingston Island.
The Antarctic Peninsula will provide you with excitement, great explorers have been travelling in this pristine wilderness and you will have plenty of time to explore pristine landscapes of ice mountains and waterways. Apart from penguins and seabirds, you will see diverse wildlife such as Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals as well as Minke, killer (orca) and humpback whales. If the weather is favourable, you will navigate through places like the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel, and the Lemaire Channel. The Expedition team will arrange two landings a day, and further exploration will take you to Paradise Bay, the Melchior Island group, Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbour, Pléneau Island and, if ice conditions permit, Petermann Island for a visit to the southernmost colony of Gentoo Penguins.

Day 8-9: At Sea

You will leave Antarctica and head back to Ushuaia through the iconic Drake Passage. You can join lectures and get on the deck for your last seabird and whale watching. You can also take the chance to share your experience and memorable moments with other travellers on your way back.

Day 10: Arrival in Ushuaia

After breakfast, you will disembark the ship and say farewell to the Expedition team and travellers.

M/V Ushuaia

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Standard
Simple
Capacity
90

The Ushuaia is an ice-strengthened polar vessel designed to access the most remote places on Earth and ensures superb landings with its full complement of inflatable landing crafts. It was originally built for the United States agency NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration), it currently offers great value cruises and adventure focus to the Great White Continent.

M/V Ushuaia from 14th November 2019 to 23rd November 2019

Standard Twin: unavailable
Standard Plus Twin: unavailable
Premier Twin: £7,299.00
Premier Single: unavailable
Superior Twin: £7,699.00
Suite Twin: £8,099.00

M/V Ushuaia from 13th December 2019 to 22nd December 2019

Standard Twin: £5,999.00
Standard Plus Twin: £7,299.00
Premier Twin: £8,699.00
Premier Single: £10,499.00
Superior Twin: £9,199.00
Suite Twin: £9,699.00

M/V Ushuaia from 7th February 2020 to 17th February 2020

Standard Twin: £6,699.00
Standard Plus Twin: £8,099.00
Premier Twin: £9,699.00
Premier Single: £11,649.00
Superior Twin: £10,249.00
Suite Twin: £10,799.00

M/V Ushuaia from 17th March 2020 to 26th March 2020

Standard Twin: £4,799.00
Standard Plus Twin: £5,099.00
Premier Twin: £7,299.00
Premier Single: £8,699.00
Superior Twin: £7,699.00
Suite Twin: £8,099.00

M/V Ushuaia from 26th March 2020 to 4th April 2020

Standard Twin: £4,799.00
Standard Plus Twin: £5,099.00
Premier Twin: £7,299.00
Premier Single: £8,699.00
Superior Twin: £7,699.00
Suite Twin: £8,099.00


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  • We can compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators to find your perfect cruise.

  • Our prices are amongst the best in the business, with full package protection as standard.

  • We are the expedition cruise specialists and know the destinations, ships and operators inside out

  • As supporters of the Marine Conservation Society, booking with us helps support the protection of our oceans.

  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind.

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Why book with Polar Routes?

CHOICE
  • We can compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators.
  • From former Russian research vessels to larger and luxurious ships - there is an expedition cruise to suit you. 
  • Our Travel Specialists will help you choose the perfect expedition cruise for your requirements.
SPECIALISTS
  • We are the expedition cruise specialists and know all the polar destinations inside out.
  • Our expert team of Travel Specialists have extensive knowledge of all the expedition ships & operators.
  • All of our Travel Specialists have first-hand experience of expedition cruising to the polar regions.
VALUE
  • Our prices are the amongst the best in the business, with full package protection as standard.
  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind.
  • As supporters of the Marine Conservation Society, booking with us helps support the protection of our oceans.