Antarctic Peninsular Cruise - Land of Penguins & Icebergs

Antarctic Peninsular Cruise – Land of Penguins & Icebergs

The Antarctic Peninsula is a pristine polar wilderness featuring abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery.

This classic voyage to Antarctica departs from Ushuaia, Argentina. The air gets colder and daylight grows longer as we head south across the infamous Drake Passage, accompanied by albatross. Our first sighting of the White Continent is the South Shetland Islands, historically significant and rich with iconic Antarctic wildlife.

Our time in the Antarctic Peninsula region focuses on the Gerlache Strait area, wh ere towering mountains, immense glaciers, and blue icebergs create a picture-perfect setting for incredible penguin and marine mammal encounters. This cruise to the Antarctic peninsula is an authentic expedition in a wilderness of epic proportions.

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia Mountains
Welcome to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city and starting point of our expedition. Your hotel accommodation has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the voyage. For the rest of the day you are free to explore the city. Take advantage of souvenir shopping and a variety of dining options in the city center.

Welcome cocktail on board M/V Sea Spirit
In the afternoon we provide a group transfer to the pier and welcome you aboard the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Antarctic dreams coming true as we slip our moorings and sail toward a true wilderness where wildlife abounds. The scenery as we sail through the Beagle Channel on our first evening is wonderful and there is already the possibility of marine mammal encounters.

M/V Sea Spirit Drake Passage
After transiting the Beagle Channel and passing the islands of Tierra del Fuego, we head south across the Drake Passage. Pelagic seabirds including the majestic albatross are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks or from exterior stateroom windows and balconies. On the way we cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough seas. Briefings, orientations, and lectures from our expert staff prepare you for our arrival in Antarctica.

Antarctic Peninsula PinguinsAntarctic Peninsula MountainsSouth Shetland Islands M/V Sea Spirit
This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Our route and exploration opportunities in Antarctica are heavily dependent on weather and ice conditions. Our experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. We take advantage of long daylight hours to exploit every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing, amazing scenery, and excursions via Zodiac.

The Antarctic Peninsula region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and some of Antarctica’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Protected bays and narrow channels are surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to a variety of whale and seal species. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large nesting colonies at special places on land. The area is also home to Antarctic research stations of various nationalities. Some stations have a gift shop and post office.

The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will likely be our first sighting of land. This wild and beautiful island chain contains numerous landing sites with abundant wildlife and historical significance. Among them is Deception Island, where the flooded caldera of an active volcano harbors an abandoned whaling station.

Farther south, on the Antarctic Peninsula, the vast Gerlache Strait area contains sheltered bays, accessible wildlife, and stunning scenery. Places with names like Paradise Bay are the epitome of everything Antarctic: glaciated mountains, towering icebergs, feeding whales, seals on ice floes, and bustling penguin colonies.

At the southern end of Gerlache Strait is the famous Lemaire Channel, also known as “Kodak Gap” because of the photogenic way the mountainous sides of the narrow channel are reflected in calm waters strewn with icebergs.

Our days in Antarctica are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by our experts, and enough incredible scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.

After our amazing time in Antarctica we cross back north through the bountiful waters of the Drake Passage. Presentations and workshops by our expert staff, as well as our range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. This is also the time for our End of Voyage ceremonies including slideshow and farewell dinner.

M/V Sea Spirit disembarkation in Ushuaia
After breakfast we say farewell in the city of Ushuaia, where we started. We provide a group transfer to the airport or to the town center if you wish to spend more time here. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next incredible adventure to the ice!

Dates Cabin Price (Per person based on twin share) Early Booking Rates*
29 November 2020 – 09 December 2020 Triple Classic AUD $10,695 AUD $9,626
Main Deck Suite AUD $14,195 AUD $12,776
Classic Suite AUD $15,195 AUD $13,676
Superior Suite AUD $15,495 AUD $13,171
Deluxe Suite AUD $17,195 AUD $14,616
Premium Suite AUD $18,595 AUD $15,806
Owner’s Suite AUD $23,495 AUD $19,971
18 December 2020 – 28 December 2020

Christmas in Antarctica

Triple Classic AUD $12,995 AUD $11,696
Main Deck Suite AUD $17,295 AUD $15,566
Classic Suite AUD $18,595 AUD $16,736
Superior Suite AUD $18,895 AUD $16,091
Deluxe Suite AUD $20,995 AUD $17,846
Premium Suite AUD $22,595 AUD $19,206
Owner’s Suite AUD $28,595 AUD $24,306
27 December 2020 – 7 January 2021

New Year in Antarctica

Triple Classic AUD $14,495 AUD $13,046
Main Deck Suite AUD $19,195 AUD $17,276
Classic Suite AUD $20,495 AUD $18,446
Superior Suite AUD $20,895 AUD $17,761
Deluxe Suite AUD $23,295 AUD $19,801
Premium Suite AUD $24,995 AUD $21,246
Owner’s Suite AUD $31,595 AUD $26,856
07 February 2021 – 18 February 2021 Triple Classic AUD $12,995 AUD $11,696
Main Deck Suite AUD $17,295 AUD $15,566
Classic Suite AUD $18,595 AUD $16,736
Superior Suite AUD $18,895 AUD $16,061
Deluxe Suite AUD $20,995 AUD $17,846
Premium Suite AUD $22,595 AUD $19,206
Owner’s Suite AUD $28,595 AUD $24,306
17 February 2021 – 28 February 2021 Triple Classic AUD $11,895 AUD $10,706
Main Deck Suite AUD $15,695 AUD $14,126
Classic Suite AUD $16,895 AUD $15,206
Superior Suite AUD $17,195 AUD $14,616
Deluxe Suite AUD $19,195 AUD $16,316
Premium Suite AUD $20,595 AUD $17,506
Owner’s Suite AUD $25,995 AUD $22,096

* Early booking rates in red are valid through July 31, 2019

Itinerary displayed is valid for 29 November 2020 – 09 December 2020 only. Itinerary may varies for other travel dates, please contact us for more details

Cruise rates are quoted per person and based on passengers sharing a cabin. Single supplement: 1.7 for Main Deck and Classic, Superior Suite; 2 for Deluxe, Premium and Owner’s Suite.

RATES INCLUDE:

  • 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia;
  • Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on a day prior to departure;
  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation;
  • Shipboard accommodation;
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage;
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team;
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka;
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
  • All port fees;
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation;
  • Pre-departure materials;
  • Digital Voyage Log;

RATES DO NOT INCLUDE:

  • Airfare;
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service);
  • Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings;
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of USD 200,000;
  • Staff gratuities;
  • Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.
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