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Classic Antarctic Peninsula

Be prepared to be dazzled by the beautiful scenery and the abundance of wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Classic Antarctic Peninsula

When you arrive at the Antarctic Peninsula, be prepared to be dazzled. The abundance of wildlife here is truly extraordinary including five seal species, massive penguin rookeries of gentoo, adélies and chinstraps as well as a profusion of seabirds from albatross to skuas. It is nature you will experience up close and personal on frequent excursions inland.

Explore the deep bays and fjords of the Antarctic Peninsula where massive glaciers flank a rugged spine of snowy mountains.

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
On some departures we also offer a Polar Scuba diving and Polar Snorkeling option. You will be one of the few divers and snorkelers ever witness the fascinating underwater world of these Antarctic waters.

Note:
This is a sample itinerary. We do our utmost to guarantee the best experience, unfortunately we have no control over the weather or wildlife behaviour. Ports of embarkation and disembarkation and sites may change depending on vessel and departure dates, weather- and ice conditions.

  • Ushuaia

    Expeditioners will gather in Ushuaia, and have time to explore the bustling community that lays claim to being the world's most southerly town. We advise you to arrive one day before departure to help you to acclamatize to time difference and relax after your long flight from Buenos Aires, Argentina, or Santiiago de Chile.

    Boarding commences in the afternoon and sailing down the Beagle Channel, you will settle into shipboard life and enjoy your first meal on board.

  • Drake Passage - At Sea

    During the Drake crossing, we will commence our lecture program about the wildlife, geology, history and geography of the Antarctic Peninsula. Nearing the tip of the Peninsula, excitement reaches fever pitch with everyone on the bridge watching for our first iceberg. The ocean takes on a whole new perspective once we are below the Antarctic Convergence and are surrounded by the surreal presence of floating ice sculptures. The memory of your first big iceberg sighting is likely to remain with you forever.

  • Antarctic Peninsula

    Depending on the weather, we will first approach Antarctica near the South Shetland Islands, entering Bransfield Strait either at the eastern end of King George Island or the western extremity of Livingston Island.

    A host of choices are now open to us. The western side of the Antarctic Peninsula is yours to explore. The experienced leaders, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day. Because we are so far south, we will experience approximately 18-20 hours' daylight and the days will be as busy as you wish. There is plenty of time for sleep when you get home!

    Once we arrive in the calmer waters of Bransfield and Gerlache Straits, we hope to make landings and do activities like diving, snorkeling, kayaking and hiking a couple of times a day. To get ashore we will use Zodiacs. Sometimes we will cruise along spectacular ice cliffs, or make contact with whales, penguins and seals. In these situations we will appreciate the distinct advantage of being on a small vessel, which gives everyone the opportunity to experience these very special close encounters with wildlife.

  • You may visit the following exciting places if conditions and time allows:

    Livingston Island


    A unique landing place on the Peninsula – tiny toes of land that are literally alive with wildlife. Here we will find two species of penguins breeding, chinstraps and gentoos. It is not uncommon to find wallows of elephant seals that are 60 beasts strong. Giant petrels nest on the ridgeline. The vegetation consists of mosses, lichens and the only grass species that grows in Antarctica. All this is set against a stunning backdrop, underneath long black scree slopes at the foot of the mountains and glaciers of Livingston Island.

  • Half Moon Island


    A wildlife rich island tucked into a neat bay at the eastern end of Livingston Island. On a clear day the glaciers and mountains of Livingston Island dominate the scene. There is a large chinstrap penguin rookery tucked in between basaltic turrets coloured by yellow and orange lichens. Gulls nest on these turrets and there are often fur seals and elephant seals hauled out on the pebble beaches. At one extremity of the island there is a large colony of nesting blue-eyed shags. At the other end lies a small Argentine station that is sometimes occupied by scientists conducting research on the penguin colony and surrounding waterways.

  • Deception Island


    Visiting Deception Island is like making a journey to the moon. We sail through the narrow opening of Neptune's Bellows to enter the flooded volcanic crater. Inside is an unworldly scene, virtually devoid of life. Glaciers flow down from the edge of the crater, littered by black volcanic ash. We can explore the lifeless remains of a derelict whaling station and a vacant British base, or climb to the rim of the crater. Steam rises from the shore indicating that the water is actually warm enough for a swim, for those who dare. Outside the crater, if conditions allow, we might land at Bailey Head to explore the enormous chinstrap penguin rookery that featured in David Attenborough's Life in the Freezer series.

  • Paradise Harbour


    We might step on the continent of Antarctica at Paradise Harbour or Neko Harbour. Prepare to be dazzled by your first glimpse of the continent. The scenery here is amazing. In particular we will be struck by the oddly-shaped icebergs that look like sculptures, as well as the colossal 'tabular' icebergs that break away from the continent's ice shelf. We hope the weather will be mild enough to allow us all to step foot on the White Continent itself.

    Paradise Harbour is a protected bay surrounded by magnificent peaks and spectacular glaciers, the rocky cliffs of this unforgettable piece of heaven provide perfect nesting sites for blue-eyed shags, terns and gulls. The serenity of Paradise Harbour envelops us once the sound of the dropping anchor fades from our ears. This is a haven for whales and we keep our eyes open for humpbacks, orcas and minkes, as well as crabeater seals, as we explore the bay in Zodiacs. Imagine being so close to a whale that when he surfaces to blow, the fishy spray of his exhalation momentarily blurs your vision. Words cannot describe this experience.

  • Lemaire Channel


    If the ice conditions allow, standing on the bow of our ship and quietly moving through the narrow Lemaire Channel could be one of the highlights of our voyage. Cliffs tower 700 metres directly above the ship. The water can be so still that perfect reflections are mirrored on the surface. Gigantic icebergs clog the channel, creating navigational challenges for our captain and crew; occasionally they may even obstruct our passage.

  • Hydrurga Rocks


    This group of low-lying unprotected granitic rocks protrudes from the sea, swept by ocean swells. At first these rocks appear uninteresting, but on closer investigation, calm channels lead to a hidden interior where Weddell seals are hauled out on protected snow beds and noisy chinstraps raise their families on rocky platforms. Hydrurga is Latin for leopard seal, and on occasions we see some skulking in the shallows. There are many places to simply sit and watch the rise and fall of clear green water and listen to the magic sounds and calls of the wildlife.

    In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we will hope to make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature's glory. Planned excursions might also include Wilhelmina Bay and even the southerly Petermann Island, where we will observe Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals, skuas and other seabirds as well as a shocking abundance of penguins including some very large colonies of the comical Adélie penguin.

*NOTE: Snorkeling & Diving activity on designated trips need a minimum of 6 participants.

Dates and Rates

  • Lyrial Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 18th Nov - 28th Nov 2018
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Owner Suite
    EUR 34,400
    Privilege Suite
    EUR 19,150
    Prestige Suite
    EUR 18,300
    Deluxe Suite
    EUR 15,810
    Prestige Stateroom
    EUR 10,650
    Deluxe Stateroom
    EUR 9,630
    Superior Stateroom
    EUR 7,881
  • Le Soléal Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 20th Nov - 30th Nov 2018
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: ush
    Prices from
    Owner Suite
    EUR 25,440
    Prestige Suite
    EUR 16,330
    Prestige Stateroom
    EUR 9,580
    Deluxe Stateroom
    EUR 8,690
  • Le Boreal Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 4th Dec - 14th Dec 2018
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Prestige Suite
    EUR 19,280
    Prestige Stateroom
    EUR 11,180
  • Sea Spirit Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 5th Dec - 16th Dec 2018
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Owners Suite
    EUR 19,390
    Premium Suite
    EUR 14,490
    Deluxe Suite
    EUR 13,550
    Superior Suite
    EUR 12,090
    Classic Suite
    EUR 11,895
    Main Deck Suite
    EUR 10,995
    Triple Classic
    EUR 8,195
  • Polar Pioneer Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 18th Dec - 29th Dec 2018
    • Embark: Ushuaia, Argentina
    • Disembark: Punta Arenas, Chile
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 15,200
    Superior Cabin
    USD 13,800
    Twin Private Cabin
    USD 12,100
    Twin Public Cabin
    USD 10,600
    Triple Cabin
    USD 9,100
    Full Charter
    POA
  • Polar Pioneer Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 29th Dec - 8th Jan 2019
    • Embark: Punta Arenas
    • Disembark: Punta Arenas
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 16,200
    Superior Cabin
    USD 14,800
    Twin Private Cabin
    USD 13,800
    Twin Public Cabin
    USD 11,400
    Triple Cabin
    USD 9,700
    Full Charter
    POA
  • Polar Pioneer Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 6th Jan - 16th Jan 2019
    • Embark: Punta Arenas
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 16,200
    Superior Cabin
    USD 14,800
    Twin Private Cabin
    USD 13,800
    Twin Public Cabin
    USD 11,400
    Triple Cabin
    USD 9,700
    Full Charter
    POA
  • Polar Pioneer Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 16th Jan - 2nd Feb 2019
    Prices from
    Triple Cabin
    POA
    Full Charter
    POA
    Twin Public Cabin
    POA
    Twin Private Cabin
    POA
    Superior Cabin
    POA
    Captain's Suite
    POA
  • Polar Pioneer Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 16th Jan - 2nd Feb 2019
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Punta Arenas
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 26,400
    Superior Cabin
    USD 25,100
    Twin Private Cabin
    USD 22,700
    Twin Public Cabin
    USD 18,900
    Triple Cabin
    USD 15,600
    Full Charter
    POA
  • Plancius Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 28th Jan - 7th Feb 2019
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Superior Cabin
    EUR 9,350
    Twin Window
    EUR 8,150
    Twin Porthole
    EUR 7,850
  • Ortelius Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 6th Feb - 16th Feb 2019
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Superior Cabin
    EUR 9,350
    Twin Deluxe
    EUR 8,750
    Twin Window
    EUR 8,150
    Twin Porthole deck 4
    EUR 7,850
  • Sea Spirit Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 6th Feb - 17th Feb 2019
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Owners Suite
    EUR 20,950
    Premium Suite
    EUR 15,680
    Classic Suite
    EUR 12,895
    Triple Classic
    EUR 8,995
  • Plancius Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 7th Feb - 17th Feb 2019
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Superior Cabin
    EUR 9,350
    Twin Window
    EUR 8,150
  • Sea Spirit Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 16th Feb - 27th Feb 2019
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Owners Suite
    EUR 20,950
    Premium Suite
    EUR 15,680
    Deluxe Suite
    EUR 14,680
    Superior Suite
    EUR 12,995
    Main Deck Suite
    EUR 11,995
    Triple Classic
    EUR 8,995
  • Polar Pioneer Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 10th Mar - 20th Mar 2019
    • Embark: Punta Arenas
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 16,200
    Superior Cabin
    USD 14,800
    Twin Private Cabin
    USD 13,800
    Twin Public Cabin
    USD 11,400
    Triple Cabin
    USD 9,700
    Full Charter
    POA
  • Plancius Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 22nd Mar - 31st Mar 2019
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Superior Cabin
    EUR 6,900
    Twin Deluxe
    EUR 6,450
    Twin Window
    EUR 5,950
    Twin Porthole
    EUR 5,700
  • Plancius Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 20th Nov - 30th Nov 2019
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Superior Cabin
    EUR 8,750
    Twin Deluxe
    EUR 8,150
    Twin Window
    EUR 7,600
    Twin Porthole
    EUR 7,300
    Triple Porthole
    EUR 6,700
    Quadruple cabin
    EUR 5,950
  • Le Boreal Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 24th Nov - 4th Dec 2019
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Owner Suite
    EUR 25,940
    Prestige Suite
    EUR 17,670
    Deluxe Suite
    EUR 15,280
    Prestige Stateroom
    EUR 10,340
    Deluxe Stateroom
    EUR 9,370
    Superior Stateroom
    EUR 8,770
  • Sea Spirit Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 29th Nov - 9th Dec 2019
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Owners Suite
    EUR 12,321
    Premium Suite
    EUR 9,771
    Deluxe Suite
    EUR 9,091
    Classic Suite
    EUR 8,456
    Superior Suite
    EUR 8,156
    Main Deck Suite
    EUR 7,916
    Triple Classic
    EUR 5,936
  • Sea Spirit Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 8th Dec - 19th Dec 2019
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Owners Suite
    USD 13,256
    Premium Suite
    USD 10,451
    Deluxe Suite
    USD 9,771
    Classic Suite
    USD 8,996
    Superior Suite
    USD 8,751
    Main Deck Suite
    USD 8,456
    Triple Classic
    USD 6,386
  • Le Soléal Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 9th Dec - 19th Dec 2019
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Prestige Suite
    EUR 16,670
    Deluxe Suite
    EUR 14,430
    Prestige Stateroom
    EUR 9,800
    Deluxe Stateroom
    EUR 8,880
  • L'Austral Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 10th Dec - 20th Dec 2019
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Owner Suite
    EUR 26,390
    Prestige Suite
    EUR 18,120
    Deluxe Suite
    EUR 15,730
    Prestige Stateroom
    EUR 10,790
    Deluxe Stateroom
    EUR 9,820
    Superior stateroom
    EUR 9,220
  • Sea Spirit Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 18th Dec - 29th Dec 2019
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Owners Suite
    USD 16,316
    Premium Suite
    USD 12,916
    Deluxe Suite
    USD 11,981
    Classic Suite
    USD 11,156
    Superior Suite
    USD 10,791
    Main Deck Suite
    USD 10,436
    Triple Classic
    USD 7,916
  • Sea Spirit Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 28th Dec - 8th Jan 2020
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Premium Suite
    USD 12,916
    Deluxe Suite
    USD 11,981
    Classic Suite
    USD 11,156
    Superior Suite
    USD 10,791
    Main Deck Suite
    USD 10,436
  • Le Boreal Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 29th Dec - 8th Jan 2020
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Prestige Suite
    EUR 19,700
    Deluxe Suite
    EUR 17,010
    Prestige Stateroom
    EUR 11,450
    Deluxe Stateroom
    EUR 10,360
  • Ortelius Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 3rd Jan - 13th Jan 2020
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Superior Cabin
    EUR 9,650
    Twin Deluxe
    EUR 8,950
    Twin Window
    EUR 8,400
    Twin porthole deck 3
    EUR 8,100
    Twin Porthole deck 4
    EUR 8,100
    Triple porthole
    EUR 7,350
    Quadruple Porthole
    EUR 6,550
  • Le Soléal Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 4th Jan - 14th Jan 2020
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Prestige Suite
    EUR 19,670
    Deluxe Suite
    EUR 16,980
    Prestige Stateroom
    EUR 11,430
  • Le Boreal Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 8th Jan - 18th Jan 2020
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Owner Suite
    EUR 25,940
    Prestige Stateroom
    EUR 11,970
  • Plancius Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 9th Jan - 19th Jan 2020
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Superior Cabin
    EUR 9,650
    Twin Deluxe
    EUR 8,950
    Twin Window
    EUR 8,400
    Twin Porthole
    EUR 8,100
    Triple Porthole
    EUR 7,400
    Quadruple cabin
    EUR 6,550
  • Le Soléal Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 14th Jan - 24th Jan 2020
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Prestige Suite
    EUR 17,670
    Prestige Stateroom
    EUR 10,340
    Deluxe Stateroom
    EUR 9,370
  • Sea Spirit Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 26th Jan - 6th Feb 2020
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Owners Suite
    USD 16,316
    Premium Suite
    USD 12,916
    Deluxe Suite
    USD 11,981
    Classic Suite
    USD 11,156
    Superior Suite
    USD 10,791
    Main Deck Suite
    USD 10,436
    Triple Classic
    USD 7,916
  • Le Boreal Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 27th Jan - 6th Feb 2020
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Owner Suite
    EUR 25,940
    Deluxe Suite
    EUR 16,980
    Prestige Stateroom
    EUR 11,430
    Deluxe Stateroom
    EUR 10,330
  • Le Boreal Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 6th Feb - 16th Feb 2020
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Owner Suite
    EUR 18,490
    Prestige Suite
    EUR 17,670
    Prestige Stateroom
    EUR 10,340
    Deluxe Stateroom
    EUR 9,370
  • Sea Spirit Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 15th Feb - 26th Feb 2020
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Owners Suite
    USD 13,256
    Premium Suite
    USD 10,451
    Deluxe Suite
    USD 9,771
    Classic Suite
    USD 8,996
    Superior Suite
    USD 8,751
    Main Deck Suite
    USD 8,456
    Triple Classic
    USD 6,386
  • L'Austral Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 18th Feb - 28th Feb 2020
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Owner Suite
    EUR 25,940
    Prestige Suite
    EUR 17,670
    Deluxe Suite
    EUR 15,280
    Prestige Stateroom
    EUR 10,340
    Deluxe Stateroom
    EUR 9,370
    Superior stateroom
    EUR 8,770
  • Le Soléal Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 19th Feb - 29th Feb 2020
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Owner Suite
    EUR 25,940
    Prestige Suite
    EUR 18,490
    Deluxe Suite
    EUR 15,280
    Prestige Stateroom
    EUR 10,340
    Deluxe Stateroom
    EUR 9,370
  • Le Boreal Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 26th Feb - 7th Mar 2020
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Owner Suite
    EUR 25,940
    Prestige Suite
    EUR 15,670
    Deluxe Suite
    EUR 13,570
    Prestige Stateroom
    EUR 9,250
    Deluxe Stateroom
    EUR 8,400
    Superior Stateroom
    EUR 7,880
  • Plancius Classic Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 20th Mar - 29th Mar 2020
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Superior Cabin
    EUR 7,200
    Twin Deluxe
    EUR 6,700
    Twin Window
    EUR 6,200
    Twin Porthole
    EUR 5,850