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Antarctica travel

“A visit to Antarctica is like stepping through the cover of National Geographic Magazine.”

 

Antarctica, the most pristine, awe-inspiring, wildlife-rich destination on our planet  will take your breath away and renew your senses. It is one of the most profound and life- changing journeys you could ever experience.

The most isolated continent on earth is as fascinating as it gets. Amazing wildlife – watch humpback whales feed just a few feet away, 100 000 penguins bustling about, sunbathing elephant seals and albatrosses following boats – thriving in this frigid, perilous grandeur. Waters studded with towering blue icebergs rising hundreds of feet out of the water, groaning glaciers calving into the sea and soaring volcanoes rising majestically from the icy waters.

What makes Expedition Cruising unique is the emphasis on wildlife encounters, the natural environment, historical sites, research stations and informative talks and lectures. More…

A sample of our Antarctic Experiences:

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Seals and Penguins

Falkland Islands – South Georgia – Antarctic Peninsula (OE1)
18, 19 and 23 Day Expeditions starting and ending in Ushuaia, Argentina

Antarctica travelProposed itinerary*:

Day 1: Embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina and sail through the Beagle Channel.

Day 2: At sea. In the Westerlies the ship is followed by several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels.

Day 3: Falkland Islands (Malvinas). During a hike along the Shore of Carcass Island we will be able to observe many bird species, including four species of breeding penguins (Gentoo, King, Magellanic and Rockhopper), Black-browed albatrosses and King Cormorants.

Day 4: Stanley, Falkland Islands. Wander around Stanley, the capital of the Falklands and experience Falkland culture, a mixture of South American characteristics and Victorian charm.

Days 5 & 6: At sea – en route to South Georgia we will cross the Antarctic Convergence.

Days 7 – 10: South Georgia – Visit the bay of Elsehul and its fur seal breeding beach, Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plain, Godthul, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour, Cooper Bay and Drygalski Fjord to give you a good opportunity to see a wide spectrum of landscapes and wildlife, such as Reindeer, Elephant seals, Fur seals, King and Macaroni Penguins.

Visit Prion Island, breeding grounds of the huge Wandering Albatross, and Fortuna Bay to follow in the footsteps of the great British Explorer Ernest Shackleton and hike over to Stømness Bay. See an abandoned whaling village, where King Penguins now walk in the streets and seals have taken over the buildings. At Grytviken visit the Whaling History Museum as well as Shackleton´s grave.

Day 11: At sea, where the ship is again followed by a multitude of seabirds. At some point we might encounter sea-ice, and it is at the ice-edge where we might have a chance to see some high-Antarctic species like the McCormick Skua and Snow Petrel.

Day 12: South Orkney Islands.  – Visit Orcadas station, an Argentinean base with wonderful views of the surrounding glaciers.

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Day 13: At sea

Days 14 – 16: Antarctic Peninsula. Sail into the Weddell Sea through the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound. Huge tabular icebergs will announce our arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. We plan to set foot on the continent at Brown Bluff.

The topography of Charlotte Bay area is mountainous, with nunataks rising through the ice sand the bay is often filled with icebergs. In Wilhelmina Bay we will admire the rugged ice coated mountains of the Arctowski Pensinsula.

At Deception Island our ship sails through the spectacular Neptune’s Bellow into the ring of Deception Island.  Here we find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Pigeons and many Dominican Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns. Wilson’s Storm Petrels and Black-bellied Storm Petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. We leave from here and sail through the Shetland Islands (Half Moon) to the open sea with direction Ushuaia.

Days 17 – 18: At sea – On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 19: Ushuaia – We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.

*Itinerary Note: Specific sites visited will depend on ice and weather conditions experienced and the itinerary will be updated throughout the voyage in order to take advantage of favourable conditions.

Expedition rates start at US$12.695 per person quad share or from US$16.395 per person sharing a double cabin, private en-suite.

Dates:  Enquire about 2017/18 dates here

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Emperor Penguins by Helicopter

Weddell Sea & Emperor Penguins (OE2)
11 Days Expedition aboard Ortelius
starting and ending in Ushuaia, Argentina

Visit the Emperor Penguin Rookeries on Snow Hill Island – a fascinating and a once-in-a lifetime journey. This expedition has its emphasis on visiting the Emperor Penguin rookery in the Weddell Sea, reserving three days for this memorable experience.

Antarctica travelProposed itinerary*:

Day 1: Embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina and sail through the Beagle Channel.

Days 2 & 3: At sea – During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage and the Antarctic Convergence. In this area we may see many species of Albatross, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels.

Day 4: Sail into the Weddell Sea and, if the Antarctic Sound is accessible and free of ice, we might see the huge tabular icebergs confirming our arrival at the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. We plan to offer an Antarctic Continent landing at Brown Bluff.

Day 5 – 6: The use of helicopters has a great advantage and can help us reach the Emperor penguin colony, if nature, ice and weather conditions allow. We would then spend the first two days near the Emperor Penguin rookery. The flight takes approximately 15 minutes and the landing point will be carefully chosen to ensure that the Emperors are not disturbed or stressed by helicopter noise. From here we continue on foot for approx. 45 minutes, and if conditions allow we will be rewarded with one of the greatest moments in our lives – a rendezvous with the magnificent Emperor Penguins. (Please keep in mind that we are in the world’s most remote area and there are no guarantees).

Day 7: If we have successfully visited the Emperor Penguins, we may decide to visit Devil Island, Vega Island or Hope Bay. If we have not reached the Emperor Penguin colony yet, we will try again offering ship-to-shore helicopter flights to Snow Hill Island.

Day 8: In the morning we plan to visit Half Moon Island where we can see Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins, various other bird-species and Southern Elephant Seals and Weddell seals.
Early in the afternoon we will sail to Deception where we have the last landing of our voyage at Pendulum cove.

Day 9 & 10: In the Drake Passage we have again a chance of seeing many seabirds and to take advantage of the knowledge of our lecture team.

Day 11: Ushuaia – We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.

*Itinerary Note: Specific sites visited will depend on ice and weather conditions experienced and the itinerary will be updated throughout the voyage in order to take advantage of favourable conditions.

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Expedition rates start at US$11.500 per person quad share or from US$13.550 per person sharing a double cabin, private en-suite.

Dates:  Enquire about 2017/18 dates here

Included:

  • Accommodation aboard the designated vessel, based on shared occupancy.
    Single supplement: add 70%
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • Free use of rubber boots aboard Plancius & Ortelius and snowshoes aboard Plancius.
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia.
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Ship-to-shore helicopter transfers (with no specific amount of helicopter time guaranteed).
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.

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Active in Antarctica

Antarctic Peninsula from Basecamp Plancius or Ortelius (OE3)
11 or 12 Day Expeditions starting and ending in Ushuaia, Argentina

Antarctica travelProposed itinerary*:

Day 1: Embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina and sail through the Beagle Channel.

Days 2 & 3: At sea. During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage and the Antarctic Convergence. In this area we may see many species of Albatross, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels.

Days 4 – 9: Antarctica. We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island.  Our ship will be anchored for 2 nights and days in Neumayer Channel, becoming the multi activity base camp. The protected waters around Wiencke Island are the perfect playground for all activities offered.

In this alpine environment there are great opportunities to scout the region on foot, by zodiac or by kayak. Hikers can strap on their snowshoes and explore the shore lines, and the mountaineers will be challenged by hills and viewpoints further inland, i.e. Jabet Peak (540 m). All climbs and excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions.

We plan to spend two nights at anchor in order to offer two camp nights and two full activity days. We will visit the British research station and the post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Imperial Shags. We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth Island, Pleneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. In this area chances are good to encounter Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Fin Whales.

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Our second Basecamp night will be erected near the Continent; we’ll choose a camp site which is suitable and close to next day’s activity. The mountaineers hope to reach the summit of Mt. Demaria (640 m) at Waddington Bay. A visit to one of the scientific stations in Antarctica will give you insight into the life of modern Antarcticans working on the White Continent. Further south we may have time to visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station, where we always receive a warm welcome from the station crew.

In the afternoon at Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of a huge glacier and enjoy the landscape during zodiac cruises, hikes and kayak excursions. A small group of mountaineers may climb up on higher grounds of the glacier. We will spend the night at Neko or near Paradise Bay with a camp erected ashore.  We will leave Neko Harbour in the early morning after breaking our last camp. Then sail via Melchior Islands towards the open sea of the Drake Passage. We have again a chance of seeing many seabirds.

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Days 10 – 11: At sea – On our way north, we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 12: Ushuaia – We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.

*Itinerary Note: Specific sites visited will depend on ice and weather conditions experienced and the itinerary will be updated throughout the voyage in order to take advantage of favourable conditions.

Expedition rates start at US$7.050 per person quad share or from US$8.650 per person sharing a double cabin, private en-suite. Click here to request the detailed itinerary.

Dates:  Enquire about 2017/18 dates here

Fares include:

  • Accommodation aboard the designated vessel, based on shared occupancy.
    Single supplement: add 70%
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • Free use of rubber boots aboard Plancius & Ortelius and snowshoes aboard Plancius.
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia.
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.

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Islands and Icebergs

Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands (OE4)
10 Day Expedition aboard Plancius
starting/ending in Ushuaia, Argentina

Antarctica travelProposed itinerary*:

Day 1: Embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina and sail through the Beagle Channel.

Days 2 & 3: At sea – During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage and the Antarctic Convergence. In this area we may see many species of Albatross, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels.

Days 4 –7:  Antarctica – We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island.  On Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Danco Island, we will find a large colony of Gentoo Penguins and breeding pairs of Brown Skuas. Should we land on Danco Island we can observe Chinstrap Penguins and possibly Weddell and Crabeater Seals. In Neko Harbour we have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers calving at sea level. Enjoy the landscape surrounded by alpine peaks during zodiac cruises.

In Paradise Bay with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, we have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent again and cruise by zodiac between the icebergs in the inner parts of the fjords. In this area we have good chances to see Humpback Whales and Minke Whales.

We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pleneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags, and have a good chance to encounter Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Fin Whales. A visit to one of the scientific stations in Antarctica will give you insight into the life of modern Antarcticans working on the White Continent. Further south we may visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station, where we always receive a warm welcome from the station crew.

Sailing north through Neumayer Channel, we hope to obtain permission to visit the British research station and post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Imperial Shags.

Heading north through the Gerlache Strait we finally arrive at the South Shetland Islands. We will sail to Deception Island where our ship braves the entrance into the crater through the spectacular Neptune’s Bellow into the ring of Deception Island. If weather condition allow we will enjoy a good long walk and kayak trip, for those that are interested.

Deception is a sub-ducted crater which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbour. Here we find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Pigeons and many Dominican Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns. Wilson’s Storm Petrels and Black-bellied Storm Petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay.

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From here we sail to Half Moon Island, where we will find a variety of Chinstrap Penguins. Seals often haul out on the beach. These volcanic islands of the South Shetlands are windswept and often shrouded in mist and fog, but do offer subtle pleasures. There is a nice variety of flora (mosses, lichens and flowering grasses) and fauna, such as Gentoo Penguins, Chinstrap Penguins and Southern Giant Petrels.
Our voyage continues through a narrow strait to the open sea with direction Ushuaia.

Days 8 – 9 : at sea – On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 10: Ushuaia – We arrive in the morning and disembark.

*Itinerary Note: Specific sites visited will depend on ice and weather conditions experienced and the itinerary will be updated throughout the voyage in order to take advantage of favourable conditions.

Expedition rates start at US$9.150 per person sharing a double cabin, private en-suite.

Dates:  Enquire about 2017/18 dates here

Fares include:

  • Accommodation aboard the designated vessel, based on shared occupancy.
    Single supplement: add 70%
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • Free use of rubber boots aboard Plancius & Ortelius and snowshoes aboard Plancius.
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia.
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.

Contact Antarctica Travel Expert
Christine Boecker
to plan your own Expedition Cruise

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Antarctic Peninsula Adventures

10 days aboard Akademik Ioffe
starting and ending in Ushuaia, Argentina (OOE1)

Profusions of penguins, pods of whales, towering glaciers, all amidst massive icebergs and the natural beauty of the Antarctic – join these authentic Antarctic Peninsula Adventures.

Expedition rates start at US$7.495 per person triple share or from US$10.695 per person sharing a double cabin, private en-suite.

Dates:  Enquire about 2017/18 itineraries and dates here

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Christmas in Antarctica

10 Day Expedition aboard Akademic Ioffe
starting/ending in Ushuaia, Argentina (OOE2)

The perfect opportunity to get away for the holidays and make memories to last a lifetime.
Travel from Ushuaia in Argentina to the Antarctic Peninsula and be amazed by the wide open skies, majestic icebergs and towering glaciers. This 9 day expedition takes advantage of all the Antarctic has to offer including Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie penguins, as well as leopard, Weddell, and crabeater seals.

Expedition rates start at US$8.495 per person triple share or from US$11.295 per person sharing a double cabin, private en-suite.

Dates:  Enquire about 2017/18 itineraries and dates here

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Antarctica, Off the Beaten Track

20 Day Expedition aboard Akademic Ioffe
starting/ending in Ushuaia, Argentina (OOE3)

If you are looking for a remote ‘end of the world’ experience, you could go out with ski and mountaineering guides as they explore ski routes along the Antarctic Peninsula, or become part of the overnight kayak expedition, or how about joining the photography program?
This is the ultimate modern day wilderness adventure.

Expedition rates start at US$7.895 per person triple share or from US$10.995 per person sharing a double cabin, private en-suite.

Dates:  Enquire about 2017/18 itineraries and dates here

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Antarctic Circle Voyage

13 Day Expedition aboard Akademic Ioffe
starting/ending in Ushuaia, Argentina (OOE4)

For those who want to go farther south amidst the pancake and frazil ice. Cruise the ice-laden waters, crossing the Antarctic Circle and enjoying an extended exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and her surrounding islands.

Expedition rates start at US$10.895 per person triple share or from US$14.595 per person sharing a double cabin, private en-suite.

Dates:  Enquire about 2017/18 itineraries and dates here

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Marine Mamals in Antarctica

10 Day Expedition aboard Sergey Vavilov
starting/ending in Ushuaia, Argentina (OOE5)

As the Austral summer progresses, so does the appetite of varied marine mammals alongside the Antarctic Peninsula. With massive krill blooms these waters provide the ultimate meal for Minke and Humpback whales, whilst the Orcas and Leopard seals get more vigorous in their last weeks of feeding. Joined by marine mammal specialists, this is the ultimate marine mammal adventure!

Expedition rates start at US$7.495 per person triple share or from US$10.695 per person sharing a double cabin, private en-suite.

Dates:  Enquire about 2017/18 itineraries and dates here

Photo by Gary Cowell, recently returned from his “Experience of a Lifetime”

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Crossing the Polar Circle

Antarctic Peninsula – Peter I Island – Ross Sea – Macquarie Island
32 days aboard Ortelius (OE5)

An epic voyage of discovery that explores the southern Antarctic Peninsula, the rarely visited volcanic Peter I Island, the outer fringes of the pack-ice in the Amundsen sea (Roald Amundsen’s starting point from where he reached the South Pole in 1911), the Ross sea, the huts of British explorers Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott, Mc Murdo Station, the Dry Valleys and Macquarie Island.

This is one of the most spectacular expeditions on our planet! Welcome aboard!

Antarctica travelProposed itinerary*:

Day 1: Day 1: Embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina and sail through the Beagle Channel.
Voyage OTL27 starts in Invercargill, New Zealand and offers the same itinerary as described hereunder, but in reverse.

Day 2 – 3: At sea. During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage and the Antarctic Convergence. In this area we may see many species of Albatross, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels.

Day 4: We arrive in the Antarctic Peninsula and sail in the early morning through the spectacular Lemaire Channel and land on Pléneau Island, where Elephant Seals haul-out on the beaches. Gentoo Penguins, Kelp Gulls and South Polar Skuas are confirmed breeders.

Pléneau Island was first charted by the French Antarctic Expedition of 1903-05 of Jean-Baptiste Charcot and was named after his expedition’s photographer Paul Pléneau. We will also visit Petermann Island with colonies of Adélie and Gentoo Penguins and Imperial Cormorants (Blue-eyed Shags), which was named after the German geographer August Petermann who was a member of a German Expedition in 1873-74.

Day 5: Sailing south through the Penola Strait, we cross the Polar Circle and arrive at the Fish Islands. The small islands lying east of Flouder Island are called the Minnows, first charted by the British Graham Land Expedition (1934-37) of John Rymill. Detaille Island was discovered by the French expedition of Charcot (1903-05) and named for a share holder in the Magellan Whaling Company.  From 1956 till 1959, The British Antarctic Survey had their “Station W” located on Detaille Island. On both locations we may observe Adélie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags.

Day 6 – 7: Sailing Bellingshausen Sea, where we may see our first pack-ice.

Day 8: Peter I Island is an uninhabited volcanic island (19 kilometres long ) in the Bellingshausen Sea. It was discovered by Fabian von Bellingshausen in 1821 and was named after the Russian Tsar Peter I.  It is claimed by Norway and considered a territory by its own. It is sporadically visited by passenger vessels.
Groups of Elephant Seals and colonies of Southern Fulmars and Cape Pigeons may be spotted here.

Day 9 – 14:  Sail through the Amundsen Sea along and through the outer fringes of the pack-ice, which – depending on ice-conditions – will give us glimpses of the Antarctic Continent and possible sightings of single straggling Emperor Penguins, groups of seals on ice-floes, and also Orca’s and Minke Whales along the ice-edge, often accompanied by different species of fulmar petrels. If conditions allow, we will land on Shephard Island in Marie Byrd Land among colonies of Chinstrap Penguins and South Polar Skua’s. Shephard Island was discovered by the US Antarctic Expeditions (USAS) of 1939-41 and was named after one of the promoters of this expedition: John Shephard.

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Day 15: Approaching the Ross Ice Shelf, a floating mass of land-ice up to 30 meters high, we intend land there by one of our helicopters*.

In the Bay of Whales at the eastern side of the shelf, close to Roosevelt Island (named by the American aviator Richard E. Byrd in 1934 for President Franklin D. Roosevelt), Roald Amundsen gained access to the Shelf and ventured to the South Pole, where he finally arrived on 14 December 1911.

Day 16:  Sail westward along the Ross Ice Shelf.

Day 17 – 21: We intend to visit Ross Island in the Ross Sea, which is guarded by Mount Erebus, Mount Terror and Mount Bird. Ross Island famously houses Ernest Shackleton’s cabin at Cape Royds and Robert Falcon Scott’s cabin at Cape Evans. From Hut Point Scott and his men set out for the South Pole. We will further make attempts to visit the US-station McMurdo and Scott Base (New Zealand) by helicopter, if weather conditions are favourable.

From Castle Rock we will have a great view across the Ross Ice Shelf toward the South Pole and into Taylor Valley (one of the Dry Valleys) where conditions are closest to those on Mars.

Day 22 – 23: Sailing northward,we pass by the Drygalski Ice Tongue, the Italian Station in Terra Nova Bay and Cape Hallet.

Day 24: Cape Adare is the place where people wintered on the Antarctic Continent for the very first time. The hut where the Norwegian Borchgrevink stayed in 1899, is surrounded by the largest colony of Adélie Penguins in the World.

Day 25: At sea, travelling through the sea-ice at the entrance of the Ross Sea.

Day 26: We sail along the Balleny Islands, discovered in 1839 by the British captain John Balleny.

Antarctica travelDay 27 – 28: at sea.

Day 29: Macquarie Island is a Tasmanian State Reserve,  permanent base of the Australian Antarctic Division and a World Heritage Site since 1997.  The Australian Frederick Hasselborough discovered the island during a voyage while searching for new sealing grounds. The fauna on Macquarie is fantastic with colonies of King and Gentoo and Southern Rockhopper Penguins. The Royal Penguins (almost one million breeding pairs!) and Macquarie Shags are endemic species. Elephant Seals are also present, as well as various fur seals species such as the New Zealand Fur Seal.

Day 30 – 31: at sea.

Day 32: We arrive in Invercargill (New Zealand) where passengers depart for their homebound journey.

*Itinerary Note: Specific sites visited will depend on ice and weather conditions experienced and the itinerary will be updated throughout the voyage in order to take advantage of favourable conditions.

*Helicopter transfers:
In most places we will transfer our passengers ashore by zodiac. However we also operate two helicopters if zodiacs cannot be used. The use of helicopters is a great advantage and can support us in our goal to reach certain landing sites. Potential landings by helicopter are Peter I Island, the Ross Ice-shelf, the Dry Valleys, Mc Murdo Station, Cape Evans and Cape Royds.

Since this is a true expedition in the world’s most remote area, we are ruled by the forces of nature, weather and ice conditions. Conditions may change rapidly having its impact on the helicopter operation and passengers should understand and accept this. Safety is our greatest concern and no compromises can be made. No guarantees can be given and no claims will be accepted.

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About our Ships:

M/v Plancius was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel, used by the Royal Dutch Navy until June 2004, and was eventually was completely rebuilt as a 114-passenger vessel in 2009 to comply with the latest SOLAS-regulations (Safety Of Life At Sea).

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The vessel offers a restaurant/lecture room and a spacious observation lounge with bar and large windows, offering full panoramic view. M/v Plancius has large open deck spaces with full walk-around possibilities, giving excellent opportunities to enjoy the scenery and wildlife. She is furthermore equipped with 10 Mark V zodiacs and 2 gangways, guaranteeing a swift zodiac operation.

M/v Plancius is comfortable and nicely decorated, but is not a luxury vessel. Our voyages in the Polar regions are primarily defined by an exploratory educational travel program, spending as much time ashore as possible. This vessel fully meets our demands to achieve this.

The vessel is equipped with a diesel-electric propulsion system which reduces the noise and vibration of the engines considerably. The 3 diesel engines give the vessel a speed of 10 – 12 knots. She is ice-strengthened and was specially built for oceanographic voyages.

M/v Plancius is manned by 17 nautical crew, 19 hotel staff, 8 expedition staff (1 expedition leader and 7 guides-lecturers) and 1 doctor.

Ice class 1D: Plancius was built for Ice conditions and has a strengthened bow and stern. The hull is thicker and the whole construction on the waterline of the vessel is reinforced by using extra frames. Because M/v Plancius was built to do surveys she has a special six blade bronze propeller, the shape of the propeller makes Plancius a very silent ship. Plancius has a Lloyds class notation 100A1 Passenger ship, Ice Class 1D at a draught of 5 meters (which is our waterline).

M/v Plancius:

Length:           89 meters (293 feet)
Breadth:          14,5 meters (47 feet)
Draft:              5 meters (16 feet)
Ice class:         1D
Displacement:   3175 tonnes
Engines:          3x Diesel-Electric
Speed:            10 – 12 knots
Passengers:     114 in 53 cabins

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Ortelius was built in Poland in 1989 and served as a special purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Science. The vessel is re-flagged and renamed “Ortelius”, after a Dutch / Flemish cartographer. Abraham Ortelius (1527 – 1598) published the first modern world atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum or Theatre of the World in 1570. At that time, the atlas was the most expensive book ever printed.

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The vessel has the highest ice-class notation -1A- and is therefore very suitable to navigate in solid one-year sea ice and loose multi-year pack ice. Ortelius is a great expedition vessel for 106 passengers with lots of open-deck spaces and a very large bridge, which is accessible to the passengers. The vessel is manned by 34 highly experienced Russian nautical crew, 15 international catering staff, 6 expedition staff (1 expedition leader and 5 guides/lecturers) and 1 doctor.

Ortelius offers a comfortable hotel standard, with two restaurants, a bar/lecture room and a sauna.  Our voyages are primarily developed to offer our passengers a quality exploratory wildlife program, spending as much time ashore as possible. As the number of passengers is limited on the Ortelius, flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities.Ortelius carries 11 zodiacs of which 9 are in use and 2 on reserve.

Ortelius:

Length:          91,25 meters
Breadth:         17,61 meters
Draft:             5,8 meters
Ice class:        1A
Displacement:   4575 tonnes
Engines:          6 ZL 40/48 SULZER
Speed:            12 knots (14,3 knots max)
Passengers:     106 in 45 cabins

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