Expedition
Ocean Victory - 184 Guests
South Shetlands Islands, Antarctica and crossing the Circle
Crossing the Antarctic Circle

On this 11-day inspiring cruise, we explore the Great White Continent's magnificent landscapes, glacial mountains, and incredible wildlife before reaching 66°33' – the Antarctic Circle.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pilot through the calm, gunmetal grey waters and sloping glaciers of Beagle Channel
  • Enter Drake Passage - a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans - a passage that is known for rollicking conditions and strong westerly winds, called the Roaring Fifties
  • Watch seabirds, albatrosses, several species of whales, seals and penguins
  • Weave through the South Shetland Islands, a pearly necklace of glistering, ice-covered islands and dormant volcanoes
  • Enjoy numerous Zodiac excursions, constantly looking out for whales, sea lions, elephant seals and an unbelievable amount of sea birds and penguins
  • Enjoy the calming silence and alluring beauty of the Antarctic mainland during hikes and Zodiac excursions
  • Visit a number of manned and unmanned research stations before crossing the Antarctic Circle at 66°33' south
  • Enjoy the sun 24-hours a day during the austral summer
  • The expedition may include visits to sites such as Pleneau and Petermann Islands, Crystal Sound and Fish Island.
  • Dense pack ice forbids many ordinary vessels from reach this far south, but with a high ice-class rating, Ocean Victory moves swiftly carrying us on an adventure for life

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd DateCategory FCategory GCategory ECategory DCategory CCategory B2Category B1Category APolar Premium Suite
Feb 27, 2023Mar 09, 20237,59513,59011,39010,49012,49013,59016,99018,99021,990
Feb 18, 2024Feb 28, 20249,29014,89012,09011,59013,190N/A14,89019,79023,690
Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd Date(Starting from)
Category F
(Mid-range)
Category C
(High-end)
Polar Premium Suite
Feb 27, 2023Mar 09, 20237,59512,49021,990
Feb 18, 2024Feb 28, 20249,29013,19023,690


ITINERARY

Day 1: ARRIVAL USHUAIA
Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world’s southernmost town. Explore the quaint city or local countryside. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path to the raw, natural archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. It's a hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows and boggy quagmires. In the afternoon, we board our ship, Ocean Victory.

Our journey begins as we navigate through the calms of Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.

Days 2-3: AT SEA - CROSS DRAKE PASSAGE
In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view with our first sight of seals, penguins, and albatrosses. As well as the first icebergs as we approach the South Shetland chain of islands.

With the unique X-BOW design, the Ocean Victory will offer you a smoother sailing across the Drake passage than conventional expedition vessels – and with a far less carbon emission.

Days 4-5: SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS
Over the next two days, we will explore to the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain.

Projected landfalls could include: King George Island; Deception Island, an extinct volcano; Half Moon Island with nesting Wilson's storm petrels and chinstrap penguins.

The itinerary and activities over the next few days depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the captain and expedition leader and communicated to guests through regularly scheduled briefings.

Days 6-8: ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
As the white shimmer of Antarctica looms on our horizon, the presence of wildlife multiples by tens of thousands with many species of lively penguins, inquisitive seals, nesting birds and the spray of marine mammals.

Wildlife abounds on the Antarctic Peninsula: leopard, fur and Weddell seals of Cuverville Island; humpback whales of Gerlache Strait; Paradise Bay; the dramatic Lemaire Channel's orcas. Explore as far south as possible towards the Antarctic Circle at c. 66 deg 33 minutes south of the Equator. Possible landfall in this wild and seldom visited area could be Pleneau and Petermann Islands, Crystal Sound and Detaille Island. We will also visit research stations if ice conditions allow us.

The itinerary and activities over the next few days depend on weather, swell and ice. The route and shore landings will be determined by the captain and expedition leader and communicated to guests through regularly scheduled briefings.

Days 9-10: DEPART ANTARCTICA - AT SEA
Today, we depart Antarctica and spend two days at sea on our way back to the calms of Beagle Channel and Ushuaia, Argentina. En-route, we will cross Drake Passage and cruise past Cape Horn, a legendary maritime landmark and the southern tip of South America.

During our time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged on board, and it provides the perfect opportunity to socialize with fellow travelers.

Day 11: BACK TO USHUAIA AND DISEMBARKATION
This morning, we arrive back in Ushuaia where our tour ends.

Ocean Victory (Luxury Expedition, 184-guests)

With the highest Polar code 6 and Ice class 1A, Ocean Victory is the ideal vessel for small-ship cruising due to her sturdy construction.

With a total of 93 comfortable cabins for our guests, almost all with a view of the ocean, we ensure absolute comfort and sustainability for our guests.


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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 11-days/10 nights cruise with accommodation in a shared double cabin featuring ensuite facilities
  • All Zodiac landings and excursions as per itinerary
  • Expedition parka
  • Rubber boot rentals
  • Guiding and lectures by our expedition leader and team
  • Special Photo Workshop
  • English-speaking expedition team
  • Visual Journal link after voyage including voyage log, gallery, maps, species list and more!
  • Full board on the ship - breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon snacks
  • Free tea and coffee 24 hours daily
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails
  • Port and authority fees and taxes

Exclusions
  • Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Single room supplement and cabin upgrades
  • Meals not on board the ship
  • Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
  • Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 14 per person per day)
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned under 'Inclusions'

ADVENTURE OPTIONS
  • Kayaking
  • Lectures
  • Photography
  • Zodiac Trips

 

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DISCLAIMER: Rates are per person and subject to change.