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Expedition
Plancius - 108 Guests
Antarctica - Basecamp
ANTARCTIC PENINSULA EXPEDITION

The Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp cruise offers you a myriad of ways to explore and enjoy the Antarctic Region. This expedition allows you to hike, snowshoe, kayak, go mountaineering, and even camp out under the Southern Polar skies.


 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Our ship serves as a multi-activity base camp
  • Choose from a variety of activities including camping, kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing, ski touring and more
  • Visit the Port Lockroy British Research Station and Historic Site and possibly the Vernadsky Ukranian Scientific Research Station a bit further south, near our second base camp
  • See abundant wildlife during shore landings including several species of penguins, seals and seabirds
  • Sail through waters with humpback, Minke, fin, and Orca whales

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd DateQuad PortholeTriple PortholeTwin PortholeTwin WindowTwin DeluxeSuperior
Nov 11, 2021Nov 23, 20218,50010,45010,45010,95011,60012,300
Dec 22, 2021Jan 03, 20229,10011,20011,20011,65012,30013,100
Jan 03, 2022Jan 15, 20229,10011,20011,20011,65012,30013,100
Feb 24, 2022Mar 08, 20228,50010,45010,45010,95011,60012,300
Mar 08, 2022Mar 20, 20228,50010,45010,45010,95011,60012,300
Nov 10, 2022Nov 22, 20228,85010,85010,85011,40012,10012,800
Dec 10, 2022Dec 22, 20228,85010,85010,85011,40012,10012,800
Dec 22, 2022Jan 03, 20239,60011,85011,85012,30013,00013,850
Jan 03, 2023Jan 14, 20239,05011,15011,15011,60012,35013,250
Mar 08, 2023Mar 20, 20238,85010,85010,85011,40012,10012,800
Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd Date(Starting from)
Quad Porthole
(Mid-range)
Twin Window
(High-end)
Superior
Nov 11, 2021Nov 23, 20218,50010,95012,300
Dec 22, 2021Jan 03, 20229,10011,65013,100
Jan 03, 2022Jan 15, 20229,10011,65013,100
Feb 24, 2022Mar 08, 20228,50010,95012,300
Mar 08, 2022Mar 20, 20228,50010,95012,300
Nov 10, 2022Nov 22, 20228,85011,40012,800
Dec 10, 2022Dec 22, 20228,85011,40012,800
Dec 22, 2022Jan 03, 20239,60012,30013,850
Jan 03, 2023Jan 14, 20239,05011,60013,250
Mar 08, 2023Mar 20, 20238,85011,40012,800


ITINERARY

Day 1: End of the world, start of a journey
Your voyage begins where the world drops off. Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, is located on the far southern tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego, nicknamed “The End of the World,” and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.

Day 2 - 3: Path of the polar explorers

Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too. Wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels are a few of the birds you might see.

Day 4 - 10: Entering Antarctica

Gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically different wildlife below and above. You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands.

Places you might visit includes:

Neumayer Channel – The vessel may position itself here, launching its multiple basecamp activities from the protected waters around Wiencke Island. You can enjoy the splendors of this alpine environment at sea with Zodiac and kayaking trips, or if you’re in the mood for a walk, there are possible snowshoe hikes and soft-climb mountaineering options farther inland. Naturally, favorable weather conditions determine the possible activities.

Port Lockroy – After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you may get a chance to visit the former British research station – now a museum and post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. You may also be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. There are great opportunities also for kayaking and camping here, and when conditions are right, you can even snowshoe around the shore.

Pléneau & Petermann Islands – If the ice allows it, you can sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. There’s also a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales here, as well as leopard seals. Kayaking, glacier walks, and more ambitious mountaineering trips are the potential activities of this location.

Neko Harbour – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow, Neko Harbour offers opportunities for a Zodiac cruise and landing that afford the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks.

Paradise Bay – You have the chance to make camp here like a true polar explorer, enjoying a supreme overnight Antarctic adventure.

Errera Channel – Possible sites in this area include Danco Island and Cuverville Island, but also the lesser known (though equally picturesque) Orne Island and Georges Point on Rongé Island.  

On your last day of near-shore activities, you pass the Melchior Islands toward the open sea. Keep a sharp lookout for humpback whales in Dallmann Bay. You might also shoot for Half Moon Island, in the South Shetlands, with further chances for activities.

Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.

Day 11 - 12: Familiar seas, familiar friends
Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, and you to them.

Day 13: There and back again

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Plancius (Expedition, 108-guests)

MV Plancius offers a restaurant/lecture room on deck 3 and a spacious observation lounge (with bar) on deck 5 with large windows, offering full panorama view. The vessel has large open deck spaces (with full walk-around possibilities on deck 4), giving excellent opportunities to enjoy the scenery and wildlife. She is furthermore equipped with 10 Mark V zodiacs.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

Included in this voyage
  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
  • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia.
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
  • During our “Basecamp” departures, all offered activities (including camping, kayaking, snowshoe/hiking, mountaineering, photo workshop) as well as our standard included shore excursions and zodiac cruises) are free of charge.
Excluded from this voyage
  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
  • Pre- and post- land arrangements.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Meals ashore.
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

ADVENTURE OPTIONS
  • Snowshoeing: FREE (Includes snowshoes)
  • Camping: FREE (Group size: min 8, max 30 campers)
  • Mountaineering: FREE
  • Kayaking: FREE (Group size: min 4, max 14 kayakers)
  • Hiking: Free use of snowshoes. No surcharge.
  • Photo Workshop: FREE

 

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