Luxury Expedition
Ocean Albatros - 184 Guests
South Shetlands Islands, Antarctica and crossing the Circle
11 day Antarctica expedition cruise

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
  • Drake Passage is known for rollicking conditions and strong westerly winds, called the Roaring Fifties
  • While this passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard our expedition vessel, Ocean Albatros, which is purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines, and the patented reclining bow, which ensures stability and comfort in rough sea as well as having very low fuel consumption
  • Crossing the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view. These nutrient rich waters lure a wealth of seabirds, albatrosses, and several species of whales. Weather permitting, we catch our first sight of 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
  • See a number of manned and unmanned research stations, which we aim to visit before accomplishing our goal – crossing the Antarctic Circle at 66°33' south
  • Enjoy sunshine as the sun is up for 24-hours a day during the austral summer
  • Make visits to sites such as Pleneau and Petermann Islands, Crystal Sound and Fish Island

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd DateCategory FCategory DCategory ECategory CCategory GCategory HCategory B2Category B1Category APolar Premium Suite
Jan 10, 2024Jan 20, 20248,99011,29011,49012,79013,990N/A14,49017,49019,49021,990
Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd Date(Starting from)
Category F
(Mid-range)
Category H
(High-end)
Polar Premium Suite
Jan 10, 2024Jan 20, 20248,990N/A21,990


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 Albatros (Luxury Expedition, 184-guests)

With a total of 95 comfortable staterooms and suites, all with unobstructed sea view, most with their own balcony, the Ocean Albatros will definitely become one of the most popular expedition cruise vessels in the world. Like it's sistership the Ocean Victory it offers two restaurants, a wellness area, an Albatros Nordic Bar, an open deck dining facility, a modern lecture lounge, and other state-of-the-art amenities.

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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 Cruising

 

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