Antarctic Peninsula Cruise - M/V Plancius 2016/17

An unforgettable voyage from Ushuaia sailing across the Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula. Each day brings new wonders and adventure. You can choose from a variety of activities including sea kayaking, camping and hiking.

  • At A Glance


    Ushuaia - Antarctic Peninsula - Ushuaia



    • The wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula, stunning scenery, icebergs and glaciers.
    • Visit historic sites and Antarctic Research Stations.
    • Some dates include activities including Sea Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Field Camping, Snowshoeing, Mountaineering & Photography Workshop. Adventure for everyone!



    • Seabirds: Albatrosses, Fulmars, Petrels, Shags, Skuas, Prions, Shearwaters
    • Penguins: Chinstrap, Gentoo, Adelies
    • Whales: Humpback, Fin, Minke, Orca, Southern Right, Blue, Sperm, Dolphins
    • Seals: Weddell, Crabeater, Fur, Elephant & Leopard



    • 9 nights/10 days
    • 10 nights/11 days




    Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1

    In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located in the shadow of the Andes and right at the Beagle Channel shore. We'll sail through this scenic waterway during the afternoon.


    Day 2 & 3

    During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may see 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. Near the South Shetland Islands, we glimpse at the first icebergs.


    Day 4 - 8: Antarctica (Day 4-7 on NHP29)

    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. On Danco Island we can observe Chinstrap Penguins and possibly Weddell and Crabeater Seals. In Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers, other continent landings are for example possible on Portal Point.


    During the cruise we will also offer zodiac cruises such as near Foyn Harbour on Nansen Island and Neko Harbour.
    When sailing to Paradise Bay, with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, we will have the opportunity for zodiac cruising between the icebergs in the inner parts of the fjords.


    In this area we have good chances to see Humpback Whales and Minke Whales. After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, we visit the British research station and post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we can also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Imperial Shags.


    Sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pleneau and Petermann Island where you will find Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags.


    There are good chances to encounter Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Fin Whales. A visit to one of the scientific stations in Antarctica will give you an insight about the life of modern Antarcticans working on the White Continent.


    Further south we may visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station, where we will receive a warm welcome from the station crew. Sailing north through Neumayer Channel we arrive at the Melchior Islands, a very beautiful landscape with possibilities for zodiac cruising among the icebergs, where we may encounter Leopard Seals, Crabeater Seals and whales.


    Day 9 - 10: at sea (Day 8-9 on NHP29)

    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 (Day 10 on NHP29)

    We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.


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