MV Ortelius Antarctica Cruises

12 Days - from AUD$11707 / per person in Quadruple cabin

Countries visited : antarctica

TOTAL DAYS : 12 Days

STARTS IN : Ushuaia

ENDS IN : Ushuaia

Highlights : Antarctic wildlife , Beagle Channel , Melchior Is , Nekko harbour Antarctica , Neumayer and Lemaire Channels

TRANSPORT : Cruise

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The Antarctic Peninsula consists of an 800 kilometres long mountain chain, high peaks rising to approximately 2,800 metres and numerous islands.

What to expect?
The Antarctic Peninsula part of the Antarctic Continent, is the southern continuation of the mountain chain that runs from North America through South America into the Scotia Sea that becomes visible in the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. Here you will see dramatic scenery and the biggest variety of wildlife in Antarctica.

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20 days voyage to the Falkland Islands – South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula
Tripe code: OTL21-14
Trip date: 06 – 25 November 2014

All (sub-)Antarctic highlights in one voyage. Meet at least six penguin species during this Antarctic and South Atlantic expedition voyage

11 days ship-based helicopter voyage to the Emperor Penguins in the Weddell Sea.
Trip code: OTL22-14
Trip date: 25 Nov-05 Dec 2014

During this voyage we will reserve three days to visit the Emperor Rookeries by helicopters. If we succeed the first two days, we may offer an alternative landing in the Weddell Sea on the third day.

PLEASE NOTE: Below is a typical itinerary to the Antarctic Peninsula, all itineraries are a guide only and subject to weather conditions.

 

Weddell Sea and Emperor Penguin Voyage

Day 1: Embark Ushuaia
Tucked within the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Ushuaia is the gateway to this expedition. It has a small-town feel but full of modern shops, museums, cafes and restaurants for you to enjoy or if you arrive early, you can spend some time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park. Located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

 

Days 2 – 3: At Sea
These next two days we set off and sail across the Drake Passage where we will cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the Antarctic up welling zone where 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.

 

Day 4: Weddell Sea
A typical itinerary in the Weddell Sea is as follow and subject to weather conditions:
We begin to sail to the Antarctic Peninsula’s much less visited eastern side, The Wedell Sea, a remote place that is known as Shackleton’s “Endurance” crusade. Here we plan in visiting Paulet Island home to a million pairs of Adelie Penguins. We will then continue and hope to visit Snow Hill where the remains of the Nordenskiöld expedition lays.

 

Days 5 – 6: Weddell Sea
One of the advantages of having a helicopter on board is that it can get us closer to reach the Emperor penguin colony but this is subject to weather conditions. If the conditions are favourable, we intend to spend the first two days in the Emperor Penguin rookery. The landing is chosen carefully so that the Emperors are not disturbed or stressed, it is for this reason that we land away from the colony and then continue by foot to where they are located. Please keep in mind that we are in the world’s most remote area and there are no guarantees as conditions may change rapidly impacting us in getting anywhere near. Safety is our greatest concern and no compromises will be made.

 

Day 7: Exploring
If conditions are favourable we will visit Devil Island, Vega Island or Hope Bay. If we have not reached the Emperor Penguin colony on one or two of the previous days, we will try again offering ship-to-shore helicopter flights to Snow Hill Island.

 

Day 8: Half Moon and Deception Islands
Today we will continue on with our sailing and hope to visit Half Moon Island where we will be able to see Chinstrap, Penguins as well as other bird-species and Southern Elephant seals and Weddell seals. In the afternoon we will sail to Deception where we have the last landing of our voyage at Pendulum cove.

 

Days 9 – 10: At Sea
As we head to the port of Ushuaia, review the highlights of your Antarctic experience with our lecturers and staff, and keep your eyes open on the observation deck for some final wildlife sightings.

 

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

 

Ross Sea Antarctic Odyssey
Day 1: Ushuaia
Tucked within the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Ushuaia is the gateway to this expedition. It has a small-town feel but full of modern shops, museums, cafes and restaurants for you to enjoy or if you arrive early, you can spend some time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park. Located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

The February departure starts in Invercargill, New Zealand, and offers the same itinerary as described below but in reverse.

 

Days 2 – 3: At Sea

Day 4: Antarctic Peninsula
As we sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel, we plan to land on Pléneau Island, where Elephant Seals haul-out on the beaches. Here we will get to see the Gentoo Penguins, Kelp Gulls and South Polar Skuas. We will also visit Petermann Island where colonies of Adélie and Gentoo Penguins and Imperial Cormorants (Blue-eyed Shags) are in abundance.

 

Day 5: Polar Circle and Fish Island
Sailing south through the Penola Strait, we cross the Polar Circle and arrive at the Fish Islands and Detaille Island where we may observe Adélie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags.

 

Days 6 – 7: Bellingshausen Sea
Get ready as the excitement builds as we may see our first pack-ice.

 

Day 8: Peter I Island
Tday we will reach Peter I Island, an uninhabited volcanic island (19 kilometres long) in the Bellingshausen Sea. It is sporadically visited by passenger vessels. If we are lucky we may get a chance of seeing Elephant Seals and colonies of Southern Fulmars and Cape Pigeons.

 

Days 9 – 14: Exploring
The following days will be spent sailing through the Amundsen Sea and the outer fringes of the pack-ice, which – depending of ice-conditions – will give us glimpses of the Antarctic Continent; sightings of single straggling Emperor Penguins, groups of seals on ice-floes, Orca’s and Minke Whales can be seen along the ice-edge, often accompanied by different species of fulmar petrels. Subject to ice conditions, we may try to land on Shephard Island in Marie Byrd Land where we will see 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.

 

Day 15: Ross Ice Shelf
Today we reach the Ross Ice Shelf, a floating mass of land-ice, with a front of 30 meters high. 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. Today take the opportunity of climbing the same shelf.

 

Day 16: Ross Ice Shelf
We head towards the West along the Ross Ice Shelf.

 

Days 17- 21: In the Ross Sea
Today we hope to visit Ross Island, guarded by Mount Erebus, Mount Terror and Mount Bird. It is known to have played an important role in the dramatic British expeditions of the last century such as Cape Royds with the cabin of Ernest Shackleton.

 

Our next intended visit would be to Cape Evans, where Robert Falcon Scott set sail; from Hut Point Scott and his men set out for the South Pole. Afterwards we will attempt to visit the US-station McMurdo and Scott Base (New Zealand). If ice and weather conditions are favourable, we will use the helicopters for landings.

 

We will make our way to Castle Rock where we will have a great view across the Ross Ice Shelf toward the South Pole. Here you will also have views into Taylor Valley, one of the Dry Valleys, where on our planet you are closest to the conditions on Mars. For the Dry Valleys we plan to use our helicopters for landing.

 

Days 22 – 23: Ross Sea
Today we will pass the Drygalski Ice Tongue and the Italian Station in Terra Nova Bay and further Cape Hallet, when sailing northwards along the eastern west coast of the Ross Sea.

 

Day 24: Cape Adare
We arrive at Cape Adare, the place where people for the very first time wintered on the Antarctic Continent. Here we have 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
Day at sea, navigating the sea-ice at the entrance of the Ross Sea.

 

Day 26 Scott Island
Sail along Scott Island.

 

Days 27 – 29: At Sea

Day 30: Macquarie Island
Campbell Island is a sub-Antarctic New Zealand Reserve and a Unesco World Heritage Site, with a flourishing and thriving vegetation; the fauna on Campbell Island is just beautiful with a large and easily accessible colony of Southern Royal Albatrosses on the Main Island and breeding Wandering, Campbell, Greyheaded, Blackbrowed, and Lightmantled Sooty Albatrosses on the satellite islands. This Island has three penguin species, Eastern Rockhopper, Erect-Crested and Yellow-Eyed Penguins. In the 18th century seals were hunted to extinction, but Elephant Seals, Fur Seals and Sea Lions have recovered and can be seen.

 

Day 31: At Sea

Day 32: Disembark Bluff
As we arrive in Bluff (New Zealand) and prepare to disembark, bid farewell to your crew and fellow travellers.

The February voyage ends in Ushuaia, Argentina and starts in Bluff, New Zealand and offers the same itinerary as described above, but in reverse.

Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica – 20 Days

Day 1
Arrive into Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, and enjoy the spectacular views of the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel; we begin sailing through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

 

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

 

Day 3
As we arrive into the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), prepare to spend the day on the fascinating western side of the archipelago. A hike along the Shore of Carcass Island will give us views of Magellanic and Gentoo-Penguins as well as a close encounters with water fowl and Night herons.

 

Day 4
We arrive at Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, here see and experience the Falkland culture, which has some South American characteristics as well as Victorian charm. You will be able to see an important number of stranded clippers from a century ago. Free time to wander around on your own.

 

Days 5-6
On our way to South Georgia, we cross the Antarctic Convergence. As we enter the Antarctic waters, you will notice that the temperature will drop by as much as 10 degrees C in the time span of only a few hours. A multitude of southern seabirds, several species of Albatrosses, Shearwaters, Petrels, Prions and Skuas follow our quest.

 

Days 7 – 10
Late afternoon of day 7, we arrive at our first landing site in South Georgia, the bay of Elsehul, a breeding beach for fur seals. We continue onwards to Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plain, Goold Habour and Cooper Bay where we will see a spectrum of landscapes and wildlife, like the introduced Reindeer, Elephant seals, King and Macaroni Penguins.

 

We will also visit Fortuna Bay and follow the footsteps of the great British Explorer Ernest Shackleton and hike over to Stømness Bay. There and at Grytviken we’ll see and abandoned whaling village, where King Penguins now walk in the streets and seals have taken over the buildings. Continue Sailing.

 

Day 11
Be ready with your cameras as ship is followed by a multitude of seabirds, you may also 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 and the elusive Emperor Penguin.

 

Day 12
As we get closer to South Orkney Islands, we visit the Orcadas station, an Argentinean base located in the South Orkney Islands. The friendly base personnel will show us their facilities and we can enjoy the wonderful views of the surrounding glaciers.

 

Day 13
At Sea.

 

Days 14 – 17
We will sail into the Weddell Sea through the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound, huge tabular icebergs are imminent and will announce our arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Subject to weather conditions we may be given the opportunity in setting foot on the Continent. In good sailing conditions we may decide to extend our time in the Weddell Sea.

 

We will continue to Deception Island, where we will try to land at Baily Head home to a colony of ten thousands of Chinstrap Penguins. We leave from here and sail through the Shetland Islands (Half Moon) and continue West to Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula. We set course and sail through the open sea with direction Ushuaia.

 

Days 18 – 19
On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

 

Day 20: Ushuaia- We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.
Antarctic Peninsula

 

Day 1: Ushuaia
In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

 

Day 2-3: At Sea
During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic welling zone. Here 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 spot our first icebergs.

 

Day 4-7: Antarctica
We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island with beautiful landscape with icebergs seatings we may encounter Leopard Seals, Crabeater Seals and whales. After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, we hope to get to visit the British research station and post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may be able to land on Jougla Point where we will see some Gentoo Penguins and Imperial Shags.

 

In Neko Harbor we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glacier and enjoy the landscape during the zodiac cruises. We continue sailing through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pleneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags, we may even see some Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Fin Whales. 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. We leave Antarctica with a final continental landing.

 

Day 8-9: At Sea
As we sail North, we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

 

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

 

Antarctic Peninsula – S. Shetlands – 11 Day

Day 1: Ushuaia
In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

 

Days 2 – 3: At Sea
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 spot our first icebergs.

 

Days 4 – 8: Antarctic Peninsula
We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island with beautiful landscape with icebergs seatings we may encounter Leopard Seals, Crabeater Seals and whales. After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, we hope to get to visit the British research station and post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may be able to land on Jougla Point where we will see some Gentoo Penguins and Imperial Shags.

 

On our way North through the Gerlache Strait we finally arrive at the South Shetland Islands and sail to Deception Island. We make our way into the the crater through the spectacular Neptune’s Bellow into the ring of Deception Island; a sub-ducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbor for the ship. 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.

 

Afterwards we leave for 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 9 – 10: At Sea
As we sail North, we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

 

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

 

Antarctica and the Polar Circle

Day 1: Ushuaia
In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

 

Days 2 – 3: At Sea
During these two days we sail into the Drake Passage, as we cross the Antarctic Convergence we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. Here 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 spot our first icebergs. Subject to weather conditions, we may sail to the narrow English Strait between Robert Island and Greenwich Island or Mc Farlane Strait between Greenwich Island and Livingston Island.

 

Days 4 – 9: Antarctica
Depending on weather conditions, we aim for our first landing to be at Hannah Point, where we will see some Gentoo Penguins, Chinstraps and southern Giant Petrels, as well as Elephant Seals hauling out on the beach. We then continue to Deception Island, where we will try to land; the Island is a natural harbour for ships due to its sub ducted crater. Take time to explore the hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Pigeons and many Dominican Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns.

 

As we make our way further South we will sail to Orne Islands, home to the Chinstrap Penguins as well as having a beautiful view across the Gerlache Strait or to Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Danco Island. Subject to weather conditions we may have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent.

 

We will also sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Petermann Island admire the Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags that live in this area. If weather permits we will try to land at Pleneau Island where Elephant Seals live and maybe we might even get the chances of seeing Humpback, Minke and Fin Whales. We then further south along the Argentine Islands to Crystal Sound, south of the polar circle, here the landscape is very impressive with very high mountains and huge glaciers, impressive for those picture perfect photos.

 

Days 10 – 11: At Sea
As we sail back across the Drake passage, we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds.

 

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


PRICES

Falklands, Sth Georgia, Antarctica - 20 Days (6-25Nov 2014)

Join in Category Quadruple Cabin Triple Porthole Twin Porthole
Puerto Madryn - Argentina Cruise AUD$17786 AUD$19737 AUD$21388

Weddell Sea - Emperor Penguin Voyage, inc helicopters (25Nov-5Dec 2014 & 5-15Dec 2014)

Join in Category Quadruple Cabin Triple Porthole Twin Porthole
Ushuaia Cruise AUD$16960 AUD$18761 AUD$19887

Ross Sea Crossing- Antarctic Peninsula 11Feb to 13Mar 2015

Join in Category Quad Porthole Triple Porthole Twin Porthole
Bluff - New Zealand Cruise On request On request AUD$47729

Polar Circle - Antarctic Peninsula (13-24 Mar 2015)

Join in Category Quad Porthole Triple Porthole Twin Porthole
Ushuaia Cruise AUD$11707 AUD$13959 AUD$14709

Prices per person in AU$. Not valid during local public holidays and special events.
All prices are as a guide only, please check with us for the latest prices.

Included:

  • Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
  • 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 (directly after disembarkation).
  • 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.

 

Not included:

Excluded during this voyage

  • Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights.
  • Pre- and post land arrangements.
  • Transfers to the vessel.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Meals ashore.
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • 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).
  • Possible fuel surcharges; It is agreed that if world fuel prices will reach or exceed US Dollar 90 per Barrel Brent (US Dollar 120 for season 2013-2014) 90 days prior to departure Oceanwide Expeditions reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US $ 25 per passenger per night for bookings outside Europe and EURO 18 per passenger per night for bookings within Europe, to be paid by the contracting party of Oceanwide Expeditions.

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