This Peregrine journey takes us to one of the world’s most awe-inspiring destinations. After making shore visits on our way through the South Shetland Islands we arrive at the Antarctic Peninsula, on the continent of Antarctica, to be immediately dazzled by perhaps the most dramatic scenery to be found anywhere on earth. Sailing aboard our well-appointed expedition vessel, we witness Antarctic nature in all its glory. These areas boast an extraordinary abundance of wildlife, including five species of seals and massive rookeries of gentoo, Adélie and chinstrap penguins as well as a profusion of seabirds ranging from albatross to skuas. Another wildlife highlight may well be observing a variety of magnificent whales in close proximity as they crest the surface of the waves.
On the 'White Continent', we also see remarkable landscapes of ice. At Paradise Harbour or Hope Bay we find many icebergs dotting the waters, including some that are colossal in size, containing natural caves that are shrouded in eerie translucent light. On land there is a sweeping ice sheet, masking mountains, filling trenches and binding together an entire continent that is about the size of Africa. Travelling in the company of our experienced expedition crew, some of whom have travelled to Antarctica over 100 times, it still seems astonishing as we reflect on the exploits of the early explorers as they attempted to conquer this beautiful and yet formidable land.
Note: Weather, ice and other mitigating factors may result in changes to our itinerary and alteration to certain shore excursions.
Day 1 - Ushuaia
Day 1 is an arrival day in Ushuaia and you can arrive at any time. With a population of over 63,000 people, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. Flanked by the glacial jagged peaks of the Montes Martial, Ushuaia’s dramatic surroundings offer a spectacular departure point for an Antarctic cruise. While the city has seen unprecedented growth over the past few years with the addition of several new services, restaurants and tourist operations, it has retained an easy going, accessible feel. Travellers can spend some time in the Tierra del Fuego National Park or visit the many boutique shops and restaurants while preparing for their upcoming adventure. No meals are included on Day 1.
Accommodation: If you arrive earlier or wish to extend your stay and need accommodation please ask Peregrine or your agent for details and costs.
Day 2 - Ushuaia - Embarkation Day
Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which the vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This historic channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Historic visitors who have traversed this channel include Charles Darwin, who journeyed through this region in the famous HMS Beagle. As we continue south, travelers will keep watch on deck for seabirds, seals and dolphins that can approach the vessel.
Day 3-4 - Drake Passage
Prepare for rough water, but do not be disappointed if the crossing is smooth sailing. The Drake is always changing. Our time on the Drake is filled with anticipation as we prepare for the exciting days ahead.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 5-9 - South Shetland Islands and Antarctica
When the Antarctic Convergence is left in the ship’s wake, we witness the first whale migrating south, and a solitary iceberg floats by we truly begin our remarkable journey to the seventh continent.
Yet perhaps is the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning to our adventure. Many factors play a role in defining each expedition, creating a unique experience for every group of travelers. We will attempt to leave the ship to explore bays, channels and landing sites twice a day, and, with wildlife always at the forefront of our minds. We will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, orcas and a number of the southern seal species, including the all mighty Leopard Seal.
The majesty of the Peninsula’s mountains will engulf you also as travelers get the chance to scramble up to vantage points. One of these in particular, in Orne Harbor, gives the opportunity to visit a Chinstrap Penguin colony high up on a ridge. Whilst some may be hiking, others may find pleasure in sitting quietly on a pebbled beach as curious penguin chicks approach. All should however take part in the Polar Plunge, either through encouraging those brave enough, or by strapping on the harness yourselves and plunging into the frigid waters of an icy Antarctic bay.
The natural cycle of life ensures that every expedition is different. And that every expedition is full of surprises! In Antarctica, silence is so complete that interruptions become indelible memories: noisy penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbor. Then there is the sound of breathing as arms pump and legs power up an incline on cross-country skis. As travelers sail from island to shore to bay during four days in the Peninsula, the Expedition Team provides opportunities for contemplation, to test endurance and engage curiosity.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 10-11 - Drake Passage
The journey back across the Drake Passage again provides time to spend out on the decks watching the seabirds and scouting for whales, attending presentations by our Expedition Team or simply relaxing and reminiscing about your experiences.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 12 - Ushuaia
In the early morning we arrive back in Ushuaia, where our cruise ends. Please do not book outbound flights before 12.00pm.
Transfers: If you are extending your stay and would like a transfer from Ushuaia to the airport please contact Peregrine or your agent.