Ocean Cruise Expeditions

Emblematic Antarctica

  • Duration 11 Days | Round-trip Ushuaia
  • From $13,880 AUD
Call 1800 889 088

Trip Overview

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PONANT invites you on a polar expedition cruise to the heart of the icy realm that is the Antarctic Peninsula. Embark on an unforgettable 11-day voyage and succumb to the enchantment of the breathtaking landscapes inhabited by astonishing wildlife.

The start of your cruise will be marked by the crossing of the mythical Drake Passage, during which you will probably be escorted by several albatrosses and Cape petrels, the sentinels of these often-choppy waters.

Your ship will then reach the White Continent, realm of the unexpected. Weather and ice conditions permitting, this extreme environment where nature reigns supreme will reveal to you its most beautiful secrets through numerous discoveries.

On this uninhabited land, which wasn’t explored until the 19th century, your encounters with the wildlife will no doubt be one of the highlights of your experience. The Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, humpback whales, seals and seabirds will provide you with cherished lifelong memories.

Each day, whether on land, aboard your ship or during a Zodiac® outing, you will be surrounded by a grandiose decor ranging from icebergs to ice floe and ancient glaciers.

We are privileged guests in these extreme lands where we are at the mercy of weather and ice conditions. Landings on certain sites and the observation of certain wildlife cannot be guaranteed. They vary from day to day, making each PONANT cruise a unique experience. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will make every effort to ensure that your experience is as rich as possible, while complying with the safety rules and instructions imposed by the IAATO.

Trip Highlights

  • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
  • Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides, covering wildlife, history, geopolitics, the great explorers, climate, environmental protection…
  • Hiking opportunity.
  • Visiting research stations and former whaling stations.
  • Landscapes: a multitude of drifting icebergs, ice floes, imposing glaciers and tall, snow-covered mountains.
  • Wildlife: humpback whales, Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins, leopard seals, crabeater seals, Weddell seals and numerous sea birds.
  • Educational discovery in the respect of environment.
  • New: for your comfort and convenience, an optional premium package including one night in Ushuaia on the eve of boarding your ship and an excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park (for details, see the “Pre/post & overlands” tab for your cruise. Please contact your travel adviser for information and bookings).
  • Pre & post cruise programmes are available Please contact your travel adviser for information and bookings.

 

Itinerary - 11 Days

Day 1 USHUAIA, ARGENTINA

Ushuaia a busy port situated in Argentina's southernmost tip. The adventurous city is nestled between snow-capped Andean mountains and the shores of the Beagle Channel. The Tierra del Fuego NationalParkis a must-visit for those disembarking or a why not opt for a cruise on Ushuaia Bay which is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.

Days 2 & 3 CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE

Your first day at sea will allow you to familiarise yourself with the facilities and entertainment onboard. Take the opportunity to learn more about the Antarctic with the help of our expedition leader. The Expedition Leader will first present the IAATO rules of conduct that must be observed during landings in the regionand will explain everything you need to know about the Zodiac® outings. Lectures about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic will be an opportunity for you to learn more about this magical region, where every cruise is a unique experience.

Days 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

Find yourself in the heart of the icy seas, surrounded by breath-taking scenery and wildlife in their element. Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader maysuggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula. Enjoy glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry.

Days 9 & 10 CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE

The Drake Passage is situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islandsand is the shortest route to Antarctica. Harbouring very unique and diverse marine fauna, Drake Passage is where the cold currents of the South Pole meet with the warmer equatorial waters making for a sometimes-interesting voyage. Looking up to the sky you may be lucky enough to seealbatross and Cape petrels, playfully flying above the ship.

Day 11 USHUAIA, ARGENTINA

Disembark from where you started in Ushuaia, the capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province. Take the opportunity to explore the city some more, riding on the heritage railwaywhich can take you on an excursion into theTierra del Fuego National Parkor visit the End of the World Museum which showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history.

 

 

EXTRAORDINARY PARTNERSHIPS

National Geographic Expeditions has carefully chosen world-leading travel partners to create extraordinary travel experiences. Each expedition offers guests our unique access, knowledge and the ability to give back by supporting the National Geographic Society.

Our Ocean Cruise Expeditions are offered in partnership with PONANT. To learn more about the itinerary, explore the PONANT ship or secure your spot, click here.

*Welcome Offer: A$800 saving is in Australian Dollars (AUD), per stateroom based on a double occupancy, A$400 per stateroom for single occupancy. Offer valid for guests travelling with PONANT for the first time. Offer is not redeemable for cash, not retroactive, and not combinable with any other offer, unless stated otherwise. Valid for new bookings available until further notice, subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Conditions apply.

^PONANT discount is subject to change based on availability. PONANT Bonus fare is per person, in Australian Dollars (AUD), based on double occupancy, including port taxes, is yield managed and correct at time of writing - 16/07/2019. Refer to au.ponant.com for full terms and conditions.

Emblematic Antarctica

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