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This is the Antarctic expedition to choose if you have never visited Antarctica. You’ll leave the ship usually twice a day to explore the highlights of the Peninsula. Visit penguins rookeries, watch for whales and admire seals lazing on ice floes. You’ll feel salt spray on your face as the Zodiac weaves around grounded icebergs. You could take a polar plunge or climb a craggy hill for a panoramic view of an icy harbour. This voyage lets you choose the level of activity and the adventure option that meets your expectation.
12 days’ Antarctica Explorer expeditions are offered on these ice-strengthened Polar Adventure Ships. Dates for the 12 day cruises are available on request
Some departures offer optional overnight camping in Antarctica at an extra cost: ask BFirst Travel.
We strongly recommend our clients to arrive in Ushuaia a day prior to the cruise start date to allow enough time in case of any unforeseen flight disruption. Click onto the Antartic Expedition Video
Arrive in the southernmost city in the world and transfer independently to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore this ‘frontier town’ at leisure. This expedition is perfect for first-time polar travelers, adventurers who want to push the envelope or time-constrained people.
Embarkation Day - Antarctica Cruise
Our comfortable and well-appointed Expedition Ships are embarked in Ushuaia in the afternoon. After embarkation in the early afternoon, you will sail down the Beagle Channel. Keep watch on deck for seabirds, penguins and rainbows.
Journey across the famous Drake Passage, named after the 16th-century English navigator Sir Francis Drake – an experience in itself. The ship is accompanied most of the way by albatrosses – including the magnificent wandering albatross – along with an impressive variety of other seabirds. Cross the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar waters sink beneath the warmer waters of the more temperate zones. Prepare for rough water, but do not be disappointed if your crossing is smooth sailing. The Drake is always changing. Our Expedition Team will deliver an incomparable education program en route to Antarctica.
Many factors play a role in shaping the expedition's progress. We attempt to leave the ship to explore in a range of activity levels at least twice a day. Perhaps, you'll fell salt spray on your face as the Zodiac weaves in and around grounded icebergs in Pleneau Bay. You could scamble to the top of a craggy hill for an unforgettable view of an icy charm near Port Lockroy. You could sit quietly on a pebbled beach to wait for a curious penguin chick to approach or take a plunge into the icy waters of Neko Harbour. Explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula with adventurers who enjoy camping, kayaking, cross-country skiing, mountaineering and other active pursuits. Over the course of the austral spring and summer, the sun lingers longer and longer, melting snow and ice. Wildlife abounds: chicks hatch and fledge, and pods of whales breach in a deep bay where a calving iceberg has churned up krill, the local delicacy. 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 near Petermann Island. Then there is the sound of breathing as your arms pump and your legs power you up an incline on cross-country skis. As you sail from island to shore to bay during four days in the Peninsula, the Expedition Team provides opportunities for contemplation or to test your endurance and to engage your curiosity.
As you cross the Drake, the ship will be accompanied by Albatross and Petrels. Spend some time on deck learning to identify the different birds. Please note that on twelve day expeditions, an extra day is spent in the Antarctic peninsula. Note: On the last day only breakfast is included.