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    The Weddell Sea and the Antarctic Peninsula

    The Weddell Sea and the Antarctic Peninsula

    Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime expedition to the Weddell Sea and the Seventh Continent. Experience incredible wildlife in icy waters, breathtaking mountain landscapes and gigantic icebergs over 11 eventful days. From Ushuaia, we cross the mighty Drake Passage on our way to the South Shetland Islands, where we plan our first landing. From here we navigate to the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. We plan landings on penguin rookeries, research stations, and fascinating landmarks that will allow us to enjoy the spectacular views. Continuing east, we will cruise the Antarctic Sound with its mighty tabular icebergs and we will head towards the Weddell Sea in search of wildlife. On the way back, we plan to follow the route once taken by Ernest Shackleton as we navigate toward Elephant Island. On no other voyage can you experience so much untouched nature and diverse wildlife! When the Ocean Victory returns to Tierra del Fuego and Ushuaia, depending on the weather, we could pass near the mythical Cape Ornis - the southernmost point of South America; a famous maritime landmark.

    Important facts in an overview

    • 16.12 - 26.12.2022 (English)

    • MS Ocean Victory
    • From / to Ushuaia
    • Max. 189 guests on board

    Your ship - MS Ocean Victory

    Ship MS Ocean Victory

    Map of the itinerary

    Map of the journey The Weddell Sea and the Antarctic Peninsula

    Itinerary

    First day: Arrival at Ushuaia, Arrival at

    Second to penultimate day: On expedition cruise... Ice, weather and wildlife observation will determine the route.

    Last day: Disembarkation at Ushuaia and return home.

    Please note: The trips and programmes described here are for your orientation only. The final itinerary will be adjusted on site according to weather conditions, the current ice situation and animal sightings. The captain and expedition leader will determine the itinerary depending on the above mentioned factors and will inform you daily about the events. Flexibility and adaptability is of utmost importance on cruises with expedition character.

    DAY 1 ARRIVAL TO USHUAIA

    Arrival and embarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina - the southernmost city in the world. Explore the picturesque city or the local countryside. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten track to the raw, natural archipelago of Tierra del Fuego, or a tour to the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park. It is a hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and flower-filled meadows. In the afternoon we board the ship Ocean Victory, our home for the next few days.

    Our journey begins as we navigate the calm waters of the Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.

    DAY 2-3 AT SEA. DRAKE PASSAGE, SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS

    Next, we cross the famous Drake Passage - a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Drake Passage is known for strong westerly winds, and is also nicknamed "The Roaring Fifties." Although this passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard our expedition ship, custom built with powerful stabilizers. The most experienced sailors consider crossing the Drake Passage a life's work - and soon you can check it off your "bucket list" yourself!

    After crossing the Drake Passage, we will begin to explore the Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain, marveling at captivating landscapes and encountering our first penguins. With the patented X-BOW design, Ocean Victory will provide you with a smooth ride across the Drake Passage, and due to the speed of the ship, we may make a first landing or activity in the South Shetland Islands in the afternoon of Day 3, weather permitting.


    Deck plan of the

    Deck plan of  MS Ocean Victory

    Show deck plan

    Prices

    2022-2023
    16.12 - 26.12.2022 (English)
    10 nights on board
    CHF 7'910.-
    7'190.- €
    CHF 10'880.-
    9'890.- €
    CHF 11'870.-
    10'790.- €
    CHF 12'860.-
    11'690.- €
    CHF 13'850.-
    12'590.- €
    CHF 14'350.-
    13'040.- €
    CHF 17'320.-
    15'740.- €
    CHF 19'790.-
    17'990.- €
    CHF 22'760.-
    20'690.- €

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    Included in travel price

    • Accommodation on board in the booked cabin category;
    • All meals on board during the cruise (B/L/D);
    • 24-hour tea and coffee station on board;
    • All planned shore excursions, Zodiac rides, excursions according to program;
    • Experienced expedition leaders and lecturers;
    • Rentel rubber boots.
    • Expedition parka;
    • Photo workshop;
    • Welcome and farewell cocktail;
    • Digital photo link after the trip
    • Taxes and port fees

    Not included in travel price

    • Arrival and departure, flight to Ushuaia. Arctos Travel will be happy to advise you on a possible pre-cruise program;
    • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages;
    • Health insurance with emergency evacuation (required);
    • Luggage and cancellation insurance (recommended);
    • Personal expenses and tips.