Like the ,˜Antarctica Classic,’ this 13-day expedition introduces you to the magic of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, but adds on two additional days to better explore its majesty. Part of the reward of arriving in Antarctica is the challenge of negotiating the Drake Passage and the MS Expedition will bring you there safely. Encounter leopard seals lazing on ice floes and immense rookeries of penguins surrounded by towering glaciers. The Expedition,™s expert guides and lecturers offer knowledge and insight that really bring the nature and history of the region to life, creating the adventure of a lifetime.
Day 1 Arrive Ushuaia
Arrive in Ushuaia at any time, arrival transfer included. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the world’s most southerly city.
Day 2 Ushuaia (1B,1D)
Embarkation on the MS Expedition begins late in the afternoon, around 4:00PM at the port in Ushuaia. Enjoy the evening sailing through the Beagle Channel.
Day 3-4 Drake Passage (2B,2L,2D)
Our adventure begins with a 800km (497-mi.) crossing of the passage named in honour of 16th-century English sea captain and privateer Sir Francis Drake. The ship is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean. Take in daily lectures from your expedition team and keep an eye out for your first sightings of icebergs, whales and albatross following in the Expedition’s wake.
Day 5-10 Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands (6B,6L,6D)
With a total of 6 nights to explore the worlds most southerly ecosystem, you’ll have more time to encounter the unique wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery of the Antarctic. Our goal is to get you ashore twice per day to encounter penguin rookeries, get a good look at the variety of seal species, and keep an eye out for the whales that feed in the peninsula’s cold, fertile waters. During the voyage, you’ll learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world. Take an optional polar plunge, visit an abandoned whaling station or a working scientific research station and gain a new perspective on this part of world.
Day 11-12 Drake Passage (2B,2L,2D)
Begin your journey north to your home port of Ushuaia. Review the highlights of your Antarctic experience with our lecturers and staff. Keep your eyes open on the observation deck for some last-minute whale sightings.
Day 13 Depart Ushuaia (1B)
Disembark in the morning.