Antarctic Dream Expedition
Discovering the White Continent 11 days
Antarctica Shipping's classic Antarctic Expedition of 11 days and 10 nights departs and returns from Ushuaia, Argentina.
We make an exciting crossing of the legendary Drake Passage to arrive in the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Day 1- Ushuaia, Argentina
Passengers board the M/V Antarctic Dream where you will be greeted by our Expedition Leader and staff and shown to your cabin. Check-in will begin at 4:00 PM on departure day.
Day 2 to 3 - Drake Passage
Wandering albatrosses, storm petrels and other seabirds will escort the vessel as we sail south across this famous passage named after Sir Francis Drake, the 16th-century English navigator. We will continue towards the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar waters sink beneath the warmer waters of the more temperate zone. In 1819, the British explorer William Smith described the South Shetland Islands as "barren and covered with snow, with seals in abundance".
Day 4 - Aitcho Island
Aitcho Island will give us an early taste of what the Antarctic really is. Aitcho is the biggest island of the South Shetlands. In the afternoon we will disembark at Aitcho Island which is in between Greenwich and Robert Islands. We will continue with the crossing of the Bransfield and Gerlache Straits to enter Andvord Bay where we find Neko Bay.
Day 5 - Antarctic Peninsula & Neko Bay
Besides the magnificent scenery of mountains, snow and ice, in Antarctica you can expect to see a wide variety of the native wildlife. Other birds to look out for are blue-eyed shags, gulls, cape petrels, skuas, snowy sheathbills and antarctic terns. Marine mammals that you are likely to see include Weddell crab-eaters and leopard seals, while orcas, humpback and mink whales may be spotted at close range.
The program includes our first landing on the White Continent (Neko Bay) and another at Port Lockroy (Gaudier Island). Neko Bay was discovered by Adrian de Gerlache, a Belgian explorer. Port Lockroy is close to Wiencke Island in the Antarctic Peninsula and was the main base of the 1944 Tabarin Operation - the scientific research included the Antarctic's first ionosphere measurements and also the first recording of an atmospheric whistle.
Day 6 - Paradise Bay & Cuverville Island
At this point of our program we will begin our return voyage. During the morning and, stressing again that if weather permits, we will disembark or use our zodiacs in Paradise Bay. In the evening we will visit Cuverville Island. Beside its dramatic scenery it is home to one of the largest colonies of Gentoo penguins and skuas. We will continue with the crossing of Bransfield and Gerlache Straits to enter Andvord Bay where we find Neko Bay.
Day 7 - Pleneau & Petermann Island
We sail south through the narrow Lemaire Channel. We will be able to visit Petermann Island which is the most southern land point of our expedition. Here we will disembark and will be able to see the most southern colony of Gentoo penguins which nest near our landing spot. On this island we will also be able to see a colony of beautiful Adelei penguins, skuas and blue-eyed shags. At Pleneau we will visit impressive ice formations.
Day 8 - Deception Island, Whaler's Bay & Pendulum Cove
We continue sailing to Deception Island which is the largest active volcano in the area at the northwest side of the Peninsula. During the morning we will try to disembark in Whaler's Bay and Pendulum Cove where you can esperience the unique experience of swimming Antarctic water. In the afternoon we will disembark at Hannah Point (Livingstone Island). This is one of the best places in the Antarctic to see fauna and we should see Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins, giant petrels, Wilson petrels, skuas and blue-eyed shags. With luck, we should also see sea elephants.
Days 9 and 10 - Drake Passage
Today, we will leave Antarctica and head north back across the Drake Passage. Now is the chance to compare and revise notes and dwell on the adventures of the past week, to take in the final lectures and to enjoy the delicious gastronomy on board as you return to Ushuaia.
Day 11 - Ushuaia, Argentina
After an early breakfast we will land at 9:00 AM and bid farewell to our guests. Thus ends an incredible and unique expedition.
* Please note that you should regard this itinerary as a guide only. Our exact route and program varies according to the weather conditions we encounter. Flexibility is the key to success for all expeditions of the M/V Antarctic Dream.
- Antarctic Dream Expedition
- 10 nights / 11 days
- Ushuaia, Argentina
- Ushuaia, Argentina
- Dates Shoulder Season:
- Nov 06, 16, 26, 2012
February 25, 2013
March 07, 2013
- Dates High Season:
- February 05 - 15, 2013
- English, Spanish
- m/v Antarctic Dream
- Trip options:
Rates Shoulder Season
( Single / Double )
- Cape Horn:
- USD $17,200 / $11,450
- Piloto Pardo:
- USD $15,570 / $10,450
- USD $12,410 / $8,250
- USD 10,300 / $6,900
- USD $ 600 p.p.
- USD $ 990 p.p.
Rates High Season
( Single / Double )
- Cape Horn:
- USD $21,300 / $14,200
- Piloto Pardo:
- USD $19,300 / $12,900
- USD $15,350 / $10,200
- USD $12,800 / $8,550
- USD $ 600 p.p.
· Accommodation in cabin according to deck request
· Breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner and welcome cocktail
· Complimentary house wine & other beverages at lunch and dinner
· Use of the Library
· Use of the Fitness room and Sauna
· On board lectures and exhibits
· Passenger insurance (P&I)
· Expedition in zodiac boats
· Medical Attention
Program does not Include:
· Flights to and from boarding ports
· Passports or visas
· Taxes or boarding taxes at airport/ports
· Transfers not specified in the program
· Telephone calls are not free of charge
· Meals or beverages not included in the menu
· Travel or Health Insurance
· Medical attention on board
· Fuel Surcharge
Check-in Antarctic Dream Expedition
Passengers may not board until 4:00 pm. aprox. and departure from the port of Ushuaia will be at 6:00 pm. aprox. We strongly recommended that passangers arrive in Ushuaia 1 day before the departure date as Antarctic Shipping can not be held responsible for delayed or cancelled flights.
Check-in procedures will be the following (included in passenger price):
I For passengers who arrive by plane the same day of departure:
Our personnel will be waiting for you at the airport. Your luggage will be sealed (safety seals) and will be taken to the check-in point. From here on you will be free until 3:45 pm. aprox. where you will have to go to check-in and you will be taken to the M/V Antarctic Dream.
II For passengers who arrive by plane or land 1 day before departure:
Our personnel will be waiting for you at the airport and will take you to the hotel booked by you. Here, your safety seals will be given to you so you can seal your luggage. On departure date luggage must be left at the Hotel Counter at 9:30 am. aprox. in order to be picked up at 10:00 am. aprox. and be taken to the ship.
From here on you will be free until 3:30 pm. aprox. where you will have to be at your hotel to be taken to the M/V Antarctic Dream.
III For passengers who arrive several days before departure:
(Transfer from airport to Hotel not included) On departure date please leave your luggage at your Hotel Counter at 9:30 am. aprox, in order to be picked up at 10:00 am. aprox. to be taken to the ship. From here on you will be free until 3:30 pm. aprox. where you will have to be at the Hotel to be taken to the M/V Antarctic Dream.
During check out, we offer transfer service to the airport or downtown early in the morning. We strongly recommend scheduling your departure flight after 12:00 pm. aprox. (Mid-day) as the disembarking time is completely subject to climatic conditions.
Kayaking in Antarctica
Kayaking at Antarctica is a once in a lifetime experience. There is no other place in the world so totally different from everything we know, and one way to get to know it intimately is by kayaking.
We invite you to live this great experience as part of your Antarctic Dream cruise.
During 2011-2012 season we will perform a minimum of three kayak trips in each of our cruises along the Antarctic coast in a safe atmosphere and fully respecting the environment.
During our time in the kayaks we will silently approach the penguins, seals and sea lions that are resting on the icebergs or along the snow-covered coast, giving us a closer view of their behavior in the natural state with a minimum impact on them.
We will kayak through different size icebergs, some small and others large. We will be able to touch them to observe in detail their textures and colors while penguins will pass in groups, jumping out the water right next to us.
Enjoy the awesome silence of the White Continent living the adventure of camping on land.
Our polar explorers have a high level of expertise and we supply equipment necessary to make the experience unforgettable and enjoyable.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE IS NOT REQUIRED.