M/V Plancius - Antarctic
February 17-26, 2013 - Roundtrip from Ushuaia, Argentina - 9 nights / 10 days - Voyage PLA29
10% discount on this departure!
A typical itinerary to the Antarctic Peninsula is illustrated below. All itineraries are for guidance only.
Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and
opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board.
Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.
Day 1: Ushuaia - In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the
southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of
Days 2 & 3: At sea - During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the
Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may see Wandering
Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black- browed Albatrosses, Light- mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons,
Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we
spot our first icebergs.
Days 4 - 7: Antarctica - We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior islands
and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. On Cuverville Island, a small precipitous
island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Danco Island, we will find a large colony of
Gentoo Penguins and breeding pairs of Brown Skuas. If we land on Danco Island we can observe Chinstrap Penguins and
possibly Weddell and Crabeater Seals. In Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic
Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glacier and enjoy the landscape during zodiac cruises.
When sailing to Paradise Bay, with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, we will have the opportunity for zodiac
cruising between the icebergs in the inner parts of the fjords. In this area we have good chances to see Humpback
Whales and Minke Whales. After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, we hope to get permission to visit the British
research station and post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing
on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Imperial Shags.
We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pleneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adelie Penguins
and Blue-eyed Shags. In this area, there are good chances to encounter Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Fin
Whales. A visit to one of the scientific stations in Antarctica will give you an insight about the life of modern
Antarcticans working on the White Continent. Further south we may visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station, where we
will receive a warm welcome from the station crew. Sailing north through Neumayer Channel we arrive at the
Melchior Islands with a very beautiful landscape with icebergs, where we may encounter Leopard Seals, Crabeater
Seals and whales.
Days 8 - 9: At sea - On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while
crossing the Drake Passage.
Day 10: Ushuaia - We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.
10% discount on this departure!
Rate Per Person
All rates are quoted per person in US Dollars, based on twin occupancy. US Dollar rates
apply for all sales outside Europe. 5% discount will be granted for bookings for one or more consecutive voyages
(except on legs within the Atlantic Odyssey). Please note that all dates & rates are subject to change. All
voyages will operate subject to a minimum of 70 participants on Plancius and 60 participants on
Single occupancy: All cabins 1.7 times the share price
• Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
• All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and
• Free use of rubber boots aboard Plancius & Ortelius and snowshoes aboard
• Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after
• All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
• During voyages OTL21, OTL22, OTL23, OTL26 and OTL27: ship-to-shore helicopter transfers
(with no specific amount of helicopter time guaranteed).
• Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
• Comprehensive pre-departure material.
Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre-
and post land arrangements; transfers to the vessel; passport and visa expenses; Government arrival and departure
taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended); excess baggage
charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges;
and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines
will be provided).
It is agreed that if world fuel prices will reach or exceed US Dollar 90 per Barrel Brent
90 days prior to departure Oceanwide Expeditions reserves the right to
levy a fuel surcharge of US $ 25 per passenger per night, to be paid by the contracting party of Oceanwide