M/V Plancius - Antarctic
Peninsula - South Shetland Islands
December 13 - 22, 2012 - Roundtrip from Ushuaia, Argentina - 9 nights / 8 days - Voyage PLA24
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A typical itinerary to the Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands 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
glaciers calving at sea level. We enjoy the landscape surrounded by alpine peaks during zodiac cruises. In Paradise
Bay again with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, we have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic
Continent again. We shall 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.
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.
Sailing north through 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.
On our way North through the Gerlache Strait we finally arrive at the South Shetland Islands. We will sail to
Deception Island. Our ship braves its entrance into the crater through the spectacular Neptune’s Bellow into the
ring of Deception Island. We hope for a good long walk and kayak trip which will depend on site availability and
Deception is a sub-ducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbor for the ship. Here we find
hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Pigeons and many Dominican Gulls, Brown and South
Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns. Wilson’s Storm Petrels and Black-bellied Storm Petrels nest in the ruins of the
whaling station in Whalers Bay.
We leave from here and sail to Half Moon Island, where we will find a variety of Chinstrap Penguins. Seals often
haul out on the beach. These volcanic islands of the South Shetlands are windswept and often shrouded in mist and
fog, but do offer subtle pleasures. There is a nice variety of flora (mosses, lichens and flowering grasses) and
fauna, such as Gentoo Penguins, Chinstrap Penguins and Southern Giant Petrels.
Our voyage continues through a narrow Strait to the open sea with direction Ushuaia.
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.
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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 Ortelius.
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