A polar expedition cruise that will take you from the heart of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego to the mythical Antarctic Peninsula. An 11-day expedition cruise that will allow you to explore some of the world’s most incredible landscapes. The start of the cruise will mark the crossing of the iconic Drake Passage, referred to as ‘the world’s most unforgettable sea crossing’ and will likely see you joined by several albatrosses and Cape petrels. Reaching the White Continent, an area which is made up of 90% of the world’s ice and 70% of the world’s fresh water, experience nature at its purest where lands remain uninhabited and wildlife thrives. *Return flight Buenos Aires / Ushuaia + transfers included. SPECIAL OFFER First-time PONANT cruisers can enjoy £450 discount on expedition cruises when booked before 31st March 2019. Full T&C’s apply.
Whether on land, aboard the ship or during a Zodiac® outing, you will be able to experience the very best nature has to offer, ranging from icebergs to ice floe and ancient glaciers.
Witness a multitude of drifting icebergs, ice floes, imposing glaciers and tall, snow-covered mountains for the duration of the expedition.
Take part in the many lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides, covering wildlife, history, geopolitics, the great explorers, climate and environmental protection.
Experience the Antarctica alongside a National Geographic Photographer and Expert, who are specialised in the destination.
Sailing on the Weddell Sea and amid the free-floating pack ice, discovering one of the most famous places of polar exploration.
Itinerary - 11 Days
1 Ushuaia, Argentina
Ushuaia is a busy port situated in Argentina's southernmost tip. The adventurous city is nestled between snow-capped Andean mountains and the shores of the Beagle Channel. The Tierra del Fuego National Park is a must-visit for those disembarking or a why not opt for a cruise on Ushuaia Bay which is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.
2-3 Crossing the Drake Passage
Your first day at sea will allow you to familiarise yourself with the facilities and entertainment onboard. Take the opportunity to learn more about the Antarctic with the help of our expedition leader. The Expedition Leader will first present the IAATO rules of conduct that must be observed during landings in the region and will explain everything you need to know about the Zodiac® outings. Lectures about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic will be an opportunity for you to learn more about this magical region, where every cruise is a unique experience.
4-8 Antarctic Peninsula
The mythical Antarctic Peninsula is an are many find fascinating. Find yourself in the heart of the icy seas, surrounded by breath-taking scenery and wildlife in their element. Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader may suggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula. Enjoy glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry.
9-10 Crossing the Drake Passage
The Drake Passage is situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands and is the shortest route to Antarctica. Harbouring very unique and diverse marine fauna, Drake Passage is where the cold currents of the South Pole meet with the warmer equatorial waters making for a sometimes-interesting voyage. Looking up to the sky you may be lucky enough to see albatross and Cape petrels, playfully flying above the ship
11 Ushuaia, Argentina
Disembark from where you started in Ushuaia, the capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province. Take the opportunity to explore the city some more, riding on the heritage railway which can take you on an excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park or visit the End of the World Museum which showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history.