Antarctica Cruise : Antarctic Dream, 11 days/10 nights
On board the Antarctic Dream you’ll experience the incredible and unique scenery and wildlife the Great White Continent has to offer. Facilities inside the ship include heliport, sauna, gym, library and projection room, doctor on board and gift shop. The double or twin cabins feature private bath with shower or tub, closed circuit television, heating and closet.
Day 01 : Ushuaia
In Ushuaia, you will embark the “Antarctic Dream”, where you will receive a warm welcome by the staff and will check in to your cabin. The ship will depart at 7:00 pm.
Day 02-03 : Drake Passage
These days you’ll sail through the Drake Passage, where you’ll see some seabird species such as petrels and albatrosses. Then you’ll continue towards the Antarctic Convergence or Polar Front, where the colder waters mix with the warmer sub Antarctic waters, creating a high productivity zone.
Day 04 : King George Island
Today you’ll visit King George Island, the largest one of the South Shetlands. The island is almost entirely covered by the Collins Glacier. Weather permitting; you will enjoy the landscape from above, in a short helicopter ride. Otherwise, you will disembark in Potter Bay, where you’ll visit Jubany scientific base. Here it’s possible to see marine elephants. Afterwards, you will visit Aitcho Island, where it’s possible to see penguins, seals and sea elephants. Then you’ll cross Bransfield and Gerlache Straits, towards Neko Bay.
Day 05 : Neko Bay and Antarctic Peninsula
In the Antarctica Peninsula you’ll see various species of animals such as skuas, gulls, terns, petrels, snowy sheathbills and Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie penguins. Mammals include seals (Weddell crab-eaters and leopard), orcas, humpback and mink whales. The place is of historical importance too, as the area was widely explored in the early 19th century. Today you will land in Neko Bay and Port Lockroy, located on the great white continent.
Day 06 : Pleneau / Petermann Island
Today you’ll sail through the narrow and spectacular Lemaire Channel. Weather permitting you’ll visit Petermann Island, the southernmost part of the journey. Upon disembarking, you’ll be able to see colonies of Gentoo and Adelei penguins as well as skuas and blue eyed shags. Then at Pleneau, you’ll be able to visit imposing ice formations in the zodiac boats.
Day 07 : Paradise Bay / Cuverville Island
At this point, the return trip begins. In the morning, weather permitting, you’ll either land or ride the zodiacs to Paradise Bay, one of the most outstanding places in the Antarctic Peninsula, where the wind and water carves the ice into amazing shapes and chunks of ice fall into the ocean. Afterwards, you’ll visit Cuverville Island, where you can find the largest colony of skuas and Gentoo penguins. This rocky island is an important wildlife sanctuary, as many other bird species nest here as well.
Day 08 : Deception Island / Whaler’s Bay / Pendulum Cove
Today you’ll sail to Deception Island, an active underwater volcano, where it’s possible to sail through the flooded crater and bathe in the thermal waters along the coast. First you’ll try and disembark in Whaler’s Bay and Pendulum Cove. Then, weather permitting; you’ll come ashore in Hannah Point, one of the best points for wildlife viewing.
Day 09-10 : Drake Passage
Today you’ll head back north towards Ushuaia, passing through the Drake Passage. These days you’ll have the opportunity to relax and take in all the adventures you experienced the past days.
Day 11 : Ushuaia
Today your Antarctica journey ends, when you disembark in Ushuaia after breakfast.