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Antarctica Expedition Cruise - A trip for a life time!!!

Antarctic Expedition cruises onboard the USHUAIA

Antarctica is among the most beautiful, pristine and least explored places on the planet. Truly exhilarating, mysterious and alluring! For over two centuries, the 'White Desert' has attracted scientists and adventurers, drawn by its unmatched natural beauty.

These days Antarctica's largely untouched wilderness is more accessible to a new generation of intrepid explorers. You can now visit the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands in the comfort of the USHUAIA. From the southern spring onwards, large birds and sea mammals gather at breeding colonies and the ceaseless daylight of the southern summer makes exploration in this incomparable landscape a unique experience. …

Classic Antarctic adventure cruises on board the USHUAIA offer the ultimate introduction to the White Continent. Embarking and disembarking in the port of Ushuaia, Argentina include many of the wildlife and scenic highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. You will often make two landings a day via Fleet of Zodiac craft.

Classic Antarctica or Polar Circle Quest:
Expedition cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands.

Day 1: Depart from Ushuaia

Embark the Antarctica Expedition Cruise USHUAIA in the afternoon and meet your expedition and lecture staff. After you have settled into your cabins we sail along the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass.

Day 2 & 3: Crossing the Drake Passage

Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters. This creates a great upwelling of nutrients, which sustains the biodiversity of this region. The Drake Passage also marks the northern limit of many Antarctic seabirds. As we sail across the passage, the lecturers will be out with you on deck to help in the identification of an amazing variety of seabirds, including many albatrosses, which follow in our wake. The USHUAIA’s open bridge policy allows you to join our officers on the bridge and learn about navigation, watch for whales, and enjoy the view. A full program of lectures will be offered as well.

The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands, a group of twenty islands and islets first sighted in February 1819 by Capt. William Smith of the brig Williams. With favorable conditions in the Drake Passage our lecturers and naturalists will accompany you ashore as you experience your first encounter with the penguins and seals on Day 3.

Day 4 to 8: Exploring South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula

The South Shetland Islands are a haven for wildlife. Vast penguin rookeries, beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and southern elephant seals make every day spent in this amazing island group unforgettable. Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island is truly amazing. King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands, features colonies of nesting Adélie and Chinstrap Penguins, Kelp Gulls, Blue-eyed Cormorants, Antarctic Terns and Southern Giant Petrels and is home to scientific bases of many different countries. Macaroni, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins as well as elephant seals await you at Livingston Island.

The Antarctic Peninsula’s remarkable history will provide you with a type of excitement often only associated with the early explorers. You will have plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways, and an incredible wide variety of wildlife. Apart from penguins and seabirds you are very likely to see Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals as well as Minke, killer (orca) and humpback whales at close range.
We hope to navigate some of the most beautiful waterways (depending on the ice conditions): the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel, and the Lemaire Channel, the latter are narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. We plan to make at least two landings per day. Possible landing sites may include:

Paradise Bay is perhaps the most aptly named place in the world and we attempt a landing on the continent proper. After negotiating the iceberg-strewn waters of the Antarctic Sound, we hope to visit the bustling Adélie Penguin (over 100,000 pairs breed here) and Blue-eyed Cormorant colonies on Paulet Island. The Nordenskjöld expedition built a stone survival hut here in 1903. Today its ruins have been taken over by nesting penguins.

Further exploration may take you to Melchior Island, Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbour, Pléneau Island and if ice conditions permit, to Petermann Island for a visit to the southernmost colony of Gentoo Penguins.

For Polar Circle Quest

Days 4 to 9: Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, the South Shetland Islands, and endeavor to cross the Polar Circle

Exquisite beauty and pristine landscapes are waiting for you on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Myriads of icebergs with different shades and shapes are floating free in the waterways around the continent. The Antarctic Peninsula's remarkable history will also provide you with a type of excitement often only associated with the early explorers. You will have plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery and a wide variety of wildlife. Apart from Adélie, Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguins and other seabirds you are likely to encounter Weddell, crabeater, fur and leopard seals as well as Minke whales and orcas at close range. At this time of year it is also very likely to encounter big cetaceans, such as humpback, Finn and Sei whales in the area.

We hope to navigate some of the most beautiful waterways the area has to offer, such as: the Gerlache Strait, Errera Channel, Neumayer Channel and the extremely narrow Lemaire Channel. Possible landing sites may include: Paradise Bay, which is perhaps the most aptly named place in the world with its impressive glacial fronts and mountains, Cuverville Island, home of the biggest Gentoo Penguin colony in the Peninsula surrounded by glaciers and castellated icebergs, and the British Museum and Post office Port Lockroy.

As further exploration will lead us far South of the Lemaire Channel in quest of the Polar Circle, we might also visit the Ukrainian Station Vernadsky, the former British base Faradey, where the ozone hole was first spotted, the rugged Yalour Islands and south of the Polar Circle Detaille Island.
On our way North we plan to explore the South Shetland Islands. The volcanic island group is a haven for wildlife. Vast penguin rookeries and seals hauling out on the shorelines make every day spent here unforgettable. Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island is truly amazing, so is visiting the crescent shaped island Half Moon, home to Chinstrap Penguins in breathtaking surroundings.

Day 9 & 10: At Sea crossing the Drake Passage, northbound (Classic)
Day 10 & 11: At Sea crossing the Drake Passage, northbound (Polar Circle)

We leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Join our lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for seabirds and whales and enjoy some final lectures. Take the chance to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures of the past days on the way back to Ushuaia.

Day 11 / 12: Arrival at Ushuaia

We arrive at Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark the USHUAIA after breakfast.

Please note: The above itinerary is a guide only. Our exact route and program will vary to take best advantage of local weather and ice conditions and opportunities to view wildlife. Changes will be made by the Captain and/or Expedition Leader to facilitate the best results from the prevailing conditions. A daily program sheet will be issued on board. Flexibility is the key to success.

Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
Port of embarkation and disembarkation: Ushuaia, Argentina
Sailing Dates 2016 - 2018

Voyage Code




Classic Antarctica Cruise - The USHUAIA (Small Cruise):

9 nights/10 days 

November 23, 2016

December 02, 2016

(Sold out)

9 nights/10 days 

January 21, 2017

January 30, 2017


9 nights/10 days 

March 08, 2017

March 17, 2017

(Sold out)

9 nights/10 days 

March 17, 2017

March 26, 2017


9 nights/10 days 

March 26, 2017

April 04, 2017


9 nights/10 days 

December 22, 2017

December 31, 2017


9 nights/10 days 

January 21, 2018

January 30, 2018

A131116  10 Nights / 11Days  November 13, 2016  November 23, 2016
A211216  10 Nights / 11Days  December 21, 2016  December 31, 2016
A311216  10 Nights / 11Days  December 31, 2016  January 10, 2017
A260217  10 Nights / 11Days  February 26, 2017  March 08, 2017
A311217  10 Nights / 11Days  December 31, 2017  January 10, 2018
A300118  10 Nights / 11Days  January 30, 2018  February 09, 2018
A010318  10 Nights / 11Days  March 01, 2018 March 11, 2018
A110318  10 Nights / 11Days  March 11, 2018 March 21, 2018
A210318  10 Nights / 11Days  March 21, 2018 March 31, 2018
Polar Circle Quest:


11 nights/12 days 

February 15, 2017

February 26, 2017


11 nights/12 days 

February 18, 2018

March 01, 2018


Package Cost Per Person in US DOLLARS on Twin sharing basis

Voyage Code

Cabin Categories


C Standard  Triple

C Standard Twin

B Standard + Twin

 A   Premium Twin



9 Nights / 10 Days









Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out







 A170317 Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out







 A221217 6,540 6,990 8,470 10,110 10,680 11,220
 A210118 6,540 6,990 8,470 10,110 10,680 11,220

10 Nights / 11 Days








 A211216 7,270 7,770 9,410 11,230 11,870 12,470
 A311216 7,270 7,770 9,410 11,230 11,870 12,470
 A260217 6,080 6,500 8,180 9,730 10,290 10,820
 A311217 7,270 7,770 9,410 11,230 11,870 12,470
 A300118 7,270 7,770 9,410 11,230 11,870 12,470
 A010318 5,780 6,180 7,870 9,350 9,900 10,410
 A110318 5,780 6,180 7,870 9,350 9,900 10,410
 A210318 5,780 6,180 7,870 9,350 9,900 10,410
 11 Nights / 12 Days (Polar Circle)
 A150217 7,990 8,550 10,350 12,350 13,060 13,720
 A180218 7,990 8,550 10,350 12,350 13,060 13,720

*Book in Advance and Avail Special Discounts

Package Price Includes:

  • Voyage aboard the USHUAIA as indicated in the itinerary.

  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the USHUAIA.

  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by zodiac.

  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.

  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.

  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.

  • Detailed post-expedition log.

Package Cost does not include:

  • International Airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights;

  • Pre- and post land arrangements;

  • Transfers to / from the vessel;

  • Passport and Visa expenses;

  • Government arrival and departure taxes;

  • Meals ashore;

  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (strongly recommended);

  • Excess baggage charges

  • Items of a personal nature such as bar and beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and

  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages (guidelines will be provided).

The Ushuai's Cabin description


5 Outside cabins with windows on the upper deck (G), private facilities, two lower berths, lounge, TV, DVD player and fridge.

Suite 201 features two double beds, Suite 202 one double bed and a sofa bed. Suite 203 features two lower single beds. Suites 204 and 207 feature three lower single beds. Suite 207 has portholes.


10 Twin outside cabins with windows on the upper deck (G), private facilities, two lower berths. Cabins 205 and 211 feature portholes. Cabin 301 features one double and one single bed.

A cabins:

6 Twin outside cabins with portholes on the upper deck (G), private facilities, two berths (upper/lower).

B cabins:

12 Twin outside cabins with portholes on deck E and semi-private facilities, two berths (upper/lower).

C cabins:

8 Twin inside cabins on the lower deck (D) with semi-private facilities, two berths (upper/lower).

* N.B. Semi-private facilities: Two cabins share one bathroom accessible from both cabins (shower and wc). Each cabin is also equipped with its own washbasin.

Terms and Conditions:



  • All rates are quoted per person in US Dollars, based on twin occupancy.

    • A limited amount of twin cabins (except suites) are available for single occupancy at 1.5 times the share rate.

    • Suites may be reserved at 2 times the share rate. A third berth in two of the suites maybe occupied at 50% of the published twin share rate.

  • Shared accommodation can be arranged on request.

  • All rates are subject to change and Our associate Expedition Cruise reserves the right to modify the published rates without prior notice.

Reservations and Payments:

  • A deposit of 30-50% of the cruise fare is required per person to confirm reservations with final payment due 90 days prior to departure.


  • All requests for cancellations must be received in writing with a valid reason. Cancellations received 120 days prior to departure are fully refunded less an administrative fee of approx USD$750 Per Person.

  • From 119 days up to and including the day of departure all deposits and tariffs are forfeited. If cancellation occurs within the 119 day period and full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and unpaid money is due immediately.

  • For these and other reasons mentioned below, you are strongly encouraged to obtain trip cancellation insurance.

  • Our associate Expedition Cruise reserves the right to cancel any voyage prior to departure in which case payments will be refunded in full less administrative fee without further obligation on our part.


  • Our associate Expedition Cruise requests all passengers to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance including trip cancellation and mandatory medical evacuation and repatriation cover.

  • Our associate Expedition Cruise shall not be responsible for any injuries to persons (whether or not resulting in death) or damage or loss to property.

  • In case of a medical problem arising during the voyage, either on board or on shore, which results in costs for evacuation, use of aircraft or repatriation, the responsibility for payment of these costs belongs solely to the passenger and Our associate Expedition Cruise specifically decline any responsibility whatsoever (also if not covered by travel insurance).

Passenger Contract

  • The passenger must sign a passenger contract which constitutes the sole contract and his/her agreement to all the terms and conditions relative to the cruise. By accepting the cruise ticket the passenger also agrees to its terms & conditions.


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Disclaimer: We've tried to make the Antarctica Expedition Cruise information on this page as accurate as possible, but it is provided 'as is' and we accept no responsibility for any loss, injury or inconvenience sustained by anyone resulting from this information. You should verify critical information (like visas, health and safety, customs and transportation) with the relevant authorities before you travel.

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