Antarctica Discovery

Antarctica Discovery

Join fellow travelers for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to experience the boundless beauty and pristine vastness of Antarctica. This remote continent and its precarious waterways have hosted some of the most courageous explorers in history and have been the scenes of both triumph and tragedy since Captain Cook first sailed the region in 1773.

Embark from Ushuaia, Argentina, and cruise through the Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands amid the Antarctic Peninsula—exploring the dramatic landscapes and remarkable wildlife that call this continent home. Trek through penguin rookeries, observe vast flocks of seabirds, learn about Antarctic ice conditions and discover the sites of both past and present scientific expeditions.

Your expedition vessel for this amazing journey is the modern, 140-guest World Explorer, a nimble craft designed specifically for polar cruising—with large cabins, exceptional amenities, and a knowledgeable and friendly crew. Carefully selected specifically for this program, her small size provides the ability and agility to maneuver narrow channels and access bays that are closed to bigger vessels. Not only is it among the fastest ship it its fleet, but it’s also one of the finest, with six tiers of deluxe accommodations.

Throughout this program, enjoy the company and keen insights of expert expedition guides, scientists, and lecturers. And take advantage of the ship’s impressive amenities, including a heated outdoor swimming pool, spa, gym, lounges, and bar and restaurant.

Trip Itinerary:

January 27 En Route from U.S.

January 28 Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina

Welcome to Argentina, where you'll spend one night in the world's southernmost city before embarkation. Unwind in a privileged location located within the Cerro Alarkén Natural Reserve and delight in stunning panoramic views of natural beauty. If time permits, explore nearby Arroyo Grande Meadows or the Rio Chico Waterfall.

Later today, gather with the group for an informative program briefing.
Overnight: Las Hayas Ushuaia Resort

January 29 Ushuaia – Embarkation

Explore Ushuaia or the nearby nature parks at leisure before joining the group transfer this afternoon to board the modern and luxurious vessel, World Explorer, for this expedition. Settle into your stateroom, and then get acquainted with fellow travelers as you sail through the Beagle Channel. Step out onto the viewing decks to embrace the passing scenery, and keep an eye out for immense icebergs and marine mammal activity.
Overnight: World Explorer (B,R,D)

January 30 Drake Passage

- Through today and tomorrow, sail south across the Drake Passage—named for 16th-century English privateer, Sir Francis Drake. This waterway marks the convergence of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern Oceans and is the latter's biological boundary. Seabirds, such as the albatross, are commonly spotted during this passage, so be sure to have a camera available while on the viewing decks. Engage with fellow like-minded travelers while learning about Antarctica with informative lectures and safety briefings. Gear up for fun and adventure to come by receiving jackets and boots with the group and sharing a welcome cocktail with the captain.
Overnight: World Explorer (B,L,D daily)

January 31 Drake Passage

February 1 South Shetland Islands / Antarctic Peninsula

- Your experienced captain will seek the most opportune locations to spot marine life, dependent on weather and ice conditions. Longer daylight hours offer extended opportunities for wildlife viewing and Zodiac excursions. The water's cold environment is ideal for krill, whales, seals and a plethora of penguin colonies —from gentoo and chinstrap, to Adélie—who nest on land nearby. Glaciers and icebergs thousands of years old dot the landscape and provide an icy timeline of the area's history.

Deception Island, located at the northernmost point of the South Shetland Islands, is home to the flooded caldera of an active volcano, which severely damaged research stations in 1967 and 1969. Remains of abandoned whaling buildings and tanks still can be seen. Throughout the voyage, you also may see evidence of past and present polar exploration and scientific expeditions, including modern stations operated by several nations. Learn about the explorers, along with the challenges and the victories that make their stories so fascinating.

Throughout your stay on the peninsula, daily excursions ashore with the ship's expedition team and scientists provide the opportunity to explore the dramatic polar scenery to see millennia-old ice shelves, sheer cliff faces, and permanent snow cover. Plentiful penguin colonies will provide charming and memorable encounters. Optional sea kayaking choices, plus a variety of other activities, provide opportunities to discover all that this remarkable area has to offer at a pace you choose. For the ultra-adventurous, brave the frigid waters during an optional polar plunge—a true rite of passage and a bucket-list item for any Antarctic expedition.

At each day's end, perhaps enjoy a drink in the lounge with fellow guests before adjourning to the ship's dining room for a hearty and delicious dinner. Take advantage of the long days of Antarctica's summer recapping memorable moments with shipmates, soaking in one of two hot tubs on deck, or swimming in the heated pool.
Overnight: World Explorer (B,L,D daily)

February 2 South Shetland Islands / Antarctic Peninsula

February 3 South Shetland Islands / Antarctic Peninsula

February 4 South Shetland Islands / Antarctic Peninsula

February 5 Drake Passage

- The journey returns north-bound back through the Drake Passage. Join your travel companions indoors to enjoy educational presentations and lectures, lively accounts of expedition experiences or the ship's recreational facilities. Take advantage of the last days at sea to capture the panoramic beauty of the Southern Ocean from the World Explorer's outdoor viewing areas.

During the final evening on board, enjoy a special farewell cocktail, featuring the ship and crew's End of Voyage ceremonies. Celebrate with a toast to commemorate the accomplishment of touring this last remote frontier both responsibly and with style.
Overnight: World Explorer (B,L,D daily)

February 6 Drake Passage

February 7 Ushuaia – Disembarkation / Depart for U.S.

After breakfast, guests departing during the suggested times take the complimentary transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)

†Travel time from/to U.S. may take up to two days depending on flight schedules.

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