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Spirit of Antarctica aboard the Greg Mortimer

A visit to the Antarctic Peninsula offers you a unique insight into a world of haunting beauty, along with unsurpassed wildlife viewing opportunities. This cruise includes regular landings on zodiacs where we walk among the multitude of penguin rookeries and seal colonies in the vicinity of Deception Island, Gerlache Strait, Paradise Bay and the Lemaire Channel. Accompanied by naturalist guide we explore the many sheltered bays and fjords of the region, whilst our time at sea is spent looking for whales, identifying numerous sea-birds and participating in informative lectures. For the more adventurous opportunities to kayak, climb, snorkel or ski are also available on this voyage. Time permitting we hope to include visits to scientific stations and historical sites which brings an understanding of the adventurous nature of the early Antarctic explorers.

Inclusions

11 breakfast, 9 lunches and 10 dinners
Comfortable cabin accommodation and use of all public areas on cruise
Specialist expedition staff
One night hotel accommodation in Ushuaia pre voyage (twin share)
All shore excursions from the ship including the use of Zodiacs
Lectures, videos, slide and film shows and guide services
Medical services (there is a resident medical officer and infirmary on board)
Port taxes and port charges imposed by government authorities
Pre-departure information
Complimentary Polar Expedition Jacket
Keepsake Photo Book (one per booking) created from photography taken during your voyage
Hightlights
The most wildlife-rich part of Antarctica - penguins, whales, seals, sea birds
Narrow sheltered waterways and fjords
Spectacular mountains rising directly out of the sea
Historic sites
Active scientific stations
Great variety of terrain over short distances
Icebergs and active glaciers
Kayaking through Antarctic waters (optional charges applies)
Ski Touring and snowshoeing options available (optional charges applies)
Camping & photography workshops (optional free of charge)
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
12
Price From
AUD $9,900
Start Location
Ushuaia, Antarctica
End Location
Antarctica
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
1 to 120
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
30 Oct 201910 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $9,900
09 Nov 201920 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $9,900
19 Nov 201930 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $9,900
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
Join in Ushuaia and transfer (off selected flights) to the group hotel for overnight accommodation in a twin share room.
Day 2
This morning is at leisure to explore Ushuaia and mid afternoon we will board the Greg Mortimer and settle in. Early evening we set sail down the Beagle Channel and enjoy our welcome dinner aboard the ship.
Days 3-5
Some of us will approach this historic crossing with more than a little trepidation. But despite its reputation, there are many times when the Drake Passage resembles a lake, with lazy Southern Ocean swells rolling under the keel. On the other hand, we sometimes encounter rough crossings with large waves. The size of the waves and the force of the gale will take on gigantic proportions when related around the fire back home. The mood on board is definitely casual. A favourite pastime is to stand at the stern deck watching the many seabirds, including majestic albatrosses and giant petrels, following in our wake, skillfully using the air currents created by the ship to gain momentum. During our Drake crossing, we will commence our lecture program about the wildlife, geology, history and geography of the Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctica is a photographers' paradise, for the professional and amateur alike. There will be discussions about how to protect your equipment from salt water, and tips about taking good pictures. Nearing the tip of the Peninsula towards the end of day three, excitement reaches fever pitch with everyone on the bridge watching for our first iceberg. The ocean takes on a whole new perspective once we are below the Antarctic Convergence and are surrounded by the surreal presence of floating ice sculptures. The memory of your first big iceberg sighting is likely to remain with you forever.
Days 6-9
The passage along Gerlache Strait delivers us to the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. Aboard robust Zodiacs, we explore penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific stations. Zodiac cruising brings us close to intricately shaped icebergs and seals basking on ice fls. Dwarfed by massive bergs, kayakers glide into secluded bays. We focus on immersing ourselves in nature, spontaneity and flexibility enhancing our enjoyment. Bubble-netting humpbacks demand a wake-up call, even at midnight! A curious leopard seal cruising amongst spectacular icebergs may mean postponing lunch. A host of choices are now open to us, and depending on the ice and weather conditions. Our experienced leaders, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use this expertise to design our voyage from day to day. This allows us to make best use of the prevailing weather and ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. As we are so far south, we will experience approximately 20 hours' daylight. There is plenty of time for sleep when you get home..... ! To get ashore we will use Zodiacs (inflatable rubber boats). Sometimes we will cruise along spectacular ice cliffs, or follow whales that are feeding near the surface.
Days 10-11
Time to head back to Tierra del Fuego, with lectures and videos to complete our Antarctic education. This is a time for reflection and discussion about our many experiences with shipboard friends. As we approach the tip of South America, our Captain will sail close to legendary Cape Horn, weather conditions permitting.
Day 12
During the early morning we will cruise up the Beagle Channel, before quietly slipping into dock in Ushuaia. It is a busy time, with people saying farewell to our crew and to fellow passengers, who have shared the intensity of exploring this magnificent white wilderness. We will head off in our different directions, hopefully with a newfound sense of the immense power of nature.