Best of Antarctica
DURATION:12 Days/ 11 NightsREGION:AntarcticaSHIP:Sea Spirit
This classic 12-day voyage to Antarctica departs from Ushuaia, Argentina. The air gets colder and daylight grows longer as you head south across the infamous Drake Passage, accompanied by albatross. Your first sighting of the White Continent is the South Shetland Islands, historically significant and rich with iconic Antarctic wildlife.
Your time in the Antarctic Peninsula region focuses on the Gerlache Strait area, where towering mountains, immense glaciers, and blue icebergs create a picture-perfect setting for incredible penguin and marine mammal encounters. This is an authentic expedition in a wilderness of epic proportions.
We have multiple departure dates for this cruise. Select a year and month to view itineraries for alternative departure dates.
Operated by: Poseidon Expeditions
The ice-strengthened, all-suite expedition ship Sea Spirit was built in 1991 in Italy and was fully refurbished in mid 2017, bringing a fresh new design to all cabins and common areas. A migratory ship, she follows the sun in the polar regions, offering Arctic cruises from March to September and Antarctic expeditions during the southern hemisphere summer. With suites accommodating a total of just 114 passengers (the smallest suite being generously proportioned at 20 sqm.), nimble maneuverability and a friendly atmosphere, Sea Spirit is built for adventure. All suites have private facilities and exterior views. Some of the suites feature private balconies for enjoying fantastic landscapes of the Arctic and Antarctica.
An ice-strengthened hull (rated at ice-level 1D), a fleet of rubber inflatable boats for landings (10 Zodiacs), experienced maritime and expedition teams, and retractable fin-stabilisers for smoother sailing make your polar cruise more enjoyable.
The following additional options may be added to your cruise.
Sea Kayak Club
Antarctica is a paddlers paradise. The White Continent boasts some of the world's most impressive landscapes and is home to incredible marine wildlife. Sea Kayak Club members will have the opportunity to paddle through tranquil waters filled with glittering icebergs and porpoising penguins while surrounded by magnificent glaciers and mountains. The protected and picturesque waters of the Antarctic Peninsula offer the best sea kayaking opportunities in Antarctica.
If you're looking for an unforgettable way to expand your experience on the White Continent, then Antarctica Camping may be the perfect choice for you. This optional activity is your unique opportunity to meet Antarctica on its own terms by spending a night out on the snow and ice! Camping is a great way to immerse yourself in Antarctica. As the sun slowly sets you can unwind and let your senses fully absorb the awesome sights and mysterious sounds of this legendary wilderness. Spend the night watching the drama of endlessly changing light upon the landscape. Build a snowman or capture that perfect photo. Whatever joy Antarctica holds for you, you can take the time to experience it fully on your Antarctica Camping night. Gain lasting memories, undeniable bragging rights, and a new appreciation for your warm bed back on the ship. Please contact us for availability as this is a popular option.
The Polar Regions are perhaps the most photogenic on earth, with countless beautiful scenes presenting themselves every day. Endless expanses of ice, beaches crowded with seals or penguins, sunsets over unbroken horizons, starlit skies, and even the majestic northern lights – they all present fantastic photographic opportunities – and in order to make sure that you come home with some spectacular images Poseidon Expeditions offers you the chance to learn and practice your photography alongside an experienced professional. The expert Photographer will be on hand to answer your questions and give advice, both in the form of onboard lectures and workshops on shore. Explore the key elements of photography in a fun and relaxed setting, with plenty of opportunities for questions and feedback. Learn how to see light in a new way and experiment with the techniques of composition and framing.
Your cruise price includes:
- 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia
- Group transfers from the airport to the hotel in Ushuaia in a day prior to departure
- Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
- Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation in Ushuaia
- Shipboard accommodations
- All scheduled landings/excursions
- Leadership throughout the voyage by experienced Expedition Leader and Expedition Team
- All meals on board throughout the voyage
- Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
- Welcome and Farewell cocktails
- Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
- Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka
- All port fees
- Pre-departure materials
- Digital Voyage Log
Your cruise price does not include:
- Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
- Travel Insurance (highly recommended - ask us for a quote today)
- Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations
- Personal expenses such as laundry and onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service)
- Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of USD 150,000 (ask us for details about an appropriate policy)
- Staff gratuities
- Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses
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Please note: This cruise is sold in AUD
The itinerary, landings and all other activities during the cruise depend strongly on ice and weather conditions and are subject to the decisions of the Expedition Leader and the Captain of the vessel and may be changed without notice. Encounters with any mentioned wildlife cannot be guaranteed.
** 13 February 2018 and 15 December 2018 departures are 13 nights in duration (one additional night) **
Single travellers may request sole use subject to the following single supplements: 1.7 for Main Deck and Classic, Superior Suite; 2.0 for Deluxe, Premium and Owner's Suite.