Antarctica Peninsula Cruise
Ushuaia to Ushuaia
2017-2018

Overview:

Awesome, Amazing, Life-Changing. Experience Antarctica on an expedition cruise and discover a frosted wilderness of glistening white as far as the eye can see. Natural ice sculptures like enormous works of avant-garde art. This is the modern explorer’s final frontier. A place unlike anywhere else on earth where unique nature and wildlife species exist and in fact thrive despite the harsh climate. An Antarctic cruise will bring you through the wonders of the surreal landscape.

Marvel at calving glaciers and experience up-close encounters with marine mammals. During your Antarctica cruise, you will observe seals sunbathing on slow-moving ice floes, perfectly at ease in the company of visitors. Hear the cries of penguins multiplied by the thousands. Feel the unspeakable magnificence of a whale surfacing from beneath the frigid waters. Witness iceberg sculptures like enormous works of avant-garde art. Visit historic whaling sites. Encounter penguins, seals and possibly even whales in their natural habitat. Aboard 132-passenger Silver Explorer.

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2–3: Drake Passage
Day 4–8: Antarctic Peninsula
Day 9–10: Drake Passage Return
Day 11: Ushuaia, Argentina

**Early Booking Bonus on select departures: Save 10% if you book and pay in full by Feb. 28th, 2017

Interested in more information? Please contact Expedition Easy by telephone at 1-800-617-2319 or e-mail info@expeditioneasy.com.

Antarctica Peninsula Cruise
Ushuaia to Ushuaia
2017-2018

Day-By-Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
Departing from Buenos Aires, fly to Ushuaia and transfer to the port. Embark Silver Explorer and bid farewell to Tierra del Fuego, the ‘Land at the End of the World.’ This evening, after settling in and setting sail, you will be introduced to your Expedition Team.

Day 2–3: Drake Passage
The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward. When they meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Spend some time on deck watching the horizon and the variety of seabirds that glide in the air currents of our ship’s wake such as the black-browed albatross, sooty shearwaters and white-chinned petrels. Have your camera ready to capture the magical color of a midnight sunset.

As you set sail on the initial transit, familiarize yourself with the elegant Silver Explorer and the friendly Expedition Team members. Attend wildlife, geography and history discussions hosted by expert naturalists and guest lecturers that will prepare you for the exciting adventures that lie ahead. When available, visit the Bridge and meet the Captain and officers; information will be posted in the daily onboard newsletter.

Day 4–8: Antarctic Peninsula
While sailing to Antarctica, every turn can reveal a new and breathtaking adventure. As the pack ice becomes thicker, it’s apparent to everyone that we are moving closer into Antarctica’s vast white wilderness. Remote and otherworldly, Antarctica is irresistible for its spectacular iceberg sculptures and calving glaciers, and for the possibility of up-close encounters with marine mammals. Watch for seals sunbathing on slow-moving ice floes and for humpback, Minke, and orca whales to surface from below the frigid waters. Each day, Zodiac departure will be attempted, and, if conditions permit, cruise amidst colorful icebergs or step ashore to visit a variety of penguin rookeries and perhaps scientific research stations on complimentary excursions led by our team of natural history experts.

A flexible itinerary allows you to take advantage of favorable sea and weather conditions. In the true spirit of expedition cruising, each day the Expedition Leader and Captain will determine the best course depending on weather, ice conditions and wildlife that may be encountered. Here are some of the places that you may visit:

Aitcho Islands, South Shetland Islands (just off the Antarctic Peninsula at the entrance to the English Strait)
• As you step off the Zodiac to explore the island, it’s very likely you’ll be greeted by the locals…penguins! Penguin species here include gentoos and chinstraps. Other annual seabirds include the Southern giant petrels.
• While heading back to the ship, you may have company as a leopard seal or southern elephant seal follows alongside your group’s Zodiac.

Brown Bluff, Tabarin Peninsula (a 2,200-foot bluff on the Antarctic continent)
• Brown Bluff is an ice-capped, 745-metre-high, flat-topped mountain with a prominent cliff of reddish-brown volcanic rock.
• Adelie and gentoo penguins, kelp gulls, and pintado petrels use this as a breeding area.
• Birds such as the all-white snow petrel and skuas may be seen from a distance.
• As you explore the area, a Weddell seal may be seen basking in the sunlight.
• Wait long enough and you might see the Adelie penguins standing along the rocks, finally making their way into the surf.

Cuverville Island, Errera Channel
• The island was discovered by Gerlache’s Belgian Antarctic expedition of 1897–99, and was named for a vice admiral in the French navy.
• Large, bare rock areas provide nesting sites for gentoo penguins.
• Snow petrels and pintado petrels also may be seen whilst Wilson’s storm petrels nest in the higher scree of the island.
• During Zodiac tours, hauled-out Weddell and Antarctic fur seals may be seen.

Paradise Bay (on the Antarctic peninsula)
• The bay is well named for its spectacular scenery of mountains, glaciers and icebergs.
• From the ship, observe Argentina’s Base Brown, one of many Antarctic research stations.
• Here, you will actually set foot on the continent of Antarctica.
• View the wildlife from sea level while cruising in your Zodiac with one of our experienced Expedition Team members. There’s a good chance you’ll come across a crabeater seal relaxing on a nearby ice floe, or if you’re very lucky, your Zodiac driver may locate a pod of Minke whales.

Paulet Island
• As you arrive, the sight of Adelie penguins covering the entire island may well amaze you. The island is home to 80-90 thousand Adelies that come here to breed.
• On a nearby hill, view a massive colony of blue-eyed shags.
• Kelp gulls and snowy sheathbills are amongst the birds that breed on Paulet Island, and Wilson’s storm petrels are regularly seen.
• Listen as your Expedition Team guide tells of Otto Nordenskjold and his party that over-wintered on the island in 1912. Remnants of their hut still remain.
• If time permits, take a Zodiac cruise to view impossibly blue icebergs, Crater Lake and the Adelie penguins making themselves at home on the ice floes.

Petermann Island, Wilhelm Archipelago
• The island is named for German geographer August Petermann and was first discovered by a German expedition in 1873-74.
• The onboard Geologist will take the opportunity to point out various geological features such as the many basaltic dikes along the shoreline, and the more granite composition of the small summit, where rock surfaces show glacial polish and some glacial grooving.
• During our landing, we will be able to observe rookeries of Adelie penguins, gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags.

Pleneau Island, Wilhelm Archipelago
• Pleneau Island lies at the south end of the Lemaire Channel, and was first explored during Charcot’s 1903–05 French Antarctic Expedition. The island was named for the expedition’s photographer, Paul Pleneau.
• Amongst the common breeding birds are Gentoo Penguins, kelp gulls and south polar skuas.
• See the gentoo penguins during a landing and southern elephant seals that are often hauled-out in wallows.
• Enjoy spectacular glacial and ice scenery.

Port Foster, Whalers Bay (Deception Island)
• Deception Island is home to a collapsed volcano and an excellent example of a caldera where it is believed that the volcano’s summit collapsed with one section sinking far enough to allow the sea to flood the interior. We plan to sail inside this breached wall through a narrow entrance called Neptune’s Bellows.
• The resident geologist will take the opportunity to explain the unique volcanic features of the area while our historian will introduce you to the whaling history of Deception Island.
• Still visible on the island are the boilers used to make whale oil in the early 1900s.

Port Lockroy, Goudier Island
• The British built a listening station here during WWII, which was then used as a research station in the 1950s, and since 1962 as a museum and gift shop.
• Snowy sheathbills and gentoo penguins roam outside the museum.
• Perhaps sight a whale or two on your Zodiac cruise.

Day 9–10: Drake Passage Return
Navigating the return through the Drake Passage, watch for seabirds and wildlife we may have missed on the first trip. Take this opportunity to attend additional presentations offered by the Expedition Team lecturers and to swap photos with new friends as we travel towards Ushuaia.

Day 11: Ushuaia, Argentina
After breakfast, disembark Silver Explorer and transfer to Ushuaia International Airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires.

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions.

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Antarctica Peninsula Cruise
Ushuaia to Ushuaia
2017-2018

Rates:

February 16, 2017
Fares from $21,250 per person sharing

February 26, 2017
Fares from $11,450 per person sharing

December 08, 2017*
Fares from $11,450 per person sharing
*Early Booking Bonus: Fares from $10,305 per person sharing

February 15, 2018
Fares from $11,750 per person sharing
*Early Booking Bonus: Fares from $10,575 per person sharing

December 07, 2018
Fares From $11,450 per person sharing
*Early Booking Bonus: Fares from $10,305 per person sharing

*Please note an Air Charter Package for an additional charge is required for charter air service for voyages embarking and/or disembarking in Ushuaia include Economy Class charter air service between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia plus applicable transfers in Ushuaia between airport/pier.

Rates are approximate until the time of booking. Please note rates are subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Included:

– Onboard gratuities; complimentary beverages served throughout the ship, including fine wines, champagnes, spirits, beer, bottled water, specialty coffees and soft drinks; in-room bar and refrigerator stocked with your preferred beverage selections; complimentary 24-hour room service and in-suite dining served course-by-course from The Restaurant; complimentary shoreside events on select voyages; complimentary guided excursions ashore aboard Silver Explorer; complimentary transportation into town in most ports of call; aboard the Silver Explorer expedition ship: select suites have verandas or French balconies; production shows and in-suite dining are not offered.

Not Included:

– Airfare; optional hotel accommodation; transfers and luggage handling; fuel surcharges; optional shore excursions; meals ashore; accommodation while ashore; security surcharges; items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa treatments or purchases from the ship boutiques. Some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections, caviar, cigarettes and cigars are not included in your fare.

Deposit & Payments

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Expedition Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

Reservations

To reserve space on a trip on the Expedition Easy website, please contact Expedition Easy by telephone at 1-800-617-2319 or e-mail info@expeditioneasy.com.

February 16, 2017; February 26, 2017; December 8, 2017;
February 15, 2018; December 07, 2018