Antarctica travelers in jackets of various bright colors sit in a Zodiac as it cruises amongst icebergs on a sunny day.
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Sleeping bags in bivvy sacks at sunset lay atop Antarctica's snow-covered landscape with a small ship in the background.
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Polar Regions Antarctica Cruise

Antarctic Peninsula Cruise

Focusing strictly on the Antarctic Peninsula, this cruise is a comprehensive introduction to the White Continent. Sail directly to “High Antarctica,” passing the Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. Set foot on the Antarctic continent alongside penguins, seals, snow and ice, and be one of the lucky few to have done so.

Learn from expert guides how the Antarctic Peninsula is the southern continuation of the mountain chain that runs from North America through South America into the Scotia Sea, continuing as a sub-marine ridge, the Scotia Ridge, until it comes above sea-level at the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. With dramatic scenery and icy solitude, the Antarctica Peninsula never fails to stun visitors with icebergs, glaciers, high mountains and abundant yet tame wildlife. Possible stopping points include Danco Island, Neko Harbour, Paradise Bay, Pléneau Island, Petermann Island and Wilhelmina Bay.

Antarctica’s history of discovery runs parallel to that of the South Shetland Islands, where exploitation was the major force behind early explorations. Today, the Antarctic Peninsula is protected by the Antarctic Treaty, which has been signed by 46 countries. The signatory parties have agreed to abstain for 50 years from recognizing, disputing or establishing territorial sovereignty claims. The parties also agreed to set aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve, established freedom of scientific investigation and banned military activity on the continent. 

The Antarctic Peninsula itinerary cruises over 10 days aboard sister ships 170-guest M/V Hondius and M/V Janssonius, both expedition ships that allow you to experience Antarctica in a hands-on way with opportunities to participate in citizen science and learn from photography workshops. Optional activities for select departures include camping, kayaking and polar diving (all at additional cost) with advanced reservations required as space is limited. Enjoy included activities such as hiking, snowshoeing and Zodiac rides, and experience the continent’s rich wildlife and learn its history from experienced naturalists and guides on board. The Antarctic Peninsula cruise is the quintessential Antarctica voyage—experience the wonder!

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Antarctica cruises and trips to Antarctica.



Itinerary

Antarctica - Discovery and Learning Voyage Itinerary

The 10-day Antarctic Peninsula Cruise begins and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina, and explores the Antarctic Peninsula in depth.

Route map of Antarctic Peninsula small ship expedition cruise, operating round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, with visits to various sites in Antarctica.
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Day 1
Embark Ushuaia, Argentina

In the afternoon, embark in the small resort town of Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world nicknamed “The End of the World.” Sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.

Accommodations

Hondius, Janssonius

Meals

dinner

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Days 2 - 3
Drake Passage

During these two days on the Drake Passage, enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first chartered these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence—Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas—the ship is in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Watch for changing marine and avian life, including possible sightings of wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels and Antarctic petrels.

Accommodations

Hondius, Janssonius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 4 - 7
Antarctic Peninsula

Sail past gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically different wildlife below and above, passing the snow-capped Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. While here, time will be optimized to experience the best of everything. Sites that may be visited include the following: Danco Island in the Errera Channel, where activities may be focused around the gentoo penguins nesting high on the island as well as Weddell and crabeater seals that may be on and around the island. Neko Harbour, an epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow, offers opportunities for a Zodiac cruise and landing to afford the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks. Paradise Bay with its myriad icebergs, provides chances to see humpback and minke whales from the Zodiac.

If the ice allows, the ship may sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pléneau and Petermann Island, for possible sightings of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags, with more opportunities to encounter humpback and minke whales, as well as leopard seals. After sailing north through Gerlache Strait, arrive at Wilhelmina Bay, another great place to watch for humpback whales. Embark on a Zodiac cruise if conditions allow, ending at the wreck of Guvernøren, an old whaling vessel that caught fire here in 1915. Around Melchior Islands, amidst a beautiful landscape with icebergs, more opportunities exist to encounter whales, leopard seals and crabeater seals. Depart from the Peninsula when weather and sea conditions on the Drake Passage are predicted as favorable.

Accommodations

Hondius, Janssonius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 8 - 9
Drake Passage

On the way north, a vast array of seabirds follow the ship while crossing the Drake Passage.

Accommodations

Hondius, Janssonius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Disembark Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in the morning and disembark in Ushuaia.

Accommodations

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Meals

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary; all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea; all shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac; program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff; free use of rubber boots and snowshoes; luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation in Ushuaia; pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation); all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; comprehensive pre-departure material.

Exclusions

Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post-land arrangements; transfers to the vessel in Ushuaia; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (mandatory); optional activities; excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges; customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Antarctic Peninsula Cruise begins and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina (USH). Embarkation time is between 4:00 and 5:00pm on day of departure. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. The ship sails around 6:00pm on day of departure. Disembarkation is after breakfast on final day between 8:30 and 9:00am. Plan flights to depart Ushuaia anytime after noon on the final day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Various optional activities may be available on your Antarctic Peninsula cruise. The following table details what activities may be available on each departure and their per-person cost for the 2021-22 & 2022-23 seasons. Key: (K) kayaking $450 (2021-22) or $475 (2022-23) (14 persons max); (C) camping $195 (2021-22) or $210 (2022-23) (30 persons max); (D) polar diving $480 (2021-22) or $520 (2022-23) depending on voyage; (S) snowshoeing and hiking are included (2-3 hours or longer). Please contact AdventureSmith for details on which activities are available on your specific departure date and to reserve space with your booking.

2021-22 Season:
Dec 14 – Dec 23, 2021 – Janssonius – C, K, S
Dec 15 – Dec 24, 2021 – Hondius – C, K, S
Jan 03 – Jan 12, 2022 – Hondius – C, K, S
Jan 22 – Jan 31, 2022 – Hondius – C, K, S
Feb 10 – Feb 19, 2022 – Hondius – C, K
Mar 15 – Mar 24, 2022 – Janssonius – D

2022-23 Season:
Nov 26 – Dec 05, 2022 – Janssonius – C, K, S
Dec 04 – Dec 13, 2022 – Hondius – C, K, S
Dec 05 – Dec 14, 2022 – Janssonius – C, K, S
Dec 14 – Dec 23, 2022 – Janssonius – C, K, S
Mar 16 – Mar 25, 2023 – Janssonius – D

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x the per-person Twin or Superior listed rates. Single travelers wishing to book on a “sharing basis” may do so at no additional cost in Twin, Triple or Quadruple categories upon availability.

Families & Children

Upon request, children under 16 years old traveling with parents may receive 40% discount in Grand Suite, Superior, Triple (sharing with 2 parents/adults) and Quadruple Cabins (sharing with 3 parents/adults). Some voyages may be excluded.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $100,000 per person. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Antarctica expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Dec 14 - Dec 23, 2021
Janssonius • 10 days
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From $6650USD
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Dec 15 - Dec 24, 2021
Hondius • 10 days
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Jan 03 - Jan 12, 2022
Hondius • 10 days
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From $7300USD
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Jan 22 - Jan 31, 2022
Hondius • 10 days
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Feb 10 - Feb 19, 2022
Hondius • 10 days
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Mar 15 - Mar 24, 2022
Janssonius • 10 days
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From $5950USD
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Nov 26 - Dec 05, 2022
Janssonius • 10 days
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From $6900USD
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Dec 04 - Dec 13, 2022
Hondius • 10 days
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Dec 05 - Dec 14, 2022
Janssonius • 10 days
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Dec 14 - Dec 23, 2022
Janssonius • 10 days
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Mar 16 - Mar 25, 2023
Janssonius • 10 days
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Learn About the Small Ships on Your Itinerary

Expedition Ship
Hondius

The 170-guest M/V Hondius was built exclusively for cruises in Antarctica and the Arctic. She is one of the strongest ice-strengthened vessels currently cruising in the polar regions.

Expedition Ship
Janssonius

The 170-guest M/V Janssonius is being built exclusively for polar cruises in Antarctica and the Arctic. View ship info and a review from the experts at AdventureSmith Explorations.

Testimonials

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"We Could Not Have Been More Thrilled"

This trip to Antarctica was our Honeymoon and we could not have been more thrilled. I would do it 100 times again because it is worth it to see Antarctica. The travel arrangements that we made through Adventuresmith were incredibly informative and timely and KIND with all responses. Overall, an amazing trip that I recommend to every and anyone considering it!

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Each and every landing was unique. My husband and I enjoyed not just every one but their frequency as well.

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