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11-Day Emperor Penguin Voyage in the Weddell Sea

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Itinerary

Day 1 : Embark from Ushuaia

Visiting: Ushuaia

This afternoon, make your way to the port and board the ship. We embark from Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

*** Please note that we strongly recommend you fly into Ushuaia the day before your expedition and overnight. There are a number of 3-star and higher properties to choose from.

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  • Ship: M/V Ortelius

Day 2 : Sailing the Drake's Passage / At Sea

Visiting: South Atlantic

During the next two days, we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black- browed Albatrosses, Light- mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilsonís Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Ship: M/V Ortelius

Day 3 : Sailing the Drake's Passage / At Sea

Visiting: South Atlantic

Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs. The chances are good that we see the South Shetland Islands in the evening of day 3 steering past Nelson Island through Nelson Strait in order to reach King George Island. The South Shetland Islands are windswept and often hide in the fog. There are a wide variety of flora to see (mosses, lichens and flowering grasses) and fauna (Gentoo Penguins, Chinstrap penguins, and giant petrels) to admire.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Ship: M/V Ortelius

Day 4 : Enter Weddell Sea if accessible

Visiting: Weddell Sea

A typical itinerary in the Weddell Sea could be as follows. This is a sample only, the final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board.

We will sail into the Weddell Sea and if the Antarctic Sound is accessible and the ice does not prevent us to sail further, we might see the huge tabular icebergs that announce our arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. We plan to offer an Antarctic Continent landing at Brown Bluff.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Ship: M/V Ortelius

Day 5 : Weddell Sea - Helicopters to Emperor Penguins

Visiting: Weddell Sea

The use of helicopters has a great advantage and can support us in our goal to reach the Emperor penguin colony, but the itinerary is ruled by the forces of nature, ice and weather conditions. If the conditions are favorable, we intend to spend the first two days in the Emperor Penguin rookery. The helicopter operation will take a full day and the flight duration takes approximately 15 minutes. The helicopter can accommodate 6 passengers per helicopter flight. The landing point of the helicopters will be carefully chosen and we will make sure that the Emperors are not disturbed or stressed by helicopter noise. Therefore, after arrival, the passengers continue their expedition on foot. After a walk of approx. 45 minutes, passengers will experience one of the greatest moments in their life, a rendezvous with the magnificent Emperor Penguins.

Keep in mind that we are in the world's most remote area and there are no guarantees, including a specific amount of helicopter time. Conditions may change rapidly, having its impact on the helicopter operation and passengers should understand and accept this. Safety is our greatest concern and no compromises can be made.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Ship: M/V Ortelius

Day 6 : Weddell Sea - Helicopters to Emperor Penguins

Visiting: Weddell Sea

A second day of visiting the Emperor Penguins.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Ship: M/V Ortelius

Day 7 : Weddell Sea - Devil Island, Vega Island, or Hope Bay

Visiting: Weddell Sea

If conditions were favourable on both day 5 and 6 and we have successfully visited the Emperor Penguins, we may decide to visit Devil Island, Vega Island or Hope Bay. If we have not reached the Emperor Penguin colony on one or two of the previous days, we will try again offering ship-to-shore helicopter flights to Snow Hill Island.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Ship: M/V Ortelius

Day 8 : Explore Antarctica

Visiting: Antarctica

In the morning we plan to visit Half Moon Island where we can see Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins, various other bird-species and Southern Elephant Seals and Weddell seals.

Early in the afternoon we will sail to Deception where we have the last landing of our voyage at Pendulum cove.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Ship: M/V Ortelius

Day 9 : Sailing the Drake's Passage / At Sea

Visiting: South Atlantic

On our way north, we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Ship: M/V Ortelius

Day 10 : Sailing the Drake's Passage / At Sea

Visiting: South Atlantic

At Sea.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Ship: M/V Ortelius

Day 11 : Disembark in Ushuaia

Visiting: Ushuaia

We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.

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