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Astounding Antarctica

Day 1: En route from U.S.
Day 2: Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 3: Ushuaia – Embarkation / Beagle Channel
Days 4-5: Drake Passage
Days 6-11: South Shetland Islands / Antarctic Peninsula
Days 12-13: Drake Passage
Day 14: Ushuaia – Disembarkation / Depart for U.S.

†NOTE: Travel time from/to U.S. may take up to two days depending on flight schedules.

Day 1: En route from U.S.†

Day 2: Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina
Welcome to Argentina, where you'll spend one night in the world's southernmost city before embarkation. Relax at the luxurious Arakur Ushuaia Resort and Spa—a contemporary, ecologically-renowned property offering a wide variety of amenities—located inside the Reserva Natural Cerro Alarken (Nature Reserve) in the shadow of Mount Alarken. From your room or the welcoming public spaces, embrace the stunning, panoramic views of natural rock terraces and native forests that surround you. If time permits, explore nearby Arroyo Grande Meadows or the Rio Chicco Waterfall, indulge in the hotel's infinity pool and hot tub, or lounge in the inviting lobby by the roaring fireplace.
Overnight: Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa

Day 3: Ushuaia – Embarkation / Beagle Channel
Explore Ushuaia or the nearby nature parks, then join the group transfer this afternoon to board your luxury vessel for this expedition, Sea Spirit. Settle into your stateroom, then get acquainted with fellow travelers as you sail through the Beagle Channel. Step out onto the viewing decks to embrace the passing scenery, and keep an eye out for immense icebergs and marine mammal activity.
Overnight: Sea Spirit (B,D)

Days 4-5: Drake Passage
Through today and tomorrow, sail south past the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago across the Drake Passage, named for 16th-century English privateer, Sir Francis Drake. This waterway marks the convergence of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern Oceans, and is the latter's biological boundary. Seabirds like the albatross are commonly spotted during this passage, so be sure to have a camera available while out on the viewing decks.
Overnight: Sea Spirit (B,L,D daily)

Days 6-11: South Shetland Islands / Antarctic Peninsula
Your experienced Captain will seek out the most opportune locations to spot marine life, dependent on weather and ice conditions. Longer daylight hours offer extended opportunities for wildlife viewing and Zodiac excursions. The water's cold environment is ideal for krill, and whale and seal species, and a plethora of penguin colonies—from gentoo and chinstrap, to adelie—who nest on land nearby. Glaciers and icebergs thousands of years old dot the landscape and provide an icy timeline of the area's history.

Deception Island, located at the northernmost point of the South Shetland Islands, is home to the flooded caldera of an active volcano, which severely damaged research stations in 1967 and 1969. Remains of abandoned whaling buildings and tanks can be still be seen. Throughout the voyage you may also see evidence of past and present polar exploration and scientific expeditions, including modern stations operated by several nations. Learn about explorers and their challenges and victories that make their stories so fascinating.

Continue south through Gerlache Strait, an area rich with sheltered bays filled with animal life and stunning scenery. Out on deck, watch for feeding whales, napping seals, and boisterous penguins.

Throughout your stay on the Peninsula, daily excursions ashore with the ship's expedition leaders and scientists provide the opportunity to explore the dramatic polar scenery, with millennia-old ice shelves, sheer cliff faces and permanent snow cover. Zodiac explorations of the wildlife-filled waters and plentiful penguin colonies will provide charming and memorable encounters with the locals. Optional sea kayaking and overnight polar camping, plus a variety of other activities provide opportunities to discover all that this remarkable area has to offer, all at the pace you choose. Returning to the ship each evening, enjoy the ship's hot tub, or a drink in the lounge with fellow guests before adjourning to the ship's dining room for a hearty and delicious dinner combined with tales of the day's adventures from fellow travelers.
Overnight: Sea Spirit (B,L,D daily)

Days 12-13: Drake Passage
The journey returns north-bound back through Drake Passage. Join your travel companions indoors for a variety of nature presentations and lively accounts of experiences during the expedition, or enjoy the ship's various recreation facilities. Take advantage of the last days at sea to capture the panoramic beauty of the Antarctic from the Sea Spirit's outdoor viewing areas.

During the final evening on board, enjoy a special farewell cocktail featuring the ship and crew's End of Voyage ceremonies.
Overnight: Sea Spirit (B,L,D daily)

Day 14: Ushuaia – Disembarkation / Depart for U.S.
After breakfast, guests departing during the suggested times take the complimentary transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)

†NOTE: Travel time from/to U.S. may take up to two days depending on flight schedules.

The Expedition Leader and Captain will aim to follow an intended itinerary and landing schedule for this program. They will adhere to this as much as possible; however, weather, ice, and safety conditions may necessitate changes. For this reason and in the interest of everyone’s safety, the Captain and Expedition Leader must reserve the right to change the itinerary or cancel planned activities at any time. When changing the itinerary or landing schedule, the Expedition Leader will choose the best alternative route and landings. All decisions are made openly and shared fully with the passengers.

*Itinerary subject to change

Activity Level:

Moderate

This program offers a variety of activities, including Zodiac rides, typically not strenuous for guests with average mobility. We expect that guests be sure-footed on stairs and ramps, and be able to walk on uneven and slippery ground. Guests should also be comfortable managing landings on various terrain and boarding small vessels, both from shore and the deck of the Sea Spirit. Ship staff will assist guests during each landing. Walking poles will be available for use.