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Astounding Antarctica

Day 1: En Route from U.S.
Day 2: Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 3: Ushuaia – Embarkation
Days 4-5: Drake Passage
Days 6-9: South Shetland Islands / Antarctic Peninsula
Days 10-11: Drake Passage
Day 12: 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. If time permits, explore nearby Arroyo Grande Meadows or the Rio Chico Waterfall.
Overnight: Albatros Hotel

Day 3: Ushuaia – Embarkation
Explore Ushuaia or the nearby nature parks, then join the group transfer this afternoon to board your contemporary vessel, Ocean Adventurer, for this expedition. 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: Ocean Adventurer (B,D)

Days 4-5: Drake Passage
Through today and tomorrow, sail south 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: Ocean Adventurer (B,L,D daily)

Days 6-9: 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 Adélie—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.

Throughout your stay on the Peninsula, daily excursions ashore with the ship's expedition team and scientists provide the opportunity to explore the dramatic polar scenery, with millennia-old ice shelves, sheer cliff faces and permanent snow cover. Plentiful penguin colonies will provide charming and memorable encounters. 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. For the ultra-adventurous, brave the frigid waters during an optional polar plunge—a true rite of passage and a bucket-list item for any Antarctic expedition.

After each day's adventures, perhaps enjoy 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: Ocean Adventurer (B,L,D daily)

Days 10-11: Drake Passage
The journey returns north-bound back through the Drake Passage. Join your travel companions indoors for a variety of educational presentations and lectures, and lively accounts of experiences during the expedition, or enjoy the ship's various recreational facilities. Take advantage of the last days at sea to capture the panoramic beauty of the Southern Ocean from the Ocean Adventurer'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: Ocean Adventurer (B,L,D daily)

Day 12: 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: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition team must allow the sea, the ice, and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a polar expedition.

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

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, R = Reception
(Itinerary subject to change.)

Activity Level:

Moderate

This program offers a variety of activities, including Zodiac cruises, 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 Ocean Adventurer. Ship staff will assist guests during each landing. Walking poles will be available for use.