Cruise to Antarctica (Antarpply)

The Antarctica Cruise aboard the MV USHUAIA offers you an incredible introduction to the ‘White Continent’ at an affordable price.

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Description

Antarpply Expeditions

This is the ideal Antarctic cruise if you are looking for a more economical option. This expedition includes the most spectacular attractions of the Antarctic Peninsula.

What includes

  • Cabin category
  • Full board on the boat
  • Excursion and landings in Antarctica.

Not include

  • Airplane tickets
  • Travel insurance.
  • Extra and personal expenses.
  • Tips.

Itinerary

Board in the afternoon and meet your expedition staff and speakers. After getting comfortable in your cabin, we will navigate the famous Beagle Channel, through the Mackinlay Pass.
Named after the famous explorer Sir Francis Drake navigated these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage is the framework of the Antarctic Convergence, a natural biological barrier where the cold polar waters submerge under the warmer waters of the north. This generates a large amount of nutrients, which sustain the biodiversity of this region.
The Drake Passage also marks the northern limit for many Antarctic seabirds. As we navigate through the passage, our staff will be with you outside on deck to assist you in identifying the huge variety of seabirds, including the albatrosses that follow the USHUAIA.
The “open bridge” on-board policy will allow you to accompany our officers on the bridge and learn some aspects of sailing, whale watching or just enjoying the view. A full conference program will be waiting for you.
The first snow-capped mountains and mountains indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands, an archipelago of 20 islands and islets discovered in 1819 by Captain William Smith with his brig Williams. If the conditions in the Drake Passage were favorable, on the third day our expedition staff will accompany you on the first landing and you will experience the fascinating encounter with penguins and seals.
The South Shetland Islands are teeming with wildlife. Vast colonies of penguins, beaches ruled by Antarctic sea lions and southern elephant seals, make every day in this group of islands unforgettable. Navigating the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island is truly amazing.

King George Island is the largest island in the South Shetland Islands and is characterized by colonies of Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguin, Kelp Gull, Imperial Cormorant, Antarctic Tern, and Southern Giant Petrel. There are also scientific bases from different countries. Chinstrap penguins, gentoo penguins, as well as elephant seals, await you on Livingston Island.

Learning about the remarkable history of the Antarctic Peninsula will thrill you in a way comparable to how early explorers did. You will have enough time to explore its incredible landscape, a pristine desert of snow, ice, mountains and waterways, and the incredible wide variety of wildlife. In addition to penguins and seabirds, you can also see Crabeater, Weddell and leopard seals up close, as well as humpback, Minke and killer whales.

We hope to navigate some of the most beautiful channels always depending on the ice conditions: the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel and the Lemaire Channel are narrow passages between towering rocks and spectacular glaciers. We plan to do at least two shore excursions per day.

The sites for such excursions may also include:
Bahía Paraíso, literally the best named place in the world, is where we will try to make a proper descent to the continent. After crossing the iceberg-covered waters of the Antarctic Strait, we hope to visit the active colonies of Adélie penguins (more than 100,000 pairs breed here) and imperial cormorants on Paulet Island. The Nordenskjöld expedition built a stone shelter here in 1903; ruins that today have been invaded by penguin nests.

Other possible explorations could take us to the Melchior Islands, Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbor, Pléneau Island, and if the ice conditions allow it, to Petermann Island to visit the southernmost colony of Gentoo penguin.


We will leave the Antarctic Peninsula and head north, crossing the Drake Passage. Join our lecturers and naturalists on deck in the search for seabirds and whales, and enjoy some of the final lectures. Take the time to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures of the last few days on the way back to Ushuaia.
We arrive in Ushuaia early in the morning, where you will disembark after breakfast.

Note:
The itinerary described above is only a guide. Our exact route and schedule may vary in order to take the best advantage of the local climate, ice conditions, and wildlife viewing opportunities. Changes will be made by the captain and expedition leader to facilitate the best results from the prevailing conditions. A daily program will be published on board. Flexibility is the key to success.

Description of the Cruise to Antarctica

The Expedition Model : Antarpply Expeditions offers exciting cruises to Antarctica and the South Shetland Islands, including itineraries that take in the historic South Georgia region. Their cruises to Antarctica provide a complete experience, with a focus on exploration, nature and history.

Explore Antarctica : Antarctica cruises aboard the USHUAIA allow travelers to explore some of the most stunning and remote areas of the planet. With itineraries that cross the famous Drake Passage and reach the Antarctic Peninsula, passengers can experience the region’s unique biodiversity, including vast colonies of penguins, seals and whales.

Cruise to Antarctica - MV Usuaia

The USHUAIA expedition ship : The USHUAIA is a ship specially equipped for cruises to Antarctica, with spacious decks and an open bridge policy. Originally built for NOAA (North American Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Agency), it was refurbished for passengers and offers all the amenities necessary for a successful cruise to Antarctica:

  • Capacity : Up to 90 passengers
  • Cabins : 46 cabins and suites, all with ample luggage space
  • Facilities : Restaurant, bar, observation room, conference room, library and infirmary
  • Equipment : Zodiacs for landings and exploration of inaccessible areas.

Cabin categories

  • Suites : With windows on the upper deck, private bathroom, living room, TV and DVD player.
  • Superior : Cabins with windows and private bathroom, located on the upper deck.
  • Premier : Twin cabins with windows and private bathroom.
  • Standard Plus : Twin cabins with portholes or windows and private bathroom.
  • Standard : Twin cabins with porthole and shared bathroom.

Itineraries and rates : Antarpply offers various itineraries that allow you to explore different aspects of Antarctica and its surroundings on a cruise to Antarctica:

  • Classic Antarctica (9-11 days) : Explore the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. Rates from USD $4,860.
  • Behind the Polar Circle (11 days) : An extended adventure that includes crossing the Antarctic Circle. Rates from USD $8,810.
  • After the Weddell Sea (11 days) : Discover the Weddell Sea and its history of exploration. Rates from USD $7,990.
  • Classic South Georgia (22 days) : Includes the Malvinas Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. Rates from USD $9,990​​.

Onboard experience : During the cruise to Antarctica, passengers will enjoy a complete program of lectures given by naturalists and experts in the region, who will share their knowledge about the geography, history and ecology of Antarctica. Additionally, daily Zodiac excursions will allow travelers to get up close and personal with local wildlife and explore places of incredible natural beauty.


This description includes key information about the services and benefits of a cruise to Antarctica with Antarpply Expeditions, highlighting the USHUAIA ship, cabin categories, itineraries and fares, and the onboard experience.

Frequent questions :

travel season


The travel season to Antarctica is from November to March, coinciding with the southern summer. Although there are differences depending on the month in which you travel, for example the light, the fauna and the temperatures. We always try to see the same number of attractions on each expedition.

Travel insurance

A deposit of 30% of the selected rate per person is required to confirm a reservation. Final payment must be made 90 days prior to departure.

Deposits and payments

It is important that your travel insurance includes medical transportation if necessary from Antarctica to Ushuaia for a minimum amount of US$100,000. We do not sell insurance, but we know that World Nomads insurance covers this type of cruise.

Other companies such as Allianz, Universal Assistance, the Automobile Club insurance in Spain, to name just a few, also have coverage for a trip to Antarctica but you have to find out on your own.

Cancellations

Cancellations received 90 days before departure will not be refunded, cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.

Cancellations received within 89 days prior to departure, including the day of departure, will not be refunded. If cancellation occurs within 89 days prior to departure and full payment has not yet been received, the cancellation penalty will still apply and all payments must be made immediately.

For these and other reasons mentioned we strongly recommend purchasing insurance covering cancellation costs.