Endurance, Epic Antarctic Voyage ex Buenos Aires to Auckland

Cruise Line
Lindblad Expeditions
Ship
National Geographic Endurance
Cruise Departs
28 Dec 2020
Cruise Duration
33 Nights
Embark Ship
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Disembark Ship
Auckland, New Zealand
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Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
28 Dec 2020
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hotel
29 Dec 2020
Ushuaia, Argentina
Charter Flight / Embark
30 Dec 2020
Drake Passage
31 Dec 2020
Antarctic Peninsula
01 Jan 2021
Antarctic Peninsula
02 Jan 2021
Antarctic Peninsula
03 Jan 2021
Antarctic Peninsula
04 Jan 2021
Antarctic Peninsula
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23 Jan 2021
Macquarie Island, Sub Antarctic Island
24 Jan 2021
Macquarie Island, Sub Antarctic Island
25 Jan 2021 At sea    
26 Jan 2021
Broughton Island, NSW, Australia
27 Jan 2021
Auckland Islands, New Zealand
28 Jan 2021
Enderby Island
29 Jan 2021
Bluff, New Zealand
Disembark / Charter Flight
29 Jan 2021
Auckland, New Zealand
Hotel
30 Jan 2021
Auckland, New Zealand

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

31 Night cruise from Ushuaia to Bluff onboard National Geographic Endurance. Includes Charter Flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and 1 night pre cruise accommodation in Buenos Aires and 1 night post cruise accommodation in Auckland.

Exploring Antarctica in an authentic expedition style, aboard an authentic expedition ship is an incomparable experience, and your guarantee of an in-depth encounter with all its wonders. Lindblad Expedition’s pioneering polar heritage and 50 years of experience navigating polar geographies is your assurance of safe passage in one of the wildest sectors of the planet.

Day by Day Itinerary:

DAY 1: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Make your way to Buenos Aires. Settle into the Alvear Art Hotel (or similar) before seeing the city’s Beaux-Arts palaces and the famous balcony associated with Eva Peron.

DAY 2: Fly to Ushuaia/Embark
Fly by private charter to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel. Embark National Geographic Endurance. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: At Sea/Drake Passage
Settle into shipboard life, listening to informal discussions from our naturalist staff to prepare for the wildness ahead. While crossing the legendary Drake Passage, spot albatross and other seabirds that glide alongside the ship. (B,L,D)

DAY 4-8: Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula
Happy New Year! We expect to make our first landing on New Year’s Eve day, a fitting way to ring in the new year. With 24 hours of daylight, we have ample opportunity to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands. In keeping with the nature of an expedition, the schedule throughout is flexible so that we can take advantage of the unexpected—watching whales at play off the bow, taking an after-dinner Zodiac cruise, or heading out on an unplanned excursion.

We anticipate offering opportunities each day to hike, kayak among the ice floes, and experience close encounters with wildlife. You may have the thrill of watching our powerful ship crunch through the pack ice, or step ashore to thousands of Adélie and gentoo penguins. You’ll learn how climate change affects the penguin populations, and how best to capture images of penguins from a National Geographic photographer. Back aboard, our undersea specialist may present video from that day’s dive or show rare images taken up to 1,000 feet below the surface using our ROV. Our expert staff will craft an expedition where you will learn, see, and experience more. (B,L,D)

DAY 9-16: Exploring West Antarctica
This part of the planet is big and bold and full of adventure and magnificent scenery. The new National Geographic Endurance will be in full expedition mode, granting thrilling opportunities to crunch through thick ice and explore places few have seen. Rely on the planet’s best ice team as you probe the ice’s edge for wildlife, including numerous seabirds and whales. Activities throughout our journey are always weather and ice dependent. Your Captain and Expedition Leader will look for spots to “park” the ship in the pack ice, allowing guests the unique thrill of disembarking onto a frozen sea—for ice walks, cross-country skiing forays, and show-shoe hikes. There will be time, too, to relax in the library, head up to the Bridge to scan for marine life, unwind in the sauna or Yoga Room, and of course, hear presentations from our staff. Along the way, our undersea specialist captures images from the deep, revealing the hardy marine life beneath the ice. Always interesting, it can also be pioneering in this distant part of the world. (B,L,D)

DAY 17-24: Exploring the Ross Sea
On these days we navigate some of the most remote regions of the planet, as you explore the Ross Sea, just like Scott, Shackleton, and Ross (the 19th-century explorer for whom this sea is named). Here, we will see the impressive Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest, and the Transantarctic Mountain Chain. Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf is enormous, covering 182,000 square miles –the size of France—and the edge of the ice shelf is a wall of ice towering over the water by as much as 200 feet, with the majority of the ice below the waterline. The Ross Ice Shelf plays an important role in stabilizing the Antarctic ice sheet, buttressing the ice that is constantly moving over the land surface.

Your journey to this unique part of the Antarctic waters will likely include stops at several small islands at the bottom of the world for opportunities to hike and explore via Zodiac and kayak. We’ll spot colonies of Adelie penguins, lazy seals, and majestic whales. We plan to visit Coulman Island, where we can see and photograph Emperor penguins, the largest of all penguins—an average bird stands some 45 inches tall and has been the subject of the beloved film, March of the Penguins. (B,L,D)

DAY 25-26: At Sea
During our days at sea, we learn about the fascinating history of Antarctic exploration, as well as the flora, fauna, and geology of the region. Our naturalists help identify the seabirds that follow us. (B,L,D)

DAY 27-28: Macquarie Island, Australia
Located south of the New Zealand mainland in the remote Southern Ocean, the wild and beautiful sub-Antarctic islands are home to abundant and unique wildlife, with many species of birds, plants and invertebrates found nowhere else in the world. On these days we plan to visit Macquarie Island, a World Heritage site and home to a large variety of wildlife, including thousands of seals and millions of penguins. Four species of penguin breed here. The endemic royal penguin has a population estimated at 850,000. Gentoo and southern rockhopper penguins also breed there. And imagine landing on a single beach with 100,000 pairs of king penguins, the third largest such colony in the world! (B,L,D)

DAY 29: At Sea
With whales beneath and birds above, head up to the bridge to spot marine life and watch the calm business of navigation. Or spend these days enjoying the ship’s spa, yoga room, and fitness center. Take some time to browse the library or play a board game in the glass-enclosed observation lounge. And listen to a variety of engaging talks from our staff, including photo talks from the National Geographic photographer. (B,L,D)

DAY 30-32: Exploring New Zealand’s Sub-Antarctic Islands
Spend three incredible days discovering New Zealand’s subantarctic islands and their surrounding waters—the entire marine landscape designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. We have special permission to explore these strictly regulated islands, which are protected at the highest level of conservation status by the New Zealand government, and considered a “bird central” among top ornithologists around the world.

Keeping a flexible weather-dependent schedule, we plan to explore several intriguing islands. Two small rocky islands, North East and Broughton, comprise The Snares, the closest subantarctic islands to New Zealand. The islands are covered with heavy tussock grass and wind-beaten forests of tree daisies. The Snares are home to huge numbers of breeding birds: the 99 recorded species include albatross, Antarctic terns and Snares crested penguins. The Auckland Islands are the largest of New Zealand’s subantarctic islands, with the richest flora, prolific birdlife, and an interesting human history. Conditions permitting, we cruise in Zodiacs to Enderby Island to view a large New Zealand sea lion colony with pups all jostling for position. If we are fortunate, we may see rare yellow-eyed penguins as they move to and from their nests in the forests beyond the beach. The World Heritage status also includes the marine environment extending twelve nautical miles from each island group. On our final days aboard, enjoy one last chance to view the marine life of these southern waters. And gather to toast our epic voyage at a festive farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

DAY 33-34: Bluff, New Zealand/Disembark/Auckland/Overnight Hotel
Today we disembark on the New Zealand mainland in the town of Bluff, one of the oldest European settlements in New Zealand. Fly to Auckland, where we overnight at the Sky City Grand Hotel (or similar). (B,L,D)

IMPORTANT: Your expedition may be traveling over the International Date Line, so please confirm departure and arrival dates with an Expedition Specialist before booking your flights.

National Geographic Endurance is a next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation. A fully stabilized, highly strengthened, ice-class Polar Code PC5 (Category A) vessel, it is designed to navigate polar passages year-round, and safely explore unchartered waters, while providing exceptional comfort. Its patented X-BOW® is key to its design; its powerful wave-slicing action provides an extremely smooth ride in even adverse conditions, and even reduces spray on deck, for superior observation. She carries a full suite of expedition tools and offers a variety of experience-enhancing amenities.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Maiden Voyage: Apr 2020
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 126

Ship Amenities

  • Individual Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Tablets USB/mobile device docking
  • Flat screen television
  • Wi-Fi connections

Ship Facilities

  • Observation Deck
  • Observation Lounge
  • Bistro
  • Bistro Bar
  • Sauna & Spa
  • Yoga Studio
  • Infinity Edge Swimming Pool
  • Gym
  • Lift(s)
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Medical Centre
  • Mudroom / Lockers
  • Kayak Storage
  • Zodiac Boarding

For over 50 years, Lindblad Expeditions has been turning vacationers into informed and engaged explorers. Together with National Geographic we offer intimate small-ship expedition cruises that, unlike traditional cruises, are your opportunity to encounter the world’s most pristine and inspiring places up close with the seasoned experts who know them best.

Our expedition cruises provide the safest and most innovative ways to explore places already “discovered” and those that are still very, very wild. Whether you choose to go on a Galapagos cruise, an Alaska cruise, a cruise to Egypt, or any of our other cruise destinations, each expedition cruise features an unmatched combination of adventure travel technology as well as well-appointed cabins, regional and sustainable cuisine and friendly, personal service.

We believe the more closely our guests are able to connect with a destination, the more valuable an affect it will have on their lives and on the more they will come to care about and protect it for future exploration.

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