Ocean Endeavour, Journey to the Antarctic Circle ex Ushuaia Return

Cruise Line
Peregrine Adventure Cruising
Ship
Ocean Endeavour
Cruise Departs
05 Jan 2021
Cruise Duration
13 Nights
Embark Ship
Ushuaia, Argentina
Disembark Ship
Ushuaia, Argentina
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Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
05 Jan 2021
Ushuaia, Argentina
Hotel
06 Jan 2021
Ushuaia, Argentina
Embark
07 Jan 2021
Drake Passage
08 Jan 2021
Drake Passage
09 Jan 2021
South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
10 Jan 2021
South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
11 Jan 2021
Antarctic Peninsula
12 Jan 2021
Antarctic Peninsula
13 Jan 2021 At sea    
14 Jan 2021 At sea    
15 Jan 2021
Antarctic Peninsula
16 Jan 2021
Drake Passage
17 Jan 2021
Drake Passage
18 Jan 2021
Ushuaia, Argentina
Disembark

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

12 Night Cruise sailing from Ushuaia roundtrip aboard Ocean Endeavour. Hotel stay pre-cruise in Ushuaia.

Entering the southernmost region on earth, uncover the rawness of Antarctica, the untouched terrain and witness the survival of the fittest – wildlife in their thousands that have adapted to some of the harshest conditions on the planet. Experience the thrill of seeing seals lying on the icefloe, a close-up of a whale blowing air at the surface and a bevy of seabirds while visiting penguin rookeries. Navigate in a Zodiac for onshore excursions and witness views framed by majestic mountains, alpine glaciers and mammoth icebergs. Take in the spectacular surrounds while navigating across the Antarctic Circle and make a well-deserved toast to an incredible journey.

Day 1 Ushuaia
Welcome to the port city of Ushuaia for the start of your Antarctic adventure. Upon arrival, please make your way to the hotel and settle in before meeting your fellow travellers. Ask reception for the details of where to meet for your evening briefing. If you’re arriving a day or two earlier there’s plenty of activities to choose from. Visit Tierra del Fuego National Park on a full day’s adventure or take a walk around town, visiting the waterfront overlooking the Beagle Channel, the Museo Maritimo (Maritime Museum) housed in an old prison or enjoy a delectable combination of Argentinean wine and steak at a local restaurant.

Day 2 Ushuaia – Embarkation Day
Cruise through the Beagle Channel this afternoon as we make our way towards the crossing of the Drake Passage. Named after the famed ship in which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents many great photo opportunities. Your next land sighting will be the Antarctic Peninsula.

Days 3-4 Drake Passage
Over the next two days you’ll get to know your team of polar experts as they share in-depth knowledge into the Antarctic region – its wildlife, history and geology so you can gain a greater understanding and prepare for exploration off the ship. Depending on weather conditions, head out on deck for the chance to spot ocean dwellers such as whales, dolphins or perhaps an albatross, prion and petrel. The polar crew is familiar with the marine life that inhabit these parts and are there to help scout for sightings. The ship is scheduled to arrive late evening into the Antarctic Peninsula.

Days 5-8 South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula
After sighting the great expanse of terrain from a distance, onshore exploration beckons by disembarking onto a Zodiac and setting foot on the great continent. There are several potential landing sites we may visit, including Neko Harbour, Petermann Island and Port Lockroy. There are a number of potential landing sites and the crew will make a decision on which will be visited based on conditions. A list of these sites can be found at https://www.peregrineadventures.com/en-au/antarctica/landing-sites. Each excursion harbours opportunities for an up-close encounter with incredible wildlife. Watch penguins waddle on the beach and listen to the crackling and crumbling sounds of icebergs and glaciers. Optional activities include snowshoeing, kayaking, and the one-off opportunity to camp in Antarctica (booked prior to departure). Look to your team of polar experts to help inspire and educate you about this fascinating part of the world.

If the weather conditions make an external excursion unsafe, the crew will arrange for alternative activities on the ship – such as wildlife presentations, documentary screenings or you can make the most of the wellness spa, heated pool and sauna, library and gym on board.

An average day on board will include a wakeup call from your expedition leader around 7 am, giving you time to prepare for the day before joining your fellow passengers for breakfast in the restaurant. You will usually have two excursions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, with lunch on the ship in-between excursions.

Days 9-10 Antarctic Circle
Venturing to the ends of the earth is a moment to revel in as not all expeditions come this far south. With conditions permitting, celebrations will be in order after reaching 66°33’ S. Toast to the sheer rawness of the surrounds and take it all in as a dream comes to fruition, perhaps for yourself and for your fellow shipmates. While not a typical landing, the crossing of the Antarctic Circle leaves a lasting memory.

Day 11 Antarctic Peninsula/South Shetland Islands
Heading northbound, you’ll be on your way to becoming familiar with Antarctic waters. Test your newfound knowledge of penguin species and finetune your wildlife spotting skills as you differentiate between fur, leopard and Weddel seals. Zodiac excursions will continue, while the expedition team help to make the most of the peninsula’s wildlife opportunities and those wanting to flex their photography skills as we make our way back to Ushuaia.

Day 12-13 Drake Passage
On the last leg of the journey as you recross the Drake, reflect on the spectacular scenery and prolific wildlife you’ve encountered during the voyage as well as the bonds you’ve formed with your fellow shipmates.

Day 14 Ushuaia – Disembarkation Day
After breakfast on board, disembark in Ushuaia.

Our name stems from the word ‘Peregrinate’, meaning to migrate, walk or take a pilgrimage – very fitting for our beginnings as a trekking company. Since our inception, we’ve broadened our horizons and now offer small group journeys in over 80 countries across all seven continents, which can be enjoyed by anyone with an enquiring mind who enjoys getting off the beaten track (without forgoing some of the comforts of home).

Introducing a new a style of travel – a premium cruise without the premium crowds. Think less on-board casinos and more island hopping along the Dalmatian Coast, Cyclades port stops for grilled octopus and fresh olives, or dropping anchor for a swim in some secluded Cuban archipelago. This is Peregrine’s small ship adventure cruising. Welcome aboard.

Conventional big ship cruising is all about life on the boat. What to eat, what to do, which show to catch. Adventure cruising is more about the destination: stopping at little islands the big ships can’t reach, exploring local markets and trying fresh produce, learning a place’s history and culture from local guides who know it best.

These journeys are designed to be low impact. That means there’s fewer passengers on-board, less stress on local communities, and each trip is carbon offset through a range of renewable energy projects. And while the big boats moor out at sea and ferry passengers to land by tender, we can sail straight into port. You can hop on or hop off as you like. It’s convenience and comfort, all in one.

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