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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Classic Antarctica Expedition

This unforgettable luxury expedition voyage gives you the opportunity to witness a total solar eclipse, as well as discover the outstanding natural beauty and wildlife of the Great White Continent and remote Falkland Islands, accompanied by an experienced expedition team

Fly Cruise
13 nights

Luxury Expedition Holiday
  • Chinstrap Penguins
  • Base Brown Research Station, Paradise Bay
  • Antarctic Scenery
  • Stanley, Falkland Islands

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This exciting holiday to the dramatic landscapes of Antarctica, explored by Shackleton, Scott and Byrd, offers the chance to witness a total solar eclipse.

A voyage to Antarctica is extremely special, but this one promises to be unforgettable as there is the opportunity to witness a total solar eclipse. It is scheduled to take place in Antarctica on 4 Dec 2021 and the ship will be positioned in the small path of totality for maximum effect. Experiencing Antarctica during a total blackout will be magical.

This itinerary is intentionally unstructured to allow for moment-by-moment flexibility. Staying longer at sites of particular interest, or making slight detours whenever weather, nature or curiosity dictate, the Expedition Leader will work closely with the Captain to maximise opportunities for adventure and exploration based on prevailing weather, wildlife activity and sea/ice conditions. The wildlife, geology and marine life encountered will be explained and described by an on-board team of scientists and experts.

Zodiacs allow exploration to places which would otherwise be inaccessible, and are perfect for getting up-close to the region's incredible wildlife.

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Classic Antarctica Expedition Itinerary

Day 1 - Ushuaia

Embark your ship in Ushuaia.

Days 2-3 - Drake Passage

The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward. When they meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Spend some time on deck watching the horizon and the variety of seabirds which glide in the air currents of our ship's wake such as the black-browed albatross, sooty shearwaters and white-chinned petrels.

Day 4 - South Shetland Islands (Antarctica)

The South Shetland Islands are made up of nine major islands and the region was the first to be used by sealers in the early 19th century. Chinstrap, Adelie, Gentoo and Macaroni Penguins all breed here.

Days 5-6 - Antarctic Peninsula

While sailing to Antarctica, every turn can be a new and breathtaking adventure. As the pack ice becomes thicker, it's apparent to everyone that we are moving closer into Antarctica's vast white wilderness. There is the possibility of up-close encounters with marine mammals. Watch for seals sunbathing on slow-moving ice floes and for humpback, minke and orca whales to surface from the waters. Each day we will attempt Zodiac departures, and, if conditions permit, we will cruise amongst colourful icebergs.

Day 7 - Antarctic Sound

The Antarctic Sound is located at the northerly tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. Come face-to-face with majestic ice formations and meet the extraordinary birdlife that inhabits this area. Colonies of Gentoo penguins huddle, and cape petrels soar overhead.

Days 8-10 - Drake Passage

Navigating our return through the Drake Passage, we will watch for seabirds and wildlife we may have missed on the first trip. Take this opportunity to attend additional presentations offered by the on-board lecturers and to swap photos with new-found friends as we journey towards Ushuaia. Scheduled for 4 Dec 2021, the next eclipse will take place only in Antarctica and the ship will be positioned in the small path of totality for maximum effect.

Day 11 - Stanley (Falkland Islands)

Stanley is a haven for wildlife, including penguins and seals, and offers outstanding natural beauty. It is the capital of the Falkland Islands and has a quiet village ambiance.

Day 12 - West Point Island - New Island

West Point Island is home to a huge colony of black-browed albatross, but these aren't the only animal inhabitants. There are also rockhopper penguins as well as Magellanic penguins. Perhaps enjoy a hike during your time here or look out to the waters to try and spot Commerson's dolphins and whales. Continue to New Island which is also a haven for wildlife, including seals and albatross.

Day 13 - Ushuaia (Argentina)

Arrive in Ushuaia late evening.

Day 14 - Ushuaia

Disembark the ship.

A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition. The captain will decide on the best possible alternatives depending on weather conditions.

Price Includes

  • 13-night luxury cruise
  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Buenos Aires and 1 day-use post-cruise
  • Return overnight flights from the UK and overseas transfers
  • Charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
  • Complimentary fine wines, champagnes, spirits, bottled water and soft drinks served throughout the ship
  • Open-seating dining
  • Zodiac landings accompanied by the Expedition Team
  • Expert naturalists and lecturers on board
  • Crew to guest ratio of nearly 1 to 1
  • Complimentary parka
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Unlimited free WiFi
  • Butler service for all guests
Map for Classic Antarctica Expedition