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In the Kingdom of Penguins

Experience an unforgettable festive season with numerous Zodiac rides and landings and a wonderful New Year’s Eve on board. Witnessing animals prepare for the birth of their young will be your very special present.

Expedition Holiday
Gentoo Penguin

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Spend Christmas exploring the stunning landscapes of Antarctica, South Georgia and the South Shetland and Orkney archipelagos on this once-in-a-lifetime expedition on board brand new ship HANSEATIC inspiration.

Visit the Falkland Islands, a British overseas territory which has had a turbulent history. It's home to impressive wildlife with more than 60 species including rockhopper penguins, Magellanic penguins and albatrosses. Spend six days exploring the South Orkney Islands, South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. South Orkney Islands is a largely glaciated island group and subject to authorisation, you may be able to visit the Argentinian Orcadas Station. In the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, see gigantic glacier cliffs, such as those of Neko Harbor and many gentoo penguins.

Cross the infamous Drake Passage on return to Ushuaia.

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Antarctica and the Weddell Sea

Day 1 - Buenos Aires (Argentina) - Ushuaia

Individual travel arrangements to Buenos Aires. Take a charter flight to Ushuaia and embark HANSEATIC inspiration

Day 2 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 3 - 4 - Falkland Islands

The British overseas territory has more than just a turbulent history; discover its impressive birdlife the moment your Zodiac lands. With more than 60 different species, including rockhopper penguins, Magellanic penguins and albatrosses, the Falkland Islands are a paradise for ornithologists. During natural history walks along the coast, your experts will provide fascinating information about the head-high tussock grass and the Victorian houses in Stanley.

Day 5 - 6 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 7 - 9 - South Georgia

n this unique wildlife paradise, the Zodiacs are used several times a day to let you experience very special sightings. For example, standing with the experts in front of a gigantic colony of king penguins. The island is home to hundreds of thousands of animals inhabiting the steep slopes and coasts – such as Salisbury Plain or the Gold Harbour beach where fur seals and elephant seals will not be disturbed by your visit. At the former Grytviken whaling station, the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton recalls the adventures of times gone by.

Day 10 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 11 - 16 - South Orkney Islands - South Shetland Islands - Weddell Sea - Antarctic Peninsula

For scientists, the Antarctic is an enormous natural laboratory – and that includes this largely glaciated island group. You will also gain an insight into the everyday lives of polar researchers when, weather permitting, you will be taken in the Zodiacs to visit the Argentinian Orcadas Station (subject to authorisation). Enjoy the pure fascination of the drifting tabular icebergs which, with a bit of luck, you will see off Signy Island, for example. The bizarre blocks that have broken off the shelf ice and their huge archways shimmer a mystical shade of blue in the cool polar light. And you will pass close by on board the ship – simply breathtaking.
Enjoy unforgettable moments when, for example, you set foot on the Antarctic mainland near to Paradise Bay. Snow-capped summits surround the bay, where icebergs drift and glaciers tower hundreds of metres above. The gigantic glacier cliffs, such as those of Neko Harbor, provide a unique backdrop. Gentoo penguins stretch as far as the eye can see, for example on Cuverville Island. One of the most impressive shipping passages in the world is the Lemaire Channel: mountains up to 1,000 m (3,281 ft) high line the strait of water. The Neumayer Channel and Port Lockroy provide panoramic views of glaciers that are no less breathtaking.
When cruising in the Antarctic Sound, the deck becomes your front-row seat for unique natural spectacles, for example when water is suddenly parted by the fluke of a majestic whale. The Weddell Sea is home to breathtaking ice formations, some of which are as tall as a house and covered by Adelie penguins, and dense pack ice. How far can your expedition ship go? For example, in 1903, the Nordenskjold expedition was forced to wait ten months to be rescued on the volcanic Paulet Island. Today, the island is home to countless penguins and, like Devil Island, makes for a very lively spectacle.

Day 17 - 18 - Drake Passage

Enjoy the ship's facilities whilst cruising through the breathtaking Drake Passage, one of the world's greatest seaways connecting the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Day 19 - Ushuaia - Buenos Aires

Take a charter flight to Buenos Aires. Individual travel arrangements from Buenos Aires

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Price Includes

  • 18-night cruise in your chosen cabin category, including all meals
  • Charter flights between Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Fresh fruit and champagne in your cabin on arrival
  • Mini-bar supplied with soft drinks daily
  • All landings and trips by zodiac, expert guides and lectures
  • All applicable taxes and duties

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