Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
Passengers board the MV/Antarctic Dream cruise where you will
be greeted by our Expedition Leader and staff and shown to your
cabin. Our departure is scheduled for 7:00 pm.
Day 2 a 3: Drake Passage
Wandering albatrosses, storm petrels and other seabirds will escort
the vessel as you sail south across this famous passage named
after Sir Francis Drake, the 16th-century English navigator. We
will continue towards the Antarctic Convergence, a biological
barrier where cold polar waters sink beneath the warmer waters
of the more temperate zone. In 1819, the British explorer William
Smith described the South Shetland Islands as “barren and
covered with snow, with seals in abundance”.
Day 4: King George Island
King George Island will give us an early taste of what the Antarctica
really is. It is the biggest island of the South Shetlands. Prior
to departing, and if the weather is good, we will offer passengers
a short helicopter over-flight to admire the immensity and beauty
of the landscape*. If conditions do not allow us to fly we will
disembark in Potter Bay. In the afternoon we will disembark at
Aitcho Island which is in between Greenwich and Robert Islands.
Our Antarctica cruise will continue with the crossing of the Bransfield
and Gerlache Straits to enter Andvord Bay where we find Neko Bay.
Day 5: Antarctica Peninsula &
Besides the magnificent scenery of mountains, snow and ice, in
Antarctica you can expect to see a wide variety of the native
wildlife. Other birds to look out for are blue-eyed shags, gulls,
cape petrels, skuas, snowy sheathbills and Antarctic terns. Marine
mammals that you are likely to see include Weddell crab-eaters
and leopard seals while orcas, humpback and mink whales may be
spotted at close range. The program includes your first landing
on the White Continent (Neko Bay) and another on Port Lockroy
(Gaudier Island). Neko Bay was discovered by Adrian de Gerlache,
a Belgian explorer. Port Lockroy is close to Wiencke Island in
the Antarctica Peninsula and was the principle base of the 1944
Tabarin Operation - the scientific research included the Antarctica’s
first ionosphere measurements and also the first recording of
an atmospheric whistle.
Day 6: Pleneau - Petermann Island
We sail south through the narrow Lemaire Channel whose high, sheer
cliffs suggest that no passage could be found. Once through the
channel, known as one of the most beautiful places in the world,
and provided climate and ice conditions are good enough, we will
be able to visit Petermann Island which is the most southern land
point of our expedition. Here we will disembark and will be able
to see the most southern colony of Gentoo penguins which nest
near our landing spot.
On this island we will also be able to see a colony of beautiful
Adelei penguins, skuas and blue-eyed shags. At Pleneau we should
have the opportunity to take our zodiacs and visit impressive
Day 7: Paradise Bay - Cuverville
At this point of our program we will begin our return voyage.
During the morning and, stressing again that if weather permits,
we will disembark or use our zodiacs in Paradise Bay. In the evening
we will visit Cuverville Island. Beside its dramatic scenery it
is home to one of the largest colony of Gentoo penguins and skuas.
This rocky island is on the north side of the Errera Channel,
between Ronge Island and the Arctowski Peninsula.
Day 8: Deception Island - Whaler’s
Bay -Pendulum Cove
We continue sailing to Deception Island which is the largest active
volcano in the area at the northwest side of the Peninsula. During
the morning we will try to disembark in Whaler’s Bay and
Pendulum Cove where you can live the unique expirience of swimming
in this water. In the afternoon we will disembark at Hannah Point
(Livingstone Island). This is one of the best places in the Antarctic
to see fauna and we should see Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins,
giant petrels, Wilson petrels, skuas and blue-eyed shags. With
luck we should also see sea elephants.
Days 9 and 10: Drake Passage
Today, we will leave the Antarctica and head north back across
the Drake Passage. Now is the chance to compare and revise notes
and dwell on the adventures of the past week, to take in the final
lectures and to enjoy the delicious gastronomy on board as you
return to Ushuaia.
Day 11: Ushuaia, Argentina
After and early breakfast we will land at 9:00 am and bid farewell
to our guests. Thus ends an incredible and unique expedition to
the Antarctica on our Dream cruise.