Antarctic Cruise - Emperor Penguin Voyage with Helicopter Excursions
11 days from £8125*
Antarctic Cruise -The flora and fauna in the Weddell Sea is different from that of the north-west coast of the Peninsula. Vegetation is even scarcer and high-Antarctic animal species such as the Adélie and Emperor Penguins slowly replace their more low-Antarctic cousins, the Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguins. The Weddell Sea is locked-in by pack-ice for many months of the year; it therefore can be difficult or even impossible for certain species to reach their breeding grounds in time. Species such as the Adélie and Emperor Penguins have adapted well to these difficult circumstances and are the dominant penguin species further south. A big colony of tens of thousands of Adélie Penguins can be found on Paulet Island. Only a couple of years ago an unknown Emperor Penguin colony was found just south of Snowhill Island. Although the colony itself is often unreachable because of the thick pack-ice, stray Emperors are sometimes seen on ice-flows. Sea mammals such as Killer Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Leopard Seals, Crabeater Seals and Weddell Sealsare are frequently seen during our Weddell Sea voyages.
This is a Small Group Tour
Depart from Ushuaia and sail down the famous Beagle Channel
Two days at sea with the chance to see 4 species of Albatross, Blue Petrels and your first icebergs!
We will sail into the Weddell Sea and dpending on ice conditions land at Brown Buff
The use of helicopters has a great advantage and can support us in our goal to reach the Emperor penguin colony, but the itinerary is ruled by the forces of nature, ice and weather conditions.
Either a third attempt to see the Emperor Penguins or a visit to Devil Island, Vega Island or Hope Bay
In the morning we plan to visit Half Moon Island where we can see Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins, various other bird-species and Southern Elephant Seals and Weddell seals.
Two days spotting amazing seabirds as you head back to Ushuaia
Arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.
£8125 per person based on QUAD share. Cost does not include international flights or pre-accommodation in Ushuaia.
PLEASE ENQUIRE for other room types.
Valid for dates shown above in 2018. All meals are provided on your 100 passenger ice-strengthened Expedition Vessel.
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* Based on 2 persons and not including flights