Traversing Drake’s eponymous passage is a must for any explorer. With diverse seabirds attracted to the area, have your binoculars and cameras ready and as you sail closer to the Antarctic Peninsula, look for seals basking on ice floes, Macaroni penguin, and prodigious Orca whale. Begin and end your expedition at the “world’s end”, Ushuaia.
Travel Best Bets Package Includes
- Round trip airfare from Vancouver to Santiago and Santiago to Ushuaia
- 10 nights cruise aboard Silver Cloud Expedition
- 1 night pre cruise at the Sheraton S. Cristobal (or similar)
- All transfers
- Highly qualified expedition team with experts in their field (marine biologists, ornithologists, and more)
- Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac
- Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage, and parka for polar expeditions
- Personalised service with butler for all suites
- Fine dining even in the most remote places of the planet
- Comfortable amenities with the largest expedition suites at sea
- Inclusive room-service, select wines, spirits, and soft drinks throughout the ship
- Free WIFI throughout the ship
- Onboard gratuities
- Exclusive partnership with the Royal Geographic Society
February 16 – 28, 2018
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|Date||Port of Call||Arrive||Depart|
|Feb 18||Ushuaia, Argentina||-||5:00pm|
|Feb 19||Drake Passage||-||-|
|Feb 20||Drake Passage||-||-|
|Feb 21||Antarctic Sound, Antarctica||-||-|
|Feb 22||Antarctica Peninsula||-||-|
|Feb 23||Antarctica Peninsula||-||-|
|Feb 24||Antarctic Peninsula||-||-|
|Feb 25||Antarctica South Shetland Islands||-||-|
|Feb 26||Drake Passage||-||-|
|Feb 27||Drake Passage||-||-|
|Feb 28||Ushuaia, Argentina||8:00am||-|
At 55 degrees latitude south, Ushuaia (pronounced oo-swy-ah) is closer to the South Pole than to Argentina’s northern border with Bolivia. It is the capital and tourism base for Tierra del Fuego, the island at the southernmost tip of Argentina.Although its stark physical beauty is striking, Tierra del Fuego’s historical allure is based more on its mythical past than on rugged reality. The island was inhabited for 6,000 years by Yámana, Haush, Selk’nam, and Alakaluf Indians. But in 1902 Argentina, eager to populate Patagonia to bolster its territorial claims, moved to initiate an Ushuaian penal colony, establishing the permanent settlement of its most southern territories and, by implication, everything in between.
The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the westerly winds and the funneling effect of the passage. The Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward, is within the Drake Passage. When these two currents meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Black-browed Albatross, Sooty Shearwaters and White-chinned Petrels glide in the air currents alongside and in the wake of the ship.
Antarctic Sound, Antarctica
The Antarctic Sound is a stretch of water named after the first ship to have passed through this body of water from the Bransfield Strait to the Weddell Sea in 1902. The Antarctic eventually sank and crew and scientists had to spend quite some time in this area before they could be rescued. Sites that have to do with this story – like Hope Bay or Paulet Island – are sometimes visited. At Paulet, Hope Bay and Brown Bluff Adelie and Gentoo Penguins breed, as do Kelp Gulls and Cape Petrels, Snow Petrels and Skuas. The Sound’s main attractions are the spectacular tabular icebergs that come from the Larsen Ice Shelf further south.
Remote and otherworldly, Antarctica is irresistible for its spectacular iceberg sculptures and calving glaciers, and for the possibility of up-close encounters with marine mammals and the iconic penguins. The Antarctic Peninsula – the main peninsula closest to South America – has a human history of almost 200 years, with explorers, sealers, whalers, and scientists who have come to work, and eventually intrepid visitors coming to enjoy this pristine and remote wilderness. It is a region of protected bays, unscaled snow-capped mountains, vast glaciers and a few places where whalers or scientists have worked.
Antarctica South Shetland Islands
Some 770 kilometers (478 miles) south of Cape Horn, the South Shetland Islands are usually the first land seen in Antarctica. Separated from the Antarctic Peninsula by the Bransfield Strait, nine major islands make up the group. The region was the first to be exploited by sealers in the early 19th century, and because of its proximity to South America, it still is the most visited by scientists and tourists. Chinstrap, Adelie, Gentoo and Macaroni Penguins all breed here. In addition, because it is the warmest part of the continent, large moss beds as well as orange, black, grey and green lichens grow –even hair grass and pearlwort manage to survive.
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