Weddell Sea

Weddell Sea & Antarctic Peninsula

See the big tabular icebergs of the Antarctic Peninsula!

Duration: 13 Days / 12 Nights

Starts: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ends: Buenos Aires, Argentina


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Gentoo Penguins

Program Starts/Ends: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Embarkation: Ushuaia, Argentina
Disembarkation: Ushuaia, Argentina
Cruise duration is 12 days/11 nights.

Fulfil your dreams on this bucket-list cruise aboard our boutique expedition ship and experience epic landscapes and phenomenal wildlife on a life-changing adventure. This voyage takes you across the notorious Drake Passage straight to the frozen Antarctic Peninsula where you discover mesmerising icy scenes of both the Gerlache Strait and exceptionally beautiful Antarctic Sound. You will step ashore onto beaches crammed with penguins for fabulous photo opportunities before returning via the South Shetland Islands. This unforgettable journey will leave you with remarkable tales of how you achieved your life goal by visiting one of the most remote places on the planet.

Trip Highlights

  • Dare to brave the notoriously rough two-day Drake Passage sea crossing
  • Compare monumental icebergs in the Gerlache Strait and Antarctic Sound as you head to the Weddell Sea
  • Get up close to hundreds of penguins as they gather in their thousands in their natural habitat
  • Keep an eye out at sea for breaching whales and huge albatross overhead
  • Listen to our engaging polar experts and learn tips from our team of experienced photographers


Day 1: Buenos Aires, Argentina (hotel night)

You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of your itinerary. Upon arriving in this splendid city, known for its rich architecture and European heritage, you will independently transfer to your group hotel (pre-night hotel included).

Day 2: Fly to Ushuaia and Embark

After breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina.

Ushuaia is the gateway to the White Continent. Found at the southernmost tip of South America in Argentinian Patagonia, the city is often described as “the End of the World”. The city’s mountain backdrop rises above the harbour and entrance to the Beagle Channel. The town itself is walkable and has a few small museums as well as pubs, restaurants and cafes.

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon.

Day 3-4: Drake Passage

As you cruise to your next port of call, spend the day at sea savouring the ship’s facilities and learning about your destination’s many facets from the knowledgeable onboard experts. Listen to an enriching talk, indulge in a relaxing treatment at the spa, work out in the well-equipped gym, enjoy some down- time in your cabin, share travel reminiscences with newly found friends: the options are numerous.

Day 5-6: Antarctic Sound & Weddell Sea

As you sail quietly past house-sized, free-floating tabular icebergs and pancake ice, you may be able to hear the sounds of creaking and popping as huge chunks break off and crash into the sea. While Gerlache Strait is filled with ice, the Antarctic Sound takes it up a notch with even more impressive bergs and ice cliffs. Possible landing points where you will meet thousands of breeding Adélie penguins include Brown Bluff and Paulet Island.

Day 7-9: Antarctic Peninsula

Among captivating glaciers, majestic icebergs and snowy islands, the Antarctic Peninsula is where most visitors to the White Continent will live out their Antarctica dream. The Antarctic Peninsula, the most accessible area of the continent, hosts several scientific bases and some of the most interesting wildlife scenery, such as the extremely photogenic Lemaire Channel. Shore excursions might include Petermann Island, where among Adelie penguins, blue-eyed shags and skuas, huge, lumbering elephant seals haul out.

Day 10: South Shetland Islands

While the South Shetlands’ proximity to Antarctica makes the ice-bound sea impassable during winter (April to October), these are the first islands to see snow melt in spring (November) and the slightly warmer temperature means that the fauna is also different from what you see in Antarctica proper. As we go ashore by Zodiac, notice ferns, grasses, lichens and native flora that have more in common with Patagonia than they do with Antarctica.

Day 11-12: Drake Passage

Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship’s observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea gives you the opportunity to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip or head to our library which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert’s view in one of our on-board lectures or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from our onboard professional photographers.

Day 13: Disembark in Ushuaia and Fly to Buenos Aires

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning and disembark after breakfast. Transfer to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.

Please note: Itinerary changes and surprising experiences are part of expedition cruise life. The world has a habit of amazing us with incredible things when we yield to the unexpected. Join us with an open mind and a sense of adventure and you’ll find that this can pay off in the most rewarding ways.

  • Flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia roundtrip
  • Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
  • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel in Buenos Aires
  • All meals onboard
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
  • Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • Expedition parka to keep and use of rubber boots
  • Standard WiFi
  • Onboard gratuities & port taxes
  • International airfare
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$200,000 per person
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls and massage services
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated
  • Adventure Options
  • Meals not on board the ship
  • Anything not mentioned under 'Price includes'