Antarctic Peninsula Aboard the Ortelius

10 Days/9 Nights

From $7,050

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Travel to the southernmost part of the world to explore the offshore islands and observe the wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula on this captivating voyage. Depending upon the weather, you may be able to see a large colony of Gentoo Penguins, and breeding pairs of Skuas on Cuverville Island, and Chinstrap Penguins and Weddell and Crabeater Seals on Danco Island. Zodiac excursions offer the opportunity to see Humpback and Mink Whales, and to visit a research station on Antarctica.

Lodging and Meals: This tour includes accommodations for 9 nights (9 nights aboard the Ortelius), and 25 meals (9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 8 dinners).

Best Time to Go: November-March.

Destinations: Argentina and Antarctica.

Interests: Adventure, Camping, Expedition Cruising, Sea Kayaking, and Wildlife Viewing.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

In the afternoon (4:00-5:00 PM), we embark in Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel, and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening. Overnight aboard the ship. (D)

Note: We advise all passengers to plan to arrive in Ushuaia one night before the cruise departure.

During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area, we may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black- browed Albatrosses, Light- mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we glimpse at the first icebergs. Overnight aboard the ship. (B,L,D)

We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. On Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Danco Island, we will find a large colony of Gentoo Penguins and breeding pairs of Brown Skuas. If we land on Danco Island we can observe Chinstrap Penguins and possibly Weddell and Crabeater Seals. In Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in the magnificent landscape of a huge glacier and enjoy the landscape during zodiac cruises. When sailing to Paradise Bay, with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, we will have the opportunity for zodiac cruising between the icebergs in the inner parts of the fjords. In this area we have good chances to see Humpback Whales and Minke Whales. After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, we hope to get permission to visit the British research station and post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Imperial Shags.

We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pleneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. In this area there are good chances to encounter Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Fin Whales. A visit to one of the scientific stations in Antarctica will give you an insight about the life of modern Antarcticans working on the White Continent. Further south we may visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station, where we will receive a warm welcome from the station crew. Sailing north through Neumayer Channel we arrive at the Melchior Islands with a very beautiful landscape with icebergs, where we may encounter Leopard Seals, Crabeater Seals and whales. Overnight aboard the ship. (B,L,D)

On our way north, we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage. Overnight aboard the ship. (B,L,D)

We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark (8:30-9:00 AM). You will be transferred to the airport in Ushuaia for your return flight to your final destination. (B)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Itinerary Map

Antarctic Peninsula Aboard the Ortelius Itinerary Map

Prices & Dates

Price per Person

Category Single Double Triple
Quad Cabin n/a $7,050 $7,050
Triple Porthole n/a n/a $7,950
Twin Porthole $14,705 $8,650 n/a
Twin Window $15,555 $9,150 n/a
Superior $16,405 $9,650 n/a
Suite $17,935 $10,550 n/a
** The prices shown above are in U.S. Dollars. See the cost of this tour in your currency here.


  1. The above prices are valid until February 9, 2016.
  2. The single supplement is 1.7 times the Twin price.
  3. Singles willing to share a cabin pay the Twin/Triple/Quad price.
  4. Optional camping cost is $180 per person.
  5. Optional kayaking cost is $465 per person.
  6. There will be a fuel surcharge of $25 per person/per night if the price of a barrel of Brent Crude oil exceeds $120 USD 90 days prior to departure.

Departure Dates

January 3 and February 9, 2016.

What's Included

Price Includes

  • South American Vacations’ expert pre-departure planning services and documentation.
  • Group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
  • Accommodations on board the M/V Ortelius.
  • All meals scheduled on board, including snacks, coffee, and tea.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • Use of rubber boots.
  • Evening briefings and lectures.

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare.
  • Domestic airfare.
  • Argentinian reciprocity fee ($160).
  • Hotel nights before/after the cruise.
  • Transfers to the vessel before the cruise.
  • Meals not indicated on the itinerary.
  • Gratuities to ship crew and guides (Suggested $8-10/per/day for the naturalist guides and crew).
  • Bar, gifts, and personal items.
  • Travel insurance.

We will be happy to quote the cost of airfare and travel insurance and to make these arrangements for you.



Ortelius, Antarctica Cruise Ship


Additional Details

Group Private: All services included in this tour are operated on a group basis.

Elevations: N/a.

Passport/Visa: U.S., Australian, Canadian, and EU citizens require a valid passport (for the duration of your visit) and return ticket for stays of up to 90 days. Australian and Canadian citizens are required to pay a reciprocity fee of $100 and $75 respectively (subject to change without notice due to currency fluctuations or other reasons) online, and must show proof of payment prior to arrival. The reciprocity fee for U.S. citizens has been suspended until further notice. For citizens of Australia, this fee covers unlimited entries to Argentina for 10 years, while citizens of Canada are charged the fee every time they enter the country (or $150 for multiple visits within five years). The fee can be paid online at You will need to register in order to make the payment. Citizens of other countries are advised to contact the embassy of Argentina in their country before traveling.

Travel Insurance: In order to protect your travel investment from unforeseen circumstances that may arise before or during your trip, we strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. We offer Allianz Global Assistance’s Classic Comprehensive and other plans. The Benefits and Coverage Limits are summarized on our Travel Insurance page. Call your travel counselor if you have any questions or to purchase a plan.

To Book This Trip: Call or email us to confirm the availability of this ship for your desired dates of travel. For reservations made more than 90 days prior to departure, the required deposit is $2,100-$2,800 per person (depending upon the cabin type) with the balance due 90 days prior to departure. For reservations made less than 90 days prior to departure, the total cost of the trip will need to be paid.