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The Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula

Cruise Highlights:

  • The highest concentration of Gentoo, Adelie and Chinstrap penguins in Antarctica; Minke and humpback Whales, Weddell seals, sea Leopards, and numerous sea birds
  • A multitude of drifting icebergs, calving of imposing icebergs.
  • Visits to research stations and former whaling stations.

At a glance

Duration: 11 Days/10 Nights

Coverage: Roundtrip Ushuaia, Argentina

From: $9,660

Season: January-February, November-December

Activities: Kayaking, Hiking, Photography, Wildlife viewing, Zodiacs

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PONANT

The Antarctic exerts the powerful attraction of the inaccessible which leads Man to become passionately engaged. One is never the same after returning from a long stay on the white continent.

For centuries, the Antarctic remained like a ghost on the map of the world, yet today the "White Continent" exerts a powerful fascination. Explored by man since only 1820, this vast icy continent offers spectacular mountain scenery, the world’s biggest icebergs and an extraordinary array of wildlife: fur seals, penguins, albatrosses, sea elephants, orcas and whales in large numbers live side by side in this grandiose landscape. Who has not dreamed of savouring that white stillness, an extraordinary spell-binding atmosphere of total serenity unequalled anywhere else on Earth. On the horizon, blocks of ice collapse into the sea forming vast icebergs of all shapes and sizes eroded by the wind and the waves.

This is a chance to sail through the Heart of the Peninsula who offers travellers an enchanting polar desert, a final frontier surrounded by a gigantic ice sheet. Tabletop icebergs, growlers, drift or pack ice... the Antarctic has its own language, which you’ll soon speak fluently!

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Ushuaia, Argentina

Regarded as the world’s southern-most city, Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego in the extreme South of Argentina at the end of Beagle Bay. This amazing little town of over 45,000 people is surrounded by mountains and fertile plains. The first inhabitants here were nomadic hunters and gatherers who arrived on foot to the Isla Grande over 10,000 years ago. Nature lovers will be bowled over by the Tierra del Fuego National Park and its amazing wealth of flora and fauna: beavers, albatrosses, guanacos, penguins... Here forests cover the slopes of the Andes mountains then give way to snow-capped peaks… a truly unique and unforgettable landscape.

Day 2-3 - At sea – Drake Passage

To reach the mythical "White Continent," you will cross the notorious Drake Passage named after the famous explorer, Sir Frances Drake, who sailed in these waters way back in 1578. You will then traverse the Polar Front which marks the area where waters from the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans meet.

Day 4 - Neko/Paradise Bay

Deep in Andvord Bay, we find this little corner of paradise at the foot of an immense glacier. Neko Bay is without doubt one of the most beautiful sights of the Antarctic Peninsula. Wildlife is as abundant as it is exceptional: sea birds such as gulls, Cape Petrels and Cormorants, as well as marine mammals like seals, orcas and whales. Excursions aboard our Zodiac® dinghies allow you to sail close to blue-tinged icebergs or disembark near colonies of penguins, observe leopard seals basking on the shore or watch the Antarctic Terns flying overhead.

Day 5 - Pleneau Island/Port Charcot

Day 6 - Port Lockroy

On the small island of Goudier, you will have the opportunity to visit Port Lockroy, discovered by the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot in 1903. Initially it served as a relief and repair base for whalers, but in 1944 Port Lockroy became a British base. It owes its name to Edouard Lockroy, a French politician and the partner of Jean-Baptiste Charcot during his expedition. You will be able to visit the small museum that retraces the life of the base in the 1950s. Since 1996, it has been open to the public during the short Southern Summer and is used for carrying out research on Gentoo Penguins. Nowadays, this base is the most visited site of the White Continent and, thanks to its little store and post office, it is the only place to offer you the opportunity to write to your friends and family and share this unique moment.

Day 7 - Deception Island

Nestled at the heart of the South Shetland Islands, in the north of the Antarctic Peninsula, Deception Island is easy to recognise for its horseshoe shape. On the black sand of the volcanic beaches, there are remains of abandoned huts that have been overrun by the extraordinary wildlife, part of the treasure that Nature offers us there. It is on these beaches of ash that the largest colony of Chinstrap Penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula has taken up residence. Excursions aboard our Zodiac® dinghies will allow you to set foot on this expanse of land where more than 100,000 pairs of penguins, Elephant Seals and Fur Seals live side by side.

Day 8 - The Weddell Sea

A lengthy sail in the Weddell Sea will allow you to experience true silence, an extraordinary and enchanting atmosphere, unrivalled calm...You will discover a secret reserve of preserved treasure: Fur Seals, penguin colonies, Wandering Albatross and other giant Petrels. Here the huge icebergs and the endless ice cap sculpt a landscape beyond compare. The lord of the manor is known as the Weddell Seal. It is a record breaker, able to remain submerged for more than an hour. Its pelage is dark grey and it has a spotted belly. To maintain its access to the sea and be able to fish, the Weddell Seal has special teeth allowing it to make a hole in the thick ice.

Day 9-10 - At sea, Drake Passage

Day 11 - Ushuaia, Argentina

Disembark for your travels home.

Dates & Rates

Dates Ships Superior DeLuxe Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4 Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5 Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6 Deluxe Suite Prestige Suite - Deck 5 Prestige Suite - Deck 6 Privilege Suite Grand Deluxe Suite Grand Privilege Suite Owner Suite
Feb 11, 2015 Le Soléal $9,660 $11,050 $12,200 $12,700 $13,200 $16,490 $19,450 $20,310 $23,910
Nov 29, 2015 Le Lyrial $8,480 $9,900 $11,000 $11,440 $11,910 $15,450 $18,990 $18,990 $21,690 $23,040 $28,320
Dec 9, 2015 Le Lyrial $9,260 $10,610 $11,720 $12,200 $12,690 $16,540 $19,510 $20,380 $23,300 $24,760 $30,470
Dec 29, 2015 L' Austral $9,260 $10,610 $11,720 $12,200 $12,690 $16,540 $19,510 $20,380 $27,900
Jan 8, 2016 L' Austral $9,260 $10,610 $11,720 $12,200 $12,690 $16,540 $19,510 $20,380 $27,900
Jan 14, 2016 Le Lyrial $9,680 $11,100 $12,280 $12,790 $13,320 $17,390 $20,530 $21,450 $24,540 $28,750 $30,470
Jan 18, 2016 L' Austral $9,260 $10,610 $11,720 $12,200 $12,690 $16,540 $19,510 $20,380 $27,900
Jan 24, 2016 Le Lyrial $9,680 $11,100 $12,280 $12,790 $13,320 $17,390 $20,530 $21,450 $24,540 $28,750 $30,470
Jan 28, 2016 L' Austral $10,520 $12,100 $13,410 $13,980 $14,560 $19,090 $22,580 $23,600 $27,900
Feb 23, 2016 Le Lyrial $9,030 $10,620 $11,740 $12,230 $12,740 $16,220 $18,850 $19,690 $22,510 $23,930 $33,100

♦ Holiday Theme cruises
† 11-Day sailings, spending only four days in Antarctica
** 10-Day sailing, spending only three days in Antarctica

Map

The Antarctic Peninsula Itinerary Map

Ships

Le Soléal

Le Soléal

A sleek silhouette, a welcoming intimate atmosphere, discover aboard this new ship the spirit of Yacht Cruises. Sailing under the French flag, this magnificent yacht of only 132 staterooms and Suites, with balconies, joined our fleet in July 2013. You will be enchanted by the contemporary decor inspired by the luxury yachting world, with fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white. A refined ambiance is enhanced by the quality of the workmanship and materials: white Corian counters in the lobby contrast with the warmth of leather to recall a boat’s hull, while the central sculpture of enamelled pieces takes its inspiration from the sea. In the loungebar, the carpet picks up a tennis stripe theme symbolising a certain idea of cruising, one synonymous with French elegance and a chic seaside spirit.


Le Lyrial

Le Lyrial

A sleek silhouette, a welcoming intimate atmosphere, discover aboard this new ship the spirit of Yacht Cruises. Sailing under the French flag, this magnificent yacht of only 122 staterooms and Suites, with balconies, will join our fleet in April 2015. You will be enchanted by the contemporary decor inspired by the our destinations and the blue light of the Vega star in the Lyra constellation. The result is a subtle variation around a palette of blues, ranging from the luminous delicate grey-blue of the Polar ice to splashes of the vivid turquoise blue found in Mediterranean coves. A refined ambiance is enhanced by the quality of the workmanship and materials: white Corian counters in the lobby contrast with the warmth of leather to recall a boat’s hull, while the central sculpture of enamelled pieces takes its inspiration from the sea. In the loungebar, the carpet picks up a tennis stripe theme symbolising a certain idea of cruising, one synonymous with French elegance and a chic seaside spirit.


L' Austral

L' Austral

In May 2011, l'Austral joinded PONANT's fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication. L'Austral remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being. A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.” You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, raffined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.

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