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Plancius
Oceanwide Expeditions
Plancius, Antarctic Peninsula (Basecamp Plancius) 2019 ex Ushuaia Return
Ship: Plancius
Selected Sailing Date: 17 Feb 2019
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Cruise Description

11 Night Cruise sailing from Ushuaia roundtrip aboard Plancius.

PLEASE NOTE: A Basecamp itinerary to the Antarctic Peninsula is illustrated below. All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The Expedition Leader on board will determine the final itinerary. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Average cruising speed of m/v Plancius is 10.5 knots .

Day 1: We embark our vessel in Ushuaia
In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

Day 2 - 3: En-route to the Antarctic Peninsula where we cross the Antarctic Convergence
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 albatrosses, Cape petrels, Southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, Blue petrels and Antarctic petrels.

Day 4 - 9: Antarctica!
We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. The basecamp concept enable us to visit places where we hope to stay for longer than normal in order to conduct our activities. Several fantastic localities offer great opportunities for this and may include: Neumayer Channel, where we may position our ship for the multi activity basecamp. The protected waters around Wiencke Island may become our playground for all activities. In this alpine environment, there are great opportunities to scout the region on foot, per zodiac and during kayak trips. Walkers will find opportunities to use snowshoes on hikes near the shoreline, and the mountaineers will find their challenge by climbing hills and viewpoints further inland. All climbs and excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions. We hope visit the old British research station, now working museum and post office at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo penguins and Blue-eyed shags. We look out for Leopard seals, Crabeater seals and whales. If the ice conditions and time allows us, we may sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth Island, Pléneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adélie penguins and Blue-eyed shags (normally not possible before New Year). In this area there are good chances to encounter Humpback whales and Minke whales. The opportunities for kayaking, glacier walks or mountaineering that is more ambitious are excellent in this area. Neko Harbour offers the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of a huge glacier and enjoy the landscape during zodiac cruises, walks, and kayak excursions. We may spend the night in Paradise Bay with a camp erected ashore in one of several places good for camping. The area in and around Errera Channel is spectacular with possible sites for our activities like Danco Island and Cuverville Island but also lesser known, but equally great sites such as Orne Island and Georges Point on Rongé Island. On our last day of near shore activities, we pass the Melchior Islands towards the open sea around noon. Keep a keen lookout for Humpback whales in Dallmann Bay. Alternatively, we may aim for Half Moon Island, South Shetlands, which offers a great opportunity for our activities. We depart from Antarctica around noon.

Day 10 - 11: At sea en-route to Ushuaia
On our way north a great selection of seabirds will follow the ship while crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 12: We disembark in Ushuaia
We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark after breakfast.

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