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Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp

Holiday for 11 days (10 nights) aboard the ship m/v Ortelius departing on Wed 07 Nov 2018 and returning on Sun 18 Nov 2018. You will embark the ship at Ushuaia visit the Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp and then disembark at Ushuaia.

  • Other dates are available
  • OTL22-18 (10 nights) on board m/v Ortelius
  • For Cabin Prices Scroll to the bottom of the page

“Base camp” is by definition a temporary storing and starting place, from which an activity starts. We offer “activity modules” which go beyond our normal shore program. The vessel will stay for two or three days at specific locations to serve our active passengers as a comfortable hub to allow more time than usual for wide ranging activities.

Itinerary

PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The on-board expedition leader will determine the final itinerary. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Average cruising speed of m/v Ortelius is 10.5 knots .

Day 1

Your voyage begins where the world drops off: Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, located on the far southern tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego – nicknamed “The End of the World” – and sail the scenic, mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the rest of the evening.

Day 2 - 3

Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you catch a taste of life from the perspective of the polar explorers who first braved these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale blasting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer subantarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too: A variety of albatrosses and petrels show up, along with Cape pigeons and southern fulmars . Then, near the South Shetlands Islands, the first icebergs flash into sight.

Day 4 - 9

Gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically different wildlife below and above. You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands. The basecamp concept lets you feel more like a resident than a visitor, getting the most out of all available activities. Here are all the places you might go: Neumayer Channel – The vessel may position itself for the multi-activity basecamp here. The protected waters around Wiencke Island become a veritable playground for all manner of activities. You can enjoy the splendors of this alpine environment at sea, with Zodiac and kayaking trips. Or if you’re among the walkers, there are possible snowshoe hikes and mountaineering (soft climb) options farther inland. Naturally, favorable weather conditions determine the possible activities. Port Lockroy – After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you get a chance to visit the former British research station – now a museum and post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. You may also be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. Pléneau & Petermann Islands – If the ice allows it, you can sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. There’s also a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales here, as well as leopard seals. Kayaking, glacier walks, and more ambitious mountaineering are potential activities in this location. Neko Harbour – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow. Opportunities for Zodiac cruising, kayaking, and walking provide you the closest possible view of this location’s ice-crusted alpine peaks. Paradise Bay – You have the chance to pitch camp here like a true polar explorer (but with a better tent), enjoying the supreme overnight Antarctic adventure. Errera Channel – Possible sites in this area include Danco Island and Cuverville Island, but also the lesser known (though equally picturesque) Orne Island and Georges Point on Rongé Island. On your last day of near-shore activities, you pass the Melchior Islands toward the open sea. Keep a sharp lookout for humpback whales in Dallmann Bay. You might also shoot for Half Moon Island, in the South Shetlands, with further chances for activities. Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.

Day 10 - 11

Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, and you to them.

Day 12

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

  • Other dates are available
  • OTL22-18 (10 nights) on board m/v Ortelius
  • Duration 11 days, 10 nights
  • Location Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp
  • Included
    • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
    • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
    • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
    • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
    • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
    • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia.
    • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
    • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
    • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
    • During Basecamp all offered activities are FREE including: Camping, Kayaking, Snowshoeing, Mountaineering, and our Photo Workshop.
  • Excluded
    • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights.
    • Pre- and post- land arrangements.
    • Passport and visa expenses.
    • Government arrival and departure taxes.
    • Meals ashore.
    • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory).
    • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
    • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).
  • Fitness Level
    • Easy. Easy walking for the most part.
  • KAYAK Search flights
  • The best Antarctica books to buy:
    The Complete Guide to Antarctic Wildlife
    Lonely Planet Antarctica Travel Guide
    Antarctica books at the Book Depository

Activities You Can Participate In

Camping

Camping FREE

Camp out overnight under the Antarctic skies.

Looking to take your Antarctic adventure further? Join us for a night of camping out under the Antarctic night sky. We bring the camping gear, you bring your sense of adventure. Wake up the next morning to enjoy some of the cleanest air in the world, go home with a new fantastic memory under your belt.

There are currently 54 places left on this cruise. Need to book early.

Kayaking

Kayaking FREE

Paddle your way through the Polar waters.

An optional activity, kayaking is a fantastic way to explore the shorelines of the Polar Regions. You’ll set out from your mother ship in the calm waters of a secluded bay, exploring the coastline at your own pace. Paddling your way through the quiet of the scenery you’ll be able to fully enjoy the serene beauty of the Arctic or Antarctic landscapes that surround you.

There are currently 54 places left on this cruise. Need to book early.

Mountaineering

Mountaineering FREE

Push further. Climb higher. See more.

Looking for a way to push yourself beyond the usual Antarctic cruise fare? Sign on for one of our mountaineering excursions. Snowshoe out to where the Antarctic foothills begin, then strap on some crampons and get ready for amazement as you make your way up to some of the best views available on the Antarctic Peninsula.

There are currently 68 places left on this cruise. Need to book early.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing FREE

Take a casual stroll along the Polar shores, or challenge yourself with a more advanced trek.

We offer a variety of snow-shoeing treks to suit your experience and your desired level of activity. No snow-shoeing experience? No problem! We’ll get you suited up and get you marching across the pristine snows of the Arctic and Antarctic landscapes in no time at all.

There are currently 52 places left on this cruise. Need to book early.

Photo Workshop

Photo Workshop FREE

When words aren’t enough.

Landscapes. Icebergs. Polar bears, whales, or penguins. Describing them to your friends is one thing, showing them is a whole other level. New to photography? We have photo pros on our cruises that can help you build up your basics. Bring your gear and get ready to wear out your memory cards.

There are currently 53 places left on this cruise. Need to book early.

Cabins & Prices

The prices offered here are the lowest available anywhere and are updated directly from the shipping company. Updates happen live as the new discount prices become available. Discounted berths sell out quickly and may disappear from this page at any time. 'Requests' require the shipping company's confirmation. Those labelled 'Book now' are instantly available. You pay later when invoiced. Invoices are charged in British Pounds Sterling (GBP). Other dates are available at the top of this page. EUR and USD prices are based on today's exchange rates and provided only as a guide for your convenience.

Twin Porthole, deck 4

Twin Window

Twin Window Cabin
Windows Windows Info Info
  • 2 windows
  • 2 lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone and Internet connection
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
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Sharing berth

Share your cabin with others for the best price

£7,263
(USD $9,812)
(EUR €7,982)
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Single cabin

Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

£12,347
(USD $16,681)
(EUR €13,570)
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Complete cabin

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

£14,526
(USD $19,625)
(EUR €15,964)

Superior

Superior Cabin
Windows Windows Info
  • 2 windows (minimum)
  • 1 double bed
  • 1 single (sofa) bed
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone and Internet connection
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee & tea maker
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
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Single cabin

Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

£14,165
(USD $19,137)
(EUR €15,568)
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Complete cabin

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

£16,665
(USD $22,514)
(EUR €18,315)

Quadruple Porthole

Quadruple Porthole Cabin
Windows Windows Info Info
  • 2 portholes
  • 2 upper & lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone and Internet connection
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
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Sharing berth

Share your cabin with others for the best price

£5,659
(USD $7,645)
(EUR €6,219)
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Complete cabin

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

£22,636
(USD $30,581)
(EUR €24,877)

Triple Porthole

Triple Porthole Cabin
Windows Windows Info Info
  • 2 portholes
  • 1 upper berth & 2 lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone and Internet connection
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
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Sharing berth

Share your cabin with others for the best price

£6,372
(USD $8,608)
(EUR €7,003)
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Complete cabin

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

£19,116
(USD $25,825)
(EUR €21,008)

Twin Deluxe

Twin Deluxe Cabin
Windows Windows Windows Info Info
  • 3 windows
  • 2 lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Small sofa
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone and Internet connection
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
InfoInfo
Sharing berth

Share your cabin with others for the best price

£7,798
(USD $10,535)
(EUR €8,570)
Info
Single cabin

Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

£13,256
(USD $17,909)
(EUR €14,569)
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Complete cabin

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

£15,596
(USD $21,070)
(EUR €17,140)

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