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Weddell Sea - Antarctic Discoverer

Holiday for 11 days (10 nights) aboard the ship m/v Plancius departing on Mon 11 Mar 2019 and returning on Fri 22 Mar 2019. You will embark the ship at Ushuaia visit the Weddell Sea - Antarctic Discoverer and then disembark at Ushuaia.

  • Other dates are available
  • PLA30-19 (10 nights) on board m/v Plancius
  • For Cabin Prices Scroll to the bottom of the page

The Weddell Sea Discoverer cruise sails through the iceberg-blessed Antarctic Sound on their way to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll get to spot out a variety of seals, the fantastically beautiful landscapes, and the noisy rookeries of thousands of nesting penguins.

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 Plancius 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 – 8

You sail directly into the Weddell Sea through the often ice-clogged Antarctic Sound. Huge tabular icebergs herald your arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. The Weddell Sea is largely covered in sea ice during the year, but the northwestern corner offers great opportunities for exploration in places only the lucky few get to visit. The sites for your activities may include: Paulet Island – A huge number of Adélie penguins take residence here. Brown Bluff – Maybe the most scenic location in the entire northern tip of the Antarctic Continent: sheer canyon walls, fallen boulders, beautiful volcanic creations capped with ice. A large Adélie penguin rookery lives here, with gentoo penguins and nesting snow petrels also to be found. Dundee Island – A mostly uninhabited Argentine station , Base Petrel, can be seen here, as well as Antarctic fur seals (and southern elephant seals) along the coastline. Farther into the Weddell Sea, the options vary with the ice conditions: James Clark Ross Island – You can explore a number of rarely visited places here. The imagination is further stirred by suggestive names like Brandy Bay and Whiskey Bay. Devil Island – A large Adélie penguin rookery as well as stunning views of Erebus and Terror Gulf are seen here. Snow Hill Island – This location, known for its sedimentary rock, tells tales of the incredible Antarctic explorations of the early 20th century.

Day 9

The volcanic islands of the South Shetlands are windswept and often cloaked in mist, but they do offer subtle pleasures: There’s a wide variety of flora (mosses, lichens, flowering grasses) and no small amount of fauna (gentoo penguins, chinstrap penguins, southern giant petrels). In Deception Island, the ship plunges through Neptune’s Bellows and into the flooded caldera. Here you find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, and thousands of cape petrels – along with a number of kelp gulls, brown and south polar skuas, and Antarctic terns. Wilson’s storm petrels and black-bellied storm petrels also nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. As an alternative, you may be able to engage in activities near Half Moon Island. Here chinstrap penguins and Weddell seals often haul out onto the beach near Cámara Base, an Argentine scientific research station. 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
  • PLA30-19 (10 nights) on board m/v Plancius
  • Duration 11 days, 10 nights
  • Location Weddell Sea - Antarctic Discoverer
  • 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.
  • 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

Scuba Ice Diving

Polar Diving £377.48

Limited placements available on any cruise. (Can only be booked prior to departure).

If you’re searching for a way to expand your diving experience, join us on one of our diving cruises. Experienced divers will have the chance to glide through the amazing blue waters of the Arctic or Antarctic.

There are currently 21 places left on this cruise.

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.

Quadruple Porthole

Quadruple Porthole Cabin
Windows Info Info
  • 1 porthole
  • 2 upper & lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone and Internet connection
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
  • This cabin is suitable for families travelling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin
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Sharing berth

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£5,524
(USD $7,786)
(EUR €6,219)
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Complete cabin

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

£22,095
(USD $31,145)
(EUR €24,877)

Triple Porthole

Triple Porthole Cabin
Windows Info Info
  • 1 porthole
  • 1 upper berth & 2 lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone and Internet connection
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
  • This cabin is suitable for families travelling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin
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£6,220
(USD $8,767)
(EUR €7,003)
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Complete cabin

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

£18,659
(USD $26,302)
(EUR €21,008)

Twin Porthole

Twin Porthole Cabin
Windows Info Info
  • 1 porthole
  • 2 lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone and Internet connection
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
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£6,829
(USD $9,625)
(EUR €7,688)
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Single cabin

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

£11,609
(USD $16,363)
(EUR €13,070)
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Complete cabin

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

£13,657
(USD $19,251)
(EUR €15,377)

Twin Window

Twin Window Cabin
Windows Info Info
  • 1 window
  • 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

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£7,090
(USD $9,993)
(EUR €7,982)
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Single cabin

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

£12,052
(USD $16,989)
(EUR €13,570)
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Complete cabin

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

£14,179
(USD $19,987)
(EUR €15,964)

Twin Deluxe

Twin Deluxe 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
  • These cabins are corner cabins and are slightly more spacious than the normal twin porthole/window cabins
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£7,611
(USD $10,729)
(EUR €8,570)
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Single cabin

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

£12,939
(USD $18,239)
(EUR €14,569)
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Complete cabin

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

£15,223
(USD $21,458)
(EUR €17,140)

Superior

Superior Cabin
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  • 2 windows
  • 1 double bed
  • 1 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).

£13,827
(USD $19,490)
(EUR €15,568)
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Complete cabin

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

£16,267
(USD $22,930)
(EUR €18,315)