13-day Antarctica – Frozen Land of the Penguins

Expedition ship: MS Fram

Fares from $7,047* pp

Departures Nov 15, 2017, Jan 2 & 14, 2018

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Starting in Buenos Aires, you have the possibility to discover the ”Paris of South America” before embarking on MS Fram in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost town. We set a course through the scenic Beagle Channel for the notorious Drake Passage, accompanied by wandering albatross and other seabirds. An expert lecture series focusing on the history, environment, and wildlife of Antarctica prepares you for adventure ahead as the ship heads south into open sea.

Explore the wildlife of Antarctica

Having no land predators to worry about, the animals in Antarctica are fearless when encountering humans. They are as curious as you are, and there will be plenty of opportunities to take advantage of your mutual curiosity when we visit the resident colonies of Chinstrap penguins at Deception Island and Half Moon Island, the Gentoo penguin colonies at Yankee Harbour, Cuverville Island, Neko Harbour and Paradise Harbour or the Adélie penguins at Peterman Island and the huge icebergs in the Antarctic Sound, where you also meet leopard seals and killer whales. The sights, smells, and noises of these huge colonies will overwhelm you – as will hikes to explore the some of the last untouched places on the planet.

Turning back we will once again sail through the Drake Passage, notorious among the early polar explorers, before disembarking in Ushuaia.

Itinerary

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Day 1 Buenos Aires

Your voyage starts with an overnight stay at a first class hotel in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. We offer an optional city tour in the afternoon. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover ”Paris of South America” for yourself.

Day 2 Buenos Aires / Ushuaia

The flight leaves Buenos Aires in the morning allowing you a few hours to explore Ushuaia or to join an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. In the evening MS Fram sets her course through the scenic Beagle Channel for the Drake Passage and Antarctica.

Days 3-4 Drake Passage

In addition to spotting the wandering albatross and other seabirds from deck, the crossing of the Drake Passage features our lecture series focusing on the history, environment and wildlife of Antarctica. Our series also includes a thorough introduction to the Antarctic visitor guidelines from the Antarctic Treaty and International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO).

During these two days at sea, you have time to get prepared for Antarctica and the close encounters with Antarctica’s wildlife, the penguins in particular. These amazing birds in their large, dense ‘rookeries’, some with 180,000 or more birds, will overwhelm you.

Days 5 – 11 Antarctica

Antarctica is different from anything else you will ever experience! Once we have crossed the Antarctic Convergence you will start feeling the air getting crisper and colder. You will begin to see Antarctic penguins in the water, and don’t forget to be on the lookout for the first iceberg. There are no permanent human inhabitants in Antarctica, but it is home to millions of penguins and the feeding area for thousands of whales. The penguins are fearless when encountering humans and they might be just as curious about you as you are about them.
Some of the highlights during our time here are Deception Island and Half Moon Island, because of the resident colonies of chinstrap penguins. Enjoy beautiful vistas and the gentoo penguin colonies on Yankee Harbour, Cuverville Island, Neko Harbour and Paradise Harbour.
On Petermann Island you will see thousands of adélie penguins. The British base in Port Lockroy is one of the most popular sites in Antarctica, and offers a peek into life on an Antarctic base in the 1950s. The nesting gentoo penguins surrounding the main building have become accustomed to the frequent human visitors.

The huge ice shelves of the Antarctic sound are home to an estimated half million adélie penguins as well as gentoo penguins, leopard seals, and killer whales. The best way to experience adélie penguins in Brown Bluff is to sit quietly and watch nature’s cutest comedians at work. When opportunities arise we will launch our kayaks, pitch tents ashore and take you on unforgettable hikes to explore one the most beautiful, untouched places on the planet.

Days 12 – 13 Drake Passage

The voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula to Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina is roughly 950 km (600 miles) or 40 hours of sailing time in good weather.

On our way back to civilization, we will continue our lecture series and recap our experiences of Antarctica.

Day 14 Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

We arrive back in Ushuaia in the morning where you can join an optional excursion. After the flight back to Buenos Aires you can extend your adventure with a post voyage extension to the Tigre Delta or Iguazu falls.

About the MS Fram

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram honors the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology and making her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in polar regions.

Fram means ‘forward’ – lifting expectations of the voyage at hand. MS Fram was built in 2007 with one mission in mind – to bring her guests closer to nature, wildlife and unforgettable experiences. The spacious outside decks include access to the very front of the ship – a great place to observe marine wildlife.

The ship is purpose built as an expedition vessel with a higher ice-class, chart drawing tools,ship depth sounding database, extractable forward sounding sonar, iceberg search lights, autonomous tracking system, oversized oil retention system for self-sufficiency, and a full ‘expedition tools-deck’ equivalent to a car-deck that holds 25 vehicles. We believe that as an explorer you need an ‘expedition base-camp’ that is comfortable – something that combines ‘all oceans capabilities’ with safety, flexibility and environmental friendliness. That’s Fram – simply the best expedition ship imaginable.

The observation lounge, with comfortable sitting areas at the top of the ship and large panoramic windows, gives you incredible views of nature. A pair of binoculars is installed for spotting wildlife and details of the ever changing landscape.

In the restaurant on deck 5, you can enjoy the finest cuisine. The floor has different levels, so no matter where your table is placed; there are views to the outdoors. The restaurant is located in the aft of the ship, on your way there you walk through an exhibition of original artefacts from the historic expeditions of Amundsen and Nansen. At the far end of the restaurant there is a balcony for taking pictures when wildlife show up during a meal. On deck 7 you will find a well-equipped fitness room, with its panoramic ocean view there is no better place to exercise. On top of the ship you can get warm and cosy in the sauna or bathe in one of the outdoor Jacuzzis. Let the warm water surround you while the icebergs float silently past the side of the ship.

With 127 cabins on MS Fram, you have a choice of comfortable cabins and a number of superior suites to choose from. Our suites are named after Norwegian polar heroes, MS Fram travels in the wake of these great explorers. We are very proud of the art commissioned for MS Fram – local artists from the Arctic have contributed to making her a modern masterpiece. The ‘tender pit’ is where we embark, fully dressed in suitable expedition and excursion gear, on our sturdy Polarcirkel boats to take you safely from ship to shore. The original Fram was a ship for broadening the understanding of the world – let the new MS Fram do the same for you.

Deck Plans

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Cabins

Expedition Suite

Our Expeditions Suites are the most exquisite cabins on the ship. Situated on upper deck, you can enjoy the most comfortable suites on board. Inside you will find seating areas with TV, bathrooms with shower/wc and most of them have double beds. All of the suites offer cabin kits, which contains bathrobe, slippers and other beauty articles.  Some of the suites do have more facilities than others.

Arctic Superior

Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of our Arctic Superior cabins. Situated on both upper and middle deck, they all have bathrooms with shower and WC. They are also equipped with tea and coffee -making facilities. Most of them have separate beds, where one doubles as a sofa, and some have double beds. All the cabins have individual specifications.

Polar Inside

Our cosy Polar Inside cabins can be found on all decks. All cabins include bathrooms with shower/WC. Most of the cabins have separate beds where one doubles as a sofa, while some are equipped with a double bed or upper and lower berths. All the cabins have individual specifications.

Polar Outside

Our Polar Outside cabins are situated mostly on middle or lower deck and all have bathrooms with shower/WC. Some have double beds, others offer separate beds (where one is a sofa bed) or upper and lower berths. All the cabins have individual specifications.

* All prices listed  are per person, double occupancy, in USD, in an inside cabin, unless otherwise specified, and valid for new FIT bookings. Prices are subject to change to change without notice. This offer can be combined with the Ambassador discount for past passengers and the Child discount. Offer is not combinable with Canada discount.