On board MS BREMEN from Ushuaia to Ushuaia

Expedition Antarctica - A white Christmas like never before

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An evocative spectacle of natural light: At Christmastime, the icy landscapes of the Antarctic give off a unique glow and light up the animal kingdom as a new generation is born. Give yourself the gift of intense encounters with the rich variety of species in this wildlife habitat.


Itinerary

Fri, 18.12.2015

Scheduled flight Germany – Buenos Aires

Sat, 19.12.2015

City tour, overnight stay with breakfast

Sun, 20.12.2015

Charter flight to Ushuaia/Argentina, departure 22.00 hrs

Mon, 21.12.2015

Relaxation at sea

Tue, 22.12.2015
- Wed, 23.12.2015

Falkland Islands

Dream destination for birdwatchers: the Falkland Islands
Board the BREMEN’s Zodiacs for the first time and discover a fascinating, abundant world of birds at close range. On several flexible landings, you will experience this unique ecosystem at first hand, joining experts to observe rockhopper and Magellanic Penguins, which share their habitat with kelp geese, black-browed albatrosses and steamer ducks. By contrast, the small capital of Stanley appears to be “very British”. Discover Victorian houses and the world’s southernmost Anglican church.

Thu, 24.12.2015
- Fri, 25.12.2015

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 26.12.2015
- Mon, 28.12.2015

South Georgia

Unforgettable encounters in South Georgia Three expedition days packed with great experiences lie ahead, when glaciated mountain summits on the horizon announce your approach to this unique animal paradise. Hundreds of thousands of king penguins live on the coasts and hillsides of the island and bring the stunning landscape to life. On up to three trips and landings each day with the Zodiacs, you can experience this rich animal kingdom up close, and see elephant seals fighting over a harem or observe gentoo penguins and thousands of king penguins breeding and raising their young. Prominent experts with extensive experience in the Antarctic will be able to tell you all about the fauna and flora. In Grytviken, for example, you will be able to immerse yourself in the exciting history of polar exploration. Visit the tiny whalers’ church built in 1913, and the grave of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, whose legendary Endurance expedition came to a fortunate end on South Georgia.

Tue, 29.12.2015

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 30.12.2015
- Mon, 04.01.2016

South Orkney Islands , Weddell Sea , South Shetland Islands , Antarctic Peninsula

You will also gain an insight into the everyday lives of modern polar researchers on the South Orkney Islands, where, weather permitting, you will be taken ashore in the Zodiacs to visit the Argentinian Orcadas research station (subject to authorisation). And with a little luck, you will have your first sighting of majestic icebergs off Signy Island.

Thrilling Moments in the Ice: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Where weather and ice dictate the route, only a genuine expedition ship such as the BREMEN can guarantee you the full Antarctic experience. It is small, manoeuvrable and, thanks to its highest ice class for passenger ships, even capable of sailing through ice floes and pack ice. The ship clears its inexorable path in the direction of the Antarctic Peninsula. Experience magical moments when the Zodiacs take you ashore, for example on Paulet Island in the Weddell Sea, bringing you right up-close to thousands of Adelie penguins. Or when cruising in the Antarctic Sound, where huge tabular icebergs drift silently through the water. Every day on board passes in the spirit of daring pioneers, such as Otto Nordenskjöld, who once endured great hardship to explore this remote region. With their many years of experience in the polar regions of this world, the captain, crew and the well-versed experts in various specialised topics will provide you with enthralling expedition experiences that you will never forget. For instance, the black volcanic beaches of Deception Island may surprise you. Or marvel at the wonders of Paradise Bay. With the Zodiacs, you will glide past sparkling icebergs to majestic, lofty glacial towers, the crevices of which glow blue.

If the ice and weather conditions permit a landing, you will be able to set foot on the Antarctic mainland – an exceptionally moving moment during your expedition. Further south, your journey takes you through the narrow Lemaire Channel: spectacular peaks on both sides make this waterway one of the world’s most beautiful shipping passages. In the Penola Strait, the excitement on board rises yet again. How far to the south can the BREMEN actually sail? This is a question that can only be answered on board when you get there. Yet one thing is certain, the landings with the Zodiacs will enable you to enjoy the full beauty of this Antarctic wonderland between huge colonies of Adelie and chinstrap penguins. The passage through the Neumayer-Kanal serves up panoramic views of amazing glaciers in the midst of icebergs as high as houses.

Tue, 05.01.2016

Sailing through the Drake Passage

Wed, 06.01.2016

Cape Horn/Chile

The legendary Cape Horn, which was first sailed around in 1616, will be a memorable end to your cruise. If the weather is good and the currents are favourable, there will be a last landing with the Zodiacs. You could then climb up to the famous Cape Horn Memorial with the albatross in honour of sailors from times gone by – and look back over an unforgettable Antarctic expedition.

Thu, 07.01.2016

Ushuaia/Argentina, arrival 6.00 hrs
Charter flight to Buenos Aires
Overnight stay with breakfast

Fri, 08.01.2016

Scheduled flight Buenos Aires – Germany

Sat, 09.01.2016

Arrival in Germany

A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition to Antarctica. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on weather and ice conditions.

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Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.

Following programmes we offer in German:

PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: IGUACU

A marine biology specialist in the team of experts

The marine biologist Dr Antje Kakuschke travelled for many weeks on board research ships as a student and has studied the influence of pollutants on the health of marine mammals at the Geesthacht research centre.