On board MS BREMEN from Ushuaia to Bluff
Semi-circumnavigation of Antarctica - An eternal route – legends and lifelong dreams
One of the greatest adventures of modern times: the semi-circumnavigation of Antarctica. At one time, daring researchers and pioneers endured unimaginable burdens and hardships to uncover the secrets of the sixth continent. To this day, humans have been a marginal presence in this barely accessible region, whose fantastic icy landscapes and creatures appear to have come from another world. Fulfil a lifelong dream with the BREMEN on the journey from South America to New Zealand – a magnificent route that only a few explorers have conquered.
from Ushuaia to Bluff
|Cruise dates:||from 26.01.2017 to 03.03.2017 (35 days)|
|Your ship:||MS BREMEN|
| Thu, 26.01.2017 |
Scheduled flight Germany – Buenos Aires
| Fri, 27.01.2017 |
City tour, overnight stay with breakfast
| Sat, 28.01.2017 |
Charter flight to Ushuaia/Argentina, departure 18.00 hrs
| Sun, 29.01.2017 |
Sailing through the Drake Passage
The adventure begins
| Mon, 30.01.2017 |
- Sat, 04.02.2017
South Shetland Islands , Antarctic Peninsula
For example, on the South Shetland Islands, the first destination on your cruise into the endless ice. Numerous Zodiac rides and landings will reveal fascinating contrasts, for example, of the volcanic Deception Island. The BREMEN will travel directly into the flooded caldera to the black lava beaches – an impressive sight. Along wonderful icy panoramas populated by Weddell and fur seals, you will head for Paradise Bay. The moment you first set foot onto the Antarctic mainland will be both ceremonious and intense. Perhaps some humpback whales will follow the ship through the Neumayer Channel, a labyrinthine strait of water framed by imposing cliffs and glaciers. In Port Lockroy, you will be greeted by gentoo penguins with their striking cry, and you can send extraordinary greetings back home from the world’s southernmost post office. Mountains up to 1,000 m high flank the narrow Lemaire Channel on one of the world’s most beautiful passages. Other ships would have long since given up, but the BREMEN continues relentlessly towards the Antarctic Circle. Upon crossing this magical boundary, you will enter an exploratory territory that has been attracting brave pioneers and researchers for generations. Thanks to the highest ice class for passenger ships, the ship’s reinforced bow pushes the white surface aside and makes for the most beautiful and rarely visited regions of the Antarctic. Depending on the ice, you will reach Horseshoe Island in Marguerite Bay and travel back in time: closed since the 1960s, the British research station looks as though it was used just yesterday. A visit to the scientists at Rothera Station (subject to authorisation) will provide fascinating insights into current climate observations. And on Stonington Island, you will discover how skuas and Antarctic terns have taken possession of the researchers’ abandoned base.
| Sun, 05.02.2017 |
- Tue, 14.02.2017
Relaxation at sea (cruise through Bellingshausen Sea, Amundsen Sea and Ross Sea – 13.2 omitted due to crossing the International Date Line)
The journey is the destination – through seas with long names
| Wed, 15.02.2017 |
- Sun, 19.02.2017
Ross Island , Terra Nova Bay , Victorialand
In famous company on Ross Island
If the weather and ice allow, you will experience another indescribable highlight when cruising off the fantastic backdrop of the Ross Ice Shelf. Up to 40 m high, the massive wall of ice stretches for 750 km and ensures magical moments and a horizon the likes of which you have never seen before.
Pure pioneering spirit! Terra Nova Bay and Victorialand
Discovered by Scott in 1901 and named after his ship: today, Terra Nova Bay houses an Italian research station, among other things. At Cape Hallet, spectacular mountains and mighty glaciers form the backdrop for landings with the Zodiacs – a beautiful, almost unreal sight. Where the Norwegian Carsten Borchgrevink became the first person to set foot on the Antarctic mainland back in 1895, you will also go ashore if the weather and ice allow. In Cape Adare, you will follow in the footsteps of the legendary explorer – in the ruins of a hut that Borchgrevink built in 1899 and in which an expedition team spent a winter in the Antarctic for the first time. The spectacular natural surroundings are just as moving as the region’s history – including the largest colony of Adelie penguins in the Antarctic with over 250,000 breeding pairs!
| Mon, 20.02.2017 |
Relaxation at sea
| Tue, 21.02.2017 |
Balleny Islands/New Zealand
Seldom visited: Australian and New Zealand Subantarctic region
| Wed, 22.02.2017 |
- Thu, 23.02.2017
Relaxation at sea
| Fri, 24.02.2017 |
Macquarie Island, which already belongs to Australia and is halfway between the Antarctic and Tasmania, has a rich flora and fauna. The BREMEN will cruise off the coast of this UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site and – depending on the conditions – the Zodiacs will also take you close to the island. Between lakes, streams and swamps live large populations of king and royal penguins and fur seals.
| Sat, 25.02.2017 |
Entspannung auf See
| Sun, 26.02.2017 |
- Tue, 28.02.2017
Campbell Island , Auckland Islands , Snares Islands/New Zealand
Meanwhile, the world’s largest colony of southern royal albatrosses can be found on New Zealand’s Campbell Island. And on a Zodiac ride, you might be able to make out some elephant seals among the tussock grass. The Auckland Islands have the lushest flora of all the subantarctic islands. Grasslands, moors and dense ironwood forests shape a landscape that houses both yellow-eyed penguins and New Zealand sea lions, which are threatened with extinction, and which you might be lucky enough to spot from the Zodiacs. The Snares penguin, meanwhile, is a species only found on the Snares Islands, where they live alongside cape petrels and albatrosses among bizarre rock formations.
| Wed, 01.03.2017 |
Bluff/New Zealand, arrival 6.00 hrs
On a Zodiac ride along the coast to the strictly protected island, you will get as close to the creatures as possible – the final highlight of an expedition packed with unique experiences that comes to an end in Bluff and that you will remember forever. Having completed a semi-circumnavigation of the Antarctic, you are now one of the few people to have explored the endless ice at close quarters and delved deep into remote worlds.
| Thu, 02.03.2017 |
Scheduled flight Christchurch – Singapore – Frankfurt
| Fri, 03.03.2017 |
Arrival in Frankfurt
A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on weather and ice conditions and official approval.
= at anchor
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: