On board MS HANSEATIC from Ushuaia to Ushuaia

Antarctic expedition - a Christmas adventure

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Experience a guaranteed white Christmas in the fascinating ice landscapes of Antarctica, and celebrate the start of the year in the company of Adelie and chinstrap penguins. Amidst a majestic world of glaciers, close up wildlife observations and sensational panoramas make for unforgettable holidays.

from Ushuaia to Ushuaia

Cruise dates:from 11.12.2014 to 06.01.2015 (27 days)
Cruise number: HAN1500

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This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.
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Thu, 11.12.2014

Scheduled flight Germany – Buenos Aires

Fri, 12.12.2014

City tour
overnight stay with breakfast

Sat, 13.12.2014

Charter flight to Ushuaia/Argentina, departure 22.00 hrs

Sun, 14.12.2014

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 15.12.2014
- Tue, 16.12.2014

Falkland Islands

Dream destination for birdwatchers: the Falkland Islands 
For the first time, climb aboard the Zodiacs of the HANSEATIC, and encounter a fascinating bird kingdom up close with a wealth of different species. On several flexible landings, you will experience this unique ecosystem in detail while observing rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, who share their habitat with kelp geese, black-browed albatrosses and steamer ducks alongside our experts. In contrast, the small capital city of Stanley appears “very British”. Discover Victorian houses and the southernmost Anglican church in the world.

Wed, 17.12.2014
- Thu, 18.12.2014

Relaxation at sea

Fri, 19.12.2014
- Sun, 21.12.2014

South Georgia

Animals, as far as the eye can see: South Georgia
Three days of expeditions full of superb experiences lay before you, when glaciated peaks on the horizon herald this unique animal paradise. Hundreds of thousands of king penguins populate the coastline and slopes of the island and animate the stunning landscape. On up to three daily excursions and Zodiac landings you will come right up close to the rich animal kingdom and may discover elephant seals fighting over a harem, or gentoo and thousands of king penguins just hatching or observe them rearing their young. Outstanding experts, which have extensive Antarctic experience, familiarise you with the fauna and flora. In Grytviken, immerse yourself in the exciting history of polar research: visit the one-time church and former whaling station of 1913 and the grave of the polar researcher Sir Ernest Shackleton, whose legendary Endurance expedition to South Georgia had a happy ending. In good weather, get an insight into the day-to-day life of modern polar researchers when you visit the Argentinian research station Orcadas on the South Orkney Islands by Zodiac (subject to authorisation). And with a little luck, view majestic icebergs for the first time ahead of Signy Island.

Mon, 22.12.2014

Relaxation at sea

Tue, 23.12.2014
- Thu, 01.01.2015

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

Worlds of wonder: South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula
Your expedition leads you directly into an adventure through the Weddell Sea to Paulet IslandThe ice crunches and cracks on the strengthened bow of the ship, and you get much more of an idea of what exertions the pioneers of polar research had to endure. Where the weather and ice conditions determine the course, the experienced crew reacts flexibly and spontaneously to bring you unforgettable moments in the wondrous world of the Antarctic. The experience determines which day the HANSEATIC presses further south. Look forward to sights such as Paradise Baythe glaciers tower hundreds of metres high and snow-covered peaks surround the bay, where icebergs the size of a house float. Your accompanying expert team reveal new worlds of knowledge and set foot on the Antarctic mainland with you if the weather and ice conditions permit a landing. Regarded as being one of the most spectacular ship passages in the world is the Lemaire Channel: mountains of up to 1,000 metres high flank the waterway and appear within your reach, while a mystical calm prevails.

In the Penola Strait, the excitement on board increases once again: how far can the HANSEATIC push south? A question that can only be answered on board. But you will certainly enjoy the full beauty of this Antarctic world of wonder on Zodiac landings. Between icebergs and large colonies of Adelie and chinstrap penguins, it is easy to be amazed.

Fri, 02.01.2015

Travelling through the Drake Passage

Sat, 03.01.2015

Cape Horn/Chile

The memorable conclusion to your cruise is provided by the legendary Cape Horn, which was circumnavigated for the first time in 1616. A final landing with the Zodiacs will be possible in good weather and if the current is favourable. Then you can climb up to the famous albatross monument, which commemorates the seamen of earlier times – and look back on an unforgettable Antarctic expedition.

Sun, 04.01.2015

Ushuaia/Argentina, arrival 6.00 hrs
charter flight to Buenos Aires
overnight stay with breakfast

Mon, 05.01.2015

Scheduled flight Buenos Aires – Germany

Tue, 06.01.2015

Arrival in Germany

A change of itinerary may become necessary on this expedition in the Antarctic. The captain will decide on the best possible alternatives depending on the 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:


Biology specialist in the expert team

Biologist Dr Rolf Schiel specialises

primarily in the marine biology and ecology of the polar habitats. As

part of numerous zoological excursions, he has spent long periods of

time in the Antarctic. He will share his knowledge of polar nature with

you on shore excursions, wildlife observations and as part of talks.