On board MS HANSEATIC from Rio de Janeiro to Ushuaia

Expedition Antarctica - Bizarre realm of the ice giants

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Be prepared for a fascinating land of extremes: mighty glaciers and majestic icebergs are interspersed with huge colonies of penguins and the territory of whales – those massive rulers of the seas. The Zodiacs head for the water time and time again to ensure some truly thrilling expedition moments – intense experiences that go beyond your wildest imagination. Since it has the highest ice class for passenger ships, the HANSEATIC is in its element well away from civilisation and will take you right into the wonderland of the Antarctic.

from Rio de Janeiro to Ushuaia

Cruise dates:from 14.11.2015 to 06.12.2015 (22 days)
Cruise number: HAN1522

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This is a bilingual cruise with English shore excursions. [Read more]


Sat, 14.11.2015

Scheduled flight Germany – Rio de Janeiro

Sun, 15.11.2015

Day room (mid-range hotel)
Rio de Janeiro/Brazil, departure 17.00 hrs

Mon, 16.11.2015
- Fri, 20.11.2015

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 21.11.2015
- Mon, 23.11.2015

South Georgia

South Georgia – a wildlife paradise
To prepare you for the realm of the penguins, a captivating experience awaits you. Numerous lectures by experts will provide some interesting facts about the wildlife and nature of the polar region. You will then be able to cast a trained eye on the many facets of South Georgia that are just waiting to be discovered. Flexible, spontaneous and impressive: the Zodiacs are used several times a day to enable expeditionary experiences and wildlife sightings that take your breath away. Take standing in front of a gigantic colony of king penguins, for example. Hundreds of thousands of these animals populate the slopes and coasts of the island. During spectacular landings over three intensive days, including in Salisbury Plain and Gold Harbour, you will encounter fur seals and sedate elephant seals on the beaches along the craggy coastline, while black-browed albatrosses and giant petrels make their nests in among the rocks. Renowned experts, including biologists, geologists and glaciologists, will accompany you and add new dimensions to your unique natural experiences by revealing surprising details. Or they will bring to life the pioneering days of Antarctic research: in the former Grytviken whaling station, you will visit the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton and remember the heroic efforts with which this man once rescued his team.

Tue, 24.11.2015

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 25.11.2015
- Tue, 01.12.2015

Passing the South Orkney Islands, South Shetland Islands ,
Antarctic Peninsula

If the ice conditions are favourable on your way south towards the Antarctic Peninsula, you will pass by the South Orkney Islands.

Wonderland of the Antarctic Peninsula
Brown Bluff rises up impressively before you, with its more than 700 m high brown tuff cliffs standing proud between two mighty glaciers. This panorama is accompanied by the cries of countless kelp gulls as well as cape and snow petrels. The Zodiacs will bring you ashore so that you can get acquainted with the Adelie penguins that live here in a large colony of several thousand animals. A hike along the coast with explanations from the experts on the biology of the colony and the geology of the island promise to provide fascinating insights.

The experienced crew will react flexibly and spontaneously to guarantee you unforgettable moments in the icy paradise of the Antarctic. However, nature will define exactly which overwhelming discoveries you will make – such as on an exciting Zodiac trip through the ice-covered Cierva Cove bay. With a little luck, you will be able to observe leopard seals and minke whales. The wonders of Paradise Bay are just as impressive. 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 (depending on ice): spectacular peaks on both sides make this waterway one of the world’s most beautiful shipping passages.
At the end of your cruise, the excitement on board rises yet again. How far to the south can the HANSEATIC 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.
In the clear air on deck, a genuine pioneering spirit prevails, which will also accompany you on the route back north when you cruise through the Neumayer-Kanal with its amazing glaciers. The volcanic Deception Island is an unforgettable sight to bring your cruise to a close. The entrance into the caldera is an experience in itself. On the black volcanic beaches, you can relax and look back over the many experiences you have had on this varied expedition.

Wed, 02.12.2015
- Thu, 03.12.2015

Sailing through the Drake Passage

Fri, 04.12.2015

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

Sat, 05.12.2015

City tour
Scheduled flight Buenos Aires – Germany

Sun, 06.12.2015

Arrival in Germany

* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.

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:



A geology specialist in the team of experts

Even during her studies, Heike Fries was intrigued by the calving glaciers at both of the earth’s poles. This geoscientist has been spending summers and winters here since 2001. She is able to convey her passion for the ice formations of the Antarctic in a fascinating way – in presentations on board and as part of excursions ashore.