Memorable moments in the endless ice await you as you discover the wonders of the sixth continent on board the HANSEATIC and its Zodiacs. Setting a course for adventure, you will travel deep into a region that can only be reached thanks to the ship’s highest ice class for passenger ships. Where other cruise ships have to turn about, the HANSEATIC will follow on the trail of famous explorers. Thanks to the expertise of the natural scientists on board, you can become a polar researcher yourself. Penguin colonies, schools of whales and flocks of seabirds are just some of the many fascinating life forms in this world of icebergs and glaciers – and which will help quell your longing for the legendary Antarctic.
from Ushuaia to Ushuaia
|Cruise dates:||from 02.12.2015 to 23.12.2015 (21 days)|
| Your ship:|| MS HANSEATIC|
| Cruise number:|| HAN1523|
This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.
Dream destination for birdwatchers: the Falkland Islands
Board the Zodiacs of the HANSEATIC 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.
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 discover fur seals or elephant seals fighting over a harem. Whilst the king penguins incubate their eggs in a fold of their skin, gentoo penguins construct their nests out of little stones, which they often steal from one another. 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.
Rediscover the Antarctic Peninsula
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 fascinating discoveries await you – 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. 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. Now 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 out on deck, a genuine pioneering spirit prevails, which will also accompany you on the route back north when you cruise, depending on the ice conditions, 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 enjoy the views over the mighty caldera. This is an impressive natural scene, which will add another highlight to the expedition.
A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition to the Antarctic. 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:
POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: CHRISTMAS AT IGUACO FALLS