On board MS HANSEATIC from Ushuaia to Ushuaia

Expedition Antarctica - a Christmas like never before

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Antarctica’s icy landscapes will take on a unique glow during the festive season. The first penguin chicks have arrived, and numerous walks with the experts will prove perfect for nature lovers.

from Ushuaia to Ushuaia

Cruise dates:from 15.12.2017 to 05.01.2018 (21 days)
Cruise number: HAN1800

18 days cruise only from £ 12,246 per person
incl. travel packages to / from departure / arrival point from £ 14,026 per person

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This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.
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Fri, 15.12.2017

Scheduled flight from Germany to Buenos Aires

Sat, 16.12.2017

City tour, overnight stay with breakfast

Sun, 17.12.2017

Charter flight to Ushuaia/Argentina, departure 22.00 hrs

Mon, 18.12.2017

Relaxation at sea

Tue, 19.12.2017
- Wed, 20.12.2017

Falkland Islands

Just as moving as the history of the British overseas territory, the abundant bird life becomes apparent as soon as the Zodiac takes you to the coast. With more than 60 different species, including rockhopper penguins, Magellanic penguins and albatrosses, the island is a paradise for ornithologists. During natural history walks along the coast, your experts will provide fascinating information about the head-high tussock grass and the Victorian houses in Stanley.

Thu, 21.12.2017
- Fri, 22.12.2017

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 23.12.2017
- Mon, 25.12.2017

South Georgia

Days of breathtaking expedition experiences lie ahead when glaciated mountain summits and deep fjords on the horizon signal your approach to this unique animal paradise. Flexible, spontaneous and impressive: the Zodiacs are used several times a day to let you experience very special wildlife sightings. For example, standing with the experts in front of a gigantic colony of king penguins. The island is home to almost 200,000 animals inhabiting the steep slopes and coasts – such as Salisbury Plain, which is covered by birds begging for food, or the Gold Harbour beach where fur seals and elephant seals sleep through your visit. The biologists, geologists or glaciologists accompanying you will intensify your unique natural experiences with surprising details about the masses of animals. At the former Grytviken whaling station, the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton recalls the bravery and adventure of times gone by. Making a heroic effort, he once saved his team after the ship was forced to spend winter in the pack ice. It is an example of the lifelines of the polar explorers you will cross on every expedition.

Tue, 26.12.2017
- Wed, 27.12.2017

Relaxation at sea

Thu, 28.12.2017
- Sun, 01.01.2017

Weddell Sea , South Shetland Islands , Antarctic Peninsula

Weddell Sea
Feel how impressive complete silence can be in the Weddell Sea. It is home to breathtaking icebergs, some of which are as tall as a house and covered by Adelie penguins, and dense pack ice. The ice crunches and cracks around the ship’s reinforced bow. How far into this region can the HANSEATIC actually make it? For example, in 1903, the Nordenskjöld expedition was forced to wait ten months to be rescued on the volcanic Paulet Island. Today, the island is home to countless penguins and, like Devil Island, makes for a very lively spectacle.

South Shetland Islands
Towering basalt rocks, bizarre volcanic rock, black volcanic beaches and fossils up to 150 million years old: the archaic beauty of the Antarctic’s largest island group is also a history book of geology – and Antarctic exploration. After being forced to abandon their ship in the ice, Shackleton’s men spent the winter on the rocky Elephant Island. In good weather, we can set out in smaller boats to reach destinations such as Half Moon Island. Walk across vast fields of snow and enjoy beautiful views of the rugged neighbouring Livingston Island, the home of majestic elephant seals. Your impressions will be just as unforgettable when the HANSEATIC calls at Deception lsland. Thanks to its shallow draught, the ship can sail directly into the flooded caldera of the extinct volcano. Flanked by rock faces up to 50 m (164 ft) in height, the black sand in front of you gives off steam as a testament to a past eruption – and you in the heart of the scenery.

Antarctic Peninsula and outlying islands
Where weather and ice dictate the route, only a genuine expedition ship like the HANSEATIC can guarantee the full Antarctic experience: enjoy unforgettable moments when, for example, you first set foot on the Antarctic mainland near to Paradise Bay. Snow-capped summits surround the bay, where icebergs the size of houses drift and glaciers tower hundreds of metres above. The imposing glacier cliffs, such as those of Neko Harbor, generate a sublime soundscape. And gentoo penguins stretch as far as the eye can see – including on Cuverville Island, for example, surrounded by drifting icebergs. One of the most impressive shipping passages in the world is the Lemaire Channel: mountains up to 1,000 m (3,280 ft) high line the strait of water and seem to be almost within reach. The Neumayer Channel and Port Lockroy provide panoramic views of glaciers that are no less breathtaking. The former British research station is one of the historical sites of the Antarctic and has been transformed into a museum – only a handful of people live here to record first-hand observations of hundreds of birds and numerous penguins.

Tue, 02.01.2018
- Wed, 03.01.2018

Sailing through the Drake Passage

Thu, 04.01.2018

Ushuaia/Argentina, arrival 6.00 hrs
Charter flight to Buenos Aires
Scheduled flight from Buenos Aires to Germany

Fri, 05.01.2018

Arrival in Germany

A change in itinerary may be required on this expedition. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on weather and ice conditions. Wildlife sightings may vary from year to year.
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Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
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Team of experts on board

On every expedition, you will be accompanied by renowned experts in various fields. Biologists, glaciologists, geologists and historians will make you experience the wonders of the sixth continent even more intensely. In-depth on-board preparation and follow-up sessions for trips ashore, interesting pointers during Zodiac rides and compelling expert knowledge on your natural history excursions ashore will broaden the horizons of your knowledge.