On board MS BREMEN from Cape Town to Buenos Aires

Expedition Antarctica – From Cape to Cape: Adventure at Christmastime

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Exciting expedition days, that will afford you fascinating experiences, lie between Africa and South America. Watch penguins, whales and elephant seals in overwhelming landscapes, and gaze across endless glaciers and sparkling icebergs. Unforgettable Zodiacs rides and captivating lectures make the power of creation and the sensitive balance of nature literally tangible.


from Cape Town to Buenos Aires

Cruise dates:from 16.12.2013 to 11.01.2014 (27 days)
Your ship: MS BREMEN
Cruise number: BRE1400

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

Itinerary

Mon, 16.12.2013

Scheduled flight Germany – Cape Town

Tue, 17.12.2013

Overnight stay with breakfast

Wed, 18.12.2013

Guided tour
Overnight stay on board

Thu, 19.12.2013

Cape Town/South Africa, departure 11.30 hrs

Island in the endless sea 
It seems to be far from the rest of the world. If the weather allows, on your way from Cape Town to Antarctica you will land at the tiny volcanic island Tristan da Cunha  - for a fascinating insight into the rough life of the approximately 300 people who live here.

Fri, 20.12.2013
- Mon, 23.12.2013

Relaxation at sea

Tue, 24.12.2013

Tristan da Cunha (depending on weather)

Wed, 25.12.2013
- Sat, 28.12.2013

Relaxation at sea

Sun, 29.12.2013
- Tue, 31.12.2013

South Georgia

South Georgia – the kingdom of the king penguins 
Flexibly, spontaneously, impressively – the Zodiacs spring into action several times a day in order to provide you with breathtaking expedition experiences and awesome animal observations. For example, when you stand in front of a gigantic colony of king penguins. Hundreds of thousands of these animals have their habitat on the hillsides and coasts of the island. You will never again forget the multitudinous swarm and the background noise. During spectacular landings on three intensive days, including those in Salisbury Plain and Gold Harbour, you will even encounter sea bears and ponderous elephant seals on the beaches of the rugged coast while black-browed albatrosses and giant petrels nest on the rocks. Renowned experts, including biologists, geologists or glaciologists accompany you and, with many surprising details, help you to consolidate your unique natural experiences, or make the pioneering days of Antarctic research come alive for you: In the former whale-catching station Grytviken you can visit the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton and remember the heroic exertions with which this man once saved his team.

Wed, 01.01.2014

Relaxation at sea

Thu, 02.01.2014
- Mon, 06.01.2014

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

On the South Orkney Islands you can learn how modern Antarctic researchers work when, in good weather conditions, you visit the oldest permanently occupied research station in Antarctica, the Argentinean station Orcadas (subject to permission). 

Breathtaking – South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
 
Experience defines the day when the BREMEN penetrates further in a southerly direction. Your expedition through the Weddell Sea will lead you on a direct path to adventure. Off Paulet Island the ice creaks and cracks against the strengthened bow of the ship and the awareness of what exertions the pioneers of Antarctic research had to face becomes increasingly tangible – for example, when Otto Nordenskjöld’s ship was trapped by the ice in 1903 and his team was forced to spend the winter there under the severest circumstances. Where the weather and ice conditions dictate the course, the experienced crew reacts flexibly and spontaneously in order to endow you with unforgettable moments in the magical world of Antarctica. The same applies to an eventful stop in the amazing white world of the sixth continent in Mikkelsen Harbour. Here you will sight fur seals and Weddell seals and, with any luck, even humpback whales. On the way to Cierva Cove the robust Zodiacs will bring you to a vast glacier. Accompanied by the expert team you will tread the Antarctic mainland – a moment that is just as festive as intensive (depending on the ice and weather conditions). A highlight of a special kind awaits you on Deception Island. The island consists of the ring-shaped remainder of a caldera into which a small, well manoeuvrable ship like the BREMEN can easily steer. Here you will have the only opportunity of bathing on the black lava beach – in the midst of the unreality of Antarctica.

Tue, 07.01.2014

Passage through the Drake Passage

Wed, 08.01.2014

Cape Horn/Chile (depending on the weather)

The legendary Cape Horn, that was first circumnavigated in 1616, memorably rounds off your voyage. A final landing with the Zodiacs succeeds in good weather and favourable current. Then you can climb up to the famous Albatross Monument, a memorial to the seamen of past times – and look back on an unforgettable Antarctica Expedition.

Thu, 09.01.2014

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

Fri, 10.01.2014

Guided tour of the city
Scheduled flight Buenos Aires – Germany

Sat, 11.01.2014

Arrival in Germany

On this expedition to Antarctica an adjustment of the itinerary can become necessary. Depending on weather and ice conditions the Captain will decide on the best possible alternatives. 

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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 A: IGUACU

Expedition Leader on Board BREMEN

Since 1992 Dr Hans-Joachim Spitzenberger has led many

expeditions to Antarctica. As a passionate photographer and team member

on various research projects he can convey his knowledge about the

animals of the most remote regions of the world in a fascinating way.