• Spectacular sights on a grand scale: majestic tabular icebergs in the Weddell Sea • Illuminating and fascinating: Zodiac rides and landings with an experienced team of experts • Exciting passage of the Lemaire Channel with glaciers, icebergs and peaks up to 1,000 m (3,281 ft) high • Glittering icy landscapes shine in a unique interplay of colour and light • Good opportunities for whale watching • Camping in the Antarctic
There is no surcharge for single travellers on this cruise (Categories 1 – 8).
Scheduled flight from Germany to Buenos Aires
City tour, overnight stay with breakfast
Charter flight to Ushuaia/Argentina
Ushuaia/Argentina, departure 18.00 hrs
Relaxation at sea
The British overseas territory has more than just a turbulent history; discover its impressive birdlife the moment your Zodiac lands. With more than 60 different species, including rockhopper penguins, Magellanic penguins and albatrosses, the Falkland Islands are 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.
Relaxation at sea
In this unique wildlife paradise, the Zodiacs are used several times a day to let you experience very special sightings. For example, standing with the experts in front of a gigantic colony of king penguins. The island is home to hundreds of thousands of animals inhabiting the steep slopes and coasts – such as Salisbury Plain or the Gold Harbour beach where fur seals and elephant seals will not be disturbed by your visit. At the former Grytviken whaling station, the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton recalls the adventures of times gone by.
Relaxation at sea
South Orkney Islands , South Shetland Islands , Weddell Sea , Antarctic Peninsula
SOUTH ORKNEY ISLANDS
For scientists, the Antarctic is an enormous natural laboratory – and that includes this largely glaciated island group. You will also gain an insight into the everyday lives of polar researchers when, weather permitting, you will be taken in the Zodiacs to visit the Argentinian Orcadas Station (subject to authorisation). Enjoy the pure fascination of the drifting tabular icebergs which, with a bit of luck, you will see off Signy Island, for example. The bizarre blocks that have broken off the shelf ice and their huge archways shimmer a mystical shade of blue in the cool polar light. And you will pass close by on board the ship – simply breathtaking.
SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS AND THE ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
Enjoy unforgettable moments with a tour in Paradise Bay. Snow-capped summits surround the bay, where icebergs drift and glaciers tower hundreds of metres above. The gigantic glacier cliffs, such as those of Neko Harbor, provide a unique backdrop. Gentoo penguins stretch as far as the eye can see, for example on Cuverville Island. One of the most impressive shipping passages in the world is the Lemaire Channel: mountains up to 1,000 m (3,281 ft) high line the strait of water. Where other ships have to turn back, the new expedition class forges ahead to adventures, such as in the middle of the flooded caldera of Deception Island.
ANTARCTIC SOUND AND WEDDELL SEA
When cruising in the Antarctic Sound, the deck becomes your front-row seat for unique natural spectacles, for example when the water is suddenly parted by the fluke of a majestic whale. The Weddell Sea is home to breathtaking ice formations, some of which are as tall as a house and covered by Adelie penguins, and dense pack ice. How far can your expedition ship go? 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.
Sailing through the Drake Passage
Ushuaia/Argentina, arrival 6.00 hrs
Charter flight to Buenos Aires
Overnight stay with breakfast
Scheduled flight from Buenos Aires to Germany
Arrival in Germany
The itinerary depends on weather and ice conditions. The described natural experiences and animal sightings are possibilities on these expeditions and are not guaranteed.
Possibility on this cruise: camping in the Antarctic.
The camping experience can be booked on board. This optional activity is not included in the cruise price. Find out more at www.hl-cruises.com/camping-in-the-antarctic
The following programmes can be booked.
Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German and are charged additionally to the travel package. The prices and conditions for these programmes can be found on the German travel details page and are charged additionally to the travel package. For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.
The following programmes are offered in German:
Our popular pre- and post-cruise programmes include a broad spectrum of excursions and are usually accompanied by experienced Hapag-Lloyd Cruises tour guides. Recommended for guests who like to share their experiences with a group of like-minded travellers. Explore specially selected highlights of your holiday destination and enjoy the convenience of group travel – we will take care of the transfers, excursions and overnight stays.