A dream in the ice: experience breathtaking days of pioneering that will transform into a sheer sense of expedition. Mighty icebergs, gargantuan glaciers and unspoilt islands form the stunning home of penguins, seals and whales. If the Antarctic is still just a blank spot on your personal map of the world, start picturing your spectacular experiences now.
Extend your stay with the subsequent cruise NAT2205 and save € 500 per person. (Applies to Categories 1 – 10)
The surcharge for single travellers on this cruise (Categories 1 – 8) is only 20 %.
Scheduled flight from Germany to Buenos Aires
City tour, overnight stay with breakfast
Charter flight to Ushuaia/Argentina, departure 18.00 hrs
Sailing through the Drake Passage
South Shetland Islands , Antarctic Peninsula , South Orkney Islands
SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS AND THE ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
Enjoy unforgettable moments when, for example, you set foot on the Antarctic mainland near to 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 (3,280 ft) high line the strait of water. The Neumayer Channel and Port Lockroy provide panoramic views of glaciers that are no less breathtaking.
SOUTH ORKNEY ISLANDS
The South Orkney Islands were discovered in 1821 by the whalers George Powell and Nathaniel Palmer. In 1823, they were given their present name by James Weddell. The South Orkney archipelago lies just inside the territory covered by the Antarctic Treaty. The distance to the Antarctic Peninsula is still about 600 km. 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 icy polar light.
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
Montevideo/Uruguay, arrival 7.00 hrs
Scheduled flight from Montevideo 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.
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.