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Crossing the Antarctic Circle aboard the Ocean Victory

12 days

Never more than 16 guests

Magnificent Scenery + All the Wildlife Thrills of the Southern Seas

  • Action-packed days on our classic voyage show you incredible wildlife, stunning mountain scenery and gigantic icebergs!
  • Let our experienced, sharp-eyed exploration naturalists show you one of the world’s top wildlife destinations, home to a rich variety of penguins, sea birds and marine mammals.
  • Thoughtful lectures and insight from our onboard experts enhance every day of your voyage, at sea and ashore.
  • Discover Tierra del Fuego at the End of the World, a land of mountains, sea coasts, forests and waterways.
  • Numerous Zodiac excursions reveal the mythic seascapes and terrain of the wild and pristine coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Spend two days exploring the remote South Shetland Islands where you can encounter vast penguin rookeries and remarkable sites like the flooded caldera of Deception Island.
  • With 1 night luxury hotel + 10-night cruise in an outside cabin; 30 meals with wine at dinner; all sightseeing + shore excursions; all transfers + luggage handling; port charges; all shipboard gratuities; and all other gratuities except for your guides. 

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You’ll be met on arrival and escorted to the 5-star Arakur Resort & Spa where sea-view rooms have been reserved for our guests.


Discover Tierra del Fuego + Embark the Ocean Victory

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This morning’s guided tour reveals the raw, wild beauty of Tierra del Fuego National Park. Traveling all the way to Lapataia Bay, you’ll have a chance to observe indigenous species as you explore the region’s forested mountains and waterways. Then board our state-of-the-art ship and settle in to your outside stateroom. Meet your expedition team and get acquainted with our luxury Polar vessel as you set sail along the Beagle Channel.  Meals B+D


Crossing the Drake Passage

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While the Drake Passage is known for its high winds and seas, you’ll voyage confidently aboard the Ocean Victory, our next-generation Polar ship purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines and a highly-qualified crew. Enhanced by engaging shipboard talks with experts in the wildlife, geology, history and climate of Antarctica, this first day at sea sets the stage for the exciting voyage ahead.  Meals B+L+D


Cruising Toward Antarctica

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Named for the renowned explorer Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence – where cold Polar waters sink beneath warmer currents. This creates an upwelling of nutrients that sustains a remarkable diversity of marine life, and the anticipation builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view. Indeed, this is the day that we might catch our first sightings of seals and penguins. Conditions permitting, we also hope to make our first landfall on King George, the largest of the South Shetland Islands and home to abundant wildlife including penguins and seabirds.  Meals B+L+D


South Shetland Islands

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Over the next two days, our exciting explorations begin in earnest. A haven for wildlife, the South Shetlands offer a chance to encounter vast penguin rookeries, numerous seabirds and pristine beaches ruled by fur and elephant seals. Our exact itinerary over the coming days will depend on weather and ice conditions. Our exact route and the shore landings we make each day will be determined by the ship’s Captain and Expedition Leader – and communicated to you through regularly scheduled shipboard briefings.  Meals B+L+D


Exploring by Land + Sea

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Another thrilling day unfolds as we explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain. Accompanied by our expert naturalists, you’ll set out in our maneuverable Zodiacs to explore the captivating seascapes and to go ashore for unforgettable experiences. Conditions permitting, our planned route and landings include King George Island, home to Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins; Deception Island with its unusual flooded caldera and waters warm enough for a Polar swim; and Half Moon Island with nesting Wilson’s storm petrels.  Meals B+L+D


The Antarctic Peninsula

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As the breathtaking white landscapes of the Antarctic Peninsula draw near, the presence of wildlife multiplies exponentially with many species of lively penguins, curious seals, nesting birds and the spray of marine mammals. Our projected route here along the Peninsula will take us through the Gerlache Strait with its towering ice cliffs and pods of magnificent humpback whales. As weather, sea and ice conditions permit, you can continue to anticipate Zodiac excursions to experience Antarctica’s wonders up-close and shore landings that promise engaging wildlife encounters with our expert naturalists.  Meals B+L+D


Another Day of Thrilling Discoveries

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Another day of exploration by sea and land unfolds today as we continue our southward journey.  Wildlife abounds on the Antarctic Peninsula: leopard, fur and Weddell seals call Cuverville Island home and orcas cruise the dramatic Lemaire Channel. Our exact route and excursions will determined by our Captain and Expedition Leaders. As always, weather, sea and ice conditions are the determining factors and your comfort and safety are always paramount. When not venturing out in our Zodiacs or going ashore with our terrific naturalists, you can enjoy fine dining with wine at dinner and our ongoing enrichment program ranging from exploration history to Polar geology, climate and wildlife.  Meals B+L+D


Deeper into these Southern Polar Waters

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We venture as far south as possible in quest of the Antarctic Circle. This wild and seldom visited area is rich with possible landings, all subject to weather and ice conditions. Our onboard team will determine if can stop at Pleneau or Petermann Islands, Crystal Sound or Detaille Island within the Antarctic Circle. Should ice conditions allow, we might also visit a research station. Meals B+L+D


Northward across the Drake Passage

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Having left the Antarctic Peninsula behind us, today finds the Ocean Victory charting a northward course across the Drake Passage. Our return journey will take us past Cape Horn, a storied maritime landmark that marks the southern tip of the Continent.  Meals B+L+D


A Final Day at Sea

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As the final day of your voyage unfolds, you can delight in the camaraderie of your fellow travelers, attend our engaging shipboard talks, and enjoy our ship’s amenities and inviting public spaces. As always, there are two distinctive dining venues onboard the Victory, and A+R guests enjoy wine with dinner.  Meals B+L+D


Disembark in Ushuaia

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Step off the Ocean Victory and transfer to the airport for your onward journey.  Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Antarctica - Buenos Aires Pre-tour

3 Day Extension from $1599

Two nights at the Alvear Palace in the heart of the capital with sightseeing, transfers and your flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia.

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Welcome to Buenos Aires

Check in to the stylish 5-star Alvear Palace in the heart of this vibrant city and settle in to your Luxury Room.


Discover Buenos Aires

The Argentine capital presents a rich mosaic of Spanish, Italian, German and French influences, which you can experience in the cuisine, architecture, and cosmopolitan spirit of its residents. Setting out this morning with your personal car, driver and guide, your exploration of the city’s multi-faceted charms begins as you drive through the elegant Plaza de Mayo; it’s the oldest public square in town and has been the scene of many significant and historic events. You’ll also see the Casa Rosada, where Evita addressed an adoring crowd, and continue through La Recoleta, an upscale district filled with elegant boutiques and cafes.

Then discover the diversity of BA’s many charming neighborhoods from the street art and leafy parks of Palermo to historic San Telmo and La Boca – the colorful waterfront district where the Tango was born. Before returning to your hotel, you’ll also tour Zanjon de Granados. Discovered in 1986 and dating to the 1700’s this unusual subterranean architectural site encompasses a network of tunnels and cisterns that have been reconstructed and lit; it offers a fascinating look into the earliest days of the city.  Meals B

Note: On Saturdays, when Zanjon de Granados is closed, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of Teatro Colon. Opened in 1908, this lavish theater is hailed as one of the finest opera houses in the world and it offers insight into the cultural life of Buenos Aires and its sophisticated residents.


To the End of the Continent

Fly to Ushuaia where you’ll be escorted to the your hotel.

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