Classica Antarctica

Antarcitca Classica is the best trip to discover the White continent. 

The main, 10- or 11-day Classic Antarctica cruise operates round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, crossing the Drake Passage in both directions and spending four or five days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula.

Antarctica Classica

This cruise offers the ultimate introduction to the White Continent, the last pristine region of the world and our planet’s last frontier. Embarking and disembarking in the port of Ushuaia, the expertly-planned itinerary includes many of the wildlife and scenic highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. Vast penguin colonies, a spectacular variety of seabirds and an abundance of seals and magnificent whales await you, all set in breathtaking scenery of imposing mountain ranges, ice-filled channels, beautifully-shaped icebergs and awe-inspiring glaciers.

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Antarctica Classica

Trip itinerary:

This trip is from 9 to 1 days, depending the ship and the company.

Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, you will be greeted by Expedition Team and ships’ officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the mountainous scenery on our early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.

Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as we sail south are the Albatrosses, Prions, and Petrels that frequently follow the ship. The Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the Whales and Dolphins that may also be seen in the area. The team will begin presentations with informative and entertaining lectures on the wildlife, history, and geology of Antarctica. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held.

Arrival to the White Continent, the land of extremes! The most common first reaction to the white continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words, as few places are as untouched, unique and enduring as Antarctica. The Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. The route will stress the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas. Guided hikes with the Expedition Team will have you trekking up a glacier, visiting a research station, or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Gentoo and Adélie penguins are found here, along with Fur, Weddell, Crabeater and Leopard Seals. Curious whales, such as Minkes and Humpbacks, are often attracted to Zodiacs as well, giving you a chance to get within reaching distance of these majestic animals. Each day and each landing will present a new collection of creatures to entertain you and keep your camera shutter busy.

The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. A visit may be possible to an active scientific base such as Ukraine’s Vernadsky as well as an historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.

The lecture series and wildlife spotting will continue on the return trip to Ushuaia and while the team will reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future.

Morning disembarkation allows you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.

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    FAQ for Antarctica

    Antarctic trips run during the southern hemisphere summer – from late October through the end of March. Each part of the season has its particular highlights. You should choose your trip based on your interests in Antarctica.

    October –November (late spring, early summer)

    This is the most pristine and adventurous time to visit Antarctica. The White continent is undisturbed by earlier travelers, snow is deep and ice is just starting to melt. Temperatures may be colder during these trips, but this offers breathtaking icebergs, pristine icescapes and incredible scenery. Wildlife is not as plentiful as later in the season, but it is penguin mating season and you will see penguins busy at work building nests.

    December – February (high summer)

    Days are very long (up to 20 hours of sunlight a day), allowing you to explore Antarctica later into the evening. Wildlife is plentiful and very active – penguin chicks start to hatch and in later January-February baby penguins are a highlight. These trips sell out early and must be booked in advance to guarantee space.

    Fly cruises that operate in and out of Punta Arenas, Chile run during this part of the season (early Dec – Feb)

    Mid-February – March (later summer)

    Late summer is the best part of the season for whale watching. A lot of ice and snow has melted, revealing different landscapes than earlier in the season and allowing ships to enter areas that were inaccessible due to ice or to travel farther south.

    You can travel to Antarctica by expedition cruise ship, this is the best option. Also you can take a charter flight across the Drake Passage.  Crossing by cruise ship is the most popular way to travel to Antarctica, with the most variety of voyage options.

    The 1,000 km Drake Passage crossing takes two days at sea. This route follows in the footsteps of the early explorers and provides a great opportunity to meet fellow passengers and to look for sea birds and whales. These two days also offer a lecture and presentation schedule by the naturalists onboard. Seas can be rough across the Drake Passage, so we recommend some preparation (more details below).

    Weather conditions in Antarctica are variable during the summer months, with temperatures hovering around the freezing mark. The extended daylight warms sheltered areas so that you may find temperatures warm enough for t-shirts while hiking up a glacier. However, you may encounter snow squalls, fog and white-outs during an expedition.

    An outer, waterproof layer is the most important part of your Antarctic gear. We recommend a waterproof jacket with hood, waterproof pants and gloves, as well as a warm hat. All ships will provide rubber Wellington boots for shore excursions. Layers are key in Antarctic weather, as conditions change quickly. Fleece or thermal clothing is also recommended. 

    The Drake Passage is notorious for rough seas, and we recommend all passengers bring preventative medication aboard. There is a doctor on each ship and sea sickness medication can be acquired if needed during the voyage.

    You can purchase Dramamine in Ushuaia, however there are some medications not available in Argentina. We recommend you consult your doctor before leaving home to secure medication, as some require prescriptions.

    All passengers are required to have travel insurance, which covers medical evacuation / repatriation. We also recommend purchasing trip cancellation insurance to cover you in case of unforeseen circumstances. Different ship operators have different insurance requirements, so we can help guide you once you choose your trip. We work with a number of insurance agents and can help find a good insurance fit for you. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many travel insurance policies have changed so it’s important to check coverage carefully.

    The daily goal aboard expedition vessels is two excursions per day, depending on weather and ice conditions. Excursions can be land visits to go for a hike, zodiac cruises through bays to observe ice and wildlife or station visits. Each excursion ranges from 1-3 hours. All activities in Antarctica are dependent on weather and wind conditions. Expedition teams have various plans each day to accommodate activities during challenging weather systems.

    All the cruise ship compnyes work under the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) rules, which governs and protects Antarctica. In some landing sites, the number of people allowed onshore limited to 100 or even 50 people. Larger ships tend to offer zodiac cruises in these areas so that passengers get the most time off the ship.

    To protect and maintain the fragile environment, food and drink are not allowed ashore.There are also important regulations about proximity to wildlife that you will learn from the Expedition staff.

    These expeditions are not necessarily physically demanding, but you need to be mobile and in overall good health to participate. As you will be traveling to a remote area without access to sophisticated medical facilities, you should not travel to the Antarctic if you have a life-threatening medical condition. Aboard the ship you can opt in or out of hikes or excursions, depending on your interest and ability.

    Probably not. A number of requirements apply to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)/drones in Antarctica, due to concerns about privacy, wildlife, environment, interference with scientific work, use in controlled airspace, and potential impacts if lost.

    Weather forecast for Antarctica Peninsula & Drake Passage

    This is the weather forecast from Windy & windguru, our most confident services to predict the weather evolution.

    Tierra del Fuego is a place with extremly variable weather. If you decide to go out for an experience, just be ready for any kind of weather, and you will enjoy the magnificence of the nature in this lattitude!

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