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                                                                    YOUR TRIP                                                                   

OTL22-14 Weddell Sea - Emperor Penguin Voyage incl. helicopters


Trip made by Oceanwide Expeditions  

Dates:  November 25 - December 05, 2014 

(19 nights ) 

Ship:  m/v Ortelius 

The ice-strengthened vessel Ortelius is an excellent vessel for Polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica.


Included during this trip

-Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.

-All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.

-Free use of rubber boots aboard Plancius & Ortelius and snowshoes aboard ‘Plancius’.

-Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).

-All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac. Ship-to-shore helicopter transfers (with no -specific amount of helicopter time guaranteed).

-Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.

-All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.


-Comprehensive pre-departure material.

Excluded during this trip

-Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights.

-Pre- and post land arrangements.

Transfers to the vessel.

-Passport and visa expenses.

- Government arrival and departure taxes.

-Meals ashore. Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).

-Excess baggage charges.

-All items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.

-The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).


- Possible fuel surcharges; It is agreed that if world fuel prices will reach or exceed US Dollar 120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure Oceanwide Expeditions reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US $ 25 per passenger per night for bookings outside Europe and EURO 18 per passenger per night for bookings within Europe, to be paid by the contracting party of Oceanwide Expeditions.  






                                                                   Day by Day Itinerary                                                    

PLEASE NOTE: A typical itinerary to the Weddell Sea is illustrated below. All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.


In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.


DAY 2 - 3: AT SEA

During these two days we will sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may meet Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black-browed Albatrosses, Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels.


A typical itinerary in the Weddell Sea could be as follows. This is a sample only, the final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board.

We will sail into the Weddell Sea and if the Antarctic Sound is accessible and the ice does not prevent us to sail further, we might see the huge tabular icebergs that announce our arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. We plan to offer an Antarctic Continent landing at Brown Bluff.


The use of helicopters has a great advantage and can support us in our goal to reach the Emperor penguin colony, but the itinerary is ruled by the forces of nature, ice and weather conditions. If the conditions are favourable, we intend to spend the first two days in the Emperor Penguin rookery. The helicopter operation will take a full day and the flight duration takes approximately 15 minutes. The helicopter can accommodate 6 passengers per helicopter flight. The landing point of the helicopters will be carefully chosen and we will make sure that the Emperors are not disturbed or stressed by helicopter noise. Therefore, after arrival, the passengers continue their expedition on foot. After a walk of approx. 45 minutes, passengers will experience one of the greatest moments in their life, a rendezvous with the magnificent Emperor Penguins. Keep in mind that we are in the world’s most remote area and there are no guarantees, including a specific amount of helicopter time. Conditions may change rapidly, having its impact on the helicopter operation and passengers should understand and accept this. Safety is our greatest concern and no compromises can be made.


If conditions were favourable on both day 5 and 6 and we have successfully visited the Emperor Penguins, we may decide to visit Devil Island, Vega Island or Hope Bay. If we have not reached the Emperor Penguin colony on one or two of the previous days, we will try again offering ship-to-shore helicopter flights to Snow Hill Island.


In the morning we plan to visit Half Moon Island where we can see Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins, various other bird-species and Southern Elephant Seals and Weddell seals.

Early in the afternoon we will sail to Deception where we have the last landing of our voyage at Pendulum cove.

DAY 9 - 10: AT SEA

In the Drake Passage we have again a chance of seeing many seabirds and to take advantage of the knowledge of our lecture team.



We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.