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Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
Antarctica is everything south of the Antarctic convergence, a biological boundary that fluctuates between 50° and 60° South. For some, an expedition to the Southern Continent is not complete unless the Antarctic Circle is crossed. South of that invisible boundary, daylight lasts for 24 hours from mid- December to late February. Overnight in Ushuaia.
Day 2: Embarkation Day
Crossing the Circle is the goal of this expedition. So, on some departures, the ship will push south rapidly from Ushuaia.
Days 3 - 4: Drake Passage
The Drake is legendary for its high winds and rolling seas, but you may be lucky and get calm weather. If so, we'll keep travelers busy on deck, on the Bridge and in the presentation room. We prepare all aboard for riding Zodiacs, participating in shore landings and, if they dare, polar dips.
Days 5 - 8: Exploring the Peninsula
The Expedition Team launches the Zodiacs to skim across the water to go ashore, or drift silently while you watch whales feed or penguins jump aboard ice floes. The grand snow-covered mountains of the Peninsula will sparkle in the sun, as clouds drift about their peaks.
Days 9 - 10: The Antarctic Circle
Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach 66° 33' S. Celebrate with a well-earned glass of champagne. Travelers toast to the intrepid explorers who have gone before.
Days 11 - 12: Northbound Along the Peninsula
There's a story behind every name on the map of Antarctica. Many of the French names that appear are the legacy of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, physician, yachtsman and explorer. He, like our travelers, lived for adventure.
Days 13 - 15: Drake Passage to Ushuaia
As they cross the Drake once again, travelers will have time to adjust to a world where day and night are distinct.
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