Emperor Penguins in Antarctica

Emperor Penguins in Antarctica – November 18th to 28th, 2018

Voyage and expedition cruise to Antarctica to see Emperor Penguins Expedition cruise on board the vessel Ortelius

Size of the group: 116 expeditioners maximum

Duration: 10 nights/11 days

The ship in details…

Expedition cruise basics…

Amongst the fantastic landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula and the Weddell Sea, there is also a 2 000 pairs of Emperor Penguins colony. Located on Snow Hill Island, this rookery is studied by the argentinian scientists and depending on the weather and ice conditions at the end of the Antarctic winter, it is sometimes possible to access to this colony.


About the program and itinerary…

Day 1: departure from Ushuaia
In the afternoon, you embark in Ushuaia in Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

Days 2 and 3: at sea
During these two days you will sail across the Drake Passage. When you cross the Antarctic Convergence, you arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area you may see different species of albatrosses and petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, you should spot your first icebergs.

Days 4 to 7: Weddell Sea
During this four full days in the Weddell Sea and the Northern tip of the Antarctic peninsula, you will attempt to access to the Snow Hill Island Emperor Penguins colony with the ship and the helicopter. Landings on the continent and zodiac cruise will be also possible.

Day 8: South Shetland Islands
You will spend this day in the South Shetland Islands, and try to land at different places like Half Moon, Deception Island, Yankee Harbour…

Days 9 and 10: at sea

Day 11: Ushuaia
You will disembark in Ushuaia after breakfast.

Map of the itinerary of the voyage and expedition cruise to see Emperor Penguins in Antarctica

PRICES (per person):

– Quadruple Porthole: 9100€
– Triple Porthole: 9800€
– Twin Porthole (deck 3): 10450€ (sharing) or 11765€ (single)
– Twin Porthole (deck 4): 10450€ (sharing) or 11765€ (single)
– Twin window: 10800€ (sharing) or 18360€ (single)
– Twin Deluxe: 11300€ (sharing) or 19210€ (single)
– Superior: 20230€

The ship in details…

Prices include: voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary, all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea, helicopters flights in Antarctica, all shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac, free use of rubber boots and snow shoes, pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation), all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.

Prices do not include: any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights, pre- and post- land arrangements, passport and visa expenses, Government arrival and departure taxes, meals ashore, baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory), excess baggage charges and 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).


Unless you spend winter on a research station as a scientist or a technician in Antarctica, there is no chance to see an Emperor Penguin colony as this bird breed in winter. This expedition cruise offer the possibility to access to a colony thanks to an ice-class vessel and helicopters.
Although you will probably not be able to reach that far through the ice (less than 50 % chance based on the voyages in the last three seasons), the idea is mainly to situate yourselves in or between the Antarctic Sound and James Ross Island, close to the ice-edge and observe the emperor penguins on their way to the open water. You will use helicopters to attempt to search for individual Emperor Penguins and/or the colony.
Be aware that providing the conditions, such as but not limited to ice and weather conditions, are suitable, the captain of the vessel will position the vessel at a safe and (for the helicopters and helicopter pilots) feasible distance from the intended landing site. Ship-to-shore helicopter transfers will enable us to offer the scheduled shore excursions, but every passenger who participates in those mentioned voyages, understands and accepts that no guarantees can be given, including a specific amount of helicopter time. So keep in mind that there is no guarantee you can access to the colony!

☞ Interest of this trip: fauna (penguins, seals, seabirds), glaciers, icebergs, historical sites, landscapes…