The festive season is one of the most active times for wildlife and there’s plenty of opportunities to see penguins, seals and whales with the midnight sun and our expert polar team leading the way. Toast to the New Year in the southernmost region in the world and enjoy the included onboard celebrations. Enjoy the freedom to customise your trip with a wide range of optional activities. In addition to regular Zodiac excursions, choose to explore the water on a kayaking expedition, sign up for a photography masterclass, rejuvenate with some onboard yoga and massage, or camp out overnight like a true polar explorer. Whereas most polar expeditions of this kind have a crew-to-passenger ratio of ten, fifteen or twenty to one, Peregrine expeditions on the Ocean Endeavour have an expedition crew member for every 8 passengers for a greater personal touch
Experience a New Year’s celebration like no other on this 11-day adventure along the Antarctic Peninsula. Fill your days with wildlife encounters: visit penguin rookeries to see Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins; scout for minke, humpback and orca whales from the deck or get a closer look in a Zodiac; and spot seals playing along the shores. After a day of exploration, make the most of the onboard comforts with the ship’s health and wellness services including a heated saltwater pool, sauna and gym. Celebrating the New Year in a way that’s truly memorable, this Antarctica expedition is one for the ages.
Breakfast Included: 9 Lunches Included: 8 Dinner Included: 9
Your New Year’s trip starts in Ushuaia. Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to the hotel and settle in before meeting your fellow travellers. Arriving earlier? There are plenty of activities to choose from. Tierra del Fuego National Park can be visited on a day trip or if there’s less time, take a walk around town and head to the main street of Avenida San Martin (San Martin Avenue), in downtown Ushuaia, for any last-minute shopping needs. The Museo Maritimo (Maritime Museum), housed in an old prison, sets the scene with its fascinating history or simply enjoy the tantalising flavours of Argentinean cuisine at a local restaurant.
Ushuaia – Embarkation Day
This afternoon you’ll be transferred to the city’s port for boarding the Ocean Endeavour. After meeting your fellow passengers and settling into your cabin, begin the journey through the famed Beagle Channel. Look around at the incredible views as we glimpse our last sight of land and head south towards Antarctica.
Spend two days travelling across the legendary waters of the Drake Passage, named after the famous English seafarer, Sir Frances Drake. If conditions allow, enjoy the outer deck space for your first sightings of dolphins, whales and orcas as well as seabirds including the iconic albatross.
A comprehensive optional lecture program will also get under way, with some fascinating insights into Antarctic history, geology, biology and everything in-between. Today we continue crossing the Drake Passage, scheduled to reach the Antarctic Peninsula by early evening if conditions are favourable. The first sighting of land always brings great excitement on any expedition south.
New Year in Antarctica
Your first day of landings on the Great White Continent will be extra special as we see in the New Year at the bottom of the world. The ship will be in a celebratory mood tonight. Raise your glass and imbibe (though not too much, remember drinking can exacerbate seasickness) with fellow passengers for a New Year’s Eve party to remember.
The Antarctic Peninsula gives access to a high number of wildlife sightings on a mountainous backdrop of ice and water. Each excursion (scheduled twice daily) is tailored to suit the location of the ship. There are a number of potential landing sites and the crew will make a decision on which will be visited based on conditions. A list of these sites can be found at https://www.peregrineadventures.com/en-au/antarctica/landing-sites. Zodiac rides allow for a closer encounter with marine life including whales and seals. Onshore exploration takes you to penguin rookeries with optional activities for the active adventurer – snowshoeing, kayaking and camping overnight (these must be booked before departure). Wildlife encounters along the Antarctic Peninsula are likely to include Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals; gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, and elephant seals. Our lecture program from experts in polar wildlife continues during our voyage and throughout the trip the team is on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Leaving Antarctica behind we cruise north to our home port of Ushuaia. Now is the time to reflect on the amazing journey. We are scheduled to reach the waters of the Beagle Channel by the evening, ensuring a restful night’s sleep. Our last meal together is often a highlight, so live it up and enjoy as you celebrate the trip with your fellow travellers.
After breakfast we disembark the ship. Transfer to the airport is included for flights departing today. Your Antarctic adventure comes to an end.