Sailing in comfort aboard our well-appointed vessel, we begin this 10-night Christmas expedition at the tip of South America, from where we then chart a course through the Drake Passage with selected visits through the South Shetland Islands. Finally arriving at the Great White Continent itself, we can expect to be dazzled by its sheer, pristine, magnificent splendour! The abundance of wildlife here is truly extraordinary and includes five seal species, massive Gentoo, Adélie and Chinstrap Penguin rookeries, plus a profusion of seabirds from huge albatross to tiny storm petrels. Cetaceans are also regular, ranging from the largest whales to the smaller yet striking Hourglass and Commerson’s Dolphins.
Our journey will take us to Petermann Island and/or Wilhelmina Bay where we encounter colossal icebergs and icy landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see. Hardy adventurers have the unique opportunity to camp out on the ice overnight and experience the thrill of the brave, early explorers who attempted to conquer this inhospitable continent. This birding cruise to Antarctica is truly an incredible opportunity, and we invite you to join us on this very special Christmas expedition!
Please note that a Rockjumper leader may not accompany the expedition unless a minimum of 10 participants are signed up through Rockjumper. In the case that a Rockjumper leader is not on board, the professional expedition staff will take care of all participants signed up through Rockjumper.
Please note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.
Chinstrap, Gentoo & Adelie Penguin, Wandering & Light-mantled Albatross, Snow & Antarctic Petrel, Snowy Sheathbill, outside chance for Emperor Penguin.
Humpback & Minke Whale, Orca, Commerson’s Dolphin, Leopard, Crab-eater &a Weddell Seal.
Coastal and pelagic waters, Antarctic Peninsula, pack ice.
Temperate to subzero, sunny and calm to gale force conditions can be expected.
Easy pace, mostly undemanding walks.
Spectacular sub-Antarctic scenery, the most remote continent, icebergs and pack ice.