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Highlights
  • Discover the world above the Polar Circle
  • Visit rarely visited Antarctic sites
  • Watch fantastic ice formations and the southernmost colonies of some penguin species
  • visit the most interesting sights: stunning landscapes at Lemaire and Neumayer Channels, fantastic icebergs and glaciers of Pleneau and Paradise Bays, penguin colonies at Cuverville and Petermann Islands, several historic and active scientific stations

This in-depth exploration of Antarctica offers you to discover the world above the Polar Circle. The key moment of the voyage is undoubtedly landing on the Antarctic continent itself. And then our ship goes further to the south to rarely visited Antarctic sites. Here you’ll get the opportunity to watch fantastic ice formations and the southernmost colonies of some penguin species.

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Poseidon Expeditions Travel Reviews & Ratings
97% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
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4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
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Crossing the Polar Circle

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Recommends

Fabulous Trip on a Great Ship January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0
I hadn't heard of Poseidon when I found the company while searching for trips to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands. However, I was reassured by reviews I found online and I am very glad that I trusted what I read. The pre-cruise administration from Natalia was efficient and helpful. The pre-cruise hotel was beautiful with great views. Our cabin was the best we have had on any of our small boat cruises. It was, however, the expedition staff and crew who made the whole trip so wonderful.

Forward planning meant that we were able to avoid storms around Falklands and South Georgia by reversing the itinerary to visit Antarctica first. This was an inspired decision as we had a calm crossing of the Drake Passage, reasonable weather at the start to excellent weather from day three. Every evening there was a recap meeting where we were fully apprised of the itinerary for the next day. Weather, winds and swell were all detailed and the decisions for the next day's landings fully explained. The captain was involved in the decisions and his extensive experience in the region helped our wonderful expedition leader, Jonathan Zaccaria, to make great decisions as to where to land. So good was the planning that we were able to make all but one landing throughout the 19 days, including every important stop planned from the wildlife point of view. This included seeing the fantastic king penguins at St Andrews Bay on South Georgia, where, only the previous week, one person we had spoken to said her cruise was unable to land anyone because of the wind and swell.

The ship's staff in every area could not do enough for us. This included our cabin man, the bar and kitchen staff, and the expedition staff, who managed the numerous zodiacs so brilliantly on the landings.

I could go on and on but suffice it to say that I would recommend Poseidon to anyone on this performance and we are looking at going again on another of their cruises.
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LMA

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18 days of some of the most amazing sites, experiences, and wild life I never thought I would get to see July 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Everything about this trip was beyond amazing. I wasn't originally supposed to go with Poseidon but my first two tries to go on an Antarctic expedition cruise were cancelled...but I am glad they were now because it led me to this longer and I think better cruise company. Everything from the food to the staff to the lectures and to the landings absolutely was beyond expectations. We had Anja as our expedition leader and she was fantastic! She made everyone feel right at home! I achieved a lifetime milestone on this cruise as well, and that was stepping foot onto the Antarctic mainland, knocking off my 7th and final continent! The expedition crew made sure this happened as it was an important feet that a lot of people wanted to do at least once. The landings were all phenomenal. Our first stops were the Falkland Islands (2 days) where we saw tons of beautiful albatros and learned lots of history. Next was South Georgia (where we spent 4 days) and saw so many penguins...100's of thousands of penguins in their breeding colonies. Salisbury Plain, St. Andrew's Bay, and Gold Harbour were my favorites among the landings in South Georgia. And the last stops were on the Antarctic Peninsula/South Shetland Islands..and this was all beautiful. The icebergs completely blew my mind. We did some whale watching down here too and had humpbacks within 15 feet of us a couple of times. Absolutely mind blowing! The at sea days we spent learning about the places we were going/had just been in the lectures conducted by the expedition team and I attended just about every one of these. They were VERY informative. They showed movie clips, full movies, and Power Point slide shows, all ranging from stuff to learn to the actual experience and stories from the staff them selves. We had 3 full meals a day, usually a buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and then a full 3 course dinner every night. The food was all amazing...each and every day and it amazed me how EVERY meal was different..on this 18 day cruise. You would think it would repeat on this long of a cruise..but it never did! The ship itself, the m/v Sea Spirit is a smaller ship and we had just 90 people or so on our cruise...and there were about 70 crewman on board too...which is almost a 1:1 crew/passenger ratio! The waiters all knew us by name in the restaurant as well very early on in the cruise as well! The expedition crew did everything they could to make sure we got out on as many landings as possible. Some days we couldn't do landings due to weather, others we did 3 in a day. If the weather was good and opportunity was there, we were out on those zodiacs. Some were after dinner ones too and we were out to 11pm one night. Keep in mind it is 24 hour daylight down here during the Antarctic tourist season (November to January) so darkness is not an issue! I believe overall, we had 18 total outings, 13 of them were landings. The other 5 were zodiac cruises where you go out on the zodiacs and cruise around, but not actually land anywhere. I would do this whole experience over again in a heart beat.
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7th continent June 2016

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
The trip was excellent. Food was great. Travel agent connected with the Poseidon Expeditions was outstanding. However final payment was to be made by cashiers check was inconvinient and cost extra money. There was problem with the gratuity where crew was claiming they do not get all the money and company keeps the money which is not ethical.
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Recommends

Very professional team, well led by Anja Erdmann. Hotel service on board also superb. June 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Right from the booking stage Poseidon Expeditions was always helpful and very sympathetic to individual requirements.
I was continually updated and assisted in providing specific answers to my queries.
The ship's accommodation was also first class and the hotel manager, Maitre'D, waiters and cabin staff and were always at hand to provide that extra individual attention re seating, dietary requirements etc.
The captain and crew were also extremely friendly and accommodating inspiring confidence in their ability to navigate the challenging Southern Ocean and unpredictable weather, wind and ice conditions to ensure safe zodiac landings and an incredible up close experience with the unique wildlife of The Falklands, South Georgia and The Antarctic Peninsula.
I would thoroughly recommend this trip - as a must see and do - for experienced travellers, the world over, before "hanging up their spurs" to retire to their sitting rooms to regret what they had not been able to do and see in their lifetimes.
As a lifelong traveller in his 75th year I found it very do able so don't let "too many birthdays" deter you from this unique, ultimate experience at the end of the world, sharing this pristine environment with the hardiest wildlife on earth.
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Does Not Recommend

Disko Bay May 30-June 6, 2016 June 2016

2.0
  • Value 2.0
  • Guide 2.0
  • Activities 2.0
  • Lodging 2.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 2.0
We expected to see polar bears and walrus and other sea life on our poseidon expedition trip. None, zero BUT we saw glaciers and icebergs and learned about them. Did you ever see an iceberg explode?? We did.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina.

Accommodation: Arakur hotel resort

Our program starts in the city of Ushuaia. Enjoy your staying at Arakur hotel resort, part of the “Leading Hotels of the World”.

Day 2: Embarkation day in Ushuaia.

We embark the Sea Spirit and set sail down the Beagle Channel. Our ship heads south to icebergs and penguins, and even deeper south to the “boundary” of Antarctica – the Polar Circle.

Day 3-4: Crossing the Drake Passage.

The Drake Passage is named after the famous 16th century English pirate (and explorer) Sir Francis Drake. The passage has picked up an unpredictable character of the pirate; it might be rough sea there. However we hope to make our crossing comfortable with help of the Sea Spirit’s stabilizer fins. We plan to see the first subantarctic land on the second day of our sea passage.

Day 5-7: The South Shetlands and Antarctic Continent.

As our ship gets to the region of Antarctic Peninsula we make 2 landings a day to have maximum opportunities to explore Antarctica with all our five senses. We plan to visit the most interesting sights: stunning landscapes at Lemaire and Neumayer Channels, fantastic icebergs and glaciers of Pleneau and Paradise Bays, penguin colonies at Cuverville and Petermann Islands, several historic and active scientific stations.

Day 8: Crossing the Antarctic Circle.

Today we cross 66° 33′ 44″ and will have joined the select group of those who have seen what is up (or down) there. At Crystal Sound we watch impressive high mountains and huge glaciers. We plan to land at Fish Islands to observe the southernmost colony of Adelie penguins in the region of the Antarctic Peninsula. In the evening our ship reverses its course heading back to South America.

Day 9-10: Return trip via the South Shetlands and Antarctic Continent.

Our return trip goes via Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetlands. Thus we have excellent opportunities to discover sights we’ve missed on our way south.

Day 11-12: Drake Passage.

Antarctic birds and whales escort our ship. We believe that now you can identify them all easily.

Day 13: Ushuaia, disembarkation.

Our voyage finishes at the same port where it had started. What is quite different – that’s you. Now you are the part of the select group of travelers who have been south of the Antarctic Circle.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 8,495

Price Per Day:

$ 653 per person
 
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Trip Includes
  • 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia
  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation in Ushuaia
  • Shipboard accommodations
  • All scheduled landings/excursions
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails
  • A pair of rubber boots on loan for shore landings
  • Expedition jacket (yours to keep)
  • All port fees
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Digital Voyage Log
Trip Excludes
  • Airfare
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service)
  • Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of USD 150,000
  • Staff gratuities
  • Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Start City
Ushuaia
End City
Ushuaia

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