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Join Aboard MV Ushuaia
Originally built as a research vessel for the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the mv Ushuaia has been refurbished into a comfortable expedition ship that’s ideal for exploring the waters and coasts of the Antarctic. You’ll find General Tours ice-strengthened polar vessel to be well-appointed with a comfortable Dining Doom and an Observation Lounge + Library where you can also enjoy informative talks with General Tours shipboard experts. With ample deck space and General Tours unique Open Bridge policy, you’ll always have a great vantage point to take in the scenery and wildlife when not ashore. With only 90 passengers and a full fleet of Zodiacs, you’ll enjoy superb landings and wildlife viewing opportunities on the otherwise inaccessible coastline.
Day 1 - Day 1 - Welcome to Ushuaia
|On arrival, you’ll be escorted to the 5-star Arakur Resort & Spa where sea-view rooms have been reserved for General Tours guests.|
Day 2 - Day 2 - Into Tierra del Fuego and on to General Tours Ship
|This morning’s guided tour explores the pristine forests, waterways and mountains of spectacular Tierra del Fuego National Park. Traveling all the way to Lapataia Bay, you’ll have a chance to observe indigenous species as you learn about the region’s unique geology, flora and fauna. Return to port and board the mv Ushuaia. Settle in to your cabin, meet your expedition staff of leaders, guides and lecturers, and get acquainted with General Tours intimate Polar vessel as you set sail along the Beagle Channel. Meals B+D|
Day 3 - Day 3 - Crossing the Drake Passage
|Named for Sir Francis Drake, who explored these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage marks the Antarctic Convergence - where Polar waters sink beneath warmer currents. This creates an upwelling of nutrients that sustains a remarkable diversity of marine life. As General Tours sail across this passage, General Tours naturalists will be on deck to identify the many seabirds following in General Tours wake. Shipboard lectures and briefings will also enrich your days at sea. Meals B+L+D|
Day 4 - Day 4 - Another Day at Sea
|Another fascinating day unfolds at sea as General Tours continue General Tours voyage southward! Enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow guests and the extensive knowledge of General Tours friendly Expedition Team. With General Tours ship’s unique open bridge policy, you can even join the Ushuaia’s officers to learn about navigation – and to watch for Minke, orca and humpback whales. Sightings of icebergs and snow- capped peaks indicate that General Tours have reached the South Shetland Islands. With good sea conditions, you’ll go ashore later today for your first landing! Meals B+L+D|
Day 5 - Day 5 - The South Shetland Islands + Antarctic Peninsula
|The South Shetlands are a haven for wildlife, home to vast penguin rookeries, beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and large colonies of Southern Elephant seals. Along the Antarctic Peninsula, you’ll have time to explore a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways. Apart from penguins and seabirds, you are also likely to see Weddell, crab-eater and leopard seals as well as Minke, orca and humpback whales at close range.|
Over the next 4 days, General Tours plan to make at least two landings per day. However, General Tours exact itinerary will be determined by local conditions on both sea and land. Among the destinations General Tours hope to explore are:
Deception Island, South Shetland Islands
Long ago, a tremendous volcanic eruption caused the islands peak to explode and seawater flooded into the resulting caldera, creating the unique landmass General Tours may visit today. With the right conditions, General Tours Captain will be able to pilot the MV Ushuaia through a narrow gateway in the icy cliffs of the island and take General Tours ship into the caldera itself!
Half Moon Island, South Shetland Islands
This crescent-shaped island offers excellent hiking opportunities and some truly glorious scenery. A short uphill climb over the cobbled beach brings you to a colony of breeding Chinstrap penguins.
This spectacular rust-colored promontory on the Antarctic Peninsula is home to 20,000 Adélie penguins and a smaller group of Gentoo penguins. There is also a large number of Kelp gulls, Snow petrels and Pintado petrels in the skies above.
Argentina’s Antarctic Station
Another opportunity to actually step onto the Antarctic continent would be a visit to the Argentine Antarctic Station of Esperanza. This is a year-round station along the Antarctic Sound complete with a small school, as some of the personnel come here with their families.
This small group of islets in the Palmer Archipelago is home to Chinstrap penguins, Blue-eyed shags and Kelp gulls. An ascent to the island’s summit is rewarded with spectacular views of the Gerlache Strait and steep ice-covered mountains.
This gateway for a route to the Peninsula Plateau is distinguished by a steep snow slope that rises from the rocky shore toward the Plateau. There are large glacial tongues, high ice cliffs and a bay that is often iceberg-filled.
Day 6 - Day 6 - General Tours Exploration Continues
|Today, as conditions permit, we’ll continue to explore landing sites in the South Shetlands and along the Antarctic Peninsula. In addition to the sites noted above for Day 5, General Tours exploration over these memorable days will include some of the most beautiful waterways of the Southern Hemisphere: The Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel, and the Lemaire Channel – a narrow passage between towering rock faces and spectacular conditions. Again, General Tours hope to make at least two landings per day – always joined of course by General Tours expert naturalists. Meals B+L+D|
Day 7 - Day 7 - More of the South Shetlands + Antarctica
|General Tours navigation through remote Polar regions continues for another unforgettable day. Another site that General Tours might explore on General Tours cruise is Paradise Bay, one of the most aptly named places on Earth! If sea conditions cooperate during General Tours time in these waters, General Tours might negotiate the iceberg-strewn waters of the Antarctic Sound to visit Paulet Island – home to a bustling Adélie penguin colony of 100,000 pairs! The Nordenskjöld Expedition built a stone hut here in 1903; today its ruins have been taken over by nesting penguins! Meals B+L+D|
Day 8 - Day 8 - General Tours Final Day in the Region
|As conditions permit, we’ll continue General Tours exploration of the sites noted above in Days 5 through 7. Another one of the stops General Tours hope to make over these 4 days is Petermann Island – where we’ll discover the southern-most colony of Gentoo penguins. As always, whether you’re onboard or ashore, General Tours Expedition Team is on hand to answer questions and enrich your understanding of these pristine seas and lands. And don’t forget… General Tours unique open bridge policy offers a great way to learn more about Polar navigation from General Tours experienced officers and crew. Meals B+L+D|
Day 9 - Day 9 - Northward Across Drake Passage
|Having left the Antarctic Peninsula behind us the night before, today finds the mv Ushuaia heading northward across the Drake Passage. Join General Tours naturalists on deck or head to the bridge with the officers. Either way, keep your senses tuned for seabirds and whales. Meals B+L+D|
Day 10 - Day 10 - Cruising toward South America
|Take advantage of this full day onboard to enjoy General Tours final lectures and maybe another visit to the bridge. This evening’s congenial dinner offers a chance to share your experiences with your fellow passengers. Meals B+L+D|
Day 11 - Day 11 - Disembark + Explore Ushuaia
|Step off in Ushuaia for your transfer to the airport for your onward journey. Meals B|
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