|Day 1||Ushuaia, Argentina||Embark in the afternoon|
|Days 2 & 3||Drake Passage||Sea Birds, educational lectures|
|Day 4||South Shetland Islands||Exploring by zodiac and ship.|
|Day 5||King George Island||Explore in the morning, flight to Punta Arenas|
|Day 6||Punta Arenas||Transfer to the airport for onward flight|
The Magellan Explorer is capable of carrying 100 guests, however she will take just 69 passengers on her fly cruise voyages. Her maiden voyage to Antarctica will be in November 2019. The ship has 50 suites and cabins in five categories, including dedicated single cabins. The cabins are spacious, ranging in size from 20 to 40 square metres. 42 cabins feature a large window and a private balcony, 8 have a porthole. All cabins feature a private bathroom and a sitting area. She has a forward-facing observation lounge, an observation deck, a dining room that accommodates everyone at one sitting. She also has an outdoor barbecue area, a gym, and a sauna. The bow of the ship is accessible to guests to offer expansive views during exploration.
Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, and her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica. The vessel has capacity for 72 passengers accommodated in simple and comfortable outside cabins, all with private facilities, including twin, triple and dedicated single cabins. In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, she also has a spacious dining room, a bar, a library and an infirmary. With a maximum of just 68 guests not only can they all be accommodated on a single flight from (or to) Punta Arenas – she also can get everyone into zodiacs and ashore in a short period of time – maximising exploration time.
Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina, the Southernmost city in the world. Board your ship in the afternoon and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, where you may be able to explore the surroundings before setting sail to Cape Horn. Meet the expedition team and your fellow travellers and settle in to your comfortable room.
After an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, you awake in full view of legendary Cape Horn! Weather permitting, the expedition team will organise an excursion to explore. Board a Zodiac and be one of the few privileged adventurers to step foot on this famous and rarely visited island. Back on board, set sail towards Antarctica and cross the famous passage named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer.
As you sail through the Drake Passage en route to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations brought to you by the expedition team. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent seabirds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica.
After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as soon you will see your first icebergs and spot land. As the ship reaches the South Shetland Islands, it will sail in ice-filled bays, where you can enjoying the company of seabirds, penguins, seals and whales. Board a Zodiac for your first memorable shore visit to a penguin colony. Taking advantage of the endless Antarctic daylight, exploration will continue well into the evening.
Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay and explore the area, including the Chilean Base Frei and the Russian Base Bellingshausen. Bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas, Chile. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for the night.
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.