Built in Denmark in 1972 and completely refurbished in 2009, The MS Expedition creates an intimate small-ship cruising experience. All cabins are ocean facing and are spacious with private en-suite facilities. Large seating areas and a 360° observation deck provides panoramic views of both the most spectacular landscapes and wilderness. MS Expedition accommodates up to 140 passengers and has a fine dining room, two bars, a Lonely Planet Library, on-board computers, gift shop, medical clinic, sauna and gym as well as a large mud room and a fleet of Zodiacs with four stroke engines.
You will arrive in Ushuaia and be transferred to your HOTEL. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the world's most southerly city.
Day 2Ushuaia - Drake Passage
Your morning in Ushuaia is at leisure to do any last minute shopping, explore the town or surrounding countryside. Embarkation on the MS Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia. Enjoy the evening sailing through the Beagle Channel. (B, D)
Days 3 - 4Drake Passage - South Shetland Islands
The adventure begins with an 800km (497mi) crossing of the passage named in honour of the 16th-century English sea captain and privateer, Sir Francis Drake. Take in daily lectures from the expedition team and keep an eye out for the first sightings of icebergs, whales and albatross following in the Expedition's wake. (B, L, D)
Days 5 - 8South Shetland Islands - Antarctic Peninsula
Experience some of the most unique wildlife viewing while exploring the Antarctic continent. Attempt two shore landings per day (weather permitting) and encounter Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adélie penguin rookeries, Weddell, Crabeater and Leopard seals, Orca, Humpback and Minke Whales in the cold Antarctic waters. (B, L, D)
Days 9 - 10Drake Passage - Ushuaia
Begin the journey north to the home port of Ushuaia. Review the highlights of the Antarctic experience with the lecturers and staff. Keep your eyes open on the observation deck for some last-minute whale sightings. (B, L, D)