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Borton Overseas is happy to announce our next Antarctica Signature Journey, March 1-16, 2019, with very special guest, Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory.
They say that the journey is more rewarding than the destination. However, with this Borton Overseas Signature Journey, the journey AND the destination will be unforgettable. March in Antarctica is an exceptional time to see the marine wildlife in the region as they prepare for their migrations. On board the 100 passenger ship, the MS Island Sky, noted experts in marine biology will give insights into the hidden wonders of Antarctica. And not just about whales. Learn about the penguins, seals, sea lions, birds and more. Landings by zodiac, wildlife photography/videography and the chance to get your own hands dirty partaking in Citizen Science activities promise to make this an unbelievable journey. Additionally, Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory, will be Borton Overseas’ exclusive guest and will help us better understand how Antarctica impacts the whole planet.
Friday, March 1 - Porthole Suites starting from $13,934 per person double occupancy.*
$1,500 off per person if booked by December 31, 2017! (on selected cabins)
*Borton Overseas can help arrange your international air with fares approximately $2,130.
Thursday, February 28 Depart US
Friday, March 1 Arrive Buenos Aires D
When you arrive in Buenos Aires we can arrange for a private transfer to the hotel. Once you are settled enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow Borton Overseas travelers. Overnight in Hotel NH Buenos Aires Florida
Saturday, March 2 Buenos Aires to Ushuaia B
After breakfast in the hotel the group will transfer together to the airport for our flight to Ushuaia. Upon arrival the group will transfer to our hotel. Overnight at Arakur Hotel & Resort
Sunday, March 3 Embarkation MS Island Sky B D
This morning, you are free to explore Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, or unwind at the resort until our mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. On board, we’ll be greeted by our Expedition Team and the Ship’s Officers. A concise safety and orientation briefing will be followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. After dinner, we’ll relax and take in the scenery on our early evening sail through the Beagle Channel, past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.
Monday-Tuesday, March 4-5 Drake Passage B L D
As we make our way ever closer to the white continent, our Expedition Team and Marine Mammal experts will be out on deck and on the bridge, looking for the whales and dolphins that may be seen as we travel south. They will prepare us with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history, including helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety. Eventually, we’ll cross the Antarctic Convergence where we’ll notice a distinct drop in temperature as we enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean.
The length of our journey depends on sea conditions, but we should approach the South Shetland Islands on Tuesday evening. We will keep especially keen watch for pelagic whales as we approach the nutrient rich upwelling areas of the Continental Shelf.
Wednesday, March 6 South Shetland Islands B L D
Exploring the South Shetland Islands, we may visit Half Moon Island with its stunning backdrop of mountainous and glaciated Livingston Island. Or perhaps we will sail the ship into an active volcano with an opportunity to take a dip in the relatively balmy waters that surround Deception Island. Bransfield Strait, once the site of an abandoned whaling station, will give us an excellent chance to see whales, who often return to its rich waters.
Thursday-Tuesday, March 7-12 Antarctica B L D
In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, our Expedition Leader, Captain, and Marine Mammal experts will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and previous sightings to maximize our whale watching opportunities, while also exploring some of the lesser travelled areas of the Peninsula. We will aim for the most scenic bays and channels, with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.
Heading further South, we will be sure to explore the Gerlache Strait and its surrounding channels and islands. This may include trips to picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. We may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadsky as well as a historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.
At this time of year, most areas have amazing marine mammal viewing opportunities with Weddell, Crabeater and Elephant Seals often found hauled out to rest along with predatory Leopard Seals and the assertive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback Whales are frequent visitors during this season and Orca sightings are also common.
Wednesday-Thursday, March 13-14 Drake Passage B L D
As we leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage, we will continue our presentation series and wildlife spotting. Sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow of photos taken from our voyage.
Friday, March 15 Disembarkation Ushuaia – US B
Morning disembarkation lets you catch the flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure or further explore Argentina.