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About the Antarctica Classic Itinerary
- Perfect for first time visitors to Antarctica
- Witness and explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
- Learn about the environment and wildlife from onboard lecturers and specialists
- Witness the abundant wildlife – penguins, seals, whales and more!
Day 1: Embarkation
Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, you will be greeted by Expedition Team and ships’ officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the mountainous scenery on our early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.
Days 2-3: Drake Passage
Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as we sail south are the Albatrosses, Prions, and Petrels that frequently follow the ship. The Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the Whales and Dolphins that may also be seen in the area. The team will begin presentations with informative and entertaining lectures on the wildlife, history, and geology of Antarctica. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held.
Days 4-8: Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
Arrival to the White Continent, the land of extremes! The most common first reaction to the white continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words, as few places are as untouched, unique and enduring as Antarctica. The Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. The route will stress the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas. Guided hikes with the Expedition Team will have you trekking up a glacier, visiting a research station, or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Gentoo and Adélie penguins are found here, along with Fur, Weddell, Crabeater and Leopard Seals. Curious whales, such as Minkes and Humpbacks, are often attracted to Zodiacs as well, giving you a chance to get within reaching distance of these majestic animals. Each day and each landing will present a new collection of creatures to entertain you and keep your camera shutter busy.
The trip may include 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. A visit may be possible to an active scientific base such as Ukraine’s Vernadsky as well as an historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.
Days 9-10: Drake Passage
The lecture series and wildlife spotting will continue on the return trip to Ushuaia and while the team will reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future.
Day 11: Disembarkation
Morning disembarkation allows you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.
Welcome Aboard the Le Lyrial
Built in the style of superb mega yachts, Le Lyrial offers a unique and subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and wellbeing as you travel to the most remote places on the planet.
Designed in France and built in Italy, each ship has its own color palette and motif, but all share in an elegantly understated aesthetic and European sensibility and craftsmanship. The staterooms and suites feature panoramic sea views, and 95% have a balcony. Your comfort and well-being are the special responsibility of the impeccably trained staff, whose discreet yet attentive service has become legendary among discriminating travelers. Life aboard is relaxed and refined, capturing the best of the French art of living well, and an air of quiet sophistication enhances the unique experience of feeling you are aboard your own yacht.
These ships feature an all French crew who welcomes you aboard and ensures your well-being. The highly-approachable officers and crew are bilingual.
Every day, French chefs will take you on an aromatic voyage of discovery, accompanied by selections of fine cheeses carefully chosen by our master cheesemongers, delicious artisan breads and rich pastries, all accompanied by a selection of fine wines and completed by a superb à la carte selection of grands crus.
Butler service is provided for passengers traveling in the suites on Deck 6.
Elegant main dining room for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving French and international cuisine. Fine wine cellar.
Casual eating venue for breakfast, buffet lunch and themed dinner
Afternoon tea, lounge, live music, dance floor and cocktail bar. Access to the outside terrace.
Library, internet desk, cocktail bar, live entertainment on selected evenings. Direct access to the panorama terrace.
Overlooking the pool deck.
• Theater • Library • Fitness Center • Spa / Sauna • Massage • Relaxation Room • Pool • Beauty Salon • Leisure / Game Area • Image & Photo Corner • Internet Station • Medical Center • Shop •
• Length: 142 m
• Beam: 18 m
• Draft: 4.7 m
• Cruising speed: 14 knots
• Ice class: 1C
• Classification: Bureau Veritas
• Flag: French
• Guest decks: 6
• Guest capacity: up to 260 (200 Antarctica)
• Normal crew size: 140
• Fleet of expedition Zodiac®: (Mark V HD)
• Gross tonnage: 10,944 UMS
• Electric motors: 2 x 2300 KW
• Installed power: 6,400 KW
• Construction: Fincantieri-Ancône-Italy
Cabins & Amenities
- Individually-controlled air-conditioning
- Cabin layout: king-size bed, or twin beds, communicating cabins available (children welcome)
- Flat screen satellite TV
- IPod™ players
- Desk with stationery
- Electronic safe
- French bath products
- Dressing table and hairdryer
- Bath robes
- Satellite direct line telephone
- 110/220 volts
- 24hr room service