Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition – Ultramarine, March 2025

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Trip Summary

Dates: 

Mar 1, 2025 -
Mar 14, 2025

Duration: 

14 Days

Ship:

Adventure
options:
Helicopter Tours Kayaking Paddleboarding
Starts and ends in BUE
Starting at: $19495
About the Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition with Charter Flights itinerary
  • Extend your time in Antarctica and make landings in less frequented sites south of the Antarctic Circle;
  • Incredible icebergs
  • Millions of penguins – Adélie, gentoo, chinstrap
  • 5 species of seals – crabeater, Weddell, leopard, fur and southern elephant
  • Whales – humpback, minke, orca
  • Visit historic research stations in the area of Marguerite Bay

This voyage starts in Buenos Aires, with a hotel night included. One day 2, take a charter flight with your shipmates to the Southernmost City in the World. Embark in the afternoon and begin your adventure south to Antarctica!

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You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of your itinerary. Upon arriving in this splendid city, known for its soaring architecture and rich European heritage, you will independently transfer to the group hotel (pre-night hotel included).

After breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina.

Upon arrival, you will have a little time to explore this quaint port town before heading to the pier.

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you’ll see land you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!

Crossing the Drake Passage, there is so much excitement in the air as you get ever closer to the white continent. Guests eagerly soak up the friendly atmosphere on board as our numerous Polar experts prepare you for your adventures with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history. Eventually, cross the Antarctic Convergence where you will notice a distinct drop in temperature as you enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. Along the way, witness many spectacular sights from icebergs to an array of seabirds and even several whale species some of which are known on occasion to fully breach from the sea.

At Half Moon Island you will visit a breeding colony of chinstrap penguins that share their territory with fur seals and blue-eyed shags. The team also hopes to see the gentle humpback whale dining on krill in its feeding grounds and possibly have an opportunity to spot orcas and Minke whales as the trip goes. The expedition staff plan on walking ashore on the continent of Antarctica at Paradise Harbour or Neko Harbour. Although it will not be your first glimpse of the Antarctic, a walk ashore on the Continent will evoke emotions to carry with you for the rest of your life. The scenery here is amazing. In particular the oddly shaped icebergs looking like sculptures, as well as the colossal ‘tabular’ icebergs that break away from the continent’s ice shelf. Expect to feel transformed as you experience twilight from the very bottom of the planet.

By now, your knowledge of Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins will be matched by your ability to differentiate between a leopard, fur or Weddell seal. Terms like bergy bits and pancake ice will seem normal, yet there are still many tales to be told. As you head north, Zodiac excursions will fill your days, and your Expedition Team will continue offering presentations while giving you time to reflect on everything you’ve experienced.

In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, the goal is to make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature’s glory. The first goal will be to sail south of the Antarctic Circle and into Matha Strait or Marguerite Bay. Given favorable ice conditions, the captain will push our exploration even further southward, looking for historic and wildlife sites. From the most southerly point (south of the Antarctic Circle), we will make our way north along the Antarctic Peninsula, cruising through the narrow waterways and channels of the Antarctic Peninsula. Spectacular waterways such as Crystal Sound, the Lemaire Channel, the Neumeyer Channel and the Gerlache Strait will all feature in the itinerary. Landing sites might include Neko Harbour, Wilhelmina Bay, Petermann Island and the Yalours, where you will observe Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals, skuas and other seabirds as well as an abundance of penguins including some very large colonies of the comical Adelie penguin.

We will continue our lecture series and wildlife spotting as we sail back to Ushuaia and reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future.

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, after breakfast. After disembarking, you will get a little taste of Patagonia, touring Tierra del Fuego National Park before transferring to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.

Welcome aboard the Ultramarine

The newest ship in our fleet, Ultramarine is designed to go beyond the familiar in polar exploration, to discover new places, and immerse you in the best the region has to offer.

Equipped with two twin-engine helicopters, Ultramarine offers the most robust portfolio of adventure activities in the industry, the most spacious suites in its category, breathtaking public spaces, and more outdoor wildlife viewing spaces than other expedition ships its size. It also features a best-in-class 70-day operational range and an innovative mix of sustainability features that exceed all industry standards.

With all this and more, Ultramarine is set to deliver the ultimate polar expedition experience.

Technical Specs
Equipped with two twin-engine helicopters, Ultramarine offers the most robust portfolio of adventure activities in the industry, the most spacious suites in its category, breathtaking public spaces, and more outdoor wildlife viewing spaces than other expedition ships its size. It also features a best-in-class 70-day operational range and an innovative mix of sustainability features that exceed all industry standards.

Cabins & Amenities

Cabins

  • Spacious Entryways
  • Personal Safes
  • Spa-inspired Bathrooms
  • Heated Bathroom Floors
  • Premium beds and bed linens
  • Convertible Beds
  • Individual Temperature Controls
  • HD Flatscreen Televisions
  • Oversized Windows With Sweeping Views
  • Electrical Supply: 220V
CABIN CATEGORY DECK LOCATION(S) SIZE # OF GUESTS BERTH CONFIGURATION
Solo Panorama
  • Deck 6
132 sq. ft. 1 1 twin
Explorer Triple
  • Deck 3
285 sq. ft. 1-3 3 single beds, two of which can be converted to a double bed
Explorer Suite
  • Deck 3
285 sq. ft. 1-2 1 double or 2 single beds
Balcony Suite
  • Deck 4
226 sq. ft. 1-2 1 double or 2 single beds
Deluxe Balcony Suite
  • Deck 4
299 sq. ft. 1-2 1 double or 2 single beds
Terrace Suite
  • Deck 6
350 sq. ft. 1-2 1 double or 2 single beds
Penthouse Suite
  • Deck 7
369 sq. ft. 1-2 1 double or 2 single beds
Owner’s Suite
  • Deck 6
446 sq. ft. 1-2 1 double or 2 single beds
Ultra Suite
  • Deck 6
563 sq. ft. 1-2 1 double or 2 single beds

Aboard

  • 2 Dining Areas
  • 4 Bars
  • Panorama Lounge
  • Lecture Theater
  • Library
  • Polar Boutique
  • Spa & Fitness Center
  • Oceanview Sauna
  • Zodiac Hangar with 4 Embarkation Points
  • 2 Ready Rooms with Individual Lockers
  • Walkaround Deck
  • Bridge

Activities:

  • Flightseeing (Included)
  • Zodiac Cruising (Included)
  • Hiking (Included)
  • Lectures (Included)
  • Camping (Optional)
  • Sea Kayaking (Optional)
  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding (Optional)
  • Paddle Excursions (Optional)
  • Cross Country Skiing (Optional)
  • Mountaineering (Optional)

Price

$18,999.00 -
 $29,999.00

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$20,299.00 -
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