Trip Information

Duration
12 Days
Departs
January 2021
February 2021
February 2022
March 2022
Ship
Hanseatic Inspiration
From
£11,079 per person
Offer
Includes return charter flights Includes return charter flights

This Expedition Includes:

  • Return charter flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Selected excursions
  • Daily lecture/education programme
  • Dining
  • Tea and coffee

Expedition Highlights:

  • Spend six days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Intensive cruising in the Weddell Sea
  • Visit the South Shetland Islands, home to a wide variety of wildlife

 

Itinerary Summary

This 12 day Antarctica expedition cruise aboard MS HANSEATIC Inspiration gives you the chance to explore the southernmost continent aboard one of the world’s most luxurious expedition ships.

Sailing round-trip from Ushuaia, the itinerary features six days of close-quarters discovery in the Antarctica Peninsula where you will be led by an expert expedition team on excursions both on land and by Zodiac. During your time in the region, you will have ample opportunities to see some of Antarctica’s incredible wildlife, including elephant seals, orca, dolphins and a variety of penguins.

The voyage also includes a trip to the neighbouring South Shetland Islands. Situated just under 80 miles north of the Antarctic Peninsula, the Islands were first discovered in the early 1800s. Permanently glacial yet with an ecosystem that sustains a small amount of tundra vegetation, the South Shetland Islands are also home to numerous research stations, the majority of which are located on King George Island.

The largest of the South Shetland Islands, King George Island is noted in particular for being the location of the annual Antarctic Marathon in which competitors are invited to run – or ski – the 26 mile race.

When not exploring, you will find that MS HANSEATIC Inspiration offers the perfect base for a spot of relaxation. Her facilities include three restaurants, an interactive science lounge and even an outdoor jacuzzi!

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Day-by-Day Itinerary

  • Day 01 Ushuaia
  • Day 02-03 Sailing through Drakes Passage
  • Day 04-10 Antarctic Peninsula - Weddell Sea - South Shetland Islands
  • Day 11-12 Sailing through Drakes Passage
  • Day 13 Ushuaia

About Your Ship

Hanseatic Inspiration is a five-star expedition ship designed for adventure cruising in the polar regions, Central America and the Caribbean. She offers capacity for 230 guests, though this is reduced to no more than 199 guests for itineraries in Antarctica and Spitsbergen.

Equipped with everything you will need to make the most of your time away, Hanseatic Inspiration is the perfect choice of ship if you really want to immerse yourself in some of the world’s most remote regions. Her fleet of Zodiacs are used frequently throughout each expedition in order to reach inaccessible shorelines or to carry guests close to wildlife sightings or significant natural landmarks.

Hanseatic Inspiration also has her own Marina, located at the rear of the ship. When deployed during warm weather expeditions, it provides guests with easy access to the ship’s water-sports facilities such as kayaks, paddle boards and snorkelling equipment.

All expeditions aboard Hanseatic Inspiration are accompanied by a team of experts from the fields of nature, geography and history. Throughout each itinerary, the team will lead guests on excursions and aim to share their knowledge whenever possible.

The accommodation on Hanseatic Inspiration is comprised of 120 cabins and suites. The cabins are split between four categories, two of which have large windows and two that have private balconies. All of the cabins boast an en-suite bathroom with a ‘rain shower’, a mini-bar, separable beds and a heated wall which can be used for drying wet weather gear and towels. The suites, of which there are two categories, are larger in size and have private verandas. They also benefit from a separate living/seating area, a separate dining area, an entertainment station and an en-suite bathroom with two sinks and a steam sauna in the shower area.

The culinary options on Hanseatic Inspiration consist of three main restaurants. The ship’s main restaurant is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner with menus designed to reflect the region which you are exploring. The ship’s second restaurant is a speciality venue and offers a range of sumptuous treats; from first-class Japanese cuisine to North American feasts. Finally, the Bistro is more informal option and gives you the opportunity to enjoy a variety of meals either inside or under the open sky.

In terms of facilities, much of the experience on board Hanseatic Inspiration is geared towards destination discovery. To accommodate this, the ship has two venues. The first is the HanseAtrium. Here, you can enjoy lectures, daily briefings and presentations delivered by the ship’s Expedition Team. The second venue is the Ocean Academy, which is an interactive science facility boasting a large media wall and many touchscreen devices.

Hanseatic Inspiration offers a number of public areas in which you can relax. The ship’s spa is open throughout the day and provides a space in which to enjoy everything from full-body massages; to cosmetic treatments and salon facilities. There is also a pool area with a retractable roof and a fitness area for those who wish to keep active during their time away.
During the evening and particularly after dinner, the bars on Hanseatic Inspiration offer the perfect environment to unwind with your favourite tipple while enjoying the company of your fellow guests.

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