Antarctica Basecamp Cruise: For The Adventure Lovers

Antarctica basecamp cruise

The Antarctica Peninsula Basecamp Cruise is the ideal option for people who want to do a wide array of activities!

The cruise itself generally run over 11 or 12 days and takes you to the Antarctic Peninsula where you not only visit wildlife-rich sites, but you also take part in a variety of activities including kayaking, camping, snowshoeing, hiking and photography workshops.

Unlike normal Antarctic cruises, all activities on the Antarctica Peninsula Basecamp Cruise are included in the price. This means you get great value for your money as most cruises charge in excess of US$500 for each optional activity.

Like most Antarctica cruises, your expedition will begin by crossing the Drake Passage for several days. Although the passage is notoriously rough, the crossing is often seen as one of the highlights of the trip. People who suffer from severe sea sickness should probably consider the Antarctica Express Cruise instead.

Once in Antarctica you’ll see penguin rookeries, seal colonies and dazzling icebergs that look like they have been sculptured by hand! Your cruise ship will stay in one area for a number of days to allow you time for all of your unforgettable activities.

Along your cruise you will also be given expert lectures from your guides on the region’s fauna, history and geography.

The Basecamp Cruise is the perfect option for first timers or for people with a love of adventure and activities.

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Antarctica Basecamp Cruise

Route Map

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Route Itinerary

Please note that all operators have slightly different itineraries. The one detailed below is the typical itinerary that most operators adhere to. Please also remember that operators must sail to the weather and that exact landings and activities cannot be guaranteed in advance.

​DAY 1: ARRIVE IN USHUAIA

​DAY 2: EMBARKATION DAY

​DAY 3-4: CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE

​DAY 5-9: ANTARCTICA BASECAMP

​DAY 10-11: CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE

​DAY 12: DISEMBARKATION IN USHUAIA

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Ships that sail the ​Antarctica Basecamp Cruise Itinerary

The Ortelius

The Ortelius is an ice-strengthened vessel designed for extreme cruises to the Polar regions. The Ortelius holds 116 passengers and has basic, but comfortable accommodation.

The ship is equipped with two dining rooms, a bar and a lecture theatre room and a good amount of deck space.

Plancius

One of the larger research vessels, the Plancius can take up to 116 passengers and is fully ice-strengthened for those tough Polar regions! The ship has a comfortable feel and there is loads of deck space to wander around. The bar has large, panoramic views and the observation lounge also doubles as a presentation room.  

A basic, but tough and cozy ship with great views.

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