Weddell Sea Cruise: A True Expedition Voyage

Weddell sea cruise

One of the greatest expedition voyages on our planet! The Weddell Sea is a vast expanse of water to the east of the Antarctic Peninsula where few travelers have ventured.

The area is famous for Emperor Penguins and if you’re particularly keen on seeing these beautiful birds then the Weddell Sea Cruise is the best option.

Your cruise sets off from the port of Ushuaia before heading out into the notorious Drake Passage. Following the crossing, your ship (most commonly the Ortelius) will head into the Weddell Sea towards Snow Hill where there is a Emperor Penguin rookery 4,000 strong!

However, because of thick pack ice, Snow Hill is generally not reachable (although it does happen) and your ship will get as close as possible before anchoring. From there you will be able to see Emperor penguins entering the water and take several helicopter journeys to see the penguins from above!

After seeing the Emperor penguins your cruise will continue to the other side of the peninsula where you will explore some of the more popular areas including deception Bay and Port Lockroy before heading back to Ushuaia.

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Route Itinerary

Please be aware that all operators have varying itineraries. The itinerary detailed below is simply a typical Weddell Sea cruise itinerary, however, the journey is a long one and weather can have a major impact on itinerary.

​DAY 1: ARRIVE IN USHUAIA

​DAY 2: EMBARKATION DAY

​DAY 3-4: CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE

​DAY 5-8: SAILING THE WEDDELL SEA

​DAY 8: VISIT HALF MOON ISLAND AND DECEPTION ISLAND

​DAY 9-10: CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE

​DAY 11: DISEMBARKATION IN USHUAIA

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Ships that sail the ​Weddell Sea Cruise Itinerary

​Akademik Ioffe

This 96 passenger vessel is one the strongest in the water and comes with stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull. Fully equipped with a modern feel, the Akademik Ioffe offers a complete lecture theater and wellness program which includes yoga instruction (select departures), registered massage therapist, daily meditation, hot water spa, sauna and a refreshing salt-water plunge pool!

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 theater room and a good amount of deck space.

Akademik Sergey Vavilov

With stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull, this ship is one of the steadiest in Antarctica! Very well equipped and spacious, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov carries 92 passengers and offer a nice modern feel. The interior spaces are large and the vessel comes with a separate lounge, bar, sauna, plunge pool and library.

The Ushuaia

The Ushuaia is one the most respected vessels in the Polar region and well up to the task of the Weddell Sea! Ice-strengthened and originally built for the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, the boat has now been refurbished to accommodate 88 passengers and nearly 50 suites! Large deck space, open bridge policy, open plan lounge and full media lecture room make this one the most popular vessels.

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