New years Day in the Polar Regions
10 Nights
Antarctica
Gentoo Penguins
Spectacular Icy panoramas
Crabeater seals

Enjoy an exceptional New Year in the magic of the Antarctic Peninsula’s ice floes.

New years Day in the Polar Regions


Luxury Ships: Le Boréal and L'Austral
Length: 10 Nights

 

Set sail on an unforgettable 11-day expedition cruise and fall for the charms of the dreamlike landscapes, inhabited by rich and uncommon wildlife. 

In Neko Harbour, a magnificent bay surrounded by mountains and ice, you will perhaps be lucky enough to see seals, whales, leopard seals and gentoo penguins. 

On Pleneau Island, you’ll be amused by the original gait of the gentoo penguins going about their daily lives with a backdrop of magnificent icebergs. Don’t miss out on the visit to nearby Port Charcot. Jean-Baptiste Charcot, the famous French explorer who led many polar expeditions at the beginning of the 20th century, gave this name to the island as a tribute to his father.  

Your ship will then head north before arriving on the volcanic Deception Island, which was long an emblematic whaling site. Its sheltered bay also served as a refuge for sailors during heavy storms.

Before you return to Ushuaia, Le Boréal will clear a path through the impressive tabletop icebergs of the Weddell Sea, leaving you with an unforgettable memory of your Antarctic crossing.

 

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1            Fly Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina

Day 2-3         The Drake Passage

Day 4            Neko Harbour and Paridise Bay

Day 5            Pleneau Island and Port Charcot

Day 6            Port Lockroy

Day 7            Deception Island

Day 8            Weddell Sea

Day 9-10       Drake Passage

Day 11          Fly Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

 

Dates and Pricing 2018-19 Season

from 29 December 2018 to 08 January 2019

from 30 December 2018 to 09 January 2019

 

Le Boreal and L'Austral Twin Share
EUR
Ponant Early Booking Bonus 
Superior Stateroom
9,350 -
Deluxe Stateroom
10,930 -
Prestige Stateroom
Deck 4
12,110 -
Prestige Stateroom
Deck 5
12,660 -
Prestige Stateroom
Deck 6
13,240 -
Deluxe Suite
17,980 -
Prestige Suite
Deck 5
21,000 -
Prestige Suite
Deck 6
21,990 -
Owner Suite
28,260 -

 

Dates and Pricing 2019- 20 Season

from 29 December 2019 to 08 January 2020

 

Le Boreal and L'Austral Twin Share
EUR
Ponant Early Booking Bonus Up to 15% off
Superior Stateroom
10,770 request
Deluxe Stateroom
11,540 request
Prestige Stateroom
Deck 4
12,800 request
Prestige Stateroom
Deck 5
13,380 request
Prestige Stateroom
Deck 6
14,000 request
Deluxe Suite
19,160 request
Prestige Suite
Deck 5
22,230 request
Prestige Suite
Deck 6
23,290 request
Owner Suite
26,620 -

 

Alternative Sailing Dates

Le Boreal, Le Soleal , L’Austral and Le Lyrial also sail this itinerary on the following dates - pricing differs:

 

from 20 November 2018 to 30 November 2018

from 4 December 2018 to 14 December 2018

from 10 December 2018 to 20 December 2018

from 18 December 2018 to 28 December 2018

from 20 December 2018 to 5 January 2019

from 5 January 2019 to 15 January 2019

from 9 January 2019 to 19 January 2019

from 15 January 2019 to 25 January 2019

from 19 January 2019 to 29 January 2019

from 25 January 2019 to 4 February 2019

from 7 February 2019 to 17 February 2019

from 14 February 2019 to 24 February 2019

from 17 February 2019 to 27 February 2019

from 22 February 2019 to 4 March 2019

 

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1                Fly Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina

Depart Buenos Aires on an early flight to Ushuaia. Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.

 

Day 2-3             The Drake Passage

If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to Antarctica. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As a convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.

 

Day 4                Neko Harbour and Paridise Bay

A little corner of paradise in the shadow of a towering glacier, Neko Harbour is without a doubt one of the most beautiful sites on the Antarctic Peninsula. It was discovered by Belgian navigator Adrien de Gerlache during his 1897-1899 expedition. Mountains, ice and wildlife combine to form a truly unique landscape. Animals are as abundant as they are exotic: among others, you'll encounter seabirds (gulls, Cape petrels, cormorants) and marine mammals (seals, orcas and other whale species). Head out on a Zodiac® excursion to get up close to the icebergs, stop over near a penguin colony, watch a leopard seal sunbathe between dives and enjoy an impromptu aerial show from passing Antarctic terns.

With its spectacular landscapes composed of towering glacial peaks plunging down into the icy waters of the Antarctic, Paradise Bay is true to its name. Discovered and named by whalers in the early 20th century, this protected natural site is currently home to a wide variety of fauna, from Antarctic cormorants and leopard seals to sheathbills and gentoo penguins, who mingle on the long stretch of rocky beaches. With some luck, you'll even be privy to an unforgettable underwater dance between passing humpback whales. During your excursion, head off to discover the old Argentine base Almirante Brown, which is only occupied for a few weeks each year, during the austral summer.

 

Day 5                Pleneau Island and Port Charcot

Named after talented photographer Paul Pléneau, who accompanied Jean-Baptiste Charcot on his 1903 expedition, Pleneau Island has become a refuge for gentoo penguins, elephant seals and fur seals. A ‘fleet’ of imposing ice formations sit like anchored ships along its shores. Like works of art, these unusually-sculpted icebergs range in colour from white to blue and every shade in between. On land, red algae provides a striking contrast against empty swathes of snow that alternate with gentoo penguin nesting sites, strewn all across the island.

Port Charcot, a natural harbour located in Salpêtrière Bay, was discovered by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot. Named for the explorer's father, famed neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, this tip of Booth Island still holds vestiges of Charcot's 1903-1905 anchoring aboard his ship, Le Français. A brisk walk through the snow will take you to the remains of Charcot's stone cabin where he conducted studies on magnetism. Right nearby, you'll notice a colony of gentoo penguins. If you continue on to the summit, you'll pass by the remnants of a cairn and enjoy an unobstructed view of the vast field of icebergs scattered over the bay like white tombstones—an eerie, mystical site like none other.

 

Day 6                Port Lockroy

During your cruise, you'll have the opportunity to stop over at Port Lockroy, a spectacular natural harbour nestled in the very heart of the Antarctic Peninsula on Goudier Island. Discovered by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot in 1903, the site has served over the years as a stopover for whaling ships, a British military base and later a research station. The port is currently one of the most visited sites in the Antarctic, thanks to its tiny museum which allows visitors to experience the base as it was in the 1950s and to take home a souvenir from its gift shop. While you're here, don't miss the chance to send your loved ones a post card from the southernmost post office in the world!

 

Day 7                Deception Island

Situated just above the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, Deception Island is easily recognisable thanks to its distinctive horseshoe shape. The crater of this former volcano caved in 10,000 years ago and the resulting caldera was flooded, creating a natural harbour. Deception Island still bears traces of its past as a longtime hub of the whaling industry. The vestiges of abandoned sheds that line the black sand of its volcanic beaches share space with the island's spectacular fauna: it is home to the Antarctic Peninsula’s largest colony of chinstrap penguins, as well as numerous elephant seals and fur seals.

 

Day 8                Weddell Sea

Amidst the eerie stillness of the Weddell Sea, you'll wend your way through a veritable labyrinth of majestic table icebergs. Sweeping ice platforms sculpt a landscape unlike any other, populated by fur seals, penguins, wandering albatross and other imposing seabirds. The Weddell seal, king of this realm, will welcome you to his territory with a haunting cry that pierces the surrounding silence. You'll recognise him by his dark grey coat and spotted belly. Weddell seals have the impressive distinction of being able to stay underwater for more than an hour.

 

Day 9-10            Drake Passage

If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to Antarctica. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As a convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.

 

Day 11              Fly Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

Disembark from your ship at Ushuaia port this morning and transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Buenos Aires.