Together, we’ll take this 12-day expedition cruise, starting in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, flying to Ushuaia and then onwards to Antarctica in the summer months.
We’ll discover Antarctica’s wildlife, as we spot seals, penguin colonies, and go whale watching against backdrops of staggering natural beauty. And, we’ll join the ship’s Expedition Team as they deliver lectures and accompany landings, sharing their knowledge on glaciology, wildlife, climate change, and polar exploration.
Don’t miss your opportunity to join Sisterhood Travels for this amazing women only cruise trip. We promise you lots of fun, laughs, spectacular sightseeing, and most of all….the magic of Sisterhood!
An overnight stay in Buenos Aires is the ideal way to start your Antarctic adventure. Home to a proud and diverse community of porteños, or ‘people of the port’, this city is a sensuous fusion of faded European splendour and Latin American panache. There are plenty of places to explore, including many parrillas serving deliciously authentic Argentine steak. Or maybe practise your dancing moves in the famous hometown of tango.
Our adventure begins with an early morning flight to Ushuaia, where we’ll meet our hybrid-powered expedition ship, MS Fridtjof Nansen, specially designed for sustainable cruising in polar waters. This bustling port is the capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province. Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Martial Glacier, Ushuaia vies for the title of the world’s southernmost city. After a briefing from your Expedition Team, you’ll have time to settle into your cabin and explore the comforts and amenities on board. Later, we’ll join together with our Expedition Team for a Welcome Dinner.
On the two-day crossing through the Drake Passage, the Expedition Team will equip us with all we need to make the most of our expedition. You’ll be able to visit the onboard Science Center and find out what lies ahead. Listen to experts talk passionately about Antarctica’s history, the science beneath the ice, and the impact of climate change and plastic pollution. You’ll learn how to make your visit as safe and sustainable as possible and about the Citizen Science projects you can join. We’ll have plenty of time to relax and bond with our Sisters. Plus, we can take an invigorating swim, enjoy a spa treatment and look out for icebergs, whales, and albatrosses.
Nothing quite prepares you for it. Surrounded by looming glaciers and icebergs the size of floating cathedrals, Antarctica will fill you with wonder. Perhaps the most surprising part of Antarctica is the silence. It’s a stillness that’s broken every so often by the locals—the wildlife.
Whales begin to arrive in greater numbers by December and January. This is also when the first penguin chicks hatch, and seeing the clumsy clumps of feathers run around is always a charming sight. February and March are the peaks of whale-watching opportunities when large amounts of krill lure them to the area.
We’ll join the Expedition Team on landings and ice cruises, all included as part of your expedition. You may even get a chance to go kayaking among the icebergs as an optional activity. Back on board, the Expedition Team will continue their lectures, helping you grow in your insights of the frozen continent. Over five magical days, we’ll experience this amazing world in a way that will stay with us for a lifetime.
We’ll be crossing back through the Drake Passage. Your exhilarating Antarctica cruise seems over before it’s begun. Even after five days, you’ll only have scratched the surface of all there is to discover. It really is just the tip of the iceberg. Your head will likely still be a swirling kaleidoscope of special memories and new knowledge. If you have more questions, head to the Science Center and chat with the Expedition Team. There’s plenty to do onboard!
Today, we arrive back in Ushuaia, where our 12-day expedition draws close. From here, we’ll take our charter flight back to Buenos Aires. As we leave this beautiful region behind, we’ll take lasting memories of everything we’ve seen and done, the importance of these precious habitats, and the positive experiences of sustainable expedition travel. Most of all, we’ll head for home with our Sisters in our hearts.
This is a leisurely paced itinerary and is full of cultural and interesting sightseeing and some free time to relax. Some excursion days may include reasonably early starts, some longer coach travel and possibly walking over uneven terrain. Guests should have reasonable health and mobility.