Ultramarine

Cruise Ship

Ultramarine

Prepare to embark on a polar exploration journey like no other aboard the Ultramarine. Designed to take you beyond the beaten path, this vessel offers unparalleled opportunities for discovery and immersion in the wonders of the region.

Featuring two twin-engine helicopters, Ultramarine boasts the most extensive selection of adventure activities in the industry. Its spacious suites, stunning public areas, and abundant outdoor wildlife viewing spaces set it apart from other expedition ships of its size. Additionally, it incorporates a range of innovative sustainability features that exceed industry standards.

Embark on the ultimate polar expedition experience aboard the Ultramarine, and discover a world of wonder and adventure.

Ultramarine is one of our preferred ships when travelling in GALAPAGOS

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Day to Day Itinerary

Itinerary Details

Day 1 - Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Upon arriving in Buenos Aires, you will be welcomed by the city's captivating architecture and European heritage. After settling into your pre-expedition hotel, you will have the evening to explore the city on your own.


Day 2 - Port of Ushuaia

Port of Ushuaia

After an early breakfast, you will board a private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Upon arrival, you will have some time to explore the quaint port town before making your way to the pier. In the late afternoon, you will embark on a journey along the historic Beagle Channel, with the next land you see being the Antarctic!


Day 3 to 4 - Drake Passage

Drake Passage

The Drake Passage is an unpredictable and exciting adventure. You will have plenty of time to take pictures of seabirds, get to know your Expedition Team and fellow travelers, and gaze out at the ocean.


Day 5 to 8 - South Shetland Islands - Antarctica Peninsula

South Shetland Islands

Once the Drake Passage is left in your wake and the South Shetland Islands come into view, your Antarctic adventure truly begins. You will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels, and landing sites, and visit penguin rookeries, scout for whales, and search for southern seal species. You will have the opportunity to hike snowy pathways to vantage points offering panoramic views of your surroundings, and witness the majestic beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula's mountains. Amid the serene silence of Antarctica, you will experience moments of complete isolation and be inspired by nature.

Antarctica Peninsula

Stretching up from the heart of the world’s southernmost continent, the Antarctic Peninsula is where most travelers spend all their time on the continent and is the highlight of most Antarctica trips.


Day 9 to 10 - Drake Passage

Drake Passage

On the journey back across the Drake Passage, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the invigorating Southern Ocean air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team, and celebrate the experiences you've shared exploring the remarkable world of Antarctica.


Day 11 - Port of Ushuaia - Buenos Aires

Port of Ushuaia

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning and disembark after breakfast. The mandatory transfer package includes a tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park before transferring to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires. As you make your way back to the city, you will have the chance to reflect on the unique and personal experiences you have encountered in Antarctica.

Buenos Aires


Itinerary Details

Day 1 - Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Welcome to Buenos Aires, the vibrant capital of Argentina! Upon arriving, you will independently transfer to your group hotel, where you will spend the night and enjoy a delicious breakfast.


Day 2 - Port of Ushuaia

Port of Ushuaia

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the airport for a private charter flight to Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city. After exploring the quaint downtown area, you will make your way to the pier and embark on your journey to Antarctica.


Day 3 to 4 - Drake Passage

Drake Passage

The Drake Passage is an unpredictable and exciting adventure. While being well taken care of by our expert onboard staff and expedition team, you’ll have plenty of time to gaze out at the expansive ocean waters, photograph seabirds, and get to know your Expedition Team and fellow travelers.


Day 5 - Weddell Sea

Weddell Sea

Onboard presentations by world-respected experts will enrich your polar quest, conveying what it was like a century ago for the brave polar heroes who embraced the unknown. You’ll also learn more about the ice-dwelling emperor penguins.


Day 6 to 10 - Weddell Sea - Snow Hill Island

Weddell Sea

The journey toward Snow Hill Island will put you in explorer mode as the captain and Expedition Leader keep you updated through weather briefings, meteorological and sea ice condition reports. The thickness of ice will determine how close Ultramarine can get to Snow Hill Island, then our twin-engine helicopters will take over. You will have the opportunity to observe close up how the emperor penguins behave as a tight-knit community, how they care for their young, and how they body surf across the ice. You will also have the chance to explore the snow-capped peaks and apartment-building-sized tabular icebergs, take the polar plunge, test your balance on a stand-up paddleboard, and enjoy the onboard amenities, including the spa, sauna and fitness room. You will also be immersed each day in the polar experience of the Weddell Sea with daily activities such as Zodiac cruising among the icebergs, adventuring and learning while atop the ice, paddle-on-top kayaking, or working with our team to observe the weather forecasting and ship operations up close. The emperor penguin colony at Snow Hill is the goal of this expedition. However, if weather or ice conditions prevent us from visiting the colony or shorten the duration of our visit, we may explore some of these other sites, such as Brown Bluff, Devil Island, Hope Bay, Paulet Island, and Seymour Island.

Snow Hill Island


Day 11 to 13 - Drake Passage

Drake Passage

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides a final opportunity to enjoy the invigorating Southern Ocean air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team, and celebrate the experiences you've shared getting off the beaten track in the remarkable world of Antarctica.


Day 14 - Port of Ushuaia - Buenos Aires

Port of Ushuaia

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning and disembark after breakfast. The mandatory transfer package includes a tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park for a taste of Patagonia, after which you’ll transfer to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires


Itinerary Details

Day 1 - Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Experience the charm of Buenos Aires, with its picturesque architecture and rich European heritage. After arriving at the airport, transfer independently to your group hotel, where a pre-expedition hotel night is included in the mandatory transfer package.


Day 2 - Port of Ushuaia

Port of Ushuaia

Savor an early breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the airport and boarding a private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. After landing, explore the quaint port town before embarking on your Antarctic expedition. The ship sets sail in the late afternoon, cruising through the Beagle Channel, providing amazing photo opportunities of landscapes and seabirds.


Day 3 to 4 - Drake Passage

Drake Passage

Immerse yourself in presentations by your Expedition Team, covering photography, wildlife, glaciology, and history. In between lectures, enjoy the company of your fellow travelers over drinks at the bar or keep watch on deck for wildlife sightings.


Day 5 to 7 - South Shetland Islands - Antarctica Peninsula

South Shetland Islands

Get ready for an unforgettable experience as you explore the White Continent. Each day, take Zodiac excursions from the ship to discover local bays, channels, and landing sites. Encounter wildlife such as penguins, humpback and minke whales, and various species of southern seals, including the elusive leopard seal. Your Expedition Team provides care and guidance, whether exploring the Antarctic terrain, visiting a research station, or observing penguin colonies.



Antarctica Peninsula

Stretching up from the heart of the world’s southernmost continent, the Antarctic Peninsula is where most travelers spend all their time on the continent and is the highlight of most Antarctica trips.


Day 8 to 9 - Antarctic Circle

Antarctic Circle

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is a remarkable achievement, as few travelers have ventured so far south. Explore this raw and untouched part of Antarctica, home to the midnight sun, Weddell seals and sea ice, the foundation of the Antarctic marine ecosystem.


Day 10 to 11 - Northbound

Northbound

Along the Peninsula As you head north, continue to explore the wonders of the White Continent, discovering new species of seabirds, seals, and whales. Zodiac excursions fill your days, guaranteeing an unforgettable adventure.


Day 12 to 13 - Drake Passage

Drake Passage

Bid farewell to Antarctica as you cross the Drake Passage once again. Share memories with your fellow passengers and reflect on your adventure with a slideshow presented by your Expedition Team.


Day 14 - Port of Ushuaia

Port of Ushuaia

Disembark in Ushuaia after breakfast and enjoy a taste of Patagonia with a Tierra del Fuego National Park tour. Then transfer to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires. Cherish the memories of your Antarctic expedition and the incredible sights, sounds, and experiences that make it an unparalleled adventure.


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