This itinerary is subject to change based on weather.
Day 1 – DEPARTURE
Fly from your city of origin to Orlando to meet the group and board our chartered plane to the southernmost city in the world – Ushuaia, Argentina.
Current guidelines require all travelers to be fully vaccinated and to present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival into Argentina. The ship will also administer an Antigen test for each traveler prior to boarding the flight and all travelers will then stay in bubble protocol until everyone has boarded the World Navigator to prevent exposure prior to embarkation on the ship.
Day 2 – USHUAIA, ARGENTINA
The snow-capped Martial Mountains behind a sprawling city of colorful buildings create the backdrop of the southernmost city in the world: Ushuaia, Argentina. A mix of historic buildings and rugged nature make this city a welcoming stop for travelers venturing beyond to the Seventh Continent.
After expediting through customs from our private charter landing, enjoy a welcome breakfast and overview of this charming city, before boarding the World Navigator.
Day 3 – DRAKE PASSAGE NAVIGATION
Voyage beyond the Beagle Channel and navigate the famed Drake Passage. Petrels and albatrosses that glide across the skies guide the way on this waterway where cold southern ocean meets warm northern sea water. While the waterway is famous for its challenging navigation, you may still get another side of the “Drake Lake”, as on some occasions, the channel is calm and flat. As you emerge from the Drake Passage, the mammoth, icy peaks of the South Shetland Islands loom ahead, greeting you on your victorious landing which is likely to happen before sunset on Day 4.
During the crossing, enjoy lectures on marine biology, glaciology, astronomy and more from seasoned guides on the ship.
Day 4 – SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS, ANTARCTICA
The South Shetland Islands are silent and serene. Natural wonders like the black and white effect of Deception Island and the peaks of massive glaciers sitting atop the water’s surface inspire awe and admiration – even from the most veteran explorers. The stillness of the Shetland Islands evokes a sense of wilderness left to be discovered.
Along the rugged cliffs of Brown Bluff, the exposed portion of a glacial volcano, you can hike to a backdrop of expanses of ice and ocean.
Deception Island, the caldera of an active volcano, creates a black-and-white photo effect with black sands mixed with white snow at Neptune’s Bellows. A dip in the steaming hot springs of a black sand beach feels like an unreal experience amid the snow-capped mountains in the background.
Day 5 – EXPLORATION ON THE ANTARCTIC CONTINENT
Enjoy two more days of exploration on the Seventh Continent, with an estimated two landings per day, guided by weather conditions. From the remarkable blue coloring of glaciers to leopard seals napping on ice floes, the Antarctic Peninsula contains a multitude of wonders to behold. Cormorants soaring high above and orcas breaching the waters below surround you with a magnificent array of wildlife that calls to your inner explorer.
Visit the permanent ice cap at Cuverville which houses Port Lockroy, a flagship historic site for the main base building of Bransfield House. It’s also home to the famed Penguin Post Office, the southernmost post office in the world where you can make an unforgettable memory among the Gentoo penguins. At Neko Harbor, watch for humpback whales as their flukes come above the water and splash back down. Paradise Bay offers a glimpse into scientific research at Argentina’s Almirante Brown Antarctic Base or Chile’s González Videla Antarctic Base. Cruise in zodiacs along icebergs with your expedition guides, and enjoy daily optional activities including kayaking, paddleboarding, and of course, a polar plunge.
Captain’s Choice ports of call add to the sense of adventure and an element of surprise. Your ship’s master will navigate the changing weather conditions as needed to take you to the best areas for wildlife viewing. Captain’s Choice ports include: Deception Island, Paulet Island, Brown Bluff, Neko Harbor, Paradise Bay, Cuverville Island and Goudier Island.
Day 6 – TENNIS IN ANTARCTICA
Witness history being made when you attend the first-ever exhibition tennis match played on the Seventh Continent. Experience the thrill of a match in one of the most remote places on the planet when two tennis legends go head-to-head for a true champion showcase.
Day 7 & 8 – DRAKE PASSAGE NAVIGATION
Recross the Drake Passage on the journey back to South America. The meeting of warm and cold waters creates an environment that attracts marvelous wildlife and the chance to witness humpback whales and hourglass dolphins that accompany the voyage back home. The soundtrack of the journey through the Drake Passage includes the cry of petrels, skuas, and gulls. We will also enjoy another series of lectures and presentations on all the wildlife we have seen throughout the journey, as well as discuss the conservation on this remarkable part of the planet and the stewardship of its land and seas in the years to come.
Behold the lush, yet imposing cliff, as you pass Cape Horn, the southerly head of Tierra del Fuego.
Day 9 – USHUAIA, ARGENTINA
Arrive safely back at port in the morning at the “End of the World,” Ushuaia Argentina. Today we will have the chance to further explore this town and its wild natural surroundings. Enjoy a wide variety of hikes for all skill levels through the forest of Parque Yatana and its lush nature and rich, indigenous culture. The forest’s name translates to “weave” in the native language of Yaghan. Take a ride on the Train at the End of the World, and visit the Maritime Museum at the Presidio in town. Enjoy a farewell Argentinean feast, local music, and authentic boleadora performance before boarding our chartered plane back to Orlando, Florida.
Day 10 – ORLANDO, FLORIDA & HOME
Arrive back on the chartered plane in Orlando and transfer on to your city of origin.