After your flight from Australia or New Zealand, arrive in Buenos Aires and be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Enjoy a day at leisure. Famously called the ‘Paris of South America’, Buenos Aires is a sensuous fusion of faded European splendour and Latin American panache. You can spend the evening at your leisure, sampling an authentic steak dinner at one of the city’s many parrillas or sightseeing some of the city’s best-known landmarks at Plaza de Mayo.
Filling up your itinerary is a cinch. Buenos Aires is home to numerous fine and modern art museums, landscaped parks and one of the world’s greatest opera houses – Teatro Colón. And that’s before we even mention the world-famous nightlife. But let’s face it – you’re in the city that gave the world tango – you’re not leaving until you join the locals in an informal lesson, or at the very least, watch a dance show.
Estimated time of departure is 7:00 PM
We fly first thing in the morning to a place nicknamed ‘End of the World’: the bustling port city of Ushuaia. It is here where your voyage truly begins. Your basecamp at sea is the world’s first hybrid-powered expedition ship – MS Roald Amundsen. Once on board, you’ll meet the Expedition Team and crew members who will take you through a mandatory meeting related to health and safety – both yours and others. Later that evening, we mark the launch of our journey with a welcome dinner. Afterwards, you can familiarise yourself with this state-of-the-art vessel, especially designed for sustainable voyages in polar waters. On our way through the scenic Beagle Channel, you can watch for the rare endemic Peale’s dolphin and other wildlife.
Gateway to the Antarctic, the Drake Passage has rightly earned its notorious reputation as any voyager’s rite of passage. It can be rough. It can be choppy. It can be exhilarating! In 2019, a crew of six fatigued men became the first to row across it, skirting drifting ice and huge waves. It took them 13 days. Thankfully, it will take you just two – all in the comfort of MS Roald Amundsen and not an oar in sight!
During the voyage south, you can prepare yourself for what lies ahead by joining lectures in the dedicated onboard Science Center. The Expedition Team will be making sure you are familiar with the IAATO guidelines that have been written to protect both you and Antarctica’s precious wildlife, such as why you must use our special rubber boots when going ashore. Experts on the Expedition Team will talk passionately about Antarctica’s history and shed light on the science beneath its surface, and perhaps the far-reaching effects of climate change and plastic pollution. You’ll also learn about how you can get involved in Citizen Science programmes. These topical projects help research centres around the world document Antarctica’s environment and wildlife. You should also talk to our onboard photographer who will provide helpful tips, like how you can adjust the white balance on your camera to take great pictures. With this much to fascinate you, your two days at sea will fly by.
As an explorer in the polar region, you’re going to get hungry. Sate your appetite in one of our three modern restaurants or end the day in the Explorer Lounge enjoying a beverage of your choice. As you go around the ship with its wide, floor-to-ceiling windows, you’ll notice how every effort has been made to ensure you have sight of the real reason you’re here – the stunning scenery outside. Whether from the comfort of a hot tub, the infinity pool or the spectacular panoramic sauna, you won’t miss out on any of the breathtaking views around you.
You may have read about Antarctica, watched every documentary you could find about it. You may even have been paying rapt attention in a lecture about it just the day before. But nothing ever quite prepares you for the moment you see it for yourself. Step into an endless wilderness of ice, icebergs, and glaciers. A place where nature is king and the rest of us, mere observers.
Perhaps the most surprising part of Antarctica is the silence. It is a stillness that is broken every so often by the only locals around here.
A range of seabirds that include bitterns, swans, and petrels soar in the sky and gather on the shores. In addition to thousands of penguins, you might see seals playing in the water, a breaching humpback whale or even spot an orca, if you are lucky. You’ll notice that the penguins are unafraid of humans – this is their turf after all. Our Expedition Team will take you ice-cruising and on landings to get you even closer to the impressive scenery. You may even get a chance to go kayaking among the icebergs on an optional activity. And whenever time allows, the Expedition Team will continue to give lectures, helping you grow in your insights of the fascinating world we are exploring.
Very quickly, surrounded by such pristine nature, you understand the oft used advice about Antarctica – take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints. And that is exactly how we will explore here. At every step of the way, whether on ice-cruises or landings, the Expedition Team will be making sure we stick closely to strict safety and sustainability procedures.
After five days capturing as much of Antarctica as you can on your camera, you will need some time to absorb this life-affirming experience. The two days back up the Drake Passage will certainly give you that – and a whole lot more. You’ll now have an opportunity to get even more involved with the Citizen Science programme and analyse samples on a microscopic level. You can also deepen some of your knowledge by attending more lectures on themes like the changing climate or plastic pollution, and we will reflect on our experiences in the frozen continent.
When you are ready to kick back and enjoy all the amenities of your advanced hybrid-powered vessel, you can do that too. Feel free to work out in our large gym, jog around our dedicated outdoor running track, treat yourself in the Wellness Centre or simply relax on deck while spotting the many seabirds which follow our ship.
Estimated time of arrival is 7:00 AM
Your expedition cruise ends where it began: in Ushuaia. Soon, you’ll be back in Buenos Aires. Upon arrival from your charter flight you will be transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Enjoy a day at leisure in Buenos Aires before being transferred to the airport for your flight back to Australia or New Zealand.
Included in your voyage
2 overnights in Buenos Aires before the expedition cruise, including breakfast
1 overnight in Buenos Aires after the expedition cruise, including breakfast
Round-trip flights in economy class from selected cities in Australia or New Zealand to Buenos Aires
Round-trip flights in economy class between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
Round-trip transfers from Buenos Aires airport to the hotel in Buenos Aires
Round-trip transfers from the hotel in Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires airport before and after the expedition cruise
Transfers between Ushuaia airport and the ship, including a brief tour of the town
- Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
- À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
- Complimentary tea and coffee
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
- Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
- English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
- Range of included activities
- Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
- Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
- Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
- Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
- Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms and outdoor running track
- Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come
- Escorted landings with small expedition boats while in Antarctica
- Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities
- Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
- Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings
Not included in your voyage
- Travel insurance
- Luggage handling
- Optional shore excursions with our local partners
- Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
- Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area
- All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
- Excursions and activities are subject to change
- Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
- No gratuities expected
- Departure Cities: SYD/MEL/BNE/AKL/CHC. Other departure cities available with a $300 per person supplement: ADL/PER/CNS/DRW/HBA/LST/WLG/CBR. Contact our team after you make a booking to add this supplement
MS Roald Amundsen
|Passenger capacity||530 (500 in Antarctica)|
|Gross tonnage||20 889 T|
In 2019, Hurtigruten added a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. The state of the art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.
Sailing with MS Roald Amundsen
- MS Roald Amundsen: Life on board and Practical information
- Meet our Expedition Teams
- Landing sites in Antarctica
- Young Explorers’ Programme: Bring your kids on board