Incredible Antarctica Photography Cruise

January 26 – February 6, 2020

$9,995 before October 31, 2018; $11,995 after October 31, 2018 (Prices and room openings are extremely limited. Prices are likely to change due to availability so register soon)

Photography Cruise Details

EVENT: Incredible Antarctica Photography Cruise with Richard Bernabe
INSTRUCTOR: Richard Bernabe
VESSEL: The Sea Spirit
PLACE: Meeting in Ushuaia, Argentina: Ushuaia International Airport, Airport codes: USU – ANAC | SAWH – OACI | USH – IATA
DATES: January 26 – February 6, 2020
COST: $9,995 before Oct. 31, 2018 and $11,995 for after October 31, 2018: Shared lodging. 12 days/11 nights, including one night in Ushuaia (Prices and openings are extremely limited. Prices are likely to change due to availability).
DEPOSIT: $3000
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Not Strenuous.

The Antarctica Photography Cruise

Join renowned wildlife and travel photographer, Richard Bernabe, on a 12-day, 11-night photography cruise to the land of superlatives, Antarctica and the South Shetland Islands (read Richard’s latest dispatch from the White Continent on his blog, Antarctica, Terra Incognita). Our group will cruise through the glaciers, islands, and fjords on the Sea Spirit with daily zodiac landings on the land and ice This is Antarctica photography at it’s best! This Antarctica Photography Cruise will take you from Ushuaia, Argentina, south through the Drake Passage to the Shetland Islands and the Antarctic peninsula (see the itinerary below).

Antarctica photography focuses on the majestic glaciated mountains (most are unnamed), hanging glaciers, towering icebergs, and ice shelves. Feeding whales, seals on ice floes, and bustling penguin colonies (Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins primarily) are always nearby. Other wildlife to be encountered are Weddell, Crabeater and Elephant Seals, predatory Leopard Seals and the aggressive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback Whales are frequent visitors to the areas as are Orca sightings as well. This is a true photography trip of a lifetime!

In addition to the incredible surroundings, you will also have Richard with you to coach you in getting the best angles, the most compelling compositions, and capturing the magical light in just the right way. The one-on-one processing sessions and image critiques on board the ship will ensure you come home with the best photos of your life.

The Sea Spirit

Our ship, the Sea Spirit offers ample indoor common space with spectacular views from every window, luxury amenities, superb international cuisine, and exquisite service. She has expansive outdoor deck space giving guests plenty of room for viewing the spectacular scenery and wildlife, while still feeling small and intimate. While the interiors are certainly elegant, life aboard is always casual, with no need for formal clothing. Her spacious open decks, comfortable observation lounges and public spaces include a multi-purpose presentation room for lectures and presentations, Library/Game Room, a wraparound sun deck with Hot Tub, seating area and Bistro, Lounge/Bar, Gymnasium, Elevator, Internet access, Polar Boutique, small infirmary, and an open bridge accessible to travelers throughout the voyage. The ship’s two dining options, serving superb international cuisine, include the main dining room and the outdoor Bistro and either is capable of seating all passengers in one sitting. Breakfast and some lunches are served buffet-style. The rest of the meals are by table service. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are available around the clock. The ship’s experienced crew of 86 includes 14 onboard expedition staff consisting of an expedition leader, an assistant expedition leader, guides/naturalists/Zodiac drivers and a doctor. The Sea Spirit’s 54 deluxe and spacious suites (the smallest suite is 20 sq. meters) are separated into seven categories of accommodations, all with private facilities, exterior views, a sitting area and a Flat screen TV/DVD players. Fifteen Suites include a private teak balcony accessed via a sliding door for enjoying fantastic landscapes of Antarctica. The ship is equipped with 10 Zodiacs and a Zodiac platform to facilitate shore excursions.

Incredible Antarctica Photography Cruise Itinerary

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Welcome to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world! Upon your arrival at the Ushuaia International Airport, a transfer to our hotel will be provided. After you check into the hotel, you are free to explore the city for the rest of the day. We will be meeting later in the day for a group meeting (time to be announced later).

Monday, January 27, 2020                                                 

We will be transferred to the Sea Spirit sometime during the day (time to be announced) and our Incredible Antarctica Photography Cruise begins!. You can explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary photo adventure to come. We will be greeted by our expedition team and ship’s officers at a safety and orientation, briefing followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. After dinner, we can relax and take in the mountainous scenery on the early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies. Great photo opportunities from the ship! (Breakfast at hotel and dinner on the ship are included).

Tuesday, January 28 and Wednesday, January 29, 2020 – Drake Passage (2 Days)

After passing through the Beagle Channel and the islands of Tierra del Fuego, we will wake up on Tuesday morning well into our journey across the Drake Passage. The Drake Passage spans 600 miles from the top of South America to the South Shetland Islands. Sometimes misty and gray while other times calm and clear, crossing the legendary Drake Passage is unforgettable and a milestone in any traveler’s personal travel history. The ship’s stabilizer fins will help to make our crossing as comfortable as possible. Among the wildlife photography opportunities as we sail south are albatrosses, prions, and petrels that frequently follow the ship. We will be out on deck looking for whales and dolphins that may also be seen in the area as well. The length of our journey depends on sea conditions but we should approach the South Shetland Islands of the Antarctic Peninsula on Wednesday afternoon. (Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners on ship).

Thursday, January 30 – Monday, February 3, 2020 – South Shetland Island and Antarctic Continent (5 Days)

The very best of Antarctica photography! The Antarctic Peninsula and nearby islands provide exceptional opportunities to discover the unique wildlife and awesome landscapes. The wilderness of Antarctica is subject to unpredictable weather and ever-changing ice conditions, and our expedition leader and captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity, directing your ship to a variety of secluded bays and harbors to optimize zodiac landings and wildlife photography. The route will stress the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.

The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will likely be our first sighting of land. This wild and beautiful island chain contains numerous landing sites with abundant wildlife and historical significance. Among them is Deception Island, where the flooded caldera of an active volcano harbors an abandoned whaling station. Farther south, on the Antarctic Peninsula, the vast Gerlache Strait area contains sheltered bays, accessible wildlife, and stunning scenery. The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel, as well as a visit at an active scientific base like Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy, and an historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.

As we head south along the Antarctic Peninsula, At the southern end of Gerlache Strait, you’ll understand why the imposing, snow-covered Lemaire Channel is called “Kodak Alley” because of the photogenic way the mountainous sides of the narrow channel are reflected in calm waters strewn with icebergs. Places with names like Paradise Bay are the epitome of everything Antarctic: glaciated mountains, towering icebergs, feeding whales, seals on ice floes, and bustling penguin colonies. A Zodiac cruise of Paradise Bay, offers an experience like no other on the globe, as we cruise by massive icebergs, with cracks and crevices reflecting an amazing spectrum of blue colors and hues. Conditions permitting, we will set foot on the Antarctic Continent at Hope Bay or perhaps another site. There will also be time for the most adventurous travelers to take a polar plunge, perhaps in Neko Harbor or the relatively warm waters of volcanic Deception Island. Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins abound, and Weddell, Crabeater and Elephant Seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory Leopard Seals and the aggressive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback Whales are frequent visitors and Orca sightings are also common ((Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners on ship).

Tuesday, February 4 and Wednesday, February 5 – Drake Passage (2 Days)

As the expedition nears its end in the Antarctica Peninsula, we will head back to the open sea and sail again through the Drake Passage. As we sail back to Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the avian escort of seabirds that cross the bow. In addition to our many image processing sessions and critiques we will do during these two days, the ship’s expert staff will also offer presentations on Antarctica’s wildlife, geology, and history. (Breakfasts, lunches and dinners on ship).

Thursday, February 6, 2010 – Ushuaia Disembark

We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark the vessel after breakfast. A group transfer to the airport, or to the town center is provided if you wish to spend more time in the town. (Breakfast on ship).

Highlights

  • The Antarctic Continent, the land of superlatives!
  • Awesome and stunning landscapes of enormous glaciers, iceberg-choked fjords, and stunning mountain vistas.
  • The South Shetland Islands, a place of abundant wildlife and historical significance. .
  • Thousands of penguins (at least 3 different varieties), seals, whales, and prolific birdlife. Antarctica offers some of the best wildlife photography in the world and it will be a primary focus of our tour. Antarctica photography at its best!
  • Up to two zodiac boat landings per day to see the wildlife and landscapes up close and personal
  • A scenic Sea Spirit cruise through the pristine Antarctic wilderness.

What’s Included

  • Full room and board on the Sea Spirit and one night in Ushuaia
  • Shared lodging, 12 days/11 nights including one night in Ushuaia
  • Professional guiding and hands-on photography instruction.
  • Lightroom and Photoshop instruction
  • Local transportation in Ushuaia
  • Expedition parka for all participants

What’s Not Included

  • International flights to and from Ushuaia, Argentina.
  • Dinner on day one, lunch on day two.
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Trip Insurance (highly recommended).

Cancellation Policy

121 or more days prior to departure: $750 fee
120-91 days prior to departure – 20% of trip costs
90-0 days prior to departure – No refund/Full fare forfeiture

Register Now

To register, or if you have any questions, please email our logistics manager for the Incredible Antarctica Cruise, Daniel Portal (dportal@gmail.com).

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