2023 Penguins, Icebergs & Whales


      Alt-Esc Travel
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      63 reviews
      Dec 8 - 20, 2023
      Group size: 1 - 20
      2023 Penguins, Icebergs & Whales

      Alt-Esc Travel
      • Email address verified
      • Facebook verified
      63 reviews

      Dec 8 - 20, 2023
      Group size: 1 - 20

      About this trip

      This 10-day Classic Antarctica expedition cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands lands at penguin colonies, research stations and the White Continent itself. Learn to identify species of whales and sea birds while crossing the Drake Passage beside expert naturalists and lecturers on the intimate 90-guest Ushuaia. Photograph penguins, icebergs and snow-capped mountains on South Shetland Islands, a haven for wildlife. Be greeted by macaroni, chinstrap and gentoo penguins as well as elephant seals at Livingston Island. Sail through into the caldera of Deception Island and experience wildlife overload on King George Island!

      A unique addition to this Antarctic Peninsula itinerary is an intended visit to Paulet Island, where over 100,000 breeding pairs of Adélie penguins have been known to nest. Other landing sites (weather and sea conditions permitting) include Melchior Island group, Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbor, Pléneau Island and Petermann Island to visit the southernmost colony of gentoo penguins. 
      Accommodation is aboard the 90-guest Ushuaia, an ice-strengthened polar vessel originally built for the United States agency NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration). As one of the smallest ships operating in Antarctica, she offers an open bridge policy and more time on land for her guests, intending to get the most out of her journeys. 

      Ship Information - M.V. Ushuaia

      Click here to get more specifics on our expedition ship, The Ushuaia!


      Alt Esc Travel - Group Leader

      Due to this unique itinerary, there must be a minimum number of 15 passengers registered for a Group Leader to be able to join the adventure. 

      If we do not reach 15 passengers, there will be extremely detailed instructions as well as a designated local contact to assist you in Ushuaia and boarding the ship.

      So, be sure to tell your friends to join you!

      Payment Information

      Final Payment for the cruise is due prior to Sept 1, 2023 by personal check, bank check or if using debit or credit card, card fees will be added to total due.

      Alt Esc needs time for all checks to clear and to get a wire transfer to the supplier prior to Sept 10, 2023.

      Payments - You may make payments towards your balance between now and Sept 1 via personal check, bank check or if using debit or credit card, card fees will be added to total due during payment processing.

      What’s included

      • Transportation
        M.S. Ushuaia
      • 10 Nights Lodging
        M.S. Ushuaia
      • Daily Meals
        From dinner on Dec 9 to breakfast Dec 19
      • Lecturers & Naturalists
        From structured presentations to assistance on-deck and during landings. They will educate us on the various species of birds and animals in the area, plus help us to identify stars, and types of ice.
      • Landing Teams
        Only the best and most qualified crew makes up your landing team - as you step on the 7th Continent!
      • International Flight
        From your home airport to Ushuaia, Argentina
      • Airport Transfer
        Airport to Ushuaia hotel and ship to airport. NOTE: Ushuaia is quite small & easy to get around.
      • Overnight in Ushuaia
        Since arrival the night prior to sailing is best, Alt Esc will work on getting a group hotel rates
      • Gratuities
        On board the MS Ushuaia, standard cruise tipping is added to your on board account.
      • Personal Expenses
        Drinks, souvenirs, free-time activities, additional activities not noted,etc.

      Available Packages

      Triple Twin Cabin
      only 3 left

      Three lower twin beds

      Private bath with toilet, sink and shower

      Full description and picture in photo gallery 

      $100 registration and Deposit $1719

      Deposit: $100
      Twin Standard
      6 left

      Two twin beds: one upper, one lower

      In room sink

      Toilet/shower shared with one other cabin

      Full description and picture in photo gallery 

      Deposit $1842

      Deposit: $100
      Twin Deluxe Cabin
      10 left

      Two lower twin beds 

      Private bath with toilet, sink and shower
      Full description and picture in photo gallery 

      $100 registration and Deposit $2340

      Deposit: $100


      Fri, Dec 8 - Depart USA
      USA to Ushuaia - Most flights will be overnight or have a stopover

      Many travelers prefer to book their own international flights. Some want to use miles or credits and others want to control their departure and arrival times - possibly adding a pre or post trip to this adventure.

      If you would like, Alt Esc Travel can assist you in booking your flights, just ask!

      Your Organizer

      Alt-Esc Travel
      63 reviews
      Book your next get-a-way with Alt Escape, a boutique international adventure travel company that specializes in ultra-personalized itineraries. We focus on our guests experiencing the land, the people, and the culture in the most immersive, energizing, and inspiring way possible. With decades of experience, it is a pleasure to get to know you – my guest – and help generate ideas for your ideal trip and research the unknown gems that will create the most extraordinary trip imaginable for you. Allow Alt Esc to partner with you and make your travel dreams become reality. Unlike booking websites, we go the extra mile to make sure all of your needs are met. Our promise to you is that every detail of your trip is taken care of, no question goes unanswered, and you will always receive the best value when you plan your journey with Alt-Escape. Let’s get started planning your escape! Call Today 630-222-8514!


      Excellent trip! Well organized, great activities, fun group.
      By Daniella F for Easter Island - Mystery, Magnetism and Moai on 29 Jan, 2023
      Had a wonderful time exploring such a unique location. Easter Island is an amazing place and should be on everyone’s bucket list! Great itinerary and nice variety of experiences. Sunrise at Tongariki was a highlight!
      By Laura D for Easter Island - Mystery, Magnetism and Moai on 28 Jan, 2023
      The staff and fellow travelers were wonderful. The ship was old and accommodations were basic. The food was decent and options were always available if you didn’t like what was being served. The excursions were very safe and the scenery (especially the icebergs) were beautiful.
      By Linda B for Penguins, Icebergs & Whales on 29 Dec, 2022
      One word. AMAZING!! This trip was a literal dream come true. I've always wanted to visit the "white continent", and Tricia made my dream a reality. The trip was perfect from start to finish. Our hotel in Ushuaia was fantastic -- VERY comfortable rooms, great service and delicious food with friendly staff. The ship was exactly how I'd envisioned it -- a smaller, scientific research vessel with cool staff that LOVED what they do. It was a very personalized experience unlike the large cruise ships. The staff knew me by name within days (even the cabin steward called me by my name). Our group was so fun, and I feel blessed to have shared this incredible experience with them. Beyond our group I met some really interesting people from all over the world, and we were all friends by the end of the trip. They joined us in playing games (bowling -- yeah, we made it happen), on our excursions and at our meals. I hope to stay in touch with a few of them with which I exchanged info. We were fortunate and made multiple landings and then finally the big one on the actual continent of Antarctica. It literally took my breath away. The beauty, the unspoiled landscape, the wildlife were everything I've dreamed of. And......on our way home the surprise of celebrating Argentina's World Cup victory while in the country with a huge parade. It was so cool to experience this and the energy of an entire country cheering or their heroes. We watched the games in Ushuaia and while on the ship and were totally invested. Go. Just go. You will NOT be disappointed!!
      By Donna P for Penguins, Icebergs & Whales on 29 Dec, 2022
      This truly was the trip of a lifetime!!!! The scenery is otherworldly and incredibly beautiful… unspoiled and peaceful. Our guides and experts were all awesome and all of our landings were flawless. The lectures on the ship all very interesting and informative. Food on board was good and generous portions!! I cannot recommend this trip enough!!! One of my all time favorites- throughly enjoyed it!!! Tricia takes very good care of you and even the smallest details are accomplished with a big smile!!!
      By Jeannette B for Penguins, Icebergs & Whales on 29 Dec, 2022
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      I just got back from Alt-Esc Antartica trip aboard the UM Ushuaia. I loved it. Also loved the pre trip to Buenos Aires and Ushuaia. I’d like to stay in Ushuaia longer next time. WHAT a landscape!! Holy cow. The trip was well organized, I got exactly what I paid for. I’ve travelled A LOT and there are other groups that are disorganized, end up with out enough rooms, have too many people, are are a bit of a mess. Alt-Esc is organized and you get exactly what you pay for. I love it!! I’ve now done 3 trips and I’ve signed up for two more!! Thank you Alt-Esc. I work too much and your trips really recharge me!!
      By Troy L on 09 Jan, 2023
      Just got back from Iceland with Tricia. Great trip, Tricia was very organized and made the trip extra special. This was my 3rd trip with Alt-Esc and Tricia. Love the small groups.
      By Vicky B on 23 Mar, 2022