The Antarctic, in the wake of the Belgica

04/10/2019 through 02/06/2020
04/10/2019 through 02/18/2020
Ponant

The Antarctic, in the Wake of the Belgica

PONANT invites you on a polar expedition cruise to the heart of the icy realm that is the Antarctic Peninsula, to pay tribute to the famous Belgian explorer Adrien de Gerlache de Gomery (1866-1934). Between 1897 and 1899 he led the first scientific expedition to the Antarctic and he and his crew were the first ship's party to overwinter there.

120 years later, embark on an unforgettable 10-day cruise that will evoke memories of the heroic scientific expedition of the Belgica. Rediscover the incredible adventure shared by these men and succumb to the enchantment of the breathtaking landscapes inhabited by astonishing wildlife.

The start of your cruise will be marked by the crossing of the mythical Drake Passage, during which you will probably be escorted by several albatrosses and Cape petrels, the sentinels of these often-choppy waters.

Your ship will then reach the White Continent, land of the unexpected, as was the 13-month overwintering of the Belgica, which found itself trapped in the ice from March 1898 to March 1899. For the very first time in history, men were going to brave the Antarctic winter and discover its mysteries.

Weather and ice conditions permitting, this extreme environment where nature reigns supreme will reveal to you its most beautiful secrets through numerous discoveries, like the ones made by Adriende Gerlache and his crew, who carried out some remarkable cartography, geology, climatology and zoology work.

On this uninhabited land, your encounters with the wildlife will no doubt be one of the highlights of your experience. The Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, humpback whales, seals and seabirds will provide you with cherished lifelong memories.

Each day, whether on land, aboard your ship or during a Zodiac® outing, you will be surrounded by a grandiose decor ranging from icebergs to ice floe and ancient glaciers.

We are privileged guests in these extreme lands where we are at the mercy of weather and ice conditions. Landings on certain sites and the observation of certain wildlife cannot be guaranteed. They vary from day to day, making each PONANT cruise a unique experience. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will make every effort to ensure that your experience is as rich as possible, while complying with the safety rules and instructions imposed by the IAATO.

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Day 1 Ushuaia
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Day 2 Crossing The Drake Passage
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Day 3 Crossing The Drake Passage
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Day 4 Antarctic Peninsula
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Day 4 Antarctic Peninsula
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Day 4 Antarctic Peninsula
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Day 5 Antarctic Peninsula
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Day 5 Antarctic Peninsula
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Day 6 Antarctic Peninsula
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Day 6 Antarctic Peninsula
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Day 7 Antarctic Peninsula
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Day 8 Crossing The Drake Passage
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Day 9 Ushuaia
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Day 10 Ushuaia
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