Destination Area: Ocean Crossings
Length: 51 NIGHTS
Vessel: Europa


Ushuaia, Argentina on March 3, 2018


Cape Town, South Africa on April 23, 2018

This expedition is a real sailing trip that involves the crossing of the Drake Passage and the Atlantic Ocean. After leaving the Beagle Channel, we visit the Antarctic Peninsula before we hoist the sails for a serious sail to South Georgia. We will spend about a week here, making landings and watching the wildlife around us. Heading back to sea, course is set for Tristan da Cunha, one of the most remote islands in the world. We follow our journey all the way to Cape Town, where we will be welcomed by the beautiful sight of the Table Mountain.

We have one last berth for a male OR female for € 8.360 (including landing fees South Georgia and Tristan da Cunha). We hope we can make someone happy with this last berth!

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The bark Europa is well known by blue water sailors. She has sailed in tall ships races in the Atlantic & Pacific oceans, and even in the Great Lakes ...

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  • Help sail Europa on an expedition you'll never forget
  • Learn of the marine life and ecosystems of Antarctica
  • Experience both the tranquility and excitement of the great Southern Ocean

The expeditions will start from Ushuaia, Argentina, the most southern city in South America. Crossing ‘the Drake Passage’, albatrosses and storm birds will accompany you to your destination. After passing the Antarctic convergence zone, Europa will sail between the icebergs to the South Shetland islands. Here you will be overwhelmed by the animal life. Sea lions, seals, sea gulls, cormorants and petrels raise their youg during the Antarctic summer.

Europa sails further south. You will see whales on the way, the most loyal visitor of the Southern Ocean. On past voyages many humpback whales, minke whales and even orca’s were seen swimming alongside the ship, as if curious about Europa's presence.

Europa will sail towards the mainland of Antarctica, where ice masses will get bigger. Steep glaciers, walls of ice with magical shapes and surreal colours will surround you together with floating growlers, where the leopard seals live.

In Antarctic waters, Europa will anchor in sheltered bays every day. The crew will bring groups ashore in dinghies to see glaciers, mosses and lichens, seals, birds and penguin colonies. On the shore you will often be welcomed by thousands of penguins of different kinds. A professional guide will give information about the flora and fauna, for example where to find bird and sea elephant colonies, and will give advice about what to do to avoid disturbing this unspoiled continent.

When it is time to leave this paradise, Europa will set sail to Cape Horn. The last day of the voyage you will sail among the islands of Tierra del Fuego. The green fjords are a significant change from the ice of Antarctica, but still full with the Magellan penguin, sea lions and cormorants. The voyages from the northern to the Southern hemisphere are no luxuriously sailing cruises. All aspects of a sailor’s life will be experienced. Because many sailors will be on board for a long time there is not much difference between the standard crew and the other sailors. Most people on board wish to join the watches. Everyone is welcome to take the helm, setting sails, and much more. During this voyages, also because of the good weather, there can be done a lot of maintenance to the ship. Working in the rigging, sanding, painting, and etcetera. Everyone can participate; anything you may, nothing is enforced!

Ushuaia, Argentina
Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, is the southernmost city in the world, and the principal gateway to Antarctica. The city is surrounded by coastal forests and by mountains of the Andes. Directly on the Beagle Channel (named after Darwin's expedition ship), Ushuaia is about 600 miles across the Drake Channel from the Antarctic peninsula.

South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
These islands in the Southern Ocean less than 100 miles from the Antarctic Peninsula, consist of a chain of four island groups (of which some are volcanic) including eleven major islands (Elephant and Clarence Islands; King George and Nelson Islands; Robert, Greenwich, Livingston, Snow, and Deception Islands; Smith and Low Islands) and many smaller islands, islets and rocks. They cover an area of roughly 1,400 square miles, and are 80% covered with ice. A whaling station operated at Deception Island from 1912 to 1931. The islands are claimed by the UK, Argentina and Chile.

Covering some 5.4 Million square miles, making it the fifth largest continent on earth, bigger even than Australia, Antarctica is almost entirely covered (98%) by ice. Roughly 11% of that area (and shrinking) is ice shelf. The highest point (Vinson Massif) is almost 15,000 feet, and the lowest (Bently Subglacial Trench) is over 8,000 feet deep, the world's lowest elevation not under seawater.

There are no indigenous people here, and no government. Antarctica is managed by the Antarctic Treaty of 1959, signed by 45 nations, which neither recognizes nor rejects territorial claims of any nation, but serves to protect the environment from development, pollution, & exploitation of mineral resources, and to conserve indigenous fauna and flora. The population of the continent ranges from roughly 1,000 in the Austral Winter, to 20,000 in Summer, including more tourists than scientists.

The visible wildlife of Antarctica consists principally of seals, whales, penguins and other sea birds. All of these marine animals and birds owe their existence to Krill (a small shrimp-like fish), squid and other fish upon which they feed. There are many more seals here, of six different species, than in Arctic waters, due to the productive feeding areas, and lack of significant predator populations. Seals spend most of their time at sea, but return to land for breeding. Whales were fished nearly to extinction in the early 20th century, though populations are recovering because of international regulation. the waters around Antarctica are an international whale sanctuary. Six species of Baleen whales and two of toothed whales frequent the antarctic region.

Millions of seabirds migrate to Antarctica at the end of the polar winter for breeding. These include pelagic (free-ranging) species such as petrels and albatrosses, and coastal birds including gulls, terns, cormorants, skua, and of course penguins. These flightless birds are comical on land, but speedy and graceful under water. They breed in large, dense rookeries, incubating one or two eggs in nests of stone. These nesting colonies are noisy with courting rituals and continual searching for mates and offspring. Penguins communicate with head and flipper waving, bowing and preening, as well as vocally.

Ushuaia, Argentina
Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, is the southernmost city in the world, and the principal gateway to Antarctica. The city is surrounded by coastal forests and by mountains of the Andes. Directly on the Beagle Channel (named after Darwin's expedition ship), Ushuaia is about 600 miles across the Drake Channel from the Antarctic peninsula.

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