VACAYA Antarctica LGBTQ Cruise
Updated: Feb 16
Join our friends at VACAYA as they set sail December 6-17, 2022 on the luxury expedition ship, Ponant's Le Boreal. This sailing is exceptionally popular and currently is sold out, however I would encourage you to add your name to the waitlist in the event cabins open up.
A once in a lifetime all LGBTQ luxury adventure to the end of the earth! The most remote continent on Earth is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. No matter where you’ve been or what you’ve seen on previous travels, Antarctica is different from every other destination on the planet. Here, in the midst of the great Southern Ocean, you’ll find nature at its most magnificent. Make history with VACAYA yet again as they host the first all-LGBTQ full-ship charter to Antarctica on the most thrilling journey of all time! They are sailing one of the world’s most luxurious expedition ships – Le Boreal from Ponant, which provides the perfect home-away-from-home for 10 adventure-filled days and nights in Antarctica. And YES… there are multiple daily landings on the continent via Zodiac®, so you’ll have the chance to hike, kayak, mix and mingle with penguins, and explore this new universe up close and personal!
For those who’ve traveled all over the world but are still missing this elusive final continent, this is your chance to add #7 to the list!
In Antarctica you’ll see thousands of penguins eagerly nesting and feeding during the short summer months. There’s also a rich variety of mammals. Since they haven’t been hunted for decades, most species are more curious than afraid of humans. There’s also an abundance of birds, with the mighty Albatross as the king of the sky. During the austral summer, Antarctica’s shores are a feeding ground for thousands of whales. You can also see the torpedo-like leopard seal patrolling the shorelines, and the singing humpback whale as it acrobatically breaches the water.
But before we get to Antarctica, we get to explore one of the greatest cities in the world together… BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA!
Our journey begins under the warm summer sun of one of the world’s most exciting cities, the “Paris of South America” – Buenos Aires, Argentina. We’ll all meet up here for an overnight in this bustling town of beautiful people, delicious delicacies, and unique neighborhoods. Live your Evita dreams as you stroll past the Casa Rosada or visit her grave in Recoleta, sit in a churrascaria and enjoy the best steaks on the planet, or grab a tasty empanada to go as you stroll through La Boca or San Telmo. Your Dec 6 hotel is included in your VACAYA vacation package, but if this is your first time to Argentina, we HIGHLY recommend staying a couple extra days before or after the expedition cruise to explore this cosmopolitan gem.
The VACAYA Antarctic Itinerary
DAY 1 - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2022
ARRIVE IN BUENOS AIRES
Our adventure starts with an overnight in one of the greatest cities in the world, Buenos Aires, Argentina! Tonight’s 4-star hotel is part of your package and the night is all yours to mix and mingle with fellow guests as we all prepare for the adventure of a lifetime!
DAY 2 - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2022
THE ADVENTURE BEGINS – FLIGHT TO USHUAIA
This morning, we all fly together from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia (flight included with your purchase), where we’ll board Le Boreal. Settle in and get ready for two extraordinary days crossing the Drake Passage. Seafarers have navigated these tricky waters for centuries and now you’ll follow in their footsteps as we make our way to the Antarctic Peninsula.
DAY 3 - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2022
OUR FIRST SEA DAY – THE DRAKE CROSSING
Will we have the Drake Lake or the Drake Quake today? Only time (and sea conditions) will tell. But either way, today will be all about enjoying our ship, fellow adventurers, and preparing for our first steps on the continent.
DAY 4 - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2022
TRAVELING WITH RESPONSIBILITY
Today, our Antarctic Expedition Team will lead in-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology, and culture to provide context to our voyage and help us understand the unique destination we’re about to experience. You’ll also learn how to make your visit as safe and as sustainable as possible. We’re getting close now and both the sea and the sky will change dramatically. Icebergs – both large and small – begin to appear and if we’re lucky, we’ll get to see lenticular clouds, which are only seen with any regularity over Antarctica and are a true otherworldly sight to behold.
DAY 5 - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2022
THE ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
So few people have had the opportunity to actually walk on Antarctica. Today, you make history by becoming one of the lucky few who’ve had the chance to explore this land of extremes. Antarctica never fails to inspire awe and wonder, with white horizons above oceans full of icebergs and whales. Perhaps even more awe-inspiring will be your encounters with the huge colonies of penguins.
DAY 6 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2022
THE ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you’ll find yourself surrounded in spectacular shades of blue and white, with exceptional wildlife all around you. Penguins, humpback whales, seals, and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas.
DAY 7 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2022
THE ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
Le Boreal’s Captain decides where we go today. No matter where we land, you’re sure to see sights you’ve never seen before, and there’s no more humbling a feeling than that. Think about this for one second… at times, you will be the first man, woman, or non-binary person in history to walk on that bit of earth. How’s that for life changing?
DAY 8 - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2022
THE ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
Our Expedition Team will lead ice-cruising and landings at every opportunity to come ashore and explore the impressive Antarctic scenery. From deck, there are great chances to spot whales. Of course, this is true wilderness, so nature is in charge, but our experienced Captain will work with the elements to create the best possible itinerary for our adventure.
DAY 9 - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2022
OUR FINAL DAY IN ANTARCTICA
Your entire view of our planet and of your place on it will have evolved completely by this day. Take in the wonder and the incredible beauty one last time. If we’re lucky, perhaps we’ll get the chance to visit the Penguin Post Office in Port Lockroy, Antarctica today. It was built back in 1944 and hasn’t changed much since. This is an actual working Post Office where you very well might be able to send truly unique postcards to friends and family from the bottom of the earth!
DAY 10 - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2022
WE BEGIN THE JOURNEY HOME
After exploring this exhilarating continent, we set course back to civilization. Spend the day at sea recapping your experiences, having fun onboard, or just relaxing on deck, spotting the many sea birds which follow our ship.
DAY 11 - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2022
NAVIGATING THE DRAKE
After 10 days of adventure, you’ll have stories and memories that’ll last a lifetime. Today is our last full day together, so make the most of it no matter where the day takes you.
DAY 12 - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2022
ARRIVAL IN USHUAIA, ARGENTINA
Today, our journey together comes to an end as we all fly from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires’ National Jorge Newbery Airport (AEP, flight included). From there, there’s no tell