Antarctica Cruise - Discovering the 7th Continent
South Shetlands, Antarctic Peninsula, Penguin Rookeries,
Optional kayaking, camping and snowshoeing
12 Days | Departures: 11/28/15, 12/08/15, 01/26/16
| From: $6,995
Trip Highlights: This well-established
expedition cruise offers you the ideal introduction to Antarctica.
Departing and finishing in the port of Ushuaia in Argentina,
the itinerary visits prime sites along the Antarctic Peninsula
and the neighboring South Shetland Islands. This program will
emphasize wildlife viewing, possible visits to scientific bases,
and the breathtaking scenery with narrow waterways, glaciers,
icebergs and rugged mountains. Experience the beauty and wonder
of the White Continent!
Rates: $6,995 - $14,995
Single Rate: 1.7 - 2 times the double occupancy rate
Camping Option: Available all departures - $250 per person
Sea Kayaking Option: Available all departures - $950 per person
Snowshoeing Option: Not available 1/26/2016 - Included in cruise rate
Price includes one night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia.
Ship - Sea Adventurer -
Traveling to the farthest reaches of the world doesn't mean you can't be comfortable! Embark on this ideal introduction to Antarctica aboard a beautiful expedition ship that combines adventure with service and many amenities of a classic passenger vessel. The outstanding cuisine may vie with the landscape and wildlife for your attention. Depart and finish in the port of Ushuaia in Argentina, and visit prime sites along the Antarctic Peninsula and the neighboring South Shetland Islands. This program emphasizes wildlife viewing, possible visits to scientific bases, breathtaking scenery with narrow waterways, glaciers, icebergs and rugged mountains. Enjoy quality and value at a good price!
Day 1-2: Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego,
Arrive in Ushuaia, a small town at the "end of the world" surrounded by rugged peaks and glaciers, and transfer to your hotel. The following day, in the afternoon, the Expedition Team gets you settled aboard your ship as you sail into the Beagle Channel to start your Antarctic expedition.
Days 3-4: Crossing the Drake Passage
Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You'll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, while provided with safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.
Days 5-9: South Shetland Islands & Antarctica Peninsula
When land is sighted for the first time in two days you know you have reached the South Shetland Islands. This impressive group of islands, lying to the north and roughly parallel to the Antarctic Peninsula, is a haven for wildlife. You visit vast penguin rookeries, land on beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and observe wallowing southern elephant seals. You also hope to visit one of the many research bases in the archipelago and look for Antarctica's only two flowering plants which thrive here during the short southern summer.
The Antarctic Peninsula is the most easily accessible
part of the ‘White Continent,'but it also has some of the most
awe-inspiring scenery and a rich variety of wildlife. This voyage
offers ample time to experience the special magic of this wilderness
region. Among the places you may visit are aptly named Paradise
Harbor, where glaciers fill the calm waters with a vista of
icebergs sculpted by wind and weather. Here, you may set foot
on the ‘White Continent' itself. At Port Lockroy, you will find
thriving colonies of penguins and shags and a former British
scientific station that has recently been renovated and serves
as a fascinating museum. Cuverville Island and Rongé Island,
with their dramatic location, are home to a large colony of
nearly 5,000 pairs of Gentoo penguins. Many visitors find the
Antarctic scenery as rewarding as the wildlife, and you will
be enchanted by such beautiful waterways as the Neumayer and
Lemaire channels. Located south of the spectacular Lemaire Channel
and separated from the mainland of the Antarctic Peninsula by
Penola Strait is Petermann Island, on which we plan to land.
Adélie and Gentoo penguins, skuas and blue-eyed shags nest
close to the landing site.
Days 10-11: Drake Passage
Today, you leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Now is the chance to relax and review the adventures of the past week as well as enjoy some final lectures from the expedition staff as you return to Ushuaia.
Day 12: Ushuaia
We'll arrive in Ushuaia in the morning for you to continue your adventure on land or catch your flights home.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
All guests are required to have comprehensive travel insurance coverage. Due to the remoteness of the areas in this itinerary, travelers must have a minimum $50,000 of emergency medical coverage. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. The shipping company will not be held responsible for delays due to force majeure. Any additional costs accrued will be the responsibility of the traveler. We strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for Antarctic trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. We can assist you with this.
Camping Option: Available all departures. Not included in cruise rate - $250 per person. Minimum age 16 years. Space is limited; request at time of booking. No camping experience is necessary to participate in this program. Sleeping bags and all safety equipment are provided.
Sea Kayaking Option: Available all departures. Not included in cruise rate - $950 per person. Minimum age 16 years. This is a pre-booked option for kayakers with some experience. Places are strictly limited so please advise at time of booking. Please contact us for additional details.
Snowshoeing Option: Not available 01/26/2016, included in cruise rate. Anyone can take part, no previous experience necessary. Snowshoes available free of charge for excursions when conditions permit.
Group transfer from the airport to the pre-expedition hotel on day 1 of the itinerary (or 1 day prior); one night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia; group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day; group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport only for passengers with departing flights before noon; shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board ship; shore landings per the daily program; Zodiac cruising per the daily program; photographic Journal on DVD; waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; parka to keep; coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges; luggage handling aboard ship; emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person*. Subject to change without notice.
Any airfare; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes, Argentina's Reciprocity Fee; any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation; supplements for adventure options; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, except for ones mentioned as included; baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance; excess baggage charges; laundry, bar, beverage, massage and other personal charges; telecommunications charges; voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew; fuel surcharge may apply.
*Emergency Evacuation Insurance:
Emergency evacuation coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $100,000 is included in the cost of this expedition. Included coverage is applicable only to travel between the first and last day of the expedition purchased. Additional days of travel prior to the expedition and/or after the expedition are not covered by the included emergency evacuation insurance. We strongly advise all passengers to purchase medical, cancellation and baggage insurance, and additional emergency evacuation coverage.
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* Prices are based per person, the lowest price is usually for triple occupancy in a basic cabin, the highest for double occupancy in the best available suite.
Options may be at additional cost and are usually booked when the cruise is booked - it may be too late once the cruise has started.