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What more memorable way can there be to have a New Year to remember than to experience it in Antarctica surrounded by ice bergs, penguins and glaciers while enjoying the luxury of an ocean cruise in a Chinese atmosphere!
Unusually on this trip, there will be Chinese speaking guides and many or most of the passengers will also be Chinese.
Trip Highlights: Luxury expedition ship with
excellent service, fantastic cuisine, and experienced naturalist
guides. All cabins have an exterior view and en suite facilities.
A truly beautiful ship!
$4,120 - Triple
$6,535 - Twin, obstructed view
$6,850 - Twin with window
$8,320 - Single - obstructed view and single porthole
$8,950 - Suite
$11,890 - Balcony suite
Above rates are per person and do NOT include flights to or from Ushuaia in Argentina where the ship sails from and returns to.
Ship - Ocean Diamond -
Luxury Expedition Ship
Day 1 Arrive Ushuaia:
Arrive in Ushuaia, a small town at the "end of the world" surrounded by rugged peaks and glaciers, and transfer independently to your conveniently located 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.
Day 2 Embarkation Day:
Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This historic channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of excitement as you depart for the world’s most southern continent!
Day 3 Crossing the Drake Passage:
Prepare for rough water, but do not be disappointed if your crossing is smooth sailing. This is where you can expect to earn your place in Antarctica. Time during these first days is largely spent chatting with other travelers and listening to the presentations given by your Expedition Team. Above all, watch out for the first ice-berg, they get carried around the Antarctic Ocean and don't drift north, they mean you have arrived!
Day 4-7 South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula:
Many factors play a role in shaping the expedition’s progress. There will be attempts to leave the ship to explore in a range of activity levels at least twice a day. Perhaps you’ll feel salt spray on your face as the Zodiac weaves in and around grounded icebergs in Pleneau Bay. You could scramble to the top of a craggy hill for an unforgettable view of an icy chasm near Port Lockroy. You might sit quietly on a pebbled beach and wait for a curious penguin chick to approach or plunge into the frigid Antarctic waters. Over the course of the austral spring and summer, the sun lingers longer and longer, melting snow and ice. Wildlife abounds: chicks hatch and fledge, and pods of whales breach in a deep bay where a calving iceberg has churned up krill, the local delicacy. The natural cycle of life ensures that every expedition is different. And that every expedition is full of surprises! As you sail from island to shore to bay during four days in the Peninsula, the Expedition Team provides opportunities for contemplation, to test your endurance and engage your curiosity.
Day 8-9 The Drake Passage:
Today you leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. In between bird watching and whale watching, and enjoying some final lectures by your expedition staff, this is a chance to relax and review your adventures before returning to Ushuaia.
Day 10 Depart Ushuaia:
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your independent flights home.
The distance to be travelled means that trips to the Eastern side of Antarctica take longer than trips to the Peninsula region from South America and are also subsequently more expensive.
There are also a lot less trips departing from this region than there are from South America meaning less choice of dates and of ship.
On the other hand, Eastern Antarctica is entirely within the Antarctic Circle and a different kind of Antarctica, as remote as it's possible to get on the planet. It is colder than a Peninsula trip and with a higher chance of rough seas at some point. Getting to Antarctica and back again is more of an expedition than the traditional kind of cruise. You will probably not see any other ships during your cruise at all and other than visits to research bases, you won't see any people other than those on your ship.
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