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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!
$8,999 - Economical Sea View
$9,299 - Standard Sea View
$9,950 - Superior Sea View
Above rates are per person and do NOT include flights to or from Ushuaia the port of embarkation and disembarkation.
Ship - Ocean Diamond -
Luxury Expedition Ship
Day 1 - 19th Feb - 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 - 20th Feb - 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 - 21st Feb - 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 - 22nd Feb - Drake Passage and Antarctic Peninsula:
With the Drake Passage left in our wake, we make a final approach to Antarctica. Get your cameras ready, as the continent’s coastline will make its first appearance, signaling the start of your adventure in the realm of the Antarctic. You’ll see plentiful icebergs floating by and be fixated on the surface of the ocean as curious whales spout and breach before your eyes.
Day 5 - 23rd Feb - The Antarctic Circle:
Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach this far south, which is officially noted at 66° 33' S. You and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne!
Days 6-9 - 24th Feb-27th Feb - Northbound along the Peninsula:
By now, your knowledge of Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins will be matched by your ability to differentiate between a leopard, fur or Weddell seal. Terms like ‘bergy bits’ and pancake ice will seem normal too, yet there are still many tales to be told. As you head back towards the Drake, Zodiac excursions will continue to fill your days, while the Expedition Team will help fill in any blanks that remain in your newly acquired knowledge of the Antarctic.
Day 8-9 - 28th Feb-1st Mar - 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 12 Depart Ushuaia:
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your independent flights home.
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, 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 and to engage your curiosity.
1. One night pre-expedition
hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia as
indicated in the itinerary. (The number of guests per
room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to
limited availability, travelers who reserve a suite on
board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel).
1. Any airfare; passport and
visa expenses; transportation from airport to hotel in
Ushuaia and from hotel to wharf.
*Emergency Evacuation Insurance:
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