Save up to 25% on Select 2018 Antarctica Explorers and Kings Polar Wildlife Viewing Voyages

   
 

Save up to 25% on Select 2018 Antarctica Explorers and Kings Polar Wildlife Viewing Voyages

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DURATION

20 Days

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November - April

RETAIL PRICE

USD 11,395.00 per person

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USD 8,546.25 per person
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Jan 31, 2018
Save up to 25% on Select 2018 Antarctica Explorers and Kings Polar Wildlife Viewing Voyages
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Save up to 25% on 2018 Antarctic Explorers & Kings Cruises...

The 20-day Explorers & Kings cruise is a truly epic adventure through the remote Falkland Islands, the wildlife paradise of South Georgia and the extraordinary landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula. Watch an isolated and extreme world come to life as scores of penguins dive for food, herds of elephant seals bathe in the sun and pods of orcas pass by. Wander the quaint British town of Stanley in the Falklands, home to Magellanic, Gentoo, rockhopper and king penguins, as well as blackbrowed albatross and two endemic bird species: Cobb’s wren and the Falkland’s flightless steamer duck. Visit South Georgia’s incredible wildlife, including 30 breeding bird species and 4 penguin species and follow in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton, stepping back in time as you pause a moment at his grave site. Lastly, explore the Antarctic Peninsula, the northernmost tip of the world’s 7th continent by ship, Zodiac, kayak (optional) and foot. Learn about Antarctica’s unique geology, history and wildlife with an expert team of on-board lecturers as you immerse yourself in the icy realm of the Antarctic.

The Explorers & Kings cruise main itinerary begins and ends in Ushuaia, allowing time to explore the world’s southernmost city. There is also an alternate 20-day itinerary that begins and ends in Buenos Aires, with a mandatory charter flight (additional charge). Three small ships operate the itinerary: the 189-passenger Ocean Diamond, the 199-passenger Ocean Endeavour and the 176-passenger World Explorer. Each Explorers & Kings departure includes up close exploration on guided hikes, shore walks and small craft excursions. Optional activities (additional cost) include kayaking, camping, cross-country skiing, photography clinics and mountaineering. Enjoy the new addition of stand-up paddleboarding on Ocean Endeavour and World Explorer cruises. Advanced reservations are required as space is limited. Join us for an unforgettable journey around the islands and continent of Antarctica!

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

Book select 2018 Explorers & Kings voyages before January 30, 2018, and save up to 25%.

Offer valid on new bookings only, subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer, except Shackleton Club, referral or past passenger discounts. Applies to voyage only; cabins limited. Not applicable on land-based programs, Adventure Options, additional hotel accommodation, pre/post tours, insurance, flights, or group bookings. Excludes triple cabins on all ships.

Rates vary by season and cabin. Please see website for full details on rates.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Your gateway for this expedition is Ushuaia, Argentina. Nestled within the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Ushuaia offers you a small-town feel but has many shops, museums, cafes and restaurants to enjoy before your voyage. If you’re feeling adventurous, the nearby national park and Martial Glacier offer plenty of hiking and outdoor activities.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel Albatros or similar

MEALS: n/a

Day 2: Embarkation Day
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

As you embark, the anticipation and excitement grows. Trade your land legs for sea legs, meet and greet your fellow travelers and get acquainted with your ship. As every Antarctic adventure presents new opportunities and experiences, Embarkation day is just as exciting for your Expedition Team as it is for you. They’re onboard to ensure your comfort and safety, as well as help make your wildlife dreams come true.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Sea Spirit, Ocean Endeavour, Ocean Diamond or Sea Adventurer

MEALS: dinner

Day 3: At Sea
South Atlantic Ocean, Subantarctic, Antarctica

There are many activities to keep you engaged while you are at sea. Learn to identify the seabirds that will glide alongside the ship, or attend the illustrated presentations by the Expedition Team. They prepare you for the shore landings and Zodiac cruising that is to come. You’ll also be given instructions for getting the most out of your optional kayaking adventures, a truly intimate way to experience the Antarctic.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Sea Spirit, Ocean Endeavour, Ocean Diamond, or Sea Adventurer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 4-5: Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

Upon arrival in this archipelago your cameras will get their first real workout capturing the abundant wildlife and rugged feel of these remote islands. The Falkland archipelago contains two main islands - East and West, which you'll explore by Zodiac excursions and daily landings. Port Stanley is often a favored landing site, as the town offers a unique British outpost feel to it, complete with a bit of a ramshackle charm. You’ll be free to explore the town, grab a pint at the local pub, or visit numerous churches and museums.

In terms of wildlife, the archipelago is home to Magellanic, gentoo and rockhopper penguins. If lucky, you may even spot king penguins here as well. Expect to see black-browed albatross and two endemic species; Cobb’s wren and the Falkland’s flightless steamer duck. Your team of lecturers and specialists will be sure to educate you on the local flora and fauna so that you get the most out of your time in the Falklands.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Sea Spirit, Ocean Endeavour, Ocean Diamond or Sea Adventurer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 6-7: At Sea
Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica

Sailing south, you’ll officially enter Antarctic waters by crossing the invisible biological boundary called the Antarctic Convergence. Encircling the continent, cold Antarctic waters meet and mix with the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, creating the abundance of krill and marine life that attracts whales and seals to this part of the world. Ship staff will be sure to keep you posted when your ship crosses this invisible yet important line.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Sea Spirit, Ocean Endeavour, Ocean Diamond or Sea Adventurer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 8-11: South Georgia
South Georgia, S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

This remote outpost was a popular stop for many historic Antarctic expeditions and was once a haven for hunting whales and elephant and fur seals. Today, South Georgia Island wildlife populations have rebounded, but you’ll still see remnants of those old whaling stations and other abandoned outposts. One significant and historic site that will be of interest is the grave of the great explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. You can visit his grave at the settlement of Grytviken, which is also home to an old whaling station, a museum, gift shop, church and a research station of approximately 20 scientists and support personnel.

While South Georgia’s history is an important attraction to the islands, it is the wildlife on South Georgia that you and your shipmates will surely find most captivating. Often referred to as the Galapagos of the Poles, each landing you make on South Georgia will open your eyes to a new wonder of wildlife. One day you may see rookeries with a hundred thousand pairs of king penguins waddling on the beach. The next day you may visit another beach with thousands of fur seals or elephant seals with (non-native) reindeer grazing in the background. The grasses, mountains and beaches of South Georgia all play an important role in the breeding and survival of different species on the island; this fragile and symbiotic relationship is something that your Expedition Team will share with you during your time here.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Sea Spirit, Ocean Endeavour, Ocean Diamond or Sea Adventurer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 12-13: At Sea
South Orkney Islands, Antarctica

Say goodbye to the king penguins, as your next destination is Antarctica! Your days at sea are filled with seminars from your Expedition Team, who will prepare you for the wildlife that will be greeting you upon your arrival in Antarctica. If conditions allow, the crew may attempt landfall on the South Orkney Islands, which are officially in Antarctica.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Sea Spirit, Ocean Endeavour, Ocean Diamond or Sea Adventurer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 14-17: South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula
South Shetland Islands, Antarctica

The most common reaction to arriving at the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words, as few places are as untouched, unique and enduring as Antarctica. You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete desolation and silence, at the next moment you’ll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into the brilliant blue sea or a penguin comes waddling by to inspect your footwear.

Guided hikes with the Expedition Team will have you trekking up a glacier, visiting a research station or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, gentoo and Adélie penguins are found here, along with fur, Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals. Curious whales, such as minkes, are often attracted to Zodiacs as well, giving you a chance to get within reaching distance of these majestic animals. Each day and each landing will present a new collection of creatures to entertain you and keep your camera shutter busy. As exciting as the Zodiac excursions and landings are, perhaps you’ll treat yourself to an extra special Antarctic experience by partaking in an optional (extra cost) kayaking excursion or going for a swim in the Antarctic!

ACCOMMODATIONS: Sea Spirit, Ocean Endeavour, Ocean Diamond or Sea Adventurer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 18-19: Crossing The Drake Passage
Drake Passage, Antarctica

After more than two weeks of endless wildlife encounters, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake Passage is your unofficial rite of passage, which will complete your Antarctic adventure. Enjoy some final moments mingling with your fellow travelers. The noisy, busy, populated world awaits your return, so savor the silence of the sea as long as you can.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Sea Spirit, Ocean Endeavour, Ocean Diamond or Sea Adventurer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 20: Disembark Ushuaia
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

After breakfast aboard the ship, it is time to part ways and say goodbye to your Expedition Team. Transfer to the airport provided for your homeward flight.

ACCOMMODATIONS: n/a

MEALS: breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board
  • Beer and wine during dinner
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by experienced expedition leader
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by expedition team and special guests as scheduled
  • A photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • Photography guide on expedition team
  • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • An official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • All gratuities (included for 2018-2019 season only)
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
  • ...For itineraries beginning and ending in Ushuaia:
  • Group transfer in Ushuaia from the airport to the pre-expedition hotel on day 1; one night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia, with breakfast; group transfer from the hotel to the ship on embarkation day
  • Group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport

NOTES

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife encountered. Flexibility is the key to the success of this Explorers & Kings expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands, and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

Alternative Itinerary: In addition to the 20-day main itinerary, longer Explorers & Kings routes are available. Please visit website for details.


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