Crossing the Antarctic Circle Small Ship Cruise


Crossing the Antarctic Circle Small Ship Cruise



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14 Days (Longer Itineraries Available)


January - March


USD 8,495.00 per person


Mar 01, 2019
Crossing the Antarctic Circle Small Ship Cruise
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Become one of the few who can claim to have crossed the Antarctic Circle. The 14-day Crossing the Antarctic Circle voyage not only includes in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula, but it offers the opportunity to venture as far south as 66°33's. Enter the land of the midnight sun to a world without borders as you sail across an endless stretch of sea dotted with ice. Search for wildlife that claims solitude as home. Whether it’s humpback whales alongside the ship, a leopard seal diving beneath your Zodiac, penguins sliding off an iceberg into crystal waters or a giant petrel soaring above cracking sea ice, you’ll experience a sensory overload in Antarctica like you’ve never felt before.

Onboard lectures and specialists cover Antarctica’s geology, history, and wildlife while an expert expedition team helps to embrace Antarctica’s vast beauty. Three small ships operate the itinerary: the 132-guest Ocean Adventurer, the 189-passenger Ocean Diamond and the 199-passenger Ocean Endeavour. Each Crossing the Antarctic Circle departure includes up close exploration on guided hikes, shore walks and small craft excursions. Optional activities (additional cost) include kayaking, camping, and photography clinics. Enjoy the new addition of stand-up paddle boarding on the Ocean Endeavour cruises, and be sure to make advanced reservations as space is limited.

Come to the land where the sun never sets, where explorers celebrate when conditions allow their achievement of what few others can claim: the Crossing of the famed Antarctic Circle.


Rates vary by vessel and cabin starting at $8495 per person. Please see website for full details on rates.


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

Begin your journey in Ushuaia, a small, but bustling port town at the tip of South America. This Argentinean town is an ideal gateway for you to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. Get active in the mountains or enjoy some hand-crafted chocolate in town.


MEALS: n/a

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

As the ship sets sail in the late afternoon, you will begin your Antarctic journey, passing through the Beagle Channel. The channel opens up to the vastness of the Southern Ocean, where your next land sighting will be along the Antarctic Peninsula. Named after the famed ship on which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents great photo opportunities to capture seabirds hovering overhead.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Ocean Adventurer, Ocean Diamond or Ocean Endeavour

MEALS: dinner

Day 3-4: Crossing The Drake Passage
Drake Passage, Antarctica

The waters of the Drake Passage are unpredictable, so hope for clear skies and a calm ocean. You’ll have plenty of time to gaze out at the sea, get to know your fellow shipmates and chat with your expedition team. Spend time preparing for the exciting days ahead, with numerous educational and informative lectures; learn about everything from safety procedures to the history of whaling in Antarctica.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Ocean Adventurer, Ocean Diamond or Ocean Endeavour

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5-7: The Antarctic Peninsula And South Shetland Islands
South Shetland Islands, Antarctica

With the Drake Passage left in the wake, you'll make the approach to Antarctica. Get your cameras ready as the continent’s coastline makes its first appearance, signaling the start of your adventure in the realm of the Antarctic. See plentiful floating icebergs and become fixated on the ocean surface as curious whales spout and breach before your eyes. As exciting as it can be from on board the ship, your true exploration occurs when you disembark and set foot on the White Continent. There are several potential landing sites you may visit, including Neko Harbour, Orne Harbour or Paradise Harbour. Although weather dictates which specific landing sites to visit, each one presents a new collection of wildlife and natural attractions. Your days will be busy spotting wildlife and being mesmerized by the beauty of Antarctica. Watching penguins waddling on the beach and listening to the crackling and crumbling sounds of icebergs and glaciers will become your daily entertainment, while kayaking with whales and polar camping are optional activities available on select voyages (extra cost).

ACCOMMODATIONS: Ocean Adventurer, Ocean Diamond or Ocean Endeavour

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 8-9: The Antarctic Circle
Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach 66° 33’ S. You and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne! With a toast to the first explorers who ventured this far south, you can take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world still visited by very few people.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Ocean Adventurer, Ocean Diamond or Ocean Endeavour

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 10-11: Northbound Along The Antarctic Peninsula
Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica

By now, your knowledge of Adélie, 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, yet there are still many tales to be told. As you head north, Zodiac excursions will fill your days, and your expedition team will continue offering presentations while giving you time to reflect on everything you’ve experienced.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Ocean Adventurer, Ocean Diamond or Ocean Endeavour

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12-13: Cross The Drake Passage
Drake Passage, Antarctica

As you recross the Drake Passage, Antarctica fades away, leaving you with a collection of memories to last a lifetime. Excited conversations with your newfound friends will make the crossing fly by, regardless of weather and sea conditions. Your expedition team will round up its series of lectures as well, perhaps with a slideshow of the great landing sites and wildlife you’ve witnessed over the course of your voyage.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Ocean Adventurer, Ocean Diamond or Ocean Endeavour

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 14: Disembark Ushuaia, Argentina
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Today you say goodbye to your Expedition Team and your fellow travelers. Disembark in the morning so that you may catch your homeward-bound flights.


MEALS: breakfast


  • 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 & expedition team
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled; photography guide on expedition team
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • An official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep
  • Coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock
  • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • Group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport
  • A photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader
  • 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
  • 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


Itinerary Notes: Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife encountered. Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. A measure of flexibility is something every traveler should bring to a voyage. 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. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Activities: Various optional activities may be available on your Crossing the Antarctic Circle cruise. The following table details what activities may be available on each departure and their per-person cost for the 2017-18 & 2018-19 seasons. Key: (K) kayaking $995; (P) photography included; (C) camping $295; (SUP) stand-up paddleboarding $225. Please call AdventureSmith for more details and to reserve activity space.

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