Crossing the Antarctic Circle Small Ship Cruise

   
 

Crossing the Antarctic Circle Small Ship Cruise

BY ADVENTURESMITH EXPLORATIONS

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5 months ago

DURATION

13 Days (Longer Itineraries Available)

SEASON

January - March

RATES

USD 8,495.00 per person

EXPIRES

Mar 01, 2017
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DESCRIPTION

This expedition cruise is for people who hanker to travel south of the Antarctic Circle, where the sun never sets. You'll visit a research station and explore Marguerite Bay. Denizens of penguin rookeries will amuse you. Seals will show you how to relax as they laze on ice floes in bays defined by walls of ice.

Few people in the world can claim to have crossed this latitude, voyage through spectacular channels and bays of icebergs, seals, penguins and more. Be one of the few to set foot on the continent of Antarctica and beyond to the Polar Circle! Select from a 15-day, 14-day or 13-day itinerary.

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

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

ITINERARY

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.

ACCOMMODATIONS: TBA

MEALS: n/a

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

The Beagle Channel sets you on your way as the ship sails in the late afternoon. 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 in which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents many great photo opportunities to capture sea birds hovering overhead.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Sea Adventurer, Ocean Diamond or Ocean Endeavour

MEALS: dinner

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

During these two days we will sail across the Drake Passage. The Drake is legendary for its high winds and rolling seas, but you may be lucky and get calm weather. The expedition crew will keep you busy on deck, on the bridge and in the presentation room. When you cross the Antarctic Convergence, you may meet wandering albatrosses and other sea birds. Near the South Shetland Islands, glimpse the first icebergs.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Sea Adventurer, Ocean Diamond or Ocean Endeavour

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5-8: The Antarctic Peninsula And South Shetland Islands
South Shetland Islands, Antarctica

With the Drake Passage left in the ship's wake, 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.

As exciting as it can be from on board the ship, your true exploration occurs when you disembark and set foot on the great continent. There are several potential landing sites you may visit, including Neko Harbor, Orne Harbor or Paradise Bay. While weather dictates which specific landing sites you may 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. Certain departures offer adventure options of kayaking and camping, which are available on a first-come, first served basis at an extra cost.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Sea Adventurer, Ocean Diamond or Ocean Endeavour

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9-10: 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. This is raw Antarctica, a special area that you’ll experience during the midnight sun if you’re on the first voyage of the season.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Sea Adventurer, Ocean Diamond or Ocean Endeavour

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11-12: Northbound Along The Peninsula
Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica

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.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Sea Adventurer, Ocean Diamond or Ocean Endeavour

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 13-14: The Drake Passage
Drake Passage, Antarctica

The journey continues back across the Drake where you'll have time to reflect on your experiences. Excited conversations with your newfound friends will make the time passing the Drake Passage fly by, independent of weather and sea conditions. Your Expedition Team will round up their series of lectures as well, perhaps with a slideshow of some of the great landing sites and wildlife you’ve visited over the course of your voyage.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Sea Adventurer, Ocean Diamond or Ocean Endeavour

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 15: 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.

ACCOMMODATIONS: n/a

MEALS: breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast, as indicated in the itinerary
  • Group transfer from the airport to the pre-expedition hotel
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals on board throughout your voyage
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Experienced Expedition Leaders
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • An expeditions parka – yours 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
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person

NOTES

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: Kayaking, camping and/or photography may be available on your Crossing the Antarctic Circle cruise, depending on the departure date. (Additional rates often apply.) Please call AdventureSmith for more details and to reserve activity space.


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