Antarctic Explorer Cruise

   
 

Antarctic Explorer Cruise

BY ADVENTURESMITH EXPLORATIONS

UPDATED

4 months ago

DURATION

12 Days

SEASON

November - March

RATES

USD 5,995.00 per person

EXPIRES

Dec 12, 2016
Antarctic Explorer Cruise
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Fully discover the 7th continent on the Antarctic Explorer cruise. This expedition offers the perfect chance to discover the best of the Antarctic Peninsula, the last continent’s most northern region. You’ll be delighted by penguins, seals and whales as they accompany you on your journey along the Antarctic coastline. Landing on the continent itself is a memorable highlight, where you’ll explore the iconic sights that make this one of the world’s most pristine, exotic and unforgettable natural environments. There is an in-depth education program, covering all aspects of the biology, politics and history of Antarctica. Beginning and ending in Ushuaia, Argentina, your small ship cruise to Antarctica will experience the wildlife and scenic highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. This expedition is delivered at a comfortable pace, perfect for first-time polar travelers or travelers with limited time to experience Antarctica.

The main Antarctic Explorer itinerary cruises over 12 days, and there is an 11-day itinerary variation available. Three small ships operate the itinerary: the 122-guest Sea Adventurer, the 189-passenger Ocean Diamond and the 199-passenger Ocean Endeavour. Each Antarctic Explorer 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. New addition of stand-up paddleboarding on Ocean Endeavour cruises. Advanced reservations are required as space is limited. Become one of the fortunate few to have set foot on the continent of Antarctica!

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

Rates vary by season and cabin starting at $5995 per person. Please see website for full details on rates.

ITINERARY

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

Upon arrival at the Ushuaia airport you are met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore this 'frontier town' at leisure. With a population of more than 63,000 people, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. The city has grown over the past few years, yet it has retained an easy going and accessible feel. With the sea to the south and mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. If you arrive early, you can spend some time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy some Argentinean wines and barbecues in the city or visit the many boutique shops and cafes before for your expedition to Antarctica.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel Albatros or similar

MEALS: n/a

Day 2: Embark Antarctic Explorer Cruise
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

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 upon departure - the next time you see land the ship will be in the world’s most southern continent!

ACCOMMODATIONS: Ocean Endeavour, Ocean Diamond or Sea Adventurer

MEALS: dinner

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

Prepare for rough water, but do not be disappointed if your crossing is smooth sailing. The Drake is always changing! You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, while the ship's crew provides safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Ocean Endeavour, Ocean Diamond or Sea Adventurer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5-9: South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula
South Shetland Islands, Antarctica

When the Antarctic Convergence is left in the ship's wake, you truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. You can begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every visit brings something new or unexpected, meaning your expedition will be unlike any other.

Take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore bays, channels and landing sites each day. Visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and Minke whales and search for a number of the southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal. The majesty of the Peninsula’s mountains will enchant you as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Orne Harbor, gives the opportunity to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here you’ll have the choice between going for a mountain hike or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach to enjoy the antics of curious penguins. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets!

Amidst the peaceful silence of Antarctica, noisy interruptions become indelible memories such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbor. You can make a bit of noise yourself too by listening to the echo of voices bounce off a giant glacier. Every day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team so as to entertain and educate you on this stunning landscape.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Ocean Endeavour, Ocean Diamond or Sea Adventurer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10-11: Drake Passage To Ushuaia
Drake Passage, Antarctica

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with some final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy a few final presentations by your Expedition Team or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Ocean Endeavour, Ocean Diamond or Sea Adventurer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12: Disembark Ushuaia
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Disembark after breakfast and transfer by bus to the Antarctic Unit office located at the entrance to the pier. Continue your adventure on land, or if you are departing on the morning flight, the transfer continues to the airport.

ACCOMMODATIONS: n/a

MEALS: breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day.
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage.
  • All shore landings and Zodiac excursions per the daily program.
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities.
  • Formal and informal presentations by an expedition team and guest speakers as scheduled.
  • Photographic Album on DVD.
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin.
  • An expedition parka.
  • Coffee, tea, cocoa and bottled water available around the clock. Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader.
  • A group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport.
  • All baggage handling aboard ship.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum of $100,000 per person.

NOTES

Alternative Itinerary: The itinerary presented here is for the 12-day voyage from Ushuaia, the 11-day voyage has one less day along the Antarctic Peninsula. There are also several departures that visit Cape Horn en route. All Ocean Endeavour departures begin and end in Buenos Aires.

Itinerary Notes: Read this itinerary as a guide only; our exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife we encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Activities: Kayaking, camping, stand-up paddleboarding, mountaineering, snowshoeing and/or cross-country skiing may be available on your Antarctic Explorer cruise (additional price often applies). Please contact AdventureSmith to reserve activity space with your booking.


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