Antarctic Explorer Cruise

   
 

Antarctic Explorer Cruise

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4 weeks ago

DURATION

11 Days

SEASON

November - March

RATES

USD 6,895.00 per person

EXPIRES

Mar 01, 2020
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 11 days, and there are also 10- or 12- day itineraries available. Five small ships operate the itinerary: the 108-guest Island Sky, 132-guest Ocean Adventurer, the 189-passenger Ocean Diamond, the 199-passenger Ocean Endeavour and the 176-passenger World Explorer. 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. Enjoy the new addition of stand-up paddleboarding on Ocean Endeavour and World Explorer 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

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Rates vary by season and cabin starting at $6895 per person. Please see website for full details on rates.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
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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 Ushuaia
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
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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, Ocean Adventurer, Island Sky or World Explorer

MEALS: dinner

Day 3-4: Crossing The Drake Passage
Drake Passage, Antarctica
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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, Ocean Adventurer, Island Sky or World Explorer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5-8: South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula
South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
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Once the Antarctic Convergence is left in the wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. The first sight of land itself is often embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition, and you may begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every visit Antarctica bears witness to something new or unexpected, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other—creating a unique, personal experience.

Each day, take zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. Visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of southern seal species including the cunning leopard seal. The majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains enchants as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Danco Island, affords the opportunity to visit a penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here, you’ll have the choice between hiking to the island’s summit or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach, enjoying the antics of curious penguins. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, participating in the polar plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets! Amid the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour. Each day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Ocean Endeavour, Ocean Diamond, Ocean Adventurer, Island Sky or World Explorer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9-10: Cross The Drake Passage
Drake Passage, Antarctica
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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, Ocean Adventurer, Island Sky or World Explorer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11: Disembark Ushuaia
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
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Arrive in Ushuaia in the morning then continue your adventure on land or catch your flights home.

ACCOMMODATIONS: n/a

MEALS: breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board; beer and wine during dinner.
  • All shore landings and all zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program.
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders.
  • Formal and informal presentations by an Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled.
  • A photographic journal documenting the expedition.
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin.
  • An official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep.
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock.
  • 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 benefit of US $500,000 per person.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader.
  • All gratuities (included for 2018-2019 season only).
  • Group transfer in Ushuaia from airport to pre-expedition hotel on Day 1.
  • One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia, with breakfast.
  • Group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day.
  • Group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from ship to local airport.
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program.
  • Photography guide on Expedition Team (2018-19 season).

NOTES

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Alternative Itinerary: In addition to the 11-day itinerary listed above, alternate 10- and 12-day routes are available; these spend one less or one more day, respectively, in the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. All Ocean Endeavour departures begin and end in Buenos Aires with a mandatory charter flight package not included in the rate; see Exclusions for prices. All Island Sky departures (2017-2018) are 10 days and begin and end in Buenos Aires, with a mandatory charter flight package that is included in the rate.

Itinerary Notes: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel to Antarctica. There are no guarantees that the itinerary can achieve everything that it sets out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something everyone must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands, and the places mentioned in this itinerary may be changed to others equally as interesting.

Activities: Various optional activities may be available on your Antarctic Explorer cruise. The following table details what activities may be available on each departure and their per-person cost for the 2017-2018 & 2018-2019 seasons: (K) kayaking $995; (C) camping $295; (S) snowshoeing included; (P) photography included; (X) cross-country skiing $575; (M) mountaineering $575; (SUP) stand-up paddleboarding $225. Please contact AdventureSmith to reserve activity space with your booking.


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