2019-20 Early Savings Up To 30% On Select Antarctic Explorer Expeditions

   
 

2019-20 Early Savings Up To 30% On Select Antarctic Explorer Expeditions

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DURATION

11 Days

SEASON

November - March

RETAIL PRICE

USD 10,295.00 per person

SALE PRICE

USD 7,721.25 per person
Save USD 2,573.75!

EXPIRES

Jan 31, 2019
2019-20 Early Savings Up To 30% On Select Antarctic Explorer Expeditions
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Save up to 30% on Premium cabins or up to 25% on Standard cabins when you book select 2019-20 Antarctic Explorer voyages by January 31, 2019.

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

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Save up to 30% on Premium cabins or up to 25% on Standard cabins when you book select 2019-20 Antarctic Explorer voyages by January 31, 2019.

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

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

Days 3-4: Crossing The Drake Passage
Drake Passage, Antarctica
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Prepare yourself for potentially rough water but hope for a smooth sailing, as the Drake Passage is unpredictable and always changing. You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates while your Expedition Team 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

Days 9-10: Cross The Drake Passage To Ushuaia
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 per the daily program
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by experienced Expedition Leaders
  • 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 (2018-19 season)
  • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • An official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • A 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
  • Group transfer in Ushuaia from airport to pre-expedition hotel on Day 1
  • One night’s 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

NOTES

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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 (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: 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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