Across the Antarctic Circle

 

Overview

Location: Antarctica
Destination: Antarctic Peninsula Cruises
Starting at: $7,100

 

Description

Explore the "7th Continent" and its unparalleled wildlife and scenery and cruise south across the Antarctic Circle on this exciting expedition cruise aboard the Polar Pioneer.

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Ship

Polar Pioneer Polar Pioneer
Expedition Ships
Capacity: 54

Cabin description & deck plan

 
 
 

Rates & Dates Prices are per person and shown in USD.

TRIPLE SHAREDTWIN SHAREDTWIN PRIVATEMINI SUITESUITE
Feb 19, 2015 - Mar 1, 2015$7,100
 
$8,750
 
$10,200
 
$11,300
 
$12,600
 
Feb 20, 2016 - Mar 1, 2016$7,800
 
$9,600
 
$11,220
 
$12,430
 
$13,860
 
Feb 28, 2016 - Mar 9, 2016$7,800
 
$9,600
 
$11,220
 
$12,430
 
$13,860
 
 

Itinerary

*Please note:  Itinerary for Feb 20, 2016 Departure is in reverse, departing from Ushuaia and ending in Punta Arenas.

Day 1

Fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams, enjoy a tour of the scenic port before being warmly welcomed aboard Polar Pioneer. We'll have introductory and safety briefings before our evening's cruise down the Beagle Channel.

Day 2

We cross the Drake Passage, accompanied by albatross, petrels, fulmars and prions. Our polar experts speak about Antarctica's unique wildlife and history and prepare us for landings with environmental and Zodiac briefings.

Day 3

Spirits soar as air and water temperatures fall, marking our crossing of the Antarctic Convergence. All eyes are peeled for the first iceberg, the first penguin and the first glimpse of land, the mercurial sea stacks outlying the South Shetland Islands. If conditions allow, we go ashore this afternoon.

Days 4–9

We explore the Peninsula's west coast, with time to watch the frenzied activities of penguin parents and chicks as the summer days begin to shorten. Watch for imperial cormorant chicks bravely making their first flights from sea cliffs. Zodiac cruise amongst icebergs and floes replete with basking Weddell and leopard seals and revel in the unparalleled beauty of vast, Antarctic landscape. Besides landing on wildlife-rich offshore islands, we make a continental landing, possibly hiking up for spectacular views. As we continue south, ice conditions govern our movements. Whether we cross the Circle via the "inner route" or the Bellingshausen Sea, we celebrate in style. With luck we reach magnificent Crystal Sound, pass through the Gullet and steam on to Marguerite Bay, where relatively few have gone before. Orcas, humpbacks and minkes feed in the channels. We may visit historical Stonington, Pourquoi Pas and Detaille islands before turning north to warmer climes.

Day 10

We arrive at mountainous King George Island. If time and weather permit we explore penguin and seal-rich waters of Fildes Bay and visit the surprising Trinity Church at Bellingshausen Station, before catching our charter flight back to Punta Arenas in Chile. On arrival into Punta Arenas we will be transferred to our hotel, where tonight's accommodation is included.

Day 11

Enjoy breakfast with your fellow expeditioners in the hotel before saying your farewells and continuing with your own arrangements.

Included

  • Accommodation during the voyage
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on board doctor and basic medical services
  • Loan of rubber boots during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced electronic voyage journal
  • Port taxes and charges
  • Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams
  • Transfer from Puerto Williams airport to Polar Pioneer, including Puerto Williams town and surrounds tour
  • Luggage transfer from Polar Pioneer to King George Island airstrip
  • Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas
  • Transfer from Punta Arenas airport to hotel
  • One night accommodation at Cabo de Hornos hotel in Punta Arenas post voyage (28 Feb 2015)

Adventure Options

  • Kayaking: $925 - 2015  ($995 in 2016)
  • Scuba Diving: $975
  • Polar Snorkelling: $975

Highlights

  • See spectacular seabirds as we cross the Drake Passage
  • Go ashore on the South Shetland Islands where we'll encounter chinstrap and Adélie penguins, fur and elephant seals
  • Visit international scientific stations, Trinity Church and learn about the continents whaling history
  • Enjoy a celebration as we cross the Antarctic Circle Crossing
  • Up-close observation of many of Antarctica's wildlife species during landings on the continent
  • Kayak through the pristine waters of Antarctica (optional and at add'l cost)

 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of expedition cruising, itineraries are subject to change due to weather, ice conditions, natural and cultural events, wildlife viewing opportunities and other logistical considerations. In general, a ship's crew will endeavor to complete the itinerary provided, but the ultimate decision lies with the ship's captain and expedition leaders.

 
 
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