Antarctica: Off the Beaten Path

 

Overview

Location: Antarctica
Destination: Antarctic Peninsula Cruises
Starting at: $7,095
Special Offer Available!

 

Description

If you're looking for an active Antarctica adventure, look no further! On this cruise you can participate in of a variety of activities including kayaking, ski touring, snowshoeing and camping—all while taking in the unparalleled scenery and wildlife viewing opportunities Antarctica has to offer!

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Save $750 on the Nov 8–20, 2014 departure
when you register by April 30, 2014

• Available on new bookings only
• Cannot be combined with other offers
• Discounts available on all cabin categories
• TravelWild reserves the right to modify or discontinue this offer at any time and without prior notification

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Ship

Akademik Ioffe Akademik Ioffe
Expedition Ships
Capacity: 96

Cabin description & deck plan

 
 
 

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

TRIPLE SharedTWIN Semi-privateTWIN PrivateSUPERIOR PrivateSHACKLETON SUITE PrivateONE OCEAN SUITE Private
Nov 8, 2014 - Nov 20, 2014$7,095
$6,345
$9,595
$8,845
$10,295
$9,545
$10,995
$10,245
$11,495
$10,745
$12,995
$12,245
 

Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia

Today is the first day of our adventure. As we board the vessel, in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city at the tip of Argentina, and start to become familiar with ‘our home’ for the next 13 days we cannot help but wonder about the exciting journey ahead of us. In the early evening, we set sail and begin our voyage leaving behind Ushuaia and charting a course through the Beagle Channel.

Days 2-3: Drake Passage

Crossing the Drake Passage, there is so much excitement in the air as we make our way ever closer to the white continent. Guests eagerly soak up the friendly atmosphere onboard, as our numerous Polar experts and educational professionals prepare us for our adventures with presentations and courses on everything Antarctic, from wildlife and history, to first aid and snow safety. Eventually, we will cross the Antarctic Convergence where we notice a distinct drop in temperature as we enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. Along the way, we will witness many spectacular sights from icebergs to an array of seabirds and even several whale species some of which are known on occasion to breach from the sea.

Days 4-10 : Antarctic Peninsula

In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiacs to incorporate our expedition goals and marvel up close at nature’s glory. Planned excursions may include Neko Harbour, Wilhelmina Bay and the southerly Petermann Island, where we will observe Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals, skuas and other seabirds as well as a shocking abundance of penguins including some very large colonies of the comical Adélie penguin.

Amongst these varied landing sites and extraordinary bays for cruising, we find ourselves delving into our expedition field photography program as well as our hiking, snow shoeing, sea kayaking, and ski touring. Using the weather as our guide, we endeavour to extend ourselves beyond the standard limits of expedition cruising itineraries. With a flexible hospitality team we are able to spend more time onshore in our chosen environment to meet all of our expeditionary goals.

Once alongside the peninsula we plan to launch our overnight kayaking experience for two nights away from the ship. After packing the kayaks with the necessary gear for our adventure we leave the ship and paddle into our chosen destination. Once we land we expect to spend about 2/3 hours stretching our legs and exploring. Some of you may ascend to a walk-able summit to take in the views, and massive icebergs in every direction. We also look for a possible campsite and assemble our tents for the wonderful experience of overnight kayak camping in Antarctica.

Specifics for our ski touring program will depend on weather and avalanche safety. With our focus on the experience rather than the number of penguins we see, we have the flexibility to take our time to launch our outdoor pursuits in the right area for the required length of duration. We envisage the ability to offer a couple of ski touring options throughout the time in Antarctica.

Days 11-12: Drake Passage

As we leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage before rounding Cape Horn, we have no doubt that time will be spent sharing and reflecting on the wonderful experiences of the last few days. This sailing time is optimal for reviewing your newfound field photography skills and learning more from our onboard presentation staff and educational experts. Sailing up the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our Polar expedition with a special dinner onboard.

Day 13: Ushuaia

In the early morning, we will arrive back in Ushuaia. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travelers. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home.

Included

  • Voyage as outlined in the itinerary
  • All meals during the voyage
  • All Zodiac excursions
  • Extensive program of educational presentations from experienced team of naturalists
  • On board welcome reception and dinner and farewell dinner
  • Afternoon tea with fresh snacks each afternoon
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate throughout the day
  • Onboard medical officer
  • Access to our special programs on board (such as hiking, photography)
  • Overnight camping—please note that this activity is free of charge, we provide all the necessary equipment and gear and you can decide once on board if you wish to participate—no pre booking required. Camping is only available on some departures
  • Rubber boots are available in many sizes as are rain jackets and bib pants
  • Use of multimedia station. We have a multimedia room where you can download your photos at the end of the day if you wish
  • Foul weather gear set—rain jacket, bib pants and Lacrosse gumboots (wellington boots) Or SeaLine water proof backpack, Bushnell waterproof binoculars and Lacrosse gumboots (wellington boots) (Carrying Wellington boots in your luggage can add to weight limit imposed by the airlines
  • Transfers from the meeting point in Ushuaia to the pier to board the ship on Day 1 and transfers from the pier to the meeting point or airport on the last day of the cruise

Adventure Options

  • Sea Kayaking: $795
  • Ski Touring: $750
  • Expedition Snowshoeing: $45
  • Field Photography: $45
  • Overnight Camping: Free
  • Hiking: Free
  • Traditional Snowshoeing: Free

  • PLEASE NOTE: Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to departure.  Space is limited and some activities require prior experience.

Highlights

  • Explore the spectacular Antarctic wilderness in a casual atmosphere of like-minded travelers
  • Experience abundant wildlife including immense penguin colonies and other seabirds, seals and even some of the great whales at close range
  • Cruise in comfort along towering icebergs, serrated maritime mountains and luminous glaciers
  • Zodiac landing craft allow visitation on remote shorelines and otherwise inaccessible areas
  • Ship allows an "open bridge policy" to observe its sophisticated navigation equipment and provides an excellent location to view wildlife the landscape (subject to weather and critical navigation maneuvers)
  • Expert naturalist guides

 

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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