Classic Antarctica

 

Overview

Location: Antarctica
Destination: Antarctic Peninsula Cruises
Starting at: $6,295

 

Description

This cruise is perfect for travelers who plan to visit Antarctica for the first time. It offers everything you could want in an Antarctica cruise, all aboard the comfortable Sea Explorer.

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Ship

Sea Explorer Sea Explorer
Luxury Expeditions Ships
Capacity: 114

Cabin description & deck plan

 
 
 

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

Triple SuitesPorthole SuitesWindow SuitesSuperior SuitesDeluxe SuitesVeranda SuitesPenthouse Suites
Nov 27, 2014 - Dec 8, 2014$6,295
 
$7,395
 
$8,495
 
$8,995
 
$9,995
 
$10,895
 
$12,595
 
Dec 17, 2014 - Dec 28, 2014$8,895
 
$9,995
 
$11,295
 
$12,195
 
$13,595
 
$14,895
 
$16,795
 
Jan 14, 2015 - Jan 25, 2015$8,895
 
$9,995
 
$11,295
 
$12,195
 
$13,595
 
$14,895
 
$16,795
 
Jan 24, 2015 - Feb 4, 2015$8,895
 
$9,995
 
$11,295
 
$12,195
 
$13,595
 
$14,895
 
$16,795
 
Feb 3, 2015 - Feb 14, 2015$8,195
 
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$10,395
 
$11,295
 
$12,995
 
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$15,995
 
 

Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia

Enjoy the Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous as you explore the southernmost town in the world. Highlights of Ushuaia include an award-winning museum and trips to nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park and its popular "Train at the End of the World.:

Day 2: Embarkation

Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, you will be greeted by our Expedition Team and ship's officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the mountainous scenery on our early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.

Days 3-4: Drake Passage

Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as we sail south are the Albatrosses, Prions, and Petrels that frequently follow the ship. Our Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the Whales and Dolphins that may also be seen in the area. Our experts will begin the presentations with informative and entertaining lectures on the wildlife, history, and geology of The Falkland Islands and Southern Ocean. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable lecture hall. The length of our journey depends on sea conditions but we should approach the South Shetland Islands of the Antarctic Peninsula in the evening of Day 4.

Days 5-9: Antarctica

The land of superlatives, Antarctica! Our Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. The route will stress the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas as well as sites of historic and scientific interest. The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. We may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland's Arctowksi or Ukraine's Vernadskiy as well as an historic base such as U.K.'s Port Lockroy or Wordie House. Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins abound, and Weddell, Crabeater and Elephant Seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory Leopard Seals and the aggressive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback Whales are frequent visitors in the late season and Orca sightings are also common.

Days 10-11: Drake Passage

We will continue our lecture series and wildlife spotting as we sail back to Ushuaia and reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future. We arrive at Ushuaia in the early hours of Day 12.

Day 12: Ushuaia disembarkation

Morning disembarkation lets you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.

Included

  • One pre-voyage hotel night in designated embarkation city
  • Shipboard accommodations
  • All scheduled shore landings
  • All meals onboard
  • Coffee, tea, cocoa and espresso available 24 hours daily
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktail parties
  • House wine with dinner
  • A pair of boots for use during the voyage
  • Daily international news service
  • All port fees
  • In Ushuaia, transport from central location to ship for embarkation
  • One group transfer from ship to airport or central location upon disembarkation in Ushuaia
  • Digital Voyage Log

Adventure Options

  • Kayaking: $650
  • Camping: $95

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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