New Year in Antarctica: Fly/Sail

 

Overview

Location: Antarctica
Destination: Antarctic Peninsula Cruises
Starting at: $7,800

 

Description

Celebrate the New Year with penguins, seals, whales and seabirds while exploring the rugged islands and coastline of the Antarctic Peninsula. Glaciers calve with loud roars, and penguin parents trundle along penguin highways delivering food to their young. The expanse and enormity of Antarctica are truly awe-inspiring, and the clear air assists with getting the sharpest photos. What a grand way to start a new year!

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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
Dec 27, 2015 - Jan 6, 2016$7,800
 
$9,600
 
$11,220
 
$12,430
 
$13,860
 
 

Itinerary

Day 1
Make your way to our joining hotel in Punta Arenas, Chile. This evening’s briefing will prepare us for our charter flight and our first leg of our expedition to Antarctica!

Day 2
We first fly from Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island, Antarctica to be warmly welcomed aboard Polar Pioneer. We settle in for safety and environmental briefings to prepare us for landings as we set off across Bransfield Strait.

Days 3-8
We wake in the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. Aboard robust Zodiacs, we explore penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific stations. Zodiac cruising brings us close to intricately shaped icebergs and seals basking on ice floes whilst our kayakers glide into secluded bays.


Stepping ashore on the continent itself creates an everlasting memory, especially if it involves a bum-slide down snow slopes. We immerse ourselves in nature, spontaneity and having fun, making sure to pause and celebrate as we bring in the New Year.  We make the most of every day and a fair bit of each night as well. If the weather allows, we’ll have a sleep-out on the ice – a must for any Antarctic explorer!

Days 9-10
As the Captain steers the ship north across Drake Passage, our minds and souls revel in rich Antarctic experiences. There’s time to watch for seabirds, enjoy entertaining talks, discuss what we’ve seen and learned, exchange photos and stories.

Day 11
We enjoy a gentle cruise along the Beagle Channel in the early morning. We disembark after breakfast for onward travel or to savour more time in Ushuaia.
 

Included

  • One night accommodation in Punta Arenas pre voyage (27 December 2015)
  • Transfer from hotel to Punta Arenas airport
  • Flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island
  • Luggage transfer from King George Island airstrip to Polar Pioneer
  • Accommodation during the voyage
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on board doctor and basic medical services
  • Loan of gumboots during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All entry fees to historic landings sites

Adventure Options

  • Kayaking:  $995 per person (book at registration)
  • Camping:  included, when conditions permit

Highlights

  • Fly directly to the white continent; enjoy the return cruising across the infamous Drake Passage
  • Enjoy zodiac rides amongst whales and ice bergs, with petrels flying by
  • Try camping with almost complete daylight (weather permitting)
  • Visit penguins by the droves
  • Visit historic sites and working science stations
  • Ring in the New Year with the grandest of adventures to Antarctica
     

 

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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