Spirit of Antarctica

 

Overview

Location: Antarctica
Destination: Antarctic Peninsula Cruises
Starting at: $8,310

 

Description

Embark on a trip-of-a-lifetime cruise to Antarctica where amazing wildlife and landscapes await you. This 11-night cruise aboard the Polar Pioneer offers excellent opportunities to see penguins, whales, seals, glaciers, icebergs and more!

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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 6, 2014 - Dec 17, 2014$8,700
 
$10,290
 
$11,550
 
$12,900
 
$14,290
 
Jan 20, 2015 - Jan 31, 2015$8,700
 
$10,290
 
$11,550
 
$12,900
 
$14,290
 
Dec 8, 2015 - Dec 19, 2015$8,310
 
$9,825
 
$11,025
 
$12,325
 
$13,650
 
 

Itinerary

Day 1

Enjoy Ushuaia before boarding Polar Pioneer at 4 p.m. with time to settle in before our evening departure. Excitement lifts as we set sail down the Beagle Channel, keeping watch for magellenic penguins, dolphins and albatross.

Days 2–3

Our Drake Passage crossing offers cape petrels darting about the ship, black-browed and wandering albatross soaring, and Wilson’s storm petrels flitting above the sea. Learn about Antarctica from our expert naturalist’s informative talks, and about safety and environmental guidelines from our expedition team as we prepare for adventures ahead.

Days 4–9

An overnight passage along Gerlache Strait delivers us to the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. Aboard Zodiacs, we explore penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific stations and cruise near exquisite icebergs. Our kayakers glide into secluded bays, while climbers ascend pristine peaks.

Stepping ashore on the continent itself creates an everlasting memory. Bubble-netting humpbacks demand a wake-up call, even at midnight! A curious leopard seal cruising amongst spectacular icebergs may mean postponing lunch.

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 10–11

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. With luck, we may make a ceremonial rounding of Cape Horn before sharing a farewell dinner.

Day 12

A dawn cruise along the Beagle Channel ends in Puerto Williams. Disembark after breakfast for a tour of the town and stunning surrounds, before your flight to Punta Arenas.

Included

  • Accommodation during the voyage
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Overnight camping (optional)
  • 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
  • Luggage transfer from Ushuaia hotel to ship on day of departure
  • Transfer from ship to Puerto Williams airport, including tour of Puerto Williams
  • Flight from Puerto Williams to Punta Arenas

Adventure Options

  • Kayaking: $995 (2014) - $1050 (2015)
  • Camping: Free
  • Climbing: $250 (12/6/14 departure only)

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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