Weddell Sea Explorer

 

Overview

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

 

Description

Visit Antarctica's "wild side" as we cruise the Weddell Sea where massive tabular icebergs await us and also land on the peninsula where we are treated to extraordinary wildlife and scenery.

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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 27, 2015 - Mar 9, 2015$7,100
 
$8,750
 
$10,200
 
$11,300
 
$12,600
 
Feb 9, 2016 - Feb 20, 2016$8,310
 
$9,825
 
$11,025
 
$12,325
 
$13,650
 
 

Itinerary

*Please note: 2016 Itinerary is one day longer: 12 days.

Day 1

Today you make your own way to our joining hotel where you will meet your fellow expeditioners and enjoy your first group dinner.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

Access to the Weddell Sea is totally ice-dependent. Calved from massive ice shelves, the tabular icebergs of Antarctic Sound create a memorable sight. Our ice-strengthened Polar Pioneer, helmed by a highly-experienced Russian Captain give us the best chance to thread our way through waters alive with penguins against a backdrop of breathtaking volcanic scenery.

Day 4–6

Weather systems and shifting pack ice dictate our schedule. We may visit the vast Adélie and gentoo penguin colonies of Brown Bluff or Paulet Island, fossil-rich Seymour Island and historic Snow Hill Island. We may hike to spectacular vantage points on Beak and Devil islands. We may even reach the islands of Prince Gustav Channel. Wherever we go, wildlife, Heroic Age relics and haunting landscapes await.

Days 7–8

We head for the Peninsula's beautiful western flanks to make full use of the late summer daylight hours and relatively ice-free waters. We make wildlife offshore islands, a continental landing, visit historic huts and Zodiac cruise amidst bergs. Whales are abundant as they prepare to migrate north. We'll also listen carefully for the otherworldly courtship song of the leopard seal.

Days 9–10

Petrels, prions and albatross accompany us across Drake Passage. Final talks help polish our Antarctic education before making a ceremonial rounding of Cape Horn, time and weather permitting. We gather for a celebratory dinner as we enter the Beagle Channel.

Day 11

A pre-dawn sail along the Beagle Channel and an early breakfast prepare us to dock in Puerto Williams at dawn. Enjoy a tour of the rustic port and surrounds before boarding your flight to Punta Arenas, Chile.

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
  • One night accommodation at Cabbo de Hornos hotel in Punta Arenas
  • Transfer from hotel to Punta Arenas airport
  • Flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island
  • Luggage transfer from airstrip to ship on King George Island
  • Transfer from ship to Puerto Williams airport and town tour
  • Flight from Puerto Williams to Punta Arenas

Adventure Options

  • Scuba diving: $975 per person
  • Kayaking: $925 per person  - 2015 ($1050 in 2016)
  • Polar Snorkelling:  $975 per person
  • Camping: Free (2015)

Highlights

  • Save time flying across the Drake Passage to embark our ship on King George Island
  • See massive tabular icebergs in the Weddell Sea
  • Visit historic Snow Hill Island
  • Watch for whales preparing to migrate
  • Land on the Antarctica peninsula and enjoy its legendary wildlife and scenery

 

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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