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Antarctic Express: Cruise South, Fly North

 

Overview

Location: Antarctica
Destination: Antarctic Peninsula Cruises
Starting at: $11,395
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Description

Here's a highly efficient way to travel to Antarctica. We cruise south to the Antarctic Peninsula and then, after spending several days exploring, we board a plane on King George Island and fly back over the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas.

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Ship

Sea Adventurer Sea Adventurer
Polar Cruise Ships
Capacity: 122

Cabin description & deck plan

 
 
 

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

TRIPLELOWER DECK TWINMAIN DECK TWIN PORTHOLEMAIN DECK TWIN WINDOWSUPERIORDELUXESUITE
Feb 5, 2016 - Feb 14, 2016$11,395
 
$13,395
 
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$15,395
 
$15,995
 
$17,395
 
$18,395
 
Dec 6, 2016 - Dec 15, 2016$11,595
 
$13,795
$11,726
$14,795
$12,576
$15,795
$13,426
$16,495
$12,371
$17,995
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$14,246
Jan 13, 2017 - Jan 22, 2017$11,595
 
$13,795
$11,726
$14,795
$12,576
$15,795
$13,426
$16,495
$12,371
$17,995
$13,496
$18,995
$14,246
 

Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina

This quaint city at the southernmost tip of South America is your gateway to Antarctica. The city itself provides a wide range of jewelry shops, cafés, gear shops and restaurants to explore before your voyage. Outside the city, snowcapped mountains and hiking in Tierra del Fuego National Park offer ample adventure activities to explore nature.

Day 2: Embarkation Day

You will embark in the afternoon, with a journey through the picturesque Beagle Channel. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled and be out on deck, as the channel is home to a wide variety of wildlife including seabirds and seals. Rainbows are common here too, creating a great photography opportunity to kick off the start of your Antarctic adventure.

Days 3–4: Crossing the Drake Passage

Legendary for its high winds and rolling seas, you may get lucky and have surprisingly calm seas through the Drake Passage. Spend your time in the lounge or chatting with your fellow travelers. As you develop your sea legs during the crossing, our Expedition Team will begin their series of presentations to help prepare you for your upcoming Zodiac and land excursions. You officially enter Antarctica when your ship crosses the Antarctic Convergence, a biological boundary that fluctuates around 60° south.

Days 5–8: Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

Icebergs are the first attractions that welcome you to Antarctica. Massive floating bergs become more common as you get closer to land and catch your first glimpse of the Peninsula, with its grand snow-covered mountains. In addition to spotting icebergs, you’ll likely spot Adélie penguins chilling out on ice floes, and minke or humpback whales feeding and swimming in the frigid waters.

As soon as possible, the Zodiacs will be readied for your first landing in the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. Experiencing this immense wilderness up close for the first time can be a humbling experience. The silence is great, the vastness even greater. Thankfully the noisy locals— penguins and seals— are there to remind you that this wonderful landscape isn’t just a dream. 

Your Expedition Team will monitor ice and weather conditions to determine which landing sites can be visited. With many sites to choose from, each expedition presents new opportunities for exploring the White Continent by Zodiac and land. Swimming in Antarctica - by taking a Polar Plunge in the water at Neko Harbour - is perhaps the most adventurous option to tempt you!

A typical day in this wildlife wonderland will be spent listening to calving glaciers at Petermann Island, watching penguins waddle around a beach, or taking a hike atop a hill for a panoramic view of Port Lockroy. Whatever you prefer, the photographic opportunities are endless.

Day 9: Disembarkation & Fly to Punta Arenas

As the ship turns north, you’ll say goodbye to the penguins. With only the Drake Passage ahead, you’ll disembark and enjoy a bit of time on King George Island before flying to Punta Arenas, Chile. Once you’re in Punta Arenas, we’ll transfer you from the airport to your hotel, where you’re free to explore and enjoy a final dinner on your own, before your homeward journey.

Day 10: Depart for Home

After breakfast, you are free to continue on your own travels or make your way to the Punta Arenas airport for your homeward flights.

Included

  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on board
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled
  • Photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • An official expedition parka to keep
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard ship
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person
  • Group transfer in Ushuaia from airport to preexpedition hotel on Day 1
  • One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia with breakfast
  • Group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day
  • Flight from Antarctica to Punta Arenas on disembarkation day
  • Group transfer from airport to hotel in Punta Arenas post-expedition
  • One night post-expedition hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas with breakfast

Adventure Options

  • Kayaking: $950
  • Snowshoeing: Free (not available on all departures)

Highlights

  • Significantly reduce your Drake Passage crossing time by flying in one direction—a 3-hour flight versus a 2-day crossing by ship!
  • 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)

 

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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