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Christmas in Antarctica: Sail/Fly

Antarctic Peninsula Cruises

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Enjoy the ultimate White Christmas on the 7th continent! Cross the infamous Drake Passage and cruise to the South Shetlands. Cross to the stunning Antarctic Peninsula where coves, icebergs and ice floes compete for your attention with numerous seals, birds and whales. The stunning scenery includes historic sites to visit, and multitudes of animated penguins to watch.

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Day 1
Enjoy a hearty, late afternoon welcome in Ushuaia from our friendly staff and Russian crew. You have time to settle into your cabin and explore the ship before our evening departure. Excitement lifts as we set sail down the Beagle Channel, keeping watch for Magellanic penguins, dolphins and albatross.

Days 2-3
Our Drake Passage crossing offers excellent bird watching from the outer decks or the warmth of the bridge. Learn about Antarctica from our naturalist’s informative talks, and about safety and environmental guidelines from expedition staff. We have time to meet fellow travelers, chat, read and prepare for the days ahead. Keen eyes watch for icebergs, while king cormorants fly by, and the appearance of penguins and fur seals around us heralds our approach to the South Shetlands.

Days 4-9
An overnight passage along Gerlache Strait delivers us to the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. Aboard robust Zodiacs, we explore penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific stations. We celebrate our Christmas enthusiastically; the atmosphere among fellow expeditioners is like that of an extended family.

Zodiac cruising brings us close to intricately shaped icebergs and seals basking on ice floes whilst our kayakers glide into secluded bays. We focus on immersing ourselves in nature, even camping out one night if conditions allow. Thanks to the small number of expeditioners on our voyage, spontaneity and flexibility enhance our enjoyment. After all, bubble netting humpbacks demand a wakeup call, even at midnight!

Day 10
We arrive at mountainous King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands. Time and weather permitting, we explore Fildes Bay and visit the Russian Orthodox Trinity Church at Bellingshausen Station, before catching our charter flight back to Punta Arenas in Chile and being transferred to our overnight accommodation.

Day 11
After breakfast, we bid farewell to fellow expeditioners before continuing on with your own arrangements.

Polar Pioneer

Polar Pioneer

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  • Sail the Drake AND fly across it to the tip of South America
  • Visit a working science station and historic sites
  • Camp under the midnight sun (if the weather permits)
  • While at sea watch for dolphins, whales, seals and plentiful seabirds such as albatross
  • Celebrate a White Christmas in Antarctica!


  • Luggage transfer from Ushuaia hotel to Polar Pioneer on day of voyage departure
  • Luggage transfer from Polar Pioneer to King George Island airstrip
  • Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas
  • Transfer from Punta Arenas airport to hotel
  • One night accommodation in Punta Arenas post voyage (28 Dec 2015)
  • 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

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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