Cruise: The Peninsula
Classic Antarctica, pristine scenery, sites of scientific
and historic interest, experienced guides, optional kayaking,
13 Days | Departure: 11/24/17, 12/04/17, 12/14/17,
12/24/17 | From $7,995
| Ship types
Trip Highlights: Explore the majestic beauty
and amazing wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula. The pristine
scenery of Antarctica is unlike any in the world. The white
continent offers unparalleled landscapes and an abundance of
wildlife including penguins, seals and whales. This voyage also
features classic sites of historic and scientific interest.
Experience the journey of a lifetime to this fascinating region
of the world.
Rates: $7,995 - $20,695
All rates are
per person, based on double occupancy.
1.7 to 2 times the twin, double occupancy rate.
Kayaking option: $750 per person, all departures
Camping option: $250 per person, all departures
Photography program: Included in price
Price includes 1 night pre-voyage hotel in Ushuaia and a parka.
Ship - Sea Spirit (charter) -
A frosted wilderness of glistening white as far as the eye
can see. Natural ice sculptures like enormous works of avant-garde
art. This is the modern explorer's final frontier. Hear the
cries of penguins multiplied by the thousands, watch leopard
seals and sea lions perfectly at ease in the company of visitors,
feel the unspeakable magnificence of a whale breaching from
beneath cold ocean waters. Astounding animal encounters -opportunities
found nowhere else on earth.
Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2: Ushuaia / Embark
Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Make your way to
your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Arrive at the ship
in the afternoon and be greeted by the Expedition Team and ship's
officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the
Captain's welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the
mountainous scenery on an early evening sail down the Beagle
Channel past penguins, cormorants, and sea lion colonies.
Day 3 - 4: Drake Passage
Days 5 - 9: Antarctica
The Drake Passage
has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the
Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water
flowing northward and warmer equatorial water moving southward
mix. When they meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often
attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Spend some time
on deck watching the horizon and the variety of seabirds that
float in the air currents of the ship's wake such as the black-browed
albatross, sooty shearwaters and white-chinned petrels.
The White Continent stretches before
you, a land of extremes and extreme beauty. Your expedition
leader and captain will create a flexible itinerary based on
weather, ice, and opportunities for wildlife viewing. The route
will focus on the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula
with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies
and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific
The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbor,
sheltered Paradise Harbor, the humpback whale frequented Wilhelmina
Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola
Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. You may stop at an
active scientific base such as Poland's Arctowksi or Ukraine's
Vernadskiy, as well as an historic base such as U.K.'s Port
Lockroy or Wordie House.
Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo
Penguins abound, and Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals haul
out of the sea to rest along with predatory leopard seals and
the aggressive Antarctic fur seal. Minke, humpback and orca
whales are frequent visitors of this region and provide many
opportunities for whale sightings.
Days 10 - 11: Drake Passage
Day 12: Ushuaia, Argentina / Disembarkation
Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due
to the Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold
polar water flowing northward and warmer equatorial water moving
southward mix. When they meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface,
often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Spend some
time on deck watching the horizon and the variety of seabirds
that float in the air currents of the ship's wake such as the
Black-browed albatross, Sooty shearwaters and White-chinned
petrels. As you return to Ushuaia, take advantage of the opportunity
to listen to additional presentations offered by onboard specialists
and swap prized photos with new found friends.
morning, disembark in Ushuaia, the world's southernmost town,
to catch flights homeward or continue on with your adventure.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and
program varies according to ice and weather conditions -and
the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success
of this expedition.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
are required to have comprehensive travel insurance coverage
including medical, evacuation, cancellation and trip interruption.
Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. ExpeditionTrips
strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation
coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption,
baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you
Kayaking Option: $750 per
Space is limited. Sign up at the time of booking
to secure your spot. You must book your spot before you join
the vessel for your voyage. Weather permitting, sea kayakers
will have the opportunity to paddle through tranquil waters
filled with glittering icebergs and porpoising penguins while
surrounded by magnificent glaciers and mountains. Participants
must be at least 18 years old, in good health, have appropriate
physical fitness, and have previous kayaking experience.
Camping Option: $250 per person
is limited. Sign up at the time of booking to secure your spot.
You must book your spot before you join the vessel for your
voyage. Participants must be at least 18 years old. Previous
camping experience is not required, but good health and a spirit
of adventure are necessary for getting the most out of this
experience. Weather permitting, forgo the comforts of the ship
and braving the elements of a polar night for an unforgettable
Photography Program: Included in price
Learn and practice your photography alongside an experienced
professional. An expert Photographer will be on hand to answer
your questions and give advice, both in the form of on-board
lectures and workshops on shore. Explore the key elements of
photography in a fun and relaxed setting, with plenty of opportunities
for questions and feedback. Learn how to see light in a new
way and experiment with the techniques of composition and framing.
Group transfers from airport
to Ushuaia hotel on the day prior to departure; 1 pre-voyage
hotel night in Ushuaia (if a single traveler reserves a shared
cabin aboard the ship, they will automatically receive shared
hotel accommodations on the pre-cruise night at the hotel);
group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation; group transfer
to airport or central location upon disembarkation in Ushuaia;
shipboard accommodations; scheduled landings/excursions; meals
on board ship; coffee/tea station 24 hours on ship; welcome
and farewell cocktail on ship; a pair of rubber boots on loan
for shore landings; expedition jacket (yours to keep); port
fees; digital Voyage Log. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; visa and passport
fees (if applicable); luggage, medical and trip cancellation
insurance; excess baggage charges; soft drinks and alcoholic
beverages other than those mentioned as included; camping; kayaking;
personal expenses such as laundry, and onboard communications
(telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service); gratuities to
shipboard personnel; fuel surcharge may apply; emergency evacuation
insurance; pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.
Antarctica Ross Sea Region Cruise
Antarctic Peninsula - Sample
Cruises - 2017 / 2018
Cruise - Discovering the 7th Continent
||South Shetlands, Antarctic
Peninsula, Penguin Rookeries, Lemaire Channel Optional kayaking,
camping and snowshoeing
Antarctica Cruise - The Peninsula
pristine scenery, classic sites of scientific and historic interest,
experienced naturalist guides. Optional kayaking, camping,
cross-country skiing and mountaineering
||Fly over the Drake Passage
in both directions,
Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, Wildlife, Scenery, Ice
Optional kayaking and snowshoeing
||$10,995 - $15,995
South Georgia / Falkland Islands /
Antarctica - Sample Cruises - 2017 / 2018
South Georgia and the Falkland Islands
||Vast Colonies of King Penguins,
Breathtaking Scenery, Historic sites, optional kayaking
and South Georgia
destinations, anticipate penguins, whales, seabirds and
seals as well as scenic highlights
||$8,760 - $15,800
* Prices are based per person, the lowest
price is usually for triple occupancy in a basic cabin, the highest for double occupancy
in the best available suite.
Options may be at additional cost and are usually booked when the cruise is booked
- it may be too late once the cruise has started.