Antarctica Cruise
Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing

Antarctic Circle, pristine scenery, sites of scientific and historic interest, experienced guides, optional kayaking, and camping
15 Days  |  Departures: 01/25/21 |  From $11,995

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Regions:  Antarctic Peninsula | South Georgia | South Shetland Islands | Falkland Islands


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Trip Highlights: Endeavour to cross the Antarctic Circle on a far-reaching journey along the Antarctic Peninsula. Daylight grows longer and the air gets colder as you head south across the Drake Passage accompanied by soaring albatross. Your first exploration of the White Continent is in the South Shetland Islands, historically important and rich with iconic Antarctic wildlife. Continue to Gerlache Strait where immense glaciers, towering mountains, and blue icebergs form a picture-perfect setting for amazing marine mammal and penguin encounters. Then head even further south into rarely visited territory, crossing the Antarctic Circle and exploring wherever the wind and ice will allow. This special, once-a-year voyage includes extra days in order to push deeply into rarely visited regions south of the Antarctic Circle. In so doing, you'll follow in the historic footsteps of legendary polar explorers and early scientific expeditions.

Rates: $11,995 - $26,195
All rates are per person, based on double occupancy.
Single Rate:
1.7 to 2 times the twin, double occupancy rate.
Kayaking option:
$795 per person
Camping option:
$285 per person
Rate Includes: One pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia; group transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day prior to departure; group transfer to the ship on embarkation day; group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation; shipboard accommodations; welcome and farewell cocktails on board ship; digital voyage log; photography program; gear to keep (wind- and water-resistant parka); gear on loan (rubber boots); all meals onboard the ship. Inclusions subject to change without notice.

Ship - Sea Spirit - Expedition Ship
Passengers
: 114




Introduction

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.

Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
Welcome to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city and starting point of your expedition. Upon arrival at the airport take an included transfer to your hotel. For the rest of the day you are free to explore the city.

Day 2: Ushuaia / Embark
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
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.

Days 5 - 12: Antarctica Peninsula / South Shetland Islands
This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Your route and exploration opportunities in Antarctica are heavily dependent on weather and ice conditions. Your experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. Take advantage of long daylight hours to exploit every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing, amazing scenery, and excursions via Zodiac.

The Antarctic Peninsula region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and some of Antarctica’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Protected bays and narrow channels are surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to a variety of whale and seal species. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large nesting colonies at special places on land. The area is also home to Antarctic research stations of various nationalities. Some stations have a gift shop and post office.

The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will likely by your first sighting of land. This wild and beautiful island chain contains numerous landing sites with abundant wildlife and historical significance. Among them is Deception Island, where the flooded caldera of an active volcano harbors an abandoned whaling station.

Farther south, on the Antarctic Peninsula, the vast Gerlache Strait area contains sheltered bays, accessible wildlife, and stunning scenery. Places with names like Paradise Bay are the epitome of everything Antarctic: glaciated mountains, towering icebergs, feeding whales, seals on ice floes, and bustling penguin colonies.

At the southern end of Gerlache Strait is the famous Lemaire Channel, where the mountainous sides of the narrow channel are reflected in calm waters strewn with icebergs.

On this special voyage you will have additional days set aside to push even farther south in an attempt to cross the Antarctic Circle. The landscape down here is especially desolate, the weather is particularly wild, and the waters are full of constantly shifting ice. This is real expedition cruising!

Your days in Antarctica are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations, and enough incredible scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and delight your senses.

Days 13 - 14: Drake Passage
After your amazing time in Antarctica head north through the bountiful waters of the Drake Passage. Presentations and workshops as well as a range of onboard recreation facilities ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. This is also the time for End of Voyage ceremonies, including a slideshow and farewell dinner.

Day 15: Ushuaia, Argentina / Disembarkation
After breakfast say farewell in the city of Ushuaia, where you first started. A group transfer will be provided to the airport or to the town center. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next incredible adventure to the ice!

Notes:

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:
All guests are required to carry an insurance policy that includes trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical coverage, and a minimum of $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. We strongly recommend at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. We can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions.

Kayaking Option: $795 per person
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 experience the thrill and tranquility of sea kayaking in the polar regions as part of a guided paddling group. Participants must be at least 16 years old at the time of their voyage, in good health, have appropriate physical fitness, and have previous kayaking experience. Children who are 16 to 18 years of age at the time of their voyage are allowed to participate if they are accompanied and supervised at all times by a parent or guardian.

Camping Option: $285 per person
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. Participants must be at least 12 years old. Children between the ages of 12 and 18 years of age at the time of their voyage must be accompanied and supervised at all times by a parent or guardian. 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 brave the elements of a polar night for an unforgettable experience!

Photography Program:
Learn and practice photography skills 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.

Included:
One 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 from airport to Ushuaia hotel on the day prior to departure; group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation; group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation; shipboard accommodations; scheduled landings/excursions; photography program; digital voyage log; gear to keep (complimentary expedition parka); gear on loan (rubber boots); meals on board ship; 24-hour coffee/tea station on board ship; welcome and farewell cocktail on board ship; port fees. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; visa and passport fees (if applicable); emergency evacuation insurance to a minimum benefit of $200,000 and luggage and trip cancellation insurance (required); excess baggage charges; soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those mentioned as included; kayaking; camping; personal expenses such as laundry and onboard communications (telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service); gratuities to shipboard personnel; pre- or post-cruise travel expenses; fuel surcharge may apply.

Antarctic Peninsula - Sample Cruises - 2020 / 2021

Trip Highlights Prices USD* Days
Antarctica Cruise - Discovering the 7th Continent South Shetlands, Antarctic Peninsula, Penguin Rookeries, Lemaire Channel Optional kayaking, camping and snowshoeing $8,495 -
$20,495
11
Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing Classic Antarctica, pristine scenery, classic sites of scientific and historic interest, experienced naturalist guides. Optional kayaking, camping, cross-country skiing and mountaineering $11,995 -
$26,195
15
Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise Fly over the Drake Passage in both directions, Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, Wildlife, Scenery, Ice Optional kayaking and snowshoeing $11,495 - $21,495 8
Antarctica Ross Sea Region Cruise

South Georgia / Falkland Islands / Antarctica - Sample Cruises - 2020 / 2021

Trip Highlights Prices USD* Days
Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands Vast Colonies of King Penguins, Breathtaking Scenery, Historic sites, optional kayaking $25,940 -
$45,990
24
Antarctica and South Georgia and the Falklands Two great destinations, anticipate penguins, whales, seabirds and seals as well as scenic highlights $14,070 - $26,480 20
Notes

* 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.

 

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