Antarctic Peninsula

South Shetlands, Antarctic Peninsula, Penguin Rookeries - optional kayaking and camping
11 Days | Departures: 11/21/20, 12/11/20, 0101/21, 03/13/21, 11/22/21, 12/12/21, 01/02/22, 30/01/22, 03/04/22, 03/13/22  |  From: $6,999

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


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Trip Highlights: Small and comfortable research ship, highly experienced guides, expect an active trip with kayaking and camping options.

Rates: $6,999 - $14,599
Quad from: $6,999, Triple from $7,399, Twin from $8,999
Single Rate: 1.7-1.75 times the regular double occupancy rate for twin cabins. Shared cabins may be available in select cabin categories on certain departures. Please inquire.
Kayaking supplement: $999-$1,499 per person depending on departure

Ship - Expedition  - Expedition Ship
Passengers
: 134




Summary

The Antarctic Peninsula is anything but a world of white desolation. This frozen frontier is home to colossal icebergs, enormous rookeries of penguins, and stunning landscapes that create the world's most remote wilderness. Join a true adventure to a world of immense scale and visual splendor.  Passing huge icebergs in the flat calm of a polar morning will reshape the way you look at the world. Encounter huge whales, enormous rookeries of penguins, and stunning landscapes few have ever witnessed. Throughout the journey, your team of knowledgeable guides and lecturers will provide context and bring the region's remarkable natural history to life. Optional kayaking allows you to experience the region from another vantage point. Or follow in the footsteps of bold explorers and experience the majesty of Antarctica first-hand with an optional camping excursion.


Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia
Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina at any time. Arrival transfer included. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the world's most southerly city.

Days 2: Ushuaia / Embark / Drake Passage
Enjoy a free morning in Ushuaia. Complete last-minute shopping, explore the town, or visit the surrounding countryside. Embarkation on the Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia. Enjoy the evening sailing through the Beagle Channel.

Days 3-4: Drake Passage / South Shetland Islands
The adventure begins with a 621-mile crossing of the passage named in honor of the 16th-century English sea captain and privateer, Sir Francis Drake. Take in daily lectures from the expedition team and keep an eye out for the first sightings of icebergs, whales, and albatross following in the Expedition's wake.

As the Expedition crosses the passage there will be time to become acquainted with the ship and frequent the common areas including the lounge, dining hall, library, and lecture hall where you'll meet your guides, ship’s crew, and expedition staff.

Begin lectures and information sessions to learn the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region.

Days 5-8: South Shetland Islands / Antarctica Peninsula
This is what you've all been waiting for: a chance to set foot on the Great White Continent! Over the next four days the Expedition will navigate southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait and on to the Antarctic Peninsula.

Experience some of the most unique wildlife viewing and inspiring scenery in the world. Encounter gentoo, chinstrap and Adelie penguin rookeries; Weddell, crabeater, and leopard seals; and orca, humpback, and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters. During the voyage, learn about the peninsula's remarkable history.

The goal is to attempt two excursions per day while navigating through the area, but the itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions.

During the voyage, learn about the peninsula's remarkable history.

Days 9-10: Drake Passage / Ushuaia
Begin the journey north to the home port of Ushuaia. Review the highlights of the Antarctic experience with the lecturers and staff. Keep sharp eyes on the observation deck for some last-minute whale sightings.

Day 11: Ushuaia / Disembarkation
Disembark the Expedition after breakfast.

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.


Notes:

The above itinerary is a guide only, as the exact program depends on weather and ice conditions and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition, we are not responsible for itinerary changes.

 

Mandatory Insurance:
As a requirement of participation with this shipping company, all passengers must purchase travel insurance with a minimum medical, evacuation, and repatriation coverage of $200,000 and this insurance must cover personal injury and emergency medical expenses. Passengers must be able to provide proof of insurance purchase and adequate coverage as per the required amounts above. Passengers are responsible for advising their insurer of the type of travel, destination(s), and activities included in their booking so that the insurer may provide appropriate coverage. It is the passenger's responsibility to ensure that they have sufficient coverage and comply with the terms of the applicable insurance plans. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. We strongly recommends that all passengers also purchase comprehensive travel protection that includes cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property.  We can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.

Camping: (All departures except 3/13/2021, 3/4/2022, 3/13/2022)
Overnight camping is an opportunity for passengers to participate in a unique adventure while on their Antarctic trip. No prior experience needed. Spend one night sleeping onshore with a group of up to 60 fellow campers to experience the sights, sounds, and isolation of the coldest, driest, windiest continent on the planet. A mandatory waiver must be signed by participants, indicating that they are aware of and accept the increased risks that are associated with being off the ship overnight. Advance booking required. Please contact us for details.

Kayaking: (All departures)
Limited availability; advance booking required. Restricted to 20 kayakers and two guides per outing. Venture out to sheltered bays and areas known for calmer waters on small group kayaking excursions led by expert kayaking guides. Passengers who participate in the sea kayak program should have a working knowledge of sea kayaking strokes, entries, and exits (including a “wet exit”). Outings last approximately 2-4 hours and are guided and supervised by professional kayak guides who have experience in cold-water regions paddling near ice and marine mammals. Please contact us for details.

Included:
One pre-expedition hotel night in Ushuaia, on a twin share basis; arrival and departure transfers; shipboard accommodations; shore excursions and Zodiac cruises; services of the Expedition staff and naturalists; lecture and educational programs; gear to keep (expedition parka); gear on loan (waterproof boots supplied for US sizes 4-16); all meals onboard the ship; coffee, tea, and water. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; mandatory travel insurance; passport and visa fees; discretionary gratuities; items of a personal nature including laundry, Wi-Fi, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages except coffee, tea and water; optional excursions such as Tierra del Fuego National Park; camping; kayaking; fuel surcharge may apply.

Antarctic Peninsula - Sample Cruises - 2019 / 2020

Trip Highlights Prices USD* Days
Antarctica Cruise - Discovering the 7th Continent South Shetlands, Antarctic Peninsula, Penguin Rookeries, Lemaire Channel Optional kayaking, camping and snowshoeing $7,895 -
$17,495
11
Antarctica Cruise - The Peninsula Classic Antarctica, pristine scenery, classic sites of scientific and historic interest, experienced naturalist guides. Optional kayaking, camping, cross-country skiing and mountaineering $7,895 -
$21,495
12
Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise Fly over the Drake Passage in both directions, Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, Wildlife, Scenery, Ice Optional kayaking and snowshoeing $11,395 - $21,495 8
Antarctica Ross Sea Region Cruise

South Georgia / Falkland Islands / Antarctica - Sample Cruises - 2019 / 2020

Trip Highlights Prices USD* Days
Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands Vast Colonies of King Penguins, Breathtaking Scenery, Historic sites, optional kayaking $25,950 -
$45,930
24
Antarctica and South Georgia and the Falklands Two great destinations, anticipate penguins, whales, seabirds and seals as well as scenic highlights $14,500 - $24,870 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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