Antarctic Explorer Cruise

Destination : Antartica
Program Type : Crossings on Sale
Duration : 12 Days / 11 Nights
Price : $7.495 / €5.969
Cost of the program (based on triple occupancy) Taxes included
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Ushuaia – Beagle Channel – Drake Passage – South Shetland Islands – Antarctic Peninsula – Camping On Ice, Hike Up Icebergs, Kayaking In Cold And Cristalline Waters. Of Antarctica

This trip to the southernmost part of the world leads you to explore the classic sights of Antarctica in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Ideal for those looking for fascinating places, with the possibility of visiting historical sites, camping on ancient ice, mountain climbing, skiing and hiking on frozen plains and navigating in kayaks through the purest and most crystalline waters of the world, without sacrificing your comfort.

Day 1: Ushuaia

Our adventure begins with one night accommodation in Ushuaia, picturesque and very attractive destination of great diversity, with an excellent infrastructure, good restaurants and museums. Here we will prepare the ship to sail on your adventure to Antarctica. Accommodation included.

Day 2: Beagle Channel

Embarkation will be late afternoon. In the evening, the ship will sail through the Beagle Channel, with its waters rich in birds and mammals, fish and various invertebrates. Among the birds flying overhead, cormorants, skuas, and the imposing petrels. From the deck, passengers can enjoy watching the sea birds, and hopefully you will see penguins and a rainbow at sunset.

Day 3 – 4: Drake Passage

On the way to Antarctica, you can attend an educational program given by the team leader. Drake passage is the shortest route between Antarctica and any other point on land in the world. The passage has a reputation as a rough sea. These conditions allow free movement of the Antarctic circumpolar current. This stretch of sea carries an enormous volume of water (about 600 times the flow of the Amazon River). Drake Passage is legendary for its strong winds and choppy seas, although we might sail on a calm sea this all depends on the weather conditions. Drake Passage is considered to be the boundary between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans, giving you a privileged platform for watching whales, dolphins and seabirds such as giant petrels, albatross and penguins.

Day 5 – 9: South Shetland Islands – Antarctic Peninsula

There are several factors that play an important role in the activities we can perform at this stage of the expedition. Our team will invite you to leave the vessel at least twice a day. On these trips in our Zodiac we will approach icebergs, feeling the salty sea breeze on our faces. We will reach our destination on the coast, where we can trek to the top of a steep hill that will give us an unforgettable view into an abyss of ice, near Port Lockroy. Another option is to sit quietly on a beach and wait for a curious penguin to get close to us, and even for the more adventurous, there is the opportunity to dive in these cold, clear waters.
During our stay in the Antarctic Peninsula, we invite you to try some of the awesome activities we have available: camping, kayaking among icebergs and fauna, skiing on frozen plains, or perhaps admiring unique landscapes which can only be accessed if you are willing to climb a mountain with our guides. In austral spring and summer, the days are longer with more sun producing the slow melting of snow and ice. Wildlife is abundant here: the offspring of birds and penguins, groups of whales arrive into the bay attracted by the emergence of tons of krill, the local speciality that attracts them each year. The natural cycle of life in Antarctica assures us that each expedition is different, and you will always find adventures and many surprises. In Antarctica, silence is so complete that interruptions become indelible memories: the sound of the games among penguins, or the thrilling sound of pieces of ice that breaking off and falling into the sea, memories that will be with us for the rest of our journey and beyond.

Day 10 – 12: Drake Passage – Ushuaia

Crossing Drake Passage, the ship will be accompanied by albatrosses and petrels. It is highly recommended you spend time on deck identifying different birds, and try to spot dolphins and whales. There are other activities on our return trip, which depend on the circumstances in which we find the enigmatic Drake Passage. Our journey ends in Ushuaia.

Value of the program per person (based on triple occupancy)
Start and End Ship Price
22-11-2013 | 03-12-2013 Sea Spirit USD 7.495
04-01-2014 | 12-01-2014 Sea Spirit USD 9.995
14-01-2014 | 25-01-2014 Sea Spirit USD 9.995
06-02-2014 | 17-02-2014 Sea Spirit USD 7.995
  • Price per person based on triple occupancy from: USD 4.795 (taxes included)
  • Rates valid during season 2013 and 2014

Rates subject to the variations of the market

Important reminder: Venturing into the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. Through this note we ask you to consider that there is no guarantee that we can perform all the activities that we intend to perform. A reasonable degree of flexibility is something that we ask to all who undertake this journey.

Additional Information

Note: For flights reservations related to these expeditions, make sure you have enough time to transfer from the airport to the starting point of the trip, and from the landing site of the trip to the airport for your flight back home. Please take into account the possibility of delays. For example, on trips that end in Ushuaia, passengers should not book flights back home with time of departure before noon if the landing takes place the same day in the morning.

Language on board: English

Prices Include

•    One night hotel accommodation with breakfast before the expedition, as indicated in the itinerary. (The number of guests per room is the same as the occupation in the cabin of the boat. Due to limited availability, travellers who book a suite on board will be accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel.)
•    On board accommodation with daily housekeeping
•    All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board during the trip. (Please inform us if you require any special diet as early as possible. Unfortunately, the kitchens of the boats can not prepare kosher meals.)
•    All landings described in the program
•    Guidance throughout the journey undertaken by our experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities
•    All transfers by Zodiac included in the daily program
•    Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers
•    Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the journey
•    A pair of waterproof expedition boots, on loan, for shore landings
•    Official expedition parka (gift)
•    Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
•    Hair dryer and robes in every cabin
•    Plenty of information material before the ship departure, including a map and a section dedicated to the Antarctic reader
•    Group transportation from the boat to the local airport, at landing
•    All taxes and port charges throughout the program
•    All baggage handling aboard ship
•    Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers, with a maximum coverage or maximum benefit per person, of USD 100.000

Prices Do Not Include

•    Any airfare
•    Passport and visa costs
•    Departure and arrival Government Taxes
•    Meals ashore, with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation
•    Doorman, health insurance and trip cancellation
•    Charges for baggage excess
•    Laundry service, bar, beverages and other personal expenses
•    Telecommunications charges
•    Volunteer tip for the staff and crew aboard, once the trip has ended.