- Le Boreal - 2013/14
- Luxury Expedition Ship
- 199 Capacity
- 12 Days
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Summary : Discover the best of the Antarctic Peninsula: vast colonies of penguins and nesting seabirds courting, nesting and rearing their young; hanging ice cliffs, stately icebergs and calving glaciers. Journey through the incredible adventures of Shackleton and Charcot, and experience the excitement of spontaneous explorations on sea and land. From the whale-rich waters of the Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula's pristine, remote coastlines, this comprehensive expedition cruise reveals the many faces of the world's last frontier. Explore shorelines teeming with penguins and seals alongside leading naturalists, go behind the scenes of an environmental research station and chat with on board experts in the evening about the day's discoveries.
Activities : Birding, Photography
$12,395 to $24,995
Arrive this morning and transfer to your hotel, where immediate check-in has been arranged with time to relax before a half-day city tour. Meet your fellow adventurer’s this evening for a welcome cocktail reception.
This morning following breakfast, transfer back to the Buenos Aires Airport (Jorge Newbery Airport) for your charter flight to Ushuaia. Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Upon arrival, enjoy sightseeing and a traditional Patagonian barbecue lunch. Later, arrive at your ship and settle in for your first night on board. Le Boreal is a comfortable, stylish ship, both spacious and passenger-friendly. Wander the decks, relax in the lounge and mingle with fellow travelers in anticipation of your voyage.
The southward journey toward Antarctica is an exciting one. Fast-flowing southern ocean currents squeezing between land masses give the Drake Passage, the small strip of sea between the tip of South America and Antarctica, some of the world's roughest waters. An important trade route in the 19th and early 20th centuries, its stormy waters and icy conditions often made the journey around Cape Horn a difficult one. Le Boreal's stabilizers help handle it much easier. The krill-rich waters are a particular favorite with marine mammals and seabirds. Join Le Boreal's naturalists on the deck to look for various species of whales and abundant seabirds.
As the Antarctic Peninsula and its offshore islands appear on the horizon, a sense of excitement and expectation begins to build. Shore excursions are carefully planned by the captain and expedition leader to take full advantage of each day's possibilities. On most days, two landings are scheduled. Head out in swift and versatile Zodiacs, guided by expert drivers and accompanied by lecturers, to a number of penguin-filled islands in the South Shetlands, which may include Half Moon, Penguin and Deception. Other possible island visits just off the continental coastline may include Cuverville, Paulet or Goudier.
Weather permitting, sail through stunning Paradise Bay and the Lemaire Channel referred to as "Kodak Alley,". Possibilities for exploration include a scientific research station and the remains of a turn-of-the-century whaling and sealing station.
The ship's return through the Drake Passage is an interlude for recap and reflection, with time to compare notes with your lecturers on the wildlife, history and geology of the White Continent. While cruising through this historic passage, named in honor of Sir Francis Drake's voyage in the 16th century, you may be able to spot whales and seabirds such as albatross.
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport to board your flight home via Buenos Aires.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase full medical and emergency evacuation insurance. The minimum coverage requirement is US$50,000. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $100,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for Antarctic trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
Climate Change Philanthropic Journey:
This Philanthropic Journey, recently named a "Trip of a Lifetime" by Travel + Leisure, features the opportunity to learn about the impact of climate change on the region's environment and wildlife. Visit Palmer Research Station, meet the scientists, and present them with vital equipment necessary for their research.
One-night pre-cruise accommodations as noted in itinerary; meals on land as specified in the itinerary; selected beverages with group meals on land; luxury accommodations and state-of-the-art comfort aboard the ship; full board meal service onboard the ship; open bar (except premium wines, premium liquors and champagne); arrival and departure group transfers on scheduled days of arrival/departure; fully guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary (including park and entrance fees); bottled water supplied during sightseeing; services of expedition team; expedition parka and backpack; expedition notebook and post cruise logbook; gratuities for land-based hotel/restaurant staff, porterage and local guides/drivers and expedition team and crew onboard the ship; baggage handling of two pieces per person for international flights; Ushuaia Customs & Migration tax; butler service (for Deck 6 Suites only).
International air transportation; round-trip charter flight between Buenos Aires/Ushuaia ($750 per person); passport or visa expenses; laundry; meals, beverages or sightseeing not included in itinerary; premium wines and champagnes; communication charges; all items of a personal nature; transfers for passengers; travel insurance; excess baggage charges; airport departure tax; Argentinian Reciprocity Fee (if not on charter flight); fuel surcharge may apply.