- Polar Pioneer
- Research Ship
- 54 Capacity
- 11 Days
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Summary : Sail across Bransfield Strait to awake with the dawn in the Antarctic Sound where tabular icebergs ride currents from the Weddell Sea. The Peninsula’s wild side welcomes us with strange, ice-free landscape hiding renowned fossil beds and vast penguin colonies. We hope to explore Prince Gustav Channel, Seymour Island and Otto Nordenskjold’s historic hut on Snow Hill Island. In contrast to the Weddell Sea’s wild isolation, the Peninsula’s west coast offers glaciated peaks rising from a maze of islands and waterways alive with seals, penguins and whales.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Diving, Hiking, Kayaking
$7,100 to $12,600
Make your own way to the group hotel where you will meet fellow expeditioners and enjoy your first dinner together.
Fly from Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island, Antarctica to be warmly welcomed aboard the expedition ship. Settle in for safety and environmental briefings to prepare for future shore landings while setting off across Bransfield Strait.
Access to the Weddell Sea is totally ice-dependent. Calved from massive ice shelves, the tabular icebergs of Antarctic Sound create a memorable sight. Our ice-strengthened vessel helmed by a highly-experienced Captain give the best chance to thread through waters alive with penguins against a backdrop of breathtaking volcanic scenery.
Weather systems and shifting pack ice dictate our schedule. Visits may include the vast Adélie and gentoo penguin colonies of Brown Bluff or Paulet Island, fossil-rich Seymour Island and/or historic Snow Hill Island. Hike to spectacular vantage points on Beak and Devil Islands or reach the islands of Prince Gustav Channel. Wherever the conditions take us, wildlife, Heroic Age relics and haunting landscapes are sure to wait.
Head for the Peninsula’s beautiful western flanks to make full use of the late summer daylight hours and relatively ice-free waters. Visit offshore wildlife-rich islands, make a continental landing, visit historic huts and Zodiac cruise amidst bergs. Whales are abundant as they prepare to migrate north. Keep an ear open and listen carefully for the otherworldly courtship song of the leopard seal.
Petrels, prions and albatross accompany the ship across the Drake Passage. Final talks help round out your Antarctic education before making a ceremonial rounding of Cape Horn, time and weather permitting. Gather for a celebratory dinner as the vessel enters the Beagle Channel.
A pre-dawn sail along the Beagle Channel and an early breakfast prepare you before docking in Puerto Williams at dawn. Enjoy a tour of the rustic port and surrounds before boarding your included flight to Punta Arenas, Chile.
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 have emergency medical evacuation travel insurance coverage. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. The policy provider, policy number and emergency contact phone number must be provided prior to departure date. 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.
Kayaking Option: $925 per person
If you wish to take this option, please advise us when you make your booking as numbers are limited. Please note, some sea kayaking experience is necessary.
Scuba Diving Option: $975 per person
Experienced dry-suit divers only. Guides have extensive qualifications and Antarctic experience to ensure the highest safety standards. If you wish to take this option, please advise us when you make your booking as numbers are limited. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details of what you need and what is supplied.
One night accommodation at Cabo de Hornos hotel in Punta Arenas pre voyage (2/27/2015); transfer from hotel to Punta Arenas airport; flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island; luggage transfer from King George Island airstrip to ship; transfer from ship to Puerto Williams airport, including tour of Puerto Williams; flight from Puerto Williams to Punta Arenas; cabin accommodation on the ship; all meals onboard; all shore excursions; lectures and guide services; boots (for loan onboard); medical service of the resident medical officer onboard; port taxes and service charges.
Airfare except flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island and flight from Puerto Williams to Punta Arenas; accommodation [except for one night accommodation at Cabo de Hornos hotel in Punta Arenas pre voyage (2/27/2015)] and transfers before or after the cruise; visa, passport, and vaccination charges and airport departure taxes; fuel surcharge may apply; optional sea kayaking and scuba activities, items of a personal nature; internet charges; travel insurance; and gratuity to the ship's crew is at your discretion.