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Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctica Cruise Information

  • Greg Mortimer
  • Expedition Ship
  • 120 in Polar Regions Capacity
  • 12 Days
  • 2019 View Departure>
    • 2019
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Summary : Antarctic adventures are best when near-midnight sun powers an explosion of life along the shore and brightens the thought of camping out, early alpine climbing starts, or extended kayaking trips. Penguin highways are busy with traffic and waterways are alive with whales and seals. Visit historic sites and set foot onto the most spectacular continent on Earth.

NOTE: This is ship is currently being built and all details are subject to change.

Activities : Birding, Camping, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia where you’ll be met by a expedition representative and transferred to your downtown hotel (if taking the designated group flight). The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2
Ushuaia, Argentina / Embark

Make your own way to the port in time for boarding in the mid-afternoon. Enjoy a warm welcome from your friendly expedition team and crew. You'll have time to settle into your cabin and explore the ship before an evening departure. Excitement lifts with the anchor as you set sail down the Beagle Channel, keeping watch for Magellanic penguins, dolphins and albatross.

Day 3 – 4
Drake Passage / South Shetland Islands

Chart a course south, bound for the Antarctic Peninsula. Prepare for your landings with bio security briefings, informative lectures and the Great Gumboot giveaway! Keep an eye on the horizon for albatross and the first iceberg spotting of the voyage. Possible landings as the ship approaches the South Shetland Islands include Aitcho, Robert or Deception Islands.

Day 5 – 9
Antarctic Peninsula

An overnight passage along Gerlache Strait delivers you to the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. Aboard robust Zodiacs, explore penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific stations, and cruise up close to intricately shaped icebergs and seals basking on ice floes. Kayakers paddle through narrow waterways in search of wildlife and serenity. Stepping ashore on the continent creates an everlasting memory. Make the most of every day and a fair bit of each night. A curious leopard seal cruising among spectacular icebergs may mean postponing lunch (yours, not the leopard seal’s); or perhaps loading Zodiacs after dinner for an orca cruise. If the weather allows, you may even camp-out on the ice—a must for any Antarctic explorer!

Day 10 – 11
Drake Passage

As the Captain steers the ship north across the Drake Passage, your minds and souls revel in rich Antarctic experiences. There’s time to watch for seabirds, enjoy entertaining talks, discuss what you’ve seen and learned, exchange photos and stories. With luck and favorable weather conditions, the ship may make a ceremonial rounding of Cape Horn before sharing a farewell dinner with your newfound friends.

Day 12
Ushuaia, Argentina

After breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport.

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. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

NOTE: This is a NEW ship that is currently being built, and as with any new vessel, we strongly suggest selecting a departure date at least six weeks after launch. All details are subject to change.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase emergency evacuation/repatriation insurance at a minimum coverage of $250,000. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. Insurance should cover personal accident and medical expenses, evacuation and repatriation, baggage loss, and cancellation or curtailment of holiday. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.

Camping:
Camping is complimentary and is subject to weather, time and operational conditions. Places are limited to 40 campers on a first-come first-served basis, so early booking is encouraged. A camping mat and thermal sleeping bag will be provided. PLEASE NOTE: tents are not used for the camping experience as it is best enjoyed without blocking the amazing surrounds you've come to admire.

Kayaking:
‘Getting out amongst it’ is the philosophy, and the aim is to kayak at least once a day, weather depending, once the destination is reached. If the opportunity arises you may even go out twice, as the 24-hour daylight allows for some beautiful evening paddles. Paddle anywhere between 2 to 4 hours per outing, sometimes taking a snack and a flask of hot chocolate to enjoy on your excursion. Each group of 4 to 12 kayakers generally visit the same wildlife sites as your fellow expeditioners, however your smaller craft often means that you also have the opportunity to access areas that are often not accessible by Zodiacs. It is important that you have an adventurous attitude and understand that your kayaking time will be affected by the weather experienced. Even if your experience is limited, call us to discuss your suitability. There is often ample time to gain the required experience before you depart. Kayakers should be aged 14 or over. Equipment included: kayak & paddle, neoprene boots, safety gear, 20-litre dry bag, life jackets, dry suits, and pogies (insulated mittens that attach to your paddle). Minimum participant number must be met in order for program to take place.

Mountaineering:
Along the Antarctic Peninsula coastline, hundreds of peaks rise several thousand feet, snow-clad and beckoning eager adventure seekers. From ascents of alpine peaks to ice climbing, this program aims to give participants a taste of the region’s fantastic climbing opportunities. Climbs range from easy ascents to more technical routes, ranging from 4 to 10 hours. Weather and other factors permitting, the hope is to make at least two one-day alpine ascents and attempt some ice climbing. Previous experience with crampons and ice axe is necessary. There are many requirements as to experience, gear, and insurance in order to be able to participate in this activity. Minimum participant number must be met in order for program to take place. Please inquire with an Expedition Specialist.

Ski Touring:
From alpine bowls and crevassed glaciers to long open slopes, summit and ski a range of Antarctic landscapes. While the aim is to get out as often as possible, the number of outings will be dependent on weather and other factors. The average number of outings is usually six. There are many requirements as to experience, gear, and insurance in order to be able to participate in this activity. Minimum participant number must be met in order for program to take place. Please inquire with an Expedition Specialist.

Snowshoeing:
Snowshoeing is an excellent way to ascend to some of Antarctica’s best vantage points, stretch the legs and take in the most spectacular scenery on the planet—no previous experience required. Join in on the fun and discover a different slice of Antarctica! You’ll be led by an experienced guide who will provide all the instruction you need. The aim is to get out as often as possible, the number of outings will be dependent on weather and the itinerary’s landing points. Minimum participant number must be met in order for program to take place. The average number of outings is usually six, lasting up to three hours per outing.

Included:
One pre-cruise hotel night in Ushuaia with breakfast; luggage transfer from hotel to ship; group transfers from Ushuaia airport to hotel if on the group flight; transfer from ship to Ushuaia airport or downtown on disembarkation day in Ushuaia; shipboard accommodations; camping (40 spots); personalized photo book (post voyage, one per booking); gear to keep (expedition jacket); gear on loan (gumboots); all meals onboard ship; house wines, beers, and soft drinks with dinner onboard ship; select pre-dinner drinks with canapes onboard ship. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; passport and visa expenses; transfers not mentioned as included; optional activity supplements: kayaking, mountaineering, snowshoeing, and/or ski touring; alcohol not mentioned as included; soft drinks outside of dinner service; items of a personal nature such as Wi-Fi, laundry service, spa charges, medical expenses; required travel insurance; excess baggage charges; airport arrival or departure taxes; gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.


Photos: © Aurora Expeditions

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