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Antarctic Peninsula aboard Expedition

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11 days • Level 1 (Details)Antarctic Peninsula aboard Expedition
A true adventure to the world's most remote wilderness! This 11-day Antarctica Classic Expedition Cruise and 13-day Antarctica Extended Expedition Cruise both focus on the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, home to some of the planet's most impressive wildlife and dramatic landscapes. Throughout the voyage, M/S Expedition's team of lecturers and guides share their knowledge of the region's remarkable natural history. The extended 13-day expedition offers two additional days to further explore the Antarctic Peninsula. read more A true adventure to the world's most remote wilderness! This 11-day Antarctica Classic Expedition Cruise and 13-day Antarctica Extended Expedition Cruise both focus on the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, home to some of the planet's most impressive wildlife and dramatic landscapes. Throughout the voyage, M/S Expedition's team of lecturers and guides share their knowledge of the region's remarkable natural history. The extended 13-day expedition offers two additional days to further explore the Antarctic Peninsula.
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A Trip to the Bottom of the World

A Trip to the Bottom of the World

AdventureSmith traveler Ufuk Apaydin shares a Travel Journal from his voyage to Antarctica aboard the M/S Expedition.
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Day 1 - Arrive Ushuaia

Day 2 - Embark Expedition

Days 3 - 4 - The Drake Passage

Days 5 - 8 - Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

Days 9 - 10 - Drake Passage

Day 11 - Ushuaia


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Day 1 - Arrive Ushuaia

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the world's most southerly city. Arrive in Ushuaia at any time.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Hotel Ushuaia
MEALS:
n/a

Day 2 - Embark Expedition

Embarkation on the M/S Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia. We enjoy the evening sailing through the Beagle Channel.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
M/S Expedition
MEALS:
breakfast and dinner

Days 3 - 4 - The Drake Passage

Our adventure begins with a 400 mile crossing of the passage that bears the name of the 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. The ship is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean. Take in daily lectures from your expedition team and keep an eye out for the first sightings of icebergs, whales, and albatross following in the ship's wake.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
M/S Expedition
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 5 - 8 - Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

Experience some of the most unique wildlife viewing and inspiring scenery in the world as you set foot on the Antarctic continent. Attempt two shore landings per day (weather conditions permitting), and encounter Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adélie penguin rookeries, Weddell, Crabeater and Leopard seals, and Orca, Humpback and Minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters. The Peninsula also has a remarkable human history. During the voyage we will learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
M/S Expedition
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 9 - 10 - Drake Passage

Journey north to our home port of Ushuaia. Review the highlights of your Antarctic experience with our lecturers and staff. Keep your eyes open on the observation deck for some final whale sightings.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
M/S Expedition
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11 - Ushuaia

Depart for home.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Alternative Itinerary

In addition to the 11-day itinerary listed above, there is a 13-day Antarctica In-Depth Expedition.
Day 1 - Arrive Ushuaia
Day 2 - Embark Expedition
Days 3-4 - Drake Passage
Days 5-10 - Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
Days 11-12 - Drake Passage
Day 13 - Ushuaia

Itinerary Notes

The itinerary presented here is for the 11-day voyage along the Antarctic Peninsula. Read this itinerary as a guide only; our exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife we encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Arrival & Departure

When considering flights for your Antarctic Peninsula cruise aboard the Expedition plan to arrive Ushuaia, Argentina (USH) at any time on day 1. We highly recommend you fly into Ushuaia at least 1 day prior to the sailing of the expedition ship to avoid any delay or luggage complications. Embarkation time is set for 4:00 pm on day 2 and passengers will not be able to board the ship before that time due to refueling, provisioning, and preparing the ship for your stay. Upon completion of the cruise, disembarkation in Ushuaia is at 8:00am. An optional one-time group airport transfer will be available for all passengers from the pier to Ushuaia airport (USH). Do not arrange any departing flights out of Ushuaia before 10:30 am on disembarkation day. Get a free flight quote.

Activities

Camping and kayaking may be available on the Antarctic Peninsula aboard Expedition, but must be booked in advance as space is limited. Camping is limited to just 20 people and includes time to enjoy the beauty of Antarctica from the campsite with ample photography and star-gazing opportunities. Kayaking is limited to just 10 people per excursion (multiple excursions included). Venture out to sheltered bays and areas known for calmer waters and take part in a group kayaking experience led by experienced and skilled leaders. No other activity gets you as close to the natural environment! For the 2014/15 season, kayaking costs an additional $749 and camping costs $249. Call AdventureSmith for more details and to reserve an activity.
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1  Alternate Itinerary Available  Nov 06 - Nov 18, 2014Expedition$5599 - $10499View Details
  Alternative Itinerary

Alternative Itinerary

  This departure follows a 13-day extended itinerary.
Day 1 - Arrive Ushuaia
Day 2 - Embark Expedition
Days 3-4 - Drake Passage
Days 5-10 - Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
Days 11-12 - Drake Passage
Day 13 - Ushuaia

Category 1A Quad - $5599

2 upper and 2 lower berths, porthole view, Deck 2, approx 160 square feet
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Category 1 Triple

Category 1 Triple - $6099

1 upper and 2 lower berths, porthole view, Deck 2, approx 160 square feet
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Category 2

Category 2 - $7199

2 lower berths, porthole view, Deck 2, approx 160 square feet
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Category 3

Category 3 - $8499

2 lower berths, window view, Deck 3, approx 160 square feet
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Category 4

Category 4 - $9499

2 lower berths, window view, Deck 4, approx 160 square feet
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Category 5

Category 5 - $10499

Four suites onboard feature floor-to-ceiling windows, separate entrances and living and sleeping areas. Each living area boasts a two-seater coach, armchair, coffee table and desk, while the bedroom contains a Queen bed and vanity area. Upgraded en-suite baths include full-body misting steam showers. Approx 320 square feet. Located on Deck 4.
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2  Alternate Itinerary Available  Nov 17 - Nov 29, 2014Expedition$5599 - $10499View Details
  Alternative Itinerary

Alternative Itinerary

  This departure follows a 13-day extended itinerary.
Day 1 - Arrive Ushuaia
Day 2 - Embark Expedition
Days 3-4 - Drake Passage
Days 5-10 - Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
Days 11-12 - Drake Passage
Day 13 - Ushuaia

Category 1A Quad - $5599

2 upper and 2 lower berths, porthole view, Deck 2, approx 160 square feet
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Category 1 Triple

Category 1 Triple - $6099

1 upper and 2 lower berths, porthole view, Deck 2, approx 160 square feet
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Category 2

Category 2 - $7199

2 lower berths, porthole view, Deck 2, approx 160 square feet
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Category 3

Category 3 - $8499

2 lower berths, window view, Deck 3, approx 160 square feet
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Category 4

Category 4 - $9499

2 lower berths, window view, Deck 4, approx 160 square feet
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Category 5

Category 5 - $10499

Four suites onboard feature floor-to-ceiling windows, separate entrances and living and sleeping areas. Each living area boasts a two-seater coach, armchair, coffee table and desk, while the bedroom contains a Queen bed and vanity area. Upgraded en-suite baths include full-body misting steam showers. Approx 320 square feet. Located on Deck 4.
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3       Nov 28 - Dec 08, 2014Expedition$5299 - $9999View Details

Category 1A Quad - $5299

2 upper and 2 lower berths, porthole view, Deck 2, approx 160 square feet
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Category 1 Triple

Category 1 Triple - $5999

1 upper and 2 lower berths, porthole view, Deck 2, approx 160 square feet
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Category 2

Category 2 - $6999

2 lower berths, porthole view, Deck 2, approx 160 square feet
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Category 3

Category 3 - $8299

2 lower berths, window view, Deck 3, approx 160 square feet
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Category 4

Category 4 - $8999

2 lower berths, window view, Deck 4, approx 160 square feet
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Category 5

Category 5 - $9999

Four suites onboard feature floor-to-ceiling windows, separate entrances and living and sleeping areas. Each living area boasts a two-seater coach, armchair, coffee table and desk, while the bedroom contains a queen bed and vanity area. Upgraded en-suite baths include full-body misting steam showers. Approx 320 square feet. Located on Deck 4.
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4       Jan 01 - Jan 11, 2015Expedition$6499 - $11999View Details

Category 1A Quad - $6499

2 upper and 2 lower berths, porthole view, Deck 2, approx 160 square feet
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Category 1 Triple

Category 1 Triple - $6999

1 upper and 2 lower berths, porthole view, Deck 2, approx 160 square feet
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Category 2

Category 2 - $8599

2 lower berths, porthole view, Deck 2, approx 160 square feet
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Category 3

Category 3 - $9799

2 lower berths, window view, Deck 3, approx 160 square feet
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Category 4

Category 4 - $10799

2 lower berths, window view, Deck 4, approx 160 square feet
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Category 5

Category 5 - $11999

Four suites onboard feature floor-to-ceiling windows, separate entrances and living and sleeping areas. Each living area boasts a two-seater coach, armchair, coffee table and desk, while the bedroom contains a queen bed and vanity area. Upgraded en-suite baths include full-body misting steam showers. Approx 320 square feet. Located on Deck 4.
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5       Jan 29 - Feb 08, 2015Expedition$6499 - $11999View Details

Category 1A Quad - $6499

2 upper and 2 lower berths, porthole view, Deck 2, approx 160 square feet
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Category 1 Triple

Category 1 Triple - $6999

1 upper and 2 lower berths, porthole view, Deck 2, approx 160 square feet
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Category 2

Category 2 - $8599

2 lower berths, porthole view, Deck 2, approx 160 square feet
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Category 3

Category 3 - $9799

2 lower berths, window view, Deck 3, approx 160 square feet
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Category 4

Category 4 - $10799

2 lower berths, window view, Deck 4, approx 160 square feet
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Category 5

Category 5 - $11999

Four suites onboard feature floor-to-ceiling windows, separate entrances and living and sleeping areas. Each living area boasts a two-seater coach, armchair, coffee table and desk, while the bedroom contains a queen bed and vanity area. Upgraded en-suite baths include full-body misting steam showers. Approx 320 square feet. Located on Deck 4.
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6       Mar 03 - Mar 13, 2015Expedition$5299 - $9999View Details

Category 1A Quad - $5299

2 upper and 2 lower berths, porthole view, Deck 2, approx 160 square feet
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Category 1 Triple

Category 1 Triple - $5999

1 upper and 2 lower berths, porthole view, Deck 2, approx 160 square feet
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Category 2

Category 2 - $6999

2 lower berths, porthole view, Deck 2, approx 160 square feet
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Category 3

Category 3 - $8299

2 lower berths, window view, Deck 3, approx 160 square feet
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Category 4

Category 4 - $8999

2 lower berths, window view, Deck 4, approx 160 square feet
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Category 5

Category 5 - $9999

Four suites onboard feature floor-to-ceiling windows, separate entrances and living and sleeping areas. Each living area boasts a two-seater coach, armchair, coffee table and desk, while the bedroom contains a queen bed and vanity area. Upgraded en-suite baths include full-body misting steam showers. Approx 320 square feet. Located on Deck 4.
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7       Mar 12 - Mar 22, 2015Expedition$4999 - $8999View Details

Category 1A Quad - $4999

2 upper and 2 lower berths, porthole view, Deck 2, approx 160 square feet
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Category 1 Triple

Category 1 Triple - $5499

1 upper and 2 lower berths, porthole view, Deck 2, approx 160 square feet
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Category 2

Category 2 - $6499

2 lower berths, porthole view, Deck 2, approx 160 square feet
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Category 3

Category 3 - $7499

2 lower berths, window view, Deck 3, approx 160 square feet
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Category 4

Category 4 - $8199

2 lower berths, window view, Deck 4, approx 160 square feet
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Category 5

Category 5 - $8999

Four suites onboard feature floor-to-ceiling windows, separate entrances and living and sleeping areas. Each living area boasts a two-seater coach, armchair, coffee table and desk, while the bedroom contains a queen bed and vanity area. Upgraded en-suite baths include full-body misting steam showers. Approx 320 square feet. Located on Deck 4.
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Included

Accommodations on board the M/S Expedition; all meals included on board the ship; use of complimentary rubber boots on board; complimentary exclusive MS Expedition Parka, see the MS Expedition Parka Sizing Chart; 10:1 ratio of expedition staff and naturalists; scheduled visits to modern scientific research stations; all shore landings and Zodiac cruises in Antarctica; Ushuaia airport transfer when arriving/departing on regularly scheduled flights and days; 1 twin share hotel night with breakfast in Ushuaia.

Exclusions

Airfares to the embarkation point and from the disembarkation point; adventure options of kayaking or diving; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; hotel accommodations; supplement for single hotel accommodations; meals while in Ushuaia; Trip Cancellation Insurance with emergency medical evacuation insurance (required); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar and beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for those who have served you aboard (guidelines will be provided). Should the price of marine fuel increase dramatically, we may have to institute a fuel surcharge.

Room Configuration

Solo travelers willing to share can reserve a triple or twin-shared cabin, where you will be matched with a person of the same gender. If the other cabin berth goes unsold, you will be guaranteed the double rate. For those who desire single occupancy, cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.6 times the twin rate, excluding Category 1 (and also excluding Category 1A for the 2013/14 season).

Families & Children

Minimum age for children is 12 years old. An adult over the age of 21 must accompany every 2 children under the age of 18. The ratio of adults to children traveling together must be one adult per two children and two adults per four children (17 and under).

Payment & Cancellation

At time of booking a non-refundable deposit of $750 per person is required to confirm a reservation on this Antarctic voyage. The deposit may be paid by bank wire transfer, check, money order or major credit card. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Final payment can be made by check, credit, money order or bank wire transfer. All prices and payments are in US dollars and no other currencies can be accepted.

A special cancellation policy applies to all Antarctic and Arctic trips, which is stricter than the AdventureSmith Explorations policy. All requests for cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellations received:
90 days or more before departure: Loss of deposit
89 to 60 days before departure: 50% of the cost of services booked
Less than 60 days before departure: 100% of cost of services booked

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

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Trip Reviews

OVERALL: 5 stars ACCOMMODATIONS: 5 stars MEALS: 5 stars

Overall Trip Review

Great adventure to the Antarctic peninsula and continent. MS Expedition great ship, terrific crew and food, great landings every day when in area. Favorite part was the Antarctic landings and wildlife viewings, not so much the rough Drake Passage and cold caught during travels.

Traveler Advice

Don't put it off too long, need to be fit and agile.

G. Manning - Gerroa, NSW, Australia
OVERALL: 5 stars ACCOMMODATIONS: 5 stars MEALS: 5 stars

Loved it from start to finish!!! From the house staff to the expedition leaders, everyone was a pleasure, informative and helpful. The itinerary was indescribable. This was a trip that I will not soon forget. The landings were my favorite part, particularly Neko Harbor & Port Lockroy. The scenery and wildlife were amazing. Being 10ft away from a whale wasn’t so bad either.

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