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Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Cruise

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Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Cruise
The Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Cruise is geared toward the adventure traveler interested in actively exploring Antarctica up close, away from the ship. This Antarctic adventure cruise spends more time in fewer locations allowing for more exciting adventures and more up-close wildlife encounters.

Choose from numerous included activities such as kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing,
camping, mountaineering and photography workshops. Scuba diving is available at an additional cost. An international team of Antarctic expedition leaders provides leadership and insights into the nature and history of Antarctica with lectures, briefings and field excursions. Your home base is the 114-passenger M/V Plancius. This is no ordinary Antarctic tour. read more The Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Cruise is geared toward the adventure traveler interested in actively exploring Antarctica up close, away from the ship. This Antarctic adventure cruise spends more time in fewer locations allowing for more exciting adventures and more up-close wildlife encounters.

Choose from numerous included activities such as kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing, camping, mountaineering and photography workshops. Scuba diving is available at an additional cost. An international team of Antarctic expedition leaders provides leadership and insights into the nature and history of Antarctica with lectures, briefings and field excursions. Your home base is the 114-passenger M/V Plancius. This is no ordinary Antarctic tour.
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Expert Review: Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Cruise

Expert Review: Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Cruise

Antarctica is unlike any other destination in the world... Chris reviews his Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Cruise.
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Day 1 - Embark Ushuaia, Argentina

Days 2 - 3 - The Drake Passage

Days 4 - 9 - High Antarctica Adventure

Days 10 - 11 - At Sea

Day 12 - Disembark Ushuaia, Argentina


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Day 1 - Embark Ushuaia, Argentina

In the afternoon, embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and cruise through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Plancius
MEALS:
dinner

Days 2 - 3 - The Drake Passage

During these two days sail across the Drake Passage. When crossing the Antarctic Convergence, arrive in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. In this area look for wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels and Antarctic petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, spot the first icebergs of your expedition.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Plancius
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 4 - 9 - High Antarctica Adventure

Sail directly to “High Antarctica,” passing the Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. At Neumayer Channel, your captain will position the ship to be a multi-activity base camp. The protected waters around Wiencke Island become your playground for all activities. In this alpine environment there are great opportunities to scout the region on foot, by zodiac and during kayak trips. Walkers will find opportunities to use snowshoes on hikes near the shorelines and the mountaineers will find their challenge by climbing hills and view points farther inland, i.e. Jabet Peak (540 m). All climbs and excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions.

Your ship will plan to stay two overnights at anchor in order to implement two camp nights and two full activity days. Visit the British research station and the post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo penguins and Imperial shags. Sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth Island, Pleneau and Petermann Island to see Adelie penguins and blue-eyed shags. In this area there are good chances to encounter humpback whales, Minke whales and fin whales.

The second Basecamp night will be erected near the Continent; expedition leaders choose a camp site that is suitable and close to next day’s activity. The mountaineers hope to reach the summit of Mt. Demaria (640 m) at Waddington Bay. A visit to one of the scientific stations in Antarctica will provide insight about the life of modern Antarcticans working on the White Continent. Farther south you may have time to visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station, where you will receive a warm welcome from the station crew.

In the afternoon at Neko Harbour take the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of a huge glacier and enjoy the landscape during zodiac cruises, hikes and kayak excursions. A small group of mountaineers may climb up on higher grounds of the glacier. Spend the night at Neko or near Paradise Bay with a camp erected ashore. Leave Neko Harbour in the early morning after breaking your last camp. Sail via Melchior Islands toward the open sea of the Drake Passage and again have a chance of seeing many seabirds.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Plancius
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 10 - 11 - At Sea

In the Drake Passage, again have the chance of seeing many seabirds and taking advantage of the knowledge of the ship's lecture team.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Plancius
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12 - Disembark Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in the morning and disembark in Ushuaia.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Alternative Itinerary

In addition to the 12-day itinerary listed above, there is an 11-day route that spends one less day on the Antarctic Peninsula. Please see the Dates & Rates tab and contact AdventureSmith Explorations for more detailed information.
Day 1 - Embark Ushuaia, Argentina
Days 2-3 - Drake Passage
Days 4-8 - Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
Days 9-10 - Drake Passage
Day 11 - Disembark Ushuaia

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife encountered. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Arrival & Departure

The Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp cruise aboard M/V Plancius begins and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina. Embarkation time is between 4:00 – 5:00pm on day of departure. We strongly advise all passengers to arrive the night prior to departure and get a hotel in Ushuaia to avoid baggage and flight delays. The ship sails around 6:00pm on day of departure. Disembarkation is after breakfast on final day between 8:30 – 9:00am. Plan flights to depart Ushuaia anytime after noon on the final day. Get a free flight quote.

Activities

On the Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Cruise all offered activities (including camping, kayaking, snowshoe/hiking, mountaineering, photo workshops as well as the standard included shore excursions and zodiac cruises) are free of charge, except for scuba diving ($520pp 2014/15 season).

Field Camping:
This exciting ‘open air’ camping option gives an intensive experience of the Antarctic wilderness. Special gear and field equipment will be provided: tents, wind and waterproof bivouac bags (lightweight alternative to a tent system). This shelter will protect you from the elements during the night in the open air of the Antarctic. Mattresses and polar sleeping bags provide comfort during the night. The maximum number of participants for this camping option is 30 participants per night. One expedition guide will conduct the activity ashore. Camping is always subject to weather, local site and environmental regulations. 1 night has to be booked prior to the trip; any extra nights (if those are possible) must be arranged onboard. Additional nights will be charged by the Hotel Manager.

Hiking:
There will be easy, moderate and more demanding walks available in the vicinity of the landing sites. Two hikes per day are generally available, each 2 - 3 hours long during morning and / or afternoon landings. The final decision on those hiking options will be met by the Expedition Leader on the day of the excursion. We recommend bringing a proper pair of hiking boots and gaiters.

Kayaking:
In general at least offer 4 kayaking days are offered. Basic kayaking experience is required and physical fitness is essential. The final decision on those excursions will be met by the Expedition Leader. Kayaks and neoprene wetsuits are provided. Kayaking is subject to weather and prevailing ice conditions.

Mountaineering:
This is a technical and more strenuous activity for mountaineers who wish to walk beyond the shore radius in order to reach higher grounds and view points. Mountaineers walk in rope parties under the leadership of a certified mountain guide mostly across glaciated environment in Antarctica. Depending on the landing site, glacier walks can vary from half day to full day outings. In general 3-4 glacier excursions are offered parallel to all other activities during designated “Basecamp Plancius” voyages. Mountaineering knowledge is preferable, but not required. Physical fitness is essential. Special glacier equipment will be provided: ropes and carabiners, harnesses, helmets, ice axes and crampons. Participants will bring their personal protective outdoor clothes, mountaineering boots (leather or plastic) suitable for using crampons. A qualified mountain guide and assistant will supervise and guide the activity.

Scuba Diving:
Additional cost; contact AdventureSmith for more details. Group size between 8 and 24 divers.
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Start/End DateShipPrice 
1  Alternate Itinerary Available  Nov 11 - Nov 21, 2014Plancius$6900 - $10150View Details
  Alternative Itinerary

Alternative Itinerary

  This departure follows an 11-day route that spends one less day on the Antarctic Peninsula. Please contact AdventureSmith Explorations for more detailed information.
Day 1 - Embark - Ushuaia, Argentina
Days 2-3 - Drake Passage
Days 4-8 - Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
Days 9-10 - Drake Passage
Day 11 - Disembark Ushuaia
Quad Porthole

Quad Porthole - $6900

The cabin provides you with 1 porthole, 2 upper & lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space. This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin.
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Triple Porthole

Triple Porthole - $7800

Same as the Quadruple Porthole, but with 3 berths. The cabin provides you with 1 porthole, 1 upper berth & 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space. This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin.
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Twin Porthole

Twin Porthole - $8450

The cabin provides you with 1 porthole, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space.
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Twin Window

Twin Window - $8800

The cabin provides you with 1 window, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space.
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Twin Deluxe

Twin Deluxe - $9200

The cabin provides you with 2 windows, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space. These cabins are corner cabins and are slightly more spacious than the normal twin cabins window / porthole cabins.
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Superior

Superior - $10150

The cabin provides you with 2-3 windows, 1 double bed, 1 sofa bed, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a refrigerator, a hair dryer and ample storage space. There is one Superior cabin on deck 4, four on deck 5 and five on deck 6.
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2  Alternate Itinerary Available  Nov 21 - Dec 01, 2014Plancius$6900 - $10150View Details
  Alternative Itinerary

Alternative Itinerary

  This departure follows an 11-day route that spends one less day on the Antarctic Peninsula. Please contact AdventureSmith Explorations for more detailed information.
Day 1 - Embark - Ushuaia, Argentina
Days 2-3 - Drake Passage
Days 4-8 - Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
Days 9-10 - Drake Passage
Day 11 - Disembark Ushuaia
Quad Porthole

Quad Porthole - $6900

The cabin provides you with 1 porthole, 2 upper & lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space. This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin.
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Triple Porthole

Triple Porthole - $7800

Same as the Quadruple Porthole, but with 3 berths. The cabin provides you with 1 porthole, 1 upper berth & 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space. This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin.
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Twin Porthole

Twin Porthole - $8450

The cabin provides you with 1 porthole, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space.
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Twin Window

Twin Window - $8800

The cabin provides you with 1 window, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space.
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Twin Deluxe

Twin Deluxe - $9200

The cabin provides you with 2 windows, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space. These cabins are corner cabins and are slightly more spacious than the normal twin cabins window / porthole cabins.
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Superior

Superior - $10150

The cabin provides you with 2-3 windows, 1 double bed, 1 sofa bed, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a refrigerator, a hair dryer and ample storage space. There is one Superior cabin on deck 4, four on deck 5 and five on deck 6.
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3       Mar 03 - Mar 14, 2015Plancius$7800 - $11300View Details
Quad Porthole

Quad Porthole - $7800

The cabin provides you with 1 porthole, 2 upper & lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space. This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin.
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Triple Porthole

Triple Porthole - $8650

Same as the Quadruple Porthole, but with 3 berths. The cabin provides you with 1 porthole, 1 upper berth & 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space. This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin.
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Twin Porthole

Twin Porthole - $9300

The cabin provides you with 1 porthole, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space.
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Twin Window

Twin Window - $9800

The cabin provides you with 1 window, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space.
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Twin Deluxe

Twin Deluxe - $10200

The cabin provides you with 2 windows, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space. These cabins are corner cabins and are slightly more spacious than the normal twin cabins window / porthole cabins.
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Superior

Superior - $11300

The cabin provides you with 2-3 windows, 1 double bed, 1 sofa bed, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a refrigerator, a hair dryer and ample storage space. There is one Superior cabin on deck 4, four on deck 5 and five on deck 6.
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Included

Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary; All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea; Free use of rubber boots aboard Plancius & Ortelius and snowshoes aboard Plancius; Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation); All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac; Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff; All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; Comprehensive pre-departure material. The Antarctic Peninsual Basecamp Cruise includes camping, kayaking, snowshoe/hiking, mountaineering and photo workshops in addition to the standard shore excursions; scuba diving available at an additional cost.

Exclusions

Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post land arrangements; transfers to the vessel; passport and visa expenses; Government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance, including mandatory emergency evacuation insurance; excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

If world fuel prices will reach or exceed US $120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure, we reserve the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US $25 per night per passenger, to be paid.

Room Configuration

Solo travelers willing to share can reserve a quadruple, triple or twin-shared cabin, where you will be matched with a person of the same gender. If the other cabin berth or berths goes unsold, you will not be penalized. For those who desire single occupancy, cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the twin rate.

Families & Children

Children under 16 years old in Superior, Family Triple and/or Family Quadruple cabins receive a 40% discount. Parents are entirely responsible for their children at all times, on land and on board; there is no onboard day care or nursery facility.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a 20% deposit is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
90 or more days - 20% of the total price
89 to 60 days - 50% of the total price
59 to 0 days - 100% of the total price

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.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $100,000 per person. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 21 days of booking your trip for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.
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