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Antarctica Air Cruise

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5 days Antarctica Air Cruise
Introducing the first Antarctic flight and adventure cruising combination. On the Antarctic Air Cruise experience Antarctica in only seven days without crossing Drakes Passage. In less than two hours of flying from Punta Arenas to King George Island, you will be cruising Antarctica, the white continent.

From King George Island cruise Antarctica for six days and five nights alo
ng the Antarctic Peninsula. Throughout the Antarctic Air Cruise experience daily shore landing and visits to the best wildlife sites of Antarctica. Expert Antarctic naturalist guides lead shore excursions and give lectures to introduce and inform you about the Antarctic Continent.

With two itineraries to choose from (a 7-day and a 5-day), you can decide on the Antarctic trip that is right for you. The classic 7-day itinerary explores between the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, visiting places such as: Hannah Point, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Cuverville and Deception Islands, with a round-trip flight over the Drake Passage. The 5-day Express itinerary allows for a crossing of the Drake with a return flight from Antarctica to Punta Arenas.
read more Introducing the first Antarctic flight and adventure cruising combination. On the Antarctic Air Cruise experience Antarctica in only seven days without crossing Drakes Passage. In less than two hours of flying from Punta Arenas to King George Island, you will be cruising Antarctica, the white continent.

From King George Island cruise Antarctica for six days and five nights along the Antarctic Peninsula. Throughout the Antarctic Air Cruise experience daily shore landing and visits to the best wildlife sites of Antarctica. Expert Antarctic naturalist guides lead shore excursions and give lectures to introduce and inform you about the Antarctic Continent.

With two itineraries to choose from (a 7-day and a 5-day), you can decide on the Antarctic trip that is right for you. The classic 7-day itinerary explores between the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, visiting places such as: Hannah Point, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Cuverville and Deception Islands, with a round-trip flight over the Drake Passage. The 5-day Express itinerary allows for a crossing of the Drake with a return flight from Antarctica to Punta Arenas.
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Antarctica Air Cruise

Antarctica Air Cruise

Day 1 - Punta Arenas Arrival

Day 2 - King George Island and Embark

Days 3 - 6 - South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula Exploration

Day 7 - Disembark and Punta Arenas


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Day 1 - Punta Arenas Arrival

Arrival at the city of Punta Arenas before 3:00pm where you will be met and transferred to the hotel. During the afternoon, you will receive instructions concerning the guidelines that should be followed in Antarctica and the procedures for Zodiac boat embarkation and disembarkation. Later, you will be invited to gather for a welcome dinner together with your expedition mates and you will have the chance to enjoy a typical Magellan menu.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Cabo de Hornos Hotel
MEALS:
dinner

Day 2 - King George Island and Embark

Our Antarctic adventure will begin with the flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island (South Shetland Islands). The flight takes a little less than two hours. Upon arrival, we will be able to tour around the area where the Frei Chilean Base and the Bellingshausen Russian Base are located. We will gather at the beach on Fildes Bay for embarkation by Zodiac boats on board our expedition vessel.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
M/V Ocean Nova
MEALS:
dinner

Days 3 - 6 - South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula Exploration

Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and between spectacular icebergs. Along the way enjoy the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Our Antarctic cruise may include visits to some of the most magnificent spots in the white continent such as: Hannah Point, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Cuverville and Deception Islands amongst others. The adventure is complete with daily landings and cruises in zodiacs boats, selected lectures and time on board cruising Antarctica.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
M/V Ocean Nova
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - Disembark and Punta Arenas

Return to King George Island where we will disembark by Zodiac at Fildes Bay before flying back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival connect with your departing flight or transfer to hotel.

We recommend travelers spend an additional night at the conclusion of the cruise and a post-trip optional hotel overnight is available to clients at no additional charge, as well as a transfer out to the airport the next day. Call for details.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Cabo de Hornos Hotel
MEALS:
breakfast

Alternative Itinerary

In addition to the classic 7-day Antarctica Air Cruise listed above, there is a shorter 5-day Antarctica Express expedition that cruises to Antarctica with a return flight over the Drake Passage. Please call for more detailed information.

Antarctica Express Air Cruise
Day 1 - Embark Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 - Cape Horn
Day 3 - Drake Passage
Day 4 - South Shetland Islands
Day 5 - Disembark King George Island

Itinerary Notes

Flights scheduled and Antarctic itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions. At the end of the program, a free transfer to the city will be available at the airport for all passengers staying overnight.

Arrival & Departure

When considering flights plan to arrive Punta Arenas at any time before 3:00pm. A pre-cruise hotel overnight is included on Day 1. We recommend travelers spend an additional night at the conclusion of the cruise on Day 7. It is possible to depart Punta Arenas on evening flights but because the Antarctica flights are so variable we recommend travelers stay one more night. Get a free flight quote.

Activities

Kayaking is available on all departures, except Antarctica Express, at $895 per person (minimum age 16). Snowshoeing is available on selected departures at $195 per person. To take part in the kayaking program you must have previous kayaking experience. You don’t need to be a top kayaking expert but you must have experience in using a sea kayak with a spray skirt. You must also have experience with an emergency wet exit. Contact AdventureSmith Explorations for more information on reserving these activities.

Contingency Plan

In the unlikely event that the flight to Antarctica cannot take place due to unfavorable conditions either at point of origin and/or destination, a Contingency Plan has been established, applying from Day 2 of the Travel Program corresponding to each voyage. From Day 2 to Day 6 every effort will be made to transport passengers to Antarctica taking into consideration their safety and the safety of the aircraft. In case such efforts are not successful, the daily program described hereby will apply:

Day 2 - Guided tours to sites of historic and wildlife interest in Punta Arenas. Meals are included as well as accommodation in the same hotel as foreseen on Day 1 of the Travel Program.

Day 3 - Guided tours to sites of historic and wildlife interest in Punta Arenas. Meals are included as well as accommodation in the same hotel as foreseen on Day 1 of the Travel Program.

Day 4 - Accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star hotel in Punta Arenas is included. Any other service and meals are excluded. Passengers are required to stand-by for announcements concerning the flight to Antarctica. If by the end of Day 4 travelers are not able to reach Antarctica, a refund of 5% of the total rate (excluding discounts, if any) will be provided.

Day 5 - Accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star hotel in Punta Arenas is included. Any other service and meal are excluded. Passengers are required to stand-by for announcements concerning the flight to Antarctica. If by the end of Day 5 travelers are not able to reach Antarctica, a refund of 15% of the total rate (excluding discounts, if any) will be provided.

Day 6 - Accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star hotel in Punta Arenas is included. Any other service and meal are excluded. Passengers are required to stand-by for announcements concerning the flight to Antarctica. If by the end of Day 6 travelers are not able to reach Antarctica, a refund of 60% of the total rate (excluding discounts, if any) will be provided.

Day 7 - Breakfast. Transfer to Punta Arenas airport. End of the Contingency Plan.

In case of a delay on the return flight to Punta Arenas from Antarctica, passengers on board the ship will continue cruising to nearby places until the return flight to Punta Arenas is authorized. Full board and all excursions are included. No refunding for whatever reason is foreseen.
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1  Alternate Itinerary Available  Nov 29 - Dec 03, 2014Ocean Nova$3995 - $6895View Details
  Alternative Itinerary

Alternative Itinerary

  This shorter 5-day Antarctica Express departure cruises to Antarctica with a return flight over the Drake Passage.
Day 1 - Embark Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 - Cape Horn
Day 3 - Drake Passage
Day 4 - South Shetland Islands
Day 5 - Disembark King George Island
Triple

Triple - $3995

Upper Deck cabins 317, 319-321. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 2 closets.
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Twin

Twin - $4995

Upper Deck cabins 301, 306-315, 318; Bridge Deck cabins 401-415. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 closet.
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Single

Single - $6895

Upper Deck cabins 302-305, 316. 1 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 wardrobe.
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2       Dec 02 - Dec 08, 2014Ocean Nova$9795 - $14995View Details
Triple

Triple - $9795

Upper Deck cabins 317, 319-321. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 2 closets.
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Twin

Twin - $10895

Upper Deck cabins 301, 306-315, 318; Bridge Deck cabins 401-415. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 closet.
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Single

Single - $14995

Upper Deck cabins 302-305, 316. 1 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 wardrobe.
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3       Dec 07 - Dec 13, 2014Ocean Nova$9795 - $14995View Details
Triple

Triple - $9795

Upper Deck cabins 317, 319-321. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 2 closets.
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Twin

Twin - $10895

Upper Deck cabins 301, 306-315, 318; Bridge Deck cabins 401-415. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 closet.
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Single

Single - $14995

Upper Deck cabins 302-305, 316. 1 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 wardrobe.
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4       Dec 12 - Dec 18, 2014Ocean Nova$9795 - $14995View Details
Triple

Triple - $9795

Upper Deck cabins 317, 319-321. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 2 closets.
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Twin

Twin - $10895

Upper Deck cabins 301, 306-315, 318; Bridge Deck cabins 401-415. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 closet.
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Single

Single - $14995

Upper Deck cabins 302-305, 316. 1 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 wardrobe.
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5       Dec 17 - Dec 23, 2014Ocean Nova$9795 - $14995View Details
Triple

Triple - $9795

Upper Deck cabins 317, 319-321. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 2 closets.
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Twin

Twin - $10895

Upper Deck cabins 301, 306-315, 318; Bridge Deck cabins 401-415. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 closet.
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Single

Single - $14995

Upper Deck cabins 302-305, 316. 1 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 wardrobe.
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6       Dec 22 - Dec 28, 2014Ocean Nova$11495 - $18595View Details
Triple

Triple - $11495

Upper Deck cabins 317, 319-321. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 2 closets.
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Twin

Twin - $12995

Upper Deck cabins 301, 306-315, 318; Bridge Deck cabins 401-415. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 closet.
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Single

Single - $18595

Upper Deck cabins 302-305, 316. 1 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 wardrobe.
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7       Dec 27 - Jan 02, 2015Ocean Nova$11495 - $18595View Details
Triple

Triple - $11495

Upper Deck cabins 317, 319-321. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 2 closets.
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Twin

Twin - $12995

Upper Deck cabins 301, 306-315, 318; Bridge Deck cabins 401-415. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 closet.
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Single

Single - $18595

Upper Deck cabins 302-305, 316. 1 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 wardrobe.
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8  Alternate Itinerary Available  Jan 14 - Jan 18, 2015Ocean Nova$3995 - $6895View Details
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Alternative Itinerary

  This shorter 5-day Antarctica Express departure cruises to Antarctica with a return flight over the Drake Passage.
Day 1 - Embark Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 - Cape Horn
Day 3 - Drake Passage
Day 4 - South Shetland Islands
Day 5 - Disembark King George Island
Triple

Triple - $3995

Upper Deck cabins 317, 319-321. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 2 closets.
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Twin

Twin - $4995

Upper Deck cabins 301, 306-315, 318; Bridge Deck cabins 401-415. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 closet.
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Single

Single - $6895

Upper Deck cabins 302-305, 316. 1 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 wardrobe.
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9       Jan 17 - Jan 23, 2015Ocean Nova$10595 - $16895View Details
Triple

Triple - $10595

Upper Deck cabins 317, 319-321. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 2 closets.
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Twin

Twin - $11995

Upper Deck cabins 301, 306-315, 318; Bridge Deck cabins 401-415. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 closet.
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Single

Single - $16895

Upper Deck cabins 302-305, 316. 1 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 wardrobe.
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10       Jan 22 - Jan 28, 2015Ocean Nova$10595 - $16895View Details
Triple

Triple - $10595

Upper Deck cabins 317, 319-321. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 2 closets.
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Twin

Twin - $11995

Upper Deck cabins 301, 306-315, 318; Bridge Deck cabins 401-415. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 closet.
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Single

Single - $16895

Upper Deck cabins 302-305, 316. 1 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 wardrobe.
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11       Jan 27 - Feb 02, 2015Ocean Nova$10595 - $16895View Details
Triple

Triple - $10595

Upper Deck cabins 317, 319-321. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 2 closets.
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Twin

Twin - $11995

Upper Deck cabins 301, 306-315, 318; Bridge Deck cabins 401-415. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 closet.
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Single

Single - $16895

Upper Deck cabins 302-305, 316. 1 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 wardrobe.
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12       Feb 01 - Feb 07, 2015Ocean Nova$10595 - $16895View Details
Triple

Triple - $10595

Upper Deck cabins 317, 319-321. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 2 closets.
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Twin

Twin - $11995

Upper Deck cabins 301, 306-315, 318; Bridge Deck cabins 401-415. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 closet.
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Single

Single - $16895

Upper Deck cabins 302-305, 316. 1 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 wardrobe.
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13       Feb 06 - Feb 12, 2015Ocean Nova$10595 - $16895View Details
Triple

Triple - $10595

Upper Deck cabins 317, 319-321. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 2 closets.
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Twin

Twin - $11995

Upper Deck cabins 301, 306-315, 318; Bridge Deck cabins 401-415. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 closet.
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Single

Single - $16895

Upper Deck cabins 302-305, 316. 1 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 wardrobe.
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14       Feb 11 - Feb 17, 2015Ocean Nova$10595 - $16895View Details
Triple

Triple - $10595

Upper Deck cabins 317, 319-321. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 2 closets.
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Twin

Twin - $11995

Upper Deck cabins 301, 306-315, 318; Bridge Deck cabins 401-415. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 closet.
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Single

Single - $16895

Upper Deck cabins 302-305, 316. 1 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 wardrobe.
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Included

One night pre-cruise hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas; Optional post-cruise hotel night in Punta Arenas; Punta Arenas flights to King George Island and back to Punta Arenas; Airport transfers; Shipboard accommodation, meals, shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage; Leadership by experienced expedition staff; Presentations by noted naturalists and other experts; Zodiac cruising and transfers to and from the ship for shore excursions; The use of rubber boots for the duration of the voyage; Comprehensive pre-departure information kit and Antarctic handbook; Group transfers and baggage handling as per itinerary; All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges.

Exclusions

Any International airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; supplement for single hotel accommodations; adventure options of kayaking or diving; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for those who have served you aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Room Configuration

Single travelers may book a single cabin, book a standard twin cabin for an 85% supplement, or request the Twin Share Program where we match you with a cabin/hotel mate(s) of the same gender. With the twin share program, even if we are unable to find a cabin mate for you, no single supplement will be charged.

Families & Children

Children are admitted from the age of 8 years if accompanied by a fully responsible adult. A 5% discount on the rate per person is offered for children up to 12 years of age.

Payment & Cancellation

A deposit of US$2000 per person is required to confirm a reservation on an Antarctica Air Cruise ($1,000 deposit for 5-day Express Cruises), with final payment due 120 days prior to departure. All prices and payments are in US dollars and no other currencies can be accepted. A special cancellation policy applies to all Antarctica trips, which is stricter than the AdventureSmith Explorations policy. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following fees, based on number of days prior to departure:

More than 120 days - $750 administrative fee
120 to 60 days - refund of 70% of the total tour costs
60-30 days - refund of 40% of the total tour costs
Within the 30 days - no refunds. If full payment has not yet been received at 120 days prior, the full penalty will still apply and unpaid monies are due immediately.

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, extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

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Trip Reviews

OVERALL: 5 stars ACCOMMODATIONS: 4 stars MEALS: 4 stars

Overall Trip Review

We most enjoyed flying over the Drake Passage - left more time to enjoy Antarctica. Loved the colours of the ice, the penguins (not the smell!!), seals, whales and birds. We chose a small vessel with only 68 passengers. We chose the kayaking option, which was brilliant. It was an amazing experience, and I really liked being on a smaller vessel.

Accommodations Review

Comfortable 3 person cabin. Very clean.

Meals Review

Buffet style breakfast, lunch. Dinner served, 3 choices.

Crew & Guides Review

All staff on the boat were friendly, knowledgable, and helpful. All the other passengers were interesting and polite. Great fun!

AdventureSmith Explorations Review

Good advice was well presented. Any questions were answered promptly.

F. Ning - Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
OVERALL: 5 stars ACCOMMODATIONS: 5 stars MEALS: 5 stars

Our Antarctic trip was all we expected and more; lots of adventure and fun! We were very pleased with the high quality staff on board the Ocean Nova. All meals were great.  We like acitve vactions, and this was not a ‘lay on the beach’ trip. Some people seemed surprised at the level of fitness required to really go twice a day and see all we saw, however we loved it.  We chose the Air Cruise because we have been waiting for a trip to emerge that did not involve sailing across the Drake Passage due to sea sickness and the time it requires. Our advice to other travelers is, it will possibly be one of the most unique places you will ever visit and it is definitely worth the time and expense.

K. Krug - Little Rock, AR