Experience this ultimate Antarctic landscape on a 15-day adventure cruise aboard the Expedition that defines "once in a lifetime." Cross the Drake Passage to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula, the Weddell Sea. This less-visited region of Antarctica is the planet's clearest sea and home to incredible tabular icebergs. Two attempted shore landings each day means more potential si ghtings of leopard seals, whales and thriving colonies of roosting penguins. Be a part of history as you embrace Shackleton's spirit. This is more than a polar cruise, it is an adventure of a lifetime. read more Experience this ultimate Antarctic landscape on a 15-day adventure cruise aboard the Expedition that defines "once in a lifetime." Cross the Drake Passage to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula, the Weddell Sea. This less-visited region of Antarctica is the planet's clearest sea and home to incredible tabular icebergs. Two attempted shore landings each day means more potential sightings of leopard seals, whales and thriving colonies of roosting penguins. Be a part of history as you embrace Shackleton's spirit. This is more than a polar cruise, it is an adventure of a lifetime.
Day 1 - Arrive Ushuaia
Day 2 - Embark Expedition
Days 3 - 4 - The Drake Passage
Days 5 - 12 - Antarctic Peninsula & Weddell Sea
Days 13 - 14 - The Drake Passage
Day 15 - Depart Ushuaia
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Day 1 - Arrive UshuaiaEnjoy the sights and sounds of the world's most southerly city. Arrive in Ushuaia at any time.
ACCOMMODATIONS:Hotel Albatros or similar
Day 2 - Embark ExpeditionEmbarkation on the Expedition begins late in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia. Enjoy the evening sailing through the Beagle Channel.
MEALS:breakfast and dinner
Days 3 - 4 - The Drake PassageYour adventure begins with a 497 miles (800km) crossing of the passage named in honor of 16th century English sea captain and privateer, 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 your first sightings of icebergs, whales, and albatross following in the Expedition's wake.
MEALS:breakfast, lunch and dinner
Days 5 - 12 - Antarctic Peninsula & Weddell SeaSail to the Antarctic Peninsula's less-visited eastern side. The Weddell Sea is as stunning as it is remote; this is where Ernest Shackleton's ship Endurance came to her end and where your polar adventure begins. Head south and explore the ice edge from the safety of the ice class expedition vessel, encountering truly astounding tabular icebergs and numerous species of penguin, seal and whale along the way. You'll have eight days to explore the region, giving you the longest possible time in this magnificent part of the world.
MEALS:breakfast, lunch and dinner
Days 13 - 14 - The Drake PassageBegin your northbound journey to your home port of Ushuaia. Review the highlights of your Antarctic experience with the lecturers and staff, and keep your eyes open on the observation deck for some last-minute whale sightings.
MEALS:breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 15 - Depart UshuaiaDisembark in the morning.
Arrival & DepartureJourney to the Antarctic Peninsula cruise begins and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina. Plan inbound flights to arrive (USH) at any time on day 1 and outbound flights to depart no earlier than 11:00 am on the final day. Upon completion of the 8:00 am disembarkation in Ushuaia, passengers will receive a complimentary transfer to either the airport or a central location where luggage can be stored. Get a free flight quote.
ActivitiesCamping and kayaking may be available on the Journey to the Antarctic Peninsula, but must be booked in advance as space is limited. Camping is limited to 60 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! Kayaking costs an additional $899 and camping costs $299. Call AdventureSmith for more details and to reserve an activity.
|Start/End Date||Ship||Price per Person|
|1||Dec 19 - Jan 02, 2016||Expedition||$9799 - $15499||View Details|
IncludedAccommodations 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.
ExclusionsAirfares 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 ConfigurationSolo 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 & ChildrenMinimum age for children is 10 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 & CancellationAt 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. Lifetime deposits for this trip apply wherein if the trip must be canceled, the deposits may be applied to a future trip on the Expedition of same or greater value. 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 & ConditionsThis 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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ExpeditionThe 132-passenger M/S Expedition is a top-of-the-line polar vessel at an affordable price. Unlike many expedition ships, where public space is at a premium, there are multiple large public areas aboard to enjoy.