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National Geographic The White Continent

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National Geographic The White Continent
This Antarctica travel journey aboard the National Geographic Explorer is the classic itinerary to the beautiful Antarctic Peninsula. It delivers everything you want: the huge tabular icebergs, hillsides covered with gentoo, Adelie or chinstrap penguins, whales and abundant marine life, a passage through the famed Lemaire Channel between towering blue bergs and more. On our Antarctica cr uises, the sights, sounds and emotions will stay in your mind forever.

Experience the National Geographic legacy of exploration on this Antarctica cruise itinerary. A fleet of zodiacs and kayaks further your ability to examine this remote wilderness. You'll travel safely with an experienced Antarctica cruise expedition staff: naturalists, ornithologists, marine biologists, polar historians, an undersea specialist, a National Geographic photographer and more experts on board.
read more This Antarctica travel journey aboard the National Geographic Explorer is the classic itinerary to the beautiful Antarctic Peninsula. It delivers everything you want: the huge tabular icebergs, hillsides covered with gentoo, Adelie or chinstrap penguins, whales and abundant marine life, a passage through the famed Lemaire Channel between towering blue bergs and more. On our Antarctica cruises, the sights, sounds and emotions will stay in your mind forever.

Experience the National Geographic legacy of exploration on this Antarctica cruise itinerary. A fleet of zodiacs and kayaks further your ability to examine this remote wilderness. You'll travel safely with an experienced Antarctica cruise expedition staff: naturalists, ornithologists, marine biologists, polar historians, an undersea specialist, a National Geographic photographer and more experts on board.
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Expert Review: National Geographic The White Continent

Expert Review: National Geographic The White Continent

A review of Andrew's Antarctic expedition aboard the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer.
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Antarctica Aboard NG Explorer

Antarctica Aboard NG Explorer

Day 1 - U.S. to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Day 2 - Buenos Aires & Overnight Hotel

Day 3 - Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Embark Ship

Day 4 - At Sea

Days 5 - 10 - Antarctica

Days 11 - 12 - At Sea

Day 13 - Disembark Ushuaia & Fly to Buenos Aires

Day 14 - Arrive Home


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Day 1 - U.S. to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Depart U.S. this evening on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires. (We've found that Miami is a convenient gateway for most, but other air alternatives are available.)
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Day 2 - Buenos Aires & Overnight Hotel

Arrive this morning in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, set on the Rio de la Plata, and check in to the fine Caesar Park Hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided overview of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces, grand boulevards, and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron.
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Caesar Park Hotel
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Day 3 - Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Embark Ship

The morning's LAN charter flight offers some rare views as you fly over the vividly rugged terrain of Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world. Have lunch during a catamaran cruise of the scenic Beagle Channel before embarking National Geographic Explorer.
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National Geographic Explorer
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breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - At Sea

Awake this morning well into your journey across the Drake Passage. Lying between Cape Horn and the Antarctic Peninsula, the Drake holds a unique place in maritime lore. Sometimes misty and gray, other times calm and clear, crossing the legendary Drake Passage is unforgettable - a milestone in any adventurer's personal travel history.
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National Geographic Explorer
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breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 5 - 10 - Antarctica

With nearly 24 hours of daylight, it's easy to make the most of these six days in Antarctica. The National Geographic Explorer keeps a flexible schedule to take advantage of the unexpected — perhaps watching a 40-ton whale surface off the bow. You'll leave the ship daily. One day, you may take a zodiac foray amid towering bergs under a bright sun, walk along the shoreline amid a huge penguin colony, hike to a summit for a breathtaking view or kayak along a cliff-side rookery in search of blue-eyed shags. And the next, you’ll have the thrill of watching the ship crunch through the pack ice, or step ashore to the cries of thousands of gentoo penguins. You’ll learn from experts how to identify penguins and get photo tips from a National Geographic photographer while watching those same penguins. Back aboard, the ship's Undersea Specialist may present video from that day’s dive — rare images taken up to 1,000 feet below the surface using an ROV. The National Geographic Explorer's expert staff will craft an expedition where you will learn more, see more and experience more.
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National Geographic Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 11 - 12 - At Sea

As you sail back to Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the avian escort of seabirds that cross the bow, and the ship's spotters will keep an eye out for marine life. Round the southernmost tip of South America, and see the meeting of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. There’ll be plenty of time to enjoy a wellness treatment, log some time in the gym or catch up on the book you haven’t had a minute to read. Talks from the staff will reflect on all you have seen and learned. Celebrate your voyage at a farewell dinner on board.
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National Geographic Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 13 - Disembark Ushuaia & Fly to Buenos Aires

After breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia with some time to explore before proceeding to the airport for your LAN charter flight to Buenos Aires, and an overnight flight to Miami.
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breakfast and lunch

Day 14 - Arrive Home

Independently arranged overnight flights home.
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Itinerary Notes

Tour dates are based on North America departure and return. 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

The White Continent Cruise begins and ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Embarkation time may vary as it is based upon arrival of group flights from Los Angeles or Miami, California. Disembarkation is after breakfast on day 13 of the outlined itinerary.
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1       Nov 28 - Dec 11, 2014National Geographic Explorer$12350 - $23560View Details
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Main Deck with window #317-320, 335-336. Shared accommodations available.
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Category 3 - $13690

Main Deck with window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350. Triples: Main Deck with window #341, 343
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Category 4

Category 4 - $14720

Upper and Veranda Decks with window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228
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Main Deck with window #309-312, 329-334
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Category Solo B

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Upper and Veranda Decks with window #105-106, 203, 208
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Category 5

Category 5 - $17670

Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224
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Category 6

Category 6 - $20240

Veranda Deck Suite #101-102; Upper Deck Suite with Balcony #213. Triples #101-102
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Category 7

Category 7 - $23560

Upper Deck Suite with balcony #215, 219, 230. All cabins are available as triples.
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2       Dec 08 - Dec 21, 2014National Geographic Explorer$12350 - $23560View Details
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Category 2 - $13280

Main Deck with window #317-320, 335-336. Shared accommodations available.
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Main Deck with window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350. Triples: Main Deck with window #341, 343
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Category 4

Category 4 - $14720

Upper and Veranda Decks with window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228
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Category Solo A

Category Solo A - $16600

Main Deck with window #309-312, 329-334
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Category Solo B

Category Solo B - $17110

Upper and Veranda Decks with window #105-106, 203, 208
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Category 5

Category 5 - $17670

Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224
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Category 6

Category 6 - $20240

Veranda Deck Suite #101-102; Upper Deck Suite with Balcony #213. Triples #101-102
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Category 7

Category 7 - $23560

Upper Deck Suite with balcony #215, 219, 230. All cabins are available as triples.
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3       Dec 18 - Dec 31, 2014National Geographic Explorer$12350 - $23560View Details
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Main Deck with one or two portholes #301-308. Shared accommodations available.
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Category 2 - $13280

Main Deck with window #317-320, 335-336. Shared accommodations available.
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Main Deck with window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350. Triples: Main Deck with window #341, 343
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Category 4

Category 4 - $14720

Upper and Veranda Decks with window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228
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Category Solo A

Category Solo A - $16600

Main Deck with window #309-312, 329-334
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Category Solo B

Category Solo B - $17110

Upper and Veranda Decks with window #105-106, 203, 208
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Category 5

Category 5 - $17670

Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224
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Category 6

Category 6 - $20240

Veranda Deck Suite #101-102; Upper Deck Suite with Balcony #213. Triples #101-102
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Category 7

Category 7 - $23560

Upper Deck Suite with balcony #215, 219, 230. All cabins are available as triples.
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4       Dec 28 - Jan 10, 2015National Geographic Explorer$12350 - $23560View Details
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Category 2 - $13280

Main Deck with window #317-320, 335-336. Shared accommodations available.
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Main Deck with window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350. Triples: Main Deck with window #341, 343
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Category 4

Category 4 - $14720

Upper and Veranda Decks with window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228
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Category Solo A

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Main Deck with window #309-312, 329-334
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Category Solo B

Category Solo B - $17110

Upper and Veranda Decks with window #105-106, 203, 208
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Category 5

Category 5 - $17670

Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224
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Category 6

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Veranda Deck Suite #101-102; Upper Deck Suite with Balcony #213. Triples #101-102
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Category 7 - $23560

Upper Deck Suite with balcony #215, 219, 230. All cabins are available as triples.
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5       Jan 07 - Jan 20, 2015National Geographic Explorer$12350 - $23560View Details
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Category 2 - $13280

Main Deck with window #317-320, 335-336. Shared accommodations available.
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Main Deck with window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350. Triples: Main Deck with window #341, 343
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Category 4

Category 4 - $14720

Upper and Veranda Decks with window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228
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Category Solo A

Category Solo A - $16600

Main Deck with window #309-312, 329-334
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Category Solo B

Category Solo B - $17110

Upper and Veranda Decks with window #105-106, 203, 208
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Category 5

Category 5 - $17670

Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224
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Veranda Deck Suite #101-102; Upper Deck Suite with Balcony #213. Triples #101-102
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Upper Deck Suite with balcony #215, 219, 230. All cabins are available as triples.
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6  Alternate Itinerary Available  Jan 17 - Jan 30, 2015National Geographic Explorer$12350 - $23560View Details
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Themed Departure

  Global Perspectives Guest Speaker Edward J. Larson joins this departure. Larson is a Pepperdine University professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. His latest book was published in May 2011, An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science. Larson places the famed voyages of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, his British rivals Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton, and others in a larger scientific, social and geopolitical context in this terrific new history, much enlivened by his own Antarctic travels.
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Main Deck with one or two portholes #301-308. Shared accommodations available.
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Main Deck with window #317-320, 335-336. Shared accommodations available.
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Main Deck with window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350. Triples: Main Deck with window #341, 343
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Category 4

Category 4 - $14720

Upper and Veranda Decks with window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228
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Category Solo A

Category Solo A - $16600

Main Deck with window #309-312, 329-334
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Category Solo B

Category Solo B - $17110

Upper and Veranda Decks with window #105-106, 203, 208
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Category 5

Category 5 - $17670

Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224
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Veranda Deck Suite #101-102; Upper Deck Suite with Balcony #213. Triples #101-102
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Category 7 - $23560

Upper Deck Suite with balcony #215, 219, 230. All cabins are available as triples.
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7  Alternate Itinerary Available  Jan 27 - Feb 09, 2015National Geographic Explorer$12350 - $23560View Details
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Themed Departure

  Global Perspectives Guest Speaker Edward J. Larson joins this departure. Larson is a Pepperdine University professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. His latest book was published in May 2011, An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science. Larson places the famed voyages of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, his British rivals Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton, and others in a larger scientific, social and geopolitical context in this terrific new history, much enlivened by his own Antarctic travels.
Category 1

Category 1 - $12350

Main Deck with one or two portholes #301-308. Shared accommodations available.
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Category 2

Category 2 - $13280

Main Deck with window #317-320, 335-336. Shared accommodations available.
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Category 3 - $13690

Main Deck with window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350. Triples: Main Deck with window #341, 343
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Category 4

Category 4 - $14720

Upper and Veranda Decks with window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228
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Category Solo A

Category Solo A - $16600

Main Deck with window #309-312, 329-334
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Category Solo B

Category Solo B - $17110

Upper and Veranda Decks with window #105-106, 203, 208
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Category 5

Category 5 - $17670

Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224
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Category 6

Category 6 - $20240

Veranda Deck Suite #101-102; Upper Deck Suite with Balcony #213. Triples #101-102
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Category 7

Category 7 - $23560

Upper Deck Suite with balcony #215, 219, 230. All cabins are available as triples.
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8  Alternate Itinerary Available  Feb 06 - Feb 19, 2015National Geographic Explorer$12350 - $23560View Details
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Themed Departure

  Global Perspectives Guest Speaker Peter Hillary joins this departure. The son of the first man to summit Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary, Peter Hillary was born into mountaineering royalty. He’s summited the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, established a new overland route to the South Pole on an 84-day trek, and is the sole survivor of a storm that claimed seven of his K2 climbing team.
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Main Deck with one or two portholes #301-308. Shared accommodations available.
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Category 2 - $13280

Main Deck with window #317-320, 335-336. Shared accommodations available.
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Main Deck with window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350. Triples: Main Deck with window #341, 343
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Category 4

Category 4 - $14720

Upper and Veranda Decks with window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228
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Category Solo A

Category Solo A - $16600

Main Deck with window #309-312, 329-334
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Upper and Veranda Decks with window #105-106, 203, 208
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Category 5

Category 5 - $17670

Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224
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Category 6

Category 6 - $20240

Veranda Deck Suite #101-102; Upper Deck Suite with Balcony #213. Triples #101-102
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Upper Deck Suite with balcony #215, 219, 230. All cabins are available as triples.
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Included

All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of kayaks (where available), gratuities (except to ship’s crew), taxes and service charges, services of a ship physician and services of expedition staff.

Exclusions

Air transportation (charter airfare: from $790 round-trip Buenos Aires/Ushuaia; sample airfare round-trip from Miami/Buenos Aires: from $1200), extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees, meals not indicated, baggage/accident/travel protection plan, items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, voyage DVD and laundry. Gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion.

Room Configuration

We will make arrangements for roommate shares for solo travelers at the double occupancy rate in categories 1 and 2. We match you with a cabin mate(s) of the same gender. Even if we are unable to find a cabin mate for you, no single supplement will be charged. Third person rates are available in the designated triple occupancy cabins at one-half the double occupancy rate.

Families & Children

There are no age requirements for children. Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Specially skilled staff have gone through a course designed by travel experts with years of experience in childhood and environmental education. This course has also been created in conjunction with the National Geographic Education department and NG Kids Magazine.

Parties of 8 or more 5% off per person on the voyage fare. A 10% deposit is due at time of reservation, and an additional 25% is required 120 days in advance.

Payment & Cancellation

A deposit of $1,000 per person is required to confirm a reservation. All prices and payments are in US dollars and no other currencies can be accepted. 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 (120 days for 2015 departures). Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. 2014 cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days - $150, in form of a Lindblad Travel Certificate
119-90 days - Advance payment cost
89-60 days - 25% of trip cost
59-30 days - 50% of trip cost
29-0 days - No refund

Departures in 2015 are subject to the following per-person cancellation fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days - $750, in form of a Lindblad Travel Certificate
179-120 days - Advance payment cost
119-90 days - 25% of trip cost
89-60 days - 50% of trip cost
59-0 days - No refund

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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