For Antarctica Air Cruises and Polar Circle Air Cruises operated by Antarctica21, a Contingency Plan is in place for those cases when weather conditions require that the day of operation of the flight to/from Antarctica is modified from the itinerary.
2019-20 & 2020-21 Seasons
ANTARCTICA21 has been organizing Antarctic air cruises since 2003. Over these years we have gained extensive experience in the delicate coordination of land, air and sea operations in the extreme Antarctic environment. While historically a majority of flights has operated on the scheduled day, in some instances weather conditions have required that adjustments to the departure time of Antarctic flights be made to avoid protracted delays. In the unlikely event that the flight to Antarctica cannot take place on the scheduled day due to unfavorable weather conditions, we will apply a Contingency Plan.
The Contingency Plan is included in the cost of your expedition. The primary goal of the plan is to provide an engaging and comfortable travel experience while we adapt to the weather. A change in the flight schedule can impact travel to Antarctica or return back to Punta Arenas, and the plan includes a range of activities determined by the circumstances. Additionally, the Contingency Plan offers you financial protection by providing a refund should weather conditions prevent us from reaching Antarctica.
Contingency Plan for Antarctica Express Air Cruises starting in Ushuaia
In the 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 refund will be extended for any reason whatsoever.
Contingency Plan for Classic Antarctica Air Cruises, Polar Circle Air Cruises, Antarctica & South Georgia Air Cruises and Antarctica Express Air Cruises starting in Punta Arenas
In case the outbound flight to Antarctica is moved forward
In some cases it may be necessary to move forward the Antarctic flight to the afternoon or evening of Day 1 of the itinerary. This will result in early departure from Punta Arenas and early arrival in Antarctica.
In case the outbound flight to Antarctica is delayed
The group will remain in Punta Arenas while waiting for an improvement in the weather and for the opportunity to fly to Antarctica. Included are accommodation at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar, meals, and guided excursions to local attractions. If by 2 PM on Day 4 of the itinerary it is still impossible to reach Antarctica, the trip will be interrupted and the cruise fare will be refunded.
In case the return flight to Punta Arenas is moved forward
In those cases when the forecast suggests the likelihood of unfavorable weather conditions in Antarctica persisting for several days, the flight back to Punta Arenas may be moved forward to the previous evening as a way to avoid a protracted delay in Antarctica. Accommodation at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar is included upon arrival. All other inclusions will remain per the original itinerary.
In case the return flight to Punta Arenas is delayed
The group will remain in Antarctica and wait for the opportunity to fly to Punta Arenas. Included are meals and accommodation on the ship, and local excursions. Upon arrival in Punta Arenas, the trip will end at the airport. Travelers are responsible for any expenses associated with the rescheduling of their airline tickets or onward travel plans.
In case the return flight to Punta Arenas is delayed on Polar Circle Air Cruises OCN10-PC & OCN18-PC (2019-20) and OCN10-PC (2020-21) and on Classic Antarctica Air Cruises MAG08-CA & HEB05-CA (2019-20) and MAG13-CA & HEB05-CA (2020-21)
In the case of a protracted delay of the return flight to Punta Arenas from Antarctica, the ship will sail across the Drake Passage to Puerto Williams, Chile. Upon arrival a charter flight will take travelers to the Punta Arenas airport where the trip will end.
Important Notice on Refunding
Refunding will take place as soon as possible and will release Antarctica21 from any further liability.