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Crossing the Antarctic Circle
This 13- to 15-day expedition cruise is for people who hanker to travel south of the Antarctic Circle, where the sun never sets. You'll visit a research station and explore Marguerite Bay. Denizens of penguin rookeries will amuse you. Seals will show you how to relax as they laze on ice floes in bays defined by walls of ice.

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s latitude, voyage through spectacular channels and bays of icebergs, seals, penguins and more. Be one of the few to set foot on the continent of Antarctica and beyond to the Polar Circle! We offer a 15-day and a 13-day itinerary. read more This 13- to 15-day expedition cruise is for people who hanker to travel south of the Antarctic Circle, where the sun never sets. You'll visit a research station and explore Marguerite Bay. Denizens of penguin rookeries will amuse you. Seals will show you how to relax as they laze on ice floes in bays defined by walls of ice.

Few people in the world can claim to have crossed this latitude, voyage through spectacular channels and bays of icebergs, seals, penguins and more. Be one of the few to set foot on the continent of Antarctica and beyond to the Polar Circle! We offer a 15-day and a 13-day itinerary.
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Day 1 - Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Day 2 - Embarkation Day

Days 3 - 4 - Crossing the Drake Passage

Days 5 - 8 - Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula

Days 9 - 10 - The Antarctic Circle

Days 11 - 12 - Northbound Along the Peninsula

Days 13 - 14 - The Drake Passage

Day 15 - Ushuaia, Argentina


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Day 1 - Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Begin your journey in Ushuaia, a small, but bustling port town at the tip of South America. This Argentinean town is an ideal gateway for you to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. Get active in the mountains or enjoy some hand crafted chocolate in town.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
TBA
MEALS:
n/a

Day 2 - Embarkation Day

The Beagle Channel sets you on your way as the ship sails in the late afternoon. The channel opens up to the vastness of the southern ocean, where your next land sighting will be along the Antarctic Peninsula. Named after the famed ship in which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents many great photo opportunities to capture sea birds hovering overhead.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Spirit or Ocean Diamond
MEALS:
dinner

Days 3 - 4 - Crossing the Drake Passage

During these two days we will sail across the Drake Passage. The Drake is legendary for its high winds and rolling seas, but you may be lucky and get calm weather. The expedition crew will keep you busy on deck, on the bridge and in the presentation room. When you cross the Antarctic Convergence, you may meet wandering albatrosses and other sea birds. Near the South Shetland Islands, glimpse the first icebergs.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Spirit or Ocean Diamond
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 5 - 8 - Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula

With the Drake Passage left in the ship's wake, make the final approach to Antarctica. Get your cameras ready, as the continent's coastline makes its first appearance. You'll see plentiful icebergs floating by and watch the ocean surface for curious whales spouting and breaching before your eyes.

The ultimate objective of this expedition is to cross the Antarctic Circle. En route, the Expedition Team will attempt a number of shore landings in the Peninsula, and if conditions permit the South Shetland Islands. The Captain and Expedition Leader will make adjustments to the program, taking advantage of local conditions. You may land at Hannah Point, where you'll find a nice variety of gentoo penguins, chinstraps and southern giant petrels, as well as elephant seals hauling out on the beach. At Deception Island, land at Baily Head, conditions permitting, home to a colony of ten thousand chinstrap penguins. Deception Island itself is a subducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbor for the ship. Here find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of cape pigeons, skuas and Antarctic Terns. Wilson’s Storm Petrels and black-bellied storm petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. Good walkers may hike from Baily Head over the ridge of the crater into Whalers Bay, while the ship braves its entrance into the crater through the spectacular Neptune´s Bellow into the ring of Deception Island.

In Neko Harbor and Paradise Bay with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, take the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent. Cruise on a zodiac between the icebergs in the inner parts of the fjords. Then sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Petermann Island offering adelie penguins and blue-eyed shags. The ship will also try to land at Pleneau Island with elephant seals and fair chances to encounter humpback, minke and fin whales. Certain departures offer adventure options of kayaking and camping, which are available on a first-come, first served basis.

Note that the 14-day itinerary, February 8-21, 2013, spends one less day here on the Antarctic Peninsula.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Spirit or Ocean Diamond
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 9 - 10 - The Antarctic Circle

Head south along the Argentine Islands to Crystal Sound, south of the polar circle. The landscape is very impressive with very high mountains and huge glaciers. At the Fish Islands, land at one of the southernmost adelie penguin and blue-eyed shag colonies in the Antarctic Peninsula. At Detaille Island, south of the Polar Circle, in Crystal Sound reach probably our farthest south. Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach 66° 33’ S. You and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne! With a toast to the first explorers who ventured this far south, you can take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world still visited by very few people. This is raw Antarctica, a special area that you’ll experience during the midnight sun if you’re on the first voyage of the season.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Spirit or Ocean Diamond
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 11 - 12 - Northbound Along the Peninsula

If you haven’t had your fill of Antarctic wildlife and icebergs by now, you’ll surely be satisfied with this return to the Drake Passage. Continue to journey onto land and out by zodiac twice daily as you travel north along the western Peninsula. Your Expedition Team will also be on the lookout for any species of penguins, seals and whales that may have eluded you on the journey south.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Spirit or Ocean Diamond
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 13 - 14 - The Drake Passage

The journey continues back across the Drake where you'll have time to reflect on your experiences. Excited conversations with your newfound friends will make the time passing the Drake Passage fly by, independent of weather and sea conditions. Your Expedition Team will round up their series of lectures as well, perhaps with a slideshow of some of the great landing sites and wildlife you’ve visited over the course of your voyage.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Spirit or Ocean Diamond
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 15 - Ushuaia, Argentina

Today you say goodbye to your Expedition Team and your fellow travelers. Disembark in the morning so that you may catch your homeward bound flights.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Alternative Itinerary

In addition to the 15-day itinerary listed above, there is a shorter 13-day route:
Day 1 - Ushuaia
Day 2 - Embark, Beagle Channel
Days 3-4 - Drake Passage
Days 5-6 - Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula
Days 7-8 - The Antarctic Circle
Days 9-10 - Northbound Along the Peninsula
Days 11-12 - Drake Passage
Day 13 - 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. Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. A measure of flexibility is something every traveler should bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands, and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Arrival & Departure

When considering flights for your Antarctic Explorer Cruise plan to arrive Ushuaia, Argentina (USH) at any time on day 1. An arrival transfer from the Ushuaia airport to any local hotel is included. Passengers departing Ushuaia on flights before 12pm noon on disembarkation day will be transferred directly to the airport; all other later transfers are on your own. Taxis are readily available in Ushuaia and should cost no more than $6-10 from any local hotel to the airport. Get a free flight quote.

Activities

Kayaking, camping and/or photography may be available on your Crossing the Antarctic Circle cruise. The following table details what activities may be available on each departure and their per-person cost. Key: (K) kayaking $950 2014-15; (P) photography included; (C) camping $1050 Ocean Diamond Kayak and Camp Package 2014-15. Please call AdventureSmith for more details and to reserve activity space.
Jan 07 - Jan 21, 2015 - K, C, P
Feb 08 - Feb 20, 2015 - K
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1       Jan 07 - Jan 21, 2015Ocean Diamond$9995 - $18995View Details

Triple - $9995

Approximately 200 square feet (19 square meters) in size, this cabin has two twin beds and an upper bed, and two portholes (Note: cabin 332 has three lower beds). Located on the Lower Deck, this cabin has a private bathroom with bathtub and shower.
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Twin Obstructed View - $12995

Approximately 200 square feet (19 square meters) in size, this cabin has one double bed or two twin beds, and a picture window (the view is obstructed). Located on the Captain's Deck, this cabin has a private bathroom with bathtub and shower. Amenities include: wardrobes, drawers, flat screen TV, DVD player, individual temperature controls, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, and hair dryer.
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Twin Window

Twin Window - $13995

Between 183 and 200 square feet (19 and 17 square meters) in size, this cabin has one double bed or two twin beds, and a picture window. Located on the Upper and Main Decks, this cabin has a private bathroom with bathtub and shower.
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Suite - $16995

Between 200 and 183 square feet (19 and 17 square meters) in size, this cabin has one double bed or two twin beds, and a picture window. Located on the Upper and Main Decks, this cabin has a private bathroom with bathtub and shower.
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Single Obstructed View - $17995

Approximately 200 square feet (19 square meters) in size, this cabin has one double bed, and a picture window (the view is obstructed by the lifeboats). Located on the Captain's Deck, this cabin has a private bathroom with bathtub and shower.
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Single Porthole - $17995

Approximately 200 square feet (19 square meters) in size, this cabin has one double bed and two portholes. Located on the Lower Decks, this cabin has a private bathroom and shower. Amenities include: wardrobes, drawers, flat-screen TV, DVD player, individual temperature controls, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, and hair dryer.
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Balcony Suite - $18995

Approximately 325 square feet (30 square meters) in size, including the balcony, this suite has one double bed or two twin beds, and a full-size window with a sliding glass door that leads to a private deck with chairs. Located on the Observation Deck, this suite has a private bathroom with bathtub and shower.
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2  Alternate Itinerary Available  Feb 08 - Feb 20, 2015Sea Adventurer$9295 - $17295View Details
  Alternative Itinerary

Alternative Itinerary

  This departure follows a 13-day route, spending two less days along the Antarctic Peninsula:
Day 1 - Ushuaia
Day 2 - Embark, Beagle Channel
Days 3-4 - Drake Passage
Days 5-6 - Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula
Days 7-8 - The Antarctic Circle
Days 9-10 - Northbound Along the Peninsula
Days 11-12 - Drake Passage
Day 13 - Ushuaia
Triple

Triple - $9295

Triple cabins are located on the main deck and range from 145-160 square feet with 2 lower and 1 upper berth and a porthole.
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Lower Deck

Lower Deck - $11295

Lower deck twin cabins range from 120-160 square feet with 2 lower berths and one porthole.
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Main Deck Porthole

Main Deck Porthole - $12295

Main deck twin porthole cabins range from 110-120 square feet with 2 lower berths and one porthole.
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Main Deck Window

Main Deck Window - $13295

Main deck twin window cabins range from 115-130 square feet with 2 lower berths and 2 windows.
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Superior

Superior - $14295

Superior cabins, located on the upper deck, range from 135-155 square feet with 2 lower berths and view windows.
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Deluxe

Deluxe - $15295

Located on the Captain's Deck and Upper Deck, deluxe cabins are range from 145-155 square feet with 2 lower berths and view windows.
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Suite

Suite - $17295

Located on the Captain's Deck suites range from 215-265 square feet. Each has 2 lower berths, view windows, bathtub in 403, shower in the remainder.
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Included

One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast, as indicated in the itinerary; Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; All meals on board throughout your voyage; All shore landings per the daily program; Experienced Expedition Leaders; All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled; A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; A Quark Expeditions parka – yours to keep; Coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock; Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin; All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person.

Exclusions

Airfare, 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, 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).

Room Configuration

Standard twin cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the share price. Request the Twin or Triple Share Program where 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.

Families & Children

At date of embarkation, a minimum age restriction of 8 years and minimum height and weight requirements (weight of 64lbs or 29kg and 48 in. or 1.2 m. tall) must be met. Children under 16 years of age must be supervised by a parent/guardian at all times, and may not participate in adventure options.

Payment & Cancellation

A deposit of 20% (minimum $1,000 per person) is required to confirm a reservation on this Antarctic voyage. Final payment is due 120 days prior to departure. Payments by bank wire transfer, check, money order or major credit card are accepted. All prices and payments are in US dollars, and no other currencies can be accepted.

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:
180 days or more - $1000 per person admin fee
179 to 120 days - per person deposit amount is forfeited.
119 days or less - all deposits and tariffs, whether paid or not, are due and forfeited

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 evacuation insurance, to a maximum benefit per paying traveler of $100,000 USD, is included in the cost of this trip through Travelex Insurance. In addition to the emergency evacuation insurance, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex 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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