Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; all meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board; beer and wine during dinner; all shore landings per the daily program; leadership throughout the voyage by experienced expedition leaders; all Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; formal and informal presentations by expedition team and special guests as scheduled; a photographic journal documenting the expedition; waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; an official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep; coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock; a hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin; comprehensive onboard (2019-20 season) materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; all luggage handling aboard the ship; emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person; group transfer in Ushuaia from airport to pre-expedition hotel on day 1; one night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia, with breakfast; group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day; group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from ship to local airport, and/or to luggage storage facility in the 2020-21 season.
For itineraries beginning and ending in Ushuaia: group transfer in Ushuaia from the airport to the pre-expedition hotel on day 1; one night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia, with breakfast; group transfer from the hotel to the ship on embarkation day; group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport.
International airfare; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above; meals ashore unless otherwise specified; baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance (strongly recommended); excess-baggage fees on international flights; mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, and any other gear not mentioned above; laundry, bar, massage services and other personal charges unless specified; phone and internet charges; additional overnight accommodation; optional adventure activities; voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew; arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated.
Payment & Cancellation
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 days or more – $1250 administrative fee
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost
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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.
Arrival & Departure
The Antarctic Explorer Cruise begins and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina (USH). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Ushuaia at any time on day 1. An arrival transfer from the Ushuaia airport to any local hotel is included. Plan flights to depart Ushuaia no earlier than 12:00pm noon on disembarkation day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.
Various optional activities may be available on your Antarctic Explorer cruise. The following table details what activities may be available on each departure and their per-person cost for the 2019-20 & 2020-21 seasons: (K) kayaking $995; (C) camping $295; (S) snowshoeing included; (P) photography included; (X) cross-country skiing $595; (M) mountaineering $595; (SUP) stand-up paddleboarding $295.
One-time paddling excursions (PE) are available for $295 per person, per outing, for those who want something less in-depth than the full sea kayaking program; no experience is necessary. Each departure’s first paddling excursion may be pre-booked and all subsequent outings are booked on the ship. Please contact AdventureSmith to reserve activity space with your booking.
Nov 03 – Nov 13, 2019 – World Explorer – C
Nov 07 – Nov 17, 2019 – Ocean Diamond – K, PE, C
Nov 12 – Nov 22, 2019 – Ocean Adventurer – K, PE, C
Nov 21 – 01 Dec, 2019 – Ocean Adventurer – K, PE, C
Dec 29 – 08 Jan, 2020 – Ocean Adventurer – K, PE, C
Feb 06 – Feb 16, 2020 – Ocean Endeavour – K, PE, SUP
Feb 07 – Feb 17, 2020 – Ocean Diamond – K, PE
Mar 03 – Mar 13, 2020 – Ocean Adventurer – K, PE
Mar 16 – Mar 26, 2020 – World Explorer – K, PE, SUP
Nov 04 – Nov 14, 2020 – Ocean Diamond – K, PE, C
Nov 13 – Nov 23, 2020 – Ocean Diamond – K, PE, C
Nov 30 – Dec 10, 2020 – Ocean Diamond – K, PE, C
Dec 09 – Dec 19, 2020 – Ocean Diamond – K, PE, C
Dec 18 – Dec 28, 2020 – World Explorer – K, PE, C, SUP
Jan 04 – Jan 14, 2021 – Ocean Adventurer – K, PE, C
Jan 28 – Feb 07, 2021 – World Explorer – K, PE, SUP
Feb 06 – Feb 16, 2021 – Ocean Adventurer – K, PE
Feb 16 – Feb 26, 2021 – Ocean Diamond – K, PE
In addition to listed Single cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. Solo 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. Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x (2x for Premium cabins) the per-person listed rate in select cabins based upon availability. Premium Cabins are as follows:
Ocean Adventurer: Superior, Deluxe, Suite & Owner’s Suite
Ocean Diamond: Suite & Balcony Suite
World Explorer: Superior Suite, Deluxe Suite & Owner’s Suite
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.
Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of up to $500,000 USD per paying traveler provides coverage between the first and last day of ship-based travel and is included in the cost of this trip. For ship- and land-based trips, additional days of travel pre- and post-expedition are not covered. Travelers should have a minimum $50,000 USD (or equivalent) of international emergency medical coverage. In addition, 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 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Antarctica expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.