Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary; all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea; all shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac; program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff; free use of rubber boots and snowshoes; luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation in Ushuaia; pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation); all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; comprehensive pre-departure material.
Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post-land arrangements; transfers to the vessel in Ushuaia; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (strongly recommended); insurance of any kind; optional activities; excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges; customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard.
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 90 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:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 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.
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.
Arrival & Departure
The main 11-day Antarctic Peninsula Including South Shetland Islands cruise begins and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina (USH). Embarkation time is between 4:00 and 5:00pm on day of departure. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. The ship sails around 6:00pm on day of departure. Disembarkation is after breakfast on final day between 8:30 and 9:00am. Plan flights to depart Ushuaia any time after noon on the final day. Arrival and departure times vary for alternative itineraries; inquire with your Adventure Specialist upon booking for details. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.
Various optional activities may be available on your 11-day Antarctic Peninsula Including South Shetland Islands cruise. The following table details what activities may be available on each departure and their per-person cost for the 2020-21 & 2022-23 seasons. Key: (C) camping $195 (2021-22) or $210 (2022-23) (30 persons max); (K) kayaking $450 (2021-22) or $475 (2022-23) (14 persons max); (D) polar diving $535 (2021-22) or $580 (2022-23) depending on voyage; (S) snowshoeing included; hiking included (2-3 hours or longer). Please contact AdventureSmith for details on which activities are available on your specific departure date and to reserve space with your booking.
Dec 12 – Dec 22, 2022 – Plancius – C, K, S
Dec 24 – Jan 03, 2022 – Hondius – C, K, S
Jan 03 – Jan 13, 2022 – Ortelius – C, K
Jan 04 – Jan 14, 2022 – Janssonius – C, K, S
Jan 12 – Jan 22, 2022 – Hondius – C, K, S
Jan 31 – Feb 10, 2022 – Hondius – C, K
Feb 01 – Feb 11, 2022 – Janssonius – C, K
Feb 03 – Feb 13, 2022 – Plancius – C, K, D
Feb 11 – Feb 21, 2022 – Janssonius – C, K
Dec 13 – Dec 23, 2022 – Hondius – C, K, S
Jan 04 – Jan 14, 2023 – Ortelius – C, K
Jan 11 – Jan 21, 2023 – Janssonius – C, K, S
Jan 21 – Jan 31, 2023 – Janssonius – C, K
Jan 22 – Feb 01, 2023 – Hondius – C, K
Jan 31 – Feb 10, 2023 – Janssonius – C, K
Feb 01 – Feb 11, 2023 – Plancius – C, K, D
Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x the per-person Twin or Superior listed rates. Single travelers wishing to book on a “sharing basis” may do so at no additional cost in Twin, Triple or Quadruple categories upon availability.
Families & Children
Upon request, children under 16 years old traveling with parents may receive 40% discount in Grand Suite, Superior, Triple (sharing with 2 parents/adults) and Quadruple Cabins (sharing with 3 parents/adults). Some voyages may be excluded.
Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $100,000 per person. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; 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.