Rendering of dark blue expedition ship cruising ice-laden waters, seen from aft.
Mottled Weddell Seal lays on its back on the ice during an Antarctica voyage aboard Le Commandant Charcot.
Whale tail sprays water while polar travelers dressed in red jackets look on from Zodiacs at a distance.
2 kayakers paddle between ice floes on Le Commandant Charcot Weddell Sea Voyages.
Ice floes and channel of open water with snowcapped peaks in the background, seen on Le Commandant Charcot Weddell Sea Voyages.
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Polar Regions Antarctica Cruise

Le Commandant Charcot Weddell Sea Voyages

Extreme and captivating is the best way to describe the Weddell Sea, mostly frozen by a thick and compressed ice floe. Voyage into this challenging and immense polar expanse aboard luxury hybrid electric ship Le Commandant Charcot, cruising among an infinite ice desert in total comfort. Take in a world of silence and a refuge for Antarctic wildlife.

Most departures pay a visit to an imposing ice shelf known as the Larsen Ice Shelf that stretches along the eastern coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, in the northwest of the Weddell Sea. This white giant is equally disturbing and fascinating due to its colossal dimensions and the impressive table top icebergs—among the largest ever seen—that it generates.

Most departures cruise round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, with bookend flights between Santiago, Chile and Ushuaia. A special 16-day departure spends time positioning farther into the Weddell Sea, to view the 2021 eclipse in the path of totality. And a 17-day departure, one of our South Georgia cruises, spends the second half of its itinerary visiting the rarely visited and remote South Sandwich Islands, plus South Georgia Island before disembarking and ending in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Cruise aboard the sophisticated and sustainability-minded Le Commandant Charcot. This spacious 270-guest hybrid electric ship carries a maximum of 200 guests in Antarctica, with French-inspired luxury and a focus on food, wellness, onboard engagement and active programming. Participate in citizen science with Le Commandant Charcot’s onboard research laboratory, and enjoy unique included activities such as kayaking, exploration by hovercraft and hiking; plus optional added-cost polar diving. This modern, innovative ship with five-star service makes her a top pick within our luxury Antarctica cruises.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Antarctica cruises.



Itinerary

The Weddell Sea & Larsen Ice Shelf Itinerary

The 13-day Weddell Sea & Larsen Ice Shelf voyage sails round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, bookended by round-trip charter flights to and from Santiago, Chile.

Route map of The Weddell Sea & Larsen Ice Shelf Antarctica cruise aboard Le Commandant Charcot, round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, with bookend flights via Santiago, Chile, and visits to the South Shetland Islands, North Antarctic Peninsula & Drake Passage.
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Day 1
Arrive Santiago, Chile

Arrive in Santiago, Chile, and spend the night prior to an included group charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina, for embarkation and the start of this once-in-a-lifetime journey.

Accommodations

Included Hotel TBA

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina & Embark

Capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 4
Drake Passage

Use these days spent in the Drake Passage to become familiar with the ship and deepen your knowledge of the Antarctic. The expedition leader will first present the IAATO rules of conduct that must be observed during landings in the region and will explain everything about the Zodiac outings. Lectures about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic will be an opportunity to learn more about this magical region, where every cruise is a unique experience. From the ship’s bridge, experience exceptional sailing moments before joining the naturalist guides on the ship’s exterior decks to look out for albatrosses, cape petrels and other seabirds flying over the Drake Passage.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
South Shetland Islands

On the edge of the Antarctic Peninsula, 70 miles from the White Continent, the South Shetland Islands offer surreal and mysterious scenery. On these volcanic islands of dark rock, the landscapes alternate between long, jagged and snow-covered coast and large, gently sloping bays. These lunar and wild lands are home to important scientific research stations and a large number of animal species: chinstrap penguins, crabeater seals or Weddell seals, Antarctic terns, giant petrels and elephant seals have taken up residence here.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
North Antarctic Peninsula

Throughout this time in the north of the Antarctic Peninsula, the ship cruises through the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Sail through the Antarctic Sound, named after Swedish explorer Otto Nordenskjöld’s ship, which was trapped by the ice during an important scientific expedition in 1902. The gateway to the Weddell Sea, this sound is filled with gigantic tabular icebergs and plates of sea ice drifting northward from the coastal areas of this vast sea. It is home to Adelie penguins and a great many leopard seals.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
The Weddell Sea

Amid the eerie stillness of the Weddell Sea, the ship wends her way through a labyrinth of dense ice floe and majestic table-top icebergs. Sweeping ice platforms sculpt a landscape unlike any other, populated by fur seals, penguins, wandering albatross and other remarkable seabirds. The Weddell sealking of this realmwill welcome all to his territory with a haunting cry that pierces the surrounding silence. He is recognized by his dark grey coat and spotted belly. Weddell seals have the impressive skill of being able to stay underwater for more than an hour.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 8 - 9
Sailing Toward The Larsen Ice Shelf

On the Weddell Sea, sail close to the gigantic Larsen ice shelves. These floating ice shelves help to prevent the erosion of the Antarctic ice sheet. Over the last 50 years, scientists have however observed regular collapses of these shelves, along giant cracks that can be a few hundred miles long and deep. In 2017, a portion measuring more than 2,300 square miles (barely smaller than Corsica) had broken off the Larsen C ice shelf, forming one of the largest tabular icebergs in the world. This disintegration is believed to be due in part to global warming and melting sea ice.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
The Weddell Sea

Amid the eerie stillness of the Weddell Sea, the ship wends her way through a labyrinth of dense ice floe and majestic table-top icebergs. Sweeping ice platforms sculpt a landscape unlike any other, populated by fur seals, penguins, wandering albatross and other remarkable seabirds. The Weddell sealking of this realmwill welcome all to his territory with a haunting cry that pierces the surrounding silence. He is recognized by his dark grey coat and spotted belly. Weddell seals have the impressive skill of being able to stay underwater for more than an hour.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 11 - 12
Drake Passage

If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly the Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to connect Antarctica to South America. As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbors a very diverse marine fauna. Don’t forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around the ship.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Disembark Ushuaia, Argentina, Fly to Santiago, Chile & Depart

Say farewell to the ship’s crew, captain and guides, as well as new friends made during this epic voyage. Disembark here, catch the return charter flight to Santiago and travel onward.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Transfers program (includes transfer to included 5-star hotel from Santiago airport or chosen pick-up location within a 30-mile range from the city center, 1-night stay in a Santiago hotel plus dinner and beverage package on night 1, breakfast on day 2, round-trip flights between Santiago and Ushuaia, transfer to the ship for embarkation on day 2, and disembarkation day transfer from the ship to the airport); all meals while on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; “open bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); evening entertainment and events; room service; highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; lectures presented by the expedition team; Zodiac and shore excursions; park entry fees into protected areas; complimentary unlimited Wifi on board; boot rental and polar parka to keep (no children sizes available in either); port fees and taxes (except for child passengers–see Families & Children); gratuities; activities indicated in cruise documents.

Exclusions

Other meals and services not mentioned in the program; optional add-on excursions or packages; ground services before or after the cruise, aside from Transfers program; visa expenses; possible immigration reciprocity taxes; gratuities for the local guide; luggage handling; beverages beyond those in Inclusions; laundry, hair salon, spa treatments, onboard medical consultations and other personal charges; cancellation, luggage, assistance, repatriation, medical and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% 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 beyond 14 days after booking confirmation are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
365 days or more – $150
364 to 211 days – 10% of total trip cost
210 to 121 days – 25% of total trip cost
120 to 91 days – 50% of total trip cost
90 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 main Weddell Sea & Larsen Ice Shelf voyage begins and ends in Santiago, Chile (SCL). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Recommended flight arrival and departure times are specific to each voyage; consult your Adventure Specialist for guidelines relating to your departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Economy class group charter flights between Santiago, Chile, and Ushuaia, Argentina, are included with this trip’s itinerary; see the Transfers program information listed above under Inclusions. Charter flights are unique per departure and details will be confirmed in advance. The flight to Ushuaia is expected to depart after breakfast on day 2 of the itinerary. There is a luggage limit of 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage and 18 lbs (8 kg) cabin baggage on the flights between Santiago and Ushuaia for Economy class. Additional Economy class baggage allotment can be requested and purchased and is based on availability. Business Class seating is available upon request and may incur an additional charge. The luggage limit for business class is two 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage and 22 lbs (10 kg) cabin baggage. On the final day of the itinerary, the ship is scheduled to arrive at the pier and breakfast is held on board. Disembarkation follows breakfast, with a transfer to the airport for the return charter flight to Santiago.

Activities

Various optional, included activities may be available on your Weddell Sea & Larsen Ice Shelf voyage: citizen science, exploration by hovercraft, kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing and possible added-cost polar diving (must be pre-booked; contact Adventuresmith for required certifications). Additional activities include practicing photography, Zodiac cruising and shore-based excursions. In addition to these off-ship excursions, a multitude of onboard activities keep guests engaged, including live music, dance and theater; spa treatments; exercise and stretching classes; specialty food, wine and cocktail tastings; organized games; and lectures by guides and possible special guests.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. This supplement may vary depending on cabin category and remaining availability per departure. A willing-to-share program is not available. Triple and quadruple rates may be available in select cabin categories; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Children 6 years and older at time of travel are welcomed on this expedition. Select departures offer a Kid’s Club with organized kid-friendly activities. Children 6 to 11 years old at time of travel pay only port fees and taxes when sharing a cabin with two full-fare adults. Children 12 to 17 years old receive 50% off double occupancy rate when sharing a cabin with 1 or 2 full fare adults. Contact AdventureSmith for details.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers, signed by their doctor, is required for every departure. Travelers are also highly encouraged to have full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. 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.

Itinerary Notes

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.

Total Eclipse in the Weddell Sea Itinerary

The 16-day Total Eclipse in the Weddell Sea voyage sails round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, bookended by round-trip charter flights to and from Santiago, Chile. This departure uniquely observes the 2021 total eclipse of the sun from the Weddell Sea ice pack.

Route map of the Antarctica Total Eclipse cruise aboard Le Commandant Charcot, round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, with bookend flights via Santiago, Chile, and visits to the South Shetland Islands, North Antarctic Peninsula, Larsen Ice Shelf & Drake Passage.
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Day 1
Arrive Santiago, Chile

Arrive in Santiago, Chile, and spend the night prior to an included group charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina, for embarkation and the start of this once-in-a-lifetime journey.

Accommodations

Included Hotel TBA

Meals

dinner

Read More
Day 2
Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina & Embark

Capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 4
Drake Passage

Use these days spent in the Drake Passage to become familiar with the ship and deepen your knowledge of the Antarctic. The expedition leader will first present the IAATO rules of conduct that must be observed during landings in the region and will explain everything about the Zodiac outings. Lectures about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic will be an opportunity to learn more about this magical region, where every cruise is a unique experience. From the ship’s bridge, experience exceptional sailing moments before joining the naturalist guides on the ship’s exterior decks to look out for albatrosses, cape petrels and other seabirds flying over the Drake Passage.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Sailing Ice Floes

Enjoy the absolutely unique experience of sailing to the heart of the ice floea vast expanse of virgin, immaculate ice. The landscapes are constantly changing, shifting from a smooth, flat wilderness to a chaos of ice, then to channels of open water. The ship sails along these naturally open channels and through the areas where the frozen layer is thinnest, offering the chance to experience magic maritime moments in the midst of drifting sea ice. It will also often be an opportunity to see a particular kind of fauna, totally dependent on the ice floe.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Total Eclipse Observation

Beyond the Antarctic Circle, in the bewitching silence of the Weddell Sea ice pack, enjoy the unique privilege of entering the heart of the only area in the world where the total solar eclipse will be 100% visible. Disembark on the ice pack to enjoy a magnificent observation of this natural phenomenon, as rare as it is exceptional. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon is positioned and aligned perfectly in front of the sun, covering it completely with a black disc. In the polar perimeter where the moon’s shadow is cast on the Earth, it is usually never quite dark. Thanks to this prodigious event, the full night will envelop all on this voyage for a few moments of eternity.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
North Antarctic Peninsula

Throughout this time in the north of the Antarctic Peninsula, the ship cruises through the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Sail through the Antarctic Sound, named after Swedish explorer Otto Nordenskjöld’s ship, which was trapped by the ice during an important scientific expedition in 1902. The gateway to the Weddell Sea, this sound is filled with gigantic tabular icebergs and plates of sea ice drifting northward from the coastal areas of this vast sea. It is home to Adelie penguins and a great many leopard seals.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 8
The Weddell Sea

Amid the eerie stillness of the Weddell Sea, the ship wends her way through a labyrinth of dense ice floe and majestic table-top icebergs. Sweeping ice platforms sculpt a landscape unlike any other, populated by fur seals, penguins, wandering albatross and other remarkable seabirds. The Weddell sealking of this realmwill welcome all to his territory with a haunting cry that pierces the surrounding silence. He is recognized by his dark grey coat and spotted belly. Weddell seals have the impressive skill of being able to stay underwater for more than an hour.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 9 - 10
Sailing Toward The Larsen Ice Shelf

On the Weddell Sea, sail close to the gigantic Larsen ice shelves. These floating ice shelves help to prevent the erosion of the Antarctic ice sheet. Over the last 50 years, scientists have however observed regular collapses of these shelves, along giant cracks that can be a few hundred miles long and deep. In 2017, a portion measuring more than 2,300 square miles (barely smaller than Corsica) had broken off the Larsen C ice shelf, forming one of the largest tabular icebergs in the world. This disintegration is believed to be due in part to global warming and melting sea ice.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 11
The Weddell Sea

Amid the eerie stillness of the Weddell Sea, the ship wends her way through a labyrinth of dense ice floe and majestic table-top icebergs. Sweeping ice platforms sculpt a landscape unlike any other, populated by fur seals, penguins, wandering albatross and other remarkable seabirds. The Weddell sealking of this realmwill welcome all to his territory with a haunting cry that pierces the surrounding silence. He is recognized by his dark grey coat and spotted belly. Weddell seals have the impressive skill of being able to stay underwater for more than an hour.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 12
North Antarctic Peninsula

Throughout this time in the north of the Antarctic Peninsula, the ship cruises through the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Sail through the Antarctic Sound, named after Swedish explorer Otto Nordenskjöld’s ship, which was trapped by the ice during an important scientific expedition in 1902. The gateway to the Weddell Sea, this sound is filled with gigantic tabular icebergs and plates of sea ice drifting northward from the coastal areas of this vast sea. It is home to Adelie penguins and a great many leopard seals.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 13
South Shetland Islands

On the edge of the Antarctic Peninsula, 70 miles from the White Continent, the South Shetland Islands offer surreal and mysterious scenery. On these volcanic islands of dark rock, the landscapes alternate between long, jagged and snow-covered coast and large, gently sloping bays. These lunar and wild lands are home to important scientific research stations and a large number of animal species: chinstrap penguins, crabeater seals or Weddell seals, Antarctic terns, giant petrels and elephant seals have taken up residence here.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 14 - 15
Drake Passage

If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly the Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to connect Antarctica to South America. As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbors a very diverse marine fauna. Don’t forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around the ship.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 16
Disembark Ushuaia, Argentina, Fly to Santiago, Chile & Depart

Say farewell to the ship’s crew, captain and guides, as well as new friends made during this epic voyage. Disembark here, catch the return charter flight to Santiago and travel onward.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Transfers program (includes transfer to included 5-star hotel from Santiago airport or chosen pick-up location within a 30-mile range from the city center, 1-night stay in a Santiago hotel plus dinner and beverage package on night 1, breakfast on day 2, round-trip flights between Santiago and Ushuaia, transfer to the ship for embarkation on day 2, and disembarkation day transfer from the ship to the airport); all meals while on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; “open bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); evening entertainment and events; room service; highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; lectures presented by the expedition team; Zodiac and shore excursions; park entry fees into protected areas; complimentary unlimited Wifi on board; boot rental and polar parka to keep (no children sizes available in either); port fees and taxes (except for child passengers–see Families & Children); gratuities; activities indicated in cruise documents.

Exclusions

Other meals and services not mentioned in the program; optional add-on excursions or packages; ground services before or after the cruise, aside from Transfers program; visa expenses; possible immigration reciprocity taxes; gratuities for the local guide; luggage handling; beverages beyond those in Inclusions; laundry, hair salon, spa treatments, onboard medical consultations and other personal charges; cancellation, luggage, assistance, repatriation, medical and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% 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 beyond 14 days after booking confirmation are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
365 days or more – $150
364 to 211 days – 10% of total trip cost
210 to 121 days – 25% of total trip cost
120 to 91 days – 50% of total trip cost
90 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 alternative Total Eclipse in the Weddell Sea voyage begins and ends in Santiago, Chile (SCL). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Recommended flight arrival and departure times are specific to each voyage; consult your Adventure Specialist for guidelines relating to your departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Economy class group charter flights between Santiago, Chile, and Ushuaia, Argentina, are included with this trip’s itinerary; see the Transfers program information listed above under Inclusions. Charter flights are unique per departure and details will be confirmed in advance. The flight to Ushuaia is expected to depart after breakfast on day 2 of the itinerary. There is a luggage limit of 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage and 18 lbs (8 kg) cabin baggage on the flights between Santiago and Ushuaia for Economy class. Additional Economy class baggage allotment can be requested and purchased and is based on availability. Business Class seating is available upon request and may incur an additional charge. The luggage limit for business class is two 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage and 22 lbs (10 kg) cabin baggage. On the final day of the itinerary, the ship is scheduled to arrive at the pier and breakfast is held on board. Disembarkation follows breakfast, with a transfer to the airport for the return charter flight to Santiago.

Activities

Various optional, included activities may be available on your Total Eclipse in the Weddell Sea voyage: citizen science, exploration by hovercraft, kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing and possible added-cost polar diving (must be pre-booked; contact Adventuresmith for required certifications). Additional activities include practicing photography, Zodiac cruising and shore-based excursions. In addition to these off-ship excursions, a multitude of onboard activities keep guests engaged, including live music, dance and theater; spa treatments; exercise and stretching classes; specialty food, wine and cocktail tastings; organized games; and lectures by guides and possible special guests.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. This supplement may vary depending on cabin category and remaining availability per departure. A willing-to-share program is not available. Triple and quadruple rates may be available in select cabin categories; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Children 6 years and older at time of travel are welcomed on this expedition. Select departures offer a Kid’s Club with organized kid-friendly activities. Children 6 to 11 years old at time of travel pay only port fees and taxes when sharing a cabin with two full-fare adults. Children 12 to 17 years old receive 50% off double occupancy rate when sharing a cabin with 1 or 2 full fare adults. Contact AdventureSmith for details.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers, signed by their doctor, is required for every departure. Travelers are also highly encouraged to have full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. 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.

Itinerary Notes

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.

The Weddell Sea & The South Sandwich Islands Itinerary

The 19-day Weddell Sea & The South Sandwich Islands voyage begins with a charter flight from Santiago, Chile, embarks in Ushuaia, Argentina, and disembarks in Montevideo, Uruguay. This itinerary uniquely visits the South Georgia Island and the rarely visited South Sandwich Islands, both of which offer incredible wildlife.

Route map of the Weddell Sea & The South Sandwich Islands Antarctica cruise aboard Le Commandant Charcot, from Ushuaia, Argentina, to Montevideo, Uruguay, starting with a flight to Ushuaia from Santiago, Chile, and visits to the South Shetland Islands, North Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia Island & Drake Passage.
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Day 1
Arrive Santiago, Chile

Arrive in Santiago, Chile, and spend the night prior to an included group charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina, for embarkation and the start of this once-in-a-lifetime journey.

Accommodations

Included Hotel TBA

Meals

dinner

Read More
Day 2
Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina & Embark

Capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 3 - 4
Drake Passage

Use these days spent in the Drake Passage to become familiar with the ship and deepen your knowledge of the Antarctic. The expedition leader will first present the IAATO rules of conduct that must be observed during landings in the region and will explain everything about the Zodiac outings. Lectures about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic will be an opportunity to learn more about this magical region, where every cruise is a unique experience. From the ship’s bridge, experience exceptional sailing moments before joining the naturalist guides on the ship’s exterior decks to look out for albatrosses, cape petrels and other seabirds flying over the Drake Passage.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
South Shetland Islands

On the edge of the Antarctic Peninsula, 70 miles from the White Continent, the South Shetland Islands offer surreal and mysterious scenery. On these volcanic islands of dark rock, the landscapes alternate between long, jagged and snow-covered coast and large, gently sloping bays. These lunar and wild lands are home to important scientific research stations and a large number of animal species: chinstrap penguins, crabeater seals or Weddell seals, Antarctic terns, giant petrels and elephant seals have taken up residence here.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
North Antarctic Peninsula

Throughout this time in the north of the Antarctic Peninsula, the ship cruises through the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Sail through the Antarctic Sound, named after Swedish explorer Otto Nordenskjöld’s ship, which was trapped by the ice during an important scientific expedition in 1902. The gateway to the Weddell Sea, this sound is filled with gigantic tabular icebergs and plates of sea ice drifting northward from the coastal areas of this vast sea. It is home to Adelie penguins and a great many leopard seals.

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Le Commandant Charcot

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Days 7 - 8
The Weddell Sea

Amid the eerie stillness of the Weddell Sea, the ship wends her way through a labyrinth of dense ice floe and majestic table-top icebergs. Sweeping ice platforms sculpt a landscape unlike any other, populated by fur seals, penguins, wandering albatross and other remarkable seabirds. The Weddell sealking of this realmwill welcome all to his territory with a haunting cry that pierces the surrounding silence. He is recognized by his dark grey coat and spotted belly. Weddell seals have the impressive skill of being able to stay underwater for more than an hour.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
South Sandwich Islands: Southern Thule & Cook

The southernmost island in the Sandwich Islands is a volcano that rises to an altitude of roughly 2,300 feet. For a long time, this former military base was the source of conflicts between the British and the Argentinians, who finally took possession of the island in 1982 after the Falklands War. While visiting, there may be the chance to observe impressive elephant seals and Adelie or chinstrap penguins.

Cook Island, an uninhabited volcano buried under a thick white coat, seems to float on the surface of the ocean. There is a striking contrast between the imposing and peaceful mass of glistening ice and the brown sheer cliffs that loom over its shores. Its highest peak, Mount Harmer, rises to an altitude of about 3,650 feet. This island, the largest in the Southern Thule island group, was discovered by James Cook in 1775, the first explorer to have crossed the Antarctic Circle in search of a new continent. In 1819, the Russian explorer Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen christened it as a tribute to this illustrious explorer.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

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Day 10
South Sandwich Islands: Saunders

The brown volcanic silhouette of Saunders Island, overlooked by Mount Michael, which rises to an altitude of more than 3,000 feet, will then come into view on the horizon. The island’s frozen and rugged shores are considered very difficult to access. With good fortune, land in this lunar landscape and meet chinstrap and Adelie penguins or attempt to observe the cape petrels nesting in crevices along the cliff faces. It is one of only eight volcanoes in the world whose summit crater, with a diameter of roughly 2,300 feet, contains a persistent lava lake. Its most recent eruption was in 2005.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

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Day 11
South Sandwich Islands: Zavodovski

Lying in the north of this archipelago, this majestic volcanic island is often ice-free year round, unlike the islands farther south. Different species can be found on either side of this bio-geographic border: Subantarctic species in the north and Antarctic species in the south. Enveloped in the warmth of the volcanic fumeroles, one of the world’s largest colonies of chinstrap penguins (over two million individuals) thrives in this ideal environment. This volcanic island was discovered in 1819 by the Russian explorer Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, who named it in honor of his ship’s captain.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
At Sea

Spend exceptional moments sailing aboard your luxury PC2-class polar cruise ship capable of sailing into the very heart of the ice, on seas and oceans which the frozen conditions render inaccessible to ordinary ships. The ship is fitted with oceanographic and scientific equipment selected by a committee of experts. Take advantage of the onboard lectures and opportunities for discussion with these specialists to learn more about the poles. Participate in furthering scientific research and discover together what these fascinating destinations have yet to reveal.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 13 - 14
South Georgia

Aboard the ship, discover South Georgia, a region formed by an underwater mountain chain that extends from the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. All the wildlife of the Far South can be found there: king and Gentoo penguins, elephant seals, fur seals…there might be the chance to discover the majestic glaciers of Gold Harbor and the vast plains of Fortuna Bay. With luck, land at Salisbury Plain and expect a wonderful spectacle: more than 300,000 king penguinsrecognizable by the bright orange mark on their head and neckhave taken up residence there.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 15 - 18
At Sea

Spend exceptional moments sailing aboard your luxury PC2-class polar cruise ship capable of sailing into the very heart of the ice, on seas and oceans which the frozen conditions render inaccessible to ordinary ships. The ship is fitted with oceanographic and scientific equipment selected by a committee of experts. Take advantage of the onboard lectures and opportunities for discussion with these specialists to learn more about the poles. Participate in furthering scientific research and discover together what these fascinating destinations have yet to reveal.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 19
Disembark Montevideo, Uruguay

Disembark at the far southern tip of Uruguay. Montevideo is a city basked in white, and one of the loveliest capital cities of South America. Admire the beautiful historical remains dating from Spanish rule; find the most interesting within the formerly fortified Cuidad Vieja, its old town dating from the 18th century. The best preserved buildings are the cathedral and the former governmental palace of the Cabildo, both listed historical monuments. In the crook of a vast blue bay, the city is also blessed with beautiful beaches.

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breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Transfers program (includes transfer to included 5-star hotel from Santiago airport or chosen pick-up location within a 30-mile range from the city center, 1-night stay in a Santiago hotel plus dinner and beverage package on night 1, breakfast on day 2, flight from Santiago to Ushuaia, and transfer to the ship for embarkation on day 2); all meals while on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; “open bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); evening entertainment and events; room service; highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; lectures presented by the expedition team; Zodiac and shore excursions; park entry fees into protected areas; complimentary unlimited Wifi on board; boot rental and polar parka to keep (no children sizes available in either); port fees and taxes (except for child passengers–see Families & Children); gratuities; activities indicated in cruise documents.

Exclusions

Other meals and services not mentioned in the program; optional add-on excursions or packages; ground services before or after the cruise, aside from Transfers program; visa expenses; possible immigration reciprocity taxes; gratuities for the local guide; luggage handling; beverages beyond those in Inclusions; laundry, hair salon, spa treatments, onboard medical consultations and other personal charges; cancellation, luggage, assistance, repatriation, medical and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% 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 beyond 14 days after booking confirmation are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
365 days or more – $150
364 to 211 days – 10% of total trip cost
210 to 121 days – 25% of total trip cost
120 to 91 days – 50% of total trip cost
90 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 alternative Weddell Sea & The South Sandwich Islands voyage begins in Santiago, Chile (SCL), and ends in Montevideo, Uruguay (MVD). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Recommended flight arrival and departure times are specific to each voyage; consult your Adventure Specialist for guidelines relating to your departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

An economy class group charter flight from Santiago, Chile, to Ushuaia, Argentina, is included with this trip’s itinerary; see the Transfers program information listed above under Inclusions. Charter flights are unique per departure and details will be confirmed in advance. The flight to Ushuaia is expected to depart after breakfast on day 2 of the itinerary. There is a luggage limit of 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage and 18 lbs (8 kg) cabin baggage on the flights between Santiago and Ushuaia for Economy class. Additional Economy class baggage allotment can be requested and purchased and is based on availability. Business Class seating is available upon request and may incur an additional charge. The luggage limit for business class is two 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage and 22 lbs (10 kg) cabin baggage. On the final day of the itinerary, the ship is scheduled to arrive at the pier and breakfast is held on board. Disembarkation follows breakfast.

Activities

Various optional, included activities may be available on your Weddell Sea & The South Sandwich Islands voyage: citizen science, exploration by hovercraft, kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing and possible added-cost polar diving (must be pre-booked; contact Adventuresmith for required certifications). Additional activities include practicing photography, Zodiac cruising and shore-based excursions. In addition to these off-ship excursions, a multitude of onboard activities keep guests engaged, including live music, dance and theater; spa treatments; exercise and stretching classes; specialty food, wine and cocktail tastings; organized games; and lectures by guides and possible special guests.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. This supplement may vary depending on cabin category and remaining availability per departure. A willing-to-share program is not available. Triple and quadruple rates may be available in select cabin categories; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Children 6 years and older at time of travel are welcomed on this expedition. Select departures offer a Kid’s Club with organized kid-friendly activities. Children 6 to 11 years old at time of travel pay only port fees and taxes when sharing a cabin with two full-fare adults. Children 12 to 17 years old receive 50% off double occupancy rate when sharing a cabin with 1 or 2 full fare adults. Contact AdventureSmith for details.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers, signed by their doctor, is required for every departure. Travelers are also highly encouraged to have full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. 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.

Itinerary Notes

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.

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Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change. Please contact AdventureSmith for the most up-to-date pricing.

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The 200- to 270-guest Le Commandant Charcot is a sophisticated, luxury expedition ship cruising Antarctica and the Arctic. Her hybrid electric engine, powered by liquefied natural gas, is the first of its kind. And her activity options, including ice fishing and exploring by hovercraft, offer a unique polar experience, rounded out by a French-inspired onboard atmosphere.

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