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 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. (Alternative Itineraries beginning/ending in Buenos Aires require Mandatory Transfer Package, see Exclusions).
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.
Aboard Ocean Endeavour cruises all passengers are required to purchase the Mandatory Flight and Hotel Package ($950 for 2019-2020) that includes one pre-night’s hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires with breakfast; group transfer from hotel to airport in Buenos Aires; group flight departing from Buenos Aires’ domestic airport (Aeroparque/AEP) to Ushuaia, and returning to Buenos Aires’ international airport (Ezeiza/EZE); group transfer from Ushuaia airport to the ship, and return (Note: Transfer on arrival in Buenos Aires from airport to hotel at the beginning of the journey is not included. Please make your way to the included hotel); combined airport transfer and express bus tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park after disembarkation in Ushuaia.
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 main Crossing the Antarctic Circle 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 11:00am on disembarkation day. For all departures aboard the Ocean Endeavour, the trip begins and ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE). Plan for flights to arrive anytime on day 1 and depart after 8:00pm on disembarkation day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.
Select Crossing the Antarctic Circle alternative itineraries have required internal charter flights to/from Buenos Aires; see the Mandatory Transfer Package information listed in this trip’s Exclusions (Rates & Dates tab). The flight to Ushuaia is expected to depart after breakfast on day 2 of the itinerary. There is a strict luggage limit of 44 lbs (20 kg) checked luggage and 11 lbs (5 kg) cabin baggage on the flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia. Should you have additional luggage, it can be stored at the hotel in Buenos Aires. There is no option to pay for additional luggage.
Various optional activities 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 for the 2019-20 & 2020-21 seasons. Key: (K) kayaking $995; (P) photography included; (C) camping $295; (SUP) stand-up paddleboarding $295. Please call AdventureSmith for more details and to reserve activity space.
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.
Jan 08 – Jan 21, 2020 – Ocean Diamond – K, PE, C
Feb 16 – Feb 29, 2020 – Ocean Diamond – K, PE
Jan 08 – Jan 21, 2021 – Ocean Diamond – K, PE, C
Feb 15 – Feb 28, 2021 – Ocean Adventurer – K, PE
Feb 25 – Mar 10, 2021 – Ocean Diamond – K, PE
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
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. 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 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.