Polar travelers head to shore in a Zodiac on the Antarctic Southern Latitudes voyage.
A pod of orcas swims by in blue waters as seen on the Antarctic Southern Latitudes Crossing the Circle voyage.
Polar travelers in bright red jackets sit and photograph passing gentoo penguins on the Antarctic Southern Latitudes cruise.
A group of Antarctica travelers in brightly colored jackets waves from a Zodiac with yellow kayak paddles on the bow, on a sunny day during the Antarctic Southern Latitudes expedition.
Fur seal pup looks directly at the camera on the Antarctic Southern Latitudes small ship voyage.
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Antarctic Southern Latitudes

On this 15-day Crossing the Antarctic Circle voyage, sail in style aboard the comfortable Seaventure, beginning at the tip of South America. Chart a course through the Drake Passage and along the Antarctic Peninsula with the ambition of crossing the Antarctic Circle. The farther south the ship goes, the more sea ice is likely to be encountered. The aim is to cross the Circle before getting stopped by this ice. Should the ship arrive at 66°33’S, you will become a member of a very small band of explorers and adventurous travelers who have made it this far south.

Start the itinerary with free, flexible time to arrive into and experience the resort town of Ushuaia, Argentina. Embark on day 3 and cruise to the most scenic bays and channels of the South Shetland Islands to seek out sub-Antarctic species. Then cruise south with hopes of reaching the Antarctic Circle before heading back north along the Antarctic Peninsula for more wildlife viewing, and possible research station visits. Return over the Drake Passage with memories that will last a lifetime.

Consider joining in the Citizen Science program, a way to harness the power of thousands of travelers around the world to observe, record and report on natural phenomena. Participate in a variety of activities that support important research projects in five major disciplines: Oceanography, Glaciology, Ornithology, Marine Biology and Meteorology. The data collected helps scientists understand climate change’s effects on Antarctica. Choose to engage or simply observe, but no matter what, feel the buzz of fun, interactive and informative activities that make this voyage unforgettable.

Voyage to the Antarctic Circle aboard the unique 149-guest Seaventure, a vessel featuring a custom-built citizen science lab, unique family cabins and heated saltwater pool, sauna and complimentary beverages.

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



Itinerary

Crossing the Circle Itinerary

The Antarctic Southern Latitudes (Crossing the Circle) voyage operates round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, with visits to the South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic Peninsula and the expedition highlight–an attempt to reach the Antarctic Circle.

Route map of Antarctic Southern Latitudes polar expedition, operating round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, with visits to the South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic Peninsula & an attempt to reach the Circle.
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Day 1
Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia anytime on day 1, to take advantage of two complimentary pre-arrival nights at the beautiful Arakur Hotel & Resort, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. Enjoy the spa, wander the trails, or unwind and soak in the surroundings. During these two days in Ushuaia, explore all that this resort town has to offer, from museums to Argentinian leather markets. The optional day 1 evening briefing is a great opportunity to ask questions and to meet fellow travelers. All guests need to arrive at the hotel no later than the evening of day two.

Accommodations

Arakur Hotel & Resort

Meals

n/a

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Day 3
Embark Ushuaia

This morning, enjoy free time to explore Ushuaia or unwind at the resort until the mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. On board, be greeted by the expedition team and the ship’s officers. A concise safety and orientation briefing will be followed by the captain’s welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the scenery on an early evening sail through the Beagle Channel, past Magellanic penguin, rock cormorant and sea lion colonies.

Accommodations

Seaventure

Meals

breakfast, dinner

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Days 4 - 5
Drake Passage

As the ship makes her way ever closer to the White Continent, numerous polar experts will give presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history. Eventually, the ship will cross the Antarctic Convergence where there is a noticeable drop in temperature as the ship enters the waters of the Antarctic Ocean.

Those interested in Citizen Science can take part in sea bird sighting surveys, or help collect salinity samples and weather data along the way. Be on the lookout for some spectacular sights, from icebergs to an array of seabirds and whale species. With luck, there may be sightings of whales fully breaching from the sea.

Accommodations

Seaventure

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
South Shetland Island

In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, hope for as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature’s glory. The expedition leader and captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice and opportunity. The ship will aim for the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.

The first sight of land will likely be that of the South Shetland Islands. These highly volcanic islands offer amazing abundance and beauty. Possibly visit Half Moon Island nestled inside Livingston’s eastern shore, or conditions permitting, visit historic Deception Island. Being farther north, sub-Antarctic species are more commonly found here, including chinstrap penguins and southern elephant seals.

Accommodations

Seaventure

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 7 - 9
Antarctic Circle

As the ship heads south across the Bransfield Strait, she cruises towards the Antarctic Circle. From the itinerary’s most southerly point (south of the Antarctic Circle), the ship will make her way back north, cruising through the narrow waterways and channels of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Spectacular waterways such as Crystal Sound, or the living museums of Detaille or Horseshoe Island, are some of the less-visited places of the Antarctic Peninsula. These waters are significantly farther south, making sea ice more common. The ice ultimately directs what adventures will be had in these lesser-traveled waterways.

Accommodations

Seaventure

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 10 - 12
Antarctic Peninsula

Heading north, the ship enters Gerlache Strait and Trinity Coast. Here, possibly explore picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, or Wilhelmina Bay; the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. The ship may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as a historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.

Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins abound, and Weddell and crabeater seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory leopard seals and the assertive Antarctic fur seal. Minke and humpback whales are frequent visitors in the late season and orca sightings are also common.

Accommodations

Seaventure

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 13 - 14
Drake Passage

As the ship leaves this magical place and makes her way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage, continue to enjoy presentation series and wildlife spotting. Sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, celebrate the conclusion of the expedition with a special slideshow.

Accommodations

Seaventure

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 15
Disembark Ushuaia, Argentina

Morning disembarkation enables flights to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Two nights hotel accommodation in embarkation city; transfer from airport in embarkation city to group hotel if arriving on day 1 of itinerary and with confirmed air itinerary at least 90 days prior to departure; transfer from group hotel to ship for embarkation; group transfer from ship to airport, hotel in Ushuaia or central location following disembarkation; shipboard accommodations; all scheduled landings & excursions; Citizen Science program participation; all meals on board; coffee, tea and cocoa 24 hours daily; non-alcoholic and house-brand alcoholic drinks; expedition jacket (yours to keep); a pair of boots for use during the voyage; WiFi from the public computers in the library; 200 MB WiFi card (for use on your personal devices); daily international news service; all port fees; all landing fees; digital Voyage Log.

Exclusions

Any airfare or travel expenses associated with arrival to departure city; transfer from airport to group hotel, unless arriving on day 1 of the itinerary; pre- or post-voyage expenses in departure city; travel insurance and insurance of any kind; laundry and personal expenses incurred on board; onboard communication charges such as outgoing phone calls, WiFi from personal devices in excess of the 200 MB provided; optional activities; staff gratuities. Possible fuel surcharge may apply.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,500 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 fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 181 days – $1000 cancellation fee
180 to 121 days – 100% of deposit
120 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 Southern Latitudes voyage begins and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina (USH). Plan flights to arrive to Ushuaia, Argentina any time on day 1 of the itinerary. The estimated disembarkation time from the vessel is 8:00am on the last day of the itinerary. We recommend booking your return flight as late in the day as possible, avoiding any flights departing before 12:00pm noon, in case of unintended delays due to weather or sea conditions. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Kayaking may be available for $895 per person (2021-22 season); and camping for $295 per person (2021-22 season), with all gear provided. Contact AdventureSmith for more details and to reserve your spot on these adventure activities.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability.

Families & Children

Children must be at least 12 years of age to participate in an Antarctic Peninsula voyage. However, on a case-by-case basis, children ages 8-11 may be accepted with additional screening prior to booking.

Travel Insurance

Medical insurance and emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $150,000 USD per person. This plan must cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, evacuation expenses and pre-existing medical conditions. 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. 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.

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.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Jan 17 - Jan 31, 2022
Seaventure • 15 days
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The 149-guest Seaventure Antarctic small ship uniquely offers two family cabins and boasts superior strength, included drinks, a heated saltwater pool, sauna and custom-built citizen science lab for voyages that are both relaxing and intellectual.

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