Itinerary NotesThe itinerary presented here is for the 14-day Quest for the Antarctic Circle. Read this itinerary as a guide only; our exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife we encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Arrival & DepartureWhen considering flights for your Antarctic Circle cruise aboard the Expedition plan to arrive Ushuaia, Argentina (USH) at any time on day 1. We highly recommend you fly into Ushuaia at least 1 day prior to the sailing of the expedition ship to avoid any delay or luggage complications. Embarkation time is set for 4:00 pm on day 2 and passengers will not be able to board the ship before that time due to refueling, provisioning, and preparing the ship for your stay. Upon completion of the cruise, disembarkation in Ushuaia is at 8:00am. An optional one-time group airport transfer will be available for all passengers from the pier to Ushuaia airport (USH). Do not arrange any departing flights out of Ushuaia before 10:30 am on disembarkation day. Get a free flight quote.
ActivitiesCamping and kayaking may be available on Quest for the Antarctic Circle aboard Expedition, but must be booked in advance as space is limited. Camping is limited to just 20 people and includes time to enjoy the beauty of Antarctica from the campsite with ample photography and star-gazing opportunities. Kayaking is limited to just 10 people per excursion (multiple excursions included). Venture out to sheltered bays and areas known for calmer waters and take part in a group kayaking experience led by experienced and skilled leaders. No other activity gets you as close to the natural environment! For the 2013/14 season, kayaking costs an additional $659 and camping costs $159. For the 2014/15 season, kayaking costs an additional $749 and camping costs $249. Call AdventureSmith for more details and to reserve an activity.
|1||Dec 20 - Jan 02, 2015||Expedition||View Details|
|2||Feb 07 - Feb 20, 2015||Expedition||View Details|
|3||Feb 19 - Mar 04, 2015||Expedition||View Details|
Included12 nights on board the M/S Expedition, all meals included on board the ship; use of complimentary rubber boots on board; complimentary exclusive MS Expedition Parka, see the MS Expedition Parka Sizing Chart; 10:1 ratio of expedition staff and naturalists; scheduled visits to modern scientific research stations; all shore landings and Zodiac cruises in Antarctica; Ushuaia airport transfer when arriving/departing on regularly scheduled flights and days; 1 twin share hotel night with breakfast in Ushuaia.
ExclusionsAirfares to the embarkation point and from the disembarkation point; adventure options of kayaking or diving; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; hotel accommodations; supplement for single hotel accommodations; meals while in Ushuaia; Trip Cancellation Insurance with emergency medical evacuation insurance (required); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar and beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for those who have served you aboard (guidelines will be provided). Note: Should the price of marine fuel increase dramatically, we may have to institute a fuel surcharge.
Room ConfigurationSolo 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. For those who desire single occupancy, cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.6 times the twin rate, excluding Category 1 (and also excluding Category 1A for the 2013/14 season).
Families & ChildrenMinimum age for children is 12 years old. An adult over the age of 21 must accompany every 2 children under the age of 18. The ratio of adults to children traveling together must be one adult per two children and two adults per four children (17 and under).
Payment & CancellationAt time of booking a non-refundable deposit of $750 per person is required to confirm a reservation on this Antarctic voyage. The deposit may be paid by bank wire transfer, check, money order or major credit card. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Final payment can be made by check, credit, money order or bank wire transfer. All prices and payments are in US dollars and no other currencies can be accepted.
Cancellation Policy: A special cancellation policy applies to all Antarctic and Arctic trips, which is stricter than the AdventureSmith Explorations policy. All requests for cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellations received:
Cancellation 90 days or more before departure: Loss of deposit
Cancellation 89-60 days before departure: 50% of the cost of services booked
Cancellation less than 60 days before departure: 100% of cost of services booked
Terms & ConditionsThis trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.
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