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Experience a white Christmas on a whole new level as this amazing voyage provides you with a great diversity perfect for those seeking a truly comprehensive Antarctic experience. Your adventure comprises of a visit to the Antarctic Peninsula, the stunning and wild Weddell Sea region, plus the historic location of Elephant Island - a place connected to the epic story of Sir Ernest Shackleton. Encountering the stunning glaciated scenery along the Antarctic Peninsula to meeting with enormous Adelie penguin rookeries, or observing a whole new range of wildlife species.
Duration: 12 Days
Day 1: Punta Arenas Chile to King George Island, Antarctica
Day 2-4: Antarctic Peninsula & Deception Island
Days 5-7: Weddell Sea
Day 8: Elephant Island
Days 9 - 10: Southern Ocean
Day 11: Falkland Islands
Day 12: Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
Our journey commences in Punta Arenas, located in southern Chile, where we board our two-hour flight (included in voyage price) across the Drake Passage to Antarctica. Upon arrival at the King George Island in Antarctica, we embark our ship via Zodiac inflatable crafts.
Overnight we have navigated across the Bransfield Strait and awake to the towering peaks of the Antarctic continent. For the next three days, we have a varied itinerary exploring the Gerlache coastline of Antarctica. If ice conditions allow, we cruise through the Lemaire Channel. Planned visits might include Paradise Harbour, Orne Harbour, or Andvord Bay, or a cruise through the Errera Channel to visit the penguin rookeries at Cuverville Island. We chart a course towards Antarctic Sound – the gateway into the icy Weddell Sea. Along the way, we hope to make a visit at Deception Island.
Navigating into the Weddell Sea, we see the vast sweep of the Antarctic icecap for the first time and will find ourselves increasingly surrounded by tabular icebergs. These gargantuan icebergs break from the ice shelves and drift north on the currents. This always makes for navigation and stunning photographic opportunities. If weather conditions co-operatethe we spend the night camping in Antarctica.
Point Lookout, on the southern tip of Elephant Island, is home to an impressive chinstrap penguin colony. Macaroni penguins also breed here and are a species we have yet to encounter to date. If conditions permit we may visit the fabled location of Point Wild on the north coast of Elephant Island. It is here that Shackleton and his men were under their upturned life boatsthe before five men set off on a rescue mission to South Georgia. Landings at this location are tricky due to the currents and surf on the beach.
Sailing north to the Falkland Islands, the spectacular seabirds are our constant companions soaring above the ship. Our onboard educational program continues and we enjoy interactive presentations and lively discussions.
Arriving into the Falkland Islands overnight, we explore West Point or neighbouring Carcass Island. These locations are best known for rockhopper penguins and nesting black-browed albatross colonies. One final highlight awaits –Saunders Island, where we hope to encounter four penguin species living in close quarters, including the mighty king penguin. Charting a course for the port of Stanley tonight, we enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship.
This morning we navigate through the narrows and into the port of Stanley. We have time to explore before we make our way to the airport for our return flight to Punta Arenas in southern Chile (flight included in voyage price).
**Transfers from the ship to Stanley airport and on arrival back in Punta Arenas to a downtown location at the conclusion of your voyage are included. No accommodation in Punta Arenas is included.**
|17 Dec 2019 - 28 Dec 2019||$18254 AUD||US$800 travel credit!|
|Triple Share Cabin||$18254 AUD||US$800 travel credit!|
|Twin Semi Private Cabin||$21587 AUD||US$800 travel credit!|
|Twin Private Cabin||$24196 AUD||US$800 travel credit!|
|Superior Cabin||$25500 AUD||US$800 travel credit!|
|Shackleton Suite||$28254 AUD||US$800 travel credit!|
|One Ocean Suite||$30717 AUD||US$800 travel credit!|
Located on deck 3, 1 upper berth and two lower berths (one of the lower beds can be converted to a sofa), a washbasin, writing desk, chair, storage space, two portholes, shared washroom facilities.
Located on deck 4, 2 lower berths (one which can be converted to a sofa), a writing desk, storage space, wardrobes, semi-private facilities — a shared washroom with the adjacent cabin.
Located on deck 3, 4 and 5, two lower berths, writing desk, chair, in-room clock radio with iPod connector kit, storage space, wardrobe, window (cabins on deck 3 have portholes instead of windows), private bathroom, shower.
Located on deck 3 these cabins have two lower berths, sofa, writing desk, chair, storage space, private bathroom, shower, porthole, access to the outer decks, the dining room and gangway.
Located on deck 4 and 5, 1 double bed in separate sleeping area, sofa bed, sitting area, writing desk, iPad with polar literature, documentaries and movies and webmail access, mini bar, private bathroom, capsule coffee maker, mini stereo, window.
Located on deck 5, 1 double bed in separate sleeping area, sofa bed, large forward facing windows, large table, sitting area, writing desk, iPad with polar literature, documentaries and movies and webmail access, mini bar, private bathroom, shower, bathtub,, capsule coffee maker, mini stereo.
*Expedition gear package
Included in the expedition, you will have free use of essential gears needed for the trip. This package includes a quality waterproof/windproof jacket, insulated rubber boots, and a set of binoculars.
Camping in Antarctica A comprehensive in the price of your voyage (subject to weather conditions and availibility). Please contact us for more information.
Sea Kayaking is available at an additional cost of US$795 per person.