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Antarctic Peninsula Express

Highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula in 5* comfort
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Overview

A marriage of comfort and adventure; you will travel onboard one of Antarctica’s few truly luxury vessels. See the Antarctic Peninsula in 5* comfort, with first class cuisine, spacious suites and exciting optional adventure activities.

Experiences

Ant Pen Express Bullet 1

5 full days to explore Antarctica

 

Ant Pen Express Bullet 2

Optional kayaking and camping available

Whale Science Bullet 1 (1)

A ship with an adventurous heart that is also comfortable and elegant

Ant Pen Express Bullet 3

Amazing guides with excursions by Zodiac

Itinerary

Complimentary Pre-Arrival Day (optional):

There’s no need to worry about flight delays or missed connections when you begin your adventure a day early. Take advantage of our free pre-arrival night at the beautiful Arakur Hotel & Resort in Ushuaia. You can choose to wander the trails, or enjoy the spa, or simply to unwind and soak in the surroundings.

Day 1 - Exploring Ushuaia:

The day is yours, to explore some of Ushuaia’s sights, including museums and an Argentinean leather market, or perhaps to continue relaxing at the Arakur. There will be an optional evening briefing, which is a great opportunity for you to meet some of your fellow travellers and ask questions.

Day 2 - Set Sail:

Today begins with a complimentary buffet breakfast, and then you’re free to either explore Ushuaia or unwind at the resort until your mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. At the vessel, you’ll be greeted by our Expedition Team and the ship’s officers. We will start with a safety and orientation briefing, which is followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. After dinner, we set sail through the Beagle Channel, where you can relax and enjoy the scenery, perhaps spotting porpoising Magellanic penguins, rock cormorant, and black-browed albatross along the way.

Day 3 to 4 - Sailing the Drake Passage:

Our polar experts will prepare you with presentations on all things Antarctic, from wildlife to history, as we make our way closer to the White Continent. Eventually, we’ll notice a distinct drop in temperature as we cross the Antarctic Convergence and enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. If you’re interested in helping our with our science projects, you can take part in sea bird surveys, help collect salinity samples or record weather data along the way. We’re sure to see some spectacular sights, including majestic icebergs and an array of seabirds and whale species - some of which, if we are lucky, may fully breach from the sea.

Day 5 - The South Shetland Islands:

We will use as much time as possible exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and its waters by Zodiac (inflatable boats) giving us chance to admire and marvel at nature’s glory. Our Captain and expedition leader will work together to create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. Aiming for the most scenic bays and channels we will make stops at seal wallows, penguin rookeries, whale feeding areas and bird colonies, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.

The South Shetland Islands will probably be our first sight of land; highly volcanic islands, they offer an amazing abundance of wildlife and beauty. Conditions permitting we may visit historic Deception Island or Half Moon Island nestled inside Livingston’s eastern shore. Sub-Antarctic species are more commonly found here, because we are further north, so we’ll be looking out for chinstrap penguins and southern elephant seals.

Day 6 to 8 - The Antarctic Sound:

Heading south across the Bransfield Strait, we enter the Trinity Coast and Gerlache Strait. Here we may explore a variety of beautiful places. It might be the picturesque Neko Harbor, or the humpback whale favoured Wilhelmina Bay, perhaps we can visit sheltered Paradise Harbor or the striking Lemaire Channel, the majestic Neumayer Channel or the wildlife-filled Penola Channel. We may also make stops at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy, as well as visits to a historic base such as Port Lockroy or Wordie House.

Wildlife is everywhere: Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins abound, and Weddell and crabeater seals often haul out to rest along with the assertive Antarctic fur seal and predatory leopard seals. Orca sightings are common and minke and humpback whales are frequent visitors in the late season.

Days 9 and 10 - Crossing the Drake Passage:

We leave this magical place and make our way north, heading back across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage. Wildlife spotting and presentations onboard continue as we sail. We return to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel and we celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow.

Day 11 - Disembarking in Ushuaia:

A morning disembarkation allows you to either catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more exploring and adventure.


What's Included

Includes:

  • A choice of a beverage with dinner
  • Complimentary parka jacket
  • Daily international news service
  • Post voyage digital log
  • Pre-voyage 5* hotel night in Ushuaia
  • Free public internet & 100 mins of wifi
  • All airport/hotel/ship transfers
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals during the voyage on full board
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites

Excludes:

  • Any flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation
  • Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
  • Transfers not specified in the itinerary
  • Optional non-complimentary adventure activities (e.g. kayaking)
  • Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature, e.g. laundry, beverages & communication
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)


110 Capacity Luxury Vessel (USD)

Trip start and end date Triple Porthole Window Promenade Deluxe Veranda Penthouse Owner's Suite Notes
Jan 17 2020 - Jan 27 2020 8,995 11,495 13,495 13,995 14,295 15,495 16,995 18,995
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108 Capacity Luxury Vessel (USD)

Trip start and end date Triple Porthole Window Promenade Deluxe Veranda Penthouse Owner's Suite Notes
Dec 18 2019 - Dec 28 2019 8,995 11,495 13,495 14,395 14,695 15,495 16,995 18,995
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Limited Availability
Dec 27 2019 - Jan 6 2020 8,995 11,495 13,495 14,395 14,695 15,495 16,995 18,995 Sold Out

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