Antarctic Explorer – Discovering the 7th Continent

ACTSAED7_Antarctica_Hero11 Days from from A$8300 (Land & Sea package only)
Departures: November 2016 – March 2017
Single Supplements available
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This expedition offers the perfect chance to discover the best of the Antarctic Peninsula, the last continent’s most northern region. You’ll be delighted by penguins, seals and whales as they accompany you on your journey along the Antarctic coastline. Landing on the continent itself is a memorable highlight, where you’ll explore the iconic sights that 3_BsAs2make this one of the world’s most pristine, exotic and unforgettable natural environments.

Itinerary Highlights

Day 1: Buenos Aires, Argentina

You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of the itinerary. Upon your arrival in Buenos Aires, you will independently transfer to the group hotel (pre-night hotel included).

3_ushuaia-3Day 2: Ushuaia, Argentina and Embarkation

After breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private
charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Upon arrival, we’ll take a short city tour of this quaint port town before heading to the pier. Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of excitement as you depart—the next time you see land you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!

3_DrakePassage1Day 3: Crossing the Drake Passage – Days 3 & 4

Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, while we’ll provide safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.

DAY 5: South Shetland Islands Days 5 to 8

This is the beginning of your true Antarctic adventure. At first sight of land we will take a zodiac excursion to explore bays, channels and landing sites each day. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and 3_antarctic4minke whales and search for a number of the southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal. The majesty of the Peninsula’s mountains will enchant you as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Orne Harbour, gives the opportunity to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here you’ll have the choice between going for a mountain hike or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach to enjoy the antics of curious penguins. If you are feeling brave you can take the poplar plunge. With hundreds of species of wildlife and plenty of scenic wonders every day will be different.

DAY 9: Drake Passage to Ushuaia Days 9 & 10

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with some final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy a few final presentations by your Expedition Team or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

DAY 11: Disembarkation in Ushuaia

We’ll arrive in Ushuaia in the morning for you to continue your adventure on land or catch
your flights home.

*** Important – Please be sure not to book flights out of Ushuaia before 12PM on the day of your cruise departure.

Ship Details

Ocean Endeavour

ocean endeavourThis small, comfortable, well-appointed expedition ship has been expertly engineered, making it ideal for exploring the Polar Regions. With its ice-strengthened hull and Zodiacs for exploration and remote landings, the ship also features advanced navigation equipment. The ship offers a superb guest experience with an extensive range of cabin options, spacious lounge, contemporary dining, lecture theatre, library, polar boutique, sundeck, and plenty of deck space for observation of polar landscapes.

Ocean_Nova_Meridian_ClubThe Ocean Endeavour is also the only adventure ship in Antarctica that focuses on health and wellness with a range of newly-designed health and fitness features. From the “His and Hers” saunas, to the heated salt water pool, gym, spa treatments and yoga classes, the ship offers services and amenities that will enhance your Polar expedition experience. In addition, there is a juice and smoothie bar and a wellness café.

Ocean Endeavour is the first ship in Antarctica to offer a limited number of dedicated Ocean_Endeavour_Superior_TwinSINGLE CABINS available to solo travellers at absolutely NO SUPPLEMENT! Additionally, for those who are interested in our share program, Ocean Endeavour has newly renovated “twin window plus” and “twin porthole plus” cabin categories, that feature two bathrooms.

Note: Itinerary also available onboard the OCEAN DIAMOND and SEA ADVENTURER.

What’s included

  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage
  • All shore landings per the daily program, weather permitting
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
  • Downloadable photographic journal, including photographs, daily expedition reports and maps, and more
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • A parka to keep
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • Comprehensive pre-departure 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 for all passengers to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person

What’s not included

  • Any airfare unless otherwise specified in the itinerary
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Any meals ashore unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
  • Telecommunications charges
  • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
  • Transfer from airport to hotel upon arrival

11 Days from from A$8300 (Land & Sea package only)
Departures: November 2016 – March 2017
Single Supplements available
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