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Antarctic Small Ship Expedition

10 Day Sample Cruise aboard Ocean Nova Air Cruises
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Board Ocean Nova Air Cruises for a 10-day journey to the 7th Continent - Antarctica. Depart from Ushuaia, Argentina and cross the infamous Drake Passage. Enjoy onboard lectures and presentations and search for wildlife from the ship's bridge or outside decks. Zodiac to shore each day for the opportunity to explore the Antarctic landscape with your expert polar guides!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Ushuaia, Argentina
Days 2-3 : Drake Passage
Days 4-7 : Antarctic Exploration
Days 8-9 : At Sea
Day 10 : Disembark in Ushuaia

Highlights

  • Sail along ice-filled fjords and among large icebergs
  • Cross the infamous Drake Passage and search for marine life
  • Explore the Antarctic landscape with expert polar guides
  • Search for penguins, seals, and whales

Ship

Ocean Nova Air Cruises

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sea Explorer Air Cruises Extravagent ice formations

Day 1 Embark in Ushuaia, Argentina

Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board the Ocean Nova and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore the surroundings before setting sail to Antarctic land. (Note: this technical stop in Puerto Williams may take place upon return from Antarctica)

Day 2-3 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Sail towards Antarctica across the famous passage named in honor of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer. As you sail en route to the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the glass-enclosed lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent sea birds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica. After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for the first icebergs and the first sight of Antarctic land.

Day 4-7 Antarctic Exploration

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of seabirds, penguins, seals, and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac boat and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. From the ship enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests. No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you can explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your Antarctic cruise may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places. Your polar adventure is very active, with several daily landings and cruises in Zodiac boats, lectures, and a very enjoyable time on board.

Day 8-9 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Return to South America with a northbound crossing of the Drake Passage. Relax and take the time to watch for wildlife from the bridge or outside decks.

Day 10 Disembark in Ushuaia

  • 1 Breakfast
The program ends upon arrival at the port in Ushuaia.

Ocean Nova Air Cruises

Per person starting at
$5,995
Triple Cabin
Triple
$5,995
2 lower berths and one upper berth with private facilities and window
Twin Cabin 321
Twin
$6,995
2 lower berths with private facilities and window
Single Cabin
Single
$9,995
1 lower berth with private facilities and window

Deals

Save $1000
Save $1,000 per person on all cabin categories
Applies to Mar 3, 2017 departure

Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy.
- Solo travelers can request the Twin Share Program where you will be matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate cannot be found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
- Solo travelers not wishing to opt for the Share Program can book a dedicated single cabin at published rate, or book a twin cabin for single use with a 85% supplement.
- Emergency medical evacuation coverage for a minimum of US$100,000 per person required. Contact us for details on arranging travel insurance.

IMPORTANT VISA INFORMATION:
• This cruise makes technical stop in Puerto Williams, Chile if you are not a U.S./Canadian/Australian passport holder you may need a visa for Chile and a multiple entry visa for Argentina. Please check your entry requirements.

INCLUDED IN YOUR CRUISE FARE:
• Comprehensive pre-expedition information material
• Expedition along the Antarctic Peninsula with daily shore excursions (based on local conditions)
• Loan of waterproof boots for every passenger for wet landings
• Briefings and recaps pre- and post-excursions given by expedition staff
• All guided shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
• Lectures and presentations given by Antarctic specialists
• Daily buffet breakfast and lunch offering a wide choice of dishes
• Daily served dinner offering a choice of three main courses
• A selection of wines, beers, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner
• Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks throughout the expedition
• Post-expedition information file including a gallery of images from the trip

NOT INCLUDED IN CRUISE FARE:
• Juice, soft drinks, wine, beer, spirits, and mixed drinks served at the bar
• Accommodation, meals, excursions, and transfers in Ushuaia
• Personal travel medical insurance (required)
• Any personal expenses, such as for communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.
• Gratuities for the shipboard personnel (suggested USD 10 per person per day).
• Visas or Passport expenses and/or any other arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable

Included

  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
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This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).
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