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Classic Antarctica

12 Day Sample Cruise aboard Sea Explorer
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This Antarctica voyage features the abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula, including the classic sites of historic and scientific interest.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Ushuaia
Day 2 : Embark
Days 3-4 : At Sea
Days 5-9 : Antarctic Peninsula
Days 10-11 : At Sea
Day 12 : Disembark in Ushuaia

Ship

Sea Explorer

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Hiking to the top of an icy peak. Penguins sit at the base of this beautiful iceberg. A large penguin colony Kayakers pose in formation for the camera. Penguin waddle

Day 1 Arrive in Ushuaia

Enjoy the Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous as you explore the southernmost town in the world. Highlights of Ushuaia include an award-winning museum and trips to nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park and its popular “Train at the End of the World”.

Day 2 Embark

Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, you will be greeted by your Expedition Team and ship's officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the mountainous scenery on your early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.

Day 3-4 At Sea

Begin your educational series with optional lectures on the wildlife, history, and geology of Antarctica as your expedition vessel cruises the Drake Passage. Important presentations with regard to Zodiac and landing safety as well as environmental regulations will be mandatory.

Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as you sail south are Albatrosses and Petrels who frequently follow the ship. Whales and dolphins may also be seen in the area. The length of your journey depends on sea conditions but you should approach the South Shetland Islands of the Antarctic Peninsula in the evening of Day 4.

Day 5-9 Antarctic Peninsula

The land of superlatives, Antarctica! Your Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. The course will stress the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.

The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. Stop in an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as an historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.

Adelie, Chinstrap, and Gentoo Penguins abound with rare opportunities to see other species such as King, Macaroni, and the elusive Emperor. Weddell, Crabeater, and Elephant Seals are often found hauled out to rest along with the predatory Leopard Seal and the aggressive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback Whales are frequent visitors in the late season and Orca sightings are also common.

Day 10-11 At Sea

Continue your lecture series and wildlife spotting as you sail back to Ushuaia. Depending on sea conditions, you may have an opportunity to sail past the legendary Cape Horn. You will arrive at the pier in Ushuaia in the early hours.

Day 12 Disembark in Ushuaia

Disembark this morning for your continued journey home.

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Deck 2 porthole suite with sitting area. 240 sq ft
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Deck 3 and 4 window suites with window and sitting area. 220-225 sq ft
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Deck 4 deluxe suite with forward and side windows and sitting area. 240 sq ft
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Veranda deck - veranda suites with private balcony and sitting area. 260 sq ft including a 40 sq ft balcony
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Penthouse deck - penthouse suites with private balcony and sitting area. 325 sq ft, including an 80 sq ft balcony

Notes

This Add-on is available only for our travelers extending or customizing their itinerary.

Single supplement - Single occupancy of a twin cabin is available at 1.7 times the twin occupancy rate.

Travel Insurance - All passengers are required to carry valid travel insurance which must contain medical and evacuation coverage of no less than $150,000 as well as cancellation and trip interruption.

Included in your cruise fare:
- One pre voyage hotel night in embarkation city
- Shipboard accommodations
- All scheduled Landings / excursions
- All meals onboard
- Coffee/tea/cocoa/espresso 24 hours daily
- Welcome/Farewell cocktail
- One glass of house wine with dinner
- A pair of boots for use during the voyage on the following dates:
Nov 27, 2014
Dec 17, 2014
Jan 14, 2015
Jan 24, 2015
Feb 03, 2015
- Daily international news service
- All port fees
- Transfer from group hotel to ship for embarkation
- One group transfer from ship to airport or central location upon disembarkation in Ushuaia
- Digital Voyage Log

Excluded in cruise fare:
- Any airfare or travel expenses associated with arrival
- Pre or post voyage expenses
- Laundry and personal expenses incurred on board
- Alcohol and soft drinks onboard (except glass of house wine / beer / soft drink with dinner)
- Onboard communication charges
- Staff gratuities

Fuel Surcharge:
There will be no fuel surcharge for voyages aboard Sea Explorer if the local price of applicable fuel does not exceed US$700 per metric ton. Should the price go above this a surcharge may be applied to to cover only the increase in fuel costs.
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