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Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

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This polar expedition offers the perfect chance to discover the best of the Antarctic Peninsula, the last continent’s most northern region. Be delighted by penguins, seals and whales as they accompany your journey along the Antarctic coastline. Landing on the continent itself is a memorable highlight - explore the iconic sights that make this one of the world’s most pristine, exotic and unforgettable natural environments.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 : Embarkation Day
Day 3 : Cape Horn
Day 4 : Crossing the Drake Passage
Days 5-9 : South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Days 10-11 : Drake Passage to Ushuaia
Day 12 : Disembarkation in Ushuaia

Ship

Sea Adventurer

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Antarctic Sunrise A humpback whale dives beneath the Antarctic waters Sea Kayaking Seal relaxing on the shore Kayak unforgettable seascapes on your polar expedition cruise

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina

With a population of more than 63,000 people, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. The city has grown over the past few years, yet it has retained an easy going and accessible feel. With the sea to the south and mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. If arriving early, spend some time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy some Argentinean wines and barbecues in the city, or visit the many boutique shops and cafes before departing for Antarctica.

Day 2 Embarkation Day

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Embarkation occurs in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This historic channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of excitement upon departure - the next time seeing land will be in the world’s most southern continent!

Day 3 Cape Horn

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Weather permitting, land on Cape Horn, an icon of sailing culture for centuries. The Cape Horn National Park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2005.

Day 4 Crossing the Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Prepare for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. Spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, while ship captains provide safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.

Day 5-9 South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
When the Antarctic Convergence is left in your wake, truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. Begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every time your ship has visited Antarctica something new or unexpected has been witnessed, meaning your expedition will be unlike any other - creating a unique, personal experience.

Take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore bays, channels and landing sites each day. With wildlife always at the forefront of your mind, visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales and search for a number of the southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.

The majesty of the Peninsula’s mountains enchant as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Orne Harbor, gives the opportunity to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here choose between going for a mountain hike or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach to enjoy the antics of curious penguins. If feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets!

Amidst the peaceful silence of Antarctica, noisy interruptions become indelible memories such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbor. Make a bit of noise yourself too by listening to the echo of voices bounce off a giant glacier.

Every day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team so as to entertain and educate on this wonderful part of the world.

Day 10-11 Drake Passage to Ushuaia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The journey back across the Drake Passage provides 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 12 Disembarkation in Ushuaia

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Ushuaia in the morning to continue your adventure on land or catch your flight home.

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Port of Ushuaia

Per person starting at
$7,995
The Sea Adventurer's Triple Cabin.
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Triple
Main deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, porthole
Lower Deck Twin Cabin.
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Lower Deck Twin
2 lower berths, private facilities, porthole
Main Deck Twin Cabin.
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Main Deck Twin with Porthole
Main Deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, porthole
Main Deck Twin with Window Cabin.
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Main Deck Twin with Window
Main Deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, 2 windows
The Sea Adventurer's Superior Cabins.
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Superior
Upper Deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, windows
The Sea Adventurer's Deluxe Cabin.
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Deluxe
Upper deck and Captains deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, windows
The Sea Adventurer's Owner's Suite.
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Suite
Captains deck, 2 lower berths, windows, private facilities with shower. Tub in Suite 403.

Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a suite is 2 times the shared rate.
- Emergency medical evacuation coverage for a minimum of US$100,000 per person required. Contact us for details on arranging travel insurance.

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that everything can be accomplished. A measure of flexibility is something all must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

Rates include:
- One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia as indicated in the itinerary.
- Group transfers in Ushuaia from the airport to any local hotel.
- Group transfers from a designated location in Ushuaia to the ship on embarkation day.
- Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
- All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage.
- All shore landings per the daily program.
- Leadership throughout the voyage by your experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities.
- All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program.
- Formal and informal presentations by your Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled.
- Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage.
- A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
- Snowshoes available on loan for shore excursions.
- An official 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.
- A group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport.
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
- All luggage handling aboard ship.
- Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person.

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