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Antarctic Peninsula - Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Sea Spirit (PO)
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This 13-day Classic Antarctica expedition on the Sea Spirit offers the essential experiences of the wildest and most fantastic place on Earth. The cruise begins in the city of Ushuaia – the southernmost city in the world. Next, cross the Drake Passage on your way to the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. On the return journey, take the opportunity to catch everything you missed the first time around.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 : Embarkation in Ushuaia
Days 3-4 : Crossing the Drake Passage
Days 5-10 : South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula
Days 11-12 : Back across the Drake Passage
Day 13 : Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

Highlights

  • Journey to the land of superlatives: impressive Antarctica!
  • Cross the Antarctic Convergence, biological boundary of the Southern Ocean
  • Stop at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies &whale feeding areas
  • Visit the wild & beautiful South Shetland Isl. & see an old whaling station

Ship

Sea Spirit (PO)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Penguins pose in front of the Sea Spirit A specatular iceberg off the coast of Antarctica Kayak quiet waters as you sail to remote coves of Antarctica Icebergs reflected in Antarctica's Paradise Bay

Day 1 Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive at Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Upon your arrival at the airport a transfer is provided to your hotel, which has been pre-arranged and is included in the price of the voyage. For the rest of the day you are free to explore the city. Visit the Argentinean leather markets and sample the succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous. 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 Embarkation in Ushuaia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the afternoon a group transfer is provided to the pier where you are welcomed aboard the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Antarctic dreams coming true as the ship slips its moorings and sails toward a true wilderness where wildlife abounds. The scenery as you sail through the Beagle Channel on your first evening is wonderful and there is already the possibility of marine mammal encounters.

Day 3-4 Crossing the Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
After transiting the Beagle Channel and passing the islands of Tierra del Fuego, head south across the Drake Passage. Pelagic seabirds including the majestic albatross are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks or from exterior stateroom windows and balconies. On the way cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough seas. Briefings, orientations, and lectures from expert staff prepare you for your arrival in Antarctica.

Day 5-10 South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Your route and exploration opportunities in Antarctica are heavily dependent on weather and ice conditions. The experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. Take advantage of long daylight hours to exploit every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing, amazing scenery, and excursions via Zodiac.

The Antarctic Peninsula region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and some of Antarctica’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Protected bays and narrow channels are surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to a variety of whale and seal species. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large nesting colonies at special places on land. The area is also home to Antarctic research stations of various nationalities. Some stations have a gift shop and post office.

The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and are likely to be your first sighting of land. This wild and beautiful island chain contains numerous landing sites with abundant wildlife and historical significance. Among them is Deception Island, where the flooded caldera of an active volcano harbors an abandoned whaling station.

Farther south, on the Antarctic Peninsula, the vast Gerlache Strait area contains sheltered bays, accessible wildlife, and stunning scenery. Places with names like Paradise Bay are the epitome of everything Antarctic: glaciated mountains, towering icebergs, feeding whales, seals on ice floes, and bustling penguin colonies. At the southern end of Gerlache Strait is the famous Lemaire Channel, also known as “Kodak Gap” because of the photogenic way the mountainous sides of the narrow channel are reflected in calm waters strewn with icebergs.

Your days in Antarctica are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by experts, and enough incredible scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.

Day 11-12 Back across the Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
After your amazing time in Antarctica cross back north through the bountiful waters of the Drake Passage. Presentations and workshops by expert staff, as well as a range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. This is also the time for End of Voyage ceremonies, including a slideshow and farewell dinner.

Day 13 Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast say farewell in the city of Ushuaia, where you started. A group transfer is provided to the airport or to the town center if you wish to spend more time here. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next incredible adventure to the ice!

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Ushuaia - Hotels

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Per person starting at
$9,495
Triple cabin aboard the Sea Spirit
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Triple Classic
Averaging 226 sq ft. Two twin beds (convert to a King) and a sofa bed, picture window, two wardrobes and en suite facilities.
Triple Classic accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Main Deck Suite
Averaging 248 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, minimum two portholes, and en suite facilities.
Classic Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Classic Suite
Averaging 226 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, picture window, two wardrobes, and en suite facilities.
Superior Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Superior Suite
Averaging 215 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, picture window overlooking outside walkway, and en suite facilities.
Deluxe Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Deluxe Suite
Averaging 258 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, private balcony, walk-in closet or wardrobe, and en suite facilities.
Premium Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Premium Suite
Averaging 323 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, private balcony, lounge area, and en suite facilities.
The luxurious Owner's Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Owner's Suite
Averaging 463 sq ft. King size bed and sofa bed, separate living room with game and meeting area, private deck, and en suite facilities with jetted bathtub.

Notes

Travel Insurance:
All passengers are covered by a medical travel insurance policy to the value of US 100,000 which includes medical emergency evacuation and reparation for the cruise portion of the tour only. Additional insurance is strongly recommended.

Solo Travelers:
All rates posted are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement: 1.7 for Main Deck and Classic, Superior Suite; twice the posted price for Deluxe, Premium and Owner's Suite.

Rates Include:
  • 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia
  • Group transfer from the airport to the hotel in Ushuaia on a day prior to departure
  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation in Ushuaia
  • Shipboard accommodations
  • All scheduled landings/excursions
  • All lectures and briefings onboard
  • All meals
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails
  • A pair of rubber boots on loan for shore landings
  • Expeditions jacket (yours to keep)
  • All port fees
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Digital Voyage Log
Rates Do Not Include:
  • Airfare
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance
  • Meals, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service and gratuities to shipboard personnel
  • Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of USD 150,000
  • Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses

Included

  • 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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