Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Cruise

Departs

  • Dec 02, 2014
  • Dec 11, 2014
  • Dec 20, 2014
  • Dec 29, 2014
  • Dec 10, 2015
  • Dec 19, 2015
  • Dec 28, 2015
  • Jan 06, 2016
  • Jan 27, 2016
  • Feb 15, 2016
  • Feb 24, 2016

Private Independent Travel

This Antarctic 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 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 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

      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

        Weather permitting, land on Cape Horn. The Cape Horn National Park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2005. View the monument dedicated to the thousands of sailors lost on more than 800 ships that were wrecked sailing around this iconic landmark.

        Days 4-5

          Crossing the Drake Passage

          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.

          Days 6-8

            South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

            When the Antarctic Convergence is left in your wake, 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 you 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 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 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 is different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team so as to entertain and educate on this wonderful part of the world.

            Days 9-10

              Drake Passage to Ushuaia

              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 11

                Disembarkation in Ushuaia

                Arrive in Ushuaia in the morning to continue your adventure on land or catch your flight home.
                 TripleTwin Obstructed ViewTwin WindowSingle with PortholeSingle Obstructed ViewSuiteBalcony Suite
                2014-Dec-02
                2014-Dec-11
                $5,995$8,995$10,995$14,295$14,295$14,295$14,995
                Kayaking and Camping Option Package: $1050
                Mountaineering: $575
                Cross Country Skiing: $575
                2014-Dec-20
                2014-Dec-29
                $6,995$9,995$11,995$15,295$15,295$15,295$15,995
                Kayaking and Camping Option Package: $1050
                Mountaineering: $575
                Cross Country Skiing: $575
                2015-Dec-10$5,995$8,995$9,595$11,595$11,595$10,595$11,595
                Kayaking and Camping Option Package: $1050
                2015-Dec-19
                2015-Dec-28
                2016-Jan-06
                2016-Jan-27
                2016-Feb-15
                2016-Feb-24
                $6,795$9,595$10,295$12,395$12,395$10,995$11,995
                Kayaking and Camping Option Package: $1050
                Please note that camping is NOT available on the February 15th and February 24th departures. Kayaking is still offered on these two departures for $950
                15%-25% OFF
                Early Booking Bonus! Book your spot on the Sea Adventurer during the 2015/2016 season by November 15th and save 15% of standard cabins and 25% of premium cabins! EXCLUDES TRIPLE CABINS
                2015/2016 Season Departures
                3285
                15%-25% OFF
                Antarctic Savings - Book your trip by September 15th and save 15%-25% off selected cabin types!
                2014 : Dec 2, 11, 20, 29
                3155
                These special offers are applicable only to new bookings.
                Discounts are subject to availability, so contact us for more details.
                - 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 maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person is included. Contact us for details on arranging additional 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 pre-expedition hotel night 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.
                - An official parka to keep.
                - Snowshoes available on loan for shore excursions on designated voyages.
                - Headsets available on loan for listening to staff presentations and commentary.
                - Access to the world’s largest floating collection of polar books and DVDs in many languages.
                - Yoga classes and onboard wellness program.
                - A comprehensive photography program that includes the services of a resident photography instructor, a program of lectures on photography and digital image manipulation, photography focused excursions at landing sites.
                - 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.

                Deposit & Payment

                Initial deposit is 20% (minimum $1000), and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/register

                Final payment is due 130 days prior to departure.

                Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or AmEx. .

                Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 130 days prior to departure.

                Click here to see a copy of our Terms and Conditions.

                Cancellation Policy

                Days Prior to departureFee
                180 Days or more$1200 per person
                179-120 DaysEntire deposit
                119 Days or less100% total cost