Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition 2016 Cruise

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Curious penguins approach during an Antarctic shore excursion
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Wander vast ice fields on your polar expedition cruise
An ocean of icebergs.
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Kayaking in antarctica
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Albatross cruising the Drake Passage to Antarctica
Ocean Diamond's dining room.
Enjoy a book in the library aboard the Ocean Diamond.
This Antarctic expedition offers the most in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula. Extended time in the region allows you to go beyond the Antarctic Peninsula and venture south of the Antarctic Circle, home to fantastic ice formations and wildlife including the Weddell seal. Enjoy more time communing with penguins and visits to less-frequented landing sites.

Day 1

    Ushuaia, Argentina

    Begin your journey in Ushuaia, a small, bustling port town at the tip of South America. This Argentinean town is an ideal gateway to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. Get active in the mountains or enjoy some hand crafted chocolate at a café in town.

    Day 2

      Embarkation Day

      The Beagle Channel sets you on your way as the ship sails in the late afternoon. The channel opens up to the vastness of the Southern Ocean, where your next land sighting will be along the Antarctic Peninsula. Named after the famed ship in which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents many great photo opportunities to capture sea birds hovering overhead.

      Days 3-4

        Crossing the Drake Passage

        The waters of the Drake Passage are unpredictable, so hope for clear skies and a calm ocean. Gaze out across the sea and get to know your shipmates and Expedition Team as you sail. Time over these two days are spent preparing for the exciting days ahead, with numerous educational and informative lectures from your Expedition Team. Learn about everything from safety procedures to the history of whaling in Antarctica.

        Days 5-7

          The Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

          With the Drake Passage left in your wake, make a final approach to Antarctica. Get your cameras ready, as the continent’s coastline will make its first appearance, signaling the start of your adventure in the realm of the Antarctic. See plentiful icebergs floating by and admire the surface of the ocean as curious whales spout and breach before your eyes.

          As exciting as it can be from on-board, true explorations occur when disembarking and setting foot on the great continent. There are several potential landing sites, including Neko Harbor, Orne Harbor or Paradise Bay. While weather dictates which specific landing sites visited, each one presents a new collection of wildlife and natural attractions.

          Spend your days spotting wildlife and being mesmerized by the beauty of Antarctica. Watching penguins waddling on the beach and listening to the crackling and crumbling sounds of icebergs and glaciers become your daily entertainment, while kayaking with whales and camping in Antarctica are a couple of optional activities available on selected voyages.

          Days 8-9

            Antarctic Circle

            Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach this far south, which is officially noted at 66° 33’ S. Celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne!

            Make a toast and take pride in knowing you have made it to a part of the world still visited by very few people.

            Days 10-11

              Northbound along the Peninsula

              By now, your knowledge of Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins is matched by your ability to differentiate between a leopard, fur or Weddell seal. Terms like ‘bergy bits’ and pancake ice seem normal too, yet there are still many tales to be told. As you head back towards the Drake, Zodiac excursions continue to fill your days, while the Expedition Team helps to fill any blanks that remain in your newly acquired knowledge of the Antarctic.

              Days 12-13

                Drake Passage to Ushuaia

                Re-crossing the Drake, Antarctica fades away. Excited conversations with your new-found friends make the time passing the Drake Passage fly by, independent of weather and sea conditions. Your Expedition Team round up their series of lectures as well, perhaps with a slideshow of some of the great landing sites and wildlife you’ve visited over the course of your voyage.

                Day 14

                  Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

                  Say goodbye to your Expedition Team and your fellow travelers. Disembark in the morning so that you may catch your homeward bound flights.
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                  - 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 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.
                  - 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.

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                  Cancellation Policy

                  Days Prior to departureFee
                  70 days or moreDeposit
                  30 - 69 days50% of total tour cost
                  0 - 29 days100% of total tour cost