Across the Antarctic Circle Sail/Fly Cruise

Andrew Halsall
Hiking through through the snow.
Diving the arctic waters
Andrew Halsall
Sleeping in the snow!
Jennifer Prerau
Kayaking through arctic waters.
Getting ready for the dive
Polar Pioneer's dining room.
Polar Pioneer's bar and lounge.
Celebrate crossing latitude 66° 33’ South in the wake of hallowed explorers including the first to do so, Captain James Cook on this unique Antarctic cruise. In this frozen area of extraordinary beauty, powerful orcas and leopard seals patrol, while ethereal snow petrels grace the skies against a background of bristling mountains and surreal icebergs. Threading your way through an intricate system of icy waterways, aim for the glorious Crystal Sound at the mouth of The Gullet. It’s midsummer, moulting time for penguins and flight school for cormorant chicks.

Day 1

    Arrive Punta Arenas / Fly Puerto Williams

    Fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams (included in cruise fare), enjoy a tour of the scenic port before being warmly welcomed aboard Polar Pioneer. Have introductory and safety briefings before your evening’s cruise down the Beagle Channel.

    Day 2

      Drake Passage

      Cross the Drake Passage, accompanied by albatross, petrels, fulmars and prions. Your polar experts speak about Antarctica’s unique wildlife and history and prepare you for landings with environmental and Zodiac briefings.

      Day 3

        Antarctic Convergence

        Spirits soar as air and water temperatures fall, marking your crossing of the Antarctic Convergence. All eyes are peeled for the first iceberg, the first penguin and the first glimpse of land, the mercurial sea stacks outlying the South Shetland Islands. If conditions allow, go ashore this afternoon.

        Days 4-9

          Antarctica

          Explore the Peninsula’s west coast, with time to watch the frenzied activities of penguin parents and chicks as the summer days begin to shorten. Watch for imperial cormorant chicks bravely making their first flights from sea cliffs. Zodiac cruise amongst icebergs and floes replete with basking Weddell and leopard seals and revel in the unparalleled beauty of vast, Antarctic landscape. Besides landing on wildlife-rich offshore islands, make a continental landing, possibly hiking up for spectacular views.

          As you continue south, ice conditions govern your movements. Whether you cross the Circle via the ‘inner route’ or the Bellingshausen Sea, you will celebrate in style.

          With luck reach magnificent Crystal Sound, pass through the Gullet and steam on to Marguerite Bay, where relatively few have gone before. Orcas, humpbacks and minkes feed in the channels. We may visit historical Stonington, Pourquoi Pas and Detaille islands before turning north to warmer climes.

          Day 10

            King George Island / Fly Punta Arenas

            Arrive at mountainous King George Island. If time and weather permit explore penguin and seal-rich waters of Fildes Bay and visit the surprising Trinity Church at Bellingshausen Station, before catching your included charter flight back to Punta Arenas in Chile. On arrival into Punta Arenas you will be transferred to your hotel, where tonight’s accommodation is included.

            Day 11

              Return Home

              Enjoy breakfast with your fellow expeditioners in the hotel before saying your farewells and continuing with your own arrangements.
               Triple SharedTwin SharedTwin PrivateMini SuiteSuite
              2015-Feb-19$7,100$8,750$10,200$11,300$12,600
              Kayaking Option: $925
              Scuba Option: $975
              - Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple 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.
              - Single costs are 1.7 times the twin rate
              Voyage Inclusions:
              · Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams
              · Transfer from Puerto Williams airport to Polar Pioneer, including Puerto Williams town and surrounds tour
              · Luggage transfer from Polar Pioneer to King George Island airstrip
              · Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas
              · Transfer from Punta Arenas airport to hotel
              · One night accommodation at Cabo de Hornos hotel in Punta Arenas post voyage
              · Accommodation during the voyage
              · All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
              · All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
              · Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
              · Access to on board doctor and basic medical services
              · Loan of gumboots during the voyage
              · Daily cabin service
              · Comprehensive pre-departure information
              · Professionally produced electronic voyage journal
              · Port taxes and charges

              Deposit & Payment

              Initial deposit is $1450, 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 100 days prior to departure.

              Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Amex. Credit Card payments subject to 3% convenience fee and maximum $15,000 charge.

              Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 100 days prior to departure.

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              Cancellation Policy

              Days Prior to departureFee
              90 days or moreDeposit
              89 days or less100% trip cost