New Year in Antarctica Cruise

Unforgettable wildlife encounters
Stunning landscapes
Jennifer Prerau
Kayaking through arctic waters.
Andrew Halsall
Zodiac tour through the icebergs.
Andrew Halsall
Sleeping in the snow!
Polar Pioneer's dining room.
Polar Pioneer's bar and lounge.
Embark on this 11-day voyage to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Antarctica! Ring in the new year with penguins, elephant seals, and first-landing buzz. With summer in full swing, penguin highways are busy with traffic between rookeries and beach as parents hurry to fatten up chicks. Glaciers shed ice with an echoing roar and waterways are alive with feeding and breaching whales. Zodiacs whisk us on whalewatching cruises and amongst glorious icebergs. The near-midnight sun powers an explosion of life. What an unforgettable way to start the year!

Day 1

    Punta Arenas, Chile

    Arrive in Punta Arenas. This evening’s briefing prepares you for your charter flight and the first leg of your expedition to Antarctica!

    Day 2

      Fly to King George Island / Embark

      First fly from Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island, Antarctica to be warmly welcomed aboard Polar Pioneer. Settle in for safety and environmental briefings to prepare for your landings as the ship sets off across Bransfield Strait.

      Days 3-8

        Antarctic Peninsula

        Wake in the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. Aboard robust Zodiacs, explore penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific stations. Zodiac cruising brings you close to intricately-shaped icebergs and seals basking on ice floes whilst kayakers glide into secluded bays.

        Stepping ashore on the continent itself creates an everlasting memory, especially if it involves a bum-slide down snow slopes. Immerse yourself in nature, spontaneity, and having fun - making sure to pause and celebrate as you bring in the New Year with your fellow travelers.

        Make the most of every day and a fair bit of each night as well. If the weather allows, you can join a sleep-out on the ice – a must for any Antarctic explorer!

        Days 9-10

          Crossing the Drake Passage

          As the Captain steers the ship north across Drake Passage, your mind and soul revels in rich Antarctic experiences. There’s time to watch for seabirds, enjoy entertaining talks, discuss what you’ve seen and learned, exchange photos and stories.

          Day 11

            Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

            Enjoy a gentle cruise along the Beagle Channel in the early morning. We disembark after breakfast for onward travel or to savour more time in Ushuaia.
             Triple SharedTwin SharedTwin PrivateMini SuiteSuite
            2015-Dec-27$7,800$9,600$11,220$12,430$13,860
            Kayaking Option: $995
            Camping Option: Complimentary
            Please note that all of Polar Pioneer itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. These itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.

            - 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

            • One night accommodation in Punta Arenas pre voyage (27 December 2015)
            • Transfer from hotel to Punta Arenas airport
            • Flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island
            • Luggage transfer from King George Island airstrip to Polar Pioneer
            • 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 our on board doctor and basic medical services
            • Loan of gumboots during the voyage
            • Daily cabin service
            • Comprehensive pre-departure information
            • Aurora Expeditions waterproof jacket
            • An Antarctic wildlife guide
            • A printed photo book produced with imagery from your voyage (one per booking)
            • Port taxes and charges
            • All entry fees to historic landings sites

            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