Antarctic Express - Cruise South and Fly North« All Sea Adventurer cruise options
|Dates||Deck + Cabin Type|
|Triple||Lower Deck Twin||Main Deck Twin with Porthole||Main Deck Twin with Window||Superior||Deluxe||Suite|
|Dec 10 '13
|Kayaking option: $950
Camping option: $225
Snowshoeing option: complimentary
-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 minimum of US$100,000 per person required. Contact us for details on arranging travel insurance.
Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina
This quaint city at the southernmost tip of South America is your gateway to Antarctica. The city itself provides a wide range of jewelry shops, cafes, gear shops and restaurants to explore before your voyage. Outside the city, snow-capped mountains and hiking in Tierra del Fuego National Park offer ample adventure activities if you feel like exploring nature.
Day 2 Embarkation Day
Embark in the afternoon, with a journey through the picturesque Beagle Channel. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled and be out on deck, as the channel is home to a wide variety of wildlife including seabirds and seals. Rainbows are common here too, creating a great photography opportunity to kick off the start to your Antarctic adventure.
Days 3-4 Crossing the Drake Passage
Legendary for its high winds and rolling seas, you may get lucky and have the surprise you with calm seas. Spend your time in the lounge or chatting with your fellow travelers. As you develop your sea legs during the crossing, your Expedition Team will begin their series of presentations and help prepare you for your upcoming Zodiac and land excursions. You officially enter Antarctica when your ship crosses the Antarctic convergence, a biological boundary that fluctuates around 60° south.
Days 5-8 Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
Icebergs are the first attractions that welcome us to Antarctica. Massive floating bergs become more common as you get closer to land and you catch your first glimpse of the Peninsula, with its grand snow-covered mountains. In addition to spotting icebergs, you’ll likely spot penguins chilling out on ice floes and whales feeding and swimming in the frigid waters.
As soon as possible, the Zodiacs will be readied for your first landing in the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. The first time you experience this immense wilderness up close can be a numbing experience. The silence is great, the vastness is even greater. Thankfully the noisy locals – penguins and seals – are there to remind you that this wonderful landscape isn’t just a dream.
Your Expedition Team will monitor the ice and weather conditions to determine which landing sites we can visit. With many sites to choose from, each expedition presents new opportunities for exploring the white continent by Zodiac and land. Swimming in Antarctica is perhaps the most adventurous option you can enjoy, by taking a polar-dip in the water at Neko Harbor. If you would rather stay on land, then how about taking a camping trip in Antarctica? A typical day in this wildlife wonderland will be spent listening to calving glaciers at Petermann Island, watching penguins waddle around a beach, or taking a hike atop a hill for a panoramic view of Port Lockroy. Whatever you prefer, the photographic opportunities are endless.
Day 9 Disembarkation & Fly to Punta Arenas
As the ship turns north, you’ll say goodbye to the penguins, as well as many of your shipmates. With only the Drake Passage ahead, you’ll disembark and enjoy a bit of time on King George Island before flying off to Punta Arenas, Chile. Once you’re in Punta Arenas, transfer from the airport to your hotel, where you’re free to explore and enjoy a final dinner out.
Day 10 Depart for Home
After breakfast, you will make your own way to the Punta Arenas airport for your homeward flight or continue on with your other adventures.
Itinerary NotesImportant reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us 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.
- Pre expedition night hotel in Ushuaia
- 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
- Flight from Antarctica to Punta Arenas as specified in the itinerary
- Group transfer between the airport and hotel in conjunction with the charter flight from Antarctica
- One night post expedition hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas with breakfast as indicated
- 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 experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities
- All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
- Formal and informal presentations by the 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
- 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
- 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/fourways.php
Final payment is due 130 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 130 days prior to departure.
Click here to see a copy of our Terms and Conditions.
|Days Prior to departure||Fee|
|180 Days or more||$1200 per person|
|179-120 Days||Entire deposit|
|119 Days or less||100% total cost|
- Ship Highlights
- Passengers : 122
The expedition ship Sea Adventurer was built in 1975. The Sea Adventurer underwent a $13 million conversion and renovation in 1998. Her proud reputation is complimented by her well-appointed and elegant accommodations, public areas and professional crew. The Sea Adventurer is the perfect expedition ship for people who enjoy soft adventures and creature comforts. All cabins have outside views and facilities en suite.
- Only 122 guests
- 4 partially enclosed lifeboats
- Fleet of Zodiacs for shore transfers
- All cabins have exterior views and facilities en suite
- One dining room with unreserved seating.
- Multi-purpose lounge and presentation room
- Ice-strengthened hull
- All-inclusive beverage packages available
The Sea Adventurer is equipped with zodiacs for shore landings and ocean level cruising, yet offers fine dining, and cabins with exterior views and facilities en suite.
Cabins and Amenities:
- 61 outside cabins with exterior views and private facilities.
- Decks 4 and 5 have exterior access, with outside seating.
- Window-lined dining room on Deck 4 with unreserved seating.
- Lounge/Presentation Room.
- 2 bars.
- Gift shop.
- 24 hour beverage station.
- Ship-to-shore satellite communications with email, and wireless, Internet access.
- Clinic with licensed doctor.
- Exercise room.
- Massage therapist.
- Ice strengthened hull.
Main deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, porthole
|Lower Deck Twin|
2 lower berths, private facilities, porthole
|Main Deck Twin with Porthole|
Main Deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, porthole
|Main Deck Twin with Window|
Main Deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, 2 windows
Upper Deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, windows
Upper deck and Captains deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, windows
Captains deck, 2 lower berths, windows, private facilities with shower. Tub in Suite 403.