Antarctic Express - Cruise South and Fly North 2015

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A huge colony of king penguins.
Claudio Suter
Sea Kayaking
Quark Expeditions
Curious penguins approach during an Antarctic shore excursion
Jonathan Brunger
Travelers on a zodiac tour in Antarctica
Claudio Suter
A humpback whale dives beneath the Antarctic waters
Sea Adventurer's piano lounge area.
Sun deck
If you’re looking for a more efficient Antarctic experience, this is it. You will cruise south across the Drake Passage and experience the first Antarctic land and wildlife sightings with your fellow shipmates. After your penguin, seal, whale, iceberg and glacier cravings have been satisfied, you’ll take the relaxing way home by flying from King George Island to Punta Arenas, Chile on this 9-day Antarctic cruise.

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 surprisingly 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 5-7

          Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

          Icebergs are the first attractions that welcome you 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. 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 8

            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 9

              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.
               TripleLower Deck TwinMain Deck Twin with PortholeMain Deck Twin with WindowSuperiorDeluxeSuite
              2015-Jan-06$7,995$9,995$10,995$11,595$12,595$13,995$15,995
              Kayaking Option: $950
              - 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 minimum of US$100,000 per person required. Contact us for details on arranging travel insurance.
              Important 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.

              Rates include:
              - 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/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
              180 Days or more$1200 per person
              179-120 DaysEntire deposit
              119 Days or less100% total cost