Holidays in the Weddell Sea« All Sea Explorer cruise options
|Dates||Deck + Cabin Type|
|Triple Suite||Porthole Suite||Window Suite||Deluxe Suite||Superior Suite||Veranda Suite||Penthouse Suite|
|Dec 20 '13
Travel Insurance - All passengers are required to carry valid travel insurance which must contain medical and evacuation coverage of no less than $150,000 as well as cancellation and trip interruption.
Day 1 Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina
Enjoy the Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous as you explore the southernmost town in the world. Highlights of Ushuaia include an award-winning museum and trips to nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park and its popular “Train at the End of the World”.
Day 2 Embarkation
Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, you will be greeted by your Expedition Team and ship's officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the mountainous scenery on an early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.
Days 3-4 Drake Passage
Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as you sail south are the Albatrosses, Prions, and Petrels that frequently follow the ship. Your Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the Whales and Dolphins that may also be seen in the area. Experts will begin the presentations with informative and entertaining lectures on the wildlife, history, and geology of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable lecture hall.
Days 5-12 Antarctica including east and west coasts of the Antarctic Peninsula
The land of superlatives, Antarctica! Your Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity to include as much of the diversity of the Antarctic Peninsula as possible.
Hope to begin with Christmas Eve at Elephant Island, the most notorious island in Antarctic history where 22 bedraggled members of the Endurance expedition lived under two upturned lifeboats for 135 days awaiting the return of their leader, Sir Ernest Shackleton. Weather permitting; attempt a landing at historic Cape Wild, now home to chinstrap penguins and a memorial bust.
Aawake Christmas Day in the astounding ice of the Weddell Sea where the majestic emperor penguin is a likely sighting as you navigate farther south. Huge tabular icebergs calved from the ice shelves of the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula will challenge the limits of your appreciation for nature.
Continue with landings and cruises in the Antarctic Sound. Known as “Iceberg Alley”, the sound is an astonishing assortment of floating ice both large and small as well as a large concentration of Adélie penguins. Hope to visit the Adélies on the Antarctic continent at Brown Bluff or Hope Bay. The 48 kilometer-long (30 mile) waterway is your gateway from the Weddell Sea to the South Shetland Islands and the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula.
The west side features the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas as well as sites of historic and scientific interest. The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. You may stop in an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as an historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House. Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins abound, and Weddell, Crabeater and Elephant Seals are often found hauled out to rest along with the predatory Leopard Seal and the aggressive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback Whales are frequent visitors in the late season and Orca sightings are also common.
New Year’s Eve will be celebrated during your last night among the icebergs as you say good bye to the Deep South.
Days 13-14 Drake Passage
Continue your lecture series and wildlife spotting as you sail back to Ushuaia and reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future. Arrive at Ushuaia in the early hours of Day 15.
Day 15 Ushuaia / Disembark
Morning disembarkation lets you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.
Itinerary NotesIncluded in your cruise fare:
· Voyage on board the Sea Explorer
· Shipboard accommodations
· All scheduled Landings/excursions
· All meals
· Coffee/tea/cocoa/espresso 24 hours daily
· Welcome/Farewell cocktail
· A pair of boots for use during the voyage
· Daily international news service
· All port fees
· Transport from central location to ship for embarkation
· Transport from ship to central location upon disembarkation
· Digital Voyage Log
Excluded in cruise fare:
· Any airfare or travel expenses associated with arrival in Ushuaia
· Pre or post voyages expenses in Ushuaia
· Laundry, bar and personal expenses incurred on board
· Onboard communication charges
· Staff gratuities
There will be no fuel surcharge for voyages aboard the Sea Explorer if the local price of applicable fuel does not exceed US$700 per metric ton. Should the price go above this a surcharge may be applied to to cover only the increase in fuel costs.
Deposit & Payment
Initial deposit is $1700, 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 100 days prior to departure.
Final payment by 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 100 days prior to departure.
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|Days Prior to departure||Fee|
|100 days or more||$950|
|99-0 days||100% cruise cost|
- Ship Highlights
- Passengers : 114
The Sea Explorer, formerly known as the Corinthian II, has always been known for its effortless elegance, impeccable service and atmosphere of charm and camaraderie. Now she sails under a different name with increased adventure options and an on-site Passenger Service Representative. Sea Explorer is the perfect blend of luxury and adventurous exploration. Is it a luxury ship? An adventure ship? It’s both!
Impeccable Small Ship Amenities
Returning from excursions, passengers enjoy complimentary refreshments, afternoon tea and all-day coffee in The Club, a gracious space for relaxation, surrounded by panoramic windows. Other Sea Explorer features include:
- Library with Internet access
- Lounge with audiovisual facilities
- Dining room
- Wraparound sun deck with Jacuzzi
- Exercise room
- Beauty salon
- Medical facilities with available doctor
- Elevator serving all passenger decks
- Swimming/zodiac platform
Sea Explorer is an all-suite yacht accommodating up to 114 guests. Built in 1992 and refurbished and redecorated in 2005, each suite features:
- Sea view
- Queen-sized bed separable into two twin-sized beds
- Sitting area
- Satellite TV, DVD/CD player
- Marble-appointed bathroom with fine toiletries
- 225 square feet or more
Penthouse Suites and Veranda Suites (400 and 300 square feet, respectively) feature private balconies accessed via sliding-glass doors, and white-glove butler service.
Great expeditions require great food!The Sea Explorer is pleased to offer daily changing breakfast, lunch and dinner menus with an emphasis on providing well balanced and nutritional cuisine. A team of international chefs has boat loads of creativity and you are sure to experience a variety of interesting dishes throughout your voyage. The restaurant is located on Deck 2 and the professional service team looks forward to providing a memorable dining experience.
Deck 3 triple suite with window and sitting area. 235 sq ft
Deck 2 porthole suite with sitting area. 235 sq ft
Deck 3 window suite with window and sitting area. 225-235 sq ft
Deck 4 deluxe suite with forward and side windows and sitting area. 285 sq ft
Deck 4 superior suite with window and sitting area. 235 sq ft
Veranda deck - veranda suites with private balcony and sitting area. 300 sq ft
Penthouse deck - penthouse suites with private balcony and sitting area. 400 sq ft