Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Cruise

$1000-$1500
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Beth Conway
Kayaking in antarctica
Claudio Suter
A bird soars through the polar sky
Eric Lindberg
Cruising the polar waters in a zodiac
Kayak with massive icebergs
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Albatross cruising the Drake Passage to Antarctica
Ken Kaminesky
Relax in the lounge aboard the Sea Spirit.
Ken Kaminesky
Relax and enjoy a book in the library.
This exciting Antarctic cruise voyages the famed Drake Passage, explores the wildlife rich shores of the South Shetland Islands, and will make numerous stops along the Antarctic Peninsula. A trip of a lifetime aboard the Sea Spirit, join in on this 12-day Antarctic tour.

Day 1

    Ushuaia, Argentina

    With a population of more than 63,000 people, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. The city has grown over the past few years, yet retained an easy-going and accessible feel. With the sea to the south and mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. If you arrive early, you can spend some time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy some Argentinean wines and barbeques in the city, or visit the many boutique shops and cafes before for your expedition to Antarctica.

    Day 2

      Embarkation Day

      Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the Beagle Channel. This historic channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of excitement as you depart - the next time you see land, it will be the world’s most southern continent!

      Day 3

        Cape Horn

        Weather permitting, the ship will attempt to land on Cape Horn, an icon of sailing culture for centuries. The Cape Horn National Park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2005.

        Day 4

          Crossing the Drake Passage

          Prepare yourself for potentially rough waters, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. Spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, while providing safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.

          Days 5-9

            South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

            When the Antarctic Convergence is left in your wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. You can begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every time your ship has visited Antarctica, something new or unexpected has been witnessed, making your expedition unlike any other.

            Take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore remote bays, channels and landing sites each day. With wildlife always at the forefront of your minds, visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of the southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.

            The majesty of the Peninsula’s mountains will enchant you as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Orne Harbor, gives the opportunity to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here you’ll have the choice between going for a mountain hike or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach to enjoy the antics of the curious penguins. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets!

            Days 10-11

              Drake Passage to Ushuaia

              The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with some final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy a few final presentations by your Expedition Team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

              Day 12

                Disembarkation in Ushuaia

                Arrive in Ushuaia in the morning and continue your adventure or catch your flights home.
                 TripleMain DeckClassicSuperiorDeluxeSuiteOwners Suite
                2014-Nov-07
                2015-Mar-04
                $7,595$8,795$9,295$10,595$11,595$12,995$14,595
                Camping Option: $250
                Kayaking Option: $950
                Please note that the camping option is NOT available for the March 4th departure. Kayaking is still available for the March 4th departure

                2014-Dec-05
                2015-Jan-07
                2015-Feb-04
                $10,595$12,295$13,295$14,295$16,295$17,595$19,295
                Camping Option: $250
                Kayaking Option: $950



                $1000-$1500 OFF
                Antarctic Savings - Book one of these select departures by November 15 and receive up to $1,500 in air credit, depending on your cabin type!
                2014 : Dec 5
                2015 : Feb 4
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                These special offers are applicable only to new bookings.
                Discounts are subject to availability, so contact us for more details.
                - 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 maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person is included. Contact us for details on arranging additional travel insurance.
                Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that everything can be accomplished. A measure of flexibility is something all 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:
                - One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia as indicated in the itinerary.
                - Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
                - All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage.
                - Fine dining and an “open bar” offering unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
                - A 10MB card providing internet access via the ship’s wireless connection.
                - All shore landings per the daily program.
                - Leadership throughout the voyage by your experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities.
                - All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program.
                - Formal and informal presentations by your 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.
                - All luggage handling aboard ship.
                - 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.

                Click here to see a copy of our Terms and Conditions.

                Cancellation Policy

                Days Prior to departureFee
                180 Days or more$1200 per person
                179-120 DaysEntire deposit
                119 Days or less100% total cost