Crossing the Polar Circle Cruise

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Massice ice formation
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Kayak quiet waters as you sail to remote coves of Antarctica
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Two of the South Shetland Islands
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An elephant seal peeks out of the water around South Georgia
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Icebergs reflected in Antarctica's Paradise Bay
The library and lounge aboard the comfortable Sea Spirit
Learn in comfort in the Sea Spirit Lecture Room
Embark on this 13-day cruise that includes the northern part of the Antarctic continent – Antarctic Peninsula – and nearby islands as well as the polar circle! Every expedition day offers intense exploration of Antarctica and use all the opportunities, performing as many landings and Zodiac-cruising as possible. In the 24-hour-daylight at the peak of Antarctic mid-summer try to offer travelers maximum outdoor activities to explore all the highlights of this program: huge penguin colonies – Adelie, gentoo, chinstrap; awesome scenery; visits to operational research stations; incredible icebergs; 5 species of seals – crabeater, Weddell, leopard, fur and southern elephant; whales – humpback, minke, orca.

Day 1

    Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina

    Arrive at Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Make your way to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. You can visit 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

      Embark

      Arrive at the ship in the afternoon, where you are 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 your early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies. Your Antarctic cruise has begun!

      Days 3-4

        Crossing the Drake Passage

        As your ship sails south, wildlife spotting opportunities include Albatrosses, Prions, and Petrels that frequently follow the ship. Your Expedition Team is out on deck as well, looking for the whales and dolphins that may also be seen in the area. Ship experts hold informative and entertaining presentations on the wildlife, history, and geology of Antarctica. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety are also held in the ship's comfortable lounge. The length of this journey depends on sea conditions but you can expect to approach the South Shetland Islands in the evening of Day 4.

        Days 5-7

          South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula

          The land of superlatives: Antarctica! Your Expedition Leader and Captain create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. The route you take highlights the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at 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.

          Day 8

            Polar Circle

            Spend the day exploring the Southern most area of the Earth, the polar circle!

            Days 9-10

              South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

              You may make a stop at 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.

              All the while, Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins abound, and Weddell, Crabeater and Elephant Seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory Leopard Seals and the aggressive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback Whales are frequent visitors in the late season and Orca sightings are also common.

              Days 11-12

                At Sea

                The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with final opportunities for spotting seabirds and looking for whales. The Expedition Team run their last lectures and presentations, recapping the great Antarctic adventure that you have gone through.

                Day 13

                  Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

                  Arrive in Ushuaia early this morning to disembark for your continued journey home.
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                  NOTE: In case fuel prices significantly increase, a fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings.
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                  Travel Insurance:
                  All passengers are covered by a medical travel insurance policy to the value of 100,000 EURO which includes medical emergency evacuation and reparation for the cruise portion of the tour only. Additional insurance is strongly recommended.

                  Solo Travelers:
                  All rates posted are per person based on double occupancy. Solo travelers can obtain the Twin Standard Cabin for 1.7 the posted rate. All additional categories can be reserved at twice the posted fare.

                  Included in your cruise fare:
                  - 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia
                  - Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
                  - Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation in Ushuaia
                  - Shipboard accommodations
                  - All scheduled landings/excursions
                  - All lectures and briefings onboard
                  - All meals
                  - Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
                  - Welcome and farewell cocktails
                  - A pair of rubber boots on loan for shore landings
                  - Expeditions jacket (yours to keep)
                  - All port fees
                  - Pre-departure materials
                  - Digital Voyage Log

                  Excluded in cruise fare:
                  - Airfare
                  - Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
                  - Luggage and trip cancellation insurance
                  - Meals, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations
                  - Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service and gratuities to shipboard personnel
                  - Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings
                  - Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of USD 150,000
                  - Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses

                  Deposit & Payment

                  Initial deposit is 25%, 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
                  180 Days or more$1200 per person
                  179-120 DaysEntire deposit
                  119 Days or less100% total cost