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Sea kayaking in Antarctica

Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

Example 12 Day Cruise aboard World Explorer
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Board the spacious and comfortable World Explorer and experience a perfect adventure for first-time visitors to Antarctica. Spend 12 days exploring the wilderness of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, Zodiac cruise through sea ice, witness penguins building their nests, and navigate through a maze of icebergs. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 : Ushuaia | Embark
Days 3-4 : Drake Passage
Days 5-9 : South Shetland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula
Days 10-11 : Drake Passage to Ushuaia
Day 12 : Ushuaia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy Argentinean wines and barbecues before your leave for Antarctica
  • Visit penguin rookeries and search for a number of southern seal species
  • Trek up snowy pathways to vantage points that offer 360° views
  • Experience abundant wildlife, including penguins, seals, whales and more

Ship

World Explorer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sea kayaking in Antarctica Observing penguins in the hills along Antarctic Peninsula Zodiac excursion during an Antarctica nature tour Seals A specatular iceberg off the coast of Antarctica

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 has 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 time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy Argentinean wines and barbecues in the city, or visit the many boutiques and cafés before you leave for your expedition to Antarctica.

Day 2 Ushuaia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Embarkation occurs in the late afternoon, after which your vessel sails down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you see land you are in the world’s most southern continent!

Day 3-4 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend your first days at sea getting to know your shipmates, listening to safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead, and watching for wildlife. Prepare yourself for potentially rough waters, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing.

Day 5-9 South Shetland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
When the Antarctic Convergence is left in your wake, you 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.

Take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore remote bays, channels, and landing sites each day. Wildlife is present all around you as you visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of the southern seal species.

The majesty of the Peninsula’s mountains amaze you as you trek up snowy pathways to vantage points that offer 360° views of your surroundings. One of these incredible sightseeing opportunities, in Orne Harbor, invites you to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here you have a 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!  

Every day is different, having been carefully crafted by your expedition team so as to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

Day 10-11 Drake Passage to Ushuaia

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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 Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Ushuaia after breakfast allowing for you to continue your adventure on land or catch your flights home.

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Triple Cabin aboard the World Explorer
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Triple Cabin
Located on Deck 6, and approximately 242 sq. ft. Suites feature one double or two single beds, walk-out balcony, separate combo sitting area with a sofa bed and additional closet, refrigerator, TV, and private bathroom with shower.
Infinity Suite aboard the World Explorer
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Infinity Suite
Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 270 sq. ft. Suites feature one double or two single beds, floor-to-ceiling glass Juliet balcony, refrigerator, TV, and private bathroom with shower.
Veranda Suite aboard the World Explorer
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Veranda Suite
Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 215 sq. ft. Suites feature one double or two single beds, walk-out balcony, sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, and private bathroom with shower.
Superior Suite aboard the World Explorer
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Superior Suite
Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 278 sq. ft. Suites feature one double or two single beds, walk-out balcony, sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, and private bathroom with shower.
Deluxe Suite aboard the World Explorer
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Deluxe Suite
Located on Deck 5, and approximately 334 sq. ft. Suites feature one double or two single beds, walk-out balcony, sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, and private bathroom with shower.
Owner's Suite aboard the World Explorer
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Owner's Suite
Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 355 sq. ft. Suites feature one double or two single beds, walk-out balcony, sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, and bathtub.

Notes

Insurance: Emergency medical evacuation coverage for a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person is included. Travelers should have a minimum US$50,000 (or equivalent) of emergency medical coverage prior to embarkation. It is recommended that you and all members of your party have comprehensive travel insurance covering trip cancellation, trip delay (interruption or after departure coverage), baggage, and repatriation. Contact us for details.

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:
• Group transfer in Ushuaia from the airport to the pre-expedition hotel on Day 1
• One night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia, with breakfast
• Group transfer from the hotel to the ship on embarkation day
• Group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport
• Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
• All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board
• Beer and wine during dinner
• All shore landings per the daily program
• Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader
• All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
• Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled
• Photographic journal documenting the expedition
• Photography guide on Expedition Team
• Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
• Parka to keep
• Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
• Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
• Comprehensive predeparture materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
• All luggage handling aboard the ship
• All gratuities
• Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person.

This expedition excludes:
• International airfare
• Passport and visa expenses
• Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
• Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
• Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
• Excess-baggage fees on international flights
• Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
• Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
• Phone and Internet charges
• Additional overnight accommodation
• Optional adventure activities.

Included

  • 11 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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