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Antarctica - Off the Beaten Track

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard RCGS Resolute
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Enjoy the ultimate Antarctic adventure aboard the RCGS Resolute. Early season is a time of intense activitiy in Antarctica. The wildlife migrations have commenced and the sea ice is quickly receding, allowing access to locations which have been ice choked since winter. What makes this journey so special is the enhanced program of off-ship activities offered on this departure. Taking advantage of optimal snow and ice conditions in November, a range of additional activities is offered. For those with some technical ability and experience, take part in backcountry ski touring. Snow shoeing is another exciting option. If you have some experience sea kayaking, why not enjoy this unique activity? Camping is yet another great activity. A fascinating series of onboard presentations led by polar experts complements your journey.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Santiago, Chile to Stanley, Falkland Islands | Embark
Days 2-3 : At Sea - Towards Antarctica
Day 4 : South Shetland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula
Days 5-7 : Gerlache Strait
Day 8 : South Shetland Islands
Days 9-10 : At Sea
Day 11 : Arrive Stanley, Falkland Islands | Disembark | Santiago, Chile

Highlights

  • Discover spectacular Deception Island – a flooded volcanic caldera
  • Select from a range of off-ship adventure activities, such as snow shoeing
  • Hike up to a famous high point known as Neptune's Window for unique views
  • Join a ski tour across the ‘fresh tracks’ in the virgin snow of Antarctica

Ship

RCGS Resolute

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Santiago, Chile to Stanley, Falkland Islands | Embark

Depart Santiago this morning on a special charter flight direct to Stanley, the small capital of the Falkland Islands. You are met on arrival and transferred from the airport into town. There is time to explore the town or enjoy a guided visit to nearby Gypsy Cove which provides your first opportunity for observing the local wildlife.

Day 2-3 At Sea - Towards Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Chart a southerly course for Antarctica. This stretch of the South Atlantic is rich in its biodiversity and showcases an abundance of wildlife. The wandering albatross, giant petrels, and smaller Cape petrels are constant companions as make your way south. Photographing these magnificent birds takes patience and skill and the photography expert is on hand to show you the best techniques. Join the ship’s Captain on the bridge and learn about the operations of your modern expedition vessel. Throughout the day your onboard experts educate you with a series of presentations about the environment, the wildlife, history, and the locations you may visit in the coming days. As you approach the coastline of Antarctica, anticipate an increase in whale sightings

Day 4 South Shetland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Awaken today and the magnificent snowy peaks of the South Shetland Islands are laid out before you. We are now heading north towards Antarctic Sound – the gateway into the icy Weddell Sea. Along the way, you can hope to make a planned visit at Deception Island. If weather conditions permit,  sail the ship right into the middle of a volcanic caldera. History is all around as you explore the old whaling station, with the rusted relics and old wooden structures.

Day 5-7 Gerlache Strait

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Heading south along the coastline of the continent, your busy program of activities is in full swing. Your days are spent exploring on and off the ship. Popular activities include guided hikes on shore and visits to wildlife colonies with the expert naturalist guides, while the historic huts and science stations provide a fascinating glimpse into the past and the present. Zodiac cruising among the ice is always a memorable activity.

Day 8 South Shetland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The adventure is not over and you have an additional day of exploration in the South Shetlands. Prevailing weather conditions dictate your landing locations. Aitcho Island is a possibility and is a great spot for a hike or a Zodiac cruise. There are several other landing sites in the South Shetland's including Half Moon Island, or the broad pebbly beach at Yankee Harbour, where you can encounter Weddell seals sunning themselves. This is another great spot for a hike. Hannah Point, with its elephant seal colony and nesting Antarctic petrels, is another site to visit. In the evening, navigate north and into the Drake Passage, charting a course for South America.

Day 9-10 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Making your way to the Falklands the educational presentations continue and enjoy a memorable voyage recap by your Expedition Leader. Join your photography experts in the multimedia room and download and back up your precious images. If weather conditions allow, you can hope to make a rounding of Cape Horn.

Day 11 Arrive Stanley, Falkland Islands | Disembark | Santiago, Chile

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning you find yourself back in the port of Stanley. Say goodbye to your crew and after some free time in town, make your way to the airport for your return charter flight to Santiago. On arrival in Santiago your journey comes to an end.

RCGS Resolute

Per person starting at
$11,295
RCGS Resolute Cabin
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Main Deck Triple
Located on Deck 3 these cabins feature the option for a double or two single beds and a third Pullman berth, which can fold out from the wall if required. A sectional lounge is placed by the portholes with a writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities. A flatscreen entertainment system is also included. These cabins provide easy access to the expedition room and gangway.
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Twin Private Cabin
Twin Private cabins are located on Deck 4 and have the option for either a queen or two single configured beds. Features include a comfortable lounge adjacent to the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities with shower.
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Superior Cabin
Located forward on Deck 5 the Superior cabins have the option for either a queen or two single beds. Features include a comfortable lounge adjacent to the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities with shower.
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Superior Plus Cabin
Superior Plus cabins are located midships on Deck 5. They are spacious and well appointed with the option for either a queen or two single beds. A comfortable lounge is placed by the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample floor to ceiling cabinet storage and private washroom facilities with shower.
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Shackleton Suite
The Shackleton Suites are situated on Deck 6. Suites include the comfort of a sectional lounge, writing desk, substantial floor to ceiling cabinetry, and washroom facilities with shower. A flat screen entertainment system is also included. Sleeping quarters feature the option for either a queen or two single beds with upgraded linen/ pillows.
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One Ocean Suite
The One Ocean Suites are situated on Deck 6 and offer an indulgent amount of space. Sleeping quarters feature a queen size bed with upgraded linen/pillows. Included is a comfortable sectional lounge with matching club chairs, a large desk, expansive floor to ceiling cabinetry, and spacious washroom facilities with both a shower and bathtub.

Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy.  

Your Expedition Includes: 
  • Comprehensive pre-voyage information package including details to help you prepare for your trip
  • Transfers from a central meeting point in Ushuaia on Day 1 and from the port to the airport (or a downtown hotel) at the conclusion of your voyage on Day 14
  • Shipboard accommodation in your selected cabin category with daily housekeeping.
  • Cabins feature outside views with windows or portholes
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage with daily afternoon tea
  • 24-hour tea, coffee, hot chocolate in bar/lounge plus in-cabin tea and coffee making facilities
  • Experienced Expedition Leader and professional expedition team of marine biologists, naturalists, historians, adventure guides and photographers
  • Daily off-ship excursions by Zodiac boat breaking into small groups for shore landings
  • Guided hikes and walks on shore of various durations for guests of all abilities
  • Visits to wildlife colonies, historic sites, places of outstanding natural beauty and science stations
  • Educational presentations and talks by polar experts in their field (i.e. marine biologists, naturalists,
    historians etc).
  • On board or on shore Resident photography guide available to assist all guests plus access to computers in the
    multimedia lab for image downloads, file back up and management
  • An emergency-trained medical physician on board every voyage
  • Dedicated hospitality team including Hotel Manager, four chefs, professional bar staff and Adventure Concierge staff
  • Onboard sauna, plunge pool, Jacuzzi and fitness centre including massage options (charge applies for massage and treatments)
  • Sea Kayaking program available (additional charge of US$795pp) – must be reserved at the time of booking your voyage and you must have some prior paddling experience
  • Access to well-stocked library full of polar reference books
  • End of voyage video, photos and take-home USB
  • Port fees and all permits to access visited areas
The Expedition does not include:
  • Any international or local airfare unless otherwise specified in the voyage itinerary
  • Visa and passport expenses
  • Pre or post-cruise hotel accommodation unless otherwise specified in the itinerary (or pre-arranged)
  • Pre or post-cruise transfers unless otherwise specified in the itinerary (or pre-arranged)
  • Personal expenses on board such as alcoholic beverages, bar charges or laundry expenses
  • Telecommunication charges (i.e. email, satellite phone)
  • Baggage, cancellation or medical travel insurance related expenses (travel insurance is mandatory on all voyages)
  • A voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and ship crew (suggested amount – US$15-20 per day) 
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Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!
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