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Magellan Explorer Inaugural Air-Cruise

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Magellan Explorer
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Join the inaugural voyage of the newly built Magellan Explorer! Be part of the celebration while visiting the fjords and islands of Tierra del Fuego, Cape Horn, and the Antarctic Peninsula. You are invited you to join a unique experience that will take you to one of the most remote places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable continent - Antarctica.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Start of the Air-Cruise
Day 2 : Explore southern Patagonia
Day 3 : Beagle Channel
Day 4 : Cape Horn and Drake Passage
Day 5 : Drake Passage
Day 6 : Drake Passage and Antarctica
Days 7-9 : Exploring Antarctica
Day 10 : Disembark | Scheduled return flight from Antarctica
Day 11 : Punta Arenas | Return Home

Highlights

  • Visit the stunning Glacier Alley in the De Agostini National Park
  • Discover the famous Anthropological Museum Martin Gusinde
  • Sail through Drake Passage en route to the South Shetland Islands
  • Explore several spots in the Gerlache Strait

Ship

Magellan Explorer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Curious penguins and travelers on an Antarctic tour Exploring the remote Antarctica Peninsula onboard an expedition ship Travelers enjoying a zodiac cruise during an Antartctic cruise Penguin jump in Antarctica Air Cruise Flight

Day 1 Start of the Air-Cruise

Your journey begins in Punta Arenas, Chile. Upon boarding the ship in the afternoon you are welcomed by the Expedition Team. Attend a welcome briefing that provides important information about your voyage the ship sails along the Strait of Magellan towards the majestic Cape Froward, the southernmost tip of the American landmass, and continues south through the fiords that open along the Magdalena Channel. These areas are home to Magellanic penguins, cormorants, and other seabirds.

Day 2 Explore southern Patagonia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Escorted by Peale’s dolphins, the ship navigates the Cockburn, Brecknock and Ballenero channels, offering impressive views of the islands that form Tierra del Fuego and its mountain ranges. Learn about these southern lands through an engaging program of shipboard presentations. In the afternoon the ship enters the western side of the Beagle Channel and proceeds through the spectacular Glacier Alley in the De Agostini National Park, where massive glaciers descend from the Darwin ice field into the sea. By the late evening, you call at Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.

Day 3 Beagle Channel

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up in the southern-most Argentinean city and enjoy a catamaran tour exploring the Lighthouse at the End of the World and the Sea Lion and Cormorant islands. After spending some free time strolling along Ushuaia’s main street, the ship set sails again towards Port Williams, on Navarino Island. Explore this southernmost town in the world and visit the Anthropological Museum Martin Gusinde, learning about the Yagan people, the canoe nomads who lived in this remote region.

Day 4 Cape Horn and Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, awake in full view of legendary Cape Horn! Weather permitting, board a Zodiac and be one of the few privileged adventurers to step foot on this famous and rarely visited island. Back on board, set sail towards Antarctica and cross the famous passage named in honor of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th-century British explorer.

Day 5 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you sail through the Drake Passage en route to the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent seabirds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica.

After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for the first icebergs and the first sight of Antarctic land.

Day 6 Drake Passage and Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Reaching the South Shetland Islands, sail in ice-filled bays while enjoying the company of seabirds, penguins, seals, and whales. Board a Zodiac for your first memorable shore visit to a penguin colony.

Day 7-9 Exploring Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of seabirds, penguins, seals, and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides.

No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, explore several spots in the Gerlache Strait that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.

Day 10 Disembark | Scheduled return flight from Antarctica

Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).

Day 11 Punta Arenas | Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

Magellan Explorer

Per person starting at
$4,995
Magellan Explorer Cabin
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Triple Suite
Located on Deck 4 (440 sq. ft.). Bed can be configured as either one, king-size bed (2.1 × 2.0 mt. / 82" × 78") or two twin beds (1.05 × 2.0 mt. / 41" × 78")
Magellan Explorer Porthole Cabin
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Porthole Cabin
Located on Deck 3 (220 sq. ft.). Bed can be configured as either one, king-size bed (2.1 × 2.0 mt. / 82" × 78") or two twin beds (1.05 × 2.0 mt. / 41" × 78")
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Veranda Cabin
Located on Deck 3 (220 sq. ft.). Bed can be configured as either one, king-size bed (2.1 × 2.0 mt. / 82" × 78") or two twin beds (1.05 × 2.0 mt. / 41" × 78")
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Deluxe Veranda Cabin
Located on Deck 4 (220 sq. ft.). Bed can be configured as either one, king-size bed (2.1 × 2.0 mt. / 82" × 78") or two twin beds (1.05 × 2.0 mt. / 41" × 78")
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Penthouse Suite
Located on Deck 5 (330 sq. ft.). Bed can be configured as either one, king-size bed (2.1 × 2.0 mt. / 82" × 78") or two twin beds (1.05 × 2.0 mt. / 41" × 78")
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Grand Suite
Located on Deck 4 (440 sq. ft.). Bed can be configured as either one, king-size bed (2.1 × 2.0 mt. / 82" × 78") or two twin beds (1.05 × 2.0 mt. / 41" × 78") featuring two balconies and a sitting area.
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Single Veranda Cabin
Located on Deck 3 (220 sq. ft.). 1 king-size bed

Notes

-Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Cabin sharing, where solo travelers are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender is available in Porthole and Veranda Cabins. 
-Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.85x the double occupancy rate for Porthole and Veranda Cabins types. Deluxe Veranda, Penthouse Suite, and Grand Suite cabins are 2x the double occupancy rate.
-Children ages 12 and up are permitted onboard accompanied by an adult.

INCLUDED IN THE RATE
• For Air-Cruises starting in Punta Arenas, group transfers airport/hotel on Day 1.
• For Air-Cruises starting in Punta Arenas, 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar, with a welcome dinner including drinks on Day 1.
• 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica.
• Transfers airport/hotel on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica, and transfers hotel/airport on last Day of the Air-Cruise Program.
• Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
• Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
• Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board ship offering a wide choice of dishes.
• Daily served dinner on board ship offering a choice of three main courses.
• Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship
• Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition.
• All guided shore excursions.
• Lectures and entertainment on board.
• Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.
• Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.
• Contingency Plan as described below.
• IAATO passenger fee.
 
SPECIFICALLY NOT INCLUDED IN THE RATE
• Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the itinerary and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage. Specifically, dinner in Punta Arenas upon return from Antarctica is not included.
• Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar.
• Personal insurance.
• Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
• Gratuities.
• Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.
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