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Example 12 Day Cruise aboard MS Fridtjof Nansen
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This short expedition to Antarctica gives you five incredible days in the Antarctic Peninsula, focused on exploring the many penguin colonies, glaciers, and icebergs found there. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Buenos Aires
Day 2 : Fly to Ushuaia | Embark
Days 3-4 : Drake Passage
Days 5-9 : Antarctica
Days 10-11 : Drake Passage
Day 12 : Ushuaia | Disembark | Fly Buenos Aires

Highlights

  • Cross the magnificent Antarctic Circle
  • Enjoy unique close up encounters with whales in Antarctica
  • Observe the famous Gentoo penguins in Neko Harbour
  • Adventure between the icebergs at Lemaire Channel

Ship

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Congress building in Buenos Aires Nights in Ushuaia A whale plays near the surface at dusk. Hiking in Antarctica is rewarded with spectacular views Penguins on the shores of Antarctica

Day 1 Buenos Aires

Unescorted overnight in Buenos Aires. Guests can explore the capital of Argentina with its colorful neighborhoods and beautiful parks.
 
 Included:
 
·  One-night bed and breakfast at a centrally located three-star hotel

Day 2 Fly to Ushuaia | Embark

Transfer from the hotel to the airport for an early morning flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world and where the ship awaits. Once aboard the ship, guests join a mandatory safety drill before the Captain’s introduction and welcome dinner.
  
Included transfers and flight:
 
·  Transfer from hotel to Buenos Aires airport
·  Flight in coach class from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
·  Transfer from Ushuaia airport to the ship

Day 3-4 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The Drake Passage connects the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern Oceans and is the shortest crossing to Antarctica. It is also nicknamed the ‘Drake Shake’ when the seas are stormy or the ‘Drake Lake’ when the waters are still. 
 
While at sea, and provided conditions are calm, guests may be able to sight whales, dolphins, and sea birds such as albatrosses and petrels. Join lectures and watch films about Antarctica in the Science Center or spend time enjoying the ship’s infinity pool, hot tubs, gym, and Wellness Center.

Day 5-9 Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Each day, we venture to one of 22 possible sites on the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula to go cruising in small boats and to make landings where guests are able to observe penguin colonies, seals, whales, glaciers, and icebergs up close.
 
If the ice conditions and weather permitting, we will also attempt to sail south past the Antarctic Circle, at the Captain’s discretion.
 
All aboard are invited to participate in lectures on glaciology, climate change, and marine biology. Guests can also engage in Citizen Science programs like photographing leopard seals and spotting whale tails that contribute directly to scientific research.
  
Included:
 
·  Daily landings with short hikes to scenic or wildlife spots 
·  Small boat cruises near the ship and landing site
·  Lectures on a wide range of scientific topics
 
Additional optional activities may include:
 
·  Kayaking near icebergs, and possibly seals and penguins
·  Longer small boat cruises to explore hard-to-reach areas
·  Guided longer hikes to scenic viewpoints
·  Camping ashore possibly with penguins
·  Snowshoeing through pristine snowfields
·  In-depth photography lessons

Day 10-11 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
While at sea, and provided conditions are calm, guests may be able to sight whales, dolphins, and sea birds such as albatrosses and petrels. Join lectures and watch films about Antarctica in the Science Center or spend time enjoying the ship’s infinity pool, hot tubs, gym, and Wellness Center.

Day 12 Ushuaia | Disembark | Fly Buenos Aires

  • 1 Breakfast
It’s time to return home via Ushuaia and Buenos Aires. 

Included transfers and flight:
 
•      Transfer from the ship to Ushuaia airport
•      Flight in coach class from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Buenos Aires - Hotels

Per person starting at
$10,193
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Cabin (RS)
183 sq ft, Cabins on middle decks with queen bed
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Outside Cabin on Lower/Middle Decks (RR)
205–248 sq ft, Larger cabins on middle decks with flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofa bed. Most are 215 sq ft.
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Outside Cabin on Lower/Middle Decks (TY)(TT)
258–291 sq ft, Large cabins without balcony. On middle decks, with flexible sleeping arrangements, sofa bed, amenity kit, kettle, tea and coffee.
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Outside Cabin with Balcony (XT)(XTD)(XY)
161–205 sq ft, Spacious high-deck cabins with a balcony, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofa bed, amenity kit, kettle, tea and coffee
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Corner Suite (MF)
237 sq ft, Corner suite with large windows, without a balcony, with flexible sleeping arrangements, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.
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Suite with Balcony (ME)
215–301 sq ft, Suites with a private balcony on high decks, with flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofa bed, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker
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Large Suite with Balcony (MD)
377 sq ft, Large corner suite with a private balcony, flexible sleeping arrangements, sofa bed, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, espresso maker. Accessible to guests with limited mobility.
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Corner Suite with Balcony (MC)
215–323 sq ft, Aft corner suites with a private balcony and hot tub, large windows, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofa bed, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.
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XL Suite (MB)
474 sq ft, Extra-large corner suites without a balcony. Aft corner suites with sofa bed, flexible sleeping arrangements, large windows, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.
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XL Suite with Balcony (MA)
495–517 sq ft, Extra-large corner suites with a private balcony. The ship’s most spacious cabins, with large windows, flexible sleeping arrangements, sofa bed, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.

Notes

Included in Your Expedition

Flights
•      Return flights in coach class between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
Hotel
•      Overnight at a centrally located three-star hotel in Buenos Aires before the voyage, including breakfast
Transfers
•      Transfer from the hotel in Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires airport before the voyage
•      Transfers between Ushuaia airport and the ship, including a short city tour 
Voyage
•      Full-board expedition voyage aboard MS Fridtjof Nansen in a cabin of your choice
•      A choice of three onboard restaurants
•      All meals include beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water in all onboard restaurants)
•      Complimentary tea and coffee
•      Free Wi-Fi on board
•      Complimentary reusable water bottle made from aluminum to use at water refill stations located throughout the ship
•      No gratuities expected
•      English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities aboard and ashore
 
Onboard Activities
•      Citizen Science program allows guests to help out with live scientific research
•      Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on sustainability, climate change, wildlife, glaciology, history
•      Use of the ship’s science center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
•      Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
•      Use of the ship’s infinity pool, hot tubs, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
•      Informal gatherings where the crew share stories, play a film or documentary, conduct a quiz, run art workshops, perform talents like fruit and ice carving, or teach guests how to tie sailor’s knots
 
Landing Activities
•      Daily escorted landings in one of 22 possible sites while in Antarctica 
•      Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for included and optional activities
•      Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
•      Canon-certified Expedition Team members help with your camera settings before every landing

Not Included In Your Expedition

•      Travel insurance
•      International flight package to and from Buenos Aires
•      Luggage handling
•      Treatments in the onboard Wellness Center  
•      Additional landing activities such as:
       o   Kayaking
       o   Glacier hikes
       o   Snowshoeing
       o   Camping
       o   Photography course
•      Optional excursions
•      Pre and post-programs
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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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