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Exploration of Antarctica, Patagonia, and Chilean Fjords

Example 20 Day Cruise aboard MS Roald Amundsen
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Explore the various sites of the Antarctic Peninsula for nine days, as well as one day, taking in the sights of the Chilean fjords, and two days in the British Falkland Islands. This expedition cruise takes you to the untouched wilderness of Antarctica and the beautiful fjords of Chile. Join this 20-day fantastic adventure to explore the great white continent with ice-cruising, landings, and other exciting activities, followed by a voyage of discovery to the remote and spectacular Chilean coast. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Santiago de Chile
Day 2 : Fly to Punta Arenas | Embark
Day 3 : Chilean Fjords
Days 4-5 : Drake Passage
Days 6-14 : Antarctica
Days 15-16 : At sea
Days 17-18 : Falkland Islands
Day 19 : At sea
Day 20 : Punta Arenas, Chile | Disembark | Fly to Santiago de Chile

Highlights

  • Enjoy the rare chance to explore Antarctica and Patagonia in one expedition
  • Sail into the Chilean fjords and see Cape Horn in full summer bloom
  • Take part in landings, hiking and ice-cruising in Antarctica
  • Get the opportunity to visit Torres del Paine National Park

Ship

MS Roald Amundsen

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Skyline of Santiago Nights in Ushuaia Whale sighting in Polar waters! Blue ice of Antarctica An old ship rusts in a Falkland Islands harbor
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Day 1 Santiago de Chile

Unescorted overnight in Santiago de Chile. There is a lot to discover in Chile’s capital, be it the Andean glaciers and mountains at the edges of the city or the colonial architecture and artistic neighborhoods that line the Mapacho River.
 
Included:
 
·  One-night bed and breakfast at a centrally located three-star hotel

Day 2 Fly to Punta Arenas | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for a flight to Punta Arenas, 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 Santiago airport
·  Flight in coach class from Santiago to Punta Arenas
·  Transfer from Punta Arenas airport to the ship

Day 3 Chilean Fjords

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
From Punta Arenas, the ship journeys south through the Magellan Strait and into the wild and remote Beagle Channel. Guests will be able to admire the stunning scenery as we sail past a maze of islands, mountains, and fjords. 
 
They may also be able to spot colonies of Magellanic penguins on the beaches together with lounging elephant seals. In the water, migrating blue, grey, and humpback whales, orcas, and playful dolphins may also be seen.

Day 4-5 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Exiting the Beagle Channel, we turn due south towards Antarctica, passing the iconic Cape Horn, the southernmost point of South America. Before the Panama Canal, ships had to pass this infamous rocky island in order to cross between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Depending on sea and weather conditions, we will attempt to make a landing on Cape Horn, at the Captain’s discretion.
 
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. 

Day 6-14 Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners
Each day, we venture to one of 22 possible sites 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.
 
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 15-16 At sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Sailing northbound across the Drake Passage is the chance to re-cap all we have seen and heard in Antarctica. The expedition team will continue their lecture program to prepare you for the delights ahead. Enjoy priming your knowledge about the history and ecosystems of the area. Make sure to spend some time on deck to enjoy the fresh sea air and watch for wildlife.

Day 17-18 Falkland Islands

  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The Falkland Islands are a British Overseas Territory and guests can enjoy a pint of beer in one of the many typically English local pubs in the capital of Stanley. The ship will try to call at New Island, to the west of the Falkland archipelago and characterized by beautiful white-sand beaches. It is a habitat for Gentoo, Magellanic, and Rockhopper penguins, the black-browed albatross, and peregrine falcons. May also visit Carcass Island. Its steep cliffs and pretty coves attract rich birdlife such as various species of songbirds, ducks, geese, caracaras, and wrens. 
 
Included:
·  Stanley self-guided walk (1-2 hrs)
·  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
 
Included activity:
Stanley self-guided walk (1 - 2 hrs)
Take a short self-guided walk to get insight into life in the Falklands. Start at the historic Jubilee Villa gardens where local flora and fauna are found, stroll along Ross Road and visit Christchurch Cathedral and the Whalebone Arch before proceeding to the Historic Dockyard Museum. Take the tour as part of a group or on an individual basis.

Day 19 At sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Heading towards Valparaíso, you have the chance to relax and enjoy the deep relaxation of a day at sea. The expedition team will entertain you with stories of the area, help you to plan your next exploration or show you an interesting creature or two under the microscope in our Science Center.

Day 20 Punta Arenas, Chile | Disembark | Fly to Santiago de Chile

  • 1 Breakfast
It’s time to return home via Punta Arenas and Santiago de Chile. 
 
Included transfers and flight:
 
•      Transfer from the ship to Punta Arenas airport
•      Flight in coach class from Punta Arenas to Santiago de Chile
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MS Roald Amundsen

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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)
258–280 sq ft, Large middle-deck cabins without a balcony, with flexible sleeping arrangements, amenity kit, kettle, tea and coffee. Accessible to guests with limited mobility.
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Outside Cabin on Lower/Middle Decks (TT)
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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Cabin XY
205 sq ft, High-deck cabins with a broad balcony, double bed, amenity kit, kettle, tea and coffee. Accessible to guests with limited mobility
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Outside Cabin with Balcony (XTD)
161–205 sq ft, Spacious high-deck cabins with a balcony, double bed, some with sofa bed, amenity kit, kettle, tea and coffee.
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Outside Cabin with Balcony (XT)
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

NOTE: This is an expedition where the elements rule. The weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount, and the captain decides the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition is unique.

Included in Your Expedition

Flights
•      Return flights in coach class between Santiago de Chile and Punta Arenas
Hotel
•      Overnight at a centrally located three-star hotel in Santiago de Chile before the voyage, including breakfast
Transfers
•      Transfer from the hotel in Santiago to Santiago airport before the voyage
•      Transfers between Punta Arenas airport and the ship 
Voyage
•      Full-board expedition voyage aboard MS Roald Amundsen 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 onboard
•      Complimentary reusable water bottle made from aluminum to use at water refill stations located throughout the ship
•      No gratuities expected
 
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
•      Daily escorted landings while in the Falkland Islands  
•      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 Santiago de Chile
•      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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