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Punta Arenas to Ushuaia - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Endeavour
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Beginning in the Chilean town of Punta Arenas and finishing in the Argentine seaport of Ushuaia, on top of four spectacular days on the Antarctic Peninsula this itinerary gives you the opportunity to bookend your voyage with visits to two charming and historically significant towns of the south. Before setting sail, expand your knowledge of the seventh continent at the newly completed $50 million International Antarctic Center on the shores of Punta Arenas. After two days watching albatross and scanning for whales across the legendary Drake Passage, the Antarctic Peninsula will greet you with icebergs and mountains on the horizon. Visit the western peninsula’s famous penguin colonies, marvel at the sheer size of glaciers and maybe even kayak with humpback whales. After four days of immersive excursions across the South Shetland Islands and continental Antarctica, you will return to the scenic port of Ushuaia.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Punta Arenas, Chile
Day 2 : Punta Arenas | Embark
Days 3-4 : At Sea – Drake Passage
Days 5-8 : Antarctic Peninsula
Days 9-10 : At Sea
Day 11 : Ushuaia, Argentina | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit the newly completed $50 million International Antarctic Center
  • Tour the historic town of Punta Arenas, the return site of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men
  • Explore the wildlife rich Antarctic Peninsula's western shores
  • See penguin colonies, zodiac cruise around icebergs, and hike near glaciers

Ship

Ocean Endeavour

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Seals rest on a floating piece of ice Seals in Antarctica with zodiac in background Stunning reflections in the Lemaire channel Whale sighting in Polar waters! Fur seal paradise in Antarctica Ushuaia

Day 1 Punta Arenas, Chile

Start your journey by exploring the charming streets and rugged coastline of Punta Arenas, Chile on the shores of the historic Strait of Magellan. Established on the wealth of the Patagonian wool export industry, the town’s splendor has been continued by a shift in focus to facilitating Antarctic exploration and research.

Day 2 Punta Arenas | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
It’s from the Punta Arenas post office that Sir Robert Falcon Scott penned his 400 letters announcing his return from the Antarctic and the town also hosted Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men for the closure of their harrowing Endurance expedition - all of which and more is detailed in the town’s newly built $50 million International Antarctic Center - adorned with an ice-like facade and an homage to Shackleton’s adventurous spirit - the center’s museum is a brilliant opportunity to learn about the history, ice and animals that await you on the voyage ahead.

At the town’s port, the Ocean Endeavour eagerly awaits your traverse of the Strait of Magellan before turning south for the legendary Drake Passage.

Day 3-4 At Sea – Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The infamous Drake Passage, named after the famous English explorer, Sir Frances Drake, separates the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula from the southernmost tip of South America. It is unpredictable—often rough and turbulent, but sometimes as calm as a lake—so be prepared!

Enjoy the fabulous onboard facilities: join a yoga class or attend a presentation or two given by the Expedition Team to prepare you for what lies ahead—from the geology of Antarctica to its history and wildlife, and even the ice! Sailing towards Antarctica there is a fall in temperature as you cross the Antarctic Convergence and enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. The Antarctic Convergence is marked by an increased number of seabirds, whales, and other species that are attracted by the nutrient-rich waters pushed to the surface by the colder waters of the polar region flowing north and meeting the warmer equatorial waters flowing south. Head out on deck to look out for the mighty Albatross that fly overhead, scan the waters for breaching whales and icebergs, or gaze out from the panoramic windows of the observation deck.

Day 5-8 Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
On the morning of the fifth day of your voyage, large icebergs and the shape of the volcanic South Shetland Islands can be seen from the Ocean Endeavour’s bridge. Spend the day exploring this Antarctic archipelago - a string of islands that is frequented by chinstrap penguins, elephant seals and fur seals. The feeling of a true expedition will come to life as you take to the water in the fleet of zodiacs and make your first Antarctic excursion. Over the coming days, voyage further south across the Bransfield strait and into the icy coves of continental Antarctic Peninsula. Sprawling gentoo penguin colonies will provide for a sensory immersion into the continent’s ecology and the seals and whales that thrive in these waters will be a highlight of your first few landings and zodiac cruises. It’s also here that the true extent of Antarctic glacial ice can be witnessed. Famous sites like Neko Harbour, Orne Harbour or Skontorp Cove will draw the captain’s gaze as we seek the region’s most stunning icy vistas for camping, snowshoeing and kayaking adventures. As well as sites rich in natural history, you will also visit a working science base as well as seek out historic huts and landmarks that punctuate the white wilderness.

Day 9-10 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As you leave the Antarctic Peninsula behind, take with your memories and photographs. Set a course for the Drake Passage as you enjoy some final lectures and presentations and look out for wildlife from the observation lounge and the outer decks. 

Having crossed the Drake Passage once more, enter the calm and tranquil waters of the Beagle Channel bound for Ushuaia.

Day 11 Ushuaia, Argentina | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Ushuaia early this morning and disembark after a final breakfast aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

After saying your farewells to your Expedition Team and the Ocean Endeavour crew, transfer you to the airport for your onward flight, or you may like to spend an extra few days in Ushuaia, giving you time to explore this fascinating town and the surrounding areas.

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Early Booking Discount - Book by June 30, 2020, and save 15% on a Main Twin, Comfort Twin, or Select Twin category cabin (Cat. 5, 6 & 7). Only valid for new bookings on select departures. Contact us for more details.
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Flexible New Booking Policy
For all new bookings, travelers pay a reduced deposit amount and have the flexibility to change travel dates free of charge up until 30 days prior to departure. Subject to availability on any departure through 2023. Contact us for more details. Some restrictions may apply.
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Per person starting at
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Single Inside (Cat. 1)
Approximately 95 to 105 sq. ft. (9-10 sq. m), an interior Single cabin mid ship on Deck 5 with a lower berth and private bath, TV and radio.
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Triple (Cat. 2)
Approximately 225 sq. ft. (20 sq. m), a Triple on Deck 4 is an interior cabin with three lower berths, and private bath. Cabin 4100 has four lower single beds and one private bathroom with a separate shower room.
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Interior Twin (Cat. 3)
Deck five: Interior cabin, two lower berths, private bath - approx. 125 sq. ft. (twin)/110 sq. ft. (single)
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Twin/Single (Cat. 4)
Deck four: Porthole window, unobstructed view, two lower berths, private bath - approx. 100 sq. ft. (twin)/90 sq. ft. (single)
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Main Twin (Cat. 5)
Deck five: Picture window, unobstructed view, two lower berths, private bath - approx. 115 sq. ft.
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Comfort Twin (Cat. 6)
Deck four: Two portholes windows, unobstructed view, two lower berths - 175 sq.ft. Deck seven: picture window, partial view, two lower berths- 135 sq.ft. Deck eight: Picture windows, obstructed view, matrimonial bed, pvt. bath, fridge - 160 sq.ft.
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Deck five. Picture windows, unobstructed view, two lower berths, approx. 190 sq. ft. Deck eight: oversize windows, partially obstruction view, matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator - approx. 145 sq. ft.
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Superior Twin cabins on deck 5 are approximately 21 m² and feature a large picture window, one double or two lower beds and a pull out sofa bed and private bathroom. Deck 7 Superior Twins are approximately 17 m² ( )
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Junior Suite (Cat. 9)
Junior Suites on Deck 5 are at least 325 sq. ft. (30 sq. m), and at least 164 sq. ft. (15 sq. m) on Deck 7. All Junior Suites feature a picture window with an unobstructed view, one double bed and a private bath.
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Suite (Cat. 10)
Approximately 320 sq. ft. (30 sq. m), the Owner’s Suite on Deck 7 features two large bow-facing windows, one double bed, separate sitting room and private bath with tub.

Notes

Solo Travelers: Single Cabins are available in Cat 1. & Cat 4. Same gender shared cabins are available at no extra charge (not available in Cat 8, Cat 9 or Cat 10). Single occupancy of other cabins at 1.7x double occupancy rate. 

Child Policy: Child rate is 50% of adult double occupancy rate in selected cabin. Minimum age of 8.
Children must be aged between 8 & 12 at time of travel to be eligible for these rates.

Please Note: Cruise itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions, ice conditions and other factors.

Expedition Costs Include: 
  • 1-night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Punta Arenas
  • Group transfer from the hotel to pier
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All meals onboard including snacks
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruising (except optional activities with cost)
  • Guiding and lectures by an expedition team
  • Free use of rubber boots on land
  • Use of gym, sauna, pool, and onboard Jacuzzi
  • Onboard yoga
  • Use of wind and water-resistant jacket
  • All port taxes
  • Transfer airport to the hotel on Day 1 and pier to the airport on the day of disembarkation
Expedition Costs Do Not Include: 
  • Airfares to/from embarkation and disembarkation city
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, on-board communication (telephone calls, faxes, email service)
  • Gratuities for the crew 
  • Optional activities (kayaking, camping, snowshoeing, intensive photo course)
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