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Celebrating Antarctica

Example 13 Day Cruise aboard MS Seaventure
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Celebrate the best that the Antarctic Peninsula has to offer on this 13-day voyage aboard MS Seaventure – from towering icebergs and impressive glaciers to unreal wildlife encounters and fascinating historical sites. Antarctica is a fascinating and ever-changing environment. Our extensive experience navigating its shifting sea, ice and wind will ensure that you make the most of your journey. Sail across the Drake Passage and encounter unforgettable wildlife in the South Shetland Islands. Get ready to spend your days blissfully exploring the hidden beauty of the white continent.
Whale sighting in Polar waters!A group of kayakers pose in the icy waters of Antarctica.Jumping penguins
Highlights
  • Witness the stunning landscapes and beautiful bays and channels of the Peninsula
  • Encounter unforgettable wildlife like penguins, whales, seals and seabirds
  • Zodiac cruising amongst immense glaciers and enormous icebergs
  • Potential stops at active scientific bases and historical sites
Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Arrive in Ushuaia

No need to stress about missed connections or flight delays as you arrive with plenty of time to unwind and enjoy your beautiful hotel or spend time discovering the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia.

Day 2: Ushuaia

Explore the sights of Ushuaia such as the museums and Argentinean leather markets or continue relaxing at the hotel. Attend the optional evening briefing for the opportunity to ask questions and meet some of your fellow travelers.

Day 3: Embarkation Day

Spend your morning exploring Ushuaia or unwinding at the resort until your mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. Your Expedition Team and ship staff greets you on board, followed by a safety and orientation briefing and Captain’s welcome dinner.

Day 4-5: Drake Passage

Join your Polar Experts as they teach you about everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history; participate in the renowned Citizen Science program; or sit back and take in this fabled journey while catching exciting glimpses of wildlife. Grab your binoculars to identify the many seabirds that follow the ship as you cross the Antarctic Convergence into Antarctic waters and noticeably cooler temperatures.

Day 6-7: South Shetland Islands

In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature’s glory. The Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. Aim for the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.

The first sight of land will likely be that of the South Shetland Islands. These highly volcanic islands offer amazing abundance and beauty. You may visit Half Moon Island nestled inside Livingston’s eastern shore, or conditions permitting visit historic Deception Island. Being further north, sub-Antarctic species are more commonly found here, including Chinstrap penguins and Southern Elephant seals.

Day 8-10: Antarctic Peninsula

Here you’ll explore any number of picturesque bays and famed harbors, maneuvering through majestic channels as you travel the wildlife-rich waters. There are great opportunities to stop at several active scientific bases and historic landing sites as you spot numerous species of penguins, seals, and whales along the rugged coastlines and in the sea.

The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. You may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as a historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.

Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins abound, and Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory leopard seals and the assertive Antarctic fur seal. Minke and humpback whales are frequent visitors in the late season and orca sightings are also common.

Day 11-12: Drake Passage

As you leave this magical place and make your way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage, continue your presentation series and wildlife spotting. Sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, celebrate the conclusion of your expedition with a special slideshow. 

Day 13: Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Morning disembarkation lets you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.

Ship/Hotel

MS Seaventure

Arakur Resort and Spa

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$11,985 2-3 travelers
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Triple Stateroom
Averaging 188 sq. ft. Queen size bed or two twin-sized beds and a third berth and sitting area.
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Porthole Stateroom
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Window Stateroom
Averaging 188 sq. ft. Queen size bed or two twin-sized beds, window and sitting area.
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Veranda Stateroom
Averaging 224 sq. ft. and a 39 sq. ft. balcony. Queen size bed or two twin-sized beds, private balcony and sitting area.
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Owner's Suite
Averaging 331 sq. ft. and a 58 sq. ft. balcony. Queen size bed or two twin-sized beds, private balcony and sitting area.

Notes

Single supplement - A limited number of twin suites may be sold for single occupancy at 1.7 times the twin rate.

Travel Insurance - All passengers are required to carry valid travel insurance which must contain medical and evacuation coverage of no less than $150,000 as well as cancellation and trip interruption.
Included
  • 12 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 12 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Coffee, Tea and Cocoa Available Around the Clock
  • Expedition Parka 
  • 500 MB WiFi for personal devices
  • Digital Voyage Log
  • Citizen Science program: participation in a variety of scientific activities that support important research projects
  • Beer/wine/soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • All scheduled landings and excursions
  • A pair of loaner boots for use during the voyage
  • All port and landing fees
  • Two nights pre-voyage hotel with breakfast in Ushuaia
  • Transfer from group hotel to ship for embarkation
  • Transfer from airport in embarkation city to group hotel if arriving on Day 1 of itinerary, and providing we have your confirmed air itinerary at least 15 days prior to departure
  • Post Departure: Group transfer from ship (Please note we cannot drop at Airbnbs, hostels or private homes)
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Pre- or post-voyage expenses
  • All passengers that travel with Polar Latitudes, the operator of your ship, are required to carry valid travel insurance. This insurance must contain medical and evacuation coverage and should include cancellation and trip interruption as well. As any potential evacuation from Antarctica can cost up to $150,000 no policy should carry less than this amount of coverage.
  • Onboard communication charges such as outgoing phone calls or more than 500 MB WiFi from personal devices

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