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Example 12 Day Cruise aboard MS Seaventure
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Charting a course through the Drake Passage and along the Antarctic Peninsula, this 12-day voyage aboard MS Seaventure offers incredible opportunities to explore the striking shores of the last wild place on earth. Visit some of the most stunning bays and channels of the Peninsula. You can also do zodiac cruising amongst colossal glaciers and massive icebergs. The abundant wildlife, endless vistas, and fascinating science and history of the area will leave you speechless.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Ushuaia
Day 2 : Ushuaia
Day 3 : Embark
Days 4-5 : Drake Passage
Day 6 : South Shetland Islands
Days 7-9 : Antarctic Peninsula
Days 10-11 : Drake Passage
Day 12 : Ushuaia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Attend presentations on Antarctic wildlife and history
  • Cross the Drake Passage, enjoy bird watching and spot for icebergs
  • Enjoy daily off-ship excursions, exploring on shore and by Zodiacs
  • Experience close encounters with gentoo, chinstrap and Adelie penguins

Ship

MS Seaventure

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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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 the beautiful Arakur Resort & Spa 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 Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, you’re free to explore Ushuaia or unwind at the resort until your mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. Onboard, you’ll be greeted by your Expedition Team and the Ship’s Officers. A concise safety and orientation briefing will be followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the scenery on your early evening sail through the Beagle Channel, past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.
 

Day 4-5 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As you make your way ever closer to the white continent, numerous Polar Experts prepare you with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history. Eventually, cross the Antarctic Convergence where you can notice a distinct drop in temperature as the ship enters the waters of the Antarctic Ocean.

Those interested in Citizen Science can take part in Sea Bird sighting surveys, or help collect salinity samples and weather data along the way. You are likely to witness some spectacular sights, from icebergs to an array of seabirds and whale species. If you are lucky, you may see some of them fully breach from the sea.

Day 6 South Shetland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The volcanic South Shetland Islands offer amazing abundance and beauty, so you’ll hop into your inflatable Zodiac boats and spend as much time as possible exploring. Be prepared to marvel up close at nature’s glory!

Day 7-9 Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, hope to make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature’s glory. Your Expedition Leader and Captain 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 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 10-11 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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 12 Ushuaia | Disembark

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

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Ushuaia - Hotels

Per person starting at
$8,995
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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
Averaging 188 sq. ft. Queen size bed or two twin-sized beds, portholes and sitting area.
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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.

Captain and expedition team will do everything possible to complete the voyage as outlined in the voyage itinerary. However, itineraries in polar regions are heavily dependent on weather and ice conditions. Occasionally conditions and or safety concerns require Itinerary changes. The Captain and expedition team will accordingly make every effort to find the best alternative to the original itinerary while keeping passengers informed and updated. 

Included:
- Two pre-voyage nights hotel accommodation in embarkation city
-Transfer from airport in embarkation city (Trelew Airport “REL” for the Nov 3 2021 voyage which embarks in Puerto Madryn; Ushuaia Airport “USH” for all other departures) to group hotel if arriving on Day 1 of itinerary, and providing we have your confirmed air itinerary at least 90 days prior to departure
- Transfer from group hotel to ship for embarkation
- Group transfer from ship to airport or central location at disembarkation
- Shipboard accommodations
- All scheduled landings/excursions
- All meals onboard
- Coffee/tea/cocoa 24 hours daily
- Alcoholic (house brands) and non-alcoholic beverages: mineral water, soft drinks, juices, various coffee specialties, tea, house wine white/rose/red, sparkling wine, aperitif, various beers, long drinks, cocktail of the day
- Expedition jacket (yours to keep)
- A pair of boots for use during the voyage
- Wi-Fi from the public computers
- 200 MB WiFi card for use on your personal devices
- Daily international news service
- All port fees
- All landing fees
- Digital Voyage Log

Excluded:
- Any airfare or travel expenses associated with arrival in Ushuaia
- Transfer from airport to group hotel, unless arriving on Day 1 of the itinerary
- Pre or post voyage expenses in Ushuaia or Puerto Madryn
- Laundry and personal expenses incurred on board
- Onboard communication charges such as outgoing phone calls, Wi-Fi from personal devices in excess of the 100 minutes provided
- Staff gratuities

Fuel Surcharge:
There will be no fuel surcharge for voyages aboard MS Seaventure if the local price of applicable fuel does not exceed US$1,100 per metric ton. Should the price go above this a surcharge may be applied to cover only the increase in fuel costs.
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