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Cruise Antarctica & Fly Back

Example 7 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Albatros
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Departing Ushuaia in Argentina, cross the mighty Drake Passage, followed by the ever-present seabirds and whales as your ship sails toward the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Continuing southward, deep into the inlets of Antarctica, pass the famous Gerlache Strait, where 3000-ft ice cliffs rise straight out of the still water. The cruise concludes at King George Island, where you'll board a jet for the 2-hour flight to Punta Arenas in Chile. On no other journey can you experience so much pristine nature and varied wildlife in so few days!
Minke whale swimming in the oceanPenguins on the shores of AntarcticaGentoo penguinReady to take off!UshuaiaA whale plays near the surface at dusk.
Highlights
  • Experience the natural beauty of Tierra del Fuego
  • Explore South Shetland islands and marvel at the captivating landscapes
  • Admire unique Antarctic wildlife such as seals, penguins, and albatrosses
  • Sail the Drake to Antarctica, and fly to bypass it on your return
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark

Arrive and embark in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world’s southernmost town. Explore the quaint city or local countryside. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path to the raw, natural archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. A hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows, and boggy quagmires. Afterwards we embark the ship Ocean Albatros, our home for the coming days.

Our journey begins as we navigate through the calms of Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.

Day 2-3: Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Sailing onward, we cross the famed Drake Passage - a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Drake Passage is known for strong westerly winds, heavy sea, and its nickname ‘The Roaring Fifties’. While this passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard our expedition vessel, which is purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines, and a highly qualified crew. The most spirited sailors consider Drake Passage a lifetime achievement – and soon you can tick it off on the list yourself!

In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view with our first sight of seals, penguins, and albatrosses. Having crossed the Drake, we will explore the Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain and be marveled by the captivating landscapes we will encounter along the way.

With the patented X-BOW design, the Ocean Albatros will offer you a smoother sailing across the Drake passage than conventional expedition vessel – and with a far lesser fuel consumption.

Day 4-5: South Shetland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Over the next days, we will begin the exciting Antarctic experience our ancestors only dreamed of. During these days we will explore the Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain and be marveled by the captivating landscapes we will encounter along the way. Weather permitting, our projected landfalls could include: Deception Island, an extinct volcano with waters warm enough for a polar swim. Half Moon Island with nesting Wilson's storm petrels and chinstrap penguins. But there are many other fascinating landing options.

As the white shimmer of Antarctica looms on our horizon, the presence of wildlife multiples with many species of lively penguins, inquisitive seals, nesting birds and the spray of marine mammals. Wildlife abounds along our planned route along the Antarctic Peninsula. Leopard, fur and Weddell seals of Cuverville Island and humpback whales of Gerlache Strait. Landings and routing are as always dependent on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the captain and expedition leader and communicated to guests through regularly scheduled briefings.

For this reason, during moments of harsh weather and throughout the entire trip, our ships offer excellent public areas such as wellness/sauna, restaurant, bar, and a library for our guests to spend their spare time. Our ships are staffed by experts in the field who will also share great lectures along the way, ranging from exploration history to biology, geology, ice and wildlife.

Day 6: Depart Antarctica | Fly to Punta Arenas

Today it is time to bid a farewell to ship, crew, and expedition staff as we disembark and by Zodiacs go ashore at Fildes Bay on King George Island. King George Island is the largest of the South Shetland Islands and home to no less than 10 research stations, 2 churches and one of Antarctica’s few airstrips open for commercially chartered flights. While our luggage is transported to the airport, we enjoy a 2-kilometer walk to the Chilean Eduardo Frei Base, calmly awaiting our airplane landing on the legendary airstrip.

Once the ‘Fasten your seatbelt’ sign lights up, it is time to re-cross the Drake Passage – now in 2 hours. Just enough time to realize what a truly spectacular adventure we have just completed.

After arrival in Punta Arenas, Chile, a transfer is arranged for our 4-star hotel in town center. Punta Arenas is the ‘capital’ of southern Patagonia. The historic city is surrounded with rolling hills and has the Strait of Magellan in front. Its past is rich in exciting events, from being a penal colony to becoming a sheep and gold rush colony with many European settlers.

Day 7: Punta Arenas

This morning concludes our Cruise & Fly expedition, and you can continue your adventures or begin your return home.

Ship/Hotel

Ocean Albatros

Dates & Prices

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$5,990
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Category G
Single Stateroom (Porthole) 14 m2. Standard single Stateroom on board, located on deck 3.
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Category H
Single Stateroom, 26 Standard single Stateroom onboard
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Category F
Triple Stateroom (Porthole) 22 m2. There are four Triple Staterooms featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3.
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Category E
French Balcony Suite 16 m2. A standard Stateroom with a French balcony, a double bed or two single beds, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a bathroom. Located on Deck 7.
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Category D
Albatros Stateroom (Porthole) 22 m2. All have a double bed or 2 single beds and a bathroom. The State Rooms are located on deck 3 and 4.
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Category C
Balcony Stateroom 24 m2. Located on decks 4 & 6. They have a private balcony, a double bed or two single beds, a bathroom and a sofa that can be used as a bed for a child if traveling as a family. If you desire to book two staterooms with connecting doors, this is also a possibility within this category.
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Category B2
Balcony Suite 28 m2. Located on decks 4 & 6. 4 suites that feature double or twin beds a seating area, bathroom, and a private balcony. Include VIP services
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Category B1
Balcony Suite 35 m2. 2 suites onboard located on deck 4. The suites feature double or twin beds a seating area, a bathroom, and a large private balcony. Include VIP services
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Category A
Junior suite 42 m2. 4 suites with a great view from their location high up on the ship on deck 7. Featuring a double bed or twin beds, a sofa bed, a spacious bathroom, and a private balcony. The suite can accommodate up to 3 people. Include VIP services
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Premium Suite
Premium suite 45 m2. This 2-bedroom suite features a double bed (or twin beds), a sofa bed, a private balcony and a spacious bathroom. Located on deck.4. Include VIP services

Notes


INCLUSION

• 6-day cruise from Ushuaia to King George Island with accommodation in a shared outside double stateroom with private facilities
• One-way flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas, in standard seats
• 1 overnight stay in centrally located hotel in Punta Arenas in a shared double room (post-cruise)
• All Zodiac landings and excursions as per itinerary
• Transfer from Punta Arenas airport to hotel in connection with the King George Island flight
• Expedition parka
• Rubber boots on a loan basis
• Guiding, briefing and lectures by our expedition leader and team
• Special photo workshop
• English-speaking expedition team
• Visual Journal link after voyage including voyage log, gallery, maps, species list and more!
• Full board on the ship - breakfast, lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea
• Breakfast at the hotel (during our stay in Punta Arenas day 7)
• Free tea and coffee 24 hours a day (during the cruise)
• Welcome and farewell cocktails on board
• Taxes

EXCLUSIONS
• Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
• Single room supplement and stateroom upgrades
• Comfort seat upgrade on the flight (see prices separately)
• Meals other than on board the ship
• Meals on day 6 (after returning to Punta Arenas)
• Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
• Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 14 per person per day)
• Personal expenses
• Transfer to/from the airports in relation to international flights
• Anything not mentioned under ’Inclusions’

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