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Punta Arenas to Ushuaia - Example 12 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Endeavour
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Cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula on a 12-day polar expedition from the southern shores of Chile’s Punta Arenas. Taking on the Magellan Strait and the mighty Drake Passage, jump aboard Intrepid’s Ocean Endeavour in search of rare bird and marine life, jagged icebergs, and mountainous landscapes like no other. Travel with experts who will present a comprehensive lecture program, head on extraordinary shore landings, and take advantage of onboard comforts after a day of exploring. 
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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
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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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

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  • 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: Drake Passage

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  • 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: Drake Passage | Antarctic Peninsula

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 the continental Antarctic Peninsula. Sprawling gentoo penguin colonies will provide a sensory immersion into the continent’s ecology. 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 6-9: Antarctic Peninsula

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  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Voyage further south across the Bransfield Strait towards continental Antarctica. For the next four days, head on wildlife sightings, take to Zodiacs for small-group outings, and soak up unforgettable vistas that greet you at every turn. With multiple landing sites available, your Ocean Endeavour crew will work out the best places to stop, taking the elements, accessibility, and the possibility for wildlife sightings. There may be the chance for snowshoeing, Sea kayaking, and camping adventures, which are weather and timing-dependent. Well-known sites like Neko Harbour, Orne Harbour, and Skontorp Cove will be on the captain’s radar, as well as a working science base.
 

Day 10-11: Drake Passage

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As you leave the Antarctic Peninsula behind, take with your memories and photographs. Settle back into your comfortable surroundings for the return journey across the Drake Passage. The Ocean Endeavour will track north towards Cape Horn and your destination in Ushuaia, Argentina. During this time, you can attend more onboard lectures and workshops, including one on photo editing. Make sure your nature snaps the best it can be to 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 12: 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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Punta Arenas - Hotels

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$7,290
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 1 - Single Interior
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Single Interior - Cat. 1
95 to 105 sq.ft (9-10 sq. m) - Interior location, Private bathroom with hairdryer and bathrobe, Single bed, Television, Located on Deck 5
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 2 - Triple Interior
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Triple Interior - Cat. 2
Approximately 225 sq. ft. (20 sq. m) - Three lower berths, One or two private bathrooms with hairdryer and bathrobes, Television, Interior location, Located on Deck 4
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Interior Twin - Cat. 3
Approximately 95-105sq.ft (9 - 10 sq. m) - Two lower berths, Private bathroom with hair dryer and bathrobes, Interior location, Television, Located on Deck 4
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 4 - Twin Porthole
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Twin Porthole - Cat. 4
Approximately 95 to 105 sq. ft. (9-10 sq. m) - Two single beds, Private bathroom with hair dryer and bathrobes, Television, Porthole window* or picture window, Located on Deck 4 or Deck 5 *Please note that porthole covers may be closed during sea days or during inclement weather as a safety precaution
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 4A - Single Porthole
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Single Porthole - Cat. 4A
Approx. 95 to 105 sq. ft. (9-10 sq. m) - Two lower berths, *One porthole window, Private bathroom with hair dryer and bathrobes, Television, Located on Deck 4 *Please note that porthole covers may be closed during sea days
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 5A - Single Window
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Twin Window - Cat. 5
Approx. 140 sq. ft. (13 sq. m) - Picture Window (partially or fully obstructed), Two single or one double bed, Private bathroom with hair dryer and bathrobes, refrigerator, Television, Located on Deck 7 and Deck 8
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 5A - Single Window
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Single Window - Cat. 5A
Approx. 155 sq. ft. (14.5 sq. m) - Picture Window (partially or fully obstructed), Double bed only Private bathroom with hair dryer and bathrobes, refrigerator, Television, Located on Deck 8
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 6 - Twin Comfort
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Comfort Twin - Cat. 6
Approx. 190 to 200 sq. ft. (18-20 sq. m) - Two single beds, Some cabins have a separate living area with pull-out sofa bed, Portholes, Private bathroom (some cabins have 2 bathrooms) with hair dryer and bathrobes, refrigerator, Television Located on Deck 4
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 7 - Select Twin
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Select Twin - Cat. 7
Approx. 190 to 200 sq. ft. (18-20 sq. m) - Two single beds, Separate living area with a pull-out sofa and refrigerator, Picture window, Private bathroom (some cabins have two bathrooms) with hair dryer and bathrobes, refrigerator, Television, Located on Deck 5
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 8 - Superior
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Superior - Cat. 8
Deck 5-Approx. 226 sq. ft. (21 sq. m), two lower berths, pull out sofa bed, large window Deck 7-Approx. 182 sq. ft. (17 sq. m), one double bed, a sofa, a large window Two single or one double bed, Large picture window (some double cabins have partially obstructed views), Private bathroom with hair dryer and bathrobes, refrigerator, Television Located on Deck 5 or Deck 7
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 9 - Junior Suite
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Junior Suite - Cat. 9
Deck 5 are at least 325 sq. ft. (30 sq. m), and at least 164 sq. ft. (15 sq. m) on Deck 7. Bow or port-facing picture window, Double bed Sitting room, Televison, Private bathroom with shower (3 cabins), bathtub (1 cabin), hair dryer and bathrobes, refrigerator, Located on Deck 5 or Deck 7
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 10 - Owner's Suite
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Owner's Suite - Cat. 10
Approx. 320 sq. ft. (30 sq. m) - Two large bow-facing windows, Double Bed, Sitting Room Television, Private bathroom with bathtub, hair dryer and bathrobes, refrigerator, Located on Deck 7

Notes

INCLUSIONS

• All meals onboard the Ocean Endeavour including snacks
• Onboard lecture program from Expedition Team and Naturalists
• All shore excursions and Zodiac cruising (except paid adventure options with cost)
• Use of rubber boots on land and waterproof outer shell jacket
• Insulated inner jacket, yours to keep at the end of your Antarctic cruise
• Transfer from Ushuaia airport to the hotel (Day 1) and pre-night hotel accommodation with breakfast
• Transfer from hotel accommodation to the Ocean Endeavour for embarkation
• Transfers to Ushuaia airport on return to port
• All port taxes
• Use of gym, sauna, pool and onboard jacuzzi and onboard yoga


EXCLUSIONS
• International or internal flights unless specified
• Airport transfers, taxes and excess baggage charges unless specified
• Meals other than those specified in the pre-departure information
• Visa and passport fees
• Travel insurance
• Optional activities and all personal expenses
• Tobacco, alcoholic or special beverages
• Miscellaneous extras
• Laundry and communication charges
• Medical care
• Life jackets, waterproof outer shell jacket, insulated inner jacket, and boots for minors under 16 years of age at the time of travel
• Gratuities for crew and expedition staff
• Waterproof outer shell jacket and insulated inner jacket for guests who require sizing larger than 3XL
• Boots for guests who require sizing larger than men’s size 14 boots
• Optional gratuities for Expedition Team and crew

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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