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Circle and Weddell

Ushuaia - Ushuaia - Example 18 Day Cruise aboard Sylvia Earle
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Join this 18-day cruise expedition aboard Sylvia Earle and explore the Weddell Sea on the eastern side of the peninsula, under favourable weather and sea ice conditions, be prepared to encounter an unimaginably spectacular world of icy landscapes. It’s an icy realm that few have been fortunate to experience.
UshuaiaNights in UshuaiaPenguins on the shores of AntarcticaMarveling at all the shades of blue!Midnight sun over the flat-topped icebergs of the Weddell SeaMirror-like waters in Paradise Bay
Highlights
  • Watch the tail fluke of whales and ice seals hauled out on ice floes
  • Explore the mind-blowing, icy realm of the Weddell Sea
  • Enjoy the most dazzling icy landscapes in the Antarctic Peninsula
  • See the towering cliffs and glittering icebergs in the Antarctic Circle
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Ushuaia

Having made your way to Ushuaia, you will be met by a representative of Aurora Expeditions and transferred to our group hotel. This evening, enjoy a light refreshment as you meet your fellow expeditioners at a Welcome Reception. Afterward, dine at your leisure (dinner not included).  

Day 2: Ushuaia | Embarkation

This morning, please ensure your cabin luggage is fitted with cabin tags clearly labeled with your name and cabin number. Your luggage will be collected from your hotel and transferred directly to the port for clearance and delivered to your cabin ahead of your arrival on board. Please keep any valuables or personal items with you throughout the day. Enjoy free time after check-out, meeting back in the hotel lobby at 2.00 pm to commence a short sightseeing tour of Ushuaia. 
 
Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego is located at the shores of the Beagle Channel and surrounded by the Martial Mountains giving you a unique landscape in Argentina, which is a combination of mountains, sea, glaciers, and forests. On this brief introductory tour, you will visit the “La Mision” neighborhood, the old Government House, and the upper area of the city, which offers beautiful panoramic views of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. During the excursion, you will see the antique houses that belonged to the first families settled in Ushuaia. The excursion ends with a visit to the Old Prison Museum before transferring to the pier for embarkation at approximately 4.00 pm.  

Day 3-4: Drake Passage crossing

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As you commence the Drake Passage crossing, make the most of your time getting comfortable with the motions of the sea. Our expedition team prepares you for our first landing with important wildlife guidelines and biosecurity procedures and starts our lecture program to help you learn more about Antarctica’s history, wildlife, and environment. 

Our wildlife experiences begin as you enjoy watching and photographing the many seabirds, including majestic albatrosses and giant petrels following our vessel. On sea days, you may enjoy the facilities onboard the vessel including the gym and wellness center, or relax in one of the observation lounges.  

Day 5-15: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctic Circle & Weddell Sea Region

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  • 11 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners
It’s almost impossible to describe the feeling of arriving in Antarctica. Spotting your first iceberg and taking a deep breath of some of the most fresh, crisp air on earth is an experience that will stay with you forever. 
 
Your experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. 

The waters at this time of year are rich with krill and hope to see plenty of whales - particularly humpbacks and minkes and enjoy the spectacle of penguins feeding their ravenous chicks. 

To be part of a voyage that attempts to explore the remotest and wildest parts of a region that in and of itself is already arguably one of the remotest regions on Earth gives you more than basic bragging rights. As you approach and attempt to cross the Antarctic Circle, an imaginary line at latitude of 66° 33’ south, you will notice subtle changes in the landscape, and also in the distribution of wildlife. 

Day 16-17: Drake Passage crossing

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Enjoy a final morning landing in the South Shetland Islands before you re-enter the Drake Passage for our return journey to South America. 

With lectures and film presentations to complete our Antarctic experience, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the magic of the Southern Ocean and the life that calls it home. There is time for reflection and discussion about what you have seen and experienced. The operator hopes you become ambassadors for Antarctica telling your family, friends, and colleagues about your journey to this magical place, advocating for its conservation and preservation so that they might one day visit the region to experience what you have been lucky to see and do here.  

As you approach the tip of South America, our Captain may sail close to legendary Cape Horn, weather and time permitting. 

Day 18: Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
During the early morning, you will cruise up the Beagle Channel, before quietly slipping into dock in Ushuaia, where you will disembark from approximately 8.00 am. Farewell to your attentive crew, expedition team, and fellow passengers as you all continue our onward journeys, hopefully with a newfound sense of the immense power of nature. A transfer to Ushuaia airport or to your hotel is included in the voyage fare. 
 
Note: At the conclusion of the voyage, the operator does not recommend booking flights departing from Ushuaia prior to 12.00 pm on the day of disembarkation in case there are delays.  

Ship/Hotel

Sylvia Earle

Sylvia Earle
Sylvia Earle - Sun Deck
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Las Hayas Resort Hotel

Las Hayas Resort Hotel
Las Hayas Resort Hotel
Las Hayas Resort Hotel

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Sylvia Earle Aurora Stateroom Twin
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Aurora Stateroom Twin
215.27 ft2 - There are two Aurora Stateroom Twin cabins featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms, perfect for adventurers who are looking for a comfortable base that's close to the action. May be converted into a Triple Share cabin with additional bed on request.
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Aurora Stateroom Triple
22.67m2 (244ft2) - There are two Aurora Stateroom Triple cabins featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms.
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Aurora Stateroom Superior
19.9m2 - 20.8m2(214.2ft2 - 223.9ft2) - Located on Deck 7, the Staterooms feature french balconies, floor to ceiling windows, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area. Perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear.
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Balcony Stateroom C
19.5m2 - 28.7m2 (209.9ft² - 308.9ft2) - 11 Balcony Stateroom C cabins - most economical, fitted with all the necessities and comfortable for up to 2 people. These cabins are scattered throughout Deck 6.
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Balcony Stateroom B
19.5m2 - 28.7m2 (209.9ft² - 308.9ft2) - 17 Balcony Stateroom B Cabins - standard cabin, many fitted with interconnecting features making them great for families or groups. These cabins are located at the fore and aft of Deck 4 and 6.
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Balcony Stateroom A
19.5m² - 28.7m² (209.9ft² - 308.9ft²)- 23 Balcony Stateroom A cabins - premium cabin, and the most abundant on board. These cabins are located in preferred positions on Deck 4 and 6 which provides easy access between Decks via the internal stairs or elevator.
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Balcony Stateroom Superior
29.2m2 - 35.2m2 (314.3ft2 - 378.9ft2) - Located on Deck 4 and 6, the Staterooms feature floor to ceiling windows, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area. Some of these rooms are equipped with wheelchair accessible bathrooms.
Junior suite
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Junior Suite
Up to 41.6m2 (447.8ft2)- 4 Junior Suites take in some impressive scenery from their vantage points on Deck 7. When you aren't enjoying a landing, you can relax in the suites' separate lounge area, or just watch the world float by from the private balcony.
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Captain’s Suite
43.8m2 (471.5 ft2) - Captain's Suite - the largest of all our rooms, will take you to the polar regions in ultimate style and comfort. Complete with large lounge area, balcony, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite, you'll need to get in early to secure this suite.

Notes

Inclusions

All airport transfers are mentioned in the itinerary. 
One night’s hotel accommodation including breakfast, in Ushuaia on Day 1.  
Half-day excursion in Ushuaia on Day 2.  
Onboard accommodation during the voyage, including daily cabin service.  
All meals, snacks, tea, and coffee during the voyage.  
Beer, house wine, and soft drinks with dinner.  
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell receptions include a four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages.  
All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises.  
Educational lectures and guiding services are provided by Expedition Team.  
Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctors and medical clinics (initial consultation).  
One 3-in-1 waterproof, polar expedition jacket.  
Complimentary use of Muck Boots during the voyage.  
Comprehensive pre-departure information.  
Port surcharges, permits, and landing fees. 
Gratuities for the ship’s crew.
  
Exclusions

International or domestic flights – unless specified in the itinerary.  
Transfers – unless specified in the itinerary.  
Airport arrival or departure taxes. 
Passport, visa, reciprocity, and vaccination fees and charges.  
Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges.  
Hotel accommodation and meals – unless specified in the itinerary.  
Optional excursions and optional activity surcharges.  
All items of a personal nature, including but not limited to alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, wi-fi, email, or phone charges. 
Included
  • 16 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 16 Dinners
  • 17 Nights Accommodations
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Complimentary Parka 
  • Complimentary boot rental is available. However, due to the limited supply of boots available aboard the ship, it is recommended that you bring your own rubber boots for best fit and availability. Youth size boots are not available.
  • Beer, House Wine, and Soft Drinks with Dinner 
  • Port Surcharges, Permits, and Landing Fees
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Lecture Program 
  • Complimentary access to our onboard doctor for consultations relating to sea-sickness. A standard fee of US $60 applies for medical consultations not related to sea-sickness
  • Complimentary Expedition Jacket
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • A $15 USD per person per day gratuity for the crew is automatically added to your onboard account. It is at your discretion if you would like to remove the tip (or increase/decrease the amount) when you settle your bill. It is not necessary to tip the expedition team members. This gratuity amount is included for suites as part of their ‘Suite Benefits’.
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