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Beyond the Antarctic Circle

Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Scenic Eclipse
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Embark on this 13-day Beyond the Antarctic Circle adventure onboard the Scenic Eclipse. Start your exploration of inspiring landscapes surrounded by solitary ice where you immerse yourself in to the unique wildlife living off the krill rich waters. Start your journey in Buenos Aires and explore the dynamic city well-known for its vast architectural style, contemporary and historic arts, and culinary gifts before flying to and embarking in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Sail through the Beagle Channel and admire the dramatic views of the Andean mountains of Tierra del Fuego before passing by the Drake Passage, South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula, and Port Lockroy before heading back to Ushuaia. 
Mirror-smooth waters in the Lemaire ChannelIncredible mountains and wildlife at the end of the world.Wildlife on Beagle Channel, Tierra del Fuego
Highlights
  • Explore the notoriously rough two-day Drake Passage sea crossing
  • Admire the dramatic views of the Andean mountains of Tierra del Fuego
  • Watch hundreds of penguins as they gather in their thousands in their natural habitat
  • Enjoy breaching whales and huge albatross overhead
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Buenos Aires

Arrive at your hotel for your one-night stay.
Latin passion and European romance define the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, a dynamic city known for its wide-ranging architectural styles, contemporary and historical arts, and culinary experiences.

Day 2: Ushuaia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Your journey begins as you fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, known as the southernmost city in the world. The crew warmly greets you as you seamlessly board Scenic Eclipse. Settle into your luxurious suite and acquaint yourself with the world-class facilities of your Discovery Yacht. Toast the start of your voyage as you sail away from South America and cruise through the Beagle Channel. Admire the dramatic views of the Andean mountains of Tierra del Fuego from the comfort of your private verandah.

Day 3-4: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As you begin sailing across the famed Drake Passage, enjoy a sleep-in as you get comfortable with the rhythm of the ocean. The experienced crew is available to assist you with whatever you need. Join an introductory presentation by the Discovery Team in the state-of-the-art theatre – as you get ready for your first landing, along with practical information about your polar expedition. Relax and enjoy the bars, lounges, dining, and wellness facilities as you cruise toward Antarctica. 

Today you'll enter Antarctic waters, and the excitement starts to build as you search for your first iceberg. Put on your complimentary polar parka and head out on the Observation Deck to watch for seabirds, such as the wandering albatross with the largest wingspan of any flying bird. Alternatively, watch for the blow of a whale in the distance. Your palate is delighted as you explore the extensive range of dining options on board, from casual to fine dining including private in-suite meals served by your butler. 

Day 5-7: Beyond Antarctic Circle

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Heading south across the Bransfield Strait, you sail towards the Antarctic Circle. Antarctica is truly a land of wonder.

Due to the extraordinary nature of the region, a host of choices throughout your Expedition Voyage are open and dependent on the ice and weather conditions. Your experienced Captain and specialist Discovery Team, who have made countless journeys to Antarctica, use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, making the most of 18–20 hours of daylight.

During this voyage, you’ll endeavor to cross the Antarctic Circle at latitude 66°33’ South, where you'll notice subtle changes in the Antarctic ice and landscape. Celebrate with a well-earned glass of Champagne and raise a toast to the intrepid explorers who have gone before.

Open your floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and step out onto the private verandah of your suite. See icebergs of different shapes and sizes sculpted by nature, majestic, glaciated mountains towering out of the ocean thousands of meters tall, and enjoy the search for spotting penguins, seals, and whales. A truly unique way to wake up and start your day of discovery.

At the heart of your Antarctic Voyage is the Scenic Eclipse Discovery Team. With up to 20 members, all leading experts in their fields with diverse qualifications, from science to geology, botany, history, photography, archaeology, anthropology, marine biology, and glaciology. Answer your most curious and technical questions and be with you throughout every moment of your journey.

Remarkable wildlife encounters await during your time exploring Antarctica.

Eight species of penguins can be found in the Antarctic and the sub-Antarctic region, with around twelve million penguins living on the Peninsula. Going on shore to witness a penguin colony is an unforgettable experience. Close your eyes to get the full experience as you approach. The smell of the first sense to be awakened, with the not-so-sweet odor announcing that you are nearby. Hear their mighty calls getting louder as you get closer to shore. Watch on as they go about their day, clumsily waddling along and interacting with each other. Penguins that you may see on the Peninsula include Adélie, Chinstrap, and Gentoo.

Whales are another powerful creature that you may encounter during your voyage, and you'll find their gentle movement calming and impactful. Feel the anticipation of the first sighting of the blow of water shooting into the air, to finding where the second comes from, and seeing their giant body surface for another breath. It could be the back of a minke, the hump on a humpback, or the dorsal fin of an Orca.

Day 8-10: Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Ice is one of the first things that comes to mind when you think of Antarctica, but you'll soon find out that it is much more than an endless white landscape. Portal Point is a potential landing site. Previously a British refuge hut, you'll get the opportunity to walk up to see panoramic views from the snow-covered mountains surrounding you, looking over the ice-filled ocean back to the ship that made all this possible. Sit down in the snow and take a moment to be still.

Lemaire Channel is an iconic location in Antarctica, so photogenic it was nicknamed ‘Kodak Alley’. If your voyage can weave through the channel, make sure you set your alarm and embrace the cool air on the Observation Terrace. Pass through the 11-kilometer-long channel, just 700 meters wide at its narrowest point, and be amazed at the dramatic rocky mountains rising beside the ship and icebergs passing by close enough to see them glowing blue under the surface.

Nestled in the South Shetland Islands archipelago, Deception Island is full of history and is also one of the only places in the world where ships can sail directly into the center of a submerged caldera of an active volcano. A scenic Eclipse can squeeze through a rocky gap into the peaceful waters of the horseshoe-shaped harbor. The island is also home to a few small scientific outposts and hundreds of thousands of chinstrap penguins. Walk along the ash-covered beaches.

Standing at the entrance of Fournier Bay is Mount Francis, the tallest mountain in Antarctica. There may be the chance to visit a working scientific base and discuss life in these harsh conditions with the staff. You can also explore the remnants of a derelict whaling station and a vacant British base or climb to the rim of a volcanic crater. Enjoy the chance to visit areas alive with wildlife such as penguins, seals, and whales. If conditions are favorable, there may be the opportunity to cross the Antarctic Circle at latitude 66°33’ South.

Wherever your voyage takes you, you'll have countless “pinch me" occasions when the scenery is so impressive, that you'll have to be reminded that this dream came true. Congratulations, you have made it to Antarctica.

Be sure to pack your swimmers. For many, the polar plunge is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a rite of passage for people on an expedition to Antarctica. Once throughout your voyage, the Scenic Eclipse stops, and the team sets up the marina ready for the brave people who want to jump into the freezing Antarctic waters.

Excitement spreads through the Discovery Yacht, and you'll start hearing the contagious nervous laughter. As you stand on the edge ready to jump, you'll start to feel the adrenaline rush while you second-guess whether this was a good idea. When you jump, the moment before you hit the water feels like it goes forever, just before you feel the cold water traveling up your body. This chilly dip is invigorating, exciting, and surprisingly refreshing.

Everywhere you go in Antarctica you are surrounded with endless opportunities to capture images on camera. Whether getting up close to seals by zodiac, walking through penguin colonies, or onboard Scenic Eclipse cruising past spectacular glaciers, be sure to have your camera ready to capture these amazing moments.

Day 11-12: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Farewell your adventure in the icy lands and set sail heading north to the continent of South America. Share memories of your experiences with new-found friends.

Cruising the Drake Passage back to the tip of South America, there is plenty of time to indulge in the ultra-luxury of your Discovery Yacht and reflect on the magic of the Southern Ocean and the life that calls it home.

Day 13: Ushuaia | Disembark | Fly to Buenos Aires

  • 1 Breakfast
Your voyage ends this morning as you farewell the crew. Disembark after breakfast to fly to Buenos Aires, taking away memories of a truly unforgettable experience. 

Please book your flight to depart out of Buenos Aires after 08:00 PM.

Please note, that the itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons and weather conditions. As such, Scenic cannot guarantee the cruise operates unaltered from the itinerary stated above.

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Scenic Eclipse Lumière Restaurant
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Scenic Eclipse Chef's Table Restaurant

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$40,290
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Verandah Suite D
344-366 sqft. Verandah Suites, located on Deck 5, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Deluxe Verandah Suite DA
344-366 sqft. Deluxe Verandah Suites located on Deck 5, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Deluxe Verandah Suite DB
344-366 sqft. Deluxe Verandah Suites located on Deck 5, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite DD
409-430 sqft. Choose a Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite, located on Deck 5, which provides additional room to relax. Amenities include a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Verandah Suite C
344-366 sqft. Verandah Suites, located on Deck 6, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Deluxe Verandah Suite CA
344-366 sqft. Deluxe Verandah Suites located on Deck 6, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite CD
409-430 sqft. Choose a Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite, located on Deck 6, which provides additional room to relax. Amenities include a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Verandah Suite B
344-366 sqft. Verandah Suites, located on Decks 5, 6, 7 or 8, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Deluxe Verandah Suite BA
344-366 sqft. Deluxe Verandah Suites located on Decks 6, 7 or 8 provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite BD
409-430 sqft. Choose a Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite, which provides additional room to relax. Amenities include a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Verandah Suite A
344-366 sqft. Verandah Suites, located on Decks 5, 6, 7 or 8, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Deluxe Verandah Suite AA
344-366 sqft. Deluxe Verandah Suites located on Decks 6, 7 or 8 provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite AD
409-430 sqft. Choose a Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite, which provides additional room to relax. Amenities include a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Spa Suite S
495-538 sqft. Located on the higher decks, luxurious Spa Suites include a luxurious king-sized bed, spa bath, steam shower, butler service, and additional features and services that will enhance the luxury of your time onboard.
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Spa Suite SA
495-538 sqft. Located on the higher decks, luxurious Spa Suites include a luxurious king-sized bed, spa bath, steam shower, butler service, and additional features and services that will enhance the luxury of your time onboard.
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Spa Suite SB
495-538 sqft. Located on the higher decks, luxurious Spa Suites include a luxurious king-sized bed, spa bath, steam shower, butler service, and additional features and services that will enhance the luxury of your time onboard.
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Grand Panorama Suite GP
1,130 sqft. Located at the front of the yacht on Deck 6 these opulent suites feature curved terraces and spacious interiors, bedroom suite with a king-sized bed, bathroom with full bath, steam shower and a dual vanity, spacious lounge area, and additional services.
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Panorama Suite P
1,184sqft. Located at the front of the yacht on Deck 8 these opulent suites feature spacious curved terraces, a king-sized bed, full bath with steam shower and additional features and services.
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Owner's Penthouse Suite OP
2,099sqft. The oversized Owner’s Penthouse Suites are the ultimate indulgence. Located on Deck 9 and elegantly appointed with spacious curved terraces featuring a private Jacuzzi and the best views onboard, you will never want to leave.

Notes

All rates are quoted in USD and represent cost per person, based on double occupancy.
Included
  • 12 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 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
  • Wifi
  • Porterage
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Complimentary beverages
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Buenos Aires Hotel tax (up to $2 per person/night) - paid at checkout
  • Select drinks including a very small number of rare, fine and vintage wines, champagnes and spirits are not included in the package and may be available at an additional charge
  • Passport or Visa fees
  • All travel invoice risks. We strongly recommend you to take out comprehensive travel insurance with a reputable insurance company to cover you against risks associated with your tour. Including cover for loss of luggage, medical expense, and cost and expenses incurred due to cancellations, delays, or other disruptions

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