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Christmas in Antarctica

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Celebrate Christmas and explore the majestic white continent, enjoying abundant wildlife encounters and the striking panoramic landscape of the Antarctic Sound, Weddell Sea, and Antarctic Peninsula. Your team ensures that the spirit onboard the ship is festive and fun, delivering an unforgettable experience for your holiday season on this 12-day cruise aboard the MS Seaventure.
Jumping penguinsWhale sighting in Polar waters!A group of kayakers pose in the icy waters of Antarctica.
Highlights
  • Explore the beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula on Christmas Day
  • Potential stops at active scientific bases and historical sites
  • Witness the stunning landscapes, bays, and channels of the Peninsula
  • Zodiac cruise amongst immense glaciers and enormous icebergs
  • Encounter unforgettable wildlife like penguins, whales, seals and seabirds
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: Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina

After a friendly welcome at the airport and a transfer to the luxurious Arakur Resort & Spa, take some time to unwind or explore the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia.

Your evening briefing at the Arakur allows you to ask questions and meet some of your fellow explorers.

Day 2: Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Spend your morning relaxing at the hotel, visiting a museum, or exploring the shops in Ushuaia before your mid-afternoon escort to the ship. The Expedition Team and ship staff will welcome you on board and get you settled in, followed by a safety and orientation briefing and a Captain’s welcome dinner. You are on your way to Antarctica!

Day 3-4: Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Join your Polar Experts as they share their vast knowledge of Antarctica, from its enchanting wildlife to its bold history. Participate in the pioneering Citizen Science program, or sit back and take in this fabled journey while catching glimpses of rarely-seen wildlife. Keep your binoculars handy to identify the many seabirds that escort your ship as you cross the Antarctic Convergence into Antarctica’s waters and noticeably cooler temperatures, your cue to get ready for that first iceberg sighting, an unforgettable moment on every journey.

Day 5-6: Antarctic Sound & Weddell Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Maneuver through the mysterious channels and wildlife-rich waters of the Antarctic Sound and Weddell Sea, the perfect place to ensure an unforgettable holiday adventure. The Antarctic Sound is well known for its huge tabular icebergs, and the Weddell Sea offers a unique geography unlike anywhere else on Earth. Here, take in the abundant wildlife, such as Adélie penguins and seals, as you keep on the lookout for hunting Orca.

Day 7-8: Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
It's time to put your explorer's spirit to full use. Antarctica offers astounding images and wildlife encounters at every turn as the last truly unspoiled place on earth, populated only by its original wild inhabitants. Prepare yourself to encounter numerous species of penguins, seals, and whales, who will be there to share the holidays with you along the rugged coastlines and in the sea. You can also take full advantage of every opportunity to visit some of the several active scientific bases and historic landing sites on the peninsula. This voyage promises to be a holiday memory you can cherish forever. The team always has something fun planned for Christmas Day.

Day 9: South Shetland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Over time, the volcanic activity of the South Shetland Islands has created a geology unlike any other. Here, you can expect a spectacular display of mountains, glaciers, and wildlife, including Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins, and it’s not uncommon to share the water’s edge with Elephant and Fur seals. Whales are often spotted as well. So, settle into your Zodiacs and spend most of your day exploring. And kayakers, it’s time to get your first taste of gliding just inches off the pristine Antarctic water. Whether on land or sea, in zodiac or kayak, be prepared for a fully immersive introduction to this incomparable part of the world.

Day 10-11: Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Leave this magical place and go north, once again crossing the legendary Drake Passage. You have one last hurrah as you celebrate the conclusion of your expedition with a special slideshow and a final meal together.

Day 12: Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
With huge smiles on weary, content faces, disembark in the morning, letting you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.

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MS Seaventure

Arakur Resort and Spa

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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
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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.
Included
  • 11 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Coffee, Tea and Cocoa Available Around the Clock
  • Expedition Parka 
  • 500 MB WiFi for personal devices
  • Digital Voyage Log
  • Citizen Science program: participation in a variety of scientific activities that support important research projects
  • Beer/wine/soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • All scheduled landings and excursions
  • A pair of loaner boots for use during the voyage
  • All port and landing fees
  • Transfer from group hotel to ship for embarkation
  • Transfer from airport in embarkation city to group hotel if arriving on Day 1 of itinerary, and providing we have your confirmed air itinerary at least 15 days prior to departure
  • Post Departure: Group transfer from ship (Please note we cannot drop at Airbnbs, hostels or private homes)
  • Pre-voyage hotel with breakfast in Ushuaia
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Pre- or post-voyage expenses
  • All passengers that travel with Polar Latitudes, the operator of your ship, are required to carry valid travel insurance. This insurance must contain medical and evacuation coverage and should include cancellation and trip interruption as well. As any potential evacuation from Antarctica can cost up to $150,000 no policy should carry less than this amount of coverage.
  • Onboard communication charges such as outgoing phone calls or more than 500 MB WiFi from personal devices
  • Transfer from airport to group hotel, unless arriving on Day 1 of the itinerary

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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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