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Antarctic Small Ship Expedition

Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Nova
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Board Ocean Nova Air Cruises for a 10-day journey to the 7th Continent: Antarctica. These cruises are at the beginning and end of the season, are economically priced, and recommended for travelers on a budget that want the full Antarctic experience. Depart from Ushuaia, Argentina and cross the infamous Drake Passage on towards the white continent. Enjoy on-board lectures and presentations and search for wildlife from the ship's bridge or outside decks. Zodiac to shore each day for the opportunity to explore the Antarctic landscape with your expert Antarctic guides!

***PLEASE NOTE: This is a unique small ship cruise itinerary on the Ocean Nova vessel and is NOT an air cruise.
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  • Sail along ice-filled fjords and among large icebergs
  • Cross the infamous Drake Passage and search for marine life
  • Explore the Antarctic landscape with expert polar guides
  • Search for penguins, seals, and whales
Trip Type:
  • Small Group
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Embark in Ushuaia, Argentina

Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board the Ocean Nova and sail along the Beagle Channel toward Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Take a brief technical stop before setting sail to Antarctica. (Note: this stop in Puerto Williams may take place upon return from Antarctica)

Day 2-3: Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Sail towards Antarctica across the famous passage named in honor of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer. As you sail en route to the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the glass-enclosed lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent sea birds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica. After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for the first icebergs and the first sight of Antarctic land.

Day 4-7: Antarctic Exploration

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of seabirds, penguins, seals, and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac boat and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. From the ship enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests. No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you can explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your Antarctic cruise may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places. Your polar adventure is very active, with several daily landings and cruises in Zodiac boats, lectures, and a very enjoyable time on board.

Day 8-9: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Return to South America with a northbound crossing of the Drake Passage. Relax and take the time to watch for wildlife from the bridge or outside decks.

Day 10: Disembark in Ushuaia

  • 1 Breakfast
The program ends upon arrival at the port in Ushuaia.


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87 sq. ft. 1 lower berth with private facilities and window.


• This cruise makes technical stop in Puerto Williams, Chile if you are not a U.S./Canadian/Australian passport holder you may need a visa for Chile and a multiple entry visa for Argentina. Please check your entry requirements.

• Comprehensive pre-expedition information material
• Expedition along the Antarctic Peninsula with daily shore excursions (based on local conditions)
• Loan of waterproof boots for every passenger for wet landings
• Briefings and recaps pre- and post-excursions given by expedition staff
• All guided shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
• Lectures and presentations given by Antarctic specialists
• Daily buffet breakfast and lunch offering a wide choice of dishes
• Daily served dinner offering a choice of three main courses
• A selection of wines, beers, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner
• Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks throughout the expedition
• Post-expedition information file including a gallery of images from the trip

• Juice, soft drinks, wine, beer, spirits, and mixed drinks served at the bar
• Accommodation, meals, excursions, and transfers in Ushuaia
• Personal travel medical insurance (required)
• Any personal expenses, such as for communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.
• Gratuities for the shipboard personnel (suggested USD 10 per person per day).
• Visas or Passport expenses and/or any other arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable
Note: All participants in an Antarctica21 expedition are required to have a travel insurance policy. A comprehensive policy is recommended but at a minimum Medical Evacuation coverage up to $100,000.00 USD must be purchased


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