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Polar Circle Air Cruise

Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Nova
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Bypass the Drake Passage by flying directly to the South Shetland Islands. Exit the airplane to a world unlike any other on earth; ice-filled fjords, pengiun rookeries, and great expanses of ice await. Sail as far south as possible in an attempt to reach the Polar Circle. Flexibility is key to a successful voyage as conditions can change quickly. This Antarctic cruise aboard the Ocean Nova is an unforgettable experience you don't want to miss!
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Highlights
  • Sail far south in an attempt to cross the Polar Circle
  • Cruise along ice-filled fjords and icebergs
  • Search for wildlife such as penguins, whales, seals, and seabirds
  • Attend engaging presentations by expert polar guides
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile

Welcome to Punta Arenas, Chile. Transfer to your hotel and attend a briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. A welcome dinner introduces you to the local gastronomy as you meet fellow adventurers from around the world. Please Note: Passengers must be in Punta Arenas by 2 PM, at the latest. Pick-up at the Punta Arenas airport and transfer to the hotel cannot be guaranteed for travelers arriving later than 2 PM.

Day 2: Fly to King George Island | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A smooth two-hour flight takes you efficiently from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. Your Antarctic adventure begins as you exit the airplane and the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.

Day 3-8: South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Sail along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs while enjoying the company of seabirds, penguins, seals, and whales. Visit the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, disembarking by Zodiac each day. In small groups, hike to extraordinary sites and take part in exploratory Zodiac excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas. Expert polar guides share their passion for Antarctica through an engaging program of illustrated presentations, and lead you ashore to interpret the wildlife, the history, and the many wonders of the Antarctic environment. From the glass-enclosed lounge, enjoy spectacular views while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests over a drink.

The goal of the expedition is to sail far south in the attempt of reaching the Polar Circle. The Expedition Team sets the specific voyage route based on local conditions, and takes advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature. Flexibility is the key to a successful voyage. Your expedition may include visits to sites such as Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Prospect Point, or other magnificent places. Each voyage is unique and each is crafted to provide the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.

Day 9: Disembark at King George Island | Fly to Punta Arenas, Chile

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Back at King George Island, bid farewell to Antarctica as you board the flight to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. This evening's meals are at your leisure and are not included in the program.

Day 10: Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

Ship/Hotel

Ocean Nova

Ocean Nova
Ocean Nova Library
Lounge at the Ocean Nova

Cabo de Hornos Hotel

Cabo de Hornos Hotel
The reception desk at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel
The bar area at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel

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$15,495
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Triple
150 sq. ft. 2 lower berths and one upper berth with private facilities and window.
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Twin
106 sq. ft. 2 lower berths with private facilities and window.
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Single
87 sq. ft. 1 lower berth with private facilities and window.

Notes

Please Note: Passengers must be in Punta Arenas by 2 PM, at the latest. Pick-up at the Punta Arenas airport and transfer to the hotel cannot be guaranteed for travelers arriving later than 2 PM.

Included in the rate:
  • Group transfers from airport to hotel on Day 1
  • 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar, with a welcome dinner including drinks on Day 1
  • 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica. Please note: this complimentary hotel night applies only to travelers staying in double occupancy rooms. Solo travelers will be charged an additional supplement.
  • Transfers airport/hotel on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica, and transfers hotel/airport on last Day of the Air-Cruise Program
  • Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program 
  • Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board ship offering a wide choice of dishes
  • Daily served dinner on board ship offering a choice of three main courses
  • Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship
  • Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition
  • All guided shore excursions
  • Lectures and entertainment on board
  • Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material
  • Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica
  • IAATO passenger fee
Not included in the rate:
  • Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in program. Dinner in Punta Arenas upon return from Antarctica is not included
  • Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar
  • Personal insurance
  • Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Gratuities
  • Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passport expenses, and any 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
Included
  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship
  • Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition
  • IAATO passenger fee 
  • Loan of Waterproof Boots for Landings
  • Comprehensive Pre- and Post-voyage Information Materials
     
  • Lectures and entertainment onboard.
     
  • Group Transfers from Airport to Hotel on Day 1
  • One Overnight with Breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or Similar & Welcome Dinner Including Drinks on Day 1
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Beverages purchased at the bar 
  • Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Parkas are not provided on your cruise. Please bring your own windproof, waterproof, insulated parka with you. You will want to make sure it is roomy enough to fit warm layers underneath. Click here for information about parka rental.
  • Kayaking Option: $895 Per Person (Must be booked in advance)
  • Hiking & Snowshoeing Option (Booked and paid on board)
  • Preferred Seating on the Antarctic Flight: Click this link for details. 
  • - Flex 60 Package: Up to 60 days prior to departure, change reservation once without penalty or cancel reservation and receive a full refund. (Cost is 10% of cruise fare)
    - Flex 30 Package: Up to 30 days prior to departure, change their reservation once without penalty or cancel their reservation and receive a full refund. (Cost is 15% of cruise fare)

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