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Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Endeavour (QU)
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Board the Ocean Endeavour in Ushuaia and begin your 11-day polar adventure! Begin by crossing the Drake Passage - the next time you see land you are in Antarctica. Enjoy zodiac excursions to explore bays, channels, and landing sites each day. Visit penguin rookeries and search for whales, seals, and seabirds. Hike the Antarctic landscape for breathtaking views of your surroundings. As you soak it all in, prepare for your journey back across the Drake Passage. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2 : Fly to Ushuaia | Embark
Days 3-4 : Drake Passage
Days 5-8 : South Shetland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula
Days 9-10 : Drake Passage to Ushuaia
Day 11 : Ushuaia | Disembark | Fly to Buenos Aires

Highlights

  • Zodiac ashore daily and view abundant wildlife: penguins, seals & whales
  • Explore bays, channels, and landing sites each day
  • Trek up snowy pathways for panoramic views of the polar landscape
  • Watch glaciers calve giant icebergs into the sea below

Ship

Ocean Endeavour (QU)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Kayaking in antarctica Cruising the chilly waters in the Zodiac Observing penguins in the hills along Antarctic Peninsula A humpback whale dives beneath the Antarctic waters A majestic view from the kayak

Day 1 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Upon your arrival in Buenos Aires, transfer independently to the group hotel (pre-night hotel price is part of the additional Buenos Aires flight and transfer package).

Day 2 Fly to Ushuaia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, the group flies to Ushuaia (price of flight is part of the additional Buenos Aires flight and transfer package). Upon arrival, take a short city tour of the quaint port town before heading to the pier. Embark on your Antarctic journey in the afternoon! Sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you see land you are in the world’s most southern continent!

Day 3-4 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend your first days at sea getting to know your shipmates, listening to safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead, and watching for wildlife. Prepare yourself for potentially rough waters, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing.

Day 5-8 South Shetland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
When the Antarctic Convergence is left in your wake, you truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. You can begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike.

Take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore remote bays, channels, and landing sites each day. Wildlife is present all around you as you visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of the southern seal species.

The majesty of the Peninsula’s mountains amaze you as you trek up snowy pathways to vantage points that offer 360° views of your surroundings. One of these incredible sightseeing opportunities, in Orne Harbor, invites you to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here you have a choice between going for a mountain hike or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach to enjoy the antics of the curious penguins.

Every day is different, having been carefully crafted by your expedition team so as to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

Day 9-10 Drake Passage to Ushuaia

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with some final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy a few final presentations by your expedition team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Day 11 Ushuaia | Disembark | Fly to Buenos Aires

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Ushuaia after breakfast. After you disembark, take some time to explore Ushuaia before taking the group charter flight back to Buenos Aires (price of flight is part of the additional Buenos Aires flight and transfer package).

Ocean Endeavour (QU)

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$6,695
Triple cabin aboard the Ocean Endeavour
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Triple
Approximately 225 sq. ft. (20 sq. m), a Triple on Deck 4 is an interior cabin with three lower berths, and private bath. Cabin 4100 has four lower single beds and one private bathroom with a separate shower room.
Twin Porthole (cropped)
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Twin Porthole
Approximately 95 to 105 sq. ft. (9-10 sq. m), a Twin Porthole on Deck 4 features a porthole window, two lower berths and a private bathroom.
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Twin Window
Approximately 95 to 105 sq. ft. (9-10 sq. m), a Twin Window on Deck 5 features a picture window, two lower berths and private bath.
Upper Deck Cabin (cropped)
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Upper Deck Double
Approximately 140 sq. ft. (13 sq. m), an Upper Deck Twin on Deck 7 features a window (obstructed view), two lower berths and a private bathroom.
Twin Porthole Cabin (under renovations)
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Twin Porthole Suite
Approximately 190 to 200 sq. ft. (18-20 sq. m), a Twin Porthole Suite on Deck 4 is twice the size of a Twin Porthole, with one bathroom. It features two single beds, a separate living area with a pull out sofa bed, two porthole windows, and one private bathroom.
Single Interior Cabin aboard the Ocean Endeavour
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Single Inside
Approximately 95 to 105 sq. ft. (9-10 sq. m), a Single on Deck 5 is an interior cabin with a lower berth and private bath.
Twin Window Plus (cropped)
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Superior Twin
A superior twin on decks five and seven features a large picture window, two lower beds and a pull out sofa bed and private bathroom. Approximately 19 m² (205 sq ft).
Top Deck Cabin (cropped)
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Top Deck Double
Approximately 155 sq. ft. (14.5 sq. m), a Top Deck Double on Deck 8 features two large windows (one window with partial obstruction), one double bed and a private bathroom.
Twin Window Plus Cabin aboard the Ocean Endeavour
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Twin Window Suite
Approximately 190 to 200 sq. ft. (18-20 sq. m), a Twin Window Suite on Deck 5 is twice the size of a Twin Window, with one bathroom. It features two single beds, a separate living area with a pull out sofa bed, two windows, and one private bathroom.
Junior Suite Cabin aboard the Ocean Endeavour
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Junior Suite
Junior Suites on Deck 5 are at least 325 sq. ft. (30 sq. m), and at least 164 sq. ft. (15 sq. m) on Deck 7. All Junior Suites feature a picture window, one double bed and private bath.
Owner Suite (cropped)
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Owner´s Suite
Approximately 320 sq. ft. (30 sq. m), the Owner’s Suite on Deck 7 features two large bow-facing windows, one double bed, separate sitting room and private bath with tub.

Notes

Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.

Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7x the double occupancy rate for cabin types except for Premium cabins (2x the double occupany rate).

Mandatory medical insurance: Travelers should have a minimum US$50,000 (or equivalent) of emergency medical coverage prior to embarkation. It is recommended that you and all members of your party have comprehensive travel insurance covering trip cancellation, trip delay (interruption or after departure coverage), baggage, and repatriation.

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that everything can be accomplished. A measure of flexibility is something all must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

Important Note:
* Charter flight is not included in the base price of the trip
The Buenos Aires Flight and Transfer Package is $950, and includes:
• Pre expedition hotel night in Buenos Aires, with breakfast
• Group transfer from the hotel to the airport in Buenos Aires
• Charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, and return
• Group transfer from Ushuaia airport to the ship, and return
• Combined airport transfer and express bus tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park after disembarkation

Rates include:
• Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
• All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage
• All shore landings per the daily program
• Leadership throughout the voyage by your experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities
• All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
• Formal and informal presentations by your Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
• Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage
• A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
• An official parka to keep
• Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
• Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
• Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
• All luggage handling aboard ship
• Snowshoeing and zodiac cruising
• Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person 
• Beer and wine during dinner 

This expedition excludes:
• Mandatory transfer package*
• International airfare
• Passport and Visa Expenses
• Government arrival and departure taxes
• Meals ashore
• Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance
• Excess baggage charges
• Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
• Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges
• Shipboard or land telecommunication charges
• Gratuity for ship's crew, Hospitality or Expedition Team members
• Hotel nights prior to embarkation or after disembarkation
• Optional adventure activities
• Arrival transfer in Buenos Aires on day 1.
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