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Africa to America Antarctic Epic

Cape Town to Ushuaia - Example 22 Day Cruise aboard SH Diana
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On this 22-day Africa to America Antarctic Epic Expedition Cruise aboard SH Diana, depart from Cape Town, South Africa. Explore Cape Town, a beautiful city with a rich history and culture before boarding the ship. The next few days will be spent crossing the Drake Passage. Once crossed the Drake Passage, arrive in the South Shetland Islands, home to a variety of wildlife, including penguins, seals, and whales. Enter the Antarctic Peninsula, the southernmost point of the continent which is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Explore the Antarctic Peninsula. Go on shore excursions, Zodiac cruises, and lectures by expert expedition leaders. Visit Port Lockroy, Shackleton Icefall, and the South Orkney Islands before crossing the Drake Passage. Disembark in Ushuaia. 
St Andrew, South GeorgiaGrytviken, South GeorgiaTable Mountain and Cape Town Harbour, South AfricaSunset over Century City, CapetownEnjoying the midnight sun in the Lemaire channelGrytviken, South GeorgiaA colony of king penguins on South GeorgiaUshuaia on a much sunnier day
Highlights
  • Explore Cape Town, a beautiful city with a rich history and culture
  • Cross the Drake Passage and arrive in the South Shetland Islands
  • Enter the Antarctic Peninsula and see some of the most spectacular sceneries
  • Go on shore excursions, Zodiac cruises, and lectures by expedition leaders
  • Visit Port Lockroy, Shackleton Icefall, and the South Orkney Islands
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: Cape Town

Arrive in Cape Town, relax, and spend the overnight here preparing for your adventure.

*specific hotel and location to be announced.

Day 2: Cape Town | Embark

Embark on SH Diana for your adventure. Starting an epic transatlantic journey with one of the most spectacular city sceneries in Africa. Dominated by Table Mountain, Cape Town is a cosmopolitan city with plenty of nearby splendid vineyards, wonderful harbor fronts, and surprising restaurants where one can indulge in delicious seafood.

Day 3-6: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship’s observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea gives you the opportunity to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip or head to the library which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert’s view in one of the onboard lectures or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from onboard professional photographers.

Day 7: Tristan da Cunha

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
With barely 250 permanent inhabitants, Tristan da Cunha is far from the beaten path. The island teems with wildlife such as Northern rockhopper penguins, the endangered Tristan Albatross, and sea lions while the surrounding upwellings attract vast numbers of Whales and Dolphins.

Day 8-11: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Spend your day at sea. Treat yourself to a spa day, attend an expert-led onboard lecture, or enjoy the ocean views from the deck or the comfort of the Observation Lounge.

Day 12-13: South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Often called the “Galapagos of the Poles”, South Georgia has a number of landing sites where you get up close to half a million king penguins or three million breeding pairs of macaroni penguins, making up the largest population in the world. If you are lucky you will also see harrumphing elephant seals - from a distance! Travelers also visit Grytviken, the historic whaling station where legendary British explorer Ernest Shackleton (1874–1922) is buried.

Day 14-15: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
You can spend your day at sea enjoying the many facilities available. Head to the sauna, get in a workout in the state-of-the-art gym, or relax in the jacuzzi whilst taking in incredible views along the way. If you prefer to learn a little more about your surroundings, listen to an informative talk or have a chat with one of the knowledgeable on-board experts.

Day 16-19: Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Among captivating glaciers, majestic icebergs, and snowy islands, the Antarctic Peninsula is where most visitors to the White Continent will live out their Antarctica dream. The Antarctic Peninsula, the most accessible area of the continent, hosts several scientific bases and some of the most interesting wildlife scenery, such as the extremely photogenic Lemaire Channel. Shore excursions might include Petermann Island, where among Adelie penguins, blue-eyed shags, and skuas, huge, lumbering elephant seals haul out.

Day 20-21: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend your day at sea. Treat yourself to a spa day, attend an expert-led onboard lecture, or enjoy the ocean views from the deck or the comfort of the Observation Lounge.

Day 22: Ushuaia | Disembarkation

  • 1 Breakfast
Nestled in the foothills of the snow-capped Martial Range, Ushuaia’s colorful streets and mismatched buildings cascade from the imposing mountains before coming to an abrupt halt at the shores of the Beagle Channel. As one of the world’s southernmost cities, Ushuaia carries its ‘end of the world’ reputation well. The moody weather and dramatic surroundings certainly help. Board your boutique ship before departing for your journey through one of the most captivating wilderness regions of the world.

On this day, make your farewell to your fellow travelers and crew. Head on to the airport via the group transfer provided and then catch the flight to Buenos Aires.

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SH Diana Observation Lounge
SH Diana Swan Nest

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$9,480
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SH Diana Oceanview D4
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Oceanview D4
Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
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Oceanview M4
Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
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Located on decks 5, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or a double bed, distinct bedroom and living room areas, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6 sq. m balcony.
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Balcony M5
Located on decks 5, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or a double bed, distinct bedroom and living room areas, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6 sq. m balcony.
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Balcony D6
Located on decks 6, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or a double bed, distinct bedroom and living room areas, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6 sq. m balcony.
SH Diana Junior Suite
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Junior Suite
SH Diana’s Junior Suites features a Super King Size bed, separate living room area with homely flame-effect fireplace, private kitchen, luxurious en-suite bathroom and a 7 sq. m private balcony.
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Our Suites features a superking bed and separate living room with and a soothing flame-effect fireplace a luxurious ensuite bathroom and a 12 sq.m. private balcony.
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Premium Suite
SH Diana’s Premium Suites feature a Super King Size bed, separate living room with homely flame-effect fireplace, luxurious en-suite bathroom, spacious walk-in wardrobe and a 12 sq. m private balcony.
Included
  • 20 Breakfasts, 19 Lunches, 20 Dinners
  • 21 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Room Service 
  • Wifi
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
  • Lecture programs by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • Onboard gratuities & port taxes
  • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions.
  • All transfers between Airport, Hotel and Ship
  • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
  • Regional flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Regional flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • We recommend every traveler to take out a travel cancellation insurance, travel interruption insurance and a travel health insurance policy with an assumption of the return transport costs of repatriation

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