Antarctic Express: Cruise South, Fly North

Sea Adventurer Cruise Ship
Sea Adventurer
117 Passengers
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If you’re looking for a more efficient Antarctic experience, this is it. Venture south, crossing the infamous Drake Passage and experience the first sighting of Antarctica with your fellow shipmates. After your penguin, seal, whale, iceberg and glacier cravings have been satisfied you’ll take the relaxing way home by flying from King George Island to Punta Arenas, Chile.

In Brief:

• The excitement of a southbound Drake Passage crossing;
• The speed and convenience of a flight back to South America;
• All the Antarctic Peninsula highlights; and
• Lecturers and specialists deliver presentations on geology and animal life.

 

Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina

This quaint city at the southernmost tip of South America is your gateway to Antarctica. The city itself provides a wide range of jewelry shops, cafes, gear shops and restaurants to explore before your voyage. Outside the city, snow-capped mountains and hiking in Tierra del Fuego National Park offer ample adventure activities if you enjoy exploring nature. Hotel Overnight included.

Day 2 — Embarkation Day

You embark in the afternoon, with a journey through the picturesque Beagle Channel. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled and be out on deck, as the channel is home to a wide variety of wildlife including seabirds and seals. Rainbows are common here too, creating a great photography opportunity to kick off the start to your Antarctic adventure.

Days 3 & 4 — Crossing the Drake Passage

Legendary for its high winds and rolling seas, you may get lucky and have surprisingly calm seas. Spend your time in the lounge or chatting with your fellow travelers. As you develop your sea legs during the crossing, our Expedition Team will begin their series of presentations to help prepare you for your upcoming Zodiac and land excursions. You officially enter Antarctica when your ship crosses the Antarctic Convergence, a biological boundary that fluctuates around 60° south.

Days 5 to 7 — Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

Icebergs are the first attractions that welcome you to Antarctica. Massive floating bergs become more common as you get closer to land and you catch your first glimpse of the Peninsula, with its grand snow-covered mountains. In addition to spotting icebergs, you’ll likely spot Adelie penguins chilling out on ice floes and minke or humpback whales feeding and swimming in the frigid waters.

As soon as possible, the Zodiacs will be readied for your first landing in the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. Experiencing this immense wilderness up close for the first time can be a numbing experience. The silence is great, the vastness is even greater. Thankfully the noisy locals – penguins and seals – are there to remind you that this wonderful landscape isn’t just a dream.

Your Expedition Team will monitor the ice and weather conditions to determine which landing sites we can be visited. With many sites to choose from, each expedition presents new opportunities for exploring the white continent by Zodiac and land. Swimming in Antarctica is perhaps the most adventurous option to tempt you, by taking a polar plunge in the water at Neko Harbor.

A typical day in this wildlife wonderland will be spent listening to calving glaciers at Petermann Island, watching penguins waddle around a beach, or taking a hike atop a hill for a panoramic view of Port Lockroy. Whatever you prefer, the photographic opportunities are endless.

Day 8 — Disembarkation and Fly to Punta Arenas, Chile

As the ship turns north, you’ll say goodbye to the penguins, as well as many of your shipmates. With only the Drake Passage ahead, you’ll disembark and enjoy a bit of time on King George Island before flying off to Punta Arenas, Chile. Once you’re in Punta Arenas, we’ll transfer you from the airport to your hotel, where you’re free to explore and enjoy a final dinner out.

Day 9: Depart for Home

After breakfast, you are free to continue on your own travels or make your way to the Punta Arenas airport for your homeward flights.

Note:
This itinerary includes one pre-expedition hotel night accommodation in Ushuaia and one post-expedition hotel night in Punta Arenas.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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   Suite
Two lower berths, windows with exterior views, private facilities. Cabin 403 has a bathtub other Suites have showers.
   Deluxe
Two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
   Superior
Two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
   Main Deck Window
Two lower berths, private facilities, and two windows with exterior views.
   Main Deck Porthole
Two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
   Lower Deck Twin
Two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
   Triple
Two lower berths and one upper berth, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.