Antarctic Circle Voyage

Ioffe Cruise Ship
Ioffe
96 Passengers
Adventure Options

Sailing in comfort aboard the comfortable and well-appointed Ioffe, we begin this 12-night expedition at the tip of South America. We chart a course through the Drake Passage with a goal of heading directly south to the Antarctic Circle at 66°33'S. The farther south we go, the more sea ice we will find and our aim is to cross the circle before getting stopped by this ice. Few ships go this far south and we will take full advantage of being on a modern, ice-strengthened vessel of this caliber.

Marguerite Bay and Detaille Island are two places that we might visit while traveling south of the circle. Who knows, we may even try to camp ashore south of the circle. We will slowly make our way back up the peninsula, visiting penguin rookeries as we go.

When we arrive at the Antarctic Peninsula, be prepared to be dazzled. Even our experienced crewmembers many of which have visited the southern region a hundred times or more are still astonished by its pristine beauty.

The abundance of wildlife here is truly extraordinary including five seal species, massive penguin rookeries of gentoo, Adelies and chinstraps as well as a profusion of seabirds from albatross to skuas. It is nature you will experience up close and personal on frequent excursions inland.

Our journey will take us to Petermann Island or Wilhelmina Bay where we encounter colossal icebergs and, of course, the ice landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see. Hardy adventurers or those with a yen for history have the chance to camp out on the ice overnight and feel the thrill and audacity of early explorers who attempted to conquer this continent.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1Ushuaia
Days 2 & 3Drake Passage
Days 4 to 10Antarctic Peninsula
Days 11 & 12Drake Passage
Day 13Ushuaia

Day 1 — Ushuaia

Today is the first day of our adventure. As we board the Ioffe in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city at the tip of Argentina, and start to become familiar with ‘our home’ for the next 13 days we cannot help but wonder about the exciting journey ahead of us. In the early evening, we set sail and begin our voyage leaving behind Ushuaia and charting a course through the Beagle Channel.

Days 2 & 3 — Drake Passage

Crossing the Drake Passage, there is so much excitement in the air as we make our way ever closer to the white continent. Guests eagerly soak up the friendly atmosphere onboard as our numerous Polar experts prepare us for our adventures with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history. Eventually, we will cross the Antarctic Convergence where we will notice a distinct drop in temperature as we enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. Along the way, we will witness many spectacular sights from icebergs to an array of seabirds and even several whale species some of which are known on occasion to fully breach from the sea.

Days 4 to 10 — Antarctic Peninsula

In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we will hope to make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature’s glory.  Our first goal will be to sail south of the Antarctic Circle and into Matha Strait or Marguerite Bay. Given favorable ice conditions, we will push our exploration even further southward, looking for historic and wildlife sites.

From our most southerly point (south of the Antarctic Circle), we will make our way north along the Antarctic Peninsula, cruising through the narrow waterways and channels of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Spectacular waterways such as Crystal Sound, the Lemaire Channel, the Neumeyer Channel and the Gerlache Strait will all feature in our itinerary. Landing sites might include Neko Harbour, Wilhelmina Bay, Petermann Island and the Yalours, where we will observe Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals, skuas and other seabirds as well as an abundance of penguins including some very large colonies of the comical Adélie penguin.

At Half Moon Island we will visit a breeding colony of chinstrap penguins that share their territory with fur seals and blue-eyed shags. We also hope to see the gentle humpback whale dining on krill in its feeding grounds and possibly have an opportunity to spot orcas and Minke whales as we go.

We will plan on walking ashore on the continent of Antarctica at Paradise Harbor or Neko Harbor. Although it will not be your first glimpse of the Antarctic, a walk ashore on the Continent will evoke emotions to carry with you for the rest of your life. The scenery here is amazing. In particular the oddly shaped icebergs looking like sculptures, as well as the colossal ‘tabular’ icebergs that break away from the continent’s ice shelf. Some may wish to camp on shore overnight. Whatever your vantage point, whether it is onboard or onshore expect to feel transformed as you experience twilight from the very bottom of the planet.

Days 11 & 12 — Drake Passage

As we leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage before rounding Cape Horn, we have no doubt that time will be spent sharing and reflecting on the wonderful experiences of the last few days. Sailing down the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our Polar expedition at a special dinner.

Day 13 — Ushuaia

In the early morning, we will arrive back in Ushuaia. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travelers. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home.

Special Note:

Due to the nature of this expedition, weather, ice, or other conditions may require changes be made to the itinerary and/or cancellation of certain shore excursions. Every effort will be made to adhere to the itinerary, within the limits of safety and time constraints.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Rates 2014-2015
Main Deck Triple
Twin Semi-Private
Twin Private
Superior
Shackleton Suite
One Ocean Suite
Photography, Kayak
Photography & Watercolor Focus
- Full -
$11,995
Full
$13,695
Full
$15,495
Full
$16,295
Full
$16,695
Full
$19,495
Full
Camp, Photography, Kayak
- Limited Availability -

$750 Discount (see prices in red)
$6,795
Full
$9,195
$8,445
$9,995
$9,245
$10,395
$9,645
$10,795
$10,045
$11,995
Full
Camp, Photography, Kayak
- Limited Availability -

$750 Discount (see prices in red)
$7,895
Full
$10,095
Full
$10,595
$9,845
$10,995
$10,245
$11,595
Full
$13,095
Full
Photography, Kayak
$9,295
 
$11,995
 
$12,595
 
$13,295
 
$13,795
 
$15,295
 
Camp, Photography, Kayak
- Very Limited Availability -
$9,295
Full
$11,995
Full
$12,595
 
$13,295
Full
$13,795
Full
$15,295
 
Camp, Photography, Kayak
- Limited Availability -
$7,895
 
$10,095
 
$10,595
 
$10,995
 
$11,595
Full
$13,095
Full
Photography, Kayak
- Very Limited Availability -
$13,895
 
$16,595
Full
$18,295
Full
$19,395
Full
$20,095
Full
$22,695
Full
Camp, Photography, Kayak
$10,195
 
$12,995
 
$13,595
 
$14,595
 
$14,995
 
$16,895
Full
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Rates are per person, based on twin-share. Single supplement is 1.5 times the cabin rate except for Suites which are 2 times the cabin rate and is not available in Triple Share Category.

Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.

Costs for options: Camping - Free of charge, Photography - Free of charge, Expedition Photography (Off the Beaten Track) - $45, Expedition Snowshoeing - $45, Ski Touring - $795, Kayaking – $795, Overnight Kayaking - Additional $300 add-on to regular kayaking program (limied to 6 participants).

Mandatory Emergency Evacuation insurance is required on all trips.

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

Only show rates under
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Rates 2015-2016
Main Deck Triple
Twin Semi-Private
Twin Private
Superior
Shackleton Suite
One Ocean Suite
Camp, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe

$750 Discount (Prices in Red)
$12,695
$11,945
$14,495
$13,745
$16,395
$15,645
$17,195
$16,445
$17,995
$17,245
$20,595
$19,845
Camp, XC Ski, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe

$750 Discount (Prices in Red)
$7,895
$7,145
$9,995
$9,245
$10,995
$10,245
$11,795
$11,045
$12,395
$11,645
$13,895
$13,145
Camp, Photography, Kayak
Photography Symposium

$750 Discount (Prices in Red)
$12,695
$11,945
$14,495
$13,745
$16,395
$15,645
$17,195
$16,445
$17,995
$17,245
$20,595
$19,845
Camp, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe

$750 Discount (Prices in Red)
$7,495
$6,745
$9,795
$9,045
$10,695
$9,945
$11,495
$10,745
$12,195
$11,445
$13,195
$12,445
Camp, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe

$750 Discount (Prices in Red)
$8,495
$7,745
$10,795
$10,045
$11,295
$10,545
$11,795
$11,045
$12,495
$11,745
$13,995
$13,245
Camp, Photography, Kayak

$750 Discount (Prices in Red)
$15,895
$15,145
$18,795
$18,045
$20,695
$19,945
$21,795
$21,045
$22,495
$21,745
$25,295
$24,545
Camp, Photography, Kayak

$750 Discount (Prices in Red)
$10,895
$10,145
$13,895
$13,145
$14,595
$13,845
$15,595
$14,845
$16,195
$15,445
$17,995
$17,245
Camp, Photography, Kayak

$750 Discount (Prices in Red)
$8,495
$7,745
$10,795
$10,045
$11,295
$10,545
$11,795
$11,045
$12,495
$11,745
$13,995
$13,245
Camp, Photography, Kayak
Whale Watching Trip

$750 Discount (Prices in Red)
$8,495
$7,745
$10,795
$10,045
$11,295
$10,545
$11,795
$11,045
$12,495
$11,745
$13,995
$13,245
Camp, Photography, Kayak
Whale Watching Trip

$750 Discount (Prices in Red)
$7,495
$6,745
$9,795
$9,045
$10,695
$9,945
$11,495
$10,745
$12,195
$11,445
$13,195
$12,445
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Rates are per person, based on twin-share. Single supplement is 1.5 times the cabin rate except for Suites which are 2 times the cabin rate and is not available in Triple Share Category.

Costs for standard adventure options: Photography - Free of charge, Snowshoeing - Free of charge, Camping - Free of charge, Kayaking (must be pre-booked, maximum 16 participants) – $795

Costs for Off the Beaten Track adventure options (must be pre-booked): Expedition Photography (maximum 18 participants) - $45, Expedition Snowshoeing (maximum 12 participants) - $45, Ski Touring (maximum 12 participants) - $750, Kayaking (maximum 16 participants) – $795, Overnight Kayaking - Additional $300 add-on to regular kayaking program (maximum 6 participants).

Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.

Mandatory Emergency Evacuation insurance is required on all trips.

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

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