Christmas in Antarctica - Cruise/Fly

Polar Pioneer Cruise Ship
Polar Pioneer
56 Passengers
Adventure Options

Celebrate Christmas in traditional Antarctic style when the near-midnight sun powers an explosion of life along the shore and brightens the thought of camping out, or extended kayaking trips. Penguin highways are busy with traffic as parents hurry to fatten chicks and waterways are alive with whales and seals. We visit historic sites and step onto the most spectacular continent on Earth!

Voyage Highlights
- Fly/Sail voyage - sail the Drake Passage once!
- Experience a wonderland of wildlife
- Visit historic sites and working scientific stations
- Camp out under the midnight sun (weather conditions permitting)
- Kayaking option to paddle with the penguins
- Celebrate a white Christmas in Antarctica!

This voyage terminates with an included flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas and one night accommodation in Punta Arenas post-voyage.

Day 1

Enjoy a hearty, late afternoon welcome in Ushuaia from our friendly staff and Russian crew. You have time to settle into your cabin and explore the ship before our evening departure. Excitement lifts as we set sail down the Beagle Channel, keeping watch for magellenic penguins, dolphins and albatross.

Days 2 & 3

Our Drake Passage crossing offers excellent bird watching from the outer decks or the warmth of the bridge. Learn about Antarctica from our naturalist’s informative talks, and about safety and environmental guidelines from expedition staff. We have time to meet fellow travelers, chat, read and prepare for the days ahead. Keen eyes watch for icebergs, while king cormorants fly by, and the appearance of penguins and fur seals around us heralds our approach to the South Shetlands.

Days 4 to 9

An overnight passage along Gerlache Strait delivers us to the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. Aboard robust Zodiacs, we explore penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific stations. We celebrate our Christmas enthusiastically; the atmosphere among fellow expeditioners is like that of an extended family.

Zodiac cruising brings us close to intricately shaped icebergs and seals basking on ice floes whilst our kayakers glide into secluded bays. We focus on immersing ourselves in nature, even camping out one night if conditions allow. Thanks to the small number of expeditioners on our voyage, spontaneity and flexibility enhance our enjoyment. After all, bubble netting humpbacks demand a wakeup call, even at midnight!

Day 10

We arrive at mountainous King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands. Time and weather permitting, we explore Fildes Bay and visit the Russian Orthodox Trinity Church at Bellingshausen Station, before catching our charter flight back to Punta Arenas in Chile and being transferred to our overnight accommodation.

Day 11

After breakfast, we bid farewell to fellow expeditioners before continuing on with your own arrangements.

Please note that all of our itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. Our itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Rates 2014-2015
Triple Shared
Twin Shared
Twin Private
Mini Suite
Captain's Suite
Kayaking
Option
Charter
Flight
Photography, Kayak
$13,660
 
$16,200
 
$18,900
 
$20,700
 
$21,990
 
$1,295
 
 
Camp, Mountaineering, Kayak
$8,700
 
$10,290
 
$11,550
 
$12,900
 
$14,290
 
$995
 
 
Kayak
$13,660
 
$16,200
 
$18,900
 
$20,700
 
$21,990
 
$1,250
 
 
Kayak
$13,660
 
$16,200
 
$18,900
 
$20,700
 
$21,990
 
$1,250
 
 
Camp, Kayak
$8,700
 
$10,290
 
$11,550
 
$12,900
 
$14,290
 
$995
 
 
Mountaineering, Kayak
Shackleton Crossing
$13,660
 
$16,200
 
$18,900
 
$20,700
 
$21,990
 
$1,295
 
 
Kayak
Snorkeling
$7,100
 
$8,750
 
$10,200
 
$11,300
 
$12,600
 
$925
 
 
Kayak
$12,660
 
$15,200
 
$17,900
 
$19,700
 
$20,990
 
$1,295
 
 
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Airfare Not Included. Rates are per person, based on twin-share. Single costs are 1.7 times the twin rate.

Mandatory Flight for Fly/Cruise (Punta Arenas to Antarctica) and Cruise/Fly (Antarctica to Punta Arenas) - $1200
Optional Flight Punta Arenas / Falklands or Falklands / Punta Arenas $660

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

Optional Activities: Kayaking $925-1295, South Georgia Alpine Crossing $1250, Climbing $250, Photography Free, Camping  Free.

Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance Required. All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

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Per Person USD
Rates 2015-2016
Triple Shared
Twin Shared
Twin Private
Mini Suite
Captain's Suite
Kayaking
Option
Charter
Flight
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak
$8,310
 
$9,825
 
$11,025
 
$12,325
 
$13,650
 
$1,050
 
 
Camp, Kayak
$7,800
 
$9,600
 
$11,220
 
$12,430
 
$13,860
 
$995
 
 
Camp, Kayak
$7,800
 
$9,600
 
$11,220
 
$12,430
 
$13,860
 
$995
 
 
Kayak
$14,300
 
$16,900
 
$19,800
 
$21,700
 
$23,090
 
$1,295
 
 
Kayak
$14,300
 
$16,900
 
$19,800
 
$21,700
 
$23,090
 
$1,295
 
 
Camp, Kayak
$8,310
 
$9,825
 
$11,025
 
$12,325
 
$13,650
 
$1,050
 
 
Kayak
$7,800
 
$9,600
 
$11,220
 
$12,430
 
$13,860
 
$995
 
 
Kayak
$7,800
 
$9,600
 
$11,220
 
$12,430
 
$13,860
 
$995
 
 
Mountaineering
$14,300
 
$16,900
 
$19,800
 
$21,700
 
$23,090
 
$1,295
 
 
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International Airfare Not Included. Rates are per person, based on twin-share. Single costs are 1.7 times the twin rate.

Flights included for Fly/Cruise itineraries.

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

Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance Required. All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

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