Photography Series: Antarctic Explorer

Ocean Adventurer Antarctic Cruise Ship
Ocean Adventurer
132 Passengers
Adventure Options

On this photographic voyage to the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, discover what has lured explorers and adventurers to this remote region for centuries. Traveling with our professional polar guides to one of the most photographic destinations on the planet, you will have the unique opportunity to watch our photography experts in action, and perfect your skills through special workshops and lectures, so you too can capture fantastic polar photographs just like a pro. With an itinerary governed by Mother Nature, each expedition is personal and each day more beautiful than you ever imagined, rewarding with an abundance of photo ops and unforgettable memories. Don’t be surprised if you experience much of this expedition to the end of the world through the lens of your camera!

As you cruise in a Zodiac through crackling sea ice, sailing past soaring ice formations and bergs, or you sit amidst a penguin rookery, surrounded by hundreds of these curious creatures, what you’ll notice most is that Antarctica is a photographer’s delight—pure nature, with untamed wildlife and vistas that are incomparable to anywhere else on earth.

Expedition in Brief:
• Take your polar photography to the next level thanks to unique workshops and lectures and the chance to watch our photo pros in action
• Witness iconic Antarctic wildlife, such as penguins, seals and whales
• Explore highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula
• Learn about the region’s wildlife and environment from
on-board experts
• Experience the White Continent from the unique and
intimate perspective of a Zodiac

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 Embarkation Day
Days 3 & 4 Crossing the Drake Passage
Days 5 to 8 South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Days 9 & 10 Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 11 Disembarkation in Ushuaia

Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina

The southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia is a bustling port with an easygoing, small-town vibe. Tucked scenically between the mountains to the north and the sea to the south, Ushuaia is a spectacular gateway for your Antarctic cruise. Before departing for your expedition, spend some time exploring the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, relax over authentic Argentine asado (barbecue) and a glass of local wine at one of the many restaurants, or immerse yourself in the museums, boutiques and cafés.

Day 2 — Embarkation Day

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail through the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel, where your camera will be put into action snapping shots of seabirds, sea lions and seals, 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’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!

Days 3 & 4 — Crossing the Drake Passage

Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing, as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates while your expedition team provides safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.

Expedition staff will also give photography buffs the scoop on shooting in the Polar Regions, which has its own set of unique challenges. You’ll learn how capture the gleaming white and deep blues of the snow, ice and icebergs in the White Continent, which can be tricky to do, with light reflecting off the surrounding sea and snow. Keen to capture the enormity of those bergs and the vastness of the landscape? Want to know how to snap the perfect penguin or seal portrait, or a breaching whale? Our on-board pros will be on hand during sea days to give you tips on capturing the magnitude and magnificence of this magical region.

Days 5 to 8 — South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Once the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake, you will 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 will begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every time we visit Antarctica, we witness something new or unexpected, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other—creating a unique, personal experience.

Each day, you will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. Shooting photographs from a Zodiac rewards with unique perspectives not afforded by land, and you’ll have several opportunities to capture the impressive landscape from angles that show off its striking beauty.

With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds, you may be able to photograph penguin rookeries and search for a number of southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal. As we scout for whales, you may be fortunate to snap a shot of a surfacing humpback or minke.

The majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you unparalleled 360° views of your surroundings. Talk about a picture postcard! Your camera will get quite the workout capturing the vastness of this pristine landscape. Danco Island, especially, offers us the opportunity to visit a penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here, you’ll have the option to hike to the island’s summit, but photographers will most likely want to spend some time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach, capturing the antics of curious penguins interacting with one another and maybe even you, if you’re lucky (and patient). If you’re feeling extra adventurous, participating in the polar plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets!

Amid the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbor.

Each day will be different and will offer more to explore and photograph, having been carefully crafted by your expedition team to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

Days 9 & 10 — Crossing the Drake Passage

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck, camera close at hand as you watch for seabirds and whales, and pause to take it all in. Enjoy presentations, including tips for perfecting your photos in post-production, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Day 11 — Disembarkation in Ushuaia

After breakfast aboard your ship, it’s time to say goodbye to your expedition team and fellow travelers. From here, you can continue your adventure in Ushuaia, exploring this city at “the end of the world,” or catch your homeward flights.

IMPORTANT REMINDER
Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a polar expedition.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Rates Antarctica 2018-19
Triple
Lower Deck Twin
Main Deck Porthole
Main Deck Window
Superior
Deluxe
Suite
Owner's Suite
Camp, Photography, Kayak
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$7,895 $8,895$6,671Full$9,795$7,346Full$10,795$8,096$11,795$8,257$12,695$8,887$13,995$9,797Limited$15,795 
Kayak
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Camp, Kayak
$7,895Full$8,895Limited$9,795Full$10,795Limited$11,795 $12,695 $13,995Full$15,795 
Camp, Kayak
$16,195Full$18,395Full$20,095Full$22,295Full$24,295Full$26,195Limited$28,795 $32,195Limited
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Cruise Price does not include international airfare.  Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

Gratuities included.
Drinks included. Soft drinks & juices all the time. House wine & non-premium beer at dinner.

Single cabin prices are 1.7 times the cost of the appropriate twin-share prices listed above except for superior and above which are 2x the price listed above. If you are a solo traveler requesting to share a cabin note that Superior and above can not be shared.

Adventure Options: Kayaking - $995pp (for those who want to kayak during entire voyage & have previous experience) OR paddling - $225pp (for those w/o experience who want to kayak one time during the voyage), Camping - $295, Snowshoe-Included. Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Camping is limited to 30 and Kayaking to 16 individuals. Some activities require experience.

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

Deck Plan for 2017-18 ONLY (see below for future season deck plan)

 

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Deck Plan for 2018-19 ONLY (see above for previous season deck plan)

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   Owner's Suite
Located on the Bridge Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
Averaging 290 sq. ft. (27 sq. m)
   Suite
Located on the Captain’s Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities and windows with exterior views. Cabin 403 has a bathtub/other Suites have shower stalls.
Averaging 215 sq. ft. (20 sq. m)
   Deluxe
Located on the Captain’s Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
Note: Cabins 300-303 & 401 are Deluxe Category for 2017-18, and Superior Category for 2018-19 Season.
Averaging 160 sq. ft. (15 sq. m)
   Superior
Located on the Upper and Captain’s Decks. Two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
Note: Cabins 300-303 & 401 are Deluxe Category for 2017-18, and Superior Category for 2018-19 Season.
Averaging 142 sq. ft. (13 sq. m)
   Main Deck Window
Located on the Main Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities, and two windows with exterior views.
Averaging 139 sq. ft. (13 sq. m)
   Main Deck Porthole
Located on the Main Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Averaging 118 sq. ft. (11 sq. m)
   Lower Deck Twin
Located on the Lower Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Averaging 133 sq. ft. (12 sq. m)
   Triple
Located on the Main Deck. Two lower berths and one upper berth, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Averaging 128 sq. ft. (12 sq. m)